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This Week On TVNZ 7

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This Week On TVNZ 7

Local The Good Word Saturday 6 March, 9.10pm New Zealand's exciting television book show, The Good Word, treats viewers with its lively mix of reviews, views and stories from the world of books.

The series stars novelist Emily Perkins (in the studio) and columnist Finlay Macdonald (in the field), along with an almost all-new all-star panel.

Joining comic Te Radar, on The Good Word panel are newcomers, actor Jennifer Ward-Lealand, columnist Steve Braunias, One News presenter Miriama Kamo, journalist Gordon McLauchlan and - in what may be a worldwide book show first - the country's Chief Censor, Bill Hastings.

The Good Word is an innovative mix of both studio and documentary elements. In the studio, the award-winning Perkins leads the panel in reviewing a book of the week, then brings in a special guest to talk about his or her favourite book.

Filmed in the field each week is a visit with a real-life book club, and Macdonald's documentary series Under the Covers which, in each show, uncovers the story behind a famous New Zealand book.

In tonight's show Emily Perkins and panellists Te Radar, Miriama Kamo and Bill Hastings discuss book of the week, Last Night in Twisted River, by John Irving. Novelist Rachael King reveals her favourite book, and Finlay Macdonald tells the story behind New Zealand classic, Struggle Without End, by Ranginui Walker

If you have missed an episode, check your guide for extra opportunities to view. Full episodes of The Good Word will also be available free online at

Photo: Emily Perkins and Rachael King.

World's Best Doco of the Week - Waiting for Men Wednesday 10 March, 7.10pm TVNZ 7's Waiting for Men follows three women from Oualata, on the edge of the Sahara Desert, as they speak refreshingly about what it means to be women waiting for men.

They pass their days painting beautiful patterns on the city walls and playing games, as their husbands travel for work over long periods. Theirs is a magical world, breaking many of the haunting stereotypes associated with the vast desert region.

One woman, Khady, has had her husband away for a month and a half but she takes her mind off him by preparing for his home-coming. Henna patterns decorate her delicate fingers, and these fingers also etch equally intricate designs on the city walls. Women hoping to impress their husbands pay women for this artwork that they put their heart into, communicating the love that the husbands would never speak of.

"There's a lot of decency in these paintings," Massouda, one of the waiting women, says proudly.

The paintings divert the women's minds from many things. They sometimes fear their men will not return while, for some, the threat of adultery is a woman's daily weight.

"If he stops giving me pleasure, there is no trust anymore," Massouda continues.

Cheich, another of the waiting women, cherishes quiet dreams about becoming a successful businesswoman with her artwork.

"I dream about making a fortune," says Cheich in a rare moment of abandon.

Then one day, quite suddenly, the men return and with the men home, Massouda no longer has a market for her painting.

"I'm not the patient type, with men who are not serious," she smiles with sadness in her eyes, "could you declare your love to a man's face?"

This is a surprising and spellbinding documentary, which takes a fresh look at female empowerment in one of Africa's most remote regions.

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