The Nutters Club

Friday 20 January 2012, 10.30 pm on Maori Television

A fresh, spontaneous and entertaining approach to mental health issues. Mike King hosts a popular talkback radio show featuring fearless and frank discussion with studio guests.

Renowned Maori musician Whirimako Black breaks her silence when she speaks out on Mike King’s THE NUTTERS CLUB.

The one-hour season finale of THE NUTTERS CLUB airs next Friday, 30 September at 10.30pm on Maori Television.

“It happened to me, there I’ve said it. I learnt my genealogy to replace my hurt and I pat myself on the back for surviving. For the cycle of abuse to end we have to speak up; we need to put the child first, before the family name. If I want to be what I want to be, I have to face the demons,” Ms Black says.

In this THE NUTTERS CLUB special episode, Ms Black breaks her silence as she begins the process of healing herself and to help others who have endured a similar fate.

“I don’t want them to live in fear or have feelings of shame,” she says.

According to series director Marcus Clayton, Whirimako Black’s show is one of the most challenging we have had the privilege to tell.

“Her bravery and honesty are intensely moving. Without courage and kindness, these issues will continue to remain behind closed doors. If there’s one thing THE NUTTERS CLUB has taught me, it’s that secrets keep you sick.”

This programme is dedicated to those, who like Ms Black have suffered in silence for too long, you know who you are.

“We want you to know the whakama is not yours; it lies with the perpetrators, not you, our nation’s innocent children.”

THE NUTTERS CLUB with Mike King is a weekly radio show on RadioLIVE, Sundays at 8pm filmed and produced by Top Shelf Productions for Maori Television where it screens Fridays at 10:30pm. The Nutters Club Facebook page provides a forum for those with mental health issues and the book, The Nutters Club with Mike King is in all good bookstores now.

Friday 2 September 2011, 10.30 pm on Maori Television

A fresh, spontaneous and entertaining approach to mental health issues. Mike King hosts a popular talkback radio show featuring fearless and frank discussions with studio guests. Tonight: John Kirwan.

Friday 9 September 2011, 10.30 pm on Maori Television

A fresh, spontaneous and entertaining approach to mental health issues. Mike King hosts a popular talkback radio show featuring fearless and frank discussions with studio guests.

Friday 30 September 2011, 10.30 pm on Maori Television

A fresh, spontaneous and entertaining approach to mental health issues. Mike King hosts a popular talkback radio show featuring fearless and frank discussions with studio guests. Tonight: Whirimako Black.
(SERIES FINAL)

Vic Tamati is one of the faces of domestic violence prevention in New Zealand. The one time abusive husband and father shares his very personal story of the recognition of his problem and his redemption with Mike King and Dr David Codyre on Maori Television’s The Nutters Club.

Mike King asked Vic to join them at The Nutters Club RadioLIVE studio after hearing him speak at a men’s health clinic in Rawene.

“I was blown away by the unique way that Vic was able to engage men and get them to take ownership of their problems,” Mike says.

But Vic’s story is a hard one to listen to and tell, as he recounts bashing his youngest daughter when she was eight – and how she became the one to turn his life around after his wife took the children and fled his violence.

“She said ‘it’s because of me, daddy, everyone is crying, that is why we are at this funny house, it’s cos of me’… My eight-year-old daughter is not supposed to say that, she took the blame for me…and I cracked. The next morning I said to my wife, I’ve got to do something.”

Vic entered a stopping violence program soon after.

“Vic was a guest who really opened our eyes as to how men can turn back from violent relationships in ways we never imagined,” says series director Marcus Clayton.

“He tells his story with a brokenness that is completely riveting and deserves to be seen by an open-minded audience willing to hear how one man changed his life – for good.”

Producer Brian Holland believes Vic’s episode is one of the best of the series.

“Vic Tamati is an incredibly brave man. For him to relive the horrors of his past over and over again in order to help others makes him a genuine hero in my books. His honesty and emotion that shines through in the episode making compelling television with a real message of redemption and hope,” he says.

A preview of Vic’s episode can be found here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t79g9eieOHA

The Nutters Club with Mike King is a weekly radio show on RadioLIVE, Sundays at 8pm filmed and produced by Top Shelf Productions for Maori Television where it screens Fridays at 10.30pm. The Nutters Club Facebook page provides a forum for those with mental health issues and the book, The Nutters Club with Mike King is in all good bookstores now.

Friday 5 August 2011, 10.30pm on Maori Television

A fresh, spontaneous and entertaining approach to mental health issues. Mike King hosts a popular talkback radio show featuring fearless and frank discussions with studio guests.

Friday 19 August 2011, 10.30 pm on Maori Television

A fresh, spontaneous and entertaining approach to mental health issues. Mike King hosts a popular talkback radio show featuring fearless and frank discussions with studio guests.

Widely praised for his efforts in raising awareness of depression, former All Black John Kirwan shares his experience of the illness.

The All Black legend and unofficial patron of The Nutters Club features in a one-hour special on Friday 2 September at 10.30pm.

In the one-hour episode, he talks to host Mike King and psychiatrist Dr David Codyre about his writing, understanding and living with depression and how wellness is something we need to work at every day.

“Help, great word. I reached out for help and what it did was amazing. It took a while; some understanding, some personal discovery and some pain,” says Kirwan.

Kirwan played 96 games for the All Blacks and was part of the 1987 team that won the Rugby World Cup title on home soil. This year he returns to the Rugby World Cup, but not as a player – as coach for Japan.

Check out another side of a rugby legend as Kirwan shares his story with Mike King on The Nutters Club next month, Friday 2 September at 10.30pm.

Rugby legend John Kirwan talks about living with depression on The Nutters Club, Friday 2 September at 10.30pm.

Stand-up comedian and stage producer Jim Stanton seems bright and bubbly but on-going depression almost brought the show to an end for this lovely young woman.

She shares her story on The Nutters Club this Friday 12 August at 10.30pm.

Coming from a rural background, Jim says she was always a natural performer but after moving away from home, struggled to find her feet without her supportive family close by.

“I just felt so alone and so abandoned…I found myself in the middle of this city where I didn’t know what to do with myself, she says.

She shares with Mike King and Dr David Codyre how it took a major crisis for her to seek the help from family and friends that she needed but wouldn’t ask for.

“The studio at RadioLIVE – the mics, TV cameras and cables everywhere – can be kind of intimidating for some guests. Jim wasn’t fazed however, says series director Marcus Clayton. “She has this quiet poise and tells her story in an easy, matter-of-fact manner, but she learned the hard way that life is worth believing in. “I think that events in her life and will resonate with certain viewers and hopefully they will be motivated to seek the right help as a response.”

The Nutters Club with Mike King is a weekly radio show on RadioLIVE, Sundays at 8pm filmed and produced by Top Shelf Productions for Maori Television where it screens Fridays at 10.30pm. The Nutters Club Facebook page provides a forum for those with mental health issues and the book, The Nutters Club with Mike King is in all good bookstores now.

Watch Jim Stanton is on the The Nutters Club this Friday 12 August at 10.30PM.