Radio New Zealand: Sunday Morning

This page lists items from RNZ that are identified as "Sunday Morning". RNZ didn't start regularly putting both its audio and news content online until 2008. From 2002-2007 written news items (particularly from RNZ International) were placed online. You can access these items, plus the vast audio collecton from the mid-2000s onwards by using the day schedule pages. You can access items prior to 2002 on the historic page.

16/09/1993: Insight: the history of feminism
Bronwen Evans looks at what women have achieved since the second wave of feminism of the 60s and 70s. Topics discussed include the feminist backlash, childcare roles, housework and more. First broadcast 17 September 1993. Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision ID16577. [more]

28/01/2007: Insight Sunday 28 January: Philippines
Insight travels to the Philippines where journalists risk their lives trying to do their job. [more]

28/01/2007: Mediawatch for 28 January 2007
A controversial cover story; rebranding of RNZ; and reviving 'Truth'. [more]

04/02/2007: Insight Sunday 4 February: Trade Me, Part One
How is the on-line auction site, Trade Me affecting the way we buy and sell? [more]

04/02/2007: Mediawatch for 4 February 2007
Challenges for TVNZ news; a little local difficulty in Taranaki; and 'incredible' stories. [more]

11/02/2007: Insight Sunday 11 February: Trade Me, Part Two
What are the risks and scams associated with using Trade Me and how can they be minimised? [more]

11/02/2007: Mediawatch for 11 February 2007
Prosecuting journalists; censoring the internet; and unreliable polls. [more]

18/02/2007: Insight Sunday 18 February: Education, Far From Free
What is the real cost of New Zealand's so-called free education system? [more]

18/02/2007: Mediawatch for 18 February 2007
Bashing the Black Caps; political honeymoons; and deja vu in the magazines. [more]

25/02/2007: Mediawatch for 25 February 2007
Newspaper design for the bottom line; reporting the readership result; and the silly season returns. [more]

27/02/2007: Insight Sunday 25 February: Addiction Behind Bars
Insight looks at the effectiveness of drug and alcohol programmes in prisons. [more]

04/03/2007: Insight Sunday 04 March: Blood Tuna
Insight looks at New Zealand efforts to police illegal fishing in the Pacific. [more]

04/03/2007: Mediawatch for 4 March 2007
What do young people make of the news? drama in court and politicians and the press picking on each other. [more]

11/03/2007: Insight Sunday 11 March: Youngsters On The Inside
Insight asks why youngsters are still ending up being held in police cells. [more]

11/03/2007: Mediawatch for 11 March 2007
Copping criticism for trial coverage; news for young people; and the environment on TV. [more]

18/03/2007: Insight Sunday 18 March:Business and Broadband
How well are telcos meeting the promise of greater internet connectivity? [more]

18/03/2007: Mediawatch for 18 March 2007
Reporting the economy; TVNZ doomed daily drama; Criticism for corrections. [more]

25/03/2007: Insight Sunday 25 March: Hungry Kids
Why do thousands of children go to school hungry every day and what should be done about it? [more]

25/03/2007: Mediawatch for 25 March 2007
A NZ woman in charge at Al Jazeera, and how the latest career move of one broadcaster became front page news. [more]

01/04/2007: Mediawatch for 1 April 2007
Mock trials on TV; Al Jazeera,s approach to news; and 'assisted' coverage of the cricket. [more]

08/04/2007: Mediawatch for 8 April 2007
Police culture under the media microscope. [more]

09/04/2007: Insight Sunday 08 April: Climate Sceptics
Sue Ingram explores the views of the so-called climate sceptics [more]

15/04/2007: Insight Sunday 15 April: Carbon Neutrality
The Prime Minister Helen Clark wants New Zealand to become carbon neutral. She says it's a vital aim in the effort to tackle the effect of greenhouse gases on global warming. Chris Bramwell reports on what carbon neutrality really means, and asks if it is attainable. [more]

15/04/2007: Mediawatch for 15 April 2007
Cost cutting hits newsrooms; Family Court reporting; and can the media embrace sustainability. [more]

22/04/2007: Mediawatch for 22 April 2007
A look at media compromises in Fiji after the coup; and do journalists understand the science of climate change. [more]

25/04/2007: Insight Sunday 22 April: US Climate Change
Insight looks at the contrast between the United States' official stance on climate change and action on the ground. [more]

29/04/2007: Mediawatch for 29 April 2007
Maori Televisions strategy; a murderer's messages in the media; disappointed cricket fans. [more]

29/04/2007: Insight Sunday 29 April: Sleep Apnoea
Can snoring indicate a much more serious health problem? [more]

06/05/2007: Mediawatch for 6 May 2007
'Freeview' new technology; access to public records; and Marcus Lush on talk radio. [more]

13/05/2007: Insight Sunday 13 May: Geothermal Energy
Insight looks at the potential of geothermal energy [more]

13/05/2007: Mediawatch for 13 May 2007
Endangered editors; rethinking TVNZ's public role; the frenzy over dangerous dogs. [more]

20/05/2007: Insight Sunday 20 May: Demise of Sheltered Workshops
Insight looks at the impact of a law change that spelt the end of sheltered workshops for people with disabilities [more]

20/05/2007: Mediawatch for 20 May 2007
Reporting David Bain's release; the rise of freelance journalism; and filling space in the supplements. [more]

27/05/2007: Mediawatch for 27 May 2007
Downfall of a TV personality; settling journalists' differencand es and; NZ music journalism. [more]

03/06/2007: Insight Sunday 3 June: Sport, The Changing Challenges
Insight looks at the changing challenges modern day sports teams have to face in persuing success. [more]

03/06/2007: Mediawatch for 3 June 2007
A tragedy in Mangere; the squabble over NCEA; and a complaint that fell through the cracks. [more]

10/06/2007: Insight Sunday 10 June: Pain
Chronic pain is considered an under-treated public health issue, with no standard approach and long waiting times. [more]

10/06/2007: Mediawatch for 10 June 2007
Pressure on Pacific Island journalists; the death of Mrs Muliaga; bad PR for 'Palmy'. [more]

17/06/2007: Insight Sunday 17 June: PNG Elections
Alook at the challenges still facing Papua New Guinea, ahead of new elections. [more]

17/06/2007: Mediawatch for 17 June 2007
The fallout from 'Asian Angst'; gameshow exposure; and fleeting expletives in the US. [more]

24/06/2007: Insight Sunday 24 June: 20 Free Hours
Why has there been so much opposition to the policy of 20 free hours of early childhood education ? [more]

24/06/2007: Mediawatch for 24 June 2007
The media battle over natural health products; the Dalai Lama on tour; and the downside of fame. [more]

01/07/2007: Insight Sunday 01 July: KiwiSaver
Brent Edwards looks at the pros and cons of KiwiSaver [more]

01/07/2007: Mediawatch for 1 July 2007
The row between the media and the politicians. [more]

08/07/2007: Insight Sunday 08 July: America's Cup
Insight looks at the future of the America's Cup [more]

08/07/2007: Mediawatch for 8 July 2007
A week of sporting woe; two reporters held hostage - 35 years apart; adverts that look like news. [more]

15/07/2007: Insight Sunday 15 July: Ambulance Service
Is the voluntary nature of NZ's ambulance service jepardising patients' lives? [more]

15/07/2007: Mediawatch for 15 July 2007
Faked photo embarrassment; reporting financial risk; and the PR campaign for a new plane. [more]

22/07/2007: Insight Sunday 22 July: Pacific People and Politics
Richard Pamatatau explores why Pacific Islanders are often reticent about entering the political arena. [more]

22/07/2007: Mediawatch for 22 July 2007
Anonymous editorials; East Timor's fledgling free press; and copyright on newsworthy pictures. [more]

29/07/2007: Insight Sunday 29 July: Vehicle Emissions
Will new rules on 2nd hand imported cars cause more pollution rather than less as intended? [more]

29/07/2007: Mediawatch for 29 July 2007
A cabinet minster's fall from grace; and good news from our poorest schools. [more]

05/08/2007: Insight Sunday 05 August: Dairy Boom
Corin Dann looks at the impact of the boom in dairy prices [more]

05/08/2007: Mediawatch for 5 August 2007
Conflicts of interest; old media embraces the blog; and Murdoch's empire grows again. [more]

12/08/2007: Insight Sunday 12 August: Herceptin
Karen Brown explores Pharmac's decision to fund a restricted 9 week course of the breas cancer drug, Herceptin [more]

12/08/2007: Mediawatch for 12 August 2007
Media focus on John Key; televising Bain's re-trial; balancing professional journalism and blogging; and more. [more]

19/08/2007: Insight Sunday 19 August:Disabled Employment
Amid a shortage of labour, why aren't employers more willing to employ people with disabilities? [more]

19/08/2007: Mediawatch for 19 August 2007
A special look at the debate about the state of New Zealand journalism today. [more]

26/08/2007: Insight Sunday 26 August: Methyl Bromide
Geoff Moffett looks at the use of the toxic chemical, Methyl Bromide. [more]

26/08/2007: Mediawatch for 26 August 2007
The push for greater ethnic diversity in newsrooms and news coverage. [more]

02/09/2007: Insight Sunday 02 September: Dental Health
A look at a massive shake-up in how dental services are delivered [more]

02/09/2007: Mediawatch for 2 September 2007
Diana and anniversary journalism; funding future broadcasting; and rowdy crowds. [more]

09/09/2007: Insight Sunday 09 September: Rugby World Cup
How difficult is it for NZ to attract and host a major sporting tournament? [more]

09/09/2007: Mediawatch for 9 September 2007
Digital technology - solution or problem?; a local paper's bold move; a life story hidden from view. [more]

15/09/2007: Insight Sunday 16 September: Family Violence
What are some of the obstacles that prevent people from reporting domestic violence? [more]

16/09/2007: Mediawatch for 16 September 2007
The media fight over rugby rights - but roll over for sponsors; digital TV; and publicity for gadgets. [more]

23/09/2007: Mediawatch for 23 September 2007
Sponsors hijacking the news; 'social networking' as a source; and where is TV One heading? [more]

30/09/2007: Insight Sunday 30 September: The Credit Crunch
What impact is the global credit crunch having on local finance companies? [more]

30/09/2007: Mediawatch for 30 September 2007
Managing the media for 'Little Pumpkin'; TVNZ's Maori strategy; and editors who advertise. [more]

07/10/2007: Insight Sunday 7 October: School Exams
Insight looks at the increasing trend for schools to offer overseas qualifications [more]

07/10/2007: Mediawatch for 7 October 2007
Ads on Sunday; local body elections; and a new channel offering local and international TV to a national audience. [more]

14/10/2007: Mediawatch for 14 October 2007
Reaction to the calamity in Cardiff; media people standing for office; the end of Radio Pacific. [more]

15/10/2007: Insight Sunday 15 October: Local Election Special
The winners and losers of this year's local government elections [more]

20/10/2007: Insight Sunday 21 October: Population Boom
Insight looks at the impact of the population boom in the South Island [more]

21/10/2007: Mediawatch for 21 October 2007
The 'anti terror' raid; hit and miss local election coverage; and the risks of being charitable in the news. [more]

27/10/2007: Insight Sunday 28 October: Bricks and Mortar
Corin Dann explores New Zealander's love affair with investing in property. [more]

28/10/2007: Mediawatch for 28 October 2007
Coverage of money matters; promoting NZ business in Asia; drunk in charge of a TV channel; and vicious voxpops. [more]

04/11/2007: Mediawatch for 4 November 2007
Security versus civil liberties; journalists' leftie leanings; and sparing sports stars' blushes. [more]

07/11/2007: Insight Sunday 4 November:Tokelau
Insight visits Tokelau to explore why people voted against greater autonomy [more]

11/11/2007: Insight Sunday 11 November: Asian Media
Todd Niall looks at the explosion in Asian media in Auckland and asks what it means for the traditional outlets. [more]

11/11/2007: Mediawatch for 11 November 2007
The state of TV documentaries; education curriculum controversy; printing presses alive and well. [more]

17/11/2007: Insight Sunday 18 November: Child Labour
Should children who work be better protected? [more]

18/11/2007: Mediawatch for 18 November 2007
The disclosure of police evidence behind those 'anti-terror raids': does the media have the moral high ground? [more]

25/11/2007: Mediawatch for 25 November 2007
Screening a controversial confession; get rich quick adverts; and cursory cricket coverage. [more]

26/11/2007: Insight Sunday 25 November: Pacific IT Lockout
An internet connection is beginning to be taken for granted but for many in the Pacific community reality is quite different. [more]

01/12/2007: Insight Sunday 02 December: GAP Years
Gael Woods looks at the growing trend for young people to take GAP years. [more]

02/12/2007: Mediawatch for 2 December 2007
How the Official Information Act is working for the media; and how the plug was pulled on a radio interview. [more]

08/12/2007: Insight Sunday 09 December: Hearing Association
Lois Williams investigates the Hearing Association in Whangarei, amid allegations that assets are being abused. [more]

09/12/2007: Mediawatch for 9 December 2007
Campaigning against the Electoral Finance Bill; a guide for good practice; and the same old TV news. [more]

15/12/2007: Insight Sunday 16 December:North Korea
Julian Robins travels with the Foreign Minister, Winston Peters to secretive North Korea [more]

16/12/2007: Mediawatch for 16 December 2007
The PM's view of the media and a senior journalist's response; exposing fraud at Enron; and Clint Rickards on air. [more]

22/12/2007: Insight Sunday 23 December 2007: Kiwi Recovery
Insight reports on efforts to keep up Kiwi numbers, including the Department of Conservation's special super breeding male. [more]

23/12/2007: Mediawatch for 23 December 2007
How media fell down on the job in 2007; and some of the indignities suffered by journalists. [more]

29/12/2007: Insight Sunday 30 December 2007: Sleep Apnoea (Repeat)
Is snoring just a noisy irritation or can it signal a serious health issue? [more]

05/01/2008: Insight Sunday 06 January 2008: Ambulance Funding (Repeat)
Is the volunteer ambulance service in New Zealand putting lives at risk? [more]

12/01/2008: Insight Sunday 13 January 2008: Bricks and Mortar (Repeat)
Insight looks at New Zealander's love affair with property [more]

19/01/2008: Insight Sunday 20 January 2008: School Exams (Repeat)
Insight looks at why international exams are becoming an increasing part of the school curriculum [more]

26/01/2008: Insight Sunday 27 January 2008: Gangs
Insight looks at whether new legislation will do anything to stop gang violence. [more]

27/01/2008: Mediawatch for 27 January 2008
The passing of Sir Ed; the problem of pagiarism; the boom in public relations. [more]

27/01/2008: Mediawatch for 27 January 2008
The passing of Sir Ed; the problem of pagiarism; the boom in public relations. [more]

27/01/2008: Ideas for 27 January 2008
This week Ideas looks at how emotions and feelings can win and lose an election. [more]

03/02/2008: Insight Sunday 3 February 2008: Maori Focus Unit
Insight looks at a prison rehabilitation unit in Hawkes Bay which for ten years has been working with high risk Maori offenders. [more]

03/02/2008: Ideas for 3 February 2008
Holding on to our historic places. [more]

09/02/2008: Insight Sunday 10 February 2008: Pacific Vote
Insight talks to Pacific Islanders and asks whether they're changing their traditional allegiance to Labour. [more]

10/02/2008: Ian Conrich
Head of the new centre for New Zealand Studies at the University of London, talking about the objectives of the centre. [more]

10/02/2008: Mediawatch for 10 February 2008
Waitangi Day relationships, new regulations for digital-age broadcasting and not-so-intrepid journeys. [more]

10/02/2008: Ryan Malone
Author of 'Rebalancing the Constitution; The Challenge of Government Law Making under MMP'. [more]

10/02/2008: The Sunday Group
This week we look at the Ministry for the Environment's big report on the state of the environment. [more]

10/02/2008: Sports Talk
Rod Dowler is a member of the organising committee for the 2009 World Masters Games in Sydney. [more]

10/02/2008: Ideas for 10 February 2008
This week Ideas looks at the current state of political devolution in Scotland. [more]

16/02/2008: Insight Sunday 17 February 2008 China and Taiwan in the Pacific
Insight looks at the rivalry between China and Taiwan for influence in the Pacific. [more]

17/02/2008: Colin Bundy
The warden of Oxford University's Green College on moves to restructure the management of the venerable university. [more]

17/02/2008: Mediawatch for 17 February 2008
Lifting the lid on dodgy media; the 'scare in mid air'; Tame Iti's expenses [more]

17/02/2008: Maggie Boden
A pioneer in research into human, animal, and mechanical intelligence on the origins of creativity. [more]

17/02/2008: The Sunday Group for 17 February
Is the migration of New Zealanders to Australia an exodus, and should we be worried about it? [more]

17/02/2008: Cricket
Martin Crowe talks about the state of cricket in NZ and what the future might hold. [more]

17/02/2008: Ideas for 17 February 2008
Otago University philosophy lecturer Charles Pigden refutes the idea that conspiracy theories are dangerous. [more]

23/02/2008: Insight Sunday 24 February 2008: Bootcamp
Insight talks to young people about John Key's idea for military style training for youth [more]

24/02/2008: Gourav Sodhi
A critic of the Regional Assitance Mission to the Solomon Islands explains what they could be doing better. [more]

24/02/2008: Mediawatch for 24 February 2008
'An Aussie view of our media; a disturbing development for Fiji; Dame Kiri speaks out. [more]

24/02/2008: Paul Muldoon
One of the most important poets in the English language and will soon visit NZ. [more]

24/02/2008: Notes from the South
Dougal Stevenson's notes from the south. [more]

24/02/2008: Sunday Group
What can be done to minimise harm from gaming machines? [more]

24/02/2008: John Ansell
Wellington wordsmith on the art of turning a phrase. [more]

24/02/2008: Ideas for 24 February 2008
How difficult is it to learn another language? [more]

01/03/2008: Insight Sunday 02 March 2008: Sheep Industry
Can the sheep industry recover from its current doldrums? [more]

02/03/2008: Tariq Ramadan
An expert on the grating edges between the secularism of the west and the demands of Islamic tradition. [more]

02/03/2008: Mediawatch for 2 March 2008
Damage control via talkback; an Aussie goes home; a blow for press freedom in Fiji. [more]

02/03/2008: Peter Bunyard
An look at what effect biofuel production may have on the Amazon basin. [more]

02/03/2008: The Sunday Group - First Time Voters
Matthew Anderson, Sammy Aubrey, Tawhai Staugheir, and Saskia Ymker, talk poliltics and the future. [more]

02/03/2008: Sports Talk
Andrew McRae reports from Lake Karapiro where the Olympic rowing trials are underway. [more]

02/03/2008: Ideas for 2 March 2008
Looking at the many forms of adaptation. [more]

08/03/2008: Insight Sunday 09 March 2008: Gold Mining
With the rise in the gold price Insight looks at how the industry is expanding in New Zealand. [more]

09/03/2008: Dr Jon Johansson
Victoria University political scientist comments on the latest in the US primaries. [more]

09/03/2008: Mediawatch For 9 March 2008
Accusations of media manipulation; bad press for the government; Party Prince becomes Harry the Hero. [more]

09/03/2008: Nigel Jamieson
Australian director of the play 'Honour Bound'. [more]

09/03/2008: Dougal Stevenson
Dougal brings us his notes from the south. [more]

09/03/2008: The Sunday Group
This week The Sunday Group investigates patient safety in hospitals. [more]

09/03/2008: Steven Isserlis
World-renowned cellist, guest performer at the Festival of the Arts. [more]

09/03/2008: Ideas for 9 March 2008
The Multiversity: two experts debate the past and the future of tertiary education. [more]

15/03/2008: Insight Sunday 16 March 2008"Maori Politics
Insight talks to potential Maori voters and asks whether the Maori Party has made any difference. [more]

16/03/2008: Feature Interview: In the Shadow of the Moon
Director David Sington talks about his fascinating film. [more]

16/03/2008: Mediawatch for 16 March 2008
Angst over MPs travel; pushing humanitarian headlines; an Aussie newcomer's view. [more]

16/03/2008: Feature Interview: International Whaling
An update on the latest sparring match at the International Whaling Commission meeting. [more]

16/03/2008: The Sunday Group
Culture and identity of Pacific Islanders in New Zealand. [more]

16/03/2008: Sports Talk
Today's guest is Wellington Rugby League chairman Stephen Franks. [more]

20/03/2008: Ideas for 20 March 2008
After more than 150 years of involvement, how has Asia helped create our national identity? [more]

23/03/2008: UK Migration
An interview with Asim Hafeez and Naomi Pollard on UK Migration. [more]

23/03/2008: Dougal Stevenson
Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson. [more]

23/03/2008: Mediawatch for 23 March 2008
The right to know: a weekly business paper rings the changes; DJs off the airwaves. [more]

23/03/2008: Professor Michael Northcott
Professor Northcott is active in the European Churches Environmental Network. [more]

23/03/2008: The Sunday Group
The Sunday Group examines the effect of the sub-prime mortgage crisis in America. [more]

23/03/2008: The Barmy Army
Paul Winslow is a free-lance journalist who has ended up as the Barmy Army media contact. [more]

23/03/2008: Ideas for 23 March 2008
This week, Ideas looks at the political apology: is saying 'sorry' enough? [more]

29/03/2008: Insight Sunday 30 March 2008: Hydropower
As added focus goes on renewable power will hydropower see a resurgence in popularity? [more]

30/03/2008: Kyrgyzstan
NZ farmer Derek Kirke and Umit from Kyrgyzstan talk about a project to improve agriculture in the former Russian state. [more]

30/03/2008: Mediawatch for 30 March 2009
The end of the golden weather, TVNZ's new channel and mistaken identity. [more]

30/03/2008: Patricia Turner
Chief Executive of Australia's National Indigenous TV channel. [more]

30/03/2008: The Sunday Group
This week The Sunday Group discusses the notion of the Irish/Scottish diaspora. [more]

30/03/2008: Kevin Ankrom
Athletics NZ High Performance Manager on our prospects for Beijing. [more]

30/03/2008: Ideas for 30 March 2008
This week ideas examines the convergence of art and science. [more]

05/04/2008: Insight Sunday 6 April 2008: Free Trade with China
Insight looks at the potential impact of New Zealand's free trade deal with China. [more]

06/04/2008: Michael Robotham
Australian author on writing and his latest novel 'Shatter'. [more]

06/04/2008: Mediawatch for 6 April 2008
Promoting Earth Hour; press proposals for Fiji; making April Fools of the media. [more]

06/04/2008: David Coltart
Senior MDC politician talks about the latest politicial developments in Zimbabwe. [more]

06/04/2008: The Sunday Group
This week The Sunday Group looks at the new breed of electric vehicles. [more]

06/04/2008: New Zealand History
Paul Maunder talks about the centenary of the miners' strike in Blackball. [more]

06/04/2008: Ideas for 6 April 2008
This week Ideas looks at New Zealand in Asia. [more]

12/04/2008: Insight Sunday 13 April 2008: Supersize Auckland
Should Auckland collapse its many governing bodies and become a supercity? [more]

13/04/2008: Julian Arahanga and Tom Thompson
Tells the story of John Pohe, the first Maori pilot in the RAF. [more]

13/04/2008: Mediawatch for 13 April 2008
The Tamahere tragedy; confusing free trade figures; support for going nuclear. [more]

13/04/2008: James Kynge
James talks about the spread of chinese influence across the globe. [more]

13/04/2008: Dougal Stevenson
Dougal brings us his notes from the south. [more]

13/04/2008: The Sunday Group
This week we remember the eventful life of Sir Geoffrey Cox. [more]

13/04/2008: Theatre
Actor Bruce Phillips talks about the play"The Man That Lovelock Couldn't Beat". [more]

13/04/2008: Ideas for 13 April 2008
This week Ideas explores the political philosophy of anarchy. [more]

13/04/2008: Insight, 13 April: Supersize Auckland
Insight looks at the argument to make Auckland a supercity by scrapping its eight separate councils. [more]

19/04/2008: Insight Sunday 20 April 2008: Health Service
Insight asks whether a new way is needed to deliver health services to patients. [more]

19/04/2008: ANZAC Day 2008: Chris Mullane and Tribute08
Vietnam veteran Chris Mullane talks to Chris Laidlaw about the focus for the 2008 ANZAC day this year, and about the Queens Birthday 'Tribute 08' commemoration to remember New Zealanders who fought in Vietnam. [more]

20/04/2008: Mediawatch for 20 April 2008
TV viewers revolt; a row over 'Earth Hour'; will people want HDTV? [more]

20/04/2008: Ben Skinner
Recounts some of his experiences whilst researching his book about modern-day slavery. [more]

20/04/2008: The Sunday Group
This week The Sunday Group discusses the National Science Manifesto. [more]

20/04/2008: Ideas for 20 April 2008
This week Ideas looks at democracy in the Pacific. [more]

27/04/2008: Tom Holzer
Dr Tom Holzer talks about the latest methods for predicting and mitigating the effects of earthquakes [more]

27/04/2008: Mediawatch for 27 April 2008
An investigation of how climate change scepticism is reported, following a debate about climate change coverage in The New Zealand Listener. [more]

27/04/2008: Dr Ron Colman
Dr Colman discusses the General Progress Index, an alternative to GDP [more]

27/04/2008: The Sunday Group
The Sunday Group discuss the Schools Plus initiative [more]

27/04/2008: Ideas for 27 April 2008
A look at the balance between fiction, factual and official histories of war [more]

27/04/2008: Insight, 27 April: Children in Care
Insight looks at what's happening to children in care amid a new policy to find them permanent homes as quickly as possible. [more]

27/04/2008: Mediawatch for 27 April 2008
Reporting climate change scepticism; out-of-date documentaries. [more]

03/05/2008: Insight, 4 May: Tonga
Insight visits the semi-feudal Kingdom of Tonga and asks whether the recent elections will speed up political reform. [more]

04/05/2008: Beverley Wakem: Chief Ombudsman
The Office of the Ombudsman is one of the more modern curiosities of the western democratic tradition. [more]

04/05/2008: Mediawatch for 4 May 2008
A reluctant media hero; the state of the art cartooning; unwanted advice on the weather. [more]

04/05/2008: Jo and Gareth Morgan
Gareth and Jo Morgan are inveterate bikies, and in recent years they've explored some of the more testing environments. [more]

04/05/2008: Dougal Stevenson
Notes from the South. [more]

04/05/2008: The Sunday Group
The Sunday Group discusses the Child Poverty Action Group report released this week. [more]

11/05/2008: Feature Interview - Children of East Timor
Teacher and volunteer Anne Fisher talks to Chris Laidlaw. [more]

11/05/2008: Mediawatch for 11 May 2008
A 'medical miracle'; a journalist's long battle; the media and public health. [more]

11/05/2008: 111 Call Service
John Perham from the Police national communications advisory board on 50 years of the emergency call service [more]

11/05/2008: Notes from the South for May 11 2008
Dougal Stephenson wonders about getting bums on seats. [more]

11/05/2008: The Sunday Group for May 11 2008
This Sunday's panel takes a close look at the global food crisis. [more]

11/05/2008: Ideas for 11 May 2008
Ideas for 11 May 2008 [more]

17/05/2008: Insight, 18 May: The Digital Shadow
Insight looks at the digital information people leave behind as they use everyday technology - from cellphones to the internet. [more]

18/05/2008: Andrew Coyle
Professor Andrew Coyle is calling for a more intelligent and innovative approach to the way the criminal justice system works. [more]

18/05/2008: Mediawatch for 18 May 2008
Property market downturn; awards gripes; an outsider's opinion of our TV news. [more]

18/05/2008: The New Retirement
Bill Jamieson has written a book on preparing intelligently for retirement. [more]

18/05/2008: Sunday Group for May 18
Roger Kerr, Peter Conway and Richard Shallcrass discuss the privatisation of state assets. [more]

18/05/2008: Ideas for May 18
How coffee has been a driver in world history, economics and politics. [more]

24/05/2008: Insight 25 May 2008: Breaking the Cycle
Insight looks at youth resilience and asks what allows some young people, who have adverse home lives, to break the abuse cycle. [more]

25/05/2008: Peter Beck
Founder of Rocket Lab, the home of New Zealand's space industry. [more]

25/05/2008: Mediawatch for 25 May 2008
Goff's gaffe on Alt TV, challenging cameras in court; Sunday papers' celebrity rows. [more]

25/05/2008: Molesworth Station
Chris visits New Zealand's biggest farm and talks to Hamish Ensor, David Hayes and Jim Ward. [more]

25/05/2008: Dougal Stevenson
Dougal brings us his notes from the south. [more]

25/05/2008: The Sunday Group
This week the topic is Auckland regions governance. [more]

25/05/2008: Ideas for 25 May
This week Ideas looks at the musical brain. [more]

01/06/2008: Fanon Che Wilkins
A professor in African American History and Culture. [more]

01/06/2008: Mediawatch for 1 June 2008
Reporting the courts; broadcasters lock horns; Myanmar or Burma? [more]

01/06/2008: World Environment Day
Todd Krieble and Adrienne Staples look at a local initiative to inspire sustainable lifestyles. [more]

01/06/2008: The Sunday Group
This week The Sunday Group discusses the state of the monarchy. [more]

01/06/2008: Ideas for 1 June
This week Chris Laidlaw talks with historian James Belich. [more]

01/06/2008: Insight, 1June: Toxic Sites
Insight asks whether enough is being done to clean up the hundreds of chemically contaminated sites around the country. [more]

07/06/2008: Insight, 8 June: Restorative Justice
Insight looks at the restorative justice system and asks if it's reducing re-offending. [more]

07/06/2008: Insight 8 June: Restorative Justice
Insight Restorative justice presented by Penny Smith [more]

08/06/2008: Conscientious Objection
Robin Brookes fights having his tax spent on weapons [more]

08/06/2008: Mediawatch for 8 June 2008
Trevor Mallard's TVNZ funding shake-up; Dunedin's new newspaper; Manukau mayor's collapse. [more]

08/06/2008: Education Lessons from Finland
Frances Nelson compares the educational system in Finland with our own [more]

08/06/2008: Notes from the South
Dougal Stevenson presents Notes from the South [more]

08/06/2008: Sunday Group for 8 June 2008
Sunday Group for 8 June 2008. [more]

08/06/2008: Ideas for 8 June
This week Ideas discusses Social Marketing. [more]

14/06/2008: Insight, 15 June: A Chemical Legacy?
New health fears of neighbours and former workers exposed to dioxin from an agri-chemical factory in New Plymouth. [more]

15/06/2008: Michael Bassett
Talks about his new book on life inside David Lange's cabinet. [more]

15/06/2008: Mediawatch for 15 June 2008
Power crisis reporting; tough times for the national news agency; the risks of provocative ads. [more]

15/06/2008: Julia Gillard
Australian Deputy Prime Minister talks about life in government and relations between us. [more]

15/06/2008: The Sunday Group
This week the Sunday Group focuses on the security of New Zealand's electricity supply. [more]

15/06/2008: Ideas for 15 June
This week a panel discussion on how to decarbonise the world. [more]

21/06/2008: Insight, Sunday 22 June: Melanesia
Insight looks at the massive challenges facing Melanesia - the Pacific's "arc of instability." [more]

22/06/2008: US Politics
Dr Jon Johansson from Victoria University takes a look at the US presidential election. [more]

22/06/2008: Mediawatch for 22 June 2008
Citizen journalism in South Korea; reaction to recent violent crimes; an oversold national survey. [more]

22/06/2008: Martin Snedden
CEO for the Rugby World Cup venture on the prospects for the 2011 tournament. [more]

22/06/2008: Notes from the South
Dougal Stephenson with his weekly comment. [more]

22/06/2008: The Sunday Group
Dr David Skilling, John Shewan and Brent Edwards take a close look at the economic relationship between NZ and Australia. [more]

22/06/2008: Ideas for 22 June 2008
Ideas looks at status and the anxieties that come with it. [more]

28/06/2008: Insight Sunday 29 June: Abortion
In the light of a High Court decision, Insight asks whether the country's abortion law needs rewriting. [more]

29/06/2008: Ian Grant
Talks about the joys and challenges of raising girls. [more]

29/06/2008: Mediawatch for 29 June 2008
Tabloid tactics on the 'Tour of Shame'; NZPA update; another silly survey. [more]

29/06/2008: Steve Maharey
Talks about life in Government and his new job in academia. [more]

29/06/2008: The Sunday Group
This week we discuss land confiscation and how it has affected indigenous people around the world. [more]

29/06/2008: Ideas for 29 June
This week we talk about isolation. [more]

05/07/2008: Insight Sunday 06 July: Feeling The Pinch
Insight looks at the impact of rising fuel and grocery prices in Northland - one of New Zealand's poorest regions [more]

05/07/2008: Tom Heeney: From Poverty Bay to Broadway
Tom Heeney: From Poverty Bay to Broadway follows the life of one of New Zealand's most colourful sports personalities from a labourer's cottage in Gisborne to the nightclubs of Broadway. [more]

06/07/2008: The Bolger Years
Professor Margaret Clark has edited a collection of memories of the political career of Jim Bolger. [more]

06/07/2008: Mediawatch for 6 July 2008
Newpapers downsized and centralised; a junior journo here to teach new media essentials. [more]

06/07/2008: Notes From The South
Dougal Stevenson presents notes from the south. [more]

06/07/2008: The Sunday Group
The high country tenure review with guests Kevin Hackwell, Don Aubrey, Ann Brower and David Parker. [more]

06/07/2008: Ideas For Sunday 6 July 2008
Exploring the idea of corporate 'Team Building.' [more]

12/07/2008: Insight: Sunday 13 July 2008
Insight investigates the work of police in Manakau amid a perceived increase in crime [more]

13/07/2008: Robert Frank - Richistan
A new book explores the lives and lifestyles of a new breed of millionaires. [more]

13/07/2008: Mediawatch for 13 July 2008
Overdoing the drama of recent protests; helping hacks handle science; a broadcaster's fall from grace. [more]

13/07/2008: Media and Public Opinion
Professor Maxwell McCombs examines the role of media in shaping public opinion. [more]

13/07/2008: The Sunday Group - An Unchartered Course?
Irene Gardiner, Ian Johnstone, Paul Norris and Phil Wallington ponder the future for TVNZ. [more]

13/07/2008: Ideas for 13 July 2008
Ideas looks this week at advertising. [more]

19/07/2008: Insight, Sunday 20 July: Olympics
Insight asks New Zealand athletes about whether they should speak out about China's human rights record at the Olympics. [more]

20/07/2008: Feature Interview Bernard Lappaset
Chairman of the IRB,Bernard lappaset [more]

20/07/2008: Mediawatch for 20 July 2008
The Tony Veitch scandal; old news from Niue goes global; National's broadcasting policy. [more]

20/07/2008: Feature Interview Chris Heffelfinger
Chris Heffelfinger from the Combating Terrorism Centre in the United States [more]

20/07/2008: Sunday Group,The Economy
Dean Baker,Kerry McDonald,Brian Easton,Cameron Bagrie and Ganeesh Nana [more]

20/07/2008: Ideas for 20 July 2008
Chris spoke to author Mark Leonard about his new book 'What Does China Think'. [more]

20/07/2008: Notes from the South
Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson [more]

26/07/2008: Insight, Sunday 27 July: Antarctica
Sue Ingram explores whether climate change is melting Antarctica and threatening a major sea level rise. [more]

27/07/2008: Anton Oliver
An interesting revolution in sport a decade ago was the adoption of professionalism by rugby. [more]

27/07/2008: Mediawatch for 27 July 2008
Crime and violence; the Aucklander gives the mailbox a miss; a soggy snapper's sad story. [more]

27/07/2008: Paul Clark
Paul Clark is professor of Chinese at the University of Auckland. [more]

27/07/2008: Sunday Group
An international conference on cybercitizens starts in Queenstown next week. [more]

27/07/2008: Ideas for 27 July 2008
How much say should a nation's citizens have in the shaping of their country's foreign policy? [more]

03/08/2008: Myanmar - Chris Cattaway
The emergency programme director for Save The Childrenon the situation in Yangon. [more]

03/08/2008: Donald McLean
Ray Fargher on his which tells the story of a pivotal figure in this country's post-1840 history. [more]

03/08/2008: Mediawatch for 3 August 2008
Media probing of John Key's character; crime and violence in the news agenda (part two). [more]

03/08/2008: Cannibalism - This Horrid Practice
Paul Moon re-examines the practice of cannibalism in NZ history. [more]

03/08/2008: Sunday Group for 03 Aug
John Wood, Lance Beath and Robert Patman look at the state of NZ-US relations. [more]

03/08/2008: Notes From The South for 03 August 2008
Dougal Stevenson remembers a trip to New York. [more]

03/08/2008: Ideas for 3 August 2008
Our memories enable and define our lives but can we define what memory is? [more]

09/08/2008: Insight: Sunday 10 August: Guts
Insight looks at the rising incidence of bowel disease, especially among teenagers [more]

10/08/2008: Brian Turner
Ruminations about life and fishing and fighting for the virtue of Central Otago with poet Brian Turner. [more]

10/08/2008: Mediawatch for 10 August 2008
Media messages from Beijing; cut-off current affairs; politicians' loose language caught on tape. [more]

10/08/2008: Bob Jones
Bob Jones chats about money, management, and political machinations. [more]

10/08/2008: The Sunday Group
The Sunday Group takes a look at how the Olympics have changed over the years. [more]

10/08/2008: Ideas for 10 August 2008
Resistance to law changes on the right to physically punish children has been remarkably strong. [more]

16/08/2008: Insight, Sunday 17 August: Emissions Trading Scheme
Insight looks into the Emissions Trading Scheme; what is it and why do we need it? [more]

17/08/2008: The Battle in Georgia
Barry Parsonson and Jane-Mary Rawls tell us about life in Georgia and the background to the current violence. [more]

17/08/2008: Mediawatch for 17 August 2008
Criticism of Olympic commentary and complaints about cranky critics; running one of the world's smallest national broadcasters. [more]

17/08/2008: Common Ground in the Commonwealth
Kamalesh Sharma is the new Commonwealth Secretary-General and talks to Bryan Crump about the issues facing him. [more]

17/08/2008: The Sunday Group: Maori Tourism
Some Maori are turning to Tourism, the Group looks at what they have to offer. [more]

17/08/2008: Ideas for 17 August 2008
This week we take a relaxing look at all things to do with sleep. [more]

23/08/2008: Insight, Sunday 24 August West Coast Hydro
Insight looks at the fight to stop a new big hydro dam on the West Coast as demand for power increases [more]

24/08/2008: Graham Clayton
The little-known story of New Zealand's first air force fighter squadron. [more]

24/08/2008: Mediawatch for 24 August 2008
Spoonfeeding the news; more Olympic personal worsts; why should rival reporters share their stories. [more]

24/08/2008: Sam Hunt
Sam Hunt takes us from Bottle Creek to the Kaipara Harbour and shares some new poetry. [more]

24/08/2008: Notes from the South
Dougal Stevenson thinks back to his boyhood in Cromwell, before the Clutha was damned by the dam. [more]

24/08/2008: The Sunday Group
The Sunday Group looks at the evolution of New Zealand's energy policies. [more]

24/08/2008: Ideas for 24 August 2008
Ideas examines leadership. [more]

30/08/2008: Insight for Sunday 31 August 2008: Drugs in Schools
Insight looks at how schools are dealing with drug use by students [more]

31/08/2008: Megan Hutching
Oral historian talks about her series of stories of pioneer women in New Zealand in the 19th century. [more]

31/08/2008: Mediawatch for 31 August 2008
The fish and chip paper principle; Fairfax cuts costs again; jobs taking the mickey in Beijing. [more]

31/08/2008: Gwynne Dyer
Author and celebrated globalist on his latest book 'Climate Wars'. [more]

31/08/2008: The Sunday Group
This week we look at some of the major privacy issues for consumers in the health sector. [more]

31/08/2008: Ideas for 31 August
This week Ideas examines leadership Part 2. [more]

06/09/2008: Insight for 7 September 2008
Insight investigates the implications of Auckland's growth as its population exceeds expectations [more]

07/09/2008: Dr James Skillen
President of The Centre for Public Justice in Washington, currently in NZ lecturing on christianity and politics. [more]

07/09/2008: Mediawatch for 7 September 2008
Supressing names on the net; exposing Obama from afar; cartoonists on display. [more]

07/09/2008: Mediawatch for 7 September 2008
Supressing names on the net; exposing Obama from afar; cartoonists on display. [more]

07/09/2008: Feature Interview - Brits Abroad - UK Foreign Policy
The head of the UK Foreign Office, Sir Peter Ricketts, discusses the war on terror and matters closer to our own shores. [more]

07/09/2008: Notes From The South
Dougal Stevenson recalls a dark day when words failed him. [more]

07/09/2008: The Sunday Group - To MMP or Not to MMP
Richard Prebble, Janine Hayward and Nigel Roberts take a look at Mixed Member Proportional voting. [more]

07/09/2008: Ideas for 7 September 2008
Ideas looks at theories of time - we can tell the time, but we're not so good at telling what time is. [more]

14/09/2008: The US Presidential Election - the Palin Factor
Dr Jon Johansson is back to go over the latest developments. [more]

14/09/2008: Mediawatch for 14 September 2008
Sensationalising the saga of Winston Peters; Supplementing the weekend papers. [more]

14/09/2008: On the Road Again
Dean Starnes has been travelling for 15 years through 75 countries. He's written a book about his adventures called 'Roam'. [more]

14/09/2008: The Sunday Group: Kereru Pie
This week we look at whether the 'hands off' approach to our native plants and animals is working. [more]

14/09/2008: Ideas for 14 September 2008
Spiritualist minister Kathy Weldon, and psychologist Dr Marc Wilson, author of a recent online survey into national beliefs. [more]

20/09/2008: Insight for 21 September: Myanmar Refugees
Insight goes to the Thai/Myanmar border to find out how people are recovering post Cyclone Nargis [more]

21/09/2008: Globality
Author Hal Sirkin explains how economic globalisation has given way to globality. [more]

21/09/2008: Mediawatch for 21 September 2008
TV awards; restricted reporting of suicide; half-baked headlines. [more]

21/09/2008: Polls vs Expectations
ABC election commentator Antony Green compares the recent Australian federal election with the upcoming NZ general election. [more]

21/09/2008: The Sunday Group - Dunedin Stadium Project
Bev Butler, Tim Calder, Michael Deaker and Malcom Farry discuss the pros and cons of the proposed new stadium in Dunedin. [more]

21/09/2008: Ideas for 21 September 2008
This week a look at temporary migrant labour schemes around the world. [more]

27/09/2008: Insight 28 September 2008 - NZ Astronomy
Insight looks at New Zealand's first radio astronomy dish ahead of its opening and the state of the science in this country [more]

28/09/2008: Seeking Asylum in Australia
Susie Latham talks to Chris Laidlaw about Australia's track record on its treatment of asylum seekers. [more]

28/09/2008: Mediawatch for 28 September 2008
This week a departing MP takes her parting shot at the press, and coverage of the milk contamination crisis in China. [more]

28/09/2008: What would Jesus do?
A quest to live the ultimate biblical life, and to follow every single rule in the Bible-as literally as possible. [more]

28/09/2008: The Sunday Group : Managing Fisheries
NZ is said to have one of the most sustainable fish management systems in the world but it's still not without its problems. [more]

28/09/2008: Ideas for 28 September 2008
As the world changes around it, how can Samoa adapt, thrive, and yet still remain Samoan. [more]

04/10/2008: Insight for 5 October 2008 - Rubbish
Insight investigates how we deal with our rubbish as we strive to make cities more sustainable. [more]

05/10/2008: Jane Mayer
Jane Mayer's book "The Dark Side" is published by Scribe. [more]

05/10/2008: Mediawatch for 5 October 2008
Election debate row; problems with political polls; nudity news misses the point. [more]

05/10/2008: Jenny Carlyon and Diana Morrow on Ponsonby
Two local residents of Ponsonby decide to chart its evolution. [more]

05/10/2008: Notes from the South
Notes from the South: A story of the stage debut of Saint Clair sand. [more]

05/10/2008: The Sunday Group
The Sunday Group discusses how responsibly the media deals with election campaigns. [more]

05/10/2008: Ideas for 5 October 2008: Samoa
The second part of the series on Samoa, looking more deeply at issues of land ownership and exploitation. [more]

12/10/2008: Frederick de Klerk
Interview with Nobel Prize recipient and former president of South Africa, F W de Klerk. [more]

12/10/2008: Major General Howard Kippenberger
Interview with Denis McLean, former Secretary of Defence and author of a new book on the war hero, Kippenberger. [more]

12/10/2008: The Sunday Group - Global Financial Crisis
Radio NZ Business Editor Patrick O'Maera;former Reseve Bank Govenor Don Brash; Chief Executive of the NZSX Mark Weldon. [more]

12/10/2008: Mediawatch for 12 October 2008
How broadcasters cater for today's multimedia youth, some statistical sloppiness and mistaken identity. [more]

12/10/2008: Ideas for 12th October 2008
The third part of our series on Samoa, examining the challenges of preserving Fa'asamoa. [more]

18/10/2008: Insight for October 19 - Kaeo Floods
Insight investigates the plight of Far North residents still camping in their homes nearly two years after flooding [more]

19/10/2008: Helen Zille
Mayor of Cape Town and opposition leader Hellen Zille talking with Chris in Cape Town. [more]

19/10/2008: Mediawatch for 19 October 2008
The global financial crisis; the TV One leaders' debate; a feuding pundit and politician. [more]

19/10/2008: Stevan Eldred - Grigg's, 'Diggers, Hatters and Whores'
'Diggers, Hatters and Whores' is about the NZ gold rushes of the 19th century. Author Stevan Eldered-Grigg tells us more. [more]

19/10/2008: Sunday Group - Minor Parties
Representatives from the minor parties, Richard Lewis, Bernard Darnton and Andrew McKenzie. [more]

19/10/2008: Ideas - Obsessing over the Future
On Ideas today we discuss the future and ways we predict it. [more]

19/10/2008: Ideas - Obsessing over the Future
On Ideas today, we discuss the future and ways we predict it. [more]

25/10/2008: Insight 26 October 2008 - Teen Labour
Insight investigates the working conditions of teen employees. [more]

26/10/2008: Mediawatch for 26 October 2008
Fairfax wins in court; Consumer for sale; pundits miss the point. [more]

26/10/2008: Modern Architecture
Dr. Julia Gatley and Ross Brown on architecture. [more]

26/10/2008: Joseph Romanos: 'No Ordinary Man'
The biography of Arthur Porritt by Joseph Romanos and Dr. Graeme Woodfield. [more]

26/10/2008: Sunday Group
Sustainable architecture and building. [more]

26/10/2008: Dougal Stevenson
Notes from the South. [more]

26/10/2008: Ideas - Intelligence
A look at how intelligence is defined. [more]

01/11/2008: Insight 2 November - Forestry
Insight looks at whether carbon markets can power forestry out of its decline. [more]

02/11/2008: Professor Nigel Roberts
Tells us what parliamentary architecture reveals about a country. [more]

02/11/2008: Mediawatch for 2 November 2008
Politicians at home, flip-flopping on polls and election innovations online. [more]

02/11/2008: Grahame Sydney
Talks about the pains and the pleasures of photographing Antarctica. [more]

02/11/2008: The Sunday Group
This week looks at how to survive the turmoil of the world financial crisis. [more]

02/11/2008: Ideas for 2 November 2008 - Campaign '68 (Part 1)
We go back 40 years to the 1968 American presidential campaign and ask; was this the start of divisive political tactics? [more]

09/11/2008: The Sunday Group
Today's Sunday group looks both the US and NZ elections. [more]

09/11/2008: Ideas for 9 November 2008 - Humanitarianism (Part1)
Jean Baptiste Richardier talks about his work with disabled refugees. [more]

09/11/2008: Ideas for 9 November 2008 - Humanitarianism (Part 2)
Sister Catherine Hannan reflects on the wider question of humanitarian action: its motivation and results. [more]

09/11/2008: Mediawatch for 9 November 2008
An extended look at the media coverage of the election campaign - and election night. [more]

15/11/2008: Insight Sunday 16 November: The challenges ahead
Insight looks at how President-elect Barack Obama will meet the immense challenges facing the United States. [more]

16/11/2008: Richard Vokes
Richard Vokes discusses the current conflict in the Congo [more]

16/11/2008: Mediawatch for 16 November 2008
A possible ownership shake-up; cartoonists at the cutting edge; John Key's honeymoon. [more]

16/11/2008: Sidney Jones
Sidney Jones discusses the impact of the Bali bombers' execution on Indonesia. [more]

16/11/2008: Notes from the South
Dougal Stevenson takes time to think about the importance of capturing our personal history. [more]

16/11/2008: Sunday Group for 16 November
The group discusses a vision for New Zealand's economic future. [more]

23/11/2008: Insight Sunday 23 November: Pacific Food Security
Sara Vui-Talitu explores the increasing pressures on food supplies in the Pacific. [more]

23/11/2008: Ronald Inglehart
Ronald Inglehart is the director of the World Values Survey. [more]

23/11/2008: Mediawatch for 23 November 2008
Journalists' judgement calls at election time; Michael Horton on owning papers; cliches and limericks. [more]

23/11/2008: Wayne Brittendon
Wayne Brittendon talks about the good old days of the New Zealand picture theatre. [more]

23/11/2008: The Sunday Group
The Sunday Group looks back at Helen Clark's political legacy. [more]

29/11/2008: Insight Sunday 30 November: Central Plains Irrigation Project
Monique Devereux looks at how the proposed Central Plains irrigation project has divided the Canterbury community [more]

30/11/2008: Pakistan with Dr Sudha Ramachandran
Why has Pakistan become so pivotal in the region it lies in the middle of? [more]

30/11/2008: Mediawatch for 30 November 2008
TV3's repeat channel; unattributed essays; controversial photos re-emerge. [more]

30/11/2008: Save the Children
Interview with International Save the Children Alliance's, Charlotte Petri Gornitzka and Jay Wisecarver. [more]

30/11/2008: The Sunday Group: Pacific Remittance Project
Three-quarters of Pacific Islanders living in New Zealand send money back home to family members. [more]

06/12/2008: Insight Sunday 7 December: Pilot Training
Insight examines the dangers and risks of a boom in foreign students training for their pilot's licence in New Zealand. [more]

07/12/2008: Sir Howard Morrison
Reflects on 50 years in the entertainment industry. [more]

07/12/2008: Mediawatch for 7 December
Going ga-ga over Google, totalitarian talkback and plans for Pacific TV. [more]

07/12/2008: Professor Jan Pronk
Discusses global sustainable economic developement. [more]

07/12/2008: Dougal Stevenson
With his own version of a comic opera in Dunedin. [more]

07/12/2008: The Sunday Group
This week investigates human genome research. [more]

07/12/2008: Mediawatch for 7 December
Going ga-ga over Google; totalitarian talkback; plans for Pacific TV [more]

13/12/2008: Insight Sunday 14 December: Ports in Crisis
Eric Frykberg examines the new crisis that's enveloping this country's ports. [more]

14/12/2008: Richard Quinn
Talks about his challenging new biography of Samuel Marsden. [more]

14/12/2008: Mediawatch for 14 December
A good news day for the government, the end of 'Agenda' and freelance journalism. [more]

14/12/2008: Jane Hunter
Tells us about life in the wine industry. [more]

14/12/2008: The Sunday Group
This week discusses the state of cricket in this country. [more]

18/12/2008: Brian Turner
Ruminations about life and fishing and fighting for the virtue of Central Otago with poet Brian Turner. [more]

18/12/2008: Sam Hunt
Sam Hunt takes us from Bottle Creek to the Kaipara Harbour and shares some new poetry. [more]

18/12/2008: Grahame Sydney
Talks about the pains and the pleasures of photographing Antarctica. [more]

18/12/2008: Dr Ron Colman
Dr Colman discusses the General Progress Index, an alternative to GDP [more]

18/12/2008: Gwynne Dyer
Author and celebrated globalist on his latest book 'Climate Wars'. [more]

18/12/2008: Professor Michael Northcott
Professor Northcott is active in the European Churches Environmental Network. [more]

18/12/2008: Pakistan with Dr Sudha Ramachandran
Why has Pakistan become so pivotal in the region it lies in the middle of? [more]

18/12/2008: Graham Clayton
The little-known story of New Zealand's first air force fighter squadron. [more]

18/12/2008: Major General Howard Kippenberger
Interview with Denis McLean, former Secretary of Defence and author of a new book on the war hero, Kippenberger. [more]

18/12/2008: Feature Interview - Children of East Timor
Teacher and volunteer Anne Fisher talks to Chris Laidlaw. [more]

18/12/2008: David Coltart
Senior MDC politician talks about the latest politicial developments in Zimbabwe. [more]

18/12/2008: Richard Vokes
Richard Vokes discusses the current conflict in the Congo [more]

18/12/2008: Frederick de Klerk
Interview with Nobel Prize recipient and former president of South Africa, F W de Klerk. [more]

18/12/2008: Helen Zille
Mayor of Cape Town and opposition leader Hellen Zille talking with Chris in Cape Town. [more]

18/12/2008: The Sunday Group
Today's Sunday group looks both the US and NZ elections. [more]

18/12/2008: James Kynge
James talks about the spread of chinese influence across the globe. [more]

18/12/2008: Seeking Asylum in Australia
Susie Latham talks to Chris Laidlaw about Australia's track record on its treatment of asylum seekers. [more]

20/12/2008: Insight Sunday 21 December Tuna Stocks
Philippa Tolley explores what can be done to protect tuna stocks in the Pacific. [more]

21/12/2008: Temple Sinai Torah
The story of the Torah's rescue from the Nazis and its journey to New Zealand. [more]

21/12/2008: Mediawatch for 21 December
The heroes, villains, winners and losers of the media in 2008. [more]

21/12/2008: Lockerbie - 20 years after the disaster
Author Jill Haldane talks about the history of her hometown. [more]

21/12/2008: Dougal Stevenson
Recalls lazy days on his lilo. [more]

21/12/2008: The Sunday Group
This week tackles the subject of christmas madness. [more]

21/12/2008: Solstice
We track down a couple of people from opposite ends of the earth. [more]

27/12/2008: Insight Sunday 28 December: The Digital Shadow
Sue Ingram explores what use is made of all the digital information we produce using everyday technology. [more]

03/01/2009: Insight Sunday 4 January: Myanmar Refugees
Insight travels to the Myanmar/Thai border to investigate the plight of refugees made homeless by Cyclone Nargis. [more]

10/01/2009: Insight Sunday 11 January: Breaking the Cycle
Insight asks what factors can determine how young people deal with adverse events. [more]

17/01/2009: Insight Sunday 18 January: The Challenges Ahead
Insight looks at the challenges facing Barack Obama as he prepares to take office at a time of economic crisis. [more]

24/01/2009: Insight Sunday 25 January: Drugs in Schools
Insight asks whether drug and alcohol education programmes in schools do any good. [more]

31/01/2009: Economic Prospects for 2009
Nadine Chalmers-Ross asks whether New Zealand will be able to ride out the global recession [more]

31/01/2009: Insight, Sunday 1 February: Economic Prospects for 2009
Nadine Chalmers-Ross asks whether New Zealand will be able to ride out the global recession [more]

31/01/2009: Ideas for 1 February 2009
A Pack of Hoons - Conscientious Objectors in New Zealand History.The first of a two part series Could war be ended by ordinary people simply refusing to kill? And why do Governments so often respond to those who refuse to be conscripted by throwing them in prison - or torturing them as happened to some of the New Zealanders who refused to take part in the First World War? Interview One: Historian David Grant talks about his recent book Field Punishment No.1: Archibald Baxter, Mark Briggs and New Zealand's anti-militarist tradition (Steele Roberts). Interview Two: John Baxter grandson of pacifist Archibald Baxter whose book We Will Not Cease describes being subjected to the No.1 Field Punishment referred to in the title of David Grant's book. [more]

01/02/2009: Feature Interview: Geoff Sewell
Singer and the creator of Amici Forever. [more]

01/02/2009: Mediawatch for 1 February 2009
Economic armageddon or media beat up? How silly was the silly season? [more]

01/02/2009: Neville Peat interview
Author of 'High Country Lark - An Invitation to Paradise'. [more]

01/02/2009: The Sunday Group: NZ Before the Treaty
A discussion with Dr Peter Adams, Dr Claudia Orange and Dr Manuka Henare. [more]

07/02/2009: Insight, Sunday 8 February: Cholesterol
Sue Ingram looks at whether the link between high cholesterol levels and heart disease needs to be reassessed [more]

08/02/2009: John Carlin
Talks about a moment of political genius when Nelson Mandela wore the Springbok jersey at the 1995 Rugby World Cup final. [more]

08/02/2009: Mediawatch for 08 February 2009
Media coverage of Gaza; sponsors in sport and news; the boyracer crackdown. [more]

08/02/2009: Alastair Campbell
Talks about mental illness, politics and his exotic relationship with the British media. [more]

08/02/2009: The Sunday Group
This week looks at the philosophical underpinnings of John Key's National-led Government. [more]

08/02/2009: Feedback
Your views on some of the issues raised in our programme. [more]

08/02/2009: Ideas for 8 February
Second of two programmes on conscientious objection. [more]

14/02/2009: Insight, Sunday 15 February: Homelessness
Richard Pamatatau examines the extent of homelessness in New Zealand amid proposals to force them off Auckland streets [more]

15/02/2009: Alexander McCall Smith
Author of the very successful series, the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency. [more]

15/02/2009: Mediawatch for 15 February 2009
Reporting Victoria's bushfires; an overseas success; should journalists reveal how they work? [more]

15/02/2009: Professor David Karoly
The Victorian government's chief climate change adviser talks about the role of climate change in last weeks bushfires. [more]

15/02/2009: The Sunday Group: Should creation be taught in schools?
With former Royal Society Teacher Bernard Beckett; Prof of Botany Bill Martin and Prof of Computational Biology Allen Rodrigo. [more]

15/02/2009: Feedback
Your views on some of the issues raised in our programme. [more]

15/02/2009: Ideas for 15 February 2009
Co-operatives banks - the solution to the slump? [more]

21/02/2009: Insight Sunday 22 February: Tagging
Penny MacKay looks at tagging and investigates what works in the battle to wipe it out [more]

22/02/2009: Gerard Quinn
Irish Human Rights Commissioner talks about the UN Convention on the rights of disabled people. [more]

22/02/2009: Mediawatch for 22 February 2009
Sending local journalists overseas, the surprise sale of a rebel radio station and unwanted advice from radio hosts. [more]

22/02/2009: Simon Reid-Henry
Tells us about the intriguing relationship between Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. [more]

22/02/2009: Dougal Stevenson
Dougal brings us his notes from the south. [more]

22/02/2009: The Sunday Group
This week looks at the future of rail in New Zealand. [more]

22/02/2009: Feedback
Your views on some of the issues raised in our programme. [more]

22/02/2009: Ideas for 22 February 2009
This week looks at natural health remedies. [more]

28/02/2009: Insight, Sunday 1 March: Black Saturday
Ian Telfer returns from reporting on the Victorian bush fires to ask why they proved so deadly [more]

01/03/2009: Antonio Guterres
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. [more]

01/03/2009: Mediawatch for 1 March 2009
Hard times for papers and broadcasters, no bail-out for TVNZ and airline PR dazzles the media. [more]

01/03/2009: Ian Athfield
Talks about the role of architecture in our society and on our environment. [more]

01/03/2009: The Sunday Group
This week we look at the Job Summit held in Manukau City on Friday 27 February. [more]

01/03/2009: Feedback
Your views on some of the issues raised on our programme. [more]

01/03/2009: Ideas for 1 March 2009
This week we celebrate the life and ideas of the late Dr Ian Prior. [more]

07/03/2009: Insight Sunday 8 March: Dirty Dairying
Craig Ashworth looks at the progress that's being made to clean up New Zealand's waterways. [more]

08/03/2009: Feature interview: Stephan Faris
We hear about the social and political impact of climate change, and the new book on the subject, 'Forecast'. [more]

08/03/2009: Mediawatch for 08 March 2009
Public service TV under National; the Bain retrial begins; TV that leaves a bad taste in the mouth. [more]

08/03/2009: Spotlight on Fiji's judiciary
We look at the validity of the nation's judicial system now that it has legitimised the 2006 coup and its resultant Government. [more]

08/03/2009: Notes from the South
A mysterious case of mistaken identity in the butterfly house. [more]

08/03/2009: The Sunday Group
Chris speaks with NZ Trade and Enterprise Regional Directors from around the globe. [more]

08/03/2009: Ideas for 8 March 2009
This week, we look at the Idea of a post colonial indigenous world view with a focus on Bolivian and NZ constitutional change. [more]

14/03/2009: Insight Sunday 15 March: Capitalism in Crisis
Business Editor, Patrick O'Meara asks whether the financial crisis signals a fundamental flaw in the banking system. [more]

15/03/2009: Rob Ryan
Sheds some new light on captain Robert Falcon Scott's doomed expedition to the South Pole. [more]

15/03/2009: Mediawatch for 15 March 2009
Journalists meet judges, lawyers and police face to face, the ACC 'blowout' and reports of a rescue which didn't add up. [more]

15/03/2009: David Coltart
Tells us about the tortuous business of sharing power in a devastated nation. [more]

15/03/2009: The Sunday Group
This week investigates how the recession is putting the financial squeeze on some private schools. [more]

15/03/2009: Feedback
Your views on some of the issues raised in our programme. [more]

15/03/2009: Ideas for 15 March 2009
This week looks at marine conservation. [more]

21/03/2009: Insight, Sunday 22 March: Prostitution Law Reform
Shanna Crispin looks at whether the decriminalisation of prostitution has made life safer for sex workers [more]

22/03/2009: Dexter Filkins
The New York Times foreign correspondent and author of 'The Forever War', talks about covering war in Afghanistan and Iraq. [more]

22/03/2009: Mediawatch for 22 March 2009
"Beating up bullying; broadcasters square off over ethics; revisiting recent issues". [more]

22/03/2009: Peter Askin
The director of the film 'Trumbo' talks about Dalton Trumbo, one of the "Hollywood 10" blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee. [more]

22/03/2009: Notes from the South
Dougal Stevenson soars above Dunedin. [more]

22/03/2009: Feedback
What the listeners have to say. [more]

22/03/2009: Ideas for 22 March 2009
New Zealanders Policing the Pacific. [more]

28/03/2009: Insight, Sunday 29 March: Hidden Hurt
Richard Pamatatau talks to Pacific Islanders about the impact of the recession [more]

29/03/2009: Paul Collier
Professor of economics at Oxford University discusses ways of restoring democracy in the world's poorest countries. [more]

29/03/2009: Mediawatch for 29 March 2009
Economic pressure on the world's media, fake photo embarrassment and the truth about flying fish. [more]

29/03/2009: Hugh Templeton
Talks about Carl Berendsen who had a profound effect on the shaping of New Zealand's foreign policy. [more]

29/03/2009: The Sunday Group
This week discusses our very own 'turbulent priest', Bishop Selwyn. [more]

29/03/2009: Feedback
Your views on some of the issues raised in our programme. [more]

29/03/2009: Ideas for 29 March 2009
looks at the 100th anniversary of the signing of the first international agreement on the prohibition of drugs. [more]

04/04/2009: Insight for 5 April 2009 - Testing Time
Karen Brown examines the implications of changing the provider of Auckland's community laboratory testing service [more]

05/04/2009: Feature interview: Tackling the Global Crisis
Ngaire Woods, Professor of International Political Economy - expert on global economic governance. [more]

05/04/2009: Mediawatch for 5 April 2009
Long-serving editor calls it quits; reasons to keep advertisers away from news; bad manners in the morning. [more]

05/04/2009: Feature interview: Governing Auckland
David Shand is a member of the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance. [more]

05/04/2009: The Sunday Group: Trashing the TVNZ Charter
Broadcasting Minister Jonathan Coleman plans to scrap the TVNZ charter - Tom Frewen, Linda Burgess and Brent Impey discuss. [more]

11/04/2009: Insight for 12 April 2009 - ACC
Julian Robins examines the future of the ACC - is its financial situation as perilous as the Government recently made out? [more]

12/04/2009: Mark Cabaj
A Canadian expert on the role of philanthropy in fostering social innovation. [more]

12/04/2009: Mediawatch for 12 April 2009
TV One's new politics programme, claiming the credit for Clark's job and are papers popular enough to survive tough times? [more]

12/04/2009: Professor Richard Gunderman
From Indiana University, talks about how we can improve our own lives by helping others. [more]

12/04/2009: The Sunday Group
This week takes a wide-ranging look at the motoring industry. [more]

12/04/2009: Feedback
Your views on some of the issues raised in our programme. [more]

12/04/2009: Ideas for 12 April 2009
This week UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. [more]

18/04/2009: Hopkins-Weise
Historian Jeff Hopkins-Weise says the ANZAC legend began half a century before Gallipoli. [more]

19/04/2009: Mediawatch for 19 April 2009
This week: Two political crises overseas; how newspaper newsrooms have thinned out in recent years. [more]

19/04/2009: James McNeish
James McNeish has issued a new book"Lovelock"on the life of Jack Lovelock. [more]

19/04/2009: The Sunday Group
The Sunday Group explores Fiji's future. [more]

25/04/2009: Insight Sunday 26 April: National Standards
Education Correspondent, Gael Woods looks at the Government's plans to introduce national standards in primary schools. [more]

26/04/2009: Feature interview: Lighthouse Life
Helen Beaglehole talks about her latest book, 'Always the Sound of the Sea'. [more]

26/04/2009: Mediawatch for 26 April 2009
Taking sides over Tony Veitch; can the online media support quality journalism? [more]

25/04/2009: The Last Confession: Vlad the Impaler
Chris Humphrey's book 'Vlad, the Last Confession', is about the historical figure and inspiration for the vampire, Dracula. [more]

26/04/2009: Notes from the South
Dougal Stevenson remembers his father on ANZAC Day. [more]

26/04/2009: The Sunday Group: Tourism feels the Chill
The Sunday Group discusses the state of our tourism industry and how it can deal with and survive the economic downturn. [more]

26/04/2009: Feedback
Feedback on last week's Sunday Group discussion on Fiji. [more]

27/04/2009: Insight Sunday 9 October 2005: Pandemic Planning
In October 2005, Philippa Tolley examined what preparations were being made to contain a pandemic [more]

27/04/2009: Insight Sunday 18 December 2005: Bird Flu in Vietnam
Sue Ingram visits Vietnam, a country hit hard by bird flu and sees how the authorities are coping [more]

02/05/2009: Insight Sunday 3 May: Bee Survival
Kevin Ikin examines the threat to the survival of the honey bee and the implications for New Zealand. [more]

03/05/2009: Wrongful Convictions
Dr Matthew Gerrie talks about the Innocence Project, and factors that lead to eyewitness misidentification. [more]

03/05/2009: Mediawatch for 3 May 2009
Sexing up swine flu; Fiji censorship extended; fallout from Salinger's sacking. [more]

03/05/2009: National security vs our right to privacy
Cynthia Laberge is the senior research fellow in Cyber Law 2008 at Victoria University. [more]

03/05/2009: The Sunday Group: Gliding On Long Gone
The Sunday Group debates the value and role of the public service. [more]

03/05/2009: Ideas: The Life and Politics of Dr Michael Cullen
Dr Michael Cullen retired from Parliament this week. What were the philosophies that drove him for nearly three decades? [more]

09/05/2009: Insight Sunday 10 May: Second Time Around
Teresa Cowie talks to grandparents who have opted to raise a grandchild and asks what burdens this can impose. [more]

10/05/2009: Author Stefan Aust
Writer of The Baader Meinhof Complex, Stefan knew his subjects and talks about them candidly with Chris. The Cold War had spilled into private enterprise and his book of these turbulent European times has recently been adapted for film. [more]

10/05/2009: Mediawatch for 10 May 2009
Climate change expertise; NZX goes rural and; reporting on children of prominent people. [more]

10/05/2009: Maori architecture with Dr Deidre Brown
From Fale to Wharenui, the evolution and importance of Maori architecture in both an historic and contemporary context. [more]

10/05/2009: Notes from the South
Dougal Stevenson speaks from Dunedin. [more]

10/05/2009: The Sunday Group
We hear about a recent conference on Maori Political Representation at Victoria University. MP's Te Ururoa Flavell, Nanaia Mahuta and Metiria Turei were there with academic Dr Janine Hayward who all join the Sunday Group. [more]

10/05/2009: Ideas for 10 May 2009: Media Evolution
Is journalism in peril? Well maybe in the US. Robert McChesney, founder of American lobby group Free Press talks to RNZ's Jeremy Rose, then... Julie Starr and Jim Tucker join Chris to talk about the evolution and salvation of the news media in this country. [more]

16/05/2009: Insight Sunday 17 May - Fiji and NZ
Insight visits Fiji under emergency regulations and asks why NZ should continue to care. [more]

17/05/2009: Philippe Legrain
Philippe Legrain is someone who believes passionately in the benefits of ethnic and cultural diversity. [more]

17/05/2009: Mediawatch for 17 May 2009
Coverage of the crisis in Napier; an award-winning radio veteran; headlines based on shaky stats. [more]

17/05/2009: George Friedman
George Friedman's book 'The Next Hundred Years' sets out a geopolitical analysis of what lies ahead for the world this century. [more]

17/05/2009: The Sunday Group
The Sunday Group looks at Pakistan, its war with the Taliban and the danger of its political meltdown. [more]

17/05/2009: Feedback
A selection of Sunday Morning emails. [more]

17/05/2009: Ideas for 17 May 2009: Crime and Punishment
This week, Ideas looks at crime, punishment and rehabilitation. [more]

23/05/2009: Insight for 24 May 2009 - Pre Budget Regional Snapshot
Insight investigates the financial health of the regions ahead of the Budget. [more]

24/05/2009: John Huckerby
A specialist in marine energy on the challenges of utilising energy from the ocean. [more]

24/05/2009: Mediawatch for 24 May 2009
Animal welfare hits the headlines and John Campbell on the push to report news first and fast. [more]

24/05/2009: Malcolm Fraser
Former Australian Prime Minister on his experiences in the global political landscape. [more]

24/05/2009: The Sunday Group
This week looks at the issue of New Zealand's so called 'Gun Culture'. [more]

24/05/2009: Feedback
Your views on some of the issues raised in our programme. [more]

24/05/2009: Ideas for 24 May 2009
This week award winning journalist Christina lamb talks with Lynn Freeman. [more]

30/05/2009: Insight Sunday 31st May China and NZ
Insight investigates how the impact of the recession on China might affect trade with NZ [more]

31/05/2009: Janet November - Ethel Benjamin: NZ's first woman lawyer
Chris talks to Janet November, biographer of Ethel Benjamin, the first woman to qualify as a lawyer in NZ. [more]

31/05/2009: Kevin Clements - Place of Peacemaking
Prof. Kevin Clements is the newly appointed director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at Otago Universtiy. [more]

31/05/2009: Notes From the South
Dougal Stevenson waxes lyrical on those things happening in the South. [more]

31/05/2009: Sunday Group - gender pay parity
Why is it, in a country whose pride in its achievements as a leader in women's rights still can't get rid of a gap in pay rates? [more]

31/05/2009: Ideas for 31 May 2009 - Holocaust
This week in Ideas we take a look at the place of the Holocaust in popular culture. [more]

31/05/2009: Ideas - Holocaust - Omer Bartov
Omer Bartov is an israeli born professor at Brown University in the US talking to Ideas producer Jeremy Rose. [more]

31/05/2009: Ideas - Holocaust - Scott Hamilton
Dr. Scott Hamilton talks about the trend that is seeing fringe groups denying the extent of the Holocaust against the Jews. [more]

31/05/2009: Mediawatch for 31 May 2009
Pigs part 2, journalism on screen, do editorials still carry clout? [more]

06/06/2009: Insight Sunday 7 June: Bain Trial
Monique Devereux looks at the David Bain case, one of the most expensive trials in New Zealand's history [more]

07/06/2009: Terry Michael-On Obama's Honeymoon
US media Commentator and political analyst Terry Michael discusses Barack Obama's first few months in power [more]

07/06/2009: Mediawatch for 7 June 2009
David Bain walks free; Mitchell Murphy's Sunday papers; breaking news breakdown. [more]

07/06/2009: Tee Morris-Speaking Geek
So you don't know your wikis from your blogs? US New Media expert Tee Morris talks about social media initiatives. [more]

07/06/2009: The Sunday Group - Transition Towns Taking Root
Transition Towns are spreading around New Zealand as communities roll up their sleeves to become more self-relient [more]

07/06/2009: Feedback
What listeners have to say [more]

08/06/2009: Ideas: Witch burning and the spirit world
This week we discuss PNG's so-called witches,communicating with the dead, and witchcraft and sorcery in the Western tradition. [more]

13/06/2009: Insight, Sunday 14 June: Truancy
Andrew McRae explores what's being done to combat the problem of truancy. [more]

14/06/2009: Feature interview: Journalism and Trauma
US photojournalist Jim MacMillan has covered more than 200 combat missions in Iraq for the Associated Press. He teaches a course on journalism and trauma talks to Chris Laidlaw about how the two are linked. [more]

14/06/2009: Mediawatch for 14 June 2009
Pushing boundaries on Bain; outing Worth's accuser; covering the world's conflicts [more]

14/06/2009: What the world food crisis means for NZ
The University of OtagoÂ's Foreign Policy school is holding a major conference on the world food crisis at the end of this month. Associate Professor Hugh Campbell is one of the schoolÂ's directors. [more]

14/06/2009: The Sunday Group: Environmental Reform
The Government is planning to rewrite the convoluted structure of our environmental management system. How do we get a system that achieves prosperity and protects the environment? [more]

14/06/2009: Ideas for 14 June 2009: Homelessness
Last week saw a record number of the capital's citizens seeking a bed at the city's Night Shelter. Jeremy Rose spoke to Willie Matangi, a homeless man who first hit the streets 30 years ago and Darren - who 15 months ago swapped a prison cell for a cell-sized room in a Wellington hostel. Chris Laidlaw speaks to Lifewise General Manager of Community Services John McCarthy. [more]

14/06/2009: Feedback
Listeners have their say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme. Today, the Bain trial. [more]

20/06/2009: Insight: Babies in Childcare
Penny McKay takes an objective look into the early childhood education sector. [more]

20/06/2009: Dougal Stevenson: Notes from the South
Dougal's regular insight from Dunedin. [more]

21/06/2009: Mediawatch for 21 June 2009
The campaign to get a sacked hack back; remembering an old-school journalist; geographically challened reporting. [more]

21/06/2009: Sam Hunt on James K Baxter
Chris talks to Sam about the poetry of Baxter and Hunt as well as the collaboration with David Kilgour. [more]

21/06/2009: James Mittelman: Securing Globalisation
Chris speaks with the professor of International Affairs at the American University in Washington DC. [more]

21/06/2009: The Sunday Group: Section 59
Two years ago today, the law changed banning the physical punishment of children. How has this change worked? [more]

21/06/2009: Ideas: Instability in Iran
Chris speaks with Emmanuele Ottolenghi and Maria Rublee about nuclear ambitions and regional stability. [more]

27/06/2009: Insight, Sunday 28 June: The Jury System
Justice reporter, Penny Smits asks whether the way criminal cases are handled needs to be reviewed. [more]

28/06/2009: Clean Farming
Professor Jules Pretty, from the University of Essex, is a leading authority on the sustainability of agricultural production and the environmental impact of agricultural intensification. Professor Pretty is in New Zealand attending the Otago University Foreign Policy School. [more]

28/06/2009: Mediawatch for 28 June 2009
Iranians defy censorship to feed the media; Lotto fever; ready-made news and comment. [more]

28/06/2009: Changing the Course of Global Warming
Robert Watson is Chief Scientific Advisor in the UK Department of Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs. HeÂ's also the chairman of the UNÂ's assessment of global agriculture. He talks to Chris Laidlaw about the need for a global carbon market - and how small states can make a difference. [more]

28/06/2009: The Sunday Group: Rugby Blues
Former All Black Captain Sir Brian Lochore; Herald on Sunday sports editor Paul Lewis; and the Chairman of the Otago Rugby Union, former sports journalist and author, Ron Palenski. [more]

28/06/2009: Feedback
What you, the listeners, say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme. [more]

28/06/2009: Ideas: Putting Your Life on the Line for Your Beliefs
This week in Ideas we explore what it is that makes people like the brigadistas risk their lives for their beliefs. First we hear from historian and writer Mark Derby who edited the recently-releasedÂ'Kiwi Companeros: New Zealand and the Spanish Civil WarÂ'. Then later in the programme Christchurch playwright Sam Fisher tells us what motivated him to travel to Sri Lanka to work as a human-shield in the 1990s. [more]

05/07/2009: Tony Jarvis
An Episcopal priest who teaches at Yale University talks about the spiritual needs of boys. [more]

05/07/2009: Mediawatch for 5 July 2009
TVNZ and Sky sharing sport and channels, TV tennis tension and press probing of family affairs. [more]

05/07/2009: Colin Keating
Former New Zealand ambassador to the UN and the founding Executive Director of the Security Council Report. [more]

05/07/2009: The Sunday Group
This week looks at the impact of the recession on immigration. [more]

05/07/2009: Feedback
Your views on some of the issues raised in our programme. [more]

05/07/2009: Ideas for 5 July 2009
This week looks at the impact of funding cuts on Adult and Community Education. [more]

11/07/2009: Insight for Sunday 12 July 2009: Copyright
Kim Griggs explores the issue of copyright and the controversial attempt to stop illegal downloading from the internet [more]

12/07/2009: Feature Interview: Climate Change and Migration in the Pacific
Philippe Boncour is from the International Organisation for Migration. [more]

12/07/2009: Mediawatch for 12 July 2009
Bain breaks his silence; business journalism thinning out; RIP King of Pop. [more]

12/07/2009: Feature Interview: Holding Power in Indonesia
Professor Jeffrey Winters from Northwestern University in the US has been watching closely the Indonesian presidential elections this week. [more]

12/07/2009: The Sunday Group: Lange's Legacy
It's 25 years since David Lange was elected Prime Minister. Matt McCarten, Fran Wilde and Colin James discuss his legacy. [more]

12/07/2009: Ideas: Pacific Leadership
We explore some of the bigger issues facing the region with former Niue Premier Young Vivian and Tonga Prime Minister Dr Feleti Sevele. [more]

12/07/2009: Feedback
Education Minister Anne Tolley responds to listener feedback on adult community education. [more]

18/07/2009: Insight Sunday 19 July: Teen Brain Development
Sue Ingram looks at the implications of research that suggests the brain doesn't fully mature until 25 [more]

19/07/2009: Charles Brasch
Dunedin celebrates the centennary of Charles Brasch' birth this year. [more]

19/07/2009: Mediawatch for 19 July 2009
Dirty tricks in the UK, trial by jury, and Sharyn Steel talks about working in male-dominated newsrooms. [more]

19/07/2009: Jonathan Brent
Author and Russophile Jonathan Brent shares his fears of a revival of Stalinism in Eastern Eurpoe. [more]

19/07/2009: Dougal Stevenson: notes from the south
Notes from the south. [more]

19/07/2009: Sunday Group
The Sunday Group takes a look at the airlines industry. [more]

19/07/2009: Feedback
Sunday Morning feedback. [more]

19/07/2009: Ideas
Ideas focusses on the changing face of New Zealand history. [more]

25/07/2009: Insight Sunday 26 July: Carbon Offsetting
Ian Telfer investigates some of the environmental projects that businesses are using to offset their greenhouse gas emissions. [more]

25/07/2009: Mackenzie Country irrigation plan
A stoush over the Mackenzie Country landscape is shaping up as farmers seek water rights to irrigate more than 27,000 ha of the Mackenzie Basin and Upper Waitaki Valley. [more]

26/07/2009: Van Dieman Land
One of the films at the NZ film festival is about cannabilism. It's about Van Diemansland, Tasmania, where in 1828, a bunch of convicts absconded from a penal colony. [more]

26/07/2009: Mediawatch for 26 July 2009
Too much information from the Weatherston trial; paying for the news online. [more]

26/07/2009: Linwood Barclay crime writer
Linwood Barclay used to be a columnist for the Toronto Star until his novels became best sellers. [more]

26/07/2009: Ideas for 26 July 2009
Almost exactly two years ago Britain's Guardian newspaper ran a thousand-word article, prominently, on a decision by the New Zealand Government to stop charging the public for access to statistics. [more]

26/07/2009: Ideas for 26 July 2009
Almost exactly two years ago Britain's Guardian newspaper ran a thousand-word article, prominently, on a decision by the New Zealand Government to stop charging the public for access to statistics. [more]

31/07/2009: Mediawatch Extra 31 July 2009
The first ever edition of the online-only companion to Radio New Zealand's Mediawatch programme, taking in comments from listeners and updating recent stories from the show. [more]

01/08/2009: Insight, Sunday 2 August: Swine Flu
Karen Brown investigates how the country is coping with the swine flu pandemic and what lessons are being learnt. [more]

02/08/2009: Robyn Dupuis
US researcher looks at how 'kiwi' stereotypes make us better at saving. [more]

02/08/2009: Mediawatch for 2 August 2009
MPs' expenses; Gordon Campbell's Werewolf; mixed messages about house prices. [more]

02/08/2009: Joseph Heath
Talks about economic myths and fallacies. [more]

02/08/2009: Dougal Stevenson
Dougal brings us his notes from the south. [more]

02/08/2009: The Sunday Group
This week The Sunday Group looks at New Zealand's role in Afghanistan. [more]

02/08/2009: Ideas for 2 August 2009
This week Chris talks to Canadian journalist and author Dan Gardner. [more]

08/08/2009: Insight, Sunday 09 August: Overstayers
Richard Pamatatau talks to overstayers and looks at the implications of their choice to stay in New Zealand illegally [more]

09/08/2009: Mike Moore
The former WTO head discusses the film 'Battle in Seattle'. [more]

09/08/2009: Mediawatch for 9 August 2009
Paula Bennett and the beneficiaries get a rough ride, media voyeurism and All Black anxiety. [more]

09/08/2009: Jon Johansson
Discusses his new book that explores the politics of generations. [more]

09/08/2009: The Sunday Group
This week discusses Compulsory Military Training or National Service. [more]

09/08/2009: Feedback
Your views on some of the issues raised in our programme. [more]

09/08/2009: Ideas for 9 August 2009
This week we look at the 60th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions. [more]

15/08/2009: Insight, Sunday 16 August: Dairy Fortunes
Economics Correspondent Nigel Stirling explores the turn-around in the dairy industry which has seen boom turn in to gloom. [more]

16/08/2009: UN Development Fund for Women
We find out how much progress the world,'s women are making with the executive director of the UN Development Fund for Women [more]

16/08/2009: Mediawatch for 16 August 2009
The surge of media interest in Afghanistan; an award winning documentary judged unfair and unbalanced. [more]

16/08/2009: Bowling Through India
Chris talks to the author of Bowling Through India ,Justin Brown and fellow Black Crap John Brougen [more]

16/08/2009: Notes from the south
With Dougal Stevenson [more]

16/08/2009: The Sunday Group
Alcohol law review debate [more]

16/08/2009: Ideas - Unemployment
Today on Ideas we take a look at unemployed worker movements now and in the past. [more]

22/08/2009: Insight, Sunday 23 August: Student Housing
Emma Lancaster looks at housing conditions for students in Dunedin. [more]

23/08/2009: Feature interview: Matt Sanders
Matt Sanders is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director, Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland. He speaks about different approaches to parenting. [more]

23/08/2009: Mediawatch for 23 August 2009
Charites under the media microscope; a Kiwi in Murdoch's business news empire; are the odds against broadcasters when government departments complain? [more]

23/08/2009: Feature interview: Professor Hew Strachan
Military historian Professor Hew Strachan talks to Chris Laidlaw about the British experience in Iraq and Afghanistan. [more]

23/08/2009: The Sunday Group: Road Safety
Today's Sunday Group looks at the issue of road safety. [more]

23/08/2009: Feedback
What you, the listeners, say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme. [more]

23/08/2009: Ideas: cycle friendly cities
The vast majority of cyclists, both in this country and abroad, do most their riding in cities and towns. So how do you create truly cycle-friendly cities? What is it about Copenhagen that sees 55 percent of its residents commute by bicycle? And what needs to change in New Zealand cities to stop the decades long decline in those cycling on a daily basis? [more]

28/08/2009: Mediawatch Extra 28 August 2009
The online-only companion to Radio New Zealand's Mediawatch programme, taking in comments from listeners and updating recent stories from the show. In this edition: bad language on air; the fallout from 'moustachegate'; media misunderstanding science; bad media ads. [more]

29/08/2009: Insight, Sunday 30 August: Perfect Storm
Sue Ingram explores the impact the recession is having on the not-for-profit sector. [more]

30/08/2009: Mediawatch for 30 August 2009
Metro's editor on magazines in the recession; the war on 'going forward'; the outcome of moustache-gate. [more]

30/08/2009: Dominique Walton
In his field of research, in which he has published numerous works, Dominique Wolton focuses on analyses of relationships between culture, communication, society and politics. To follow his considerable output on the media, political communication, Europe and the Internet, he is now researching the political and cultural consequences of globalisation in information and communication. He believes that information and communication are one of the major political issues of the 21st century, and that developing cultural cohabitation is a prerequisite for the 3rd wave of globalisation. [more]

30/08/2009: Terence O'Brien
Terence O'Brien, diplomat and author talks about his book 'Presence of Mind: New Zealand in the World'. [more]

30/08/2009: The Sunday Group
Tax reform with Professor Craig Elliffe from Auckland University, Bill Rosenberg, economist with the C.T.U. and Alf Capito, Head of Taxation Policy, Oceania with Ernst and Young Australia. [more]

30/08/2009: Ideas 30 August 2009
Co-author of 'Legacy of Secrecy' Lamar Waldron, talks about the Kenndy family and his claim that the Mafia was responsible for JFK's assassination. [more]

30/08/2009: Feedback
What you the listener have to say on the ideas and issues in the programme. [more]

05/09/2009: Insight for 6 September 2009: Waterfronts
Eric Frykberg looks at the on-going tussles over the waterfront developments in Auckland and Wellington. [more]

06/09/2009: Feature interview: Poland in Europe
Pawel Swieboda talks to Chris Laidlaw about upheavals in Polish history and where that country sees itself in modern Europe. [more]

06/09/2009: Mediawatch for 6 September 2009
The documentary China didn't want you to see; going back to going forward; gathering news or gathering evidence? [more]

06/09/2009: Vanguard Films 30 years on
The founders of Vanguard Films are celebrating surviving three decades of political film making. [more]

06/09/2009: Notes from the South
In a week when schoolyard brawls are making the news, Dougal Stevenson recalls the enemy at the gate. [more]

06/09/2009: Ray Henwood Bringing on the Bard
Actor Ray Henwood talks to Chris Laidlaw about the influence of Shakespeare in language and in life. [more]

06/09/2009: Ideas for Sunday 6 September
Around 1.2 million children are trafficked each year. Our guests discuss what's being done to fight the problem [more]

12/09/2009: Insight for 13 September 2009: Pay Equity
Penny MacKay asks why, 37 years after the Equal Pay Act women are still paid, on average, less than men. [more]

13/09/2009: Feature interview: Richard Guilliatt
Author of 'The Wolf', the story of a German WWI submarine raider that terrorised the southern ocean. [more]

13/09/2009: Mediawatch for 13 September 2009
This week the Mediawatch team look at: TV on the net - the broadband challenge for broadcasters; surprising sponsors for a Cook Strait crossing and; TV awards which fell somewhat flat. [more]

13/09/2009: Feature interview: Richard Broinowski
Former Australian diplomat, car enthusiast and now author, Richard speaks about his new book Driven. [more]

13/09/2009: The Sunday Group: Treating the Health System
Discussions around the recently released Horn Report entitled 'Meeting the Challenge'. [more]

13/09/2009: Ideas for 13 September 2009: Papua in Focus: Human Rights
Ideas takes a comprehensive look at Indonesia's Melanesian territory of Papua on the 40th anniversary of its annexation. The people of the province, formerly known as West Irian, have all the while been subjected to a lack of self determination, no ability to voice their concerns and no equal share in the proceeds from mineral wealth generated in the region. And all the while, the world seemingly ignores their plight. [more]

19/09/2009: Insight for 20 September 2009: Cycleways
Monique Devereux visits some of the regions developing cycleways amid new funding from the national cycleway project. [more]

19/09/2009: Ideas for 20 September 2009: Moana Jackson
Lawyer Moana Jackson is well known as an advocate of constitutional change and the rights of indigenous people both here and abroad. Chris Laidlaw talks to Moana about the people, writers and philosophies that have influenced him. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences [more]

20/09/2009: Helen Brown
Tells us her very personal story of loss and how the small black cat helped heal her family. [more]

20/09/2009: Mediawatch for 20 September 2009
The media's role reporting the recent riots in Dunedin; how science managers try to manage the media; steering the switchover to digital TV and mixed messages as new NZ films hit foreign screens. [more]

20/09/2009: Sunday Outlook
Laurie Bauer, Professor of Linguistics, tells us exactly what it is that linguists do. [more]

20/09/2009: Maureen Birchfield
Looks at the life of the great reformer and activist, Elsie Locke. [more]

20/09/2009: Dougal Stevenson
Dougal brings us his notes from the south. [more]

20/09/2009: Feedback
Your views on some of the issues raised in our programme. [more]

25/09/2009: Mediawatch Extra 25 September 2009
The online-only companion to Radio New Zealand's Mediawatch programme, taking in comments from listeners and updating recent stories from the show. In this edition: the 'going forward' backlash; Michael Laws - the human headline; and making news out of lost property. [more]

26/09/2009: Insight for 27 September 2009: Adventure Tourism
Queenstown reporter, Steve Wilde asks whether more regulations are needed in the adventure tourism sector [more]

27/09/2009: Feature Interview: Sir Howard Morrison
A repeat of the December 2008 interview, when Sir Howard Morrison celebrated fifty years in the entertainment business. [more]

27/09/2009: Mediawatch for 27 September 2009
Do farmers get a fair go in the media?; the challenge to fine photojournalism; twittering politicians and their imposters; overexposed and all over the news. [more]

27/09/2009: Julian Robins live in New York
Political reporter Julian Robins live from the UN headquarters. [more]

27/09/2009: Hazel Genn
Dame Hazel Genn is the 2009 NZ Law Foundation Distinguished Visiting Fellow. [more]

27/09/2009: Ideas for 27 September 2009: Tonga in Focus
Part one of a three part series on Tonga in Focus. November 2009 will see the release of the final report of Tonga's Constitutional and Electoral Commission. The Commission - established in 2008 - will make recommendations on what will be the most far reaching political reforms in Tonga since the country's constitution came into effect in 1875. This week Ideas hears from a wide range of Tongans - from the Prime Minister to Mrs Lumsden at Nuku'alofa's market - about their hopes and fears for a new democratic Tonga. [more]

27/09/2009: Listener Feedback
Listener feedback to the Sunday Morning show. [more]

03/10/2009: Insight, Sunday 4 October: Auckland's Economic Development
Todd Niall explores whether moving to a Supercity might finally unleash Auckland's economic potential. [more]

04/10/2009: Poverty and Ethics
Lesley - Anne Knight, Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, discusses climate change and the financial meltdown [more]

04/10/2009: Mediawatch for 4 October 2009
Tsunami strikes Samoa and Tonga - and mixed messages in the media about danger here; Mike King on confronting depression and addiction on the radio; the challenge of reporting climate change comprehensively. [more]

04/10/2009: Gone Fishing
Doug Stevens has been fishing for 50 years, so he knows the best places to go [more]

04/10/2009: Aphrodite's Island
Dame Anne Salmond has just published this account of the Eurpean discovery of Tahiti. [more]

04/10/2009: Ideas for 4 October 2009: Tonga in Focus: Land Reform
Part two of three on Tonga in Focus: Land Reform. Tonga's land tenure system is unique in the Pacific and probably the world. In 1862 Tonga's first king, George Tupou I, abolished a system of semi-serfdom and declared all land to be the property of the Crown. Thirty three nobles were granted estates and commoner males were guaranteed a garden and town plot. It's a system that remains virtually unchanged to this day. Early in 2009 the recently crowned King George Tupou V announced the establishment of a Royal Land Commission would spend the next two years reviewing the laws surrounding land tenure. Ideas hears that some people fear the changes will see Tongan land falling into the hands of foreigners for the first time in history. [more]

10/10/2009: Ray Columbus
Ray and the Invaders have just been inducted into the Music Hall of Fame. [more]

11/10/2009: Professor Gregory Claeys
Talks about the global financial crisis and what this means for the modern theory of the state. [more]

11/10/2009: Mediawatch for 11 October 2009
Authentic voices reporting from Samoa, the future of free-to-air sport on television and Maori TV's bid for the World Cup gets political and satirical. [more]

11/10/2009: Stephen Harris
Tells the story of his great-uncle's experiences as an airman during the Second World War. [more]

11/10/2009: Ideas for 11 October 2009 Tonga in Focus: The Economy
In the final of this three part series focusing on Tonga, Ideas asks whether the transition to a truly democratic system has implications for the economic future of the country. [more]

17/10/2009: Insight, Sunday 18 October: Dog Breeding
Sue Ingram looks at the growing concern about the health of pedigree dogs which can be prone to a host of genetic disorders [more]

18/10/2009: Jane Ginsburg
Copyright law and the author - the author's place in the future of copyright. [more]

18/10/2009: Mediawatch for 18 October 2009
Broadcasting the World Cup becomes a political football; a charity unhappy with the income from a top TV show; does the media get it right reporting tragedies? and; is there ever a place for psychics in such sensitive stories? [more]

18/10/2009: Language with Dianne Bardsley
Victoria University lexicographer Diane Bardsley talks to Chris Laidlaw about New Zealand English and the influence of globalised English on the words we use. [more]

18/10/2009: What's happening to the NZ coastline?
Raewyn Peart talks about what's coastal history and evolution plus her new book, Castles Made of Sand. [more]

18/10/2009: Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson
Dougal looks at how the Cook Islands deal with the threat of a tsunami. [more]

18/10/2009: Ideas for 18 October 2009
Chris and Jeremy Rose take a look at EnviroSchools and the growing awareness among students of our collective responsibility to the environment. This is tempered by the downturn in funding for such programmes during these fiscally lean times. [more]

24/10/2009: Insight for 25 October 2009
David Reid looks at a change of gear in relations with Australia and the prospect, finally, of a single common market. [more]

25/10/2009: Roger Lampen
Chris speaks with former schoolmate and adventurer Roger Lampen about his determination to overcome the adversity of a major stroke. Roger had been cycling across Tibet when when seized by the stroke's sudden and crippling effects. He's convinced that many sufferers can overcome the malady's effects and this is the focus of his book, 'It's All in the Mind: My Story of Self-Help Stroke Recovery'. [more]

25/10/2009: Mediawatch for 25 October 2009
The prospect of wall-to-wall rugby on TV; talk radio boss Bill Francis on tough economic times and difficult personalities; belt-tightening at RNZ; scantily-sourced stories about male vanity. [more]

25/10/2009: Professor Antal Fekete
The Gold Standard is a currency system based around the premise that a paper-note's value is exchangeable for an agreed and predetermined volume of gold. Countries have universally retired this system replacing it with the 'fiat system' of legal tender. Professor Antal Fekete is a world renowned monetary expert and mathematician who believes it's time to bring back the gold as the standard. [more]

25/10/2009: John Andrews
How do you perceive New Zealand and being a New Zealander? What is it that makes the existence of Pakeha life different from that of Maori in terms of the Kiwi experience? John Andrews, scientist and now writer, has set out to explore these themes in his offering"No other home than this". He speaks with Chris. [more]

25/10/2009: Ideas for 25 October 2009: Roger Kerr
Business Roundtable executive director, the late Roger Kerr (1945-2011) spoke about the people and thinkers who influenced his ideas with Chris Laidlaw in 2009. The list is a mixture of the predictable and the surprising: Enlightenment economist Adam Smith, Roger's brother Alan (a surgeon who regularly spends time in Gaza volunteering his services), the philosopher Jean Paul Sartre, former Telecom boss Rod Deane, Shakespeare, economist Bryce Wilkinson and prominent American legal scholar Richard Epstein. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences [more]

30/10/2009: Mediawatch Extra 29 October 2009
The online-only companion to Radio New Zealand's Mediawatch programme, taking in comments from listeners and updating recent stories from the show. This month: Samoa's tsunami; covering climate change and copied comment; the 'Mad Men' mocking us with their ads; and those silly schoolboys - fascist or just foolish? [more]

31/10/2009: Insight for 1 November 2009: Super City
Rowan Quinn looks at how the change to a Super City will affect Aucklanders, from rubbish collection to rates. [more]

01/11/2009: Alex Fergusson
Alex Fergusson is the presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament. [more]

01/11/2009: Mediawatch for 1 November 2009
TVNZ promo poses political problems; taking offence at what's in the news; the difficulties of sending up sensitive issues; 3D returns to TV, Hollywood . . . and Stratford. [more]

01/11/2009: Joe Van Belleghem
Joe Van Belleghem discusses environmentally sustainable approaches to building. [more]

01/11/2009: Professor Robert Wade
Professor Robert Wade from the London School of Economics takes an eagle's eye view of the world economy. [more]

01/11/2009: Ideas for 1 Novenber 2009: American Kiwis
This week Ideas looks at Americans who have chosen to call New Zealand home. A poet, a blueberry farmer and the founder of a community newspaper tell us about their experiences both here and in America. [more]

08/11/2009: Michael Zuern: the fall of the wall
Chris speaks with the Director of the Social Science Research Centre in Berlin about the demise of his city's infamous wall back in 1989. What were the consequences for the two Germanies, Europe and the world order? [more]

08/11/2009: Mediawatch for 8 November 2009
This week the Mediawatch team look at: assisted passage - companies encouraging media coverage by covering reporters' expenses; television news leaving little to the imagination and; the quest to get words right in the era of blogging, spellcheck and texting. [more]

08/11/2009: Paul Gough: iconography of commemoration
He's a professor of creative arts at the University of Western England in Bristol and an eminent artist specialising in military landscapes. Professor Paul Gough is here in Aotearoa ~ New Zealand for Blow '09, Massey University's creative art festival and he speaks with Chris. [more]

08/11/2009: Gareth Evans: nuclear weapons
Chris speaks with this former Australian Foreign Affairs Minister about his post-political career and prominence in international nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. [more]

08/11/2009: Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson
Heresy, sedition, obsentiy... Dougal gives us a peak from Dunedin. [more]

08/11/2009: Ideas for 08 November 2009: The 10:10 Campaign
This week Ideas takes a look at a popular, bottom-up approach to combatting climate change in the UK; it's called the 10:10 Campaign. A 10% reduction in carbon footprint by 2010 is the target for over 1,500 businesses and 40,000 individuals which includes Britain's PM, Cabinet and a few hundred MP's. We also look at how onerous a task it would be to achieve in this country and what steps are being made towards it. [more]

14/11/2009: Insight for 15 November 2009: Media Freedom in the Pacific
Sara Vui-talitu looks at the daily challenges journalists face in the Pacific. [more]

15/11/2009: Dmitry Orlov
Dmitry Orlov is predicting the demise of the USA. [more]

15/11/2009: Mediawatch for 15 November 2009
Lack of scepticism in stories about stem cell treatments; the role of the media amid moves for more democracy in Tonga; more on businesses covering reportersÂ'costs. [more]

15/11/2009: Paul Warren
Paul Warren discusses how babies learn to cry in the language their parents speak. [more]

15/11/2009: Peter Bush
Veteran photojournalist Peter Bush has been taking pictures for sixty years. [more]

15/11/2009: Ideas for 15 Novenber 2009: Education
The idea of a truly democaratic education lives on. [more]

21/11/2009: Insight, Sunday 22 November: Wet House
Teresa Cowie looks at the controversy surrounding the attempt to set up the first wet house for homeless alcoholics [more]

21/11/2009: Peace for the Holy Land?
The cradle that nurtured three major religions is all to often the crucible that foments hatred and conflict. Chris speaks with two sides in the complex argument that is Israel and Palestine. Former Palestinian presidential candidate Mustafa Barghouti proffers a Palestinian perspective then Dor Shapira from the Israeli Embassy to New Zealand in Canberra allows us an insight into the Zionist point of view. Both want peace for what is essentially their shared homeland. [more]

22/11/2009: Peter Clark - aviation addict
If the smell of jet fuel excites more than your olfactory senses then you could be like Peter Clark. He's flown in and been aboard most aircraft you've possibly heard of and then some. Peter chronicles his airborne obsession in a new book called 'Flying: Adventures of a New Zealand Aviation Addict'. [more]

22/11/2009: Mediawatch for 22 November 2009
This week the Mediawatch team look at: rugby's grip on the sports media - and soccer suddenly in the spotlight; claims that cash-strapped media companies are going soft on the rich and powerful plus; the response to the revelation that a prominent writer has borrowed bits of other authors' books. [more]

22/11/2009: Dr Richard Grant - ready for Asia
Dr Grant is the director of the Asia New Zealand Foundation and he speaks with Chris about the increasing importance of Asia to New Zealand and the cultural paradigm which is shifting from the traditional Eurocentric one to a more contemporary Asia Pacific focus. [more]

22/11/2009: Ideas for 22 Novenber 2009: Electric Vehicles
Often hailed as our future and salvation in terms of the ability to mobilise, electric vehicles are becoming more of a reality but what is an accurate expectation and timeframe. Chris and Jeremy look at cars, bikes and trains to find out what's in the electric pipeline. [more]

22/11/2009: Notes from the south with Dougal Stevenson
Dougal waxes lyrical about breath of sealion redolent with Omega-3 and personifies sand dunes in their buxomness. [more]

22/11/2009: Feedback
A little of what you've had to say about what's been on the show today. [more]

28/11/2009: Insight, Sunday 29 November: Victims Rights
Heugh Chappell looks at the Government's moves to improve the treatment of victims of crime. [more]

28/11/2009: Mediawatch Extra for November 2009
The online-only edition of Mediawatch, which takes in questions and comments from listeners and updates Mediawatch stories from recent weeks. This month: companies covering reporters' costs; taking offence at satire; jazzing up a newspaper; tough and tacky treatment for a luckless new movie. [more]

29/11/2009: Gareth Morgan - counting the cost of the health system
Economist Dr Gareth Morgan has turned his sights on the health system for his latest book, 'Health Cheque', written with Geoff Simmons. [more]

29/11/2009: Mediawatch for 29 November 2009
A view on the future of NZ newspapers from a man who knows their past; reporting Rotorua's airport controversey; 'newsmercials' and naming names in the news. [more]

29/11/2009: Paul Aitken - change leadership
Dr Paul Aitken has a background in organisational psychology and he talks to Chris about what leaders ought to be doing to make change happen and reduce pain and suffering along the way. [more]

29/11/2009: Copenhagen calling
Tim Groser, Associate Minister for Climate Change Issues, gives his take on where New Zealand is at, then Green MP Kennedy Graham and chief climate scientist David Wratt - who's also a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - join Chris to thrash out the issues. [more]

29/11/2009: Ideas for 29 Novenber 2009: Can wines actually be good for you?
Should you take your healthy wine with a dose of healthy scepticism? [more]

29/11/2009: Feedback
A little of what you've had to say about what's been on the show today. [more]

05/12/2009: Insight for 6 December 2009
Chris Bramwell looks at the significance for New Zealand of the climate change talks in Copenhagen. [more]

05/12/2009: Ideas for 6 December 2009: Sandra Coney
Sandra Coney is probably best known as the co-author of an investigative Metro article which ultimately led to the Cervical Cancer Inquiry. An award-winning journalist and editor of the feminist magazine Broadsheet for 14 years and later an Auckland Regional Councillor, Sandra Coney's ideas have been challenging the way we view our country for years. Sandra Coney talks about the people, writers and thinkers who have influenced her ideas, including John Stuart Mill, Simone de Beauvoir, Ivan Illich, Donna Awatere, and her parents - Tom and Doris Pearce. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences [more]

06/12/2009: Denis Adam
Denis Adam is best-known as the founder of the Adam Foundation. He talks about his personal story - as a German Jew who was exiled and interned, then flew for the RAF before making his home in this New Zealand.Denis Adam's story features in 'Promised New Zealand - Fleeing Nazi Persecution' by Freya Klier and translated by Jenny Rawlings [more]

06/12/2009: Mediawatch for 6 December 2009
TV3 is 20 years old, but its boss for the last 10 years is stepping aside; top-class TV shows about the world around us are made here - but not many are screened; and reviving a survivor - the future of the tabloid Truth. [more]

06/12/2009: Seth Le Leu - Home from Sudan
Seth Le Leu has recently been appointed Director of International Programmes for World Vision New Zealand, meaning a return to his homeland after 25 years working overseas firstly for the Salvation Army and then World Vision. [more]

06/12/2009: Olga and John Hawkes - The Flight of the White Russians
'Russian at Heart' is the story of a courageous young Russian woman whose 25-year journey from the Crimea to America spans some of the most turbulent times of the 20th century. Her story is told by her daughter Olga and Olga's husband John Hawkes. [more]

06/12/2009: Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson
Dougal's feeling the tension as the bills pile up and the pension is under pressure. [more]

12/12/2009: Insight, Sunday 13 December 2009: Trade
Nigel Stirling looks at the impact of the recession on trade and whether increasing trade protectionism is any threat. [more]

13/12/2009: Robert Edsel
Author of Monuments Men talking about recovering treasures stolen by the Nazis during World War Two. [more]

13/12/2009: Mediawatch for 13 December 2009
Commercial broadcasters cutting costs and jobs. media boss Brent Impey on why he's quitting. a prize to help scientists manage the media and bring out your dead - the art of the obituary. [more]

13/12/2009: Janet Holmes
Director of the Language of the Workplace Project looks at workplace communication. [more]

13/12/2009: Brian Keenan
Former hostage in Beirut talks about his experiences growing up in Belfast. [more]

13/12/2009: Ideas for 13 December 2009
This week Ideas looks at Youth Justice. [more]

14/12/2009: Rob Ryan
Sheds some new light on captain Robert Falcon Scott's doomed expedition to the South Pole. [more]

14/12/2009: Helen Brown
Tells us her very personal story of loss and how the small black cat helped heal her family. [more]

14/12/2009: Ideas for 17 May 2009: Crime and Punishment
This week, Ideas looks at crime, punishment and rehabilitation. [more]

14/12/2009: Ideas for 14 June 2009: Homelessness
Last week saw a record number of the capital's citizens seeking a bed at the city's Night Shelter. Jeremy Rose spoke to Willie Matangi, a homeless man who first hit the streets 30 years ago and Darren - who 15 months ago swapped a prison cell for a cell-sized room in a Wellington hostel. Chris Laidlaw speaks to Lifewise General Manager of Community Services John McCarthy. [more]

14/12/2009: Ideas for 23 August 2009: Cycle friendly cities
Ideas this week takes a look at the concept of cycle friendly cities. [more]

14/12/2009: Maori architecture with Dr Deidre Brown
From Fale to Wharenui, the evolution and importance of Maori architecture in both an historic and contemporary context. [more]

14/12/2009: Dexter Filkins
The New York Times foreign correspondent and author of 'The Forever War', talks about covering war in Afghanistan and Iraq. [more]

14/12/2009: Ideas for 10 May 2009: Media Evolution
Is journalism in peril? Well maybe in the US. Robert McChesney, founder of American lobby group Free Press talks to RNZ's Jeremy Rose, then... Julie Starr and Jim Tucker join Chris to talk about the evolution and salvation of the news media in this country. [more]

14/12/2009: Simon Reid-Henry
Tells us about the intriguing relationship between Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. [more]

14/12/2009: Ideas for 8 March 2009: Indigenous Constitutions
This week, we look at the Idea of a post colonial indigenous world view with a focus on Bolivian and NZ constitutional change. [more]

19/12/2009: Insight, Sunday 20 December: Samoan Tsunami
Reporters Leilani Momoisea and Clint Owens reveal some of the untold stories of the tsunami that struck Samoa and American Samoa. [more]

19/12/2009: Augusten Burroughs - Stories for Christmas
Writer Augusten Burroughs talks to Chris Laidlaw about what he calls the most dysfunctional day of the year - Christmas. [more]

20/12/2009: Mark Derby - The Prophet and the Policeman
Historian Mark Derby is the author of a dual biography of John Cullen and Rua Kenana, 'The Prophet and the Policeman'. [more]

20/12/2009: Mediawatch for 20 December 2009
Mediawatch looks back at the good, the bad and the ugly in the media in 2009 - and gives out a few 'awards' for some of the ugliest. [more]

20/12/2009: Richard Vinen - Britain under Thatcher
Richard Vinen teaches history at King's College, London. His book - 'Thatcher's Britain', marks 30 years since Margaret Thatcher entered Downing Street. [more]

20/12/2009: Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson
Dougal pussyfoots around a thieving feline. [more]

20/12/2009: Ideas: The Big Ideas of 2009 and 2010
For the final Ideas programme of the year Victoria University Academics Margaret Clark and Paul Morris discuss the big ideas of 2009 and make some predictions about the ideas likely to dominate the coming year. [more]

26/12/2009: Insight, Sunday 27 December: Tagging
Penny MacKay investigates what works in the battle against tagging [more]

30/12/2009: Mediawatch Extra 30 December 2009
The online-only companion to 'Mediawatch' which takes in queries and comments from the listeners and updates recent 'Mediawatch' stories. This month - reviewing reviews of the year; Jim Salinger's sacking; Paul Henry's sanction; a one-sided exclusive; verdicts on the Weatherston trial coverage. [more]

02/01/2010: Insight, Sunday 3 January: Carbon Offsetting
Ian Telfer investigates the growing number of carbon offsetting schemes and asks whether they stack up [more]

09/01/2010: Insight Sunday 10 January: Teen Brain Development
Sue Ingram asks whether 25 is the new 18, with developing research that suggests the brain only fully matures in the mid-20s [more]

16/01/2010: Insight, Sunday 17 January: Ngapuhi
Lois Williams looks at the main Treaty claim of Northland's Ngapuhi people and their arguement for Maori sovereignty [more]

23/01/2010: Insight, Sunday 24 January: National Standards
Gael Woods asks whether the new National Standards system for primary school students will lift achievement [more]

30/01/2010: Insight for Sunday 31 January 2010
Is the worst of the recession over? Naomi Mitchell looks at the predictions for how the economy will fare in the year ahead. [more]

31/01/2010: Paul Spoonley
Paul Spoonley talks about the New Zealander of the 21st century, and the great tussle between biculturism and multiculturism. [more]

31/01/2010: Mediawatch for 31 January 2010
TV3's Mike McRoberts and Dr Martin Hirst on the journalists getting involved in the catastrophe that's hit Haiti; stumbling upon suppression orders. [more]

31/01/2010: Jon Fraenkel
Jon Fraenkel of the ANU is a multi-disciplinary social scientist with a background in economic history and political science, and a specialist on Fijian politics. [more]

31/01/2010: Julian Burnside
Julian Burnside is the author of"Wordwatching: field notes from an amateur philologist". [more]

31/01/2010: Notes from the south
Notes from the south. [more]

31/01/2010: Ideas
Ideas looks at the bottled water industry. [more]

06/02/2010: Insight for 7 February: Racism
In the wake of the Hone Harawira email controversy Richard Pamatatau explores the extent of racism in New Zealand. [more]

07/02/2010: Ian Hughes - Sea Shanties
Ian Hughes was inspired by the true story of how his parents fell in love when he wrote Ship Songs. He's performing the show, which weaves together three sea-goingstories and features the music of Don McGlashan, at the New Zealand International Arts Festival next month. [more]

07/02/2010: Mediawatch for 7 February 2010
The iPad, TV in HD and even 3D: hi-tech advances to enhance the future of the modern media? Or will they make the job even harder and confuse consumers, while making a buck for the makers? And - how the loose use of email can end up in the news. [more]

07/02/2010: Dianne Bardsley - Dictionaries and death notices
Dr Dianne Bardsley is a lexicographer and director of the New Zealand Dictionary Centre. She talks to Chris about finding new words, and what death notices reveal about our culture. [more]

07/02/2010: Margaret MacMillan - Using and abusing history
Historian, Professor Margaret MacMillan says the history can be helpful in making sense of the world we live in, but it can also be manipulated. She talks to Chris about how dangerous history can be when its used by nationalistic, religious or ethnic leaders to foster a sense of grievance and a desire for revenge. [more]

13/02/2010: Insight for 14 February 2010: Arson
Sue Ingram investigates research that suggests arson by young people can indicate a link to other more serious offences [more]

13/02/2010: Ideas for 14 February 2010: Jeanette Fitzsimons
Jeanette Fitzsimons retired from Parliament in February 2012 after 13 years as an Alliance and then Green MP. Despite having never sat on the Government benches there would be few if any commentators who would question Jeanette Fitzsimons profound impact on New Zealand politics. As the co-leader of the Green Party from 1995 to 2005 she was instrumental in raising the environment towards the top of the political agenda. Here Jeanette Fitzsimons talks to Chris Laidlaw about the people, writers and thinkers who have influenced her. They include: economist Herman Daly, Ghandi, the founding editor of the ecologist magazine Teddy Goldsmith, charismatic German Green leader Petra Kelly, and her father. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences [more]

14/02/2010: Simon O'Neill
Gone from playing rugby for Ashburton College, to playing leading roles at New York's Metropolitan Opera and Covent Garden. [more]

14/02/2010: Mediawatch for 14 February 2010
Sunday papers turning tabloid, the media condemn a court ruling shielding a local man from shame and how the PM got bumped by a shamed sportsman while Alan Bollard got gazumped by a pie. [more]

14/02/2010: Peter Walsh
Reckons clutter in your house is also clutter in your head. [more]

14/02/2010: Nigel Roberts
Professor of Political Science at Victoria University tells us politics is not his only passion. [more]

14/02/2010: Dougal Stevenson
Dougal brings us his notes from the south. [more]

14/02/2010: Feedback
What you, the listeners, say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme. [more]

21/02/2010: Peter Singer - Saving Lives
Peter Singer is a Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. He's known internationally for his work on ethics. His new book is 'The Life You Can Save - Acting Now to End World Poverty'. [more]

21/02/2010: Mediawatch for 21 February 2010
Dwelling on a death in the TV news, whats the government expects from the governors of RNZ, a presnter pursuing a personal agenda on the air. [more]

21/02/2010: Martin Manning - Reporting Climate Change
Professor Manning is the Director of the NZ Climate Change Research Institute at Victoria University. Talking about the pressures on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change following accusations of mistakes on its reporting. [more]

21/02/2010: Tony Taylor - Cockney Kid Makes Good
'Cockney Kid' is the memoir of Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Victoria University. Tony Taylor discusses his life and work. [more]

21/02/2010: Ideas for 21 February 2010
In Ideas this week we take another look at water and, in particular, household supply and the contentious issues of water meters and privatisation. [more]

28/02/2010: Mediawatch for 28 February 2010
Does Radio New Zealand need to be "saved" from the government as campaigners are claiming?; the challenge to a made-up climate change quote; journalists' gripes go global online. [more]

28/02/2010: Ideas for 28 February 2010
A look at Intellectual Property of indigenous communities. [more]

02/03/2010: Mediawatch Extra 1 March 2010
The online-only companion to Mediawatch, taking in listeners' queries and comments and following up on recent stories in the programme. This month: the rights and wrongs of fatal footage in the news; more revision of the 'Unfortunate Experiment'; broadcasters using the news to plug their own programmes; and should New Zealanders go abroad for the big stories - or just use the locals? [more]

06/03/2010: Insight for Sunday 7 March 2010: Savings
New Zealanders have been bagged as bad savers but is that fair? [more]

07/03/2010: Lourdes Aranda
Mexico's Vice minister of Foreign Affairs gives us Mexico's view of the world and New Zealand. [more]

07/03/2010: Mediawatch for 7 March 2010
Sounding the tsunami alert last weekend, RWC TV deal finally done, telling the tale of the Princess Ahsika from Tonga and with politicians' spending under scrutiny, do journalists get a free lunch. [more]

07/03/2010: Laurie Bauer
Professor of Linguistics at Victoria University, speaks about the death of language. [more]

07/03/2010: Theresa Gattung
Former CEO of Telecom reveals aspects of her professional and personal life in her new book 'Bird on a Wire'. [more]

07/03/2010: Dougal Stevenson
Dougal brings us his notes from the south. [more]

07/03/2010: Ideas for 07 March 2010
This week looks at the evolution of evolutionary ideas on disciplines other than biology. [more]

13/03/2010: Insight, Sunday 14 March: Religion in Schools
Penny MacKay considers the provision of Christian education in state-run primary schools. [more]

14/03/2010: Peter Singer - Animal Rights
Noted Australian philosopher Peter Singer considers where the rights of animals rate alongside those of humans. [more]

14/03/2010: Mediawatch for 14 March 2010
A courageous Kiwi soldier in Afghanistan is hailed as a hero, but how did he end up in the headlines? An Australian initiative offers journalists here a platform to probe their own industry; more private lives being made public in the press. [more]

14/03/2010: David Finkel - The Good Soldiers
His book chronicles a year in the life of a US Army Ranger Battalion stationed in East Baghdad. [more]

14/03/2010: Richard Dawkins
The best known biologist on the planet talks about his new book - 'The Greatest Show on Earth-the evidence for evolution. [more]

14/03/2010: Ideas for 14 March 2010
How does society determine what people are paid? Does that pay genuinely reflect the true value of what those workers are contributing to society? This week Ideas examines a report by The New Economics Forum from Great Britain entitled"A Bit Rich". [more]

20/03/2010: Insight, Sunday 21 March: Irish Economy
Nigel Stirling visits Ireland to look at how the global recession has turned the roar of the Celtic tiger into a whimper. [more]

20/03/2010: Xinran Xue - Message from an unknown Chinese Mother
Chris speaks with Chinese author and journalist Xinran Xue about her riveting new read "Message from an unknown Chinese Mother" and gains an insight into the societal predisposition for sons in a country that's recently legislated against having more than one child. [more]

20/03/2010: John Gleisner - volunteer psychiatrist in Palestine
Chris speaks with this New Zealand psychiatrist who's recently returned from a voluntary stint at a hospital in Bethlehem. We glean an insight into the wrongs and rights of the fractured state of Palestine. [more]

21/03/2010: Mediawatch for 21 March 2010
A widely condemned security scare scoop; Joanne Morris on six years in the chair at the outfit upholding broadcasting standards; and how TV channels use the news to plug their upcoming entertainment shows. [more]

21/03/2010: Paul Tapsell - Cook and Tupaia
Academic, Professor Paul Tapsell speaks with Chris about his recent article detailing the cultural gulf of perception between James Cook and the men for whom he was captain on the Endeavour with that of the Tahitian warrior priest, or Tohunga, Tupaia. This Tahitian Rangitira, or noble, was their guide and interpreter around these southern seas. [more]

21/03/2010: Dougal Stevenson - Notes from the South
Dougal looks at the campaign to save the Regent theatre on Dunedin's famous Octagon. [more]

21/03/2010: Ideas for 21 March 2010: Smoke Free Aotearoa
Ideas examines the future of smoking. We hear about Bhutan and their longstanding defiance of the tobacco norm; Niue's attempts to become smokefree; the increasingly influential Maori anti-smoking lobby; and cigarette alternatives to help wean the addict. [more]

27/03/2010: Insight, Sunday 28 March: Mining on Conservation Land
Ian Telfer examines whether mining can really be done in an environmentally friendly manner on conservation land. [more]

27/03/2010: Peter Williams QC - Defence and Rehabilitation
Veteran defence lawyer Peter Williams QC retired last month after around 50 years in the business, during which time he defended many high-profile murder accused - including Arthur Allan Thomas. He is president of the Howard League for Penal Reform, trying to improve conditions for prisoners, and he talks to Chris about his career, and his concerns. [more]

27/03/2010: Ideas for 28 March 2010: Sir Robert Jones
When businessman and politician Sir Robert Jones was asked to nominate three or four individuals and three or four writers and philosophers who influenced his own ideas, he came back with a surprisingly short list: a former school teacher Guy Bliss and the novelist Everlyn Waugh. When prompted for more he said there were many people he could talk about - but that they weren't people he would say had influenced his ideas. That list included Sir Robert Muldoon, Enoch Powell and Muhammad Ali. Here, Bob Jones talks to Chris Laidlaw about all those characters and more. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences [more]

28/03/2010: David Hopkins
On the seeming inability of so many countries to prepare for or deal with earthquakes. [more]

28/03/2010: Mediawatch for 28 March 2010
A company in crisis helps out a programme investigating its failures, TV3's pursuit of a date with Destiny Church's top man and Toby Manhire on the explosion of comment published by papers - on paper and online. [more]

28/03/2010: Jake Adelstein
American reporter talks about life on the police beat in Japan. [more]

31/03/2010: Mediawatch Extra 31 March 2010
The online-only companion to Mediawatch, taking in the best of the queries and comments from listeners and updating recent stories from the programme. This month: TV broadcasters plugging their own shows; windfalls for soccer and science; the parachute journalism debate continues; the return of Paul Henry corner; and how big is a postcard? [more]

04/04/2010: Divya Dhar
Chris speaks with Young New Zealander of the Year, Divya Dhar. Find out what her boundless energy, drive and motivation has allowed her to achieve. [more]

04/04/2010: Language with Janet Holmes
Chris speaks with this professor of linguistics about sexism in language. [more]

04/04/2010: Peter Biggs
Advertising industry doyen and arts advocate, Peter Biggs talks to Chris Laidlaw about a plethora of achievements. [more]

11/04/2010: Michael bonfiglio - the Real Price of Oil
Film producer Michael Bonfiglio talks about his movie, 'Crude'. [more]

11/04/2010: Phillip Gibson - China Expo
Mr Gibson is leading the New Zealand contingent at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China. [more]

11/04/2010: Robert Winston - Dangerous Inventions
Lord Professor Robert Winston discusses his new book 'Bad Ideas - An arresting history of our inventions' [more]

17/04/2010: Oral historian Megan Hutching on women getting the vote
It was a great day on 19 September 1893 when women got the vote. [more]

18/04/2010: Janet Bayly
The Mahara Gallery in Waikanae on the Kapiti Coast is showing a new exhibition of the works of Frances Hodgkins, some of which have never been seen publicly before. Director of the Mahara Gallery, Janet Bayly, is an acknowledged authority on Frances Hodgkins, and put the show together. [more]

18/04/2010: Tonga
Tonga has been on a long and measured road to democracy. Solicitor general Aminiasi Kefu discusses the fine-tuning of the transformation of Tonga's governance, and the aftermath of the sinking of the ferry Princess Ashika. [more]

18/04/2010: Notes from the south
Notes from the south with Dougal Stevenson. [more]

24/04/2010: ANZACS at War - Peter Pedersen
War historian Peter Pedersen has recently produced a book that sets out to trace the overlapping stories of Australian and New Zealand soldiery from the beginning right up to the present. His book 'ANZACS at War: From Gallipoli to the Present Day' is published by Allen and Unwin. [more]

25/04/2010: An RNZAF helicopter has crashed north of Wellington
Three people are reported by ambulance services to be dead and one criticallly injured. [more]

25/04/2010: Matthew Wright
Historian Matthew Wright is a prolific author on military issues. [more]

25/04/2010: Dr Jon Johansson
Dr Jon Johansson has been in the United States on a Fulbright scholarship, studying the the challenges facing President Obama's leadership - from health care to the Tea Party. [more]

02/05/2010: Richard Towle
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Regional Representative is urging New Zealand to show more moral leadership in the protection of refugees. [more]

02/05/2010: Janet Holmes
Professor of Linguistics from Victoria University on the complicated phenomenon of sexist language. [more]

02/05/2010: Tiago Thorlby
Scots priest Padre Tiago Thorlby discusses slavery on sugar plantations and the impact of biofuel production in Brazil. [more]

02/05/2010: Feedback
Chris reads emails from listeners to the Sunday Morning programme. [more]

09/05/2010: Owen Marshall
Owen Marshall has produced a new collection of poems in a book called 'Sleepwalking in Antartica'. [more]

09/05/2010: Jeffrey Paparoa Holma - Tuhoe Tales
Jeffrey Paparoa Holman's new book 'Best of Both Worlds - The story of Elsdon Best and Tutakangahau' examines the relationship of two well known New Zealands. [more]

09/05/2010: Morgan Williams - Environment Matters
Former Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Morgan Williams, discusses the question - are we winning or losing the fight for genuine sustainability? [more]

09/05/2010: Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson
Today Dougal comments on public art in Dunedin. [more]

15/05/2010: C K Stead
Discusses his latest work, a memoir of his early years. [more]

16/05/2010: Jim Mather
Maori Television's chief executive on the network's evolution and its ambitions. [more]

16/05/2010: Reverend Ron Givens
Gives us a first-hand look at how California's three-strike law works. [more]

16/05/2010: Feedback
Listeners have their say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme. [more]

23/05/2010: Dr Ian Hassall
Former Childrens Commissioner, Dr Ian Hassall has spent a lifetime tending to the needs of our children. He has just won a UN award for child rights advocacy and he spoke with Chris Whitta. [more]

23/05/2010: Dr Thomas Preston : Biological Weapons
2010 Fulbright US Senior Scholar Dr Thomas Preston from Washington State University talks to Chris Whitta about the growing threat of biological weapons in the hands of terrorists. [more]

23/05/2010: Loving All Of It : essays on ageing
Chris Whitta is joined by some well known New Zealanders who feature in a new book about the joys and challenges of getting old. [more]

23/05/2010: Notes From The South
Dougal Stevenson gets wound up about real estate in Dunedin. [more]

30/05/2010: Don Rothwell - Saving the Whales
Professor Don Rothwell from the Australian National University has been in New Zealand to talk about the legal implications of the reforms and the legal options open to New Zealand to challenge Japanese whaling. [more]

30/05/2010: Jennifer Walsh - Three Strikes
Professor Jennifer Walsh has studied how the Three Strikes law works across the US, and made a submission in favour of the legislation in New Zealand. She talks to Chris about how Three Strikes is implemented, the impact it has had and why it can work to keep the most dangerous offenders away from the public. [more]

30/05/2010: George Fergusson - Heading Home
The out-going British High Commissioner to New Zealand, George Fergusson, has long links with this country. He talks with Chris Laidlaw about the relationship between the two countries, and how much the new UK coalition government has learned from the NZ Cabinet manual. [more]

06/06/2010: Chris Clarke - treating global health
World Vision NZ chief executive Chris Clarke has challenged the international community to improve its track record on providing medical help for the poorest people in the world. [more]

06/06/2010: Paul Warren - was that a question?
Associate Professor Paul Warren, Head of the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University talks about the language habit of 'high rising terminals' in which statements come out as questions because the voice gets higher at the end of the sentence. [more]

06/06/2010: Michael Slater - dipping into Dickens
Michael Slater has been reading and re-reading Charles Dickens' work since he was 11 and he's drawn on a lifetime of study to produce his biography of the great writer. 'Charles Dickens', is published by Yale University Press. [more]

13/06/2010: Robert Patman - the road to 9 - 11
Robert Patman is a Professor of International Relations at the Department of Politics, University of Otago. His book, 'Strategic Shortfall: The Somali Syndrome and the March to 9/11' is published by Praeger. [more]

13/06/2010: Janet Stephenson - landscape and identity
'Beyond the Scene: Landscape and Identity in Aotearoa New Zealand' is edited by Janet Stephenson, Jacinta Ruru and Mick Abbott, and is published by Otago University Press. [more]

13/06/2010: Ken Crispin - looking for justice
Ken Crispin is a former judge of the Australian Supreme Court. He talks to Chris Laidlaw about the strengths and weaknesses of the legal system, mandatory sentences, loss of rights due to the fear of terrorism, the 'war on drugs', the effect of 'tough on crime' rhetoric of police and politicians, and other issues which threaten justice in Western societies. [more]

13/06/2010: Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson
Dougal reflects on the damage caused by cannabis-dealing gangs. [more]

13/06/2010: Feedback
What you, the listeners, say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme. [more]

20/06/2010: 'Emma' - Finding Mercy
Emma is making a film about the reign of Robert Mugabe, telling the story through her search for a childhood friend. She tells Chris about growing up white in Africa, the dream of post-independence Zimbabwe, and what happened to that dream. [more]

20/06/2010: Richard Wilkinson - Unequal Societies
New Zealand is now around the fifth most unequal society in the Western world - a product, according to Richard Wilkinson, of changes to our society in the late-1980s that lead to the most rapid rise in inequality of any rich nation. 'The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better', by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett. [more]

20/06/2010: David James Smith - Young Mandela
David James Smiths' 'Young Mandela' goes beyond the Mandela we know today - the president, the elder statesman - and investigates Mandela's early years. [more]

20/06/2010: Feedback
What listeners have to say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme. [more]

27/06/2010: Carl Safina - Toxic Soup in the Gulf
As oil continues to gush into the Gulf of Mexico, Carl Safina, the founding president of Blue Ocean Institute, an ocean conservation organisation, talks to Chris about what went wrong, who is to blame, and the impact of the catastrophe on marine life. [more]

27/06/2010: Tony Smith - World Cup: More than a Game
Veteran sports reporter Tony Smith is covering the football World Cup for Fairfax Media. [more]

27/06/2010: David Shambaugh - China Changing the Rules
Professor David Shambaugh of George Washington University is an authority on contemporary Chinese affairs and international politics and security in the Asia-Pacific region. He's the keynote speaker at the 2010 Otago Foreign Policy School which is focusing on the rise and future of China. [more]

27/06/2010: Notes from the South
Dougal Stevenson reports on tension over toilets at the new Dunedin stadium. [more]

27/06/2010: Feedback
What you, the listeners, say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme. [more]

04/07/2010: James McNeish
Latest novel covers hot topics in New Zealand law and draws on James's long-held interest in justice. [more]

04/07/2010: Dianne Bardsley
In our monthly language slot Dianne talks about how we join words together to make new ones. [more]

04/07/2010: Juliet Schor
Professor of sociology at Boston College who has a plan for humanity to buy less and live more. [more]

04/07/2010: Feedback
What you, the listeners, say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme. [more]

11/07/2010: Maggie Hamilton - Boys under Pressure
Maggie Hamilton, author of 'What's Happening to our Boys' talks about the kind of world boys are growing up in, and what parents can do to help. [more]

11/07/2010: Peter Drysdale - Asia Pacific Community
Peter Drysdale is head of the East Asian Bureau of Economic Research and Emeritus Professor of Economics at the Australian National University. He tells Chris Laidlaw about a new spirit of co-operation emerging amongst Asian countries - which includes New Zealand. [more]

11/07/2010: Kelvin Day - The Taranaki Wars
Kelvin Day is Manager of Heritage Collections at Puke Ariki Museum and Art Gallery in New Plymouth. His book is 'Contested Ground: Te Whenua I Tohea, The Taranaki Wars 1860 - 1881'. [more]

11/07/2010: Feedback
What listeners have had to say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme. [more]

18/07/2010: Professor Ann Tickner
Professor Ann Tickner of the University of California with a feminist perspective on international relations. [more]

18/07/2010: Michael Baltzer: Disappearing tigers
There are more tigers in US zoos than there are anywhere else in the wild in the rest of the world. Mike Baltzer from WWF tells us why, and what's being done about it. But is it too late? [more]

18/07/2010: Keith Turner: renewable energy
Chris Laidlaw talks to Keith Turner, former head of Meridian Energy, and asks him if there really is a big future for renewable energy in this country, and why should we try so hard with all that gas and coal available? [more]

18/07/2010: Notes from the South
Dougal Stevenson has been soaking up the vitamin D and pondering the fate of the Stuart statue in Dunedin. [more]

18/07/2010: Ideas: Marilyn Waring
Today on Ideas we hear from Marilyn Waring about the individuals, writers and philosophers who have influenced her ideas, and we hear how the realities of rural New Zealand shaped her early feminism. [more]

25/07/2010: Ed Blakely - Rebuilding Cities
Dr Ed Blakely was the controversial clean-up Czar who co-ordinated the recovery programme after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. Dr Blakely is in New Zealand advising on ways to fund urban regeneration. [more]

25/07/2010: Kennedy Graham - Green Economics
Green Party MP Dr Kennedy Graham discusses his Public Finance (Sustainable Development Indicators) Amendment Bill - a member's Bill sparked by his passion for ecological economics. [more]

25/07/2010: Satu Limaye - Power Relationships
Satu Limaye, the director of the East-West Centre in Washington DC, assesses US-Asia-Pacific relations during the Obama administration, and looks at strategic trends in the Asia-Pacific, and their implications for the US. [more]

25/07/2010: Feedback
What you, the listeners, say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme. [more]

01/08/2010: Phillip Toledano
Phillip Toledano joins us to talk about his photographic essay 'Days with my Father'. [more]

01/08/2010: Laurie Bauer
Professor of Linguistics Laurie Bauer unpicks the structure of our language. [more]

01/08/2010: Piripi Walker
A man who is passionate about the preservation and promotion of Te Reo. [more]

01/08/2010: Dougal Stevenson
Dougal brings us his notes from the south. [more]

08/08/2010: Maria Rost Rublee - Nuclear restraint
Maria Rost Rublee is a poitical studies lecturer at Auckland University and an expert on political psychology. She talks about why some countries choose nuclear restraint and why others think nukes are a good idea. [more]

08/08/2010: Neville Peat - Life Story of the Tasman
Natural history writer Neville Peat has been working on the life story of an ocean, and today tells the story of the Tasman Sea from its origins 85 million years ago. [more]

08/08/2010: Lord Howell - Government Business
The Right Honourable Lord Howell of Guildford is Minister of State in the UK government with responsibilities for foreign affairs, the Commonwealth and international energy policy. He's the first Cabinet member from the new government to visit New Zealand and talks to Chris about his portfolio areas and their importance for New Zealand. [more]

15/08/2010: Keith Newman: missionaries among the Maori
We hear about a new book, Bible and Treaty: Missionaries among the Maori - a new perspective, which takes a look at the role of missionaries during the Pakeha settlement of Aotearoa and how they affected relations with the Tangata Whenua in what was to become New Zealand. [more]

15/08/2010: Christina MacKay: kitchens and the environment
The contemporary kitchen makeover, it's getting increasingly grand and status focused, but what's this doing to the environment? [more]

15/08/2010: Hugh White: Australia's defence policies
Professor White talks about Australia's defence options given the geo-political shifts in the tectonic plates of power in this part of the world in recent years. [more]

22/08/2010: Philippa Foster-Back: business ethics
Organisations, both private and public, are rigorously audited for their financial performance but virtually not at all for the wider social responsibility. Chris speaks with the Director of the British Institute for Business Ethics. [more]

22/08/2010: Peter Fitzsimons: election Australia
Chris speaks with this journalist, biographer, war historian and former Wallaby about the well hung state of the current Australian Government post-election from Peter's vantage point at the Australian Embassy in Washington DC. [more]

22/08/2010: Joan Metge: Tuamaka
Anthropologist and social scientist Joan Metge speaks with Chris about her new book Tuamaka: The Challenge of Difference in Aotearoa New Zealand. [more]

22/08/2010: Dougal Stevenson: the voice of the South
Dougal's weekly report from Dunedin continues. [more]

29/08/2010: Gunter Warner
Gunter Warner is a German Jewish refugee who arrived in New Zealand as a 19-year-old at the outbreak of the Second World War. Gunter talks about how Jack Lovelock inspired him to find out about New Zealand, and how escape from Germany became urgent as the Nazis rose to power. [more]

29/08/2010: Jim McLay - Our man in the UN
Jim McLay is New Zealand Permanent Representative to the UN in New York. He talks to Chris about the UN response to war crimes and genocide, the tricky question of state sovereignty, and this country's bid for a seat on the Security Council. [more]

29/08/2010: Richard McGregor - Identity and Ancestry
Dr Richard McGregor is chairman of the Clan Gregor Society of Scotland. During a visit to New Zealand this week, he spoke with Chris Laidlaw about the long and fraught history of the McGregor family. The clan was proscribed in 1612, which meant it was officially condemned as an enemy of the state and anyone with the name McGregor could be killed and their lands confiscated. Dr McGregor also discusses the clan's DNA project. [more]

05/09/2010: Gunter Warner
Gunter Warner is a German-Jewish refugee who arrived in New Zealand at the start of the second World War. In the second of a two-part interview, Gunter talks about his post-war years as a teacher and a member of the Post-Primary Teacher's Association. [more]

05/09/2010: Ken Douglas
We speak to veteran unionist Ken Douglas, who is the subject of a recent biography, Man For All Seasons, by historian David Grant. [more]

12/09/2010: William Taylor
He may not be up in the top rows of NZ's literary pantheon, even if he has sold more books and won more awards than arguably any living NZ author. He made his name writing books for young people and his career has been something of a roller coaster. He's just released a memoir, and he spoke to Chris recently. [more]

12/09/2010: Harry Ricketts
Harry Ricketts is a man of many literary talents, having written twenty-one books including poetry collections, a biography of Rudyard Kipling and a couple of 'How To...' books. He teaches creative non-fiction and English at Victoria University and is a regular reviewer for Radio New Zealand. This year he's got two new books out, one being '99 Ways Into NZ Poetry' and the other an anthology of New Zealand sports writing. [more]

12/09/2010: Allan Bollard - Life in the meltdown
Allan Bollard has been governor of the reserve bank since 2002. He talks to Chris about his new book, a memoir of his experiences during the global financial meltdown. [more]

12/09/2010: Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson
Dougal recalls dodging bayonets at boarding school. [more]

18/09/2010: Sandra Grey and Ana Gilling: Women and MMP
Dr Sandra Grey, senior lecturer at Victoria University, and Ana Gilling, PhD candidate at Queens University, Belfast, talk about women's suffrage and the role of MMP in improving proportional representation. [more]

19/09/2010: Peter Bidwell - Rowing Historian
Peter's new book 'Reflections of Gold: A Celebration of New Zealand Rowing' chronicles the history and success of our rowers both on the water and the world stage. [more]

19/09/2010: Stevan Eldred-Grigg - WWI NZ History
Author and historian Stevan Eldred-Grigg speaks about New Zealand's presence and policy with regard to the Great War as well as our societal myths that invaded our common collective conscious post-war. He has a new book 'The Great Wrong War' dedicated to the subject. [more]

25/09/2010: Ian McGibbon - The Vietnam War: NZ's Story
Leading war historian talks about New Zealand's Vietnam war. [more]

26/09/2010: Joseph Circione
Joseph Circione is the president of the Washington DC - based Ploughshares Fund. [more]

26/09/2010: Robert Williams
Professor Robert Williams talks about addictions, particularly gambling. [more]

03/10/2010: William Chafe
Professor of History at Duke University in North Carolina, William Chafe talks to Chris about the idiosyncrasies of various U.S. heads of state from Obama to LBJ. [more]

03/10/2010: Linguistics with Janet Holmes
Men maybe from Mars and women from Venus but how does this affect, if at all, the way we behave, speak and express ourselves? [more]

03/10/2010: Michael Caine
Sir Maurice Micklewhite, aka Michael Caine, talks about his humble origins in London's Elephant and Castle to his Hollywood zenith and back again. [more]

03/10/2010: Dougal Stevenson's Notes from the South
The joys of moving house. [more]

09/10/2010: Cricketing legend Bert Sutcliffe
Sports journalist and columnist Richard Boock brings together the life's work of cricketing legend Bert Sutcliffe and his biographer Rod Nye in the book, 'The Last Everyday Hero: The Bert Sutcliffe Story'. [more]

10/10/2010: Dr Maria Bargh
Dr Maria Bargh discusses Maori political representation at both the local and national level. [more]

10/10/2010: Ian Montanjees
Ian Montanjees, an inventor/physicist with degrees in engineering and architecture, talks about the White Roofs Project - how painting your roof white will help to save the planet. [more]

17/10/2010: A K Min - Hope for Myanmar
Burmese dissident, activist and former political prisoner speaks with Chris Whitta about the political aspirations for his country. [more]

17/10/2010: John Anderson - Contiki
John talks to Chris about his journey with Contiki and the release of his book 'Only Two Seats Left'. [more]

17/10/2010: Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson
A struggle to find his Daily Times while danger lurks in the harbour below. [more]

24/10/2010: Karen Brouneus - Truth Telling
Dr Karen Brouneus from Otago University's Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies has studied the effect of the truth and reconciliation process in Rwanda, where she questioned the assumption that"revealing is healing". [more]

24/10/2010: Peter Fitzsimons - Yarns from the Farm
Peter Fitzsimons is one of those people who's a bit hard to pin down. He was well known as a rugby player, and the first Wallaby to be ordered off against New Zealand. He's also become an accomplished journalist broadcaster, as well as an historian and biographer. Chris asked him why he chose to write a memoir now, at a relatively early stage of life. [more]

24/10/2010: Dave Cull - His Worship
After just one term on the Dunedin City Council, Dave Cull is the city's new mayor and he's due to be sworn in next week. But as well as the chains of office, Dave Cull is also bearing the weight of the city's debt, which has soared with the building of the Forsyth Barr Stadium. He talked to Chris about priorities for the city, engaging with the community, and the fate of Carisbrook. [more]

31/10/2010: Philip Gregan
Chief executive of New Zealand Winegrowers on the rise and fall of the wine industry. [more]

31/10/2010: Meredith Hooper
Her latest book investigates the fate of the little-known 'eastern party' of Robert Falcon Scott's final and fatal Antarctic expedition. [more]

31/10/2010: Michael Field
Has spent 30 years living and working in the south Pacific. He loves the area but he despairs of its poor political leadership and failed dreams. [more]

07/11/2010: Jon Johansson - Obama's Next Move
Dr Jon Johansson from Victoria University, examines the result of the US mid-term elections. He discusses why the result panned out the way it did, the overall composition of the Congress, and the strategic outlook for President Obama - the economy, war, and the 2010 presidential primaries. [more]

07/11/2010: Paul Warren - Language and Perception
In our monthly language slot Associate Professor Paul Warren, Head of the School of Linguistics at Victoria University, explores the relationship between language and thought, and language and perception. We investigate how language frames our world and alters our perceptions. [more]

07/11/2010: Paul Lewis - The Life of Sir Terry McLean
For more than 40 years, TP McLean was regarded as New Zealand's foremost sports writer. What is less well-known is that McLean was also a soldier, a policeman, and spy. He kept many secrets that were not revealed until his death aged 90, when his son began sorting his personal papers. Paul Lewis uses much of this paperwork as the basis for his biography and he reveals that despite the stories he wrote on others, parts of McLean's life remain a mystery. 'TP: The Life and Times of Sir Terry McLean', by Paul Lewis with Jock McLean is published by HarperCollins. [more]

14/11/2010: The Aid Triangle
The concept of international aid is one of the great symbols of humanitarianism, but it has always been controversial. Stuart Carr, professor of psychology at Massey University, is the co-author of a new book about the dilemmas thrown up by international aid programmes. He's also conducted research on the disparities between expat aid workers and their local counterparts. [more]

14/11/2010: Luis Jalandoni - Peace in the Phillipines
One of the most longstanding conflicts in the world is the war that has been fought, on and off, between national liberationists and the ruling authorities in the Phillipines. Luis Jalandoni has been at the centre of the conflict since the 1970s, as chair of the National Democratic Front of the Phillipines negotiating panel for peace talks with the government. [more]

14/11/2010: John Kirwan - Back From Hell
You will have seen him on TV promoting honesty and openness about depression based on his personal journey through the torture of it. From a macho, test-hardened All Black living for rugby alone, he's evolved into a well-rounded and expressive man, and he says he owes that to the life-changing experience of plumbing the depths of depression. He spoke to Chris earlier in the week. [more]

14/11/2010: Notes from the South
Dougal Stevenson talks about travelling Britain with a magician. [more]

21/11/2010: Michael Parkinson
His TV talk show lasted four decades and in his new book he reveals the highlights of his career. [more]

21/11/2010: Lori Wallach
American trade specialist rings the warning bells about a free trade agreement with the US. [more]

20/11/2010: David Filer
Historian David Filer rates the conflict on Crete as the 'Gallipoli of the Second World War'. [more]

21/11/2010: Feedback
What you, the listeners, say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme. [more]

27/11/2010: Raymond Richards on Sir Geoffrey Palmer
Raymond Ricards talks to Chris Laidlaw about his new biography of former Prime Minister Sir Geoffrey Palmer, entitled 'Palmer: The Parliamentary Years', published by Canterbury University Press. [more]

28/11/2010: Dr Cornel de Ronde: Prime Minister's Science Prize Winner
Dr Cornel de Ronde, winner of the Media Communication Prize, talks to Chris Laidlaw about the prize and his work as a marine geologist studying submarine volcanoes. [more]

28/11/2010: Maj Britt Theorin: Sweden and disarmament
The Swedish social democratic politician Maj Britt Theorin talks to Chris Laidlaw about Swedish attitudes to disarmament and the origins of those attitudes. [more]

05/12/2010: Ellen Ellis - Teachers for South Africa
Ellen talks to Chris about the Boer War, or the Anglo-Boer War, and the New Zealand participation in it. Her new book 'Teachers for South Africa' looks at the mission of 20 teachers sent from this country to look after Afrikaner women and children interred in camps for the war's duration. [more]

05/12/2010: Dr Diane Bardsley - language
We hear of the origins of idiosyncratic sayings and words peculiar to this part of the world. [more]

05/12/2010: Dr Muthiah Alagappa - Asia-Pacific regional stability
Dr Alagappa speaks with Chris about the shifting complexities of allegiance and deterrence in a vast region comprising four distinct arenas. [more]

05/12/2010: Dougal Stevenson - Notes from the South
Dougal's increasing the astore of memory in a house already full with the presence of the past. [more]

12/12/2010: Hermann Hiery
Professor of History at the University of Bayreuth discusses Germany's relationship with Samoa. [more]

12/12/2010: Jason Garman
Oxfam New Zealand Spokesman on the Unwrapped Christmas campaign. [more]

12/12/2010: Ian Morris
Explores why the West has been so dominant for the past 200 years. [more]

19/12/2010: Nicola Lacey - Politics and the Law
Rising prison populations and the criminal justice system. [more]

19/12/2010: Li Xiaolin - Making Friends for China
The Vice President of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries talk to Chris about the geopolitical strategy of winning friends and gaining influence. [more]

19/12/2010: Chris Finlayson - Treaty Update
The Minister for Treaty Negotiations gives us an update on The Treay of Waitangi issues and a sense of where the Marine and Coastal Area Bill is at. [more]

19/12/2010: Dougal Stevenson - Notes from the South
Dougal's at Gabriel's Gully where they're getting ready for the 150th Anniversary of the Otago Gold Rush. [more]

29/01/2011: Insight, Sunday 30 January: Rheumatic Fever
Lois Williams looks at why New Zealand still has a high incidence of the third world disease: Rheumatic fever [more]

29/01/2011: Donald Shoup - Parking
Chris speaks with the acknowleged international guru on parking and seeks some insight, perhaps wisdom, into finding nirvana in this vexing urban planning conundrum. [more]

30/01/2011: Richard Wolfe - It's in the Post
Richard and Chris talk the history of philatelly in New Zealand and Richard's new book on the subject 'It's in the Post'. [more]

30/01/2011: Garry Egger - Planet Obesity
Garry Egger and his co-writer of the book 'Planet Obesity', Rob Swinburn, see the increasing incidence of obesity in assertively consumer driven societies as symptomatic of the greater ills facing the planet with climate change. Garry and Chris discuss this hypothesis. [more]

06/02/2011: Laurie Bauer - Losing Te Reo
Many of us have been persuaded in recent years that the Maori language is gaining in usage and popularity. But might the opposite actually be occurring? We hear from Professor Laurie Bauer of Victoria University. [more]

06/02/2011: Stephen Levine - What If?
A couple of years ago Steve Levine, professor of political science at Victoria University, edited a book titled 'NZ As It Might Have Been', a collection of essays imagining what would've happened if some of the big moments in NZ history had turned out differently. It proved so popular that a second volume has now been released. [more]

06/02/2011: Caroline Fitzgerald - Henry Williams and the Treaty
The Reverend Henry Williams translated the Treaty of Waitangi into Maori in 1840 and bought himself a load of controversy. In her book, 'Te Wiremu, Henry Williams: Early Years in the North', his great-great-grand-daughter Caroline Fitzgerald tells Williams' story through his private letters and journals. [more]

13/02/2011: Public spending - David Hall
Public spending - the way in which governments use the income they derive from taxes - is always a matter of dispute. Whether its not enough spent in this sector or too much in that, societies are forever locked in argument over the role of governments as investors in the economy and society as a whole. David Hall, director of the Public Services International Research Unit at the University of Greenwich in London, explains his point of view for us. [more]

13/02/2011: An Africa Election - Jarreth Merz
In 1957 Kwame Nkrumuh led Ghana to independence and a new democratic dawn. The rest of Africa, and the world, watched with fascination as the first modern African democracy was born. It hasn't all been plain sailing since then. American film maker Jarreth Merz, who spent some of his early years in Ghana, was there in 2008 and made a documentary on that year's presidential election, one that threatened the country's democracy. [more]

13/02/2011: Active resistance - Dennis Dalton
The concept of active resistance to oppression has a long history. Does it work? Has it ever really worked in the past? It's a real question right now as the masses of Egypt try to find a non-violent way of removing the Mubarak regime. We speak to Dennis Dalton, a past professor of political science at Columbia University and authority on non-violence and the life and philosophy of Mahatma Ghandi. [more]

13/02/2011: Notes From The South
Dougal is spotting shags over the Dunedin Harbour. [more]

20/02/2011: Naomi Oreskes - Contrarian Science
Science historian Naomi Oreskes discusses the findings in her book 'Merchants of Doubt - how a handful of scientists obscured the truth on issues from tobacco smoke to global warming'. [more]

20/02/2011: Dick Scott - The '51 Waterfront Dispute
This week marks 60 years since the 1951 Waterfront Dispute began and it remains the biggest industrial confrontation in New Zealand's history. Historian Dick Scott talks with Chris Laidlaw about the dispute and its legacy. [more]

20/02/2011: James Kaplan - Under Frank's Skin
Author James Kaplan reveals the real man behind the image of legendary crooner Frank Sinatra. [more]

20/02/2011: Feedback
What you, the listeners, say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme. [more]

27/02/2011: Engineers check safety of Christchurch water reservoirs
A team of engineers has been inspecting the water reservoirs around Christchurch to make sure they are safe. [more]

27/02/2011: Thousands of student volunteers work to clean up city
18,000 people, many of whom are university students, have joined together to help those suffering in the wake of Tuesday's earthquake. [more]

27/02/2011: St Giles Church
70-year-old St Giles Church on Papanui Road has been badly damaged by Tuesday's quake. Rev John Hunt, who has been the minister for 30 years, is holding services this morning in the church hall. [more]

27/02/2011: Earthquake preparedness
Professor John McClure, from Victoria University's school of psychology, is undertaking a long-term study researching preparedness for earthquakes. He's found that even people who perceive the risk of an earthquake as high are no more prepared for one than people who perceive the risk as low. [more]

27/02/2011: Re-imagining Christchurch
The quake came just a few days after a team of architects has set up an exhibition displaying some of the ideas on the concept of 're-imagining' the city following the September quake. Chris spoke to Ptrick Clifford, president of the New Zealand School of Architects. [more]

27/02/2011: Catherine Setterfield
Catherine Setterfield is a British journalist who's been working in Chile for the past four years as editor of the Santiago-based magazine Infrastructure. She was there when the 8.8 quake hit Chile, and Chris asked her if she had been following events in Christchurch. [more]

06/03/2011: Professor of linguistics at Victoria University, Janet Holmes
The world of cursing, swearing and expletives. [more]

06/03/2011: Dr Raja Mohan
Current Howard Kippenberger fellow on the rise of India as a global power and what this means for its relations with China. [more]

06/03/2011: Dougal Stevenson
This week Dougal considers the future of Dunedin's heritage buildings. [more]

13/03/2011: Gertrude Fester
Marking International Women's Day earlier this week, writer, academic and former MP for the ANC, Dr Gertrude Fester talks about imprisonment under the apartheid regime in South Africa, race relations today and her hopes and fears for her country. [more]

13/03/2011: Bruce Stirling - Wairarapa Moana
Historian Bruce Stirling discusses the rich and turbulent history of Lake Wairarapa. [more]

13/03/2011: Richard Boast - More Treaties than Waitangi
Legal historian Professor Richard Boast describes how there were many more treaties in colonial New Zealand than just the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. He says that an examination of these treaties and a debate on their significance is needed. [more]

19/03/2011: Insight for 20 March 2011 - Police Pursuits
Cherie McQuilkin investigates police pursuit policy [more]

20/03/2011: Historian Jim Ng
Jim has traced the arrival of Chinese miners in Otago. He's also the chairman of the Lawrence Chinese Camp Charitable Trust dedicated to recreating the Chinese gold mining camp near Lawrence in Central Otago. [more]

20/03/2011: Mediawatch for 20 March 2011
The Mediawatch team looks at the media's coverage of the threefold disaster in Japan and examines the progress of al Jazeera into mainstream acceptance while questioning its effectiveness into domestic coverage of civil unrest. [more]

20/03/2011: Diane Miller
Historian and author Diane Miller speaks with Chris about the famed father of the Otago gold rush, the man Gabriel Read; his personality, life, value. [more]

20/03/2011: Dr John Stenhouse
Dr Stenhouse chronicles the struggle in Otago between Protestant and Anglican religious ambitions against the backdrop of secularism vs the Church during the time of the Gold Rush. [more]

20/03/2011: Ideas for 20 March 2011: Ethical Investment
The week the Ideas team looks at the notion and practice of Ethical Investment speaking with: the New Zealand executive chairman of the social lender Prometheus Finance and director of the Sustainable Business Network, Glen Saunders; the chair for the Council for Soially Responsible Investment, Dr Robert Howell and;the Executive Director of the New Zealand Centre for Business Ethics and Sustainable Development, Dr Rodger Spiller. [more]

27/03/2011: Professor Jon Altman
From the Australian National University on the indigenous estate in Australia. [more]

27/03/2011: Mediawatch for March 27 2011
More responses to coverage of the catastrophe in Japan; how broadcasters got a break to pay a big bill; reporters' rugby suggestions which didn't deliver dividends; and how the 'Moon Man' maintained his mana with many - even after a media mauling [more]

27/03/2011: Rian Van Schalkwyk
Wellington region's emergency manager on the level of preparedness for the big quake in the Wellington area. [more]

27/03/2011: Peter Bishop
Director of the Graduate Studies Programme in Future Studies at the University of Houston. [more]

27/03/2011: Dougal Stevenson
Dougal pans for gold in Gabriel's Gully. [more]

27/03/2011: Ideas for 27 March 2011
Professor Sir Peter Gluckman is New Zealand's first chief science advisor to the Prime Minister; the author of more than 500 scientific papers; and the only New Zealander to be elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science (USA) and the Academy of Medical Sciences of Great Britain. Sir Peter talks to Chris Laidlaw about the individuals, books and writers who have influenced him. [more]

02/04/2011: Insight Sunday 3rd April: Quake: Emergency Response
Philippa Tolley investigates the emergency response to the February quake [more]

03/04/2011: Robin Clark - Science Meets Art
Professor Robin Clark is a scientist based at University College, London, and is an expert on Raman microscopy in forensic archaeology. Professor Clark tells Chris that he has used pigment analysis to reveal the secrets of some of Europe's best known artwork, including the Lindisfarne Gospels, and Greek icons. [more]

03/04/2011: Mediawatch for 3 April 2011
Reporting the downfall of Darren Hughes - and the political fallout; school bullies hit the headlines; and the BBC's Stephen Sackur on coverage of ongoing upheavals in the Arab world. [more]

03/04/2011: Paul Warren - Slip Of The Ear
Speech perception is the combination of responses a person has when listening to someone else speaking, and the processing of those sounds. How does it all work? Chris talked to Associate Professor Paul Warren, Head of the School of Linguistics and Applied Language at Victoria University. [more]

03/04/2011: Fred Pearce - Political Climate
Fred Pearce is a British author and a leading science journalist who specialises in global environmental issues including water use and climate change. Technological advances away from the use of fossil fuels are giving him hope, but he's not confident about the political ability to get things done. Fred Pearce is in New Zealand to attend the Climate Futures Conference, organised by Victoria University's Climate Change Research Institute. [more]

03/04/2011: Ideas for 3 April 2011 - Minimum Wage
More than 40,000 New Zealanders got a pay rise on Friday, but with the 25-cent increase to the hourly minimum wage working out to just $10 a week, before tax, it will barely cover the cost of a celebratory drink come next payday. So could the minimum wage have been raised by more without lengthening the dole queue? Ideas talks to former minimum wage worker Miriama Francis; the owner of Auckland's Cherry Cleaning Company, Sid Day; US economist William Lester; Auckland University professor Tim Hazledine; and AUT senior lecturer in economics Gail Pacheco. [more]

09/04/2011: Insight for 10 April 2011 - Queenstown Hospital
Steve Wilde asks if Queenstown residents will be better served by a new hospital model. [more]

10/04/2011: Dennis Avery
The man who broke into Auschwitz; Dennis Avery tells his wartime story in his 95th year. [more]

10/04/2011: Mediawatch for 10 April 2011
The country's biggest publisher pulls the plug on NZ's oldest national news organisation; Lotto fever hits the media - same old story. [more]

10/04/2011: Jinty McTavish
Sustainability in Dunedin with the city's youngest councillor. [more]

10/04/2011: Wendy Pye
Pioneering exporter of NZ online educational products and probably this country's most successful international salesperson; no Pye in the Sky. [more]

10/04/2011: Dougal Stevenson - Notes from the South
Dougal's latest aural epistle. [more]

10/04/2011: Ideas for 10 April 2011: the Maori Economy
Chris Laidlaw and Jeremy Rose explore the growing importance and evolution of the Maori economy. [more]

16/04/2011: Insight for 17 April - Heritage Buildings
Lorna Perry investigates the costs and benefits of heritage buildings. [more]

16/04/2011: Mediawatch Extra April 2011
The Mediawatch team runs through the best of listeners' queries and comments on stories and issues in Mediawatch recently. This month: The demise of our oldest national news organisation - the NZPA; the downfall of Darren Hughes; Lotto fever; media trust surveyed; school bullying in the spotlight. [more]

17/04/2011: Bruce Philp - Branding Expert
Bruce Philp talks to Chris Laidlaw about his book, The Orange Code: How ING Direct Succeeded by Being a Rebel with a Cause. [more]

17/04/2011: Mediawatch for 17 April 2011
Pushing the boundaries in the Scott Guy case; more media closures confirmed; Palmy-bashing fightback; cranky columns and junket journalism. [more]

17/04/2011: Farah Pandith
US Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith talks about her role working directly to the Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. [more]

17/04/2011: Martin Plowman
Australia's first Doctor of UFOs talks about his unusual academic achievement. [more]

17/04/2011: Ideas for 17 April 2011: Judaism
Jews around the world will this coming week begin their celebration of Passover - the commemoration of the Jewish exodus from Egypt and escape from slavery. So, in the latest of our occasional "lived philosophies" series, we take a look at the philosophy and practice of Judaism through the ages. [more]

24/04/2011: Insight - Dementia
Winner of Best Documentary, 2011 New Zealand Radio Awards: Sue Ingram talks to those suffering from dementia. [more]

24/04/2011: David Norton - Writing The King James Bible
It took more than a century to translate the King James version of the Bible from the original Hebrew and Greek. It was first published in 1611 and is still considered by many scholars to be the most influential and popular version of the Bible. Victoria University Professor of English David Norton tells Chris about how the King James Bible changed from being mocked as a piece of English writing to being valued as one of the greatest works of English literature. [more]

24/04/2011: Mediawatch for 24 April 2011
RNZ's new chair Richard Griffin on his vision for the broadcaster - and media claims his appointment is political; extraordinary efforts to restore the media in Christchurch; and unexpected reaction to photographers' deaths in Libya. [more]

24/04/2011: Ross Jennings - The Pacific War
Ross Jennings produced the new documentary 'Nga Toa o te Moana-Nui-A-Kiwa - The Warriors of The Pacific' for Maori TV's ANZAC Day coverage. The documentary focuses on a 1943 battle on a heavily forested western Solomons island called Vella Lavella, which had been occupied by the Japanese. Ross talked to Chris about the struggle by the indigenous people and the support they received from New Zealand. [more]

24/04/2011: Scott Bennett - Pozieres and the ANZAC Story
In 2003 Australian Scott Bennett visited the Great War battlefields in France and Belgium to retrace the steps of his great uncles who had fought there. One of these battlefields was Pozieres in France. In 1916 one million men fought in the first battle of the Somme and victory hinged on their ability to capture the small village of Pozieres. The British called in the ANZACs and in July thousands of Australians stormed the ridge - 23,000 of them died in the battle. Scott talked to Chris about the fight for Pozieres. [more]

24/04/2011: Ideas for 24 April 2011 - Climate Futures
Ideas examines the concept of resilience. Essentially it's the strengthening of the capacity of any town, city or country to withstand the knocks imposed on it by nature or man-made mishaps. Chris recently hosted a breakfast debate on the topic at Te Papa - the panelists were environmental journalist and author Fred Pearce; Australian climate scientist Professor David Karoly; NZ engineer Martin Kreft, who plays a leading role in project financing and insurance issues; and Colin James, NZ political journalist and author. [more]

01/05/2011: Insight for Sunday 1 May 2011 - Family Trusts
Penny Mackay investigates family trusts. [more]

01/05/2011: Mike Chunn
Split Enz veteran Mike Chunn on the Play it Strange Trust, and what it's doing for New Zealand Music Month. [more]

01/05/2011: Mediawatch for 1 May 2011
Royal wedding fever strikes the media; Metro's editor on a newsmaking story about Afghanistan, not Auckland; a new group for former and current journalists. [more]

01/05/2011: Dianne Bardsley
Dianne Bardsley, lexicographer and Director of the NZ Dictionary Centre at Victoria University is always on the lookout for trends and novelties in the way that language is used. [more]

01/05/2011: Judge Eugene Hyman
Judge Eugene Hyman of the California court system has been something of a pioneer in promoting a youth and family court revolution, and a stern critic of the 3 strikes law both in California and here in New Zealand. [more]

01/05/2011: Ideas for 1 May 2011: The state of trade unions internationally
What is the state of unions internationally? Jeremy Rose has been talking to trade unionists in Bangladesh, the Middle East and China, to find out what's happening in those places. [more]

01/05/2011: Listener Feedback
What you, the listeners say on the ideas and issues presented in the programme. [more]

08/05/2011: Mediawatch for 8 May 2011
Over the top on Osama Bin Laden, more on Metro's Afghanistan article; a bold proposal fpr RNZ Concert; CTV returns and broadcasting students step up in post-quake Christchurch. [more]

08/05/2011: Nick Officer - Eco-bach
We are constantly reminded of how much creative talent exists in this country. The latest manifestation of that is a remarkable little house designed by a team from Victoria University. It's been backed by Meridian Energy and other sponsors, and is a finalist in the American Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon - a competition intended to stimulate sustainable housing design. One of it's creators, Nick Officer, talks to us about the project. [more]

08/05/2011: James Fergusson - Inside The Taliban
The taliban has become a label - a sort of terrorist talisman. But who, really, are the taliban? Why are they regarded with such revulsion outside Afghanistan, and what is their connection to Al Qaeda? British journalist James Fergusson is one of the few people to penetrate the inner sanctum of the Pashtun community, from which the taliban arose, and spoke to Chris about the taliban phenomenon. [more]

08/05/2011: Ideas for 8 May 2011: Sir Paul Reeves
In August 2011 Sir Paul Reeves (1932 - 2011) was given a truly memorable send-off at a state funeral in Auckland. His was an extraordinary life by any standards. Ordained a deacon in 1958, Sir Paul went on to become a bishop, Archbishop and then Governor General. In May 2011 Chris Laidlaw spoke to Sir Paul about his life and influences. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences [more]

15/05/2011: Insight for 15 May 2011 - Pike River
Gay Cavill revisits the West Coast six months after the Pike River tragedy. [more]

15/05/2011: Jay Winter - A Study of Silence
Jay Winter is a professor of history at Yale University, and a specialist on World War I and its impact on the 20th century. He talks to Chris about aspects of silence - how it can be coerced, lethal silence, the silence within families, silence for spiritual contemplation, silence as a form of resistance, the right to silence, and silence as a way of speaking without saying a word. [more]

15/05/2011: Mediawatch for 15 May 2011
Fatty fast food fad sparks a media feeding frenzy; RNZ's cost-conscious Maori news overhaul; update on journalist Jon Stephenson; more mathematical media mess-ups. [more]

15/05/2011: Bob Harvey - Surf Heroes
Bob Harvey has edited a book celebrating 100 years of Surf Life Saving New Zealand. He talks to former surf life saver Chris Laidlaw about the dramas and triumphs of those who volunteer their spare time to rescue others who get in trouble in the water. [more]

15/05/2011: Tadesse Meskela and Justin Purser - Cost of Coffee
Tadesse Meskela is the manager of the Oromia Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union of Ethiopia. He represents 74,000 coffee farmers as he travels the world meeting coffee buyers who will pay his farmers a better price than that set by the international commodities exchange. Justin Purser is Food Manager for Trade Aid Importers. [more]

15/05/2011: Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson
Dougal ponders a public case of agalmatophilia that ended in rejection, and arrest. [more]

15/05/2011: Ideas for 15 May 2011 - Pacific Islands
Ideas explores the growing competition for the hearts and minds, and some might say UN votes, of Pacific Island nations with: Izzat Abdulhadi, Palestine's ambassador to Australia and New Zealand; Israeli ambassador Shemi Tzur; Cuban ambassador Jose Luis Robaina Garcia; Victoria University China scholar Marc Lanteigne; and senior lecturer in Pacific studies at the University of Auckland Steven Ratuva. [more]

21/05/2011: Insight for 22 May 2011 - The Kiwifruit Industry
Insight investigates how the kiwifruit industry is coping after the outbreak of the vine disease, PSA, at the end of 2010. [more]

22/05/2011: Margaret Heffernan - Wilful Blindness
There are some things we see, and some we don't, even when they're right under our noses and so obvious that it seems inexplicable that we could miss them. Why should this happen? Writer Margaret Heffernan says there is a variety of explanations, which she talks about in her book Wilful Blindness. [more]

22/05/2011: Mediawatch for 22 May 2011
Farmers' tax targeted in run-up to belt-tightening budget; Samoa's government vs TV3; big changes in newspaper production; 15 years of fighting for the rights of advertisers; news media spoilers on popular TV. [more]

22/05/2011: Harry Beckwith - The Forces Behind What We Buy
It's said that we all too often think and purchase with our hearts, not our heads. Is there any truth to that and, if so, how deeply embedded is the tendency to set aside rationality and go with our emotions? Harry Beckwith is an American marketing specialist who has explored the phenomenon in his recent book Unthinking - The Surprising Forces Behind What We Buy. [more]

22/05/2011: Michael C Ruppert - Beyond Petroleum Man
Michael C Ruppert is a one-off. He's an American author, a former Los Angeles Police Department officer, investigative journalist and peak oil theorist. Until 2006 he published and edited From The Wilderness, a newsletter and website covering a range of topics including international politics, the CIA, peak oil, civil liberties, drugs, economics and corruption in high places. He is currently CEO of Collapse Network, a website-based pressure group seeking alternative energy and other lifestyle choices. [more]

22/05/2011: Ideas for 22 May 2011 - Future of The NZ Defence Forces
Last year the government released it's first defence white paper in more than a decade. It's a comprehensive document that outlines the challenges and potential responses in a rapidly changing strategic environment in the Asia-Pacific region. The document is not without critics though, particularly in an era in which down-sizing is the norm. Chris spoke to Professor Hugh White from the Australian National University, former NZ army chief Lou Gardiner, former NZ representative to the UN security council Terence O'Brien, and Victoria University defence specialist Lance Beath. [more]

24/05/2011: Mediawatch Extra for May 2011
The Mediawatch team runs through the best of listeners' queries and comments, and updates recent stories and issues on Mediawatch. This month: over-egging Hone Harawira's comments; the burger marketing that made mincemeat of the media; reaction to the interview with RNZ's new chair; interview technique; journalists associating online; an investigation lost at sea. [more]

28/05/2011: Insight for 29 May 2011 - UK Public Cuts
Chris Bramwell investigates public service cutbacks in the UK. [more]

29/05/2011: Professor Rajiva Wijesinha - conflict in Sri Lanka
After a damning UN report on the final days of the Tamil Tiger resistance in Sri Lanka two years ago, Chris speaks with the advisor to the President of Sri Lanka on reconciliation with Tamils. [more]

29/05/2011: Mediawatch for 29 May 2011
How a famous footballer's private life went public in spite of a so-called 'super-injuction'; a startling suicide story; the telethon on the TV news; a career-ending newspaper puzzle prank. [more]

29/05/2011: David Bret on Elizabeth Taylor
David Bret's latest biographical muse is Elizabeth Taylor. [more]

29/05/2011: Christopher Ward - a titanic tale
'And the Band Played On' a book which chronicles the events leading to the sinking of the unsinkable ship a hundred years ago and the affects it had on the family of one of its victims; Christopher Ward's family. [more]

29/05/2011: Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson
Dunedin's been invaded by 48-Hour film makers. [more]

29/05/2011: Ideas for 29 May 2011 - Psychoanalysis
This week Ideas puts psychoanalysis on the couch. [more]

04/06/2011: Insight for 5 June 2011 - Vanuatu & US led aid
Sally Round travels to Vanuatu to report on a US led aid mission that is part of re-engagement with the Pacific. [more]

05/06/2011: Sri Lanka - a Tamil perspective
After last week's guest, Dr Rajiva Wijesinha, gave a Sri Lankan government point of view on the closing two years of that country's civil conflict, Wellington Tamil community spokesman Mani Maniparathy reposts after the UN gave a scathing report on the government's conduct during these final years. [more]

05/06/2011: Mediawatch for 5 June 2011
How real is reality TV when politicians are stars?; the contrasting coverage of two women whose online relationships went badly wrong; a surprising suggestion from government and; making a mountain out of a molehill on Wellywood. [more]

05/06/2011: Linguistics with Professor Lauria Bauer
The quirks, curiosities, nooks and crannies of language, particularly phonetics. [more]

05/06/2011: Mary Lovell - The Churchill Dynasty
Biographer and historian Mary S Lovell, famous for her account of the Mitford sisters, chronicles the life and times of a British political dynasty in her new book The Churchills. [more]

05/06/2011: Ideas for 5 June 2011 - Global Food Production
The Ideas team examines the predicted commodity food price increase of 100% over the next twenty years. [more]

11/06/2011: Insight for 12 June 2011 - Wool
Kevin Ikin investigates the turn around in coarse wool prices and asks if they will last. [more]

12/06/2011: Owen Marshall - Larnach Love Triangle
Owen Marshall likens the story of the once-grand Dunedin family, the Larnachs, to a Shakespearian tragedy - involving high ambition, grand achievement, and a stunning fall. Marshall's new book is based on the real-life love triangle of William Larnach MP, his third wife Constance, and his son from a previous marriage Douglas. [more]

12/06/2011: Mediawatch for 12 June 2011
Did Darren Hughes get fair treatment in the media?; former Australian finance minister Lindsay Tanner on the news media's sideshow syndrome; the fallout from Murray Deaker's 'N-bomb'. [more]

12/06/2011: Rachael King - Tribute to Michael
Michael King was one of New Zealand's most popular and respected historians. 'The Silence Beyond' is a personal collection of King's writings. His daughter Rachael has written an introduction to the book, talks about her father and the essays, talks and eulogies in the book - many in print for the first time. [more]

12/06/2011: Raewyn Peart - Governing the Oceans
Environment Minister Nick Smith recently announced new laws to manage the environmental effects of activities like petroleum exploration and mining within New Zealand's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Raewyn Peart, senior policy analyst from the Environmental Defence Society, talks about the case for a makeover of the institutional and legal frameworks for managing our coastal resources. [more]

18/06/2011: Insight for 19 June 2011
Philippa Tolley investigates Health Select Committee recommendations to improve immunisation rates. [more]

19/06/2011: Mediawatch for 19 June 2011
The media response to Canterbury's latest quakes; threats of a World Cup media boycott; renowned war photographer Tim Page on the state of the art today; a plan to step up scrutiny of statistics in the media; an online TV forum that's going international. [more]

19/06/2011: Jenny Hayward-Jones - Relations with Fiji
Jenny Hayward-Jones is head of the Myer Foundation Melanesian programme at the prestigious Lowy Institute. She tells Chris Laidlaw that she accepts the tough love approach hasn't worked with Fiji, and wants to see a new policy of engagement. [more]

19/06/2011: Giles Milton - Surviving Hitler's Germany
Wolfram Aichele was nine years old when Hitler came to power. He was drafted in to fight for the regime and survived to tell the extraordinary tale to his son-in-law Giles Milton. Giles has now written a book, 'Wolfram: The Boy Who Went to War'. [more]

19/06/2011: Notes from the South
Dougal Stevenson has a cautionary tale with a soggy end for would-be robbers and bullies. [more]

19/06/2011: Ideas for 19 June 2011: A New Economics
Ideas talks to three of the World Economics Association founding members: Ha Joon Chang, author of 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism; former World Bank economist and professor of economics at the London School of Economics, expatriate New Zealander Robert Wade; and Steve Keen, the author of Debunking Economics: The Naked Emperor of the Social Sciences. [more]

19/06/2011: Feedback
What you, the listeners, say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme. [more]

25/06/2011: Ray Columbus - Modfather
Chris talks to Kiwi prince of pop, Ray Columbus. Ray is about to release his tell-all biography, 'The Modfather - The Life and Times of a Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer'. [more]

26/06/2011: Insight for 26 June 2011 - Winning the RWC
It has been 24 years since the All Blacks last won the Rugby World Cup. Will hosting the event give a homefield advantage – or just increase the pressure? Insight considers how the All Blacks will fare. [more]

26/06/2011: Sharan Burrow - World Union Boss
Sharan Burrow is General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation. She talks to Chris about the challenges facing workers in the global economic crisis, issues around the Arab Spring, and union responses to austerity measures. [more]

26/06/2011: Mediawatch for 26 June 2011
The future for public television in New Zealand; the reporting of one man's extraordinary comments about women at work. [more]

26/06/2011: Vaughan Turekian - Science Diplomacy
Vaughan Turekian is director of the US Center for Science Diplomacy, and is in New Zealand for the University of Otago's annual Foreign Policy School. He speaks about science diplomacy's role in resolving world issues ranging from global warming to international terrorism. [more]

26/06/2011: Ideas for 26 June 2011: Professor James Belich
Professor James Belich was known for his revisionist histories of the New Zealand wars and his two-volume history of New Zealand. But his 2011 work, Replenishing the Earth, took on a much larger canvas, which he subtitled: the settler revolution and the rise of the Anglo world. No doubt it was in large part due to that work that he was appointed the Beit Professor of Commonwealth, Imperial and Global history at Oxford University. Before he took up that position James Belich told Chris Laidlaw about his life, influences and what he hoped to achieve in the future. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences. [more]

26/06/2011: Feedback
What you, the listeners, say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme. [more]

02/07/2011: Insight for 3 July 2011 - National Standards
John Gerritsen considers the on-going opposition to national standards for primary schools. [more]

03/07/2011: Joan Druett - Tupaia
Maritime historian Joan Druett talks Tupaia, and the biography devoted to this remarkable Tahitian. [more]

03/07/2011: Mediawatch Extra for June 2011
The Mediawatch team discusses the best of listeners' queries and comments, and updates recent stories and issues on Mediawatch. This month: reaction to Christchurch's latest quakes; those controversial comments about working women; anguish over interrupting interviewers; the Dom Post's farming foul-up; is there a "snobbery of death" in the reporting of youth tragedies? [more]

03/07/2011: Mediawatch for 3 July 2011
Promoting the comeback of a controversial broadcaster; where to find public service-style programmes on free TV; how British public telly is served up on pay TV; can you trust media reports of a survey on trustworthiness? [more]

03/07/2011: Professor Janet Holmes
Janet Holmes is Professor of Linguistics at Victoria University. She discusses the way we speak at work. [more]

03/07/2011: John Scott
John Scott is an independent consultant. He was recently in New Zealand, and gave his views of the energy transformation in recent years. [more]

03/07/2011: Notes from the South
This week Dougal Stevenson is rightly railing against a proposal to prohibit the construction of south-facing homes. [more]

03/07/2011: Ideas for 3 July 2011: Refugees in New Zealand
This year is the 60th anniversary of the United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. This week Ideas looks at different aspects of refugees in New Zealand. [more]

09/07/2011: Ideas for 10 July 2011 - Homosexual Law Reform
It's 25 years since homosexuality became legal in New Zealand. Ideas talks to former Wellington Central MP Fran Wilde, whose private members' Homosexual Law Reform Bill finally changed the law in this country; Wellington counsellor and gay activist Bill Logan on the campaign for homosexual law reform and his life as an out gay man; and Phylesha Brown-Acton of the New Zealand AIDS Foundation about her work around the Pacific where homosexuality remains illegal in many countries. [more]

10/07/2011: Stevan Riley - Fire in Babylon
Fire in Babylon is the story of the glory days of West Indian cricket - back in the 1970s and '80s when the team, lead by the inspirational captain Clive Lloyd, blitzed all opposition. Set against the backdrop of apartheid in South Africa and unrest at home, it's the story of how the West Indies triumphed over the colonial masters. And its got some great music. Chris talks to director, Stevan Riley. [more]

10/07/2011: Mediawatch for 10 July 2011
Mediawatch looks at the naming and shaming of the man the media dubbed 'the Jetstar urinator'; and how one politician got the blame for the lack of a crackdown on synthetic cannabis. Also on the programme, the man behind the alternative TV channel Stratos tells us it can fill the void of public service television, but how? And are those clever comedians on TV as off-the-cuff as they appear to be? [more]

10/07/2011: Jim O'Brien - Cleaning the Cement
The cement industry is a big, dirty business, responsible for five percent of the world's carbon emissions - and there's a lot of work being done for a cleaner product. Jim O'Brien, the President of the European Aggregates Association, joins us to talk about cement companies amassing billions of dollars of carbon credits, and the race for carbon-neutral cement. [more]

10/07/2011: Tony Woods - Off the Grid in Afghanistan
New Zealander Tony Woods works alongside local people to build small-scale electricity projects in remote areas around Afghanistan. It can be a risky business but the pay-off is worth it. His wind and solar power schemes improve living standards, bring job opportunities and some stability to towns and villages where the people are sick of conflict and want a better life. [more]

10/07/2011: Feedback
What you, the listeners, say on the ideas and issues the have appeared in the programme. [more]

17/07/2011: Insight for 17 July 2011 - MMP
Ahead of the referendum on MMP, Julian Robins speaks to supporters and opponents of the system. [more]

17/07/2011: Sam Zarifi - Justice in Sri Lanka
In the wake of reports of Tamil asylum seekers heading for New Zealand, Chris talks to Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International's Asia-Pacific Director, about the situation for Tamils in Sri Lanka following the end of the civil war two years ago. [more]

17/07/2011: Mediawatch for 17 July 2011
The fallout from the phone hacking scandal in the UK. Editors arrested, executives ejected, journalists jailed - and calls for curbs on the press. Will events over there have an impact here? Also: a less-than-full story about Sir Ed's legacy. [more]

17/07/2011: Liz Garbus - The Bizarre World of Bobby Fischer
Liz Garbus directed a new documentary that tells the story of chess champion Bobby Fischer. From a lonely childhood which saw Bobby obsessed with chess by the time he was six, he went on to beat Russian Boris Spassky in a fraught competition in Iceland, disappeared for a time, became a fugitive from US law, then re-emerged, seemingly in the grip of mental illness. It's a fascinating story, brilliantly told in 'Bobby Fischer Against the World', which is screening at the New Zealand International Film Festival. [more]

17/07/2011: Regan Potangaroa - Engineering Change
Dr Regan Potangaroa is an Associate Professor at the School of Architecture at Unitec Auckland, and has been involved in humanitarian aid and post disaster work in places such as Haiti, Sudan, Pakistan and Indonesia. More recently he has been working in Christchurch and he talks to Chris about humanitarian engineering. [more]

17/07/2011: Ideas for 17 July 2011 - The Cost of Drugs
There are many life-saving medicines that cost just a few cents to manufacture but remain beyond the reach of most of the world's population. Ideas talks to philosopher Thomas Pogge about an idea he says could radically change all that. Dr David Hadorn, director of the Centre for Access and Prioritisation In Health at the Wellington School of Medicine talks about a proposal that he says has the potential to see New Zealanders at the front of the queue for innovative new drugs. And Otago University lecturer in health economics Des O'Dea discusses the pros and cons of the Pharmac model. [more]

23/07/2011: Insight for 24 July 2011 - Child Abuse
Andrew McRae looks at some of the ideas being put forward to try to reduce the rates of child abuse and neglect. [more]

24/07/2011: Bruce Wills
Chris talks to newly elected Federated farmers president, Bruce Wills. [more]

24/07/2011: Mediawatch for 24 July 2011
Mediawatch this weekend looks at a newspaper scoop which raised big questions about Israeli espionage - and how the great and good of the press in Britain are being called to account by the inquiries into phone hacking. Mediawatch also talks to a man who turned the tables on Britain's tabloids - and a veteran photographer who has captured the horror of war down the years and suffered for it. [more]

24/07/2011: Andre Van Heerden
There are leaders and misleaders - and there's not a lot of space between. Thats the theory of Andre Van Heerden. His book Leaders and Misleaders is published by Maruki Books. [more]

24/07/2011: Prof. Robert Ayson
Chris talks to Robert Ayson, professor of strategic studies at Victoria University. [more]

24/07/2011: Notes From The South
Dougal Stevensons notes from the south. [more]

24/07/2011: Ideas for 24 July 2011 - The Nation's Youth
We hear from two of the country's youngest councillors and Chris talks to Rick Boven from the NZ Institute about their discussion paper, More Ladders, Fewer Snakes: Two Proposals to Reduce Youth Disadvantage. [more]

30/07/2011: Insight for 31 July 2011 - Fiji Poverty
Philippa Tolley travelled to Fiji and reports on efforts to reduce levels of poverty. [more]

31/07/2011: Dr Jennifer Curtin - Women's Rugby
Dr Curtin, from the University of Auckland, joins the programme to chronicle the history of women's rugby in New Zealand. [more]

31/07/2011: Mediawatch for 31 July 2011
Mediawatch this week looks at: TVNZ's news boss on ethical questions and the future for news after the charter; a fishy mystery and; do political polls really reflect public opinion? [more]

31/07/2011: Michael Cooper on wine
Michael Cooper talks wine, in particular 100 of the best New Zealand wines which are the subject of his latest book. [more]

31/07/2011: Tevita Mara - Fiji
Self appointed democratic reformist and former coup strongman speaks about his beliefs for a way forward in Fiji. [more]

31/07/2011: Ideas for 31 July 2011: Lord Robert Winston
Lord Robert Winston is back in the country as guest of the Cawthron Institute and patron of Sir Peter Gluckman's Liggins Institute. He's on a lecture tour and found time again to talk to the programme about a fascinating variety of topics. [more]

06/08/2011: Insight for 7 August 2011 - Trans Pacific Partnership
Julian Robins investigates the Government's push for a Trans Pacific Partnership deal involving the United States. [more]

07/08/2011: Rochelle Constantine
From the University of Auckland's School of Biological Sciences on Bryde's whales in the Hauraki Gulf. [more]

07/08/2011: Mediawatch for 7 August 2011
Norway's recent atrocity - and how one New Zealand witness was mercilessly mocked, low-brow humour in a documentary about high art, a Fairfax fault stops the presses and do mavericks still have a place in modern newsrooms? [more]

07/08/2011: Paul Warren
Head of the School of Linguistics at Victoria University with a new book on New Zealand English. [more]

07/08/2011: Professor Amin Saikal
Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Australian National University on Arab democracy. [more]

07/08/2011: Dougal Stevenson
Brings us his notes from the south. [more]

07/08/2011: Ideas for 7 August 2011
Goods and services tend to be valued in monetary terms but there's a growing movement internationally that's questioning whether there aren't more interesting and satisfying ways of exchanging goods and services. [more]

07/08/2011: Feedback
What you, the listeners, say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme. [more]

13/08/2011: Insight for 14 August 2011 - Exams in Christchurch
Philippa Tolley investigates how students are coping in quake-stricken Christchurch [more]

14/08/2011: Caring for Cancer Survivor
Professor Bogda Koczwara is an Australian-based cancer specialist here next week to lecture on caring for those who survive the disease. She says that as doctors get better and better at curing some cancers, there's a greater need for proper after-care for their patients. [more]

14/08/2011: Mediawatch for 14 August 2011
The price of milk - and All Black jerseys; TV3's John Campbell on campaigning journalism and confronting interviewees; former Financial Times editor Sir Richard Lambert on the global market mess and phone hacking; the papers' tabloid take on a truly gruesome accident. [more]

14/08/2011: Art and Language - Professor Jack Richards
Professor Jack Richards is an applied linguist and educator with a distinguished international reputation, both as a scholar and as a patron of the arts. He is the author of many widely used textbooks for English language students and talks to Chris about his life's passions. [more]

14/08/2011: Billy T: Te Legend - Ian Mune
Chris talks to Ian Mune, co-writer and director of Billy T: Te Movie - celebrating the life and work of the legendary musician, comedian, actor, and writer, Billy T James. The film tells of Billy's meteoric rise to fame and his tragic downfall into ill-health and financial collapse. [more]

14/08/2011: Ideas for 14 August 2011
Bill Maung, who died on May 31, filled many roles in his 93 years of life. He was an active participant in Burma's struggle for independence, an inmate of a Japanese concentration camp, a judge, a governor of the International Labour Organisation, a member of James K Baxter's Jerusalem community and Black Power's political advisor. Ideas explores the life and ideas of Burma Bill. [more]

20/08/2011: Insight for 21 August 2011 - Future Health
Karen Brown looks at the possible shape of New Zealand's Health services in the decades to come. [more]

21/08/2011: Sir Anand Satyanand
On his last Sunday in office His Excellency the Governor General takes time out to join the programme and talk about his term as the Queen's representative in Aotearoa. [more]

21/08/2011: Mediawatch for 21 August 2011
This week the Mediawatch team looks at: a proposal for public TV - using Radio New Zealand with pictures; the collapse of an odd ad campaign to abstain for the All Blacks; the week's extreme weather - severe in the south, novel in the north. [more]

21/08/2011: James Kloppenberg
James Kloppenberg takes a long and studious look at the first black Commander and Chief in the White House - examining President Obama's values and motivations, the rhetoric versus the action. [more]

21/08/2011: Fred the Needle
Former All Black coach and captain, Sir Fred Allen at 91 is now New Zealand's oldest living man to have donned the black jersey. In his very self-effacing way he candidly talks to Chris about his incredible life both on and off the field. [more]

21/08/2011: Ideas for 21 August 2011 - Sir Paul Reeves
In Ideas this week we pay tribute to our late Governor General Sir Paul Reeves by replaying an interview recorded last May with His Excellency and Chris. His wisdom, humour and kindness will be greatly missed. [more]

27/08/2011: Insight for 28 August 2011- Suicide
Insight looks at the latest suicide statistics. [more]

28/08/2011: Dr Evelin Lindner
Dr Evelin Lindner is a specialist on humiliation studies and believes that the corrosive effect of humiliation is the cause of much of humanity's troubles. [more]

28/08/2011: Mediawatch for 28 August 2011
Sex and celebrity propel two stories to the front page; a journalist committed to covering some risky regions; RWC media ructions; could your TV really be killing you? [more]

28/08/2011: Mediawatch Extra August 2011
The Mediawatch team runs through queries and comments from listeners and updates recent Mediawatch stories. In this edition: The proposal to televise RNZ National; reaction to the controversial NZSO TV doco; a Kiwi eyewitness in Oslo speaks out; the shock horror Herald; Telecom's fruitless abstinence ads; the price of milk and All Black jerseys. [more]

28/08/2011: Derek Hansen - Small Town Stories
Australian author Derek Hansen speaks with Chris about thieves, murderers and small town oddballs... and how his experiences with them have shaped his latest book - A Man You Can Bank On. [more]

28/08/2011: Ian Boisvert
Ian Boisvert is one of four 2011 Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellows in Public Policy. He has some intriguing and challenging ideas for the sharing of space in the coastal marine environment in order to make way for offshore energy generation. [more]

28/08/2011: Dougal Stevenson - notes from the South
As spring approaches, Dougal’s taking on the unwelcome wildlife. [more]

28/08/2011: Ideas for 28 August 2011 - Entrepreneurism
This week Ideas looks at entrepreneurism, and whether entrepreneurs are born or made. [more]

03/09/2011: Insight for 4 September 2011 - RWC Returns
Rowan Quinn looks into whether the Rugby World Cup will deliver on its financial promises. [more]

03/09/2011: Ideas for 4 September 2011
Discusses the fact that Christchurch is now faced with the biggest and most complicated re-build in New Zealand's history. [more]

04/09/2011: Mediawatch for 4 September 2011
Signs of earthquake fatigue; the end of the NZPA - and what's planned to fill the void; an ironic political mix-up and putting words in Hone Harawira's mouth [more]

04/09/2011: Mark Fredericks
Film-maker comments on the failure of South Africa and its sporting bosses to deal with inequalities in the republic. [more]

04/09/2011: Peter Hyde
Is convinced that those in the Eastern suburbs have been given the thin end of the stick regarding the relief effort. [more]

04/09/2011: Feedback
What you, the listeners say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme. [more]

10/09/2011: Insight for 11 September 2011- Auckland Rail Tunnel
Todd Niall considers the arguments for and against the proposed Auckland Rail Tunnel . [more]

11/09/2011: Hone Kouka
Playwright Hone Kouka talks about his latest play, I George Nepia, which has opened in Wellington's Circa Theatre to coincide with the Rugby World Cup. [more]

11/09/2011: Mediawatch for 11 September 2011
RWC gets going; a New Zealand 'News of the World' journalist on the phone-hacking scandal; the response to claims the military spun our media; the Springbok Tour re-imagined and Erebus revisited. [more]

11/09/2011: Simon Reid-Henry
Simon Reid-Henry is a British academic and writer. He takes us through the impact of the bizarre act of terrorism in Norway, in which a Norwegian citizen was able to gun down scores of his fellow Norwegians. [more]

11/09/2011: Professor Richard Jackson
Professor Richard Jackson discusses the character of terrorism: its origins, its motivations and the curious ability of state terrorism to escape the full blaze of attention whilst non-state terrorists monopolise the landscape. [more]

11/09/2011: Ideas for 11 September 2011: Chile in Focus
On September 11, 1973, the armed forces of Chile bombed the presidential palace in Santiago and eliminated the ruling Marxist government led by Salvador Allende. Jorge Sandoval recalls the events of September 11, 1973 which saw him arrested, tortured and locked up in a Chilean concentration camp. Victoria University Professor of Geography Warwick Murray talks about the legacy of General Augusto Pinochet, and the student protests, dubbed the Chilean Winter, which are currently sweeping the country. [more]

17/09/2011: Insight for 18 September 2011 - Unions
Insight investigates the role of unions today and their likely future. [more]

18/09/2011: David Admire - ADD
Assistant Professor David Admire was in New Zealand recently for ADD-ADHD Awareness week. [more]

18/09/2011: Mediawatch for 18 September 2011
"Coverage of the chaos on RWC opening night, Sir Paul Callaghan speaks on the media, the search for the 'Minister of Bad Manners', Cold War cliches nfor Russia vs US". [more]

18/09/2011: Steve Chown - Invasion biology
How natural is invasion biology today? [more]

18/09/2011: John Farrell - Clarence Darrow
Clarence Darrow biorapher John Farrell. [more]

18/09/2011: Dougal Stevenson
Notes from the south. [more]

18/09/2011: Ideas for 19 September 2011
When it comes to recycling is New Zealand ahead of the pack? [more]

24/09/2011: Insight for 25 September 2011- Pacific Forum Future
After being at this year's Pacific Islands Forum summit, Megan Whelan considers if the regional organisation is still relevant. [more]

25/09/2011: Inbal Megiddo : facing conflict through music
Israeli born Inbal Megiddo has been playing the cello since she was two. She has played all around the world and is now the cello lecturer at the New Zealand School of Music. [more]

25/09/2011: Mediawatch for 25 September 2011
Two rugby stars squirm under the spotlight - while two others enjoy the exposure; a kiwi at the cutting edge of celebrity journalism - and a broadcaster from abroad who's shunned the showbiz life. [more]

25/09/2011: Terence O Brien : palestinian statehood
A former New Zealand ambassador to the UN, Terence O Brien, on the possible dilemma New Zealand faces if the Palestinian bid for statehood goes to the United Nations General Assembly. [more]

25/09/2011: David Gerrard : clean sports
David Gerrard talks to Chris about drugs and sport and anti-doping strategies. [more]

25/09/2011: Ideas for 25 September 2011: The Horn of Africa
The Horn of Africa is in the midst of the worst food crisis of the 21st century with twelve million people in dire need of food. [more]

01/10/2011: Insight for 2 October 2011 - Prison Smoking Ban
Tim Graham visits two prisons to see how the inmates are coping 3 months after smoking was banned. [more]

02/10/2011: Rob Mundie
Australian historian sets out to paint the true picture of Captain Bligh. [more]

02/10/2011: Mediawatch for 2 October 2011
The PM as DJ; the focus on political personalities over policies; the ownership of NZ media and mocking McCaw on the day of a milestone. [more]

02/10/2011: Dianne Bardsley
Puts the boot on the other foot and asks Chris some tough questions about the language of footy. [more]

02/10/2011: Jock Vennell
Biographer of Sir Andrew Russell, something of an unsung hero of World War One. [more]

02/10/2011: Dougal Stevenson
Brings us his notes from the South. [more]

02/10/2011: Ideas for 2 October 2011
We explore an idea of philosophy by which people live their lives.This week we look at Hinduism. [more]

02/10/2011: Feedback
What you, the listeners, say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme. [more]

06/10/2011: Mediawatch Extra October 2011
The Mediawatch team runs through the best of listeners' queries and comments, and updates recent stories and issues on Mediawatch. This month: A right royal celebrity frenzy; tabloid tendencies on the rise; scientific shortcomings in the modern media; the reaction to books by Hager and Holmes; Coro Street backlash; rugby wars update. [more]

08/10/2011: Insight for 9 October 2011- Law-making & Urgency
Philippa Tolley asks if the use of urgency is effecting public input into the law-making process. [more]

09/10/2011: Barry Coates - Dadaab Refugee Camp
Oxfam NZ's executive director Barry Coates has been visiting the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. Dadaab is the largest refugee camp in the world, with a population of 450,000 people, mostly from nearby Somalia, who have fled war, drought and famine in their homeland. Barry talks to Chris about what he saw at Dadaab, as well as about Oxfam's work in the region. [more]

09/10/2011: Mediawatch for 9 October 2011
The groin strain that gutted a nation; Parliament punishes the Herald; and the fallout from the PM playing DJ. [more]

09/10/2011: Steve Walsh - Global Risks
Insurance broker and risk advisor Steve Walsh talks about the World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2011, how the world is increasingly unable to deal with risks such as food supply and financial insecurity, and the need for long-term thinking. [more]

09/10/2011: Gary Hermansson - Sports-Minded
Sports psychologist Gary Hermansson tells Chris Laidlaw that success on the field is all in the mind - and describes why some sportspeople choke under pressure. Gary has been team psychologist for NZ at Commonwealth and Olympic Games, for the NZ Equestrian Team at the World Equestrian Games, and with the Black Caps. [more]

09/10/2011: Ideas for 9 October 2011
Sir Brian Lochore, the only All Black coach to have successfully guided the team to victory at a Rugby World Cup, talks to Chris Laidlaw about his formative experiences, farming, some of those who influenced him, and, of course, rugby. [more]

15/10/2011: Insight for 16 October 2011 - PNG Resources
RNZ International's Johnny Blades travels to PNG to find out who is benefitting from that nation's resource development boom [more]

16/10/2011: Paul Street
American academic analyses the Tea Party phenomenon. [more]

16/10/2011: Mediawatch for 16 October 2011
The response to disaster in the Bay of Plenty; online anguish over dropped Bomber and how Australia has less rugby, but more satire on screen. [more]

16/10/2011: S'bu Zikode
Community Activist with a rather different take on the rainbow nation nearly a decade after apartheid. [more]

16/10/2011: Paul Gilding
Australian eco-activist on the need to act on the obvious when it comes to transforming the world economy. [more]

16/10/2011: Ideas for 16 October 2011
This week looks at overseas aid. [more]

16/10/2011: Feedback
What you, the listeners, say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme. [more]

22/10/2011: Insight for 23 October 2011 - Deep Sea Fishing
Nick Butcher asks if the deep sea fishing industry needs to head in a new direction. [more]

23/10/2011: Hemana Waaka - Broadcasting in Te Reo
Pioneering Maori broadcaster Hemana Waaka heads Maori TV's Te Reo World Cup commentary team. He talks to Chris about his career in broadcasting, writing the Maori sports dictionary, and how he is hanging up his boots to return to his whanau - and take a new career path - in Whakatane. [more]

23/10/2011: Mediawatch for 23 October 2011
The media mauling of Wallaby Quade Cooper; what visiting journalists made of our media during the RWC - and the picture of NZ painted overseas; how tabloids turned a morbid murder mystery into a cannibal killing. [more]

23/10/2011: Phandu Skelemani - Life in Botswana
Botswana was one of the poorest countries in Africa when it gained independence from Britain in 1966. It has since transformed itself, becoming one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Botswana's foreign minister Phandu Skelemani is visiting New Zealand and talks to Chris about his country and its close neighbours, South Africa and Zimbabwe. [more]

23/10/2011: Spiro Zavos and Paul Lewis - How to Watch the RWC Final
As the All Blacks prepare to face down the French, Spiro Zavos, journalist and author of several books on rugby including How to Watch the Rugby World Cup 2011, and Herald on Sunday sports editor Paul Lewis talk to Chris about how the Cup festival has gone - on and off the field - and how the final is shaping up. [more]

23/10/2011: Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson
Dougal's been down to the Octagon to talk to the 'Occupy Dunedin' protestors. [more]

23/10/2011: Ideas for 23 October 2011
From the Arab Spring to fall on Wall St, 2011 is shaping up to be a very distinctive international year of protest. Chris talked writer Mark Kurlansky about whether history is repeating itself, and Jeremy Rose talked to protest participants in Tunis, Tel Aviv, Santiago, New York and Wellington. [more]

23/10/2011: Feedback
What you, the listeners, say on the ideas and issues that appeared in the programme. [more]

29/10/2011: Insight for 30 October 2011 - MMP Debate
Insight hosts a public debate on MMP, moderated by Philippa Tolley and Julian Robins. Guests include the former National Prime Minister, Jim Bolger, the former Labour Deputy Prime Minister, Michael Cullen, the former National Finance Minister, Ruth Richardson, and the former Green Party Co-leader, Jeanette Fitzsimons and others who will discuss the MMP referendum. This programme was produced with the help of Victoria University and Te Papa, and recorded before a live audience.  [more]

30/10/2011: Mediawatch for 30 October 2011
Was the wall-to-wall RWC coverage over the top? And will it change the way sport is covered in future?; some of the mistakes made in the media during the rugby; the election campaign kick-off; do they think we're all on drugs? [more]

30/10/2011: Wendy McGuinness
Talks about important dates in our history and what they mean for the future. [more]

30/10/2011: Robert Green
Former Royal Navy Commander who has written a book about his pursuit of the truth of the violent murder of his aunt. [more]

30/10/2011: Ideas for 30 October 2011
This weekend has seen more than 150 artists taking part in the country's first disability arts festival in Auckland. Chris talks to a couple of the organisers and Welsh actor Chris Tally Evans. [more]

30/10/2011: Feedback
What you, the listeners, say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme. [more]

05/11/2011: Insight for 6 November 2011 - Poverty
Political Editor, Brent Edwards looks at how bad poverty in NZ really is. [more]

06/11/2011: Vicky Duncan - Otiwhiti Station
Vicky Duncan talks about the history of Otiwhiti Station in the rugged Rangitikei hill-country that's been home to the pioneering farming family, the Duncans, since the 1880s. [more]

06/11/2011: Mediawatch for 6 November 2011
Making sense of the sudden surge of election campaign coverage; Australian inquiries which could have an impact here; the futile hunt for baby seven billion. [more]

06/11/2011: Janet Holmes - Work Talk
Janet Holmes is Professor of Linguistics at Victoria University. She discusses the pitfalls and possibilities of cross-cultural communication in the workplace, and how we can learn from each other. [more]

06/11/2011: Fleur Sullivan - Life and Food, But Mostly Life
Pioneering restaurateur Fleur Sullivan changed the world of dining out for many when she opened Oliver's in Clyde in the 1970's, and now runs two restaurants in North Otago. She talks to Chris about her life - from marrying the least boring boy in Oamaru, her escape from domestic violence, to going it alone with three small children, surviving cancer, and catching fish. [more]

06/11/2011: Ideas for 6 November 2011
In memory of Roger Kerr we're replaying a 2009 interview with him where he reflects on his life, his ideas and the individuals and thinkers who influenced him. [more]

06/11/2011: Feedback
What you, the listeners, say on the ideas and issues that have appeared in the programme. [more]

08/11/2011: Mediawatch Extra November 2011
The Mediawatch team runs through the best of listeners' queries and comments and updates recent stories and issues on Mediawatch - with guest Toby Manhire. This month: one eyed-rugby coverage; what we missed while the Cup was on; exclusions from election campaign coverage; dropping Bomber - and bomber Barbie [more]

13/11/2011: Insight for 13 November 2011
RNZ's Economics Correspondent, Nigel Stirling, considers the pluses and minuses of state asset sales [more]

13/11/2011: Neville Peat : Albatross Story
Neville Peat on perhaps the most significant figure in the understanding and protection of NZ's seabirds, Lance Richdale, who was described by Time magazine as the Dr Kinsey of the penguin world. [more]

13/11/2011: Stephen Chan : calling the commonwealth
Professor of International Relations at the University of London, Stephen Chan on the commonwealth. Is it a worn out relic or is there life in it yet? [more]

13/11/2011: Peter Wells : Colenso's Hungry Heart
Peter Wells has written a new biography on William Colenso, an ill-starred printer who stood up in the tent at Waitangi and told the promoters of the treaty that they were on the wrong track. [more]

13/11/2011: Ideas for 13 November 2011 - The Story of Three Mines
The massive Freeport Mine in Indonesia’s Papua province has been brought to a standstill with 8000 of its workers on strike; a US federal appeals court in San Francisco recently ruled Bouganvillians can proceed with a case alleging the mining company Rio Tinto is complicit in genocide and war crimes at the site of the Panguna copper mine; and the Wixarika tribe of Mexico is in the midst of a battle to stop the mining of a mountain they have considered sacred for thousands of years. Chris Laidlaw and Jeremy Rose spoke to three experts about the conflicts: Cultural anthropologist Eben Kirksey; constitutional lawyer and advisor to Bougainville’s autonomous government, Anthony Regan; and Juan Negrin of the Wixarika Research Centre. [more]

16/11/2011: Mediawatch for 13 November 2011
What the political parties contesting the election have in mind for the media; how one woman became the face of poverty. [more]

19/11/2011: Insight for 20 November 2011 - Maori Political Landscape
After speaking to Maori voters before the 2008 election, Natalie Mankelow again looks at the Maori political landscape. [more]

20/11/2011: Peter Cooke and John Crawford - The Territorials
Citizen soldiering has been part of our history since the first years of colonial settlement. In the book 'The Territorials: The History of the Territorial and Volunteer Forces of New Zealand', Peter Cooke and John Crawford have charted the story of volunteer soldiers since the early militias set up in the 1830s, and explored what makes everyday men and women sign up. [more]

20/11/2011: Mediawatch for 20 November 2011
Has the public interest been served in the teapot tape affair?; and an Australian journalist on reporting the Pike River disaster. [more]

20/11/2011: Dave Moore - Autos in LA
Fairfax Motoring Editor Dave Moore is in petrol-head heaven at the Los Angeles Auto Show. He talks to Chris Laidlaw about what's hot and what's not, and about the rise and rise of 'green' cars. [more]

19/11/2011: Hal Vaughan - Coco Chanel
In his book Sleeping with the enemy : Coco Chanel, Nazi agent Hal Vaughan reveals her life as a secret agent; her long love affair with a Nazi master spy; her missions on behalf of German military intelligence; and her astonishing escape from retribution through the intervention of Winston Churchill.He says this is the first book to uncover the true story of Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel in occupied Paris during the Second World War. [more]

20/11/2011: Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson
Dougal has been thinking about the Occupy Dunedin protesters and the moral high ground. [more]

20/11/2011: Ideas for 20 November 2011
Ideas takes a look at the philosophy and practice of theosophy: an unusual hybrid of Western and Eastern thought, which has had adherents in New Zealand - including a former prime minister and an attorney general - since the earliest years of the movement's history. Chris Laidlaw and Jeremy Rose talk to Sushma and Simon Webber of the Wellington branch of the Theosophical Society; professor Peter Lineham; and June Vallyon a theosophical society member from Tauranga with a keen interest in the movement's history. [more]

26/11/2011: Ideas for 27 November 2011: Dame Anne Salmond
Dame Anne Salmond speaks to Chris Laidlaw about her influences including: kaumatua Eruera and Amiria Stirling; economist Joseph Stiglitz; and Patrick O'Brien's novels about eighteenth century seafaring. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences [more]

27/11/2011: Mediawatch for 27 November 2011 - Election Special
The Mediawatch team looks at the coverage of election night on radio, on TV and online; how the campaign unfolded in the media; how NZ First returned from the media wilderness; and the likely long-term impact of that 'teapot tape'. [more]

27/11/2011: Geoffrey Dunn
Geoffrey Dunn discusses what he calls the lies of Sarah Palin – portraying the queen of the Tea Party movement as vengeful and manipulative. He charts her dysfunctional childhood, her failed governorship of Alaska and the betrayal of her presidential running mate, John McCain. [more]

03/12/2011: Insight for 4 December 2011 - Rena Disaster
Lorna Perry asks if the country was prepared for the Rena grounding and the environmental disaster that followed [more]

04/12/2011: Tanya Buchdahl Tintner Life with Georg
Conductor/composer Georg Tintner lived and breathed music. His long career began at the age of eight, when he was the first Jew to join the Vienna Boys Choir. He left Vienna in 1938 and arrived in Auckland in 1940. [more]

04/12/2011: Mediawatch for 4 December 2011
Political punch-ups, why we could get more details of court cases in the media than juries hear in courtrooms and a international TV star who doesn't watch TV. [more]

04/12/2011: Laurie Bauer Killer Languages
In our regular language slot on the first Sunday of each month, Professor Laurie Bauer talks about 'killer languages'. It's a label attached to the big colonising languages in the world - languages blamed for the demise of indigenous languages. But is that fair? Laurie thinks the responsibility should be shared. [more]

04/12/2011: Robert Ayson Ruling the Pacific Waves
December 7 marks the 70th anniversary of Japan's attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii. The event was a huge turning point in the Second World War - and the US has been engaged militarily in the Asia-Pacific region ever since. [more]

04/12/2011: Ideas for 4 December 2011
Colin Scrimgeour or Uncle Scrim, as he was better known was a broadcaster like none other before or after him. A Methodist minister so feared by the government of the day that it jammed his broadcast before the 1935 election. Chris Whitta explores the life of Uncle Scrim with Bill Renwick, the author of the recently released Scrim, The Man with a Mike, and historian Tony Simpson. [more]

10/12/2011: Insight for 11 December 2011 - Housing Affordability
Eric Frykberg investigates the affordability of housing in this country [more]

11/12/2011: Mediawatch for 11 December 2011
TVNZ in business with Sky, and what it means for viewers; major freedom surveys back NZ - but not other Pacific countries; and a sensitive interview bungled. [more]

11/12/2011: Julie Hill - Broke But Sexy in Berlin
Kiwi film-maker Julie Hill talks to Paul about New Zealand's vibrant artistic community in Berlin. She says the traditional OE to London has suddenly become an anachronism - and New Zealanders are looking for adventure further afield. While unemployment in Berlin is high, the combination of cheap rent and rich culture has become irresistible for our musicians, artists, and writers. [more]

11/12/2011: Rawiri Paratene - The Maori Troilus and Cressida
Rawiri Paratene is a well-known actor, writer, director and tutor of theatre, film, and broadcasting. Shakespeare has played a major role in Rawiri's performing arts career, and that continues with his co-producing of, and acting in, a Maori language production of Troilus and Cressida, which will debut at the 2012 NZ International Arts Festival. [more]

11/12/2011: Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson
Dougal has been pondering a fabulous, but modest, slogan for Dunedin. [more]

11/12/2011: Ideas for 11 December 2011
Earlier this year, Victoria University's Institute of Policy Studies and Kawa a Maui (School of Maori Studies) launched the Post Treaty Settlements website. One of those behind the site, associate professor Paul Callister, believes that the idea that the signalled 2014 end of the historical settlements process will usher in new Crown-Maori relations and end grievances is unfounded. Ideas talks to some of the thinkers who've contributed essays to the site - lawyer Toko Kapea, historian Ewan Morris, and Wellington engineer Steven Young. [more]

17/12/2011: Insight for 18 December 2011 - STIs
Philippa Tolley investigates why New Zealand is struggling to reverse high rates of sexually transmitted infections. [more]

18/12/2011: INSIGHT 18 December:STIs
Philippa Tolley investigates why New Zealand is struggling to reverse high rates of sexually transmitted infections. [more]

18/12/2011: Fadi Kattan : Bethlehem at Christmas
Find out what's happening in Bethlehem at Christmas time with tourism operator Fadi Kattan. [more]

18/12/2011: Mediawatch for 18 December 2011
Controversial proposals to keep the media honest in the future; Mediawatch looks back at the good, bad and the ugly in the media in 2011. [more]

18/12/2011: Jacquelin Magnay : Olympian Spending
We're talking budget blow-outs at the London Olympics with Telegraph Group Olympics editor Jacquelin Magnay. [more]

18/12/2011: Harriet Washington : The Corporate Takeover of Life Itself
Harriet Washington tells us about what she calls the corporate takeover of life itself, and the sometimes sick priorities of the pharmaceutical industry. [more]

18/12/2011: Ideas for 18 December 2011
Canterbury University physicist Jenni Adams describes Neutrinos and our ideas panel discuss some of the big ideas of 2011, and make some predictions on the ideas likely to dominate 2012. [more]

23/12/2011: Mediawatch Extra December 2012
The Mediawatch team runs through listeners' queries and comments - and updates recent stories from Mediawatch one last time in 2011. This month: reaction to proposals for one media regulator to regulate them all; TVNZ's new pay-TV partnership with Sky; good and bad press during the election campaign; a curmudgeonly columnist's churnalism; The Herald goes crime-crazy; Air NZ plays the news media like a puppet on a string [more]

25/12/2011: Insight for 26 December 2011
Nick Butcher investigates the use of foreign charter vessels in NZ's deep water fishery. [more]

31/12/2011: Insight for 1 January 2012 - Well in the Future
RNZ's Health Correspondent, Karen Brown, considers what sort of health care will be provided in the future. [more]

07/01/2012: Insight for 8 January 2012 - Historic Buildings
After the Christchurch quakes older buildings are under scrutiny. Lorna Perry looks into whether they're worth saving. [more]

14/01/2012: Insight for 15 January 2012 - Immunisation
Philippa Tolley considers this country's comparatively low immunisation rates. [more]

21/01/2012: Insight for 22 January 2012 - Family Trusts
Penny Mackay looks into New Zealander's enthusiasim for Family Trusts. [more]

28/01/2012: Insight for 29 January 2012 - Community Living
Geoff Moffett investigates new styles of community living and the conflict with today's planning rules. [more]

29/01/2012: Dr Jon Johansson
Political scientist and dedicated follower of US politics, Dr Jon Johansson, on the knock-down drag out struggle for the US Republican Party's presidential nomination. [more]

29/01/2012: Mediawatch for 29 January 2012
Death, danger, disaster and violence dominate summer news; the fallout from a controversial documentary; the teapot tape leak; Blanket Man in the media. [more]

29/01/2012: David Geary
Writer David Geary on life in Canada, and writing haiku. [more]

29/01/2012: Into the Pacific
Ian Johnstone explains his objective for the series 'New Flags Flying: Pacific Leaders Remember'. [more]

29/01/2012: Ideas for 29 January 2012: Mormonism
This week Ideas takes a look at the Mormon religion, or as it prefers to be known, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. [more]

05/02/2012: Joris de Bres - Waitangi Day
Joris de Bres, Race Relations Commissioner, considers how most of us mark Waitangi Day away from the Treaty ground, how we express our national identity, and the future of race relations. [more]

05/02/2012: Mediawatch for 5 February 2012
Has Occupy had a fair go in our media - or the coverage it deserved?; an Aussie mining magnate turned media mogul with a big stake in our papers; an unfairly-outed bouncer; alarming reports of a potential crisis at breakfast. [more]

05/02/2012: Paul Warren - Official Languages
Paul Warren discusses why it's important to preserve languages, and if giving a language official status guarantees its survival. [more]

05/02/2012: Haiku
Chris reads some of the haiku sent in by listeners. [more]

05/02/2012: Tim Flannery - Mammal Man
Scientist, explorer and environmentalist, Tim Flannery was Australian of the Year in 2007, and chairs the Copenhagen Climate Council. He talks to Chris about climate change, energy options and his hope for the planet's future, also his passion for mammals and adventures in the Pacific. [more]

05/02/2012: Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson
Dougal reports on the turmoil of the antiques auction and farewells some family furniture. [more]

05/02/2012: Ideas for 5 February 2012: Gareth Morgan
Chris Laidlaw talks to Gareth Morgan - economist, author, philanthropist, adventurer, Phoenix Football Club co-owner, and father of Sam 'TradeMe' Morgan. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences [more]

05/02/2012: Feedback
What the listeners have to say on today's programme. [more]

11/02/2012: Insight for 12 February 2012: China, the US and NZ
Nigel Stirling considers how NZ can balance its relationships with China and the US [more]

12/02/2012: Robert Proctor : The cigrarette catastrophe
Professor of the History of Science at Stanford University Robert Proctor has studied thousands of formerly secret documents from the cigarette industry to explore how cigarettes became the most widely-used and most destructive drug on earth. [more]

12/02/2012: Mediawatch for 12 February 2012
All Black in a media breastfeeding frenzy; who shapes media debate on economic issues?; two political broadcasting rows revived; a misreported comment goes global; Waitangi Day expat antics overblown. [more]

12/02/2012: Bryony Lavery : Boxing Clever
English Playwrite Bryony Lavery talks about her upcoming play, Beautiful Burnout, on soon at the International Arts Festival [more]

12/02/2012: Haiku : listeners poetry
Chris reads out listeners' haiku. This week's theme is skinny dipping. [more]

12/02/2012: Steve Rayner : climate change fix
Professor of Science and Civilization at Oxford University's Said Business School, Steve Rayner, on big plans to combat global warming. [more]

12/02/2012: Ideas for 12 February 2012
In Ideas today we're taking a look at the idea of employee-owned companies. [more]

19/02/2012: Michael Hurst : To be or not to be, and other FAQ's
Actor Michael Hurst on his new play, Frequently Asked Questions, being performed at the NZ International Arts Festival in Wellington which runs from 2 - 11 March. [more]

19/02/2012: Leah Armstrong : Australia's First Peoples
CEO of Reconciliation Australia Leah Armstrong looks at pressure for change on the Australian constitution. [more]

19/02/2012: Michael Morpurgo : Unlocking Imagination
Michael Morpurgo, the author of Private Peaceful which has been adapted for the stage and screen, as has his hugely successful War Horse. [more]

19/02/2012: Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson
Marking 200 years since the birth of Charles Dickens, Dougal reveals Dicken's link to Dunedin. [more]

19/02/2012: Ideas for 19 February 2012
In Ideas today we're taking a look at the privatization of war. Military contracting, or outsourcing, is a 100 billion dollar industry. [more]

25/02/2012: Insight for 26 February 2012
Karen Brown returns to Christchurch to find out how the health services are coping a year on [more]

26/02/2012: Claudette Habesch : Holy City
Claudette Habesch, Secretary General of Caritas Jerusalem, on representing Christianity in the occupied territories and what life is actually like for the communities of that tragically divided holy city. [more]

26/02/2012: Mediawatch for 26 February 2012
The challenge for media in Christchurch - reporting the recovery while rebuilding themselves; how the quake has changed journalists jobs - and their lives; reporting the anniversary from Japan; reborn Beirut bites back. [more]

26/02/2012: Mediawatch Extra February 2012
The Mediawatch team runs through listeners' queries and comments - and updates recent stories from Mediawatch for the first time in 2012. This month: the PM's front-page reflections on Christchurch; the "censorship" scandal which sparked a media breastfeeding frenzy; contempt for our coverage of Occupy; reaction to "Rhinoceros" buying into Fairfax; corporate-style media management of university academics; TV One puts natural history in prime time; what can be called a "holocaust"? ; return of Tuku's underpants. [more]

26/02/2012: New Flags Flying : Independence in Samoa and Nauru
We're talking about colonisation and independence in Samoa and Nauru. [more]

26/02/2012: Gavin Quinn : The Great Dane
Director Gavin Quinn tells us about the perils of working with children and big dogs in his International Arts Festival show, The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane. [more]

26/02/2012: Ideas: cycle and walking friendly cities
Academics, town planners, and cycle advocates this week met in Hastings for the annual Walking and Cycling Conference. Jeremy Rose talks to Roger Geller about the transformation of Portland into America’s most cycle-friendly city; and Chris Laidlaw talks to public health professors Alistair Woodward and Hank Weiss about the extraordinary health benefits of cycling and walking and what can be done to make our cities safer for those choosing to leave their cars at home. [more]

03/03/2012: Insight for 4 March 2012 - Didymo
Philippa Tolley investigates whether the invasive alga Didymo is still a threat to the North Island. [more]

04/03/2012: Pat Kelly
Pat Kelly. His book, Scotland's Radical Exports. [more]

04/03/2012: Mediawatch for 4 March 2012
Emotional coverage of a law and order campaign; the Fiji regime's hired help; anguish over Wellington's 'spy car'; The Muppets trump welfare reform on TV; the backlash from taking the mickey out of Te Kuiti; rugby's literally got problems. [more]

04/03/2012: New Zealand English: It's Creative Edge
Dr. Dianna Bardsley, Director of the New Zealand Dictionary Centre at Victoria University of Wellington. [more]

04/03/2012: Julian Lloyd Webber
Julian Lloyd Webber, younger brother of Andrew Lloyd Webber, has a new album called Evening Songs. [more]

04/03/2012: Dougal Stevenson
Dougal Stevenson in Dunedin, where he's lamenting the desperate plight of the Otago Rugby Union. [more]

04/03/2012: Ideas for 4 March 2012
Plenty of fish in the sea? [more]

10/03/2012: Insight for 11 March 2012 - CCTV
Steve Wilde investigates why people want CCTV cameras and what controls are in place over their use? [more]

11/03/2012: Jon Johansson: Super Tuesday
Political scientist Dr Jon Johansson talks about the contest for the US Republican Party presidential nomination which is tearing apart the GOP. [more]

11/03/2012: Mediawatch for 11 March 2012
Non-commercial public TV's disappearing - but the public's still paying for entertainment shows on commercial channels; a bad broadcasting stat that got a great run; reports that a TVNZ's show not getting a Fair Go; the looming deadline for input on a new regime to regulate the media [more]

11/03/2012: Allan Davidson: Turbulent Priest
New Zealand's first Anglican bishop, George Selwyn holds an important place in the country's colonial history. He was denounced as a 'turbulent priest' for speaking out against practices that dispossessed Maori and upset many who held power in the new colony. Historian Allan Davidson tells Chris about the life and times of Bishop Selwyn, and his access to the heart of the Empire. [more]

11/03/2012: Alyn Ware: Non-proliferation and Iran
Alyn Ware is the Global Coordinator of Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament. He speaks from Switzerland where, earlier this week, he was involved in disarmament meetings before heading to the Middle East to promote a regional solution to escalating tensions, particularly around fears of Iran developing nuclear weapons. [more]

11/03/2012: Ideas for 11 March 2012
Winston Churchill, Duke Ellington, Mozart and Harry Houdini - not to mention three former Governors General of New Zealand - had one thing in common. They were all Freemasons. So what's the attraction? What do Freemasons believe and what do they do? Jeremy Rose and Chris Laidlaw explore the practice and philosophy of Freemasonry with New Zealand grand secretary Laurence Milton and the author of 'Freemasons for Dummies', Christopher Hodapp. [more]

17/03/2012: Insight for 18 March 2012
Lois Williams investigates efforts to preserve the water and wildlife in Northland's Wairua River. [more]

18/03/2012: Sarah Shieff
Sarah Shieff on the many letters of Frank Sargeson, and what they tell us about the godfather of NZ literature. [more]

18/03/2012: Mediawatch for 18 March 2012
Clouded coverage of the Ports of Auckland dispute; are we missing old-fashioned industrial reporters?; one man's account of unwanted media attention at a traumatic time; the blurry line between advertising and editorial. [more]

18/03/2012: Richard Vokes
Richard Vokes is a specialist on Central Africa, and sheds some light on the Lord's Resistance army in Uganda. [more]

18/03/2012: Richard Bourne
Richard Bourne, British political scientist, on the descent into darkness in Zimbabwe, and the factors he thinks triggered this. [more]

18/03/2012: Notes from the South
Dougal is hoping a charity art auction will lift spirits dampened by the city council’s plan to bail out the Otago Rugby Union. [more]

18/03/2012: Ideas for 18 March 2012
This week Ideas looks at the controversial phenomenon of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking as it is dramatically known. [more]

24/03/2012: Insight for 25 March 2012
Teresa Cowie revisits six babies in the long term study Growing Up in NZ as the second round of information is released [more]

25/03/2012: David Robinson - universities
Senior Consultant to Education International, the global federation of teachers unions, David Robinson is very unhappy at the way universities are being refocused for the purposes of commercial enterprise rather than academia and scholarship. [more]

25/03/2012: Mediawatch for 25 March 2012
The writing on the wall for evening papers; blogging broadcasters - and broadcasting bloggers; a controversial new law; Marmageddon: the end of the world - or just the media gone mad? [more]

25/03/2012: Mark Kruse - creation of the universe
New Zealanders in their self imposed diaspora are often very successful in their global endeavours. Mark Kruse is no exception; he's a Professor of Physics at Duke University, North Carolina, and is involved in the re-creation of the creation of the universe being replicated in Switzerland at the Large Hadron Collider. [more]

25/03/2012: New Flags Flying - Niue and Tonga
We look at the journey to post-colonial status in the South Pacific as the various island groups examine concepts of self-determination and nationhood. This week the Chief Executive of New Zealand's Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Colin Tukuitonga, joins Ian Johnstone, Michael Powles and Chris Laidlaw to put Niue and Tonga's voyages into perspective. [more]

25/03/2012: Ideas for 25 March 2012 - Taxation
This week the Ideas team look at taxation - a way to a utopian society? Oxfam New Zealand senior policy advisor Sarah Meads and CTU economist Bill Rosenberg make the case for a tobin - or Robin Hood - tax; Susan Guthrie, co-author of the 'Big Kahuna', discusses the tax implications of a universal basic income or UBI and; economic historian Brian Easton takes us through the history of tax in New Zealand. [more]

31/03/2012: Down the List for 31 March 2013
The Government has decided on more cutbacks to DoC's staffing. How will DoCs cope? Some very creative thinking is necessary if we are to avoid compromising the care of our natural environment. [more]

01/04/2012: Insight for 1 April 2012 - Dairy Farming: Coporate Takeover?
Naomi Mitchell investigates the changing landscape of diary farm ownership. [more]

01/04/2012: Jim Marbrook - Survivors from 'the Bins'
They had benign names like Cherry Farm and Sunnyside, but for many they were simply known as 'the Bins' - New Zealand's psychiatric hospitals. Film-maker Jim Marbrook has taken a group of survivors back to the now-abandoned asylums where thousands were kept, judged incompetent for life. He talks to Chris about this important piece of our country's social history, told through the stories of five people who survived life in the Bins. [more]

01/04/2012: Mediawatch for 1 April 2012
Commercial deals for media personalities - the compromises and conflicts of interest they can create; Finland's fury over a minister's mischief. [more]

01/04/2012: Laurie Bauer - Prepare to be Dizzified
When is a word really a word? When it's in the dictionary? How does it get there? Laurie Bauer, Professor of Linguistics at Victoria University, says dictionaries are out of date the moment they are published as new words arise all the time. What's a Scrabble player supposed to do? Prepared to be dizzified as Laurie tells Chris about corpora - collections of hundreds of millions of words. [more]

01/04/2012: Jonathan Watts - Which Way Will China Jump?
Jonathan Watts is the Guardian's Asia environment correspondent and author of the book When a Billion Chinese Jump. He talks to Chris about China's environmental problems and says that the rest of the world has good reason to be concerned. But the reason is not what you might expect - it's because China is becoming more like us, and we are the problem, living way beyond the planet's means. Chinese people want a better lifestyle too, but will it jump towards something more eco-friendly to achieve that? [more]

01/04/2012: Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson
Dougal empties the paddling pool and wonders what happened to summer in Dunedin. [more]

01/04/2012: Ideas for 1 April 2012
Manu Taria Rio exhibited his clay kawauwau, or Maori flutes, at Wellington's Soup Kitchen last week and Turkish immigrant Nas Kavas can be found most days displaying his ink sketches on the pavement outside a nearby supermarket. This week Ideas talks to Manu and Nas about their art; and explores the concept of outsider art with the director of Pablos Art Studio, Gaelen Macdonald, and Massey university lecturer and artist Stuart Shepherd. [more]

08/04/2012: Aleksander Kwasniewski - Revolution in Poland
Aleksander Kwasniewski was President of Poland between 1995 and 2005. He was a student in Gdansk during the rise of the Solidarity movement and he later beat Lech Walesa in presidential elections. He visited New Zealand recently and talks to Chris about the evolution of Communism and its eventual downfall; being part of the historical transition to democracy in Poland; Poland's place in Europe; and his role as Chairman of the European Council of Tolerance and Reconciliation. [more]

08/04/2012: Mediawatch for 8 April 2012
A new subscription service offering TV, movies - and competition?; the newsman gambling with his reputation; a play questioning media manipulation in the digital age; good news buried by bad news about a man who made it possible and; are today's teens really more conservative? [more]

08/04/2012: Lawrence Jones - Smart Grids
Dr Lawrence Jones is Director of Regulatory Affairs at Alstom Grid in the USA. Alstom is a global energy and transport company and a major provider of electricity grid technology. [more]

08/04/2012: Paul Preston - Franco’s Holocaust
Historian Paul Preston calls the Iberian Civil War the Spanish Holocaust and tells Chris that little has previously been revealed about the horror that happened in Spain, and the consequences that still reverberate bitterly today. The Spanish Holocaust, by Paul Preston, is published by Harper Press. [more]

08/04/2012: Ideas for 8 April 2012: Bob Kerridge
From hobnobbing with Hollywood moguls as a child to championing the rights of pets as the SPCA’s executive director, Bob Kerridge has, by anyone’s standards, had an extraordinary life. Here he is in conversation with Chris Laidlaw from the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences [more]

09/04/2012: Mediawatch Extra for April 2012
The Mediawatch team runs through listeners' queries and comments - and updates recent stories from Mediawatch. This month: Reaction to revelations about Sky City's media clients; anguish over public subsidy for commercial TV shows while public TV dies; 'Marmageddon' and other media-driven food frenzies; yet more spurious Nazi comparisons. [more]

14/04/2012: Insight for 15 April 2012 - Targeting Early Childhood Education
Education Correspondent, John Gerritsen, investigates the government's efforts to target those missing early childhood education [more]

15/04/2012: Yolanda Foster
Talks about Amnesty International's report on illegal detention and enforced disappearances in Sri Lanka. [more]

15/04/2012: Mediawatch for 15 April 2012
Will ultra-fast broadband mean broader choice for TV viewers? claims Sky could corner the online market for pay TV; controversial comments about women at work revisited; TVNZ names a new chief and the BBC seeks a new boss. [more]

15/04/2012: Tony Krawitz
On his award winning film about the death of an Aboriginal man in custody and the failure of the Australian justice system. [more]

15/04/2012: Keith Hunter
Has conducted his own investigation into the Crewe murders and found conclusions nobody has got to before. [more]

15/04/2012: Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson
Dougal ponders whether sporting talent is in the blood or in the soil. [more]

15/04/2012: Ideas for 15 April 2012
This week looks at the issue of child safety. Have we become too risk averse where our children are concerned. [more]

21/04/2012: Insight for 22 April 2012 - Terrorism Laws
Tim Graham investigates if NZs Terrorism laws need to be reviewed in the wake of the Urewera Raids. [more]

22/04/2012: Alison Parr - Memories of J Force
Alison Parr talks to Chris about her interviews with soldiers, airmen, nurses and members of the NZ Women's Auxiliary Corps about life in the enemy territory between 1946 and 1948 - and how wartime hostility and distrust gave way to understanding of the Japanese people. The Occupiers, by Alison Parr, is published by Penguin. [more]

22/04/2012: Mediawatch for 22 April 2012
Critics cry foul over ultra-fast broadband - and claim consumers could lose out; loose reporting of a sensitive story in the US; more on compromised coverage of the controversial convention centre deal. [more]

22/04/2012: Richard Grant - Priorities and Prospects in Asia
The retiring executive director of Asia NZ, Dr Richard Grant, talks to Chris about Asia-NZ relations, the effect of the current reorganisation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and whether resources should be pulled out of Europe and the Americas to give us more muscle in Asia. [more]

22/04/2012: Peter Whiteford - John Mulgan's Life and Letters
On 25 April 1945 New Zealand writer and soldier John Mulgan, 33, took his own life. Born 100 years ago, Mulgan is remembered for his 1939 novel Man Alone, and a war memoir, Report on Experience. Associate Professor Peter Whiteford from Victoria University has painstakingly reviewed Mulgan's letters to publish the first collection of his correspondence. [more]

22/04/2012: Ideas for 22 April 2012
Chris talks to New Zealand's inaugural Poet Laureate, Bill Manhire. In this extended interview he talks to Chris about the creative writing course and his life with words; and he'll read some of his poetry. [more]

28/04/2012: Insight for 29 April 2012 - Getting NZ'ers to Vote
Philippa Tolley investigates why people don't vote and what can be done to turn the trend around [more]

29/04/2012: Barbara Arrowsmith-Young
Barbara Arrowsmith-Young discovered her mental disability could be overcome by mental exercises that altered the composition of her brain. [more]

29/04/2012: Mediawatch for 29 April 2012
Influence peddling: are journalists on the agenda of the lobbyists who persuade politicians?; how think tanks are teaming up to increase their impact; a big-name broadcaster confronts conflict-of-interest claims. [more]

29/04/2012: Sarah Murray
Sarah Murray talks about our world war one cartoonists. [more]

29/04/2012: New Flags Flying - Fiji
We look at Fiji and the roller coaster role of its most dominant political leader before and after independence, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara. [more]

29/04/2012: Ideas for 29 April 2012
This week, Ideas looks at the Pakeha Maori of the 19th Century, and their modern day counterparts. [more]

29/04/2012: Feedback
Your views on some of the issues raised on the Sunday Morning programme. [more]

05/05/2012: Insight for 6 May 2012 - Tonga: The Future
Karen Mangnall reports from Nuku'alofa onthe challenges facing Tonga and the new King. [more]

06/05/2012: Stella Rimington - Spooking the Spooks
Dame Stella Rimington worked her way up the ranks of Britain's internal security agency, MI5, to become its first woman Director-General. Nowadays she writes spy stories and says her fictional hero, Liz Carlyle, is allowed to say and do things that Stella couldn't during her early days in the male-dominated world of spying. Dame Stella Rimington's latest Liz Carlyle novel, 'Rip Tide', is published by Allen & Unwin. [more]

06/05/2012: Mediawatch for 6 May 2012
Memorable media moments featuring John Banks; anger over more taxpayer-funded reality television; TV3's Duncan Garner on provocative political journalism; a bid by broadcasters to head off more state regulation of the media; armed Kiwis on the high seas makes great TV- but not great journalism. [more]

06/05/2012: Rachel McKee - Sign Language
It's New Zealand Sign Language Week and, in our monthly language slot, Dr Rachel McKee talks to Chris about the online dictionary of NZSL; some common misperceptions about sign language; and what difference - if anything - having the status of an official language has made. Dr McKee is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University. [more]

06/05/2012: Anne Sebba - That Ghastly Woman
Author Anne Sebba's biography of Wallis Simpson sets out to set the record straight on the woman blamed for the abdication of King Edward VIII. Anne doesn't pull any punches on the nature of the insecure and social-climbing Simpson, but also reveals what drove her. She says Wallis became trapped in the relationship with irresponsible Edward, but ultimately did the UK and Commonwealth a favour when he stepped away from the throne because of her. [more]

06/05/2012: Notes From The South
Cruising through Central Otago, Dougal Stevenson reflects on the fate of the Clutha River, and wonder whether any government is going to be brave enough to say "hands off". [more]

06/05/2012: Ideas for 6 May 2012: Haiti in Focus
Arguably the first truly free country in the Americas and without doubt the first country on earth to outlaw slavery, Haiti’s history is as inspiring as it is tragic. Laurent Dubois - the author of 'Haiti: The Aftershocks of History' - tells us about some of that history; and we talk to Haitian orthopaedic surgeon Ogedad Pierre – currently studying at Otago - and nurse Robyn Couper who spent more than 30 years living in Haiti and is heavily involved in the Hearts and Hands for Haiti project which aims to set up a school of physiotherapy in Cap Haitien. [more]

13/05/2012: Insight for 13 May 2012 - The State and Your Information
Philippa Tolley considers how citizens private details are being treated as the government embraces new technologies. [more]

13/05/2012: Jacquelin Magnay
Telegraph Media Group Olympics Editor takes a look at preparations for the London Olympics. [more]

13/05/2012: Mediawatch for 13 May 2012
TV1+1 to replace TVNZ7; the burgeoning business of online endorsements; a bad geography apology; the push to make cyberspace more civil; a new university-sponsored news show - a model for more intelligent telly or just a new marketing method? [more]

13/05/2012: Sam Leith
Says rhetoric goes back to Aristotie who wrote the first serious book on the subject. [more]

13/05/2012: Paul Moon
Historian and prolific writer talks about New Zealand in the 1820s. [more]

13/05/2012: Ideas for 13 May 2012
This week we hear from professor Noel Sharkey about the development of fully autonomous drones, blogger Yousef Aljamal about life under the drones in the Gaza strip, and defence analyst Paul Buchanan will talk us through the strategic implications of an evolving drones arms race. [more]

20/05/2012: Insight for 20 May 2012 - Welfare Reforms
Ian Telfer asks whether plans to get solo parents into paid jobs will work. [more]

20/05/2012: Karen Nairn - The Neoliberal Generation
Karen Nairn has lead a study on the impact of Rogernomics on the lives of young people born after 1984 and discovered the powerful effects of the neoliberal ideas. She talks to Chris about how neoliberalism obscures social inequalities and blames the individual if they fail to make a successful transition from school, to further education, and work. But Karen is also inspired by those individuals who attempt to re-work the constraints - and the possibilities - of their times. [more]

20/05/2012: Mediawatch for 20 May 2012
A media frenzy about a four year-old; the PM pans the press; The Herald’s editor on what will change as the paper prepares to go tabloid; is the ‘Save TVNZ7’ campaign flogging a dead horse? [more]

20/05/2012: Terence O’Brien - Meltdown at MFAT
Terence O'Brien about the government's plans for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade as it aims to cut costs and change the organisation's culture. That announcement was followed by a series of leaks and angry public protest by MFAT staffers. Terence analyses the decision to scale down the plan to slash around 300 jobs in Wellington and at embassies around the world, and cut salaries and allowances; and what change would mean to New Zealand's presence overseas. [more]

20/05/2012: Neill Lochery - War in the City of Light
During the Second World War, Lisbon was at the centre of attention. It was the only European city in which both the Allies and the Axis powers openly operated, was a temporary home to much of Europe's royalty and more than one million refugees seeking passage to America. Historian Neill Lochery talks about the spies, secret police, artists, entrepreneurs and black marketeers who were part of the intrigue in the shadows of the wartime Cidade da Luz. [more]

20/05/2012: Ideas for 20 May 2012: Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi
Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi began her teaching career relieving for Sylvia Ashton-Warner and went on to help found the kohanga reo movement. Chris Laidlaw talks to Dame Iritana, who is of Ngati Porou, Ngati Kahungunu, Canadian and English descent, about her life, ideas and influences. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences [more]

26/05/2012: Insight for 27 May 2012 - Is it time to reform cannabis laws?
Penny Mackay investigates the arguments for changing the laws around the use of cannabis [more]

27/05/2012: Dr Judy McGregor
Dr Judy McGregor the Equal Opportunities Commissioner, is on the warpath over the pay and conditions of aged care workers. [more]

27/05/2012: Mediawatch for 27 May 2012
The campaign for public television gets party political; anguish over racial comments by an unusual political donor; more revelations about the controversial taxpayer-funded TV show 'The GC'; how New Zealand's oldest radio host's been foiled by a pair of pensioners in northern England. [more]

27/05/2012: Lucy Tupu
New Zealander Lucy Tupu is an industrial designer, part Samoan in heritage, now living and working in New York City. [more]

27/05/2012: New Flags Flying: Solomon Islands and Cook Islands
Today on New Flags Flying, we feature the Solomons and the Cooks, two rather different societies. [more]

27/05/2012: Notes from the South
Notes from the south. [more]

27/05/2012: Ideas for 27 May 2012
Today Ideas looks at libertarianism. What exactly is it? [more]

02/06/2012: Ideas for 3 June 2012
It's 25 years next Friday since New Zealand officially declared itself nuclear free. In the intervening quarter of a century our nuclear free status has been accepted across the political spectrum and it's become part of our national identity. [more]

03/06/2012: 50 years of Volunteer Service Abroad
Carolyn and Simon Mark - brother and sister - on 50 years of Volunteer Service Abroad. Carolyn as recruitment manager and Simon as a volunteer and now a council member. [more]

03/06/2012: Mediawatch for 3 June 2012
Portraying parents' grief after tragedy in Doha; the Telecommunications Commissioner talks about key issues looming for the media-and his own job; the media's odd attitude to women and beer. [more]

03/06/2012: Paul Warren
Paul Warren from the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University discusses the over-use of the word "like" [more]

03/06/2012: Dr Jan Wright : environment
Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, who's calling for greater protection for New Zealand's wild and scenic rivers. [more]

05/06/2012: Mediawatch Extra for June 2012
The Mediawatch team runs through listeners' queries and comments - and updates recent stories from Mediawatch. This month: geographical goofs; journalists' conflicts of interest; cash for tweets; opinionated reporting of politics; paying for public TV; not-so-free Freeview; SBS vanishes; freelance rates fall through the floor; Maori journalists recoil from The GC; the hidden hassles of turning titles into tabloids. [more]

09/06/2012: Insight for 10 June 2012 - Samoa's 50 years of Independence
Philippa Tolley reports from Apia and Karen Mangnall from Auckland on the relationship between Samoa and NZ . [more]

10/06/2012: Widney Brown
Widney Brown of Amnesty International on what could be a major groundbreaking international treaty - on the arms trade. [more]

10/06/2012: Mediawatch for 10 June 2012
The backlash after the coverage of the Queen's diamond jubilee; a journalist taking transparency to great lengths; how the bad boy of broadcasting is going down in Australia; a fast-food company spoonfeeds the media - and not for the first time. [more]

10/06/2012: Dr Scott Walker
Dr Scott Walker has been looking at the issue of forced democratisation. [more]

10/06/2012: Professor Tom Brooking
Professor Tom Brooking has been researching Richard Seddon for years, and has a book slowly materialising on that very enigmatic Prime Minister. [more]

10/06/2012: Notes from the South
Notes from the South. [more]

10/06/2012: Ideas for 10 June 2012
This week Ideas looks at imprisonment. [more]

16/06/2012: Insight for 17 June 2012
Conan Young considers when the rebuild of Christchurch will get underway and what the city may look like. [more]

17/06/2012: Noel Murphy - Frankfurt Book Fair
Noel Murphy is the Chief Executive of the New Zealand Book Council. As New Zealand is the 2012 Guest of Honour at the upcoming Frankfurt Book Fair in October, he discusses the event and the significance of that role for the literary landscape in New Zealand. [more]

17/06/2012: Mediawatch for 17 June 2012
Emotional coverage of a high-profile trial; Australian newspapers exporting journalists' jobs here; a redneck radio response to football failure; and confusing commentary from last weekend's test match. [more]

17/06/2012: Saras Sarasvathy - Entrepreneurship
Saras Sarasvathy is Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. Professor Sarasvathy was in Wellington this week speaking at the 2012 International Council for Small Business World Conference. [more]

17/06/2012: Kerry Spackman - Answering Big Questions
Dr Kerry Spackman is a neuroscientist, TV presenter and mental trainer for high profile sportspeople including Formula 1 World Champions, Olympic Gold Medallists and the All Blacks. His new book 'The Ant and the Ferrari: Lifting the Hood on Truth, Society and the Universe' (Harper Collins NZ) deals with philosophy and ethics amongst other subjects. [more]

17/06/2012: Ideas for 17 June 2012
In the second of our two part look at imprisonment we focus on rehabilitation. Psychologist Dr Paul Wood, who completed two degrees while serving a sentence for murder, reflects on the impact a long prison term had on his life; Dublin Institute of Technology Professor Thomas Cooney tells us about the success of small business programmes in prisons; and Kim Workman, a former head of the New Zealand Prison Service, shares his experience of what works and what doesn't when it comes to rehabilitation. [more]

23/06/2012: Insight for 24 June 2012 - Fiji's Path to Elections
Sally Round goes to Fiji to check progress towards a new constitution and elections in 2014 [more]

24/06/2012: Luke Roughton - Arms Trade and the Pacific
Pacific Island states are not major importers or exporters of arms, but recent history in countries such as Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Bougainville has shown that a small number of arms can have a disproportionately large impact on small developing nations - displacing large numbers of people, restricting access to basic services, and negatively impacting sustainable development and the economy. Luke Roughton will be attending next month's Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in New York as part of Oxfam's official delegation. [more]

24/06/2012: Mediawatch for 24 June 2012
A big shake-up of the Australian company that owns many of our papers; a scary story that worried women sick; did taxpayers get their money's worth from controversial TV show The GC? and; yet another phony fast food fad in the news. [more]

24/06/2012: Christopher Davidson - Gulf Monarchies
Dr Davidson is recognised as an expert on the Middle East who has devoted particular attention to the United Arab Emirates. As political and religious turmoil continues in the region, he talks to Chris about the fate of the Gulf monarchies - some likely to survive while others will succumb or yield to popular demands for reform. [more]

24/06/2012: New Flags Flying - Papua New Guinea
Between 1960 and 1990, strong winds of political change swept across the Pacific spreading the seed of self determination and independence. Broadcaster Ian Johnstone and his co-editor Michael Powles have captured this change in a series of interviews with this era's leaders from around the region. This week, Papua New Guinea. [more]

24/06/2012: Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson
In his final Note, Dougal ponders how all things must pass. [more]

24/06/2012: Ideas for 24 June 2012: Justice Joe Williams
Joe Williams will be known to some as the lead singer of the staunchly radical Maori 1980s reggae band, Aotearoa, and to others as a High Court Judge. A former chair of the Waitangi Tribunal, Justice Williams (Ngati Pukenga and Te Arawa) talks to Chris Laidlaw about his life and influences. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences [more]

24/06/2012: Listener Feedback
Chris Laidlaw reads out some of the feedback that listeners have emailed, texted and tweeted the programme. [more]

30/06/2012: Insight for 1 July 2012
Stephen Hewson looks into the funding of NZ's Olympic Team [more]

01/07/2012: Tim McCormack
A professor at the Melbourne Law School and the special advisor on international humanitarian law to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague. [more]

01/07/2012: Mediawatch for 1 July 2012
The end of TVNZ7 and what's left for free-to-air viewers; a New Zealand newspaper editor heads for turbulence in Australia - as a former Kiwi colleague walks away from it and Kim Dotcom turns around his public image. [more]

01/07/2012: Down The List for 1 July 2012
Getting people off the ACC benefits list seems like a good idea until case managers Malcolm and Jane realise what could happen if they really succeed. [more]

01/07/2012: Ideas for 1 July 2012
This week we spend the hour marking the international year of the cooperative with an exploration of the ideas and ideals behind three very different cooperatives: Fonterra - New Zealand's biggest company; a small software start-up in Wellington called Loomio; and the Evergreen Cooperatives of Cleveland, USA. [more]

01/07/2012: Jon Johansson and Stephen Levine
Political scientists from Victoria University, Dr Jon Johansson and Professor Stephen Levine talk about their work on New Zealand's Prime Ministers. [more]

01/07/2012: Hugh Peskett
Editor-in-chief of Burke's Peerage and a professional genealogist. He's here to back the call for clemency for Bonny Prince Charlie's supporters found guilty of treason. [more]

01/07/2012: Feedback
Chris Laidlaw reads emails and text messages from listeners to the Sunday Morning programme. [more]

07/07/2012: Insight for 8 July 2012
Eric Frykberg looks back at 50 years of independent RNZ news and the challenges that lie ahead. [more]

07/07/2012: James McNeish - Unremembered Past
As a young man James McNeish left Auckland a deckhand on a Norwegian freighter. Ten years later he was back in New Zealand, having met nine people who influenced his life, and later his life as a writer. His personal account of his experiences is called Touchstones - memories of people and place, and is published by Random House. An audio adaptation of the memoir was recorded by RNZ Sir James McNeish died on Monday 14th November 2016 [more]

08/07/2012: Bob Kuhn - Shaking up his World
In 2006, when he was 53, Canadian lawyer Bob Kuhn was diagnosed with Parkinson's. In May this year he set off on a trip to 16 countries to meet others with the disease, record their stories and, he says, shake up his world. He talks to Chris about the way different cultures approach Parkinson's, and says NZ - along with other developed nations - could help improve the lot of millions of people with the disease who are going without treatment in poor countries. [more]

08/07/2012: Mediawatch for 8 July 2012
The media makes a drama of Scott Guy's murder; the Minister of Broadcasting on the government's policy and what we get for the millions spent on broadcasting; newspaper columnists caught out by the news. [more]

08/07/2012: Down The List for 8 July 2012
Television viewers love a good story, especially if it's about murder and violence in a family context and is based on reality. [more]

08/07/2012: Ideas for 8 July 2012: Singapore in Focus
Jeremy Rose talks to Rodney King, the author of The Singapore Miracle - Myth and Reality (Insight Press). Then, Aucklanders Allan Yee and Matthew Ong tell Chris Laidlaw about the country of their birth. [more]

08/07/2012: Matt Elliott - The Original All Black Skipper
Dave Gallaher is often regarded as the 'original' All Black captain, leading the first national team on a major tour of the British Isles and North America in 1905. Dave Gallaher - The Original All Black Captain, by Matt Elliott, is published by HarperCollins. [more]

08/07/2012: Feedback
What the listeners have to say on today's programme. [more]

14/07/2012: Insight for 15 July 2012
A new direction is necessary to continue the revitalisation process of te reo Maori, which is not yet safe from extinction. The Minister of Maori Affairs wants the financial responsibility of ensuring its survival handed over to hapu. Te Manu Korihi reporter, Rosemary Rangitauira, explores the importance of te reo and finds out why it's going to take time before tangata whenua can take the reins. [more]

15/07/2012: Jon Johansson - Outspending Obama
Reports over the last couple of weeks say that Romney is outspending Obama in the race for the White House - but is he? Dr Jon Johansson is a lecturer in political science at Victoria University. [more]

15/07/2012: Mediawatch for 15 July 2012
The focus on a leading lawyer in the Scott Guy trial - and could the coverage of it prompt a push-back against reporting from courts in the furture?; The ACC saga: a triumph for investigative journalism - or a sign of its weakness? [more]

15/07/2012: Down the List for 15 July 2012
A couple of WINZ workers count the real cost of drug testing for beneficiaries. [more]

15/07/2012: Lelia Doolan - Bernadette Devlin
Bernadette Devlin was the face and voice of the peace campaign in Northern Ireland in the late sixties and early seventies - a period in that province's history that saw sectarian violence, riots, brutality, pitched battles in the streets and the intervention of the British Army. In 1981, Bernadette and her husband Michael McAliskey were shot by members of the Ulster Freedom Fighters for being leaders of the H Block campaign against the criminalisation of members of the IRA. Both survived and now a documentary on Bernadette Devlin McAliskey is about to show in the NZ International Film Festival. Chris talks to director Lelia Doolan about Devlin's story. [more]

15/07/2012: Ideas for 15 July 2012
Child poverty is back in the headlines this week with 80 organisations banding together to call on the Government to make the well-being of children its top priority. Jeremy Rose visits Seaview's Kokiri Marae to talk to its manager of health and social services Teresa Olsen. Three employees of Wesley Community Action in Cannons Creek tell Jeremy about the realities of children growing up poor in Porirua; Chris Whitta talks to Child Poverty Action Group's Mike O'Brien. [more]

15/07/2012: John Edgar - The Mighty Mayor
John Edgar has traced the life story of Auckland's longest-serving mayor, Sir Dove-Myer Robinson. He tells Chris how the working class boy from Sheffield who was bullied for being Jewish, became New Zealand's most well-known local body politician. [more]

15/07/2012: Feedback
What the listeners have to say on today's programme. [more]

21/07/2012: Insight for 22 July 2012 - NZ Foreign Policy
Brent Edwards examines NZ's foreign policy [more]

22/07/2012: Ron Palenski - History and Identity
Talks about the impact of Maori culture and influences as diverse as standard time, the telegraph, newspapers and the meat trade; on growing a national identity. [more]

22/07/2012: Mediawatch for 22 July 2012
The coverage of Owen Glenn's big-money plans to change New Zealand; the survival struggle of the US news media; why TV shows you paid for are nowhere to be found; cultural friction with the Germans; sports stars slating the media; a truly bewildering rugby report. [more]

22/07/2012: Down The List for 22 July 2012
Looks at what happens when troublemakers are kept at school. [more]

22/07/2012: Olaf Diegel - Printing in 3-D
Olaf Diegel is Professor of Mechatronics at Massey University in Auckland. He talks about 3-D printing, product development and design, smart machines and smart homes - and his own range of groovy guitars. [more]

22/07/2012: Ideas for 22 July 2012
David Grant, the author of "On a Roll", talks about the history of gambling in New Zealand and Professor Peter Adams from the University of Auckland talks about his concerns that the community has become addicted to the proceeds of gambling. [more]

22/07/2012: Justin Duckworth - Tending the Flock
Wellington's new bishop talks about his journey so far and where he thinks the church is headed. [more]

22/07/2012: Feedback
What the listeners have to say on today's programme. [more]

28/07/2012: Insight for 29 July 2012
Steve Wilde asks if safety can be guaranteed if night flights are brought in at Queenstown's challenging airport [more]

29/07/2012: Ian Henderson - Cult Music
Ian Henderson loves music so much that he started his own record label, Fishrider Records. It's captured quite a bit of international attention in the indie-pop market producing the self-titled album of the band Opposite Sex. Ian, who's from Dunedin, has been making music with his brother George and others for around 30 years in one of New Zealand's longest running cult bands - The Puddle. [more]

29/07/2012: Mediawatch for 29 July 2012
Mediawatch looks at new ways of paying for quality journalism overseas, and proposals to revamp a key tool for journalists here - the Official Informational Act. Also this week: why we'll be getting reduced rations of current affairs on prime time TV soon, and why is reporting the Olympic Games still mostly a man's game? [more]

29/07/2012: Down The List for 29 July 2012
It's a real problem for any government to sell the idea of selling state assets. Why not use a professional promotions company? [more]

29/07/2012: Stuart Prior - Fishing the Last Ocean
Stuart Prior is a former diplomat who believes New Zealand should stop fishing in the Ross Sea. He once played a key role in opening up the fishery for the valuable toothfish - he tells Richard why he has changed his mind. Stuart appears in a documentary about the Ross Sea called The Last Ocean, screening in the New Zealand International Film Festival. [more]

29/07/2012: Ideas for 29 July 2012: Solomon Islands in Focus
Radio New Zealand International's Annell Husband travels to Honiara and speaks to locals about efforts to achieve reconciliation following the ethnic conflicts that first broke out in 1999; and Richard Langston talks to Victoria University professor Jon Fraenkel, author of 'The Manipulation of Custom: From Uprising to Intervention in the Solomon Islands' (Victoria University Press). [more]

29/07/2012: Scott Johnson - Dad’s Double Life
The relationships between a father and son can be tough enough, but what say your father is a secretive man because it's his job … he's a spy. Scott Johnson is a foreign correspondent whose father worked for the CIA and he's written a book about his search for the real man his father is. Scott talks to Richard about his book, The Wolf and the Watchman - a CIA childhood - a fascinating read about the life of a war correspondent, and of the search for the truth about his father. [more]

04/08/2012: Insight for 5 August 2012
Philippa Tolley visits 4 Australian Covention Centres to see if the new facilities planned for NZ can compete? [more]

05/08/2012: Brad Argent - Family History
It's the NZ Society of Genealogists' Family History Month and Brad Argent, Content Director for Ancestry.com.au talks to Chris about the importance of family history in finding a sense of place; and genealogy as a way to personalise and democratise history: He says it's about people and stories, rather than places and dates. [more]

05/08/2012: Mediawatch for 5 August 2012
Mediawatch looks at who was calling the shots in the coverage of the plan the remake the centre of Christchurch - and why one outlet's under fire for failing to play by the rules; what happened when the PM turned DJ on the radio again; and how one man's big bucks and small sums from citizens are paying for new journalism in Australia. [more]

05/08/2012: Down The List for 5 August 2012
An MP is reluctant to commit over the gay marriage bill. [more]

05/08/2012: Tony Smith - Olympics Veteran
Fairfax NZ reporter Tony Smith is in London covering his fourth Olympic Games. [more]

05/08/2012: Ideas for 5 August 2012
The concept of "economic man" - a hypothetical rational person with complete knowledge who acts entirely out of self-interest - is one of the foundations of conventional economic thinking. Ideas talks to two thinkers, from two very different disciplines, who take issue with not only the notion of economic man but many of the assumptions of conventional economics: William Cavanaugh, a professor of theology at DePaul University in Chicago and the author of 'Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire'; and Morris Altman, a professor of economics at Victoria University and the author of 'Behavioral Economics for Dummies'. [more]

05/08/2012: New Flags Flying - Kiribati and Tuvalu
Between 1960 and 1990, strong winds of political change swept across Pacific countries. Broadcaster Ian Johnstone has captured this change in a series of interviews with Pacific leaders which he presents with his co-editor Michael Powles in a series called New Flags Flying. Sunday Morning features highlights from the series during 2012. This time Ian, Michael and Chris discuss Kiribati and Tuvalu with special guest, former Prime Minister and Governor General of Tuvalu, Sir Tomasi Puapua. [more]

07/08/2012: Mediawatch Extra for August 2012
The Mediawatch team runs through listeners' queries and comments, and updates recent stories from the programme. This month: the Scott Guy trial coverage and the 'court of public opinion'; the end of public service TV and the meaning of 'free to air'; international interest in marmite; publishing personal pictures without prior permission; Rio+20 ignored; coincidental commentary or sponsor's plug?; what's a whistleblower?; Kim Dotcom's public image. [more]

11/08/2012: Insight for 12 August 2012 - PNG and Political Mayhem
Johnny Blades goes to PNG to explore whether the elections will help the nation recover from a year of poltical conflict. [more]

12/08/2012: Judith G Kelley : Monitoring Democracy
Judith Kelley the author of a book which analyses election monitoring has asked some pretty hard questions about what works and what doesn't. [more]

12/08/2012: Mediawatch for 12 August 2012
The media burst the bubble after Olympic setbacks; who is broadcasting what - and from where?; another ignored embargo; will the public pay for new journalism in New Zealand? [more]

12/08/2012: Alison Lewin : Zimbabwe
Alison Lewin has found her calling in a deprived community in a remote part of Zimbabwe. [more]

12/08/2012: Ideas for 12 August 2012: Jim Flynn
Jim Flynn is arguably New Zealand’s foremost moral philosopher. His pioneering work on IQs has changed the way we think about intelligence. Professor Flynn reflects on his life and influences and talks about some of the individuals and thinkers who have shaped his unique outlook on the world – a list which includes such diverse figures as Plato and the American socialist organiser Eugene Debes. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences [more]

12/08/2012: Alastair Bisley : freshwater resourses.
Alastair Bisley, the chairman of Land and water forum - that unique collective of interests that is finding a way of resolving the seemingly unresolvable - how to manage our increasingly stressed freshwater resources in a win-win way. [more]

18/08/2012: Insight for 19 August 2012 - Paying for Major Roads
It's three years since the Government embarked on the country's most expensive ever road building programme. [more]

19/08/2012: Makhenkesi Arnold Stofile - ANC at 100
Makhenkesi Arnold Stofile is in New Zealand for a conference marking 100-years of the African National Congress. A former Minister of sport in the ANC government, Rev Stofile was jailed under the apartheid regime and visited New Zealand in 1984 to lead the campaign against the proposed All Blacks tour of South Africa. He's ambassador to Germany and an ordained minister of the Uniting Presbyterian Church in South Africa. [more]

19/08/2012: Mediawatch for 19 August 2012
The steroid scandal that turned silver into gold at the Olympics; a new proposal to persuade the public to pay for journalism - and the view of a veteran - and; the Aussie entrepreneur spending a small fortune fighting Rupert Murdoch's papers. [more]

19/08/2012: Rob Morrison - Green Growth
Rob Morrison is chairman of Pure Advantage, a not-for-profit group of business leaders advocating environmentally-friendly economic growth. [more]

19/08/2012: Ideas for 19 August 2012 - Non-Violent Resistance
Jeremy Rose speaks with professor Norman Finkelstein and looks at the activism in the resistance of Mahatma Ghandi. Closer to home, Jeremy speaks with Rachel Buchanan about Parihaka and, perhaps, the world's original non-violent resistance. [more]

19/08/2012: Hilary Charlesworth - Culture and Human Rights
Hilary Charlesworth is Professor and Director of the Centre for International Governance and Justice in the Regulatory Institutions Network at the Australian National University. [more]

26/08/2012: Insight for 26 August 2012 - New Zealanders in Australia
Philippa Tolley travels to Australia to speak to New Zealanders about what's been called official discrimination [more]

26/08/2012: Chris Turney - Beyond the Limits
In 1912 five separate teams were exploring Antarctica - expeditions from Britain, Norway, Australasia, Germany and Japan. Chris Turney tells the stories of these teams of adventurers and their lasting legacy for science. Professor Chris Turney is a British geologist who has recently been awarded an Australian Research Laureate Fellowship with the University of New South Wales. His book, '1912: The Year the World Discovered Antarctica' is published by The Text Publishing Company. [more]

26/08/2012: Mediawatch for 26 August 2012
A TV veteran tells Mediawatch about four decades in investigative journalism, and why he now fears for the future of it here. Mediawatch also looks at how a minister's move to bypass the media backfired, some rough numbers for our newspapers, and the revival of a long tradition of telling Russia's rulers where to get off. [more]

26/08/2012: David O’Sullivan - EU Neighbourhood
David O'Sullivan is the head of the European External Action Service (the EU's diplomatic body). He is in New Zealand before leading the EU delegation to the Pacific Islands Forum. [more]

26/08/2012: Ideas for 26 August 2012
In 2009, Venezuela became the first country in the world to ban any and all video games that involved shooting people. To date New Zealand has banned seven games. Jeremy Rose talks to his 13-year old son, Edi Rose, about the attraction of shooting people on screen; deputy chief censor Nic McCully and classification officer Hamish McCormick talk us through the process of rating a video game; and academics professor Brad Bushman of Ohio State University and Waikato University's Dr Gareth Schott discuss the evidence for the widely held belief that violent video games have a desensitising effect. [more]

26/08/2012: New Flags Flying - Perspectives of Pacific Women
Dr Teresia Teaiwa joins Ian, Michael and Chris to talk about the role of Pacific women in political upheaval, and how some managed to overcome mistrust, suspicion and sexism to make major contributions to political life. [more]

02/09/2012: Steve Gurney – Risky Business
For adventurer Steve Gurney, life is about taking risks and he fears that New Zealand society has become over-regulated, risk-averse, and wrapped in cotton wool. His challenge is to let children make mistakes, climb trees and play bullrush - to help them learn how to find their limits in later life. Eating Dirt, by Steve Gurney, is published by Random House. [more]

02/09/2012: Mediawatch for 2 September 2012
An outsider's view of the media response to disaster and recovery in Canterbury and Pike River; one year on from the death of the UK's top-selling tabloid, is the world better off without The News of the World? [more]

02/09/2012: Mediawatch for 2 September 2012
An outsider's view of the media response to disaster and recovery in Canterbury and Pike River; one year on from the death of the UK's top-selling tabloid, is the world better off without The News of the World? [more]

02/09/2012: Emma Rogan – 100 Days
Emma talks to Chris about the trials and triumphs of her 100 days of design project. [more]

02/09/2012: Ideas for 2 September 2012
Epuni Primary School's Common Unity Project aims to produce enough fruit and vegetables to feed not only the school's 110 pupils but their families as well. It's a classic example of what's been called Asset Based Community Development - or ABC Development. [more]

02/09/2012: Zhu Feng – Balance of Power
Professor Zhu Feng, from Peking University in Beijing, is one of the world's leading authorities on China's foreign policy and North Asian security issues. He's now based at Victoria University where he holds the Sir Howard Kippenberger Visiting Chair for 2012. He will deliver the annual Kippenberger Lecture on 3 September on the topic: 'China's Response to America's Asia-Pacific Rebalancing: Implications for Regional Order'. [more]

02/09/2012: Rob Strathdee – Learning for the Labour Market
Rob Strathdee says more can be done to reduce the influence of social background on educational achievement. Professor Strathdee, Head of the School of Education Policy and Implementation at Victoria University, talks to Chris about the connection between education and the labour market, and what needs to change to allow education to help deliver the promise of social mobility. He delivers his inaugural lecture, 'Social Class, economic change and the competition for advancement through education', on 4 September and it is open to the public. [more]

09/09/2012: Insight for 9 September 2012 - Politics and the Status of Pacific Women
Megan Whelan considers the appalling violence and health statistics for many Pacific women and asks if more female MPs help? [more]

09/09/2012: Susan Sawyer - Adolescent Health
Professor Susan Sawyer from the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, talks to Chris Laidlaw about young people's health worldwide, including discussion of such issues as smoking, obesity, mental illness, drugs and HIV/AIDS. [more]

09/09/2012: Mediawatch for 9 September 2012
Mediawatch talks to some overseas experts about the ways 'new media' are now colliding with the old - TV, radio and newspapers - in the digital age. Fast-growing online outlets now deliver news quickly, cheaply and directly to people, wherever they are. But by speeding up the news, are they also undermining it? And should the likes of Google contribute more to the creation of the content that they make so freely available online? Also: some startling mistakes made in recent reports of the death of the world's best-known names, and newspapers having a makeover. [more]

09/09/2012: Anders Jägerskog - Global Food and Water Crises
Dr. Jägerskog is the director of Knowledge Services at the Stockholm International Water Institute, and editor of a new report that issues stern warnings on the future of global food and water supplies. It warns the whole world may be forced into a vegetarian diet by 2050 to cope with water shortages and feed an overpopulated planet. [more]

09/09/2012: Ideas for 9 September 2012
In 1898, New Zealand became the first country in the world to introduce an old age pension; in 1926 it became the first to introduce a family benefit; then in the 1940s we led the way in introducing a universal family benefit. And each of those pioneering innovations was under-pinned by concepts of fairness. An historian, economists, and someone who works in the sector discuss the search for universal fairness in the welfare system. [more]

09/09/2012: Down the List for 9 September 2012
The Americans can't understand our Prime Minister's accent. We might have to help them or things could go very wrong in the Pacific. [more]

09/09/2012: Tim Weiner - History of the FBI
'Enemies: A History of the FBI' is a definitive account of the FBI's secret intelligence operations, from an author whose work on the Pentagon and the CIA won him the Pulitzer Prize. Tim Weiner talks to Chris Laidlaw about what his research revealed on J. Edgar Hoover, Martin Luther King, and the hidden side of America's War on Terror. [more]

09/09/2012: Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint - Civil Liberties
A new addition to the programme from Wayne Brittenden, who has been Radio New Zealand's correspondent in several capital cities over the years. He will be giving us fresh insights into a wide variety of topics of national and international concern, followed by Chris Laidlaw's discussion of the issue with guests. Wayne is discussing civil liberties - timely in the light of the Julian Assange and Bradley Manning cases. Guests: Thomas Beagle from the New Zealand website TechLiberty; and civil liberties lawyer Stephen Rohde, chair of the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation in Southern California. [more]

15/09/2012: Insight for 16 September 2012 - Auckland Economic Strategy
Todd Niall explores whether Auckland is now on the right track to boost its economy. [more]

15/09/2012: Ideas for 16 September 2012
MIT - which was ranked the world's top university by QS University Rankings earlier this week - has led the way in making its course work freely available on the internet. [more]

16/09/2012: James Harris - Workers of the World
64-year-old James Harris is a veteran trade unionist and longstanding leader of the US Socialist Workers Party. He has been active for more than four decades in the struggle for Black rights, protests against US wars from Vietnam to Afghanistan, and working class politics. He's also a candidate in the US presidential election. [more]

16/09/2012: Mediawatch for 16 September 2012
The boss of the nation's biggest daily paper on its tabloid transition; a top lawyer calls for a rethink of rules allowing cameras into our courts; how a notorious nickname stuck to a controversial criminal; a sudden surge of media interest in chickens. [more]

16/09/2012: Patricia O'Brien - Island Connections
Dr Patricia O'Brien explores the friendship that was forged between Samoan nationalist leader Ta'isi Olaf Nelson and Maori politician Sir Maui Pomare. She talks about the role this played in the years of fraught relations between Samoa and New Zealand, and looks at the historical connections that were made through this friendship, between Samoans and Maori. In this interview Patricia says the Ta'isi title came from Safune but she'd like to correct that -  in fact it comes from the village of Asau. [more]

16/09/2012: Down the List for 16 September 2012
Ezekiel and his devoted wife have decided to take advantage of the government's 'charter schools' initiative. [more]

16/09/2012: Neil Mitchell - Pointing the Finger
Neil Mitchell is Professor of International Relations in the School of Public Policy at University College London. [more]

16/09/2012: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint - Punishment: Anglo-Saxon Style
Each week Wayne gives fresh insights into a wide variety of topics of national and international concern, followed by Chris Laidlaw's discussion of the issue with guests. This week Wayne considers Anglo Saxon attitudes towards punishment, and the trend in some countries, including NZ, towards privatised prisons. Chris follows-up with two guests - David Brown, Emeritus Professor of Crown Law at the University of New South Wales and Tony Taylor, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Victoria University. [more]

21/09/2012: Mediawatch Extra September 2012
The Mediawatch team runs through listeners' queries and comments and updates recent stories from the programme - with guest Alison McCullough. This month: The Herald's new format; flaky columns; Christchurch two years on; one small mistake by a man; the La Leche League hits back; chickens on the cover; bloggers vs. the mainstream; a shoutout for Stockholm; who first warned the Tsar? [more]

23/09/2012: Insight for 23 September 2012 - Obesity Surgery
Philippa Tolley asks whether weight loss surgery is worth the cost. [more]

23/09/2012: Richard Towle - Mass Arrivals
Richard Towle, UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) Regional Representative for Australia, NZ, PNG and the Pacific says some of the measures being considered by Parliament in the Immigration Amendment Bill - also known as the Mass Arrivals Bill - are reasonable. He tells Chris that others are punitive and disproportionate to the risk. [more]

23/09/2012: Mediawatch for 23 September 2012
A right royal row over private pictures; shots fired over the blurred boundary between old and new media; The ODT's editor on resisting reinvention; which paper had its eagle eye on the Russia's Tsar? [more]

23/09/2012: Mediawatch for 23 September 2012
A right royal row over private pictures; shots fired over the blurred boundary between old and new media; The ODT's editor on resisting reinvention; which paper had its eagle eye on the Russia's Tsar? [more]

23/09/2012: Elisabeth McDonald - Real Justice
Dr Elisabeth McDonald this week delivered the 2012 Suffrage Day lecture at the University of Otago. She says that despite law reforms over the last 30 years, there's been little real change in the level of sexual violence, conviction rates for sexual offending, or the distressing impact of prosecution experienced by complainants. She's been investigating the problem and talks to Chris about how things might change so real justice is served. [more]

23/09/2012: Ideas for 23 September 2012
Ideas explores the place of children in a democracy with: Jessica Palairet - a member of the Commissioner of Children's Young People's Reference Group; Caleb O'Fee - the president of Feilding High School's student council; Cindy Blackstock of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada; and Bronwyn Hayward, the author of 'Children, Citizens and the Environment: Nurturing a Democratic Imagination in a Changing World'. [more]

23/09/2012: Down the List for 23 September 2012
In an attempt to save money, government departments are cutting staff. But when some of the departing staff turn up as highly-paid consultants, where are the savings? [more]

23/09/2012: Adrian Macey - Dealing with Climate Change
Adrian and Chris take a big picture look at the way the international community has dealt with climate change since the 1980s and where it's headed now. [more]

23/09/2012: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Wayne looks at an extraordinary citizens' case against certain provisions in the US National Defense Authorization Act. A law suit by a group of academics, journalists and activists resulted in a New York Federal judge permanently enjoining the controversial Section 1021 with its allegedly Orwellian measures. The Obama administration swiftly appealed. After Wayne's analysis of the NDAA, Chris talks with two of the plaintiffs, Chris Hedges and Tangerine Bolen. [more]

23/09/2012: Feedback
What the listeners have to say on today's programme. [more]

29/09/2012: Insight for 30 September 2012 - Bowel Cancer
Karen Brown Insight follows a pilot programme to screen for bowel cancer - NZ's second biggest cause of cancer death. [more]

29/09/2012: Ideas for 30 September 2012 - Hunger
Ideas this week explores food production, food waste and inevitably hunger. [more]

30/09/2012: Jon Johansson - RIP, the Romney Campaign
Comparative Politics lecturer at Victoria University, Dr Jon Johansson, talks US politics and what he predicts is the inevitable failure of the current Republican Campaign for the White House. [more]

30/09/2012: Mediawatch for 30 September 2012
This week the Mediawatch team looks at: the controversial publication of National Standards stats; an overseas investigation unreported here; TVNZ cuts another current affairs show; Paul Henry hassled by critics and; a paper hits a bum note. [more]

30/09/2012: Neville Peat - Whisky and Ice
Author Neville Peat was captivated by the 2007 discovery of three cases of Scotch whisky embedded in ice under Shackleton's hut in Antarctica. It inspired his latest book - Shackleton's Whisky. [more]

30/09/2012: New Flags Flying - Vanuatu
The winds of political change had swept across the Pacific from Samoa and the people of the New Hebrides were politely beginning to assert their own self-determination. [more]

30/09/2012: Down the List for 30 September 2012
What a mess the whole Kim Dotcom spying affair is. Who knew what when and who knew nothing? Who told what to whom and when? Why weren't key people told? It's a can of worms. [more]

30/09/2012: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint: Heroes
Wayne Brittenden counterpoints the notion of heroism. Some of our best known and most celebrated heroes also displayed some most unappealing attributes seldom associated with heroism. Hamish Keith and Dr Alex Lickerman join Chris Laidlaw to discuss. [more]

07/10/2012: Insight for 7 October 2012
Education correspondent John Gerritsen explores why poverty is so closely linked in NZ to poor grades [more]

07/10/2012: Tina Rosenberg
Tina Rosenberg is a contributing writer for The New York Times magazine. [more]

07/10/2012: Phil Arkow
Phil Arkow is the Co-ordinator of the US National Link Coalition, which promotes awareness of the connection between animal abuse and violence against humans. He will be speaking at the 23rd New Zealand Companion Animal Conference in Wellington next week. [more]

07/10/2012: Mediawatch for 7 October 2012
Broadcasters blurring the boundary between advertising and journalism; how our universities and polytechnics are engaging the media today - and could contribute more in the future. [more]

07/10/2012: Mediawatch for 7 October 2012
Broadcasters blurring the boundary between advertising and journalism; how our universities and polytechnics are engaging the media today - and could contribute more in the future. [more]

07/10/2012: Ideas for 7 October 2012
This week Ideas looks at what the future holds for railways. [more]

07/10/2012: Down the List for 7 October 2012
A surprise plan to close a number of Christchurch schools has left that already traumatised community reeling from a different sort of aftershock. [more]

07/10/2012: Barry Saunders
Warratahs' frontman Barry Saunders joins Chris Laidlaw in the studio. [more]

07/10/2012: Counterpoint
This week in his Counterpoint, Wayne Brittenden looks at Orwell's legacy. [more]

13/10/2012: Insight for 14 October 2012 - Biosecurity
Andrew McRae explores whether enough is being done to protect NZ from biosecurity incursions. [more]

14/10/2012: Pamela Stephenson - Shrinking Herself
Pamela Stephenson - comedian, wife of Billy Connolly, writer and psychologist has put herself in the therapist's chair to write the story of her life. She talks to Chris Laidlaw about a difficult childhood, working among the men on 'Not The Nine O'Clock News', life with Billy, a striking career change, and growing old in a sequined mini-skirt. [more]

14/10/2012: Mediawatch for 14 October 2012
For decades experts have studied the effects of crime, conflict and catastrophe on victims - and also on soldiers, paramedics and police officers. But not on so for those also often on the scene at disturbing events - journalists. Mediawatch reports from the first ever gathering devoted to the impact of trauma on New Zealand's journalists. [more]

14/10/2012: Pavel Castka - Supermarket Green-Wash
Pavel Castka says there are so many product labels making all kinds of eco-friendly claims that it's almost impossible to know which ones to trust - and what does "all natural" mean, anyway? Dr Castka has also been studying global eco-labelling schemes such as Fairtrade, and he talks to Chris about his concerns about the 'green-washing' of supermarket shelf items. [more]

14/10/2012: Ideas for 14 October 2012: Trevor Grice
Trevor Grice, the founder of the Life Education Trust tells Chris Laidlaw about the people, thinkers and events that have shaped his life. From a malnourished childhood and struggles with alcoholism to visiting both the South and North Poles and the setting up of the Life Education Trust - it's been an incredible journey. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences [more]

14/10/2012: Down the List for 14 October 2012
John Key is making a quick visit to Hollywood to see if he can drum up more film business for New Zealand. Two Hollywood studio moguls make plans for his visit. [more]

14/10/2012: Richard Broinowski - Fallout in Japan
Former Australian diplomat Richard Broinowski traveled to Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami which killed thousands of people and caused explosions and meltdowns at a nuclear plant near the city of Fukushima. He talks about the consequences of the country's worst nuclear disaster, how the Japanese authorities are handling the crisis, the threat that remains, and the response from other nuclear nations. [more]

14/10/2012: Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint: Auckland Heritage
In the light of Auckland's Heritage Festival, Wayne takes a critical look at the reality of heritage, Auckland style. Chris subsequently speaks with Waitemata and Gulf councillor Mike Lee, and Brisbane conservation architect Peter Marquis-Kyle. [more]

20/10/2012: Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint: Nuclear-free
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has reaffirmed his strong commitment to the establishment of a Middle East Nuclear-free zone. Wayne Brittenden describes some little-known aspects of New Zealand's anti-nuclear stance during the Lange years. Chris Laidlaw follows up with guests Roger Boshier, who was prominent in the New Zealand peace movement at the time, and Sverre Lodgaard, a Norwegian political scientist who was formerly Director of the UN Institute for Disarmament Research. [more]

21/10/2012: Insight for 21 October 2012
Cushla Norman considers what, if any, changes may follow new local government legislation. [more]

21/10/2012: Paul Little - Hillary’s Big Life
Journalist Paul Little has written what he calls the story behind the legend of Sir Edmund Hillary. The book covers the conquest of Everest and Hillary's other great adventures - but also the drama of Sir Edmund's private life and, after his death, the falling out of family members and those in his inner circle. [more]

21/10/2012: Mediawatch for 21 October 2012
A giant leap for marketing; extrordinary exposure for a major musical; New Zealand gets noticed in Frankfurt; the UK's front pages are startlingly sexist - is the story the same on ours? [more]

20/10/2012: Maxine Alterio - Nurses at War
Maxine Alterio's historical novel 'Lives We Leave Behind' was inspired by the torpedoing of the British troopship Marquette by a German U-boat on 23 October 1915 - 10 New Zealand nurses were among the casualties. The book focuses on the work and experiences of kiwi nurses who served with the No. 1 Stationary Hospital in Egypt and France during the First World War. [more]

21/10/2012: Andrew McRae - In El Alamein
New Zealand veterans of the North African campaign in the Second World War are in Egypt to be part of commemorations to mark the 70th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein. Radio New Zealand veteran affairs reporter Andrew McRae is with them. [more]

21/10/2012: Ideas for 21 October 2012
The shockwaves from the global financial crisis of 2008 continue to be felt around the world and the banking profession has rarely be held in such low regard, but there are some financial institutions that have benefited from the crisis. Chris Laidlaw talks to Kristen Christian, the founder of Transfer Your Bank Day which has seen six million Americans switch from mainstream to community-owned banks; and Peter Blom, the CEO of Trodos Bank and the chair of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values, talks to Jeremy Rose about the idea of sustainable banking. [more]

21/10/2012: Down the List for 21 October 2012
Why, despite warnings about a problem, was no urgent action taken to fix the security systems on the WINZ data bases so clients' private details were safe? [more]

21/10/2012: Colleen Ward and James Liu - Multiculturalism in Europe and NZ
The co-directors of Victoria University's Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research, Professor Colleen Ward and Professor James Liu, talk about the claim that multiculturalism in Europe is failing, and what is happening in a multicultural New Zealand. [more]

27/10/2012: Insight for 28 October 2012 - Mali
Kim Vinnell visits Mali in West Africa amid a drought and fears over Al Qaeda linked Islamic militants occupying the north [more]

28/10/2012: Jem Roberts
Jem Roberts with the story behind the Black Adder, and the extraordinary genius of Rowan Atkinson. [more]

28/10/2012: Michael Johnson
Professor Michael Johnson is in New Zealand promoting his contention that there are several very distinct forms of family violence. [more]

28/10/2012: Mediawatch for 28 October 2012
A tragic killing which kick-started a campaign to change the law; how an Australian ad campaign went wrong - and how advertisers here now have to be on their guard; freelance journalists can get great stories - but not great money; how hard did the media work on Labour Day? [more]

28/10/2012: Ideas for 28 October 2012
Ideas takes another look at banking, and its ethical basis in particular. [more]

28/10/2012: New Flags Flying - Micronesia
This week we look at Micronesia and the damage done to some of those tiny nations of the Pacific during colonisation. [more]

28/10/2012: Down The List for 28 October 2012
The Labour party are at a bit of a loss to separate themselves from almost anyone on the right. Labour's latest idea to make it more difficult to employ immigrant workers to increase job opportunities for 'normal' Kiwis isn't helping. [more]

28/10/2012: Counterpoint for 28 October 2012
Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint this week looks at George McGovern, the US Democratic Party's ultra-liberal presidential candidate. [more]

03/11/2012: Barry Gibb: the Bee Gee
Last surviving member of the Bee Gees, who will perform with his band at the annual Mission Estate Concert in February 2012 (music not included). [more]

04/11/2012: Michael Palin
Python, playwright, novelist, essayist, scriptwriter, TV traveller, raconteur - Michael Palin talks about, among a host of other things, his new book Brazil. [more]

04/11/2012: Michael Casey
Expat Australian living in the US, Michael Casey is a managing editor and columnist covering global financial markets at Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal. It's his contention that the global financial crisis was precipitated by a massive savings fund from Chinese workers and its investment strategy worldwide. [more]

04/11/2012: Mediawatch for 4 November 2012
Strange connections with 'Superstorm Sandy'; rosy reports of the economic impact of film and television; an expert in the arts says the media fail to cover them properly and; the nation's most notorious blogger takes charge of a national newspaper. [more]

04/11/2012: Ideas for 4 November 2012
This week Ideas takes a look at Mexico, speaking to expat Jorge Herrera about his country's indigenous cultures. Also, film-maker Luz Savinon and environmental scientist Ruy Anaya de la Rosa talk, from an expat perspective, about the future for youth given the country's current socio-economic environment. [more]

04/11/2012: Ian Thorpe
Australian and world swimming mega-star Ian Thorpe speaks about life outside of the pool and his reasons for the early return to dry land. [more]

04/11/2012: Down the List for 4 November 2012
A National List MP is struggling to explain how the Housing Package differs from policies put forward by other parties, including Labour. [more]

04/11/2012: Counterpoint for 4 November 2012
Wayne Brittenden explores the little known attempt at a fascist coup pre World War II in the United States. Professor of Journalism at the State University of New York, Karl Grossman, puts some flesh on the bones of the story. [more]

10/11/2012: Insight for 11 October 2012 - Auckland Housing
Todd Niall explores proposals to alleviate Auckland's housing problems. [more]

10/11/2012: C K Stead - Troubled Times
Christian Karlson Stead, ONZ, CBE, usually known as Karl, has been publishing poetry, novels, essays and literary criticism for more than 50 years and is one of New Zealand's leading literary figures. He talks to Chris about his new novel, Risk - a story that draws on world events from post 9/11 through to the eve of the global financial crisis. [more]

11/11/2012: Mediawatch for 11 November 2012
Off-the-cuff comments put the PM in the spotlight; coverage of the death of leading lawyer Greg King - and the front page focus on other lawyers; public radio under the radar on the nation's Access stations. [more]

11/11/2012: Francis Etienne - France Under Hollande
Francis Etienne is France's Ambassador to New Zealand and he joins Chris in the studio to talk about his country's first six months under President François Hollande, including economic strategy, foreign relations, marriage equality, and the bilateral relationship with this country. [more]

11/11/2012: Ideas for 11 November 2012
Next weekend will see dozens of young innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists descend on Wellington for the Festival for the Future. Ideas talks to four of the festival's speakers. [more]

11/11/2012: Jon Johansson - Four More Years
Today, after Obama's win, Jon and Chris discuss what the president has achieved in four years, what he faces in Washington, what message the election result sends, and what now for the Republican party? [more]

11/11/2012: Down the List for 11 November 2012
The impact of workplace health and safety deregulation is explored following the release of the report of the Pike River Commission of Inquiry. [more]

11/11/2012: Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint
Magazines, newspaper supplements and the broadcast media are a bombardment of gardening information this month. Wayne takes an offbeat political look at what's growing, with the help of two guests. Glenn Stewart is Professor of Urban Ecology at Lincoln University, and Professor Daniel Pick's interests in both history and psychology are equally reflected in his highly-acclaimed recent book, The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind. [more]

17/11/2012: Insight for 18 November 2012 - Euro Crisis
Nigel Stirling reports, after travelling to Europe, on the Euro crisis and asks if there is worse to come? [more]

18/11/2012: Mediawatch Extra November 2012
The Mediawatch team runs through listeners' queries and comments and updates recent stories from the programme. This month: Blogging and busking; the blogger who's helming Truth; figures for the film industry challenged; the PM's off-colour off-the-cuff gags; criticisms of coverage of the arts; are our media still sexist? [more]

18/11/2012: Insight for 18 November 2012 - Euro Crisis
Economic correspondent, Nigel Stirling, considers the future of the crisis hit Euro while on a trip to Europe [more]

18/11/2012: Greg Duncan - The Long Reach of Child Poverty
Distinguished Professor Greg Duncan, from the University of California, has spent three decades researching childhood poverty. He studies the long-term impact of childhood poverty, investing in preschool programmes, the relationship between early experiences and success at school, and how rising inequality affects children's life chances. Professor Duncan is the first recipient of the newly established Sir Frank Holmes Visiting Fellowship in Policy Studies at Victoria University. [more]

18/11/2012: Mediawatch for 18 November 2012
The BBC's boss carries the can for failures of its journalism - and Radio New Zealand's boss on where the buck stops here; an American scholar and broadcaster on media as a force for bad and good; radio under the radar - volunteer broadcasters filling big gaps on access radio in Otago. [more]

18/11/2012: James McCormick - What’s Next for US Foreign Policy
James McCormick, Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at Iowa State University, talks to Chris about the implications of the US election on American foreign policy in general and for the Asia-Pacific region in particular - and how current economic conditions in America will affect foreign policy in the immediate future. [more]

18/11/2012: Ideas for 18 November 2012: Mai Chen
Constitutional lawyer Mai Chen, along with her former partner in law Sir Geoffrey Palmer, is widely credited with setting up the country's first US-style public law firm - Chen Palmer. So what drives this most driven of professional lobbyists? Chris Laidlaw talks to Mai Chen about her life and influences. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences   [more]

18/11/2012: Down The List for 18 November 2012
Local tourism operators attempt to capitalise on the anticipated flow of Hobbit focused tourists. [more]

18/11/2012: Baroness Vivien Stern - The Pain of Prison
Baroness Stern of Vauxhall is one of the world's best known justice and prison reformers. She is primarily involved in reform on a global scale - currently a Member of the Advisory Council, ILANUD (United Nations Latin American Institute for Crime Prevention and the Treatment of Offenders); and Honorary Secretary-general, Penal Reform International; she was formerly a board member, Association for Prevention of Torture, Geneva 1993-2000; and Vice-president, Comité de Soutien, Français Incarcérés au Loin (FIL) 2001-07. She talks to Chris about progress to recognise the human rights of prisoners, and the vital role of prison staff and the wider community in prisoner rehabilitation. [more]

18/11/2012: Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint - Trans-Pacific Partnership
New Zealand is to host a new round of talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The talks are between the US, New Zealand and nine other countries of the Asia-Pacific Rim. Wayne Brittenden takes a critical look at the broad scope of the talks, and Chris Laidlaw is joined by guests Jane Kelsey, Professor of Law at Auckland University, and Celeste Drake, an American trade policy specialist. [more]

24/11/2012: Insight for 25 November 2012 - Timor Leste
Eric Frykberg reports after travelling to Timor Leste on the departure of the NZ peacekeepers and the nation's future [more]

25/11/2012: Richard Falk - Palestinian Territories
Unites Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories. [more]

25/11/2012: Mediawatch for 25 November 2012
Rumblings in the news ahead of The Hobbit's big day; making a media meal of Labour's leadership; community broadcasters covering post-quake Christchurch on a shoestring; yet more marketing that uses sex to sell - with help from the media. [more]

25/11/2012: Barrie Houlihan - Politics and Sport
Professor of Sport Policy at Loughborough University, in the UK, is in this country for a conference on the future of sport in small nations. [more]

25/11/2012: Ideas for 25 November 2012
Democracy beyond the ballot box. New technology and its role in the provision of people's say. [more]

25/11/2012: New Flags Flying - the colonisers
This week, in the final installation of New Flags Flying for the year, Ian Johnstone, Michael Powles and Chris laidlaw look at the Pacific from the perspective of the former colonisers, taking a look at the legacy that contact with Micronesia, Melanesia and Polynesia has left. [more]

25/11/2012: Down the List for 25 November 2012
Robin Snitcher, Labour List MP, has a stoush with his executive assistant because he believes she is trying to undermine his leadership by changing biscuits. [more]

25/11/2012: Counterpoint for 25 November 2012 - Iran
This week, Counterpoint looks at the gaps in public knowledge of Iran's history, and the political expediency with which that history may have been presented to the West. [more]

25/11/2012: Mediawatch for 25 November 2012
Rumblings in the news ahead of the Hobbit's big day; making a media meal of Labour's leadership; community broadcasters covering post-quake Canterbury on a shoestring; yet more marketing that uses sex to sell - with help from the media. [more]

01/12/2012: Insight for 2 December 2012 - Rena: What Now?
Lorna Perry investigates if the Tauranga community has recovered from the Rena disaster [more]

02/12/2012: Mediawatch for 2 December 2012
Hobbit hoopla and the anguished analysis of foreign media reports, a hack charged over hacking responds to the UK's epic Leveson report, the risk of ruined reputations world where gossip goes global in a flash, a claim of bias boomerangs on it source. [more]

02/12/2012: Liam McIlvanney - And Be a Nation Again
Sunday Morning marks St Andrews Day on November 30 with Professor McIlvanney, who holds the Stuart Chair in Scottish Studies at the University of Otago. Liam’s keen for Scots to vote for independence in a referendum scheduled for 2014. A former speech writer for Scottish National Party leader and Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, he talks to Chris about the mood of the nation, the emotional tug for independence, and the hard-headed economic decisions that the split from England would require. [more]

02/12/2012: Liam McIlvanney - And Be a Nation Again
Sunday Morning marks St Andrews Day on November 30 with Professor McIlvanney, who holds the Stuart Chair in Scottish Studies at the University of Otago. Liam’s keen for Scots to vote for independence in a referendum scheduled for 2014. A former speech writer for Scottish National Party leader and Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, he talks to Chris about the mood of the nation, the emotional tug for independence, and the hard headed economic decisions that the split from England would require. [more]

02/12/2012: Liam McIlvanney - And Be a Nation Again
Sunday Morning marks St Andrews Day on November 30 with Professor McIlvanney, who holds the Stuart Chair in Scottish Studies at the University of Otago. Liam's keen for Scots to vote for independence in a referendum scheduled for 2014. A former speech writer for Scottish National Party leader and Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, he talks to Chris about the mood of the nation, the emotional tug for independence, and the hard-headed economic decisions that the split from England would require. [more]

02/12/2012: Ideas for 2 December 2012
Last month Human Rights Watch issued a report calling for so-called killer robots to be stopped in their tracks and this week Jeremy Rose talks to the report's author, Bonnie Docherty. Wellingtonian Mary Wareham, who has just taken up the position of advocacy director of disarmament at Human Rights Watch in Washington DC, tells Chris Laidlaw about the challenges of convincing governments to give up some of the nastier parts of their arsenals, and Wim Zwijenburg, of the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons, talks about efforts to have a moratorium placed on the use of depleted uranium. Produced by Jeremy Rose. [more]

02/12/2012: Down the List for 2 December 2012
The Novopay payroll system from Australia was intended to make the paying of our school teachers work better, but so far it seems to have done the exact opposite. [more]

02/12/2012: Albert Wendt - Leading Literature
The Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement were announced this week and Samoa-born Albert Wendt won the $60,000 prize for fiction, recognising the seminal and lasting contribution he has made to New Zealand literature. He has published a substantial body of fiction and poetry and is internationally recognised as leading developments in New Zealand and Pacific writing. He talks to Chris about his life and long career. [more]

02/12/2012: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Wayne Brittenden has been Radio New Zealand's correspondent in several capital cities over the years. Each week he gives fresh insights into a wide variety of topics of national and international concern, followed by Chris Laidlaw’s discussion of the issue with guests. Today, representatives of nearly 200 governments gathered in Dohar, Qatar, last Monday for two weeks of UN-sponsored talks aimed at forging an agreement on climate change. Wayne looks at the obstacles - and contradictions - of the event, and Chris follows up with Dr George Mobus, a University of Washington-based expert on cross-disciplinary approaches to understanding complex adaptive systems. [more]

08/12/2012: Insight for 9 December 2012 - NZ & Myanmar
Demelza Leslie travels to Myanmar with John Key to gauge speed of reform and trade opportunities. [more]

09/12/2012: Geoff Cochrane - Catholicism, alcoholism and poetry
Author of the new book 'The Bengal Engine's Mango After Glow' speaks about poetry, alcoholism and the Catholic church. [more]

09/12/2012: Mediawatch for 9 December 2012
A prank with tragic consequences; TV current affairs thin out while public-funded talent shows prosper; regional TV's struggle - and a new public service channel only on pay TV, and; an embattled MP's rough ride in the media. [more]

09/12/2012: Andrew Erlich - The Long Shadows, the story of Jake Erlich
Andrew Erlich puts substance to the phrase that 'everything's bigger in Texas' with the tall story about his uncle Jake. [more]

09/12/2012: Ideas for 9 December 2012 - West Papua to East Timor
This week Ideas looks at the colonial rule of Indonesia, how the republic treats its citizens in West Papua and in their former province of Timor Leste. [more]

09/12/2012: Down the List for 9 December 2012
In a recent poll, Labour gained three points and David Shearer improved his standings in the preferred-leader polls against John Key. But how? [more]

09/12/2012: Edward Skidelsky - How Much is Enough?
Philosopher, and writer of the book How Much Is Enough? [more]

09/12/2012: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint - Anarchy
The notion of anarchy, socialist-libertarianism as opposed to chaos. Is there a place for it? Can it work? [more]

15/12/2012: Insight for 16 December 2012 - Online Video Gaming
Teresa Cowie investigates if online video gaming has negative effects or if it is just the latest frontier in sport [more]

16/12/2012: Robyn Patterson - Finding Mercy
Film-maker who talks about the soon to screen documentary she made about the search for her childhood friend Mercy, lost in Mugabe's Zimbabwe. [more]

16/12/2012: Mediawatch for 16 December 2012
The chief of the outfit spending our money on broadcasting on how it sets its priorities in tight times; a rash of recent questions on the worth of modern medicines, and; local publications take a punt on putting up paywalls. [more]

16/12/2012: Vicki Treadall - British High Commissioner
Vicki Treadall has been High Commissioner to New Zealand and Samoa, and Governor of Pitcairn for 18-months now. She reflects on her time so far. [more]

16/12/2012: Ideas for 16 December 2012 - Mad Pride
Ideas explores the acceptance and celebration of difference within the various states of mental health, and the affliction of chronic normalcy. [more]

16/12/2012: Down the List for 16 December 2012
Crap FM's crazy morning crew are up to their old tricks doing the prank call routine on Mike's Mad Monday Morning show. Self indulgent, ego driven commercial radio at its best. [more]

16/12/2012: Avner Gvaryahu - an Israeli soldier's account of occupation
Author of 'Our Harsh Logic - Israeli Soldiers' Testimonies from the Occupied Territories, 2000-2010' which gives a candid account of the treatment of Palestinian people by the Israeli military. [more]

16/12/2012: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint - Christmas
The politics surrounding the origins of Christmas: Emperor Constantine and the Nicean Council, and a contemporary perspective from the Associate Priest from St Matthew's in the City, Clay Nelson. [more]

22/12/2012: Insight for 23 December 2012 - Reviving the Regions
Insight goes to Taranki, Gisborne and Southland to consider there economic futures in the face of possible population declines. [more]

23/12/2012: Toby Ord - Giving What We Can
It’s the season for giving â€" to friends, to family and to charities. But which charities give more bang for your buck? Australian Toby Ord says some charities are up to 1000 times more effective than others. Toby is a researcher in moral philosophy at Oxford University and founder of an organisation based there called Giving What We Can, whose members pledge to donate 10 percent of their income to the charities that they believe will most effectively help people living in poverty. [more]

23/12/2012: Toby Ord - Giving What We Can
It’s the season for giving to friends, to family and to charities. But which charities give more bang for your buck? Australian Toby Ord says some charities are up to 1000 times more effective than others. Toby is a researcher in moral philosophy at Oxford University and founder of an organisation based there called Giving What We Can, whose members pledge to donate 10 percent of their income to the charities that they believe will most effectively help people living in poverty. [more]

23/12/2012: Toby Ord - Giving What We Can
Which charities give more bang for your buck? Australian Toby Ord says some charities are up to 1000 times more effective than others. Toby is a researcher in moral philosophy at Oxford University and founder of an organisation based there called Giving What We Can, whose members pledge to donate 10 percent of their income to the charities that they believe will most effectively help people living in poverty. [more]

23/12/2012: Toby Ord - Giving What We Can
It’s the season for giving â€" to friends, to family and to charities. But which charities give more bang for your buck? Australian Toby Ord says some charities are up to 1000 times more effective than others. Toby is a researcher in moral philosophy at Oxford University and founder of an organisation based there called Giving What We Can, whose members pledge to donate 10 percent of their income to the charities that they believe will most effectively help people living in poverty. [more]

23/12/2012: Mediawatch for 23 December 2012
Mediawatch looks back at the media in 2012: the year an All Black tackled 'breastfeeding Nazis', Kim Dotcom rocked the government’s cabbage boat, and fatty fast food, salty spreads, old biscuits and sugary musicals all took turns to hijack the headlines and much more. [more]

23/12/2012: Mediawatch for 23 December 2012
Mediawatch looks back at the media in 2012: the year an All Black tackled 'breastfeeding Nazis', Kim Dotcom rocked the government's cabbage boat, and fatty fast food, salty spreads, old biscuits and sugary musicals all took turns to hijack the headlines and much more. [more]

23/12/2012: Mark Reason - Rugby Roundup
Mark Reason has been a sports journalist for 25 years. He writes for Fairfax Media and is a highly-respected commentator on rugby, the game, and the issues that surround it. [more]

23/12/2012: Ideas for 23 December 2012: John Barnett
We speak to pioneering movie and TV producer John Barnett. There could hardly be a single New Zealander who hasn't enjoyed one of the many Kiwi culture-defining projects he's been involved with. These range from Fred Dagg and the National Business Review to Whale Rider and Outrageous Fortune, not to mention the hit 'Song Slice of Heaven' and our longest running soap Shortland Street. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences [more]

23/12/2012: Down the List for 23 December 2012
The Treasury Christmas party guest list includes most of the major 'DtL targets from the past year - Winston Peters, NZ Cricket, Novopay, The PM, the Two Davids and more. [more]

23/12/2012: Jon Johansson and Paul Morris
Sunday Morning's regular commentator on the US elections, Jon Johansson, is joined by Professor Paul Morris to discuss the year in politics, religion, culture and society and to take a punt on what we're likely to see in 2013. [more]

23/12/2012: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
The issue of gun control in the United States following the Sandy Hook school shootings. [more]

26/01/2013: Interview: Hugh Masekela | WOMAD 2013
South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela is heading to New Zealand to play WOMAD Taranaki 2013. He tells Chris Laidlaw about his career, his obsession with music and its role in the downfall of apartheid. [more]

27/01/2013: Insight for 27 January 2013 - The Future of Shopping
Penny MacKay investigates if the retail High St can survive the pressure of electronic shopping [more]

27/01/2013: Robert Patman - Intervention in Mali
Professor Patman talks about what's behind the rise of Islamist militants in Mali, and the critical response of the international community. Robert Patman is a Professor of International Relations at the Department of Politics, University of Otago. [more]

27/01/2013: Mediawatch for 27 January 2013
Mediawatch asks why critics are carping about a new TV news programme before it has even screened, and looks at some recent news-making interviews: One which took its subject by surprise because he didn't know it was happening, one which actually never happened at all, and Oprah Winfrey's exclusive with back-pedalling cyclist Lance Armstrong. [more]

27/01/2013: Roger Moses - Back to School
As the new school year gets under way the headmaster of Wellington College, Roger Moses, thinks about the challenges ahead for schools and those who work and learn in the country's classrooms. [more]

27/01/2013: Ideas for 27 January 2013
'Another World is Possible' is the slogan of the World Social Forum an annual gathering of civil society organisations that began in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2001. And it's the topic of an essay competition being launched by the Labour History Project this week. Chris Laidlaw talks to historian Mark Derby about the competition and the 1913 'What is Socialism?' essay competition, organised by the labour activist and later Labour Prime Minister Water Nash, that inspired it; Professor Roger Robinson discusses Julius Vogel's Anno Domini 2000 the Utopian Novel that Got the Future Right; and Wellington regional councillor Paul Bruce recalls attending the first World Social Forum gathering in 2001. [more]

27/01/2013: Down the List for 27 January 2013
Simon Rogers-Flaccid, National List MP, is trying to figure out what is actually required to be offered a ministerial portfolio in the next cabinet reshuffle. [more]

27/01/2013: Down the List for 27 January 2013
Simon Rogers-Flaccid, National List MP, tries to figure out what is actually required to be offered a ministerial portfolio in the next cabinet reshuffle [more]

27/01/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Opening in New Zealand this week is the controversial film Zero Dark Thirty the story of the tracking down of Osama Bin Laden. It's been criticised for its disturbing scenes of torture and for making no moral case against torture, though director Kathryn Bigelow insists that she's against such practices. In the light of the film's release and proposed new legislation in the UK that would make prosecution of torturers more difficult, Wayne takes a timely look at the subject. [more]

03/02/2013: Insight for 3 February 2013 - Teenage Self-harm
Sally Round investigates if more needs to be done to help self harming teenagers [more]

03/02/2013: Gordon Tietjens - Going for Gold
Of all the rugby formats Gordon Tietjens has been New Zealand's most successful coach. He speaks about that record of success and the road to Rio where 7's will make their Olympic debut. [more]

03/02/2013: Mediawatch for 3 February 2013
The media's long goodbye to Sir Paul Holmes and the thoughts of a former colleague; Gareth Morgan on copping flak from cat lovers and football fans - and how he gets issues into the media and; knock-backs for news in Auckland. [more]

03/02/2013: Mark Costello - Naming New Species
Associate Professor from the University of Auckland, Mark Costello talks about the discovering and naming the various species on Earth in order to stop them from going extinct. [more]

03/02/2013: Ideas for 3 February 2013 - Idle No More
Ideas this week talks to Marama Davidson, David Geary and Clayton Thomas-Muller about the Idle No More movement which deals with the rights and identity of First Nations people, starting in Canada with a predominantly female lead. [more]

03/02/2013: Dr Lockwood Smith
Former Speaker of House and soon to be New Zealand's High Commissioner to the Court of St James, Dr Smith speaks about his career in the media, as an academic, with the NZ Dairy Board and in New Zealand's Parliament. [more]

03/02/2013: Down the List for 3 February 2013
Labour List MP Carmen Hack is concerned about David Shearer's affordable homes promise but comes up with an idea that might just keep building costs down. [more]

03/02/2013: Counterpoint
The subject of this week's segment was shaped by The Enlightenment and has been described as the English Voltaire. [more]

09/02/2013: Insight for 10 February 2013 - The Blueprint for Central Christchurch
Philippa Tolley explores the application of the blueprint for central Christchurch and asks if local people are still enthused. [more]

10/02/2013: Dan Nocera - Fuelling the Planet
Dan Nocera is the Patterson Rockwood Professor of Energy in Harvard's Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. He is due in New Zealand next week for the MacDiarmid Institute's biennial international conference. He is best known as the scientist behind the artificial leaf, which uses clever chemistry to do some of the things that plants do in photosynthesis. [more]

10/02/2013: Mediawatch for 10 February 2013
Blunt assessments of Seven Sharp; Maori TV's new news boss; a voicemail gone viral makes national news; how PR people misread the Novopay nightmare; can new ways of backing US journalism work here? [more]

10/02/2013: Jacqueline Rowarth - Chemical Controversy
Jacqueline Rowarth is Professor of Agribusiness at the University of Waikato. She says the controversy over the use of the chemical DCD in the dairy industry has been overblown and could have been better handled. Professor Rowarth says other projects are underway to do similar tasks as DCD to mitigate environmental damage; but one of the biggest problems in New Zealand is that new technology is developed which farmers are not allowed to use because of concerns about chemicals. [more]

10/02/2013: Ideas for 10 February 2013 - The Right to Roam
Ideas talks to Marion Shoard, author of This Land is Your Land and The Right to Roam, about public access to land and waterways in Britain and Scandinavia; Mark Neeson of the Walking Access Commission; and high country farmer Sue Aspinall. [more]

10/02/2013: Down the List for 10 February 2013
If the Maori Party is to move forward and retain it's membership base it has to modernise - it might be that it needs some new, younger faces in the leadership. [more]

10/02/2013: Seyed Majid Tafreshi Khameneh - Iran's Foreign Policy
As Iran celebrates 33 years since the Islamic revolution, that country's ambassador to New Zealand, Seyed Majid Tafreshi Khameneh, talks to Chris about international hostility towards Iran, progress despite years of sanctions, and how Iran deals with the world in its foreign policy. [more]

10/02/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Today, Japan and China both lay claim to the supposedly oil-rich Sekaku Islands, and tensions are ratcheted up between the two Asian heavyweights. Wayne looks at the background to the dispute and its wider regional ramifications. Chris follows up with Bruce Jacobs, Professor of Asian Studies and Languages and Melbourne's Monash University. [more]

10/02/2013: Feedback
What the listeners have to say on today's programme. [more]

12/02/2013: Mediawatch Extra for February 2013
The Mediawatch team runs through listeners' queries and comments and updates recent stories from the programme. There are responses to the coverage of the death of Sir Paul Holmes; reaction to reports of Gareth Morgan's cat campaign; the rocky start for Seven Sharp; anger over Igloo; Aussie papers outsourced here; Dick Smith's latest patriotic provocation; a green light for 'Beast of Blenheim', time to reclaim the Nerd? [more]

16/02/2013: Insight for 17 February 2013 - Maori and Water Rights
Lois Williams explores the authority over water that is at the centre of Maori water claims. [more]

17/02/2013: Benny Wenda
Benny Wenda is a West Papua independence leader, Secretary General of Demmak (The Koteka Tribal Assembly), and founder of the Free West Papua Campaign. [more]

17/02/2013: Mediawatch for 17 February 2013
One MP's controversial comments - outrageous outburst or journalists' joke?; broadcasters band together to create a brand new watchdog; plug pulled on TV awards and are startling stories about wild weather misleading us? [more]

17/02/2013: Jean Clottes
Celebrated French archeologist and cave art specialist. [more]

17/02/2013: Ideas for 17 February 2013: Melissa Clark-Reynolds
Serial entrepreneur Melissa Clark-Reynolds tells Chris Laidlaw about her start-up, MiniMonos.com – a website that aimed to harness the power of social media to raise a generation of eco-conscious, activist citizens of the world – and reflects on her life and influences. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences [more]

17/02/2013: Down the List for 17 February 2013
Today New Zealand First is in serious damage control after Richard Prosser suggests banning 'Wogistanis' from flying on Western airlines. [more]

17/02/2013: Sandra Janoff and Miranda O'Connell
Sandra Janoff, consultant and psychologist, works with Fortune 500 companies, small businesses, communities and not-for-profit organisations. She is in New Zealand for the Fish In Future Search national meeting in Nelson. [more]

17/02/2013: Down the List for 17 February 2013
Winston Peters and New Zealand First are in damage control over some racist comments from list MP Richard Prosser. [more]

17/02/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Can character be taught? The UK Parliamentary Committee on Social Mobility is certain that it can be. Its new report proposes that character-building should be part of every school's curriculum. Wayne's far from convinced, and Chris follows up with a prominent New Zealand educationist, Dr Stuart Middleton. [more]

24/02/2013: Glen Chilton - Alien Invaders
Ornithologist Glen Chilton has been traveling the world to investigate introduced species that are creating biological devastation in their new homes. He talks to Chris about the miserable wallabies of Loch Lomond, and the plight of the sexy but dangerous Ruddy Duck. The Last Place You'd Look for a Wallaby, by Glen Chilton, is published by UQP. [more]

24/02/2013: Mediawatch for 24 February 2013
Slavery at sea - but not in the news; recycled rancour on the 'plastic princess'; upheaval at a big paper publisher; strange comments on our ethnic relations; why are broadcasters bothered about Twitter and Facebook? [more]

24/02/2013: Mediawatch for 24 February 2013
Slavery at sea - but not in the news; recycled rancour on the 'plastic princess';upheaval at a big paper puplisher; strange comments on our ethnic relations; why are broadcasters bothered about Twitter and Facebook. [more]

24/02/2013: John Loughhead - Energy Planning
Professor John Loughhead is executive director of the UK Energy Research Centre. He was in New Zealand recently to attend The Energy Conference 2013, looking at energy innovation for a sustainable society. [more]

24/02/2013: Ideas for 24 February 2013
Fifty years after New Zealand had its last case of wild polio the world is on the cusp of eradicating the disease for good. D'Arcy Lunn of the Global Poverty Project talks about The End of Polio Campaign; Otago University associate professor of public health Michael Baker discusses what other contagious diseases could be eradicated by vaccines; and Robert Beaglehole on the ambitious 25 by 25 campaign that aims to cut the number of deaths by non- communicable diseases by 25 percent internationally. Produced by Jeremy Rose. [more]

24/02/2013: Jared Diamond - Learning from Tradition
In his new book, The World Until Yesterday, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond reveals how tribal societies offer a window into how our ancestors lived for millions of years and provide unique insights into human nature. He says that while the West has global dominance, it does not necessarily have the best ideas about raising children, caring for the elderly, or living well. The World Until Yesterday, by Jared Diamond, is published by Allen Lane. [more]

24/02/2013: Down the List for 24 February 2013
Sky City's not-too-transparent tendering process leading to a deal with the Govermenment where the Casino gets more pokies and Auckland gets a new convention centre. [more]

24/02/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Italians are going to the polls, with a colourful list of candidates that includes disgraced former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. The 76-year-old billionaire and media tycoon is attempting a comeback in his newly-formed People of Freedom Party. Wayne looks at the present political winds in Italy that seem to be sweeping away some uncomfortable historical truths. Chris follows up with Frank Rosengarten, a New York-based retired professor of Italian studies. [more]

03/03/2013: Insight for 3 March 2013 - Cricket in Crisis
Is New Zealand cricket in crisis or is it suffering just another dip on the performance rollercoaster? After a woeful test series against South Africa and what's widely regarded as the mis-management of Ross Taylor's sacking as captain, the Black Caps hope to regain some international respect when they host England in a three-test series in March. Radio New Zealand sports reporter, Stephen Hewson considers if there is a way back for a side which has slumped so far down the test world rankings that the tour's being labelled a waste of time in some quarters. [more]

03/03/2013: Rupert Howes - Environmental Credentials
Over the last three years the Marine Stewardship Council has been working with fishing industry companies in New Zealand to certify three major fisheries - hoki, tuna and whiting - and Rupert Howes was here recently to launch the new regime. [more]

03/03/2013: Mediawatch for 3 March 2013
How the race to be the first with the news can mean being wrong with the news; How the Hobbit came back into the headlines; how a TV News show handled the victim of an online viral video; and why a deadly conflict nearby gets more coverage in Europe's media than it does in ours. [more]

03/03/2013: Mediawatch for 3 March 2013
Being fast - but wrong; The Hobbit hits the headlines again; reform of the Official Information Act; reporting the victim of a viral video; why a deadly conflict nearby is scarcely mentioned in our media. [more]

03/03/2013: Matthew Jockers - Austen and Eve
Matthew Jockers created Godot, a computer programme that has analysed themes, styles and grammar of 3500 novels published between 1780 and 1900 and found that Jane Austen was the 'Eve' of 19th Century writing - her techniques can be identified in the works of thousands of writers who came after her. [more]

03/03/2013: Ideas for 3 March 2013
Arguments for intensifying the density of housing tend to fall into two categories: affordability and putting a halt to urban sprawl. Ideas talks to two architects who advocate higher density housing not just for those reasons but because they believe, if done right, it will result in more livable houses and communities. Discussions with Robert Dalziel, the co-author of A House in the City: Home Truths in Urban Architecture, and Ian Athfield, one of New Zealand's most celebrated architects. [more]

03/03/2013: Chris Prowse - Songs about The Shiner
Chris Prowse has followed up his Tui Award-winning 2009 album Trouble on the Waterfront with a new 'alt history' CD which takes its inspiration from John A. Lee's writings about the notorious colonial swagman Shiner Slattery. The songs and the music tell stories from those times around a century ago, about the swagmen, the gold seekers, the tricksters and the remittance men. [more]

03/03/2013: Down the List for 3 March 2013
Two impressionable young ACT Party workers try to stay upbeat about the future of the Party and to think of ways to increase its support base from 0.1% to 0.3%. The sky's the limit! [more]

03/03/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
When it comes to work, the political right has generally championed hard work, while the left calls for more jobs. The old dream of fewer work days, with increased mechanisation and technology, is almost forgotten. Wayne looks at little-reported but very encouraging steps towards three-day weekends. Chris follows up with the man largely responsible for implementing such a scheme in the State of Utah - Associate Professor Rex Facer, and discusses its potential for New Zealand with Lincoln University's Economics Professor Paul Dalziel. [more]

03/03/2013: Feedback
What the listeners have to say on today's programme. [more]

09/03/2013: Insight for 10 March 2013 - Manufacturing Crisis?
Otago reporter, Ian Telfer, considers the state of NZ manufacturing. [more]

10/03/2013: Ian Gawler - Surviving Cancer
Dr Ian Gawler is a cancer survivor and a pioneer in 'mind-body' medicine. He is passionate about the need to integrate self-help techniques such as good nutrition, meditation and positive thinking with conventional medical treatments, to reduce the side effects of cancer treatments, make conventional treatments more effective and improve the quality of life of people affected by cancer. [more]

10/03/2013: Mediawatch for 10 March 2013
Is Maori TV trying to monopolise major events?; TV3's new current afffairs show - and Anna Guy's starring role; a fresh push for more local programmes for children. [more]

10/03/2013: Andrew Thorburn and Rae Julian - Principles of Empowerment
The BNZ and its CEO Andrew Thorburn are among five global recipients of the UN Women's Empowerment Principles Award, for promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women. Andrew joins Chris and Rae Julian, president of UN Women Aotearoa NZ, about the seven principles, why they are needed in 2013 and how they may change life at work for women - and men. [more]

10/03/2013: Ideas for 10 March 2013
In the second part of our look at the case for higher density housing, Ideas talks to Jane Quigley one of the people behind the Viva Housing project that has just been shortlisted in Christchurch's Breathe - Urban Village Competition; Jukka Noponen a Finnish planner behind an energy-efficient housing project; Brady Nixon who is developing Auckland’s Vinegar Lane project; and the Auckland Council’s urban design specialist Ludo Campbell-Reid. [more]

10/03/2013: John Berry - Across Cultures
Professor John Berry is an eminent cross-cultural psychologist from Queens University in Canada. His main research interests are in the areas of acculturation (changes arising from intercultural contact) and cross-cultural relations. He focuses on applying his research findings to immigration, educational and health policy areas. [more]

10/03/2013: Down the List for 10 March 2013
Bastard Insurance is doing all it can to avoid paying out on claims. After all, insurance is a business not some kind of safety net or welfare scheme! It's about the investors and shareholders. [more]

10/03/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
While India is now seen as belonging to the middle economic bracket countries, new Oxford University research reveals what critics within India have known all along – that the last 20 years of unfettered market forces haven’t reduced the vast number of those living in dire poverty. Wayne looks at today’s neo-liberal consumerist India, and Chris follows up with Dharmendra Kumar, the Director of the Indian Campaign Group, Foreign Direct Investment Watch. [more]

16/03/2013: Insight for 17 March 2013 - Immigrant Labour - Growing Exploitation?
Philippa Tolley investigates the scale of migrant labour exploitation in New Zealand amid calls for tougher penalties for employers. [more]

17/03/2013: Deborah Hart - Role of mediation in Family Court reforms
The Government's planned overhaul of the Family Courts would encourage more families to be involved in dispute resolution before a case reaches the courts. Deborah Hart from the Arbitrators and Mediators' Association talks to Chris Laidlaw about the benefits and challenges of such a change. [more]

17/03/2013: Mediawatch for 17 March 2013
Startling reports of deaths in the news  - and the actual risks we face; a new business turns food freebies into free publicity; yet more marmite media madness; investigative reporting in the US - and some pointers for NZ; a mysterious new TV sports channel. [more]

17/03/2013: Paul Buchanan - The legacy of Hugo Chavez
Analyst and Latin American politics scholar Paul Buchanan talks to Chris Laidlaw about the situation in Venezuela following the death of Hugo Chavez, and what the former leader's legacy is likely to be. [more]

17/03/2013: Ideas for 17 March 2013
The idea that the environment has an impact on our physical health is indisputable - but what impact is environmental degradation having on our mental health? Can psychology offer insights into how to improve our environment? Ideas talks to Thomas Doherty, editor of the Ecopsychology journal; University of Auckland associate professor of psychology Niki Harre; and Victoria University senior lecturer in psychology Taciano Milfont. [more]

17/03/2013: Down the List for 17 March 2013
Solid Energy is in trouble. Its finances are anything but solid. Who's to blame? The board of Solid Energy? The National Government? Neither party wants to take the fall. [more]

17/03/2013: Sir Don McKinnon: In the Ring
Chris speaks to Sir Don McKinnon about his new book, "In the Ring" - an account of his time as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth from 2000-2008. The memoir candidly describes what was really going on behind the scenes during some turbulent times in modern Commonwealth history. [more]

17/03/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Audio from a court-martial pre-trial hearing of Private Bradley Manning was leaked last Tuesday, and posted on the internet. Manning was heard explaining why he sent hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. Wayne looks at the Manning case, and whistle-blowing in general. Chris follows up with Andy Thayer, part of the Bradley Manning Support Network. [more]

23/03/2013: Insight for 24 March 2013 - Salmon Farming
Alison Hossain investigates expansion to salmon farming in the Marlborough Sounds [more]

24/03/2013: Marjolein Lips-Wiersma - Meaningful Work
Associate Professor Marjolein Lips-Wiersma from the Department of Management, University of Canterbury, talks to Chris about her simple map that defines the elements that together make for work worth doing and a life worth living. [more]

24/03/2013: Mediawatch for 24 March 2013
Mediawatch talks to a boss from the BBC about a major shake-up of its international news. Could cashing in on its global appeal put its reputation at risk? Mediawatch also looks at how pre-emptive public relations are taking effect in our media, a PR blunder pushing a 'sick' new idea, and how the media went over the top overseas over the prospect of beefed-up media watchdogs. [more]

24/03/2013: Carlos Dora - Green Economy for Cities
Dr Carlos Dora is the World Health Organisation's head of public health and environment. He is spearheading efforts to highlight the benefits of addressing climate change through improving housing, transport and health. He was in New Zealand recently as a guest of the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities and Department of Public Health, University of Otago. [more]

24/03/2013: Ideas for 24 March 2013
Richard Louv, the originator of the term "nature deficit disorder", talks about his latest book The Nature Principle; Austrian physicist Ille Gebeshuber tells us about bio-mimicry and the inspiration she takes from rainforests; and we hear about Te Kura Toito o Te Whaiti Nui a Toi, a small rural primary school, that is using the Whirinaki forest as an extension of its classrooms. [more]

24/03/2013: Down the List for 24 March 2013
Today, Peter Dunne's suggestions about taxing car parks and other 'perks' is not really gaining any traction, especially with his coalition boss, the Prime Minister. [more]

24/03/2013: David Barber - Signing Off
Veteran journalist David Barber has retired after 60 years. He worked for New Zealand Press Association and became the agency's most experienced foreign correspondent, reporting back to newspapers here from more than 50 countries. Working as a freelance from 1984 until he retired in December last year, David has covered 12 New Zealand Prime Ministers in his time. He talks to Chris about his long and eventful career. [more]

24/03/2013: Down the List for 24 March 2013
United Future's Peter Dunne is not getting any support with his revenue raising ideas about taxing perks - certainly not from his coalition boss, John Key. [more]

24/03/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
The latest census is expected to show a further drop in attendance at mainstream church services. While the evangelical denominations generally fare much better, most of the traditional churches are facing a crisis of declining numbers, rising costs and the unaffordable demands of new earthquake safety provisions for public buildings. While in some towns and suburbs two denominations have shared the same space - or service - Wayne suggests a more ambitious approach. Chris follows up with Peter Lineham, an associate professor of history at Massey University in Auckland. [more]

30/03/2013: Insight for 31 March 2013 - Antartica
Olivia Wix travels to Antarctica to explore NZ's status on the ice. [more]

31/03/2013: Elaine Wainwright - Hope in the New Pope
Professor Elaine Wainwright is head of the School of Theology at the University of Auckland, and she talks to Richard about the challenges facing Pope Francis within the Catholic church and the hope that, in leading by example, he will be a champion of social justice and caring for the environment. [more]

31/03/2013: Mediawatch for 31 March 2013
Why are the media here welcoming a one-stop shop to hold them all accountable, while overseas attempts to impose beefed-up watchdogs have caused a huge fuss? Mediawatch also look at how the media marked 10 years since the start of war in Iraq, why BBC TV news is vanishing for free-to-air viewers, and some recent stories which mixed fact and fiction. Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose. [more]

30/03/2013: Brian Turner - Spirit of the Land
New Zealand writer and poet Brian Turner talks about what makes his spirit soar, and reads some of his poems for us. [more]

31/03/2013: Ideas for 31 March 2013 - Invented Languages
Esperanto is undoubtedly the best known and most successful invented language but it's far from the only one. Richard Langston talks to Arika Okrent who lists 500 of them in her book 'In the Land of Invented Langauges'; and Jeremy Rose speaks to John Quijada the American inventor of Ithkuil, a language that has developed a devoted following in Russia, and David Ryan, a member of the New Zealand Esperanto Association. [more]

31/03/2013: Down The List for 31 March 2013
The public service continues to suffer cutbacks and this time it's the Department of Conservation. How can staff cutbacks be managed without compromising the care of our environment? [more]

31/03/2013: Alain de Botton - Religion for Non-Believers
UK-based writer and philosopher Alain de Botton, is author of Religion for Atheists. He says that atheists can use the experience and insights of religion to build better communities and become better people. [more]

31/03/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Today, artery-clogging trans-fats are known killers and make a massive contribution to heart disease, yet in New Zealand we often have no way of knowing which products contain them. Wayne looks at the inadequacies of labelling in this country, and how some others are doing much better by virtually banning industrialised trans-fats altogether. Richard follows up with Simon Capewell, a Professor of Public Health at Liverpool University. [more]

06/04/2013: Insight for 7 April 2013 - Trading with Latin America
Chris Bramwell travels to Latin America to explore the potential for trade [more]

07/04/2013: Insight for 7 April 2013 - Trading with Latin America
Chris Bramwell travels to Latin America to explore the potential for trade [more]

07/04/2013: Suzanne Snively - Public Service and Integrity
The New Zealand public sector has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the least corrupt in the world. Suzanne Snively, from anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International NZ, talks to Chris about the 100th anniversary of this country's Public Service Act and its importance to our democracy and how it affects the lives of all New Zealanders. [more]

07/04/2013: Mediawatch for 7 April 2013
Brainfades and knuckleheads - the PM and media trade barbs; coverage of Iraq 10 years on - and Afghanistan; a global news service reporting news under the western world's radar; the Broadcasting Minister's rough ride on the radio; a startling slot on a new youth TV show. [more]

07/04/2013: Mediawatch for 7 April 2013
Mediawatch looks at coverage of New Zealand's troops pulling out of Afghanistan after 10 years â€" and the passing of 10 years since the invasion of Iraq. Also on Mediawatch: How the national security agency ended up in the media spotlight this past week; how the minister of broadcasting got a rough ride on the radio; a startling slot on a new TV show for young people; and we hear from the founder of an unusual global news service. Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose. [more]

07/04/2013: Tony Wheeler - Still Traveling
Tony Wheeler is the co-founder, with wife Maureen Wheeler, of the Lonely Planet guidebook company. The couple has also established PlanetWheeler which is based in Melbourne and funds more than 50 projects in developing countries. [more]

07/04/2013: Ideas for 7 April 2013
New Zealand has one of the highest imprisonment rates in the developed world and more than half of those released from our prisons find themselves back behind bars within five years. Ideas takes a look at imprisonment and rehabilitation, and asks what works and what doesn't. Chris Laidlaw talks to Anne Opie the author of "From Outlaw to Citizen: Making the transition from Prison in New Zealand"; and Eugene Ryder, a community advocate and Black Power member, reflects on what convinced him to change his lifestyle to ensure he never sees the inside of a prison again. Produced by Jeremy Rose. [more]

07/04/2013: Ideas for 7 April 2013
New Zealand has one of the highest imprisonment rates in the developed world and more than half of those released from our prisons find themselves back behind bars within five years. Ideas takes a look at imprisonment and rehabilitation, and asks what works and what doesn't. Chris Laidlaw talks to Anne Opie the author of 'From Outlaw to Citizen: Making the transition from Prison in New Zealand'; and Eugene Ryder, a community advocate and Black Power member, reflects on what convinced him to change his lifestyle to ensure he never sees the inside of a prison again. Produced by Jeremy Rose. [more]

07/04/2013: Down the List for 7 April 2013
Where does the real power in New Zealand lie? That's right, with a bunch of bureaucrats, underlings, officials, and lowly-ranked list MPs that you and I have never heard of. Whether it's in sport, politics, commerce, education or the arts, the only way to find out what's really going on in this country is by going ... Down the List. Written by Dave Armstrong and produced by Radio New Zealand's Drama department. Today, it's a game of bluff and double bluff in Bluff. With the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter facing an uncertain future, delicate negotiations are taking place between the government and Rio Tinto. [more]

07/04/2013: Stephen Tindall - Philanthropy for Social Change
Sir Stephen Tindall, along with wife Lady Margaret, founded one of the country's biggest family foundations. The Tindall Foundation has given away $107 million in the last 17 years. He talks to Chris about philanthropy as a catalyst for social change, and urges caution. Sir Stephen is giving the opening address at the Philanthropy New Zealand conference in Wellington next week. [more]

07/04/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Pope Francis’ Easter denunciation of uncaring capitalism – a theme also taken up by his predecessor – reflects historic cultural differences between Catholic and Protestant attitudes towards work and money. Wayne looks at this fascinating but little-discussed aspect of religion, and Chris follows up with Auckland University’s Professor of Social Anthropology, Cris Shore. [more]

13/04/2013: Down The List for 7 April 2013
With Southland's Tiwai Point aluminium smelter facing an uncertain future, delcate negotiations are taking place between the National Government, Meridian Energy and Rio Tinto. [more]

14/04/2013: Insight for 14 April 2013 - Charter Schools
John Gerritsen investigates charter schools. [more]

14/04/2013: Insight for 14 April 2013 - Charter Schools
The government's planned partnership schools, publicly-funded private schools inspired by the charter schools that run in many US states, have attracted supporters and critics. [more]

14/04/2013: Insight for 14 April 2013 - Charter Schools
The government's planned partnership schools, publicly-funded private schools inspired by the charter schools that run in many US states, have attracted supporters and critics. [more]

14/04/2013: Tim Bale - Thatcher's Life and Legacy
Professor Tim Bale holds the Chair in Politics at Queen Mary University of London and was formerly a lecturer at Victoria University. His books include 'The Conservative Party From Thatcher' to 'Cameron and The Conservatives Since 1945'. He talks to Chris about the premiership of Margaret Thatcher, what she left behind, and responses to her passing. [more]

14/04/2013: Mediawatch for 14 April 2013
A confusing front-page story about 'offender-friendly justice'; confusing front-page ads; a global scoop on international tax havens - and Nicky Hager on the pros and cons of leaks; an underwhelming undercover investigation into modelling. [more]

14/04/2013: Albert Ruesga - Post-Disaster Funding in New Orleans
Dr Albert Ruesga is president & CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. He talks to Chris about the culture of giving in the US, and the outpouring of citizen activism and citizen advocacy after Hurricane Katrina. He was in New Zealand this week to speak at the Philanthropy New Zealand conference. [more]

14/04/2013: Ideas for 14 April 2013
The honeybee is under threat around the world. Beekeepers in the United States are losing close to a third of their hives to Colony Collapse Disorder and things aren't looking much better in Europe. CCD hasn't arrived in New Zealand yet but the varroa mite has shown just how vulnerable our main pollinator is to deadly foreign threats. Ideas talks to: Beekeeper Frank Lindsay; National Bee Association CEO Daniel Paul, scientists Dr Mark Goodwin and Dr Alastair Robertson, and North Canterbury farmer Ross Little - one of those behind Federated Farmers' Trees for Bees campaign. Produced by Jeremy Rose. [more]

14/04/2013: Down the List for 14 April 2013
The GCSB affair is running out of control with accusations of illegal spying explained away as misinterpretation of the law. The solution? Change the law. [more]

14/04/2013: Down the list for 14 April 2013
Where does the real power in New Zealand lie? That's right, with a bunch of bureaucrats, underlings, officials, and lowly-ranked list MPs that you and I have never heard of. Whether it's in sport, politics, commerce, education or the arts, the only way to find out what’s really going on in this country is by going ... Down the List. Written by Dave Armstrong and produced by Radio New Zealand's Drama department. Today, the GCSB affair is running out of control with accusations of illegal spying explained away as misinterpretation of the law. The solution? Change the law. [more]

14/04/2013: Richard Hil - Academic Anger
Richard Hil has written about pressure on universities to make money and the effect that has on academics and teaching. He talks to Chris about the long-running industrial strife at Sydney University, the casualisation of the workforce at universities throughout Australia, which he calls an outrageous exploitation of labour, and the need for academic staff to stand up for their colleagues. Whackademia, An Insider's Account of the Troubled University, by Richard Hil, is published by NewSouth Publishing. [more]

14/04/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Wayne Brittenden has been Radio New Zealand's correspondent in several capital cities over the years. Each week he gives fresh insights into a wide variety of topics of national and international concern, followed by Chris Laidlaw's discussion of the issue with guests. Earlier this month the UN General Assembly again called for the global abolition of capital punishment. Last Wednesday, Amnesty International released its annual report on the death penalty, which offers little optimism for abolitionists. Wayne explores some interesting new aspects to the death penalty, and Chris follows up with Dr Rick Halperin, Professor of Human Rights at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. [more]

14/04/2013: Feedback
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20/04/2013: Insight for 21 April 2013 - Leaving Afghanistan
Belinda McCammon looks at NZ's Afghan legacy [more]

21/04/2013: Jane Tolerton - Veterans Stories
Journalist Jane Tolerton helped set up the World War I Oral History Archive in 1987 and interviewed 85 veterans. In her new book An Awfully Big Adventure she presents their stories. [more]

21/04/2013: Jane Tolerton - Veterans’ Stories
Journalist Jane Tolerton helped set up the World War I Oral History Archive in 1987 and interviewed 85 veterans. In her new book An Awfully Big Adventure she presents their stories. [more]

21/04/2013: Mediawatch for 21 April 2013
A talkback host and prospective politician who tried to turn the tables on a reporter; a new online initiative aiming to hook creative kids; Australians on the downside of non-stop coverage of politics. [more]

20/04/2013: Karl Zohrab - The Forgotten General
The Forgotten General is a docu-drama about Major General Sir Andrew Russell. Based on Jock Vennell's book of the same name, the film profiles the largely overlooked New Zealand Division commander on the Western Front, who was a significant figure in our country's participation in the First World War. Chris talks to film-maker Karl Zohrab. [more]

21/04/2013: Ideas for 21 April 2013: Kurdistan in Focus
The Kurds are the world's largest ethnic group without a state, with an estimated population of 30 million spread across Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Iran. And in all four countries the Kurds have spent the best part of a century struggling for greater autonomy and even the right to speak their own language. Ideas explores the Kurdish question with: William Harris, a professor of politics at Otago University and the author of three books on the Middle East; Welat Zeydanlioglu, author of The Kurdish Question in Turkey: New Perspectives on Violence, Representation and Reconciliation and Sarkawt Abdullazada, the president of the New Zealand Kurdish Association. [more]

21/04/2013: Down the List for 21 April 2013
The GCSB affair continues. What might be needed is a bit of clarity about what the organisation is actually allowed to do. Maybe the PM's office can fix that? [more]

21/04/2013: Tamati Kruger - Tuhoe and Nationhood
Tuhoe chief Treaty negotiator Tamati Kruger discusses the Tuhoe Treaty settlement. The $170 million settlement for grievances – one of the biggest in New Zealand's history – has been initialled by negotiators and gone back to Tuhoe for ratification. He talks to Chris about plans for how the money will be used to benefit his iwi in Te Urewera – a nation within a nation. [more]

21/04/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
North Korea's Day of the Sun, marked the anniversary of the state's founder Kim Il Sung. As tensions are racheted up on the Korean Peninsula, Wayne discusses the security concerns and some little-known aspects of North Korea. Chris follows up with two American academics, Christine Hong of the University of California at Santa Cruz, and Avram Agov of Harvard's Korean Institute. [more]

24/04/2013: Mediawatch Extra for April 2013
The Mediawatch team runs through listeners' queries and comments and updates recent stories from the programme. This month: politicians and public servants failing to front up; BBC news drops off TV One; TV3's 'The Vote'; weather service rivalry; the proposed one-stop regulation shop; Nicky Hager on the response to media lifting the lid on secrecy; trying to be nice; getting adjectives right; the final word on marmite. [more]

27/04/2013: Insight for 28 April 2013 - China trade
Liz Banas follows NZ's trade and diplomatic mission to China. [more]

28/04/2013: Gideon Haigh - On Warne
Gideon Haigh is a prolific writer of books on political and economic issues. However, his latest literary contribution centres around the Australian cricketer and personality that is Shayne Warne. [more]

28/04/2013: Mediawatch for 28 April 2013
Digital TV Switchover in the South Island - and the prospects for local broadcasters; lots of heat about racism - but little light, and; a sense of humour failure over satire. [more]

28/04/2013: Gordon Weiss - Sri Lanka's civil war
Gordon Weiss is a writer, speaker, consultant and analyst of international affairs. He was a UN representative in Sri Lanka in 2009 during the brutal civil war in which the government effectively exterminated the last of the Tamil Tigers. [more]

28/04/2013: Ideas for 28 April 2013: Jim Bolger
Prior to becoming New Zealand's 35th Prime Minister, James Brendan Bolger was first elected to Parliament as the MP for King Country in 1972. The Honourable Jim Bolger speaks to Chris Laidlaw about his Irish Catholic parents; reflects on the legacy of Margaret Thatcher; talks about the profound impact of meeting Nelson Mandela; and explains how Stephen Kinzer’s book 'All the Shah's Men' convinced him that U.S. intervention in Iran in the 1950s has been disastrous for the region and the world; as well as discussing his time as PM, as Ambassador to the US, and as Chair to both NZ Post and Kiwibank. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences [more]

28/04/2013: Down the List for 28 April 2013
The Greens and Labour put up a united front with a scheme for delivering cheap power to consumers. But how united are they? [more]

28/04/2013: Jane Ridley - Bertie
Jane Ridley has written a book about Bertie, son of Queen Victoria, the Saxe-Coburg and Gotha monarch, and grandfather to the heir apparent Edward VIII and his younger, regally more succesful, brother George VI. [more]

28/04/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint - blurring left and right
After the fallout from the recent visit Danish politician Marie Krarup, Wayne looks at the blurring of lines between the traditional left and right sides of the political spectrum. Jesper Hansen, a Dane who's a teaching fellow at University College, Oxford, and Mike Treen, National Director of Unite Union here in Aotearoa New Zealand, discuss. [more]

04/05/2013: Insight 5 May 2013 - Farming in a Changing Climate
Andrew McRae looks at farming in a changing climate. [more]

05/05/2013: Sandra Grey - Dissent and Democracy
Dr Sandra Grey and her colleague Dr Charles Sedgwick asked NGOs if democracy, as measured by the ability of civil society organisations to have a voice in political debate, is flourishing or languishing in New Zealand. The response indicates that democracy is being 'strangled' by the way in which this and the previous government administer funding via contracts, with over half of the NGOs surveyed saying that organisations which dissent against the government line are likely to lose their government funding. [more]

05/05/2013: Mediawatch for 5 May 2013
A recent survey of media freedom around the world ranked New Zealand as one of the top 10 nations. So Mediawatch asks: Do we need to fret about press freedom here at all? We also look at local newspapers coming back into local ownership in the South Island; why the media were staking out dairies this week; and are text votes on TV shows good value for money? [more]

05/05/2013: Ans Westra - Damning Pictures
In a new book, photographer Ans Westra delivers a strong message to New Zealanders to consider the environment we are leaving for our children. The book includes photographs that show a damning picture of what the landscape has become. There's also text from a number of poets and politicians including Hone Tuwhare, Russell Norman, Brian Turner, David Eggleton and former Prime Minister David Lange, who wrote a short piece for Westra as part of an unrealised book project in 1987. [more]

05/05/2013: Ideas for 5 May 2013
2012 was the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Public Service Act - an Act that defined the public service for the best part of a century. This year it's the turn of the Public Service Association to celebrate its centenary. Jeremy Rose talks to historian Mark Derby about his most recent book on one of the union's most effective leaders - White Collar Radical: Dan Long and the Rise of the White Collar Unions; and Chris Laidlaw speaks to former government statistician Len Cook and Bill Ryan, an associate professor at Victoria University's School of Government and the co-author of Future State: Directions for Public Management in New Zealand, about the state of the public service and how it might evolve in the future. [more]

05/05/2013: Down the List for 5 May 2013
The Nationals are being accused of cronyism with their appointment of certain people from other fields to high level public service positions - squash champion Susan Devoy is now the Race Relations Commissioner. [more]

05/05/2013: Gerald Hensley - ANZUS Under Fire
Gerald Hensley has written a book telling the insider story of the collapse of the ANZUS military alliance. Gerald, who was involved in events at the time, has since interviewed key protagonists, who have spoken to him frankly about what was going on behind the scenes - what Bob Hawke and George Schultz really thought of David Lange; the internal machinations within the Labour Party; and the cultural loyalties, strategic objectives, and personal relationships that led to the collapse. [more]

05/05/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
The film industry celebrates a number of centenaries this year. The name 'Hollywood' was formally adopted a hundred years ago. The Danish film 'Atlantis' was one of the first-ever feature movies, filmed off the coast of New Zealand. And Edison's ground-breaking projector was also born in 1913. Wayne looks at the extraordinary world of projectionists, and Chris follows up with two projection box veterans. [more]

11/05/2013: Insight for 12 May 2013 - The Rise of Diabetes
Health Correspondent Karen Brown looks into the rising rates of diabetes [more]

12/05/2013: Pankaj Mishra
Pankaj Mishra is the author of a very unusual book about the way that Asian societies have dealt, psychologically and politically, with European colonialism. [more]

12/05/2013: Mediawatch for 12 May 2013
The media feeding frenzy on Aaron Gilmore trumps important issues; a veteran's view of print media prospects; media freedom in the age of the internet and social media; a startling story from the sporting sidelines. [more]

12/05/2013: Tatiana Lacerda Prazeres
Tatiana Lacerdes Prazeres, Brazil's Secretary for Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade has been appointed the new Director General of the World Trade Organisation. [more]

12/05/2013: Ideas for 12 May 2013
Today Ideas looks at the case for a state-funded school lunch and breakfast programme. [more]

12/05/2013: Down the List for 12 May 2013
An inebriated low-ranked National List MP makes a fool of himself and trouble for John Key by throwing his inconsiderable weight around in a restaurant and threatening the waiter. [more]

12/05/2013: Teresa Doherty
Teresa Doherty is a judge from Northern Ireland, who was appointed a judge on the international war crimes tribunal for Sierra Leone, after that horrific civil war had ended in 2003. [more]

12/05/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
On Counterpoint this week more on the ideological boundaries between mainstream political parties. [more]

18/05/2013: Insight for 19 May 2013 - Wanted: Women in Blue
Why is the number of women in the NZ police still so low? Craig McCulloch investigates. [more]

19/05/2013: Graeme Lay - Mrs Cook and her Husband, James
The personal life of Captain James Cook is not well known. This is partly due to his equally enigmatic wife Elizabeth, who destroyed all his letters towards the end of her long life. Finding this out prompted Auckland novelist Graeme Lay to fill in the gaps himself, and recreate in a novel the story of a relationship that spanned almost 20 years and thousands of sea miles. The Secret Life of James Cook, by Graeme Lay, is published by HarperCollins. [more]

19/05/2013: Mediawatch for 19 May 2013
Should publishers get public cash because our our broadcasters do?; a major magazine pushes back at The Press Council; Members of Parliament make news acting up under the influence - what about members of the media? [more]

19/05/2013: Admiral Thisara Samarasinghe - Sri Lanka After the War
As a dispute continues over Sri Lanka hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in November, Sri Lanka's High Commissioner to Australia and New Zealand talks to Chris about allegations of human rights abuses and his Government's bid to reconcile the population after the civil war four years ago, in which thousands of citizens were killed. [more]

19/05/2013: Ideas for 19 May 2013
The Quakers not only played a leading role in the anti-slavery movement - they founded many of Britain's best known companies. The Seventh Day Adventist church founded, and still owns, New Zealand's most successful cereal manufacturer - Sanitarium, and many of New Zealand's early business elite were devoutly religious. Jeremy Rose talks to Sanitarium general manager Pierre van Heerden and James Walvin, author of 'The Quakers: Money and Morals'; then Chris Laidlaw talks to historian and author Ian Hunter about the influence of religion on the history of business and the economy in New Zealand. [more]

19/05/2013: Down the List for 19 May 2013
Sky City Casino gets a couple of hundred new pokie machines and some black-jack tables in exchange for a new international convention centre. Sounds cheap, but what will be the real cost of this 35-year deal? [more]

19/05/2013: John Thwaites - Sustainable Australia
Last week saw the release of the 'Sustainable Australia Report 2013: Conversations with the Future'. It is the first report of its kind in Australia. The Chair of the National Sustainability Council of Australia, Professor John Thwaites, talks to Chris about the challenges facing his country - including the growing gap between rich and poor, an ageing population, climate change, and pressure on energy, resources and food. [more]

19/05/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Today, 130 years ago the word 'eugenics' was coined by Charles Darwin's half cousin, explorer and anthropologist Francis Galton. Eugenics was seen as a valid science by many, even after the Nazis took it to new depths. Wayne looks at the history, and suggests that it's making a sanitised comeback. Chris follows up with psychology professor Tony Taylor. [more]

25/05/2013: Insight for 26 May 2013
After creating a super city is the tensions with the Government now hindering future plans. Todd Niall investigates. [more]

26/05/2013: Guy Salmon - Managing the Mackenzie Country
Guy Salmon has led a three-year consensus-building exercise for the management of the Mackenzie Country. The Mackenzie Agreement was unveiled earlier this month and saw key environmental groups and farmers sign up to a plan to allow both ecological restoration and intensive dairying to occur in the Mackenzie Country. [more]

26/05/2013: Mediawatch for 26 May 2013
Mediawatch looks at a documentary asking big questions about our role in Afghanistan and whether our media have covered the issue properly. Mediawatch also talks to an Afghan journalist covering the conflict in his own country; and how the patience of people in Christchurch is wearing thin and the same is true for the city's reporters. Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose. [more]

26/05/2013: David King - Life with Limited Resources
Climate change commentator and the United Kingdom's former Government chief scientific adviser, Sir David King, is in New Zealand next week for a series of public lectures entitled 'Improving human well-being on a resource-limited planet - can we do it?' The lectures will address the challenges of climate change, ocean degradation, and maintaining affordable and sustainable food, mineral, freshwater and energy supplies. [more]

26/05/2013: Ideas for 26 May 2013
New Zealand has thrown its hat in the ring for a place on the 2015-16 United Nations Security Council. The bid has seen Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully traveling the world trying to rustle up votes. So what's in it for New Zealand? And how would a New Zealand term on the council differ from that of its competitors for the seat, Spain and Turkey? Ideas speaks to RMIT lecturer in international relations Binoy and former New Zealand ambassador to the United Nations Terence O'Brien. Produced by Jeremy Rose. [more]

26/05/2013: Down the List for 26 May 2013
The National Government seems to rate the paying of family carers of the disabled as a low priority -- a 'nice to have'. And it doesn't appreciate being legally challenged on its decisions. [more]

26/05/2013: Peter Jan Honigsberg - Witness to Guantanamo Bay
Peter Jan Honigsberg is a law professor at the University of San Francisco and the founder and director of the Witness to Guantanamo project. He talks to Chris about Barack Obama's failure to deliver on his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, how the US public turn a blind eye while the rest of the world watches, and the fate of a large group of hunger strikers at the prison. [more]

26/05/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
This weekend the Millions Against Monsanto demonstrations are taking place in more than 40 countries. Wayne looks at the GM industry and revealing new research on comparative crop yields. Chris follows up with Canterbury University's Professor Jack Heinemann, and Zack Kaldveer, of the US Organic Consumers Association. [more]

01/06/2013: Insight for 2 June 2013- Award Winning Obesity Surgery
Weight loss surgery is investigated in this Award Winning Insight for 2013 by Philippa Tolley. [more]

02/06/2013: Harriet Tuckey : Unsung Hero of Everest
Harriet Tuckey didn't get on with her father, Griffith Pugh, and didn't know that the first ascent of Everest would not have been possible without his contributions. Pugh designed the oxygen and fluid-intake regimes, the acclimatisation programme, the diet, the high-altitude boots, the tents, the down clothing, the mountain stoves and the airbeds. Realising the extent of his involvement, Tuckey has written the account of the forgotten team member who has been left out of the stories told about the 1953 expedition. Harriet Tuckey's book, Everest - the First Ascent is published by Random House. [more]

02/06/2013: Mediawatch for 2 June 2013
The media and politicians: are the media now calling the shots? And if so, why are so many media people in Parliament, or trying to get in?; a paper publishing handy hints for hackers; little people in the ring; and a birdcall bungle. [more]

02/06/2013: Kate Mosse : Touching History
Kate Mosse is author of bestsellers, Labyrinth, Sepulchre and Citadel, (published by Hachette) as well as Co-Founder and Chair of the Board for The Women's Prize for Fiction 2013 (previously the Orange Prize). She talks to Chris about inspiration, history, intrepid women, and the power of the zeitgeist. [more]

02/06/2013: Ideas for 2 June 2013: Myanmar / Burma in Focus
Jeremy Rose talks to Phil Robertson a co-author of the Human Rights Watch report All You Can Do Is Pray which implicated Burmese authorities in crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing, and Maung Zarni a long-time democracy activist and a research fellow of the London School of Economics. Chris Laidlaw speaks to Victoria University lecturer in international relations David Capie about Myanmar. [more]

02/06/2013: Down the List for 2 June 2013
Two executives, one from Fonterra and one from Sanitarium, meet at a low decile school as the milk and Weetbix arrive for 'the kiddies'. [more]

02/06/2013: Christopher Hill : Dancing with North Korea
Ambassador Christopher Hill is the Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at The University of Denver and former US career diplomat. He talks to Chris about the niceties of negotiating with North Korea, NZ's anti-nuclear stance, and getting along with China. [more]

02/06/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Recently a French consumer magazine tested 47 popular brands of bottled water and found that 10 of them contained residues from drugs or pesticides. This raises questions about supposedly healthier bottled water and also why many seem to constantly need it. Wayne looks at the issue, and Chris follows up with American science and nature writer Elizabeth Royte. [more]

08/06/2013: Insight for 9 June 2013 - Treaty Settlements, Half Way There
Treaty Settlements are about half way through and Te Manu Korihi Chief Reporter Gareth Thomas considers if there are winners and losers. [more]

08/06/2013: Ideas for 9 June 2013
Ideas explores the arguments for and against euthanasia with: Dr Rodney Syme, the author of A Good Death: An Argument for Voluntary Euthanasia; Dr Sinead Donnelly a palliative care specialist who says euthanasia "puts the soul of medicine on trial"; and Carole Sweney, the president of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of New Zealand. Produced by Jeremy Rose. [more]

09/06/2013: Sylvia Nasar - Modern Economics
Sylvia Nasar is the author of A Beautiful Mind which inspired the academy award-winning movie and was translated into 30 languages. [more]

09/06/2013: Mediawatch for 9 June 2013
Will the recent row over racism sparked by two newspaper cartoons have a lasting impact on the artists and their editors?; slip-ups in a major international story; TV cooking contests are intruding on TV news; how one of many claiming to be Jesus had has plenty of TV exposure lately. [more]

09/06/2013: Timothy Prestero - Lessons in Design
Timothy Prestero is the founder and CEO of Design that Matters, a non-profit company that designs products for the poor in developing countries. He was in New Zealand recently as a guest of Callaghan Innovation to speak at Technology Innovation Week. [more]

09/06/2013: Down the List for 9 June 2013
The gloves are off in the long run up to the next election. The name calling has started. Maybe it's time The Greens lost their 'nice' image, join the fray and engage in a bit of biffo? [more]

09/06/2013: Paora Tapsell - Mapping Marae
A new website which takes visitors to the location of almost 750 marae throughout the country has just been launched. It was the brainchild of Otago University Professor Paora Tapsell and broadcaster Rereata Makiha. www.maorimaps.com [more]

09/06/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
This week Wayne looks at some of the issues that have sparked off the unrest in Turkey, and Chris follows up with Amnesty International's researcher on Turkey, Andrew Gardner. [more]

15/06/2013: Insight for 16 June 2013 - Can NZ Afford Another Big Quake?
With EQC funds depleted after the quakes in Canterbury, Eric Frykberg asks if NZ can afford another big quake. [more]

16/06/2013: Mediawatch for 16 June 2013
The spying scoop that scuppered a minister and put the reporter who secured the story in the spotlight; RNZ's next boss on why he wanted the job and what he hopes to achieve and the politician pilloried for comparing Key and Muldoon. [more]

16/06/2013: Negar Partow: Election in Iran
Dr Negar Partow is an expert on Middle East politics, religion, human rights and international security. She talks to Chris about the Iranian presidential election which takes place on June 14 - the factions, the issues, and the likely impact on Iran's foreign policy. Dr Negar Partow is senior lecturer in Security Studies, Centre for Defence and Security Studies, at Massey University. [more]

16/06/2013: Ideas for 16 June 2013
New Zealanders give billions of tax-deductible dollars to charities each year and businesses owned by charitable trusts generate millions of dollars of tax free profits. As a result, hundreds of millions of dollars that would otherwise go into the consolidated fund are diverted to charities. [more]

16/06/2013: Down the List for 16 June 2013
The anti-flouride movement has been victorious in convincing the Hamilton council to have a flouride-free water supply. Wellington is their next target. [more]

16/06/2013: Tim Brodhead - Philanthropy and a Resilient Society
Tim Brodhead was from 1995 to 2011 President and Chief Executive Officer of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, based in Montreal. The mission of the Foundation is to create a more resilient society by enhancing inclusion, sustainability and social innovation. [more]

16/06/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Reports that a US secret court ordered the Verizon phone company to hand over to the National Security Agency millions of phone records, and subsequent revelations that the agency taps directly into the servers of nine internet firms has astonished and angered many governments and the international public. Wayne looks at some of the implications and Chris follows up with Christopher Pyle, a US professor of constitutional law, and Andrew Levine, formerly a Professor of Political Philosophy who has written many books and articles in that field, and also contributed to the recent publication,  Barak Obama and the Politics of Illusion, that is related to the website Counterpunch. [more]

17/06/2013: Mediawatch Extra for June 2013
The Mediawatch team runs through listeners' queries and comments and updates recent stories from the programme. This month: The cartoon controversy; fact and opinion in political reporting; the death of diversity in Dunedin; birdcall bungle slapdown; Morning Report's blast form the past; too many species of kiwi; charitable companies; the return of the Tsar; hammering Hanmer pronunciation. [more]

22/06/2013: Insight for 23 June 2013 - Disability Care
Philippa Tolley investigates support for those with a disability and looks at a review underway. [more]

23/06/2013: Insight for 23 June 2013 - Disability Care
Philippa Tolley investigates care for the disabled. [more]

23/06/2013: Richard Towle : forced to flee
Richard Towle is the UNHCR - the UN Refugee Agency - Regional Representative for Australia, New Zealand, PNG and the Pacific. The organisations's annual Global Trends report, released this week, covered displacement that occurred during 2012 and found that more people are refugees or internally displaced than at any time since 1994, with the crisis in Syria having emerged as a major new factor. Richard talks to Chris about the need for a peaceful, political solution to the crisis as the humanitarian response struggles to meet the needs of those forced to flee. [more]

23/06/2013: Mediawatch for 23 June 2013
Sizing up the 'polar blast'; Mediaworks calls in the receivers; Sky outbid for soccer; the end of the line for Truth - and a look back at its past; a reporter responds to controversial claims about women in political journalism. [more]

23/06/2013: Anton Blank : ending Maori child abuse
Some of New Zealand's best reggae artists are joining forces to help fight child abuse, with the release of the Herbs' song, 'Sensitive to a Smile'. All proceeds from the single by Aotearoa Reggae Allstars will go to Mana Ririki, a charitable organisation with a mission to eliminate Maori child abuse. It was set up in 2007 after the death of Nia Glassie. Today Chris talks to Mana Ririki executive director Anton Blank who believes Maori must take responsibility for the issue, and solutions must be Maori-led. [more]

23/06/2013: Ideas for 23 June 2013
Wellingtonian Murdoch Stephens this week launched the Doing Our Bit Campaign, aimed at convincing New Zealanders of the need to double our refugee quota from the current 750 to 1500. Murdoch tells Chris about how stumbling across a stash of 1000 photos of Afghan refugees in an abandoned detention centre in Iran led him to the conclusion that New Zealand wasn't doing its bit. The photographs are part of a forthcoming exhibition at Pataka in Porirua. And Mary Mowbray, who came to New Zealand after surviving the Holocaust in hiding in Budapest, reflects on adapting to life in New Zealand and being one of the many Kiwis who volunteer to help out newly arrived refugees. [more]

23/06/2013: Gillian Green : Persona Non Grata
Michael Green, who died last year, was a former NZ High Commissioner in Fiji. His tour of duty coincided with shifts in Fiji politics that would lead to the 2006 military coup that established Commodore Frank Bainimarama as the country's leader. Michael wrote a book about his experience and his wife, Gillian Green, talks to Chris about their years in Fiji - until the unexpected announcement of Michaels' change in diplomatic status to Persona Non Grata (unwelcome person) in 2007. Persona Non Grata - Breaking the Bond: New Zealand and Fiji 2004-2007, by Michael Green, is published by Dunmore Publishing Ltd. [more]

23/06/2013: Down The List for 23 June 2013
Elected representatives enjoying corporate hospitality is a contentious issue as four labour MP's found recently. [more]

23/06/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Edward Snowden's latest revelations were a huge embarrassment for the UK Government. Foreign politicians and diplomats attending two G20 Summit meetings in London in 2009 had their phone calls monitored and their computers intercepted, on UK Government instructions. Wayne looks at the background of spying, British style, and raises some new questions. Chris follows up with Thomas Beagle of the NZ Council for Civil Liberties and American history professor Norman Pollack. [more]

29/06/2013: Insight for 30 June 2013 - Petroleum Exploration
Steve Wilde investigates petroleum exploration in NZ. [more]

30/06/2013: Erica Crawford - Back in Business
Erica Crawford tells Chris about selling Kim Crawford wines, the passion she and her husband hold for wine-making, and their new venture in organic wine-growing, Loveblock Wines. [more]

30/06/2013: Mediawatch for 30 June 2013
The media focus on Nelson Mandela; a new free-to-air TV sports channel and new competitors for Sky TV - but do they really change the game for sport on TV?; political kingmaking in the media at a time of anxiety about espionage. [more]

30/06/2013: Mahamane Toure - Peace in Mali
Ambassador Mahamane Toure of Mali talks to Chris about his country's fascinating history, dealing with the rise of militants and the imminent arrival of UN peacekeepers. [more]

30/06/2013: Ideas for 30 June 2013
In the latest of our occasional Lived Philosophies series we take a look at the organics movement. Former Catholic priest and co-owner of Wellington's Commonsense Organics, Jim Kebbell, tells us about his road to organics experience; and Wairarapa farmers Jeremy Howden of Te Manaia Organics and Frank van Steensil of Wairarapa Eco Farms tell us about the challenges of growing food organically. [more]

30/06/2013: Down the List for 30 June 2013
The Nationals are courting Peter Dunne and Winston Peters as they try to get the GCSB bill over the line. Meanwhile they have done a U-turn on the Auckland rail loop. [more]

30/06/2013: Sitiveni Rabuka - Reflecting on Fiji
Major-General Sitiveni Rabuka discusses Fiji's shaky political history following the coups he lead in 1987 which he admits effectively destroyed democracy in the Pacific state. He reflects on his actions, his regrets, and his hope for a restoration of democratic rule in his home country. [more]

30/06/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
As the world reflects on the ailling Nelson Mandela's achievements, Wayne looks at the present state of the ruling ANC, hurt by persistent allegations of cronyism and corruption. Chris also talks to Patrick Bond, professor of development studies at the University of Kwazulu-Natal and director of the Centre for Civil Society. [more]

07/07/2013: Bob Rigg - Chemical Weapons Claim Under Fire
Bob Rigg, formerly of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, says Obama's claim that the Syrian army used chemical weapons is fatally flawed. He fears stepped-up US military involvement could intensify and prolong the civil war, increasing human misery and the toll on civilian lives - and says humanitarian considerations are being subordinated to US military and strategic self-interest. [more]

07/07/2013: Mediawatch for 7 July 2013
Mediawatch looks at how there's lots in the media about exotic destinations, air travel and flash cars because travel agents, airlines and car-makers cover the costs. But do the pipers paying the bills also call the tune? Also on Mediawatch: Fact and fiction in the ongoing GCSB saga; and startling stats that overstated our appetite for takeaways. [more]

07/07/2013: Tony Simpson - Wartime Mystery Revealed
When historian Tony Simpson found out that the last New Zealand soldier killed in action in Europe in the Second World War died in Trieste during a skirmish with Yugoslav partisans - who were, only days earlier, our allies - he was determined to find out what happened. [more]

07/07/2013: Ideas for 7 July 2013: Bridget Williams
Bridget Williams has published everything from The Oxford History of New Zealand and The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography to Judith Binney's Encircled Lands and the just-published Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis. It's a list of books that will have informed and influenced virtually everyone with an interest in New Zealand history and politics. Chris Laidlaw talks to Bridget Williams about the business of publishing, and the people and ideas that have informed her life. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences [more]

07/07/2013: Down the List for 7 July 2013
In this, the 50th episode and first birthday edition of Down the List, Mana and the Maori Party attempt to join forces for next year's election. [more]

07/07/2013: David Scheffer - Long Fight for Justice
David Scheffer is the UN Secretary-General's Special Expert on United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials. He visited New Zealand recently and talked to Chris about issues affecting international justice. [more]

07/07/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Edward Snowden's latest revelations concerning US surveillance of EU countries have resulted in expressions of outrage from a number of governments, although no grateful offer of asylum for the now stateless whistleblower. Wayne looks at some of the implications, and Chris follows up with Professor Sergei Plekhanov of Toronto's York University. [more]

11/07/2013: Down the List for 7 July 2013
The Mana Party and the Maori Party did not fare well in the recent Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election, coming second and third. Should they seriously consider joining forces? [more]

13/07/2013: Insight for 14 July 2013 - Strong NZ Dollar Help or Hindrance?
The NZ dollar is still at an historically high level - Patrick O'Meara considers whether this has been a help or hindrance. [more]

14/07/2013: Sidney Jones - Indonesia
International Crisis Group member and Indonesia resident, Sidney Jones looks at the potential for long term democracy in the world's most populace Moslem nation. [more]

14/07/2013: Mediawatch for 14 July 2013
Sexism at Wimbledon; a premature prediction of a political coup; the media's role in rolling an Aussie leader, and; fears and hopes for the future of in-depth journalism in the digital age. [more]

14/07/2013: Ideas for 14 July 2013 - Valuing Nature
Ideas today explores the relationship between humanity and the natural world. Prominent South African environmentalist Marlene Laros, and the influential strategist from the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, Sir Robert Watson, are in Wellington for The Valuing Nature Conference. Both of these keynote speakers join the programme. [more]

14/07/2013: Down the List for 14 July 2013
The Labour Party leaders seem a bit unfocussed. Could it be that Labour's historically 'robust' internal democratic processes simply make them appear indecisive? [more]

14/07/2013: Andreas Schleicher - student assessment
Acting director for the OECD's education directorate, looks at raw data which demonstrates New Zealand's relative success in the global standings of student achievement. [more]

14/07/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint - kitchen politics
Wayne Brittenden takes an historic gaze back through some of his inherited cookbooks and finds it's not just the recipes that are reminiscent of another time. Dr Peter Lineham from Massey University's School of History, Philosophy and Classics joins Chris to discuss. [more]

20/07/2013: Insight for 21 July 2013 - Shaking Up the Family Court
The Family Court is being given a shake-up. The Justice Minister says it is well needed, but Anne Marie May asks if there are any losers. [more]

21/07/2013: Graham Hoyland - Last Hours on Everest
Graham Hoyland talks to Chris Laidlaw about his book recounting his perspective on the demise of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine near the summit of Everest in 1924. [more]

21/07/2013: Mediawatch for 21 July 2013
An extraordinary court case pitting a journalist against the armed forces; foreign spellings online; a yarn from the archives showing snooping on phone calls is nothing new. [more]

21/07/2013: Kesang Tseten
Tibetan filmmaker whose documentary 'Who will be a Gurkha' vividly portrays the trials and tribulations of young Nepalese men volunteering to join this elite British army unit. [more]

21/07/2013: Ideas for 21 July 2013
Ideas talks to three explorers on the search for Utopia – Professor Eric Olin Wright, the president of the American Sociological Society and author of Envisioning Real Utopias; Professor Lyman Tower Sargent, one of the world’s leading scholars of utopian projects and co-author of Living in Utopia: New Zealand’s Intentional Communities; and John Milne, a 17-year veteran of the Ahu Ahu ohu, a state-sponsored commune on the Whanganui River.  [more]

21/07/2013: Down the List for 21 July 2013
Will the recent welfare reforms even things out and incentivise beneficiaries to put more effort into getting jobs, or will it just add insult to injury for genuine beneficiaries with limited resources? [more]

21/07/2013: Nick Cater
Nick Cater is a senior editor at The Australian. Born in Britain, he fell in love with the idea of Australia at an early age. He made the decision to migrate while on assignment for the BBC to cover the Australian bicentenary in 1988. Nick talks about his controversial publication 'The Lucky Culture'. [more]

21/07/2013: Nick Cater
Nick Cater is a senior editor at The Australian. Born in Britain, he fell in love with the idea of Australia at an early age. He made the decision to migrate while on assignment for the BBC to cover the Australian bicentenary in 1988. Nick talks about his controversial publication 'The Lucky Culture'. [more]

21/07/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
With a number of commercial interests receiving gold mining exploration or prospecting permits on Coromandel's Schedule 4 land where gold mining's prohibited, Wayne looks at the industry at home and abroad. Chris follows up with Mercury Bay Watchdog Chairperson Augusta Macassey-Pickard and natural resource economist, Professor Tom Power of Montana. [more]

21/07/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
With a number of commercial interests receiving gold mining exploration or prospecting permits on Coromandel's Schedule 4 land where gold mining's prohibited, Wayne looks at the industry at home and abroad. Chris follows up with Mercury Bay Watchdog Chairperson Augusta Macassey-Pickard and natural resource economist, Professor Tom Power of Montana. [more]

23/07/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
With a number of commercial interests receiving gold mining exploration or prospecting permits on Coromandel's Schedule 4 land where gold mining's prohibited, Wayne looks at the industry at home and abroad. Chris follows up with Mercury Bay Watchdog Chairperson Augusta Macassey-Pickard and natural resource economist, Professor Tom Power of Montana. [more]

27/07/2013: Insight for 28 July 2013 - Money for a new Home
Riskier mortgages could be curtailed by the Reserve Bank. Philippa Tolley asks if this is a good move or could it backfire [more]

28/07/2013: Farah Palmer: Women's Rugby's Day in the Scrum
Former captain Farah Palmer talks about the women's game and the NZRU's apparent resistance to having a woman on its board. [more]

28/07/2013: Mediawatch for 28 July 2013
A survey suggesting we don't trust our media, the scary but spiritual moment when the big quake hit last weekend, the wall-to-wall coverage of the birth of a new prince, how a TV talent show trumped several other stories in the news and the weird world of reporting conflicts which don't actually exist. [more]

28/07/2013: Francis Etienne: Au Revoir
France's ambassador to New Zealand, Francis Etienne, is preparing for his next posting. He talks about rugby, the repatriation of Toi Moko, politics in France, and where to next in his career. [more]

28/07/2013: Ideas for 28 July 2013
New Zealand spends $15 billion a year on health - more than education, and transport and communications combined. So have we got our priorities right and should the public have more say in how the money is spent? We spend the hour exploring those and other questions. [more]

28/07/2013: Down The List for 28th July 2013
Peter Dunne and John Key prove that politics is indeed the art of compromise. [more]

28/07/2013: Moty Cristal: Crisis Talks
Moty Cristal, is an Israeli-born, Harvard-trained international crisis negotiator. He talks about his work, including negotiating with Palestinians during the 2002 siege at the Nativity Church in Bethlehem. [more]

28/07/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Last Tuesday's revelation that the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant is leaking contaminated water into the ocean and that the Japanese government has known about the spillage, confirms the fears of independent experts. Wayne looks at the aftermath of the disaster. [more]

04/08/2013: Insight for 4 August 2013 - Paritutu tragedy - lessons learnt?
It's all but a year since the tragedy at Paritutu Rock - Juliet Larkin asks if lessons in safety have been learnt. [more]

04/08/2013: Jonathan Lemalu - Back Home
Grammy award-winning bass baritone Jonathan Lemalu was born in Dunedin and is now based in London, from where he's carving out a hugely successful international career. He has returned home to play Leporello in NZ Opera's production of Don Giovanni, which opens in Christchurch on August 21. [more]

04/08/2013: Mediawatch for 4 August 2013
Are recent revelations about New Zealand journalists under surveillance signs of a state that hates the Fourth Estate? Does the media have their own staff under surveillance and TVNZ closes the last of its digital channels. [more]

04/08/2013: Derek Vaughan - MP in Europe
Since the Lisbon Treaty at the end of 2009, the European Parliament has taken on increased importance both within the European Union and for third country partners such as New Zealand. Chris discusses these issues with Derek Vaughan, a Member of the European Parliament representing Wales and Chair of the Friends of NZ Group. [more]

04/08/2013: Ideas for 4 August 2013
Human rights lawyer Tim McBride and former SIS officer turned academic Dr Rhys Ball talk to Chris Laidlaw about the pros and cons of the state spying on its citizens; and US journalist Will Potter, the author of Green is the New Red: An Insiders Account of a Social Movement Under Siege, tells Jeremy Rose about how an FBI agent's attempt to turn him into a snitch inspired him to watch the watchers. [more]

04/08/2013: Down the List for 4 August 2013
First Kim Dotcom and the GCSB, then the attempt to make it all go away with a law change, then the NSC, then Parliamentary Services and the accessing of journalist's 'phone records. Is the head that rolled the right head? [more]

04/08/2013: Helen Clark - UN Stories
What's former Prime Minister Helen Clark been up to since she took up a job at the United Nations? Miss Clark talks to Chris about her work leading the UN Development Programme. [more]

04/08/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
This Tuesday and Friday mark the 68th anniversary of the atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Wayne explores some of the enduring myths surrounding these tragic events, and Chris follows up with Dr Nick Wilson, NZ Chairperson for International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and Dr Gary Kohls in the US. [more]

10/08/2013: Insight for 11 August 2013 - The Future of NZ Post
Kate Gudsell explores the future of NZ Post in the face of declining mail volumes. [more]

10/08/2013: Additional audio: Sir Michael Cullen on the future of NZ Post
Sir Michael Cullen is the chair of the New Zealand Post Group. As the then Minister of Finance he oversaw the introduction of Kiwibank in 2002, which was created as part of a diversification strategy for New Zealand Post. He spoke to Kate Gudsell about the future of the business. [more]

10/08/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Wayne takes a critical look at the prevailing global economic orthodoxy of neo-liberalism. [more]

11/08/2013: Judy McGregor: Speaking Out and Getting Heard
Professor Judy McGregor talks to Chris about the idea of public voice: Who's speaking out, how they are doing it and is anybody listening? [more]

11/08/2013: Mediawatch Extra for August 2013
The Mediawatch team runs through recent queries and comment from listeners. This month: snooping on journalists; journalists on junkets; royal baby reaction; respect for letter writers; rumours of a banned boffin; margarine myth-busting. [more]

11/08/2013: Mediawatch for 11 August 2013
Coverage of the fallout from Fonterra's contamination crisis, film finance figures which didn't make the cut in the news, commercial media monitoring in the digital age and Dr Who hype. [more]

11/08/2013: Sir Peter Gluckman: Wild Weather
The Prime Minister's chief science adviser, Sir Peter Gluckman, has just issued a report zeroing in on how climate change is going to test this country's resilience. [more]

11/08/2013: Ideas for 11 August 2013
In Ideas this week we hear about a new style of idealistic entrepreneurship that's taking off in Wellington and has people around the world sitting up and taking notice. [more]

11/08/2013: Down The List for 11 August 2013
Fonterra is in damage control after the botulism in the whey it supplies to baby formula manufacturers. Let's hope that there's some way New Zealand's clean-green image can be preserved. [more]

11/08/2013: Simon Woolf: Life Study
Wellington photographer Simon Woolf talks about the ever-changing landscape of photography. [more]

18/08/2013: Insight for 18 August 2013 - Aftermath of Abuse in Northland
Lois Williams investigates the aftermath of James Parker's 14 years of abuse in Northland [more]

18/08/2013: Christopher Steadman - Humanist Chaplain
Humanist chaplain at Harvard University, and guest of the Christchurch Interfaith Council - invited to speak on the topic of "The Spiritual Rebuild of Christchurch; more than religion alone..." [more]

18/08/2013: Mediawatch for 18 August 2013
Coverage of the quakes that shook central NZ; TV3 tests the PM's claim that we're interested in snapper, not spying, and; a political pundit ponders what sort of watchdogs the media make today. [more]

18/08/2013: Paul Moon - NZ History
Professor Paul Moon, from Auckland University of Technology, is a prolific writer about New Zealand history. His latest book takes a less than conventional look at the analysis and creation of the past - as we know it, or think we do. [more]

18/08/2013: Ideas for 18 August 2013: Rick Fala
How did a company that had spent more than a century supplying New Zealand homes with utilitarian tapware morph into a company exporting luxury showerheads to some of the world’s most exclusive hotels? Well that’s an interesting story but the story of how the son of a Samoan railway worker and a Maori woollen mill worker from Whanganui ended up heading that company is even more fascinating. Outgoing CEO of one of New Zealand's export success stories, Methven Tapware, Rick Fala talks about his life and journey. From the Ideas collection: Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences [more]

18/08/2013: Down the List for 18 August 2013
The Nationals are proposing changes to the child protection strategy that include banning parents who abuse their kids from having more kids, and keeping 'suspect' people away from areas where kids gather. [more]

18/08/2013: Andrew Bradstock - Religion in Modern Society
Professor of Theology and Public Issues at Otago University, Andrew Bradstock looks at the absence of a religious guide in the day-to-day secular lives of most of us. [more]

18/08/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint - Restaurant Culture
In the pursuit of culinary sophistication and epicurean identity, have New Zealand restaurants strayed too far from their humble and unpretentious origins? Food and wine writer Keith Stewart discusses this counterpoint with Chris Laidlaw. [more]

24/08/2013: Insight for 25 August 2013 -Solomon Islands after RAMSI
Annell Husband travels to the Solomons to consider stability as the regional security force sent in after conflict withdraws [more]

25/08/2013: Professor Jane Francis
The Director of the British Antarctic Survey, geologist Jane Francis talks to Chris Laidlaw about the use of fossil plants in identifying how climates have changed. [more]

25/08/2013: Mediawatch for 25 August 2013
Were the media up to speed on the on the controversial GCSB legislation passed in Parliament this week?; the BBC's top world news correspondent; and new moves from publishers to help companies get their message across to the public. [more]

25/08/2013: Mediawatch for 25 August 2013
Were the media up to speed on the on the controversial GCSB legislation passed in Parliament this week?; the BBC's top world news correspondent; and new moves from publishers to help companies get their message across to the public. [more]

25/08/2013: Peter Newman
Professor Peter Newman is a lead author for transport on the Inter-governmental Panel for Climate Change. He is a professor of sustainability at Curtin University in Perth. [more]

25/08/2013: Ideas for 25 August 2013 - Indigenous Reparations
The long history of African Americans seeking some form of redress for slavery. A look at reparations made to Maori to date and New Zealand's efforts placed in an international context. [more]

25/08/2013: Down the List for 25 August 2013
With all the fuss about the GCSB and David Shearer's resignation other important issues seem to have faded -- like the hard-line welfare reforms and the possibility that New Zealand is shirking any real responsibility in regard to carbon emissions. [more]

24/08/2013: The Great Escaper
This is the title of a book by Simon Pearson about the brains behind the escape from Stalag Luft Three. Roger Bushell single-handedly masterminded the biggest allied POW escape of the Second World War. [more]

25/08/2013: Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint
New revelations of massive leaks of radioactively contaminated water around the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant heighten the concerns of international scientists. [more]

31/08/2013: Insight for 1 September 2013 - Australia Votes - but who for?
As the Australian elections loom, Philippa Tolley looks at what's influencing voters. [more]

01/09/2013: Peter Posa - Guitar Guy
1960's NZ music legend Peter Posa has just released his follow-up to 2012's platinum selling White Rabbit: The Very Best Of Peter Posa which spent six weeks at number one in the NZ album charts. The new album is called Golden Guitar: The Peter Posa Anthology. Peter tells Richard about his golden career, love of performance, and his struggle with illness that at times keeps him from his music. [more]

01/09/2013: Mediawatch for 1 September 2013
The risks and rewards for freelance journalists reporting from war-torn Syria; the media picking Labour's next leader - even though candidates have barely begun their campaigns; a little local election difficulty in Hawke's Bay; and is TICS the new GCSB? [more]

31/08/2013: Frankie McMillan - Playful Poetry
Christchurch poet Frankie McMillan won the National Flash Fiction Day competition this year. She talks to Richard about trying to make sense of the world through her playful, slightly subversive poems. [more]

01/09/2013: Down the List for 1 September 2013
David Shearer has bowed out of the Labour leadership. So who is the front runner as his replacement and will the new democratic voting system within the party and its support base ensure the best person wins? [more]

01/09/2013: Peter Stanford - Reading a Graveyard
Peter Stanford says if we want to escape the taboo of acknowledging our mortality and to contemplate our own end, then graveyards offer a rare welcome. Peter talks to Richard about his book, How to Read a Graveyard: Journeys in the Company of the Dead, and what cemeteries reveal about our understanding of death. [more]

01/09/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
With the US poised to lead an attack on Syria, Wayne takes a critical look at the crisis, and the non-military options. Richard follows up with Andrew Levine, US author and former professor of political philosophy. [more]

07/09/2013: Insight for 8 September 2013 - Funding New Zealand's Orchestras
Nick Butcher considers the funding and future of NZs five orchestrasf N [more]

08/09/2013: Charles Glass - Deserter
Charles Glass talks to Chris Laidlaw about a subject most people prefer not to discuss - desertion from the armed forces - a hidden history of World War Two. [more]

08/09/2013: Mediawatch for 8 September 1023
TVNZ's deal with Sky City; the media influence on Labour's leadership contest; supporting freelance reporters in conflict hotspots; some surprising decisions on documentaries. [more]

08/09/2013: Prudence Stone - Black Inc
Prudence Stone's Black Inc. One nation's identity, a global politic is described as 223 pages of critical thought set side-by-side with an eclectic array of colourful visual evidence. This book is a must-have for sociologists of symbolic interactionism, cultural politics, national identity, sport psychology and globalisation. [more]

08/09/2013: Ideas for 8 September 2013 - Communism
In the latest of our occasional Lived Philosophies series we're taking a look at communism. Dr Kerry Taylor will tell us about the history of revolutionary socialism in New Zealand; and Max Wilkinson, the son of one of the founders of the New Zealand Communist Party, looks back on a life of social activism. Produced by Jeremy Rose. [more]

11/09/2013: Mediawatch for 8 September 2013
TVNZ's deal with Sky City; the media influence on Labour's leadership contest; supporting freelance reporters in conflict hotspots; some surprising decisions on documentaries. [more]

15/09/2013: Insight for 15 September 2013 - National Standards
John Gerritsen investigates the impact of National Standards 4 years on. [more]

15/09/2013: Insight for 15 September 2013 - National Standards
John Gerritsen investigates the impact of National Standards 4 years on [more]

15/09/2013: Andrew Macdonald - True Story of Passchendaele
Andrew Macdonald investigates the truth behind New Zealand's part in the Third Ypres offensive of 1917. Using documents from the time and accounts from servicemen, Andrew tells what really happened before and during the battles and who was responsible for the death and injury of thousands of soldiers. Passchendaele: The Anatomy of a Tragedy, by Andrew Macdonald, is published by HarperCollins. [more]

15/09/2013: Mediawatch for 15 September 2013
Will publishers' 'content partnerships' with advertisers mean more ads dressed up as news in our papers?; contrary claims about life in North Korea; an Australian service pointing out political 'pants on fire' [more]

15/09/2013: Mike Dewar - Trouble in the Two Tribes of Ulster
Retired colonel Mike Dewar served several tours in Northern Ireland with the British army. He says sectarian feeling still runs high among the two tribes of Ulster, 15 years on from the Good Friday Peace Agreement, and he fears the problems of Northern Ireland are far from over. Colonel Mike Dewar is a military historian and former soldier, and the author of The British Army in Northern Ireland. [more]

15/09/2013: Ideas for 15 September 2013
Duncan Green, the author of From Poverty to Power, speaks to Chris Laidlaw about his belief that active citizenship is the key to reversing the world's growing inequalities; UnionAID's Helen Wilson describes a project in Tamil Nadu, India that has seen some of the poorest of the poor setting up worker cooperatives; and Professor Stephen Howes, a former World Bank economist, reflects on what works and what doesn't when it comes to international aid. Produced by Jeremy Rose. [more]

15/09/2013: Down the List for 15 September 2013
There are some concerns about the quality and intention of some programming on Maori Television and about its processes for appointing a new CEO. [more]

15/09/2013: Richard Faull - Researching the Brain
New Zealand's top brain scientist, Professor Richard Faull ONZM, directs the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland, with a 300-strong team of researchers. He is recognised internationally as a leading expert in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Professor Faull is best-known for demonstrating that adult brain cells can be replaced if they die - giving hope to those with neurodegenerative diseases and brain injuries. [more]

15/09/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Wayne discusses the implications of the Russian initiative to get Syria to agree to surrender its chemical weapon stockpile. He also takes a critical look at mainstream media coverage of the Syrian crisis. Chris follows up with American media critic Jeff Cohen. [more]

21/09/2013: Insight for 22 September 2013 - Organ Donors
Health Correspondent, Karen Brown, looks at organ donation, primarily regarding kidneys, and transplantation. [more]

22/09/2013: Kathy Reichs
Forensic anthropologist and writer of the best-selling series Bones. [more]

22/09/2013: Mediawatch for 22 September 2013
Overheated America's Cup coverage; Labour's leadership outcome; survival strategies for newspapers discussed across the ditch; ads that ended up in the news - and a rude remark that didn't. [more]

22/09/2013: Norman Ledgerwood
Writer who chronicles the career of architect Robert Lawson, the man responsible for much of the historic skyline of Dunedin. [more]

22/09/2013: Ideas for 22 September 2013 - Syria in Focus
Ideas dedicates this hour to the unfolding tragedy in Syria and attempts to give some context to this complex conflict: Professor William Harris - the author of four books on the Middle East - talks about the history and politics of Syria; freelance journalist Glen Johnson reflects on his recent visits into rebel controlled in the north of the country; and Wellington resident, and Aleppo native, musican Michel Alkhouri tells us about life in pre-civil war Syria. [more]

22/09/2013: Ideas for 22 September 2013 - Syria in Focus
Ideas dedicates this hour to the unfolding tragedy in Syria and attempts to give some context to this complex conflict: Professor William Harris - the author of four books on the Middle East - talks about the history and politics of Syria; freelance journalist Glen Johnson reflects on his recent visits into rebel controlled in the north of the country; and Wellington resident, and Aleppo native, musican Michel Alkhouri tells us about life in pre-civil war Syria. [more]

22/09/2013: Richard King
Journalist and writer on the activism behind taking umbrage with his book On Offence: The Politics of Indignation. [more]

22/09/2013: Down the List for 22 September 2013
State subsidy is no longer a dirty word... if it's going to a major corporate is the new truth for Simon Rogers Flaccid. [more]

22/09/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint - a new WHO report
A new World Health Organisation report into alleged high Iraqi incidences of cancer, caused by radioactivity from depleted uranium shells used in the most recent Gulf War, finds no cause for alarm. This is in itself alarming as many respected scientists and health professionals believe otherwise. A critic of this report, and former assistant UN Secretary General, Hans von Sponeck, joins the programme. [more]

28/09/2013: Insight for 29 September 2013 - Snapper Numbers Under Scrutiny
Lorna Perry investigates the state of the main snapper fishery as the new fishing year approaches. [more]

29/09/2013: Jon Johansson - Political Times
Dr Jon Johansson discuss what's ahead in politics as we approach the general election in 2014; the new Labour leadership; and challenges facing the National-led government. [more]

29/09/2013: Mediawatch for 29 September 2013
The media debates 'choking' as the America's Cup slipped away; the fallout from a partisan pundit calling Labour's leader a liar; have women won the war for a fair shake in the media? [more]

29/09/2013: Keith Newman - Trouble in the Promised Land
Keith Newman's new book, 'Beyond Betrayal', delves into New Zealand's pioneering history, and asks why promising partnerships descended into decades of distrust. After the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, he says a succession of governors resisted missionary advice, despite their local knowledge and peacemaking skills, and influenced a raft of misunderstandings that provoked violent outbreaks across the country. [more]

29/09/2013: Ideas for 29 September 2013
Ideas takes a look at how New Zealand presents itself to the world and asks, has the time come for a re-think of our brand? Historian Richard Wolfe talks to Jeremy Rose about New Zealand's earliest efforts to promote itself to the world; and Chris Laidlaw talks to Massey University professor of Marketing Malcolm Wright, and branding expert Joe Pope. [more]

29/09/2013: Down the List for 29 September 2013
As the renovated and newly amicable David Cunliffe assembles his shadow cabinet of Labour spokespersons some are wondering why they missed out on a place. [more]

29/09/2013: Sergei Plekhanov - Life of Gorbachev
Russian-born Sergei Plekhanov is Associate Professor of political science at York University in Toronto, Canada, and a former Deputy Director of the Institute for US and Canadian Studies in Russia. From 1985 to 1990, Dr. Plekhanov participated in the development of reform policies of Mikhail Gorbachev and took part in Russia's democratic movement. He talks about the life and work of Gorbachev. [more]

29/09/2013: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
The ancient belief that there's a causal connection between heavenly bodies and human happenings seems to be enjoying heightened interest on the internet and elsewhere. Wayne takes an unstarry-eyed look at astrology, and Chris follows up with Canadian Professor of Philosophy, Paul Thagard. [more]

05/10/2013: Insight for 6 October 2013 - Fiji's Progress and New Friends
Fiji has promised elections in 2014 and Sally Round considers if it's new diplomatic ties will endure. [more]

06/10/2013: Dame Fiona Kidman
Dame Fiona Kidman's book The Infinite Air is a fictionalised reconstruction of the extraordinary life of Jean Batten. [more]

06/10/2013: Mediawatch for 6 October 2013
Are the media to blame if people say they don't know enough to vote in their local elections? How far do they go giving opinions on candidates? How helpful are polls published during voting? Also - spoonfed stories based on surveys. [more]

06/10/2013: Gus Roxburgh
Gus Roxburgh is the creator and presenter of the TV series Wild about NZ. [more]

06/10/2013: Ideas for 6 October 2013
This week Ideas looks at the future of publishing in New Zealand. [more]

06/10/2013: Down the List for 6 October 2013
The National goverment announces plans to help a very limited number of low-income, first home buyers to buy old, unoccupied state housing stock in small regional centres. How will this actually help? [more]

06/10/2013: Sir Jonathon Porritt
Sir Jonathon Porritt is being hosted in New Zealand by the Hikurangi Foundation and his book, The World We Made, is published by Phaidon. [more]

06/10/2013: Counterpoint for 6 October 2013
Are we losing sight of the 'universal' aspect of university? [more]

04/01/2014: Insight for 5 January 2014 - Paritutu - Lesson Learnt?
In this Insight Highlight, Juliet Larkin looks at Paritutu tragedy and the lessons learnt. [more]

12/01/2014: Insight for 12 January 2014 - Migrant Exploitation?
In this Insight Highlight, Philippa Tolley explores immigrant exploitation [more]

18/01/2014: Insight for 19 January 2014 - National Standards
In this Insight Highlight, John Gerritsen looks at National Standards 4 years on [more]

25/01/2014: Insight for 26 January 2014 - Closing the Gender Gap?
Erina O'Donohue investigates the challenges women face, including violence and equal pay, 120 years after winning the vote [more]

25/01/2014: Zoe George - From the Outfield
Sunday Morning's new sports commentator Zoe George with her own particular take on what's going on in the world of sport. [more]

01/02/2014: Insight for 2 February 2014 - Fracking, Fuels and Friction
Benedict Collins investigates growing fracking exploration and fears in the rural comunity. [more]

08/02/2014: Insight for 9 February 2014 - Does Rich -Poor Divide Matter?
Penny Mackay investigates whether a big income gap really matters. [more]

13/02/2014: Mediawatch Extra February 2014
The online-only companion to Mediawatch devoted to queries and comments from listeners. This month: your views on choppers hovering over David Bain's wedding; The Herald's protest-free Waitangi Day; Auckland-flavoured TV news, a green TV series which raised suspicions; a blogger gone feral; a mean-minded columnist; the pitfalls of picking off-the -peg pictures - and more. [more]

15/02/2014: Sport with Zoe George
Zoe George talks: cricket and the Basin Reserve; Wellington 7s, on field and off; Jesse Ryder, booze culture in sport; Halberg Awards, awkward, and; tennis prize money disparity, the gender divide. [more]

15/02/2014: Insight for 16 February 2014 - Education Solving All Ills?
John Gerritsen considers the political spotlight on education and asks if it can do all that's being asked of it? [more]

15/02/2014: Billy Bragg - Tooth and Nail
It's 31-years since Billy Bragg released his first album, 'Life's a Riot - Spy v Spy', and Richard Langston speaks with him (again) prior to his latest New Zealand visit with his new album, 'Tooth and Nail'. [more]

15/02/2014: Mediawatch for 16 February 2014
The Schapelle Corby feeding frenzy; RNZ's boss on changes to key programmes, and plans for the future; reporters' plumbing, paving and shower curtains overshadow the Sochi Games, and; efforts to get something for nothing prompt online outpourings. [more]

15/02/2014: Down the List for 16 February 2014
Government moves to cancel passports of New Zealanders intending to join Syrian freedom fighters is meeting with some criticism. [more]

15/02/2014: Ocean Ramsey - Shark Whisperer
Hawai'ian born marine ecologist championing the plight of our oceans' apex predators, the shark. [more]

15/02/2014: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint - the slogan
Wayne looks at the proliferation of slogans and strap-lines, many in traditional places for them while some have ventured into previously unnecessary and inappropriate places. Social critic and former Auckland University academic Tony Watkins and Richard Langston discuss. [more]

22/02/2014: Insight for 23 February 2014 - Public Service Survival?
Philippa Tolley inivestigates the public service and whether its democratic role is being undermined [more]

22/02/2014: Debbie Bayer - The Disease of Addiction
Earlier this month Debbie Bayer wrote a blog about addiction and the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. It was called 'Phillip Seymour Hoffman did not have choice or free will and neither do you'. Debbie Bayer, who has worked as a psychotherapist in facilities treating addiction and is a spiritual counselor and a clinical hypnotherapist, was used to getting around 100 hits on her blog but this article has attracted 700,000 views. She talks to Richard about the addict's brain and why it's important to understand that addicts are sick, not bad. [more]

22/02/2014: Mediawatch for 23 February 2014
A conflict of interest at TVNZ revealed, and vested interests of some seizing on it; a survey of working journalists opinions - and their politics; a buyout in commercial radio and news of a new pay-TV player; top politicians give beer pong a swerve. [more]

22/02/2014: Sarah Baker - Retro Style
Dr Sarah Baker is a lecturer in Culture and Context at the School of Design, Victoria University, and the author of Retro Style - Class, Gender and Design in the Home. She talks about what's retro, what's the attraction to retro items, who buys them and why? [more]

22/02/2014: Ideas for 23 February 2014: Martin Phillipps of The Chills
Martin Phillipps of The Chills is one of our leading songwriters and a pioneer of what became known as the 'Dunedin Sound' - the sound that helped the Flying Nun label build an international reputation. As part of the Ideas series of influential New Zealanders speaking about the people who have shaped their outlook on the world, Martin talks to Richard about the artists and others who have inspired him. [more]

22/02/2014: Down the List for 23 February 2014
Recent revelations that TVNZ premises were used for Labour Party meetings, political bias in the media is a hot topic. [more]

22/02/2014: Sara Brodie - Tribute to Lorca
Ainadamar, Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov's Grammy Award-winning tribute to the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca is playing as part of the New Zealand Festival. Richard talks to director Sara Brodie about the opera, and the life of the Spanish poet who was killed by Fascist forces at the start of the Spanish Civil War. Ainadamar plays in Wellington on March 2. [more]

22/02/2014: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
China has expressed "extreme concern" over a report that Japan has resisted pressure to return to the US a large quantity of weapons-grade plutonium. Wayne looks at growing regional fears that Japan is planning to re-arm, and some of the little-known history of present tensions between the two countries. Richard follows up with political scientist Koichi Nakano. [more]

01/03/2014: Insight for 2 March 2014 - Pasifika Education
Our Pacific Issues correspondent, Karen Mangnall, visits schools in Auckland that are bucking their low-decile status to raise Pasifika achievement, sometimes dramatically. [more]

01/03/2014: John Pilger on Utopia
Thirty years ago, investigative journalist John Pilger exposed the plight of Indigenous Australians in his landmark documentary 'The Secret Country.' He has now returned to the subject in his new documentary 'Utopia: an Epic Struggle of Resistance'. [more]

01/03/2014: Shannon Jensen: Photography and the South Sudan.
The Amnesty international photographer of the year talks about her travels documenting the journey of refugees in South Sudan. [more]

01/03/2014: Mediawatch for 2 March 2014
Did the media show the required restraint reporting the death of a TV celebrity? is the dark side of social media damaging our news media? and the fallout from a tragic media prank. [more]

01/03/2014: Down the List for 2 March 2014
With Labour making no gains on National, questions are being asked about how committed the team is to supporting the leader. [more]

01/03/2014: David Grant on Norman Kirk
Historian David Grant with an in-depth look at the Prime Minister who served for just two years but whose legacy has endured decades after his death. [more]

01/03/2014: Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint
Excessive inequality's now recognised by many governments as a problem that has to be addressed, although some economists argue that it's the inevitable outcome of globalisation and de-regulation. According to Wayne in his Counterpoint this week, they may well be suffering from wealth addiction. [more]

08/03/2014: Insight for 9 March 2014 - Antarctic Expeditions
Veronika Meduna follows the aftermath of an Antarctic expedition getting stuck in the ice over Christmas [more]

08/03/2014: Andrew Ott
Andrew Ott is from the world's largest competitive wholesale electricity market and tells us why deregulation should mean lower power bills, and why it's not working very well in New Zealand. [more]

08/03/2014: Mediawatch for 9 March 2014
Selective stories about politicians' spending; Sochi paralympics signals a new way of screening sport; update on plans for a new media outlet; a small-scale magazine's big project for a big milestone. Note: edited from original. [more]

08/03/2014: Mediawatch for 9 March 2014
Selective stories about politicians' spending; Sochi paralympics signals a new way of screening sport; update on plans for a new media outlet; a small-scale magazine's big project for a big milestone. [more]

08/03/2014: Pete Seel
Pete Seel from the University of Colorado is studying digital immortality - how we put our lives online, and what happens when our digital existence outlasts our actual time on Earth. [more]

08/03/2014: David Belton
David Belton was a BBC Newsnight producer and one of the first journalists into Rwanda at the time of the genocide 20 years ago. His book, When the Hills Ask for Your Blood, is published by Random House. [more]

08/03/2014: Down the List for 9 March 2014
Do David Cunliffe's hidden trusts erode the public's trust in Labour? [more]

08/03/2014: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Coverage of the crisis in Ukraine has generally lacked historic context, and yet some little-known facts are essential for a proper understanding of the complex and rapidly changing situation there. [more]

15/03/2014: Zoe George: from the outfield
Sunday Morning sports commentator Zoe George discusses the extra challenges faced by New Zealand paralympians with Dave Stewart, the organisational development manager for Paralympics New Zealand, and previews the cricket T20 World Cup due to get underway in Bangladesh. Zoe George is a former international cricket administrator and blogs for The Wireless at 'Fair Game'. [more]

15/03/2014: Insight for 16 March 2014 - Online Health - On The Way
Karen Brown explores the drive to give GP's patients the health equivalent of online banking. [more]

15/03/2014: PJ O’Rourke : Me and My Generation
Humourist PJ O'Rourke has just written a new book on his generation - the Baby Boomers. He dispels some myths, gives us his unique thoughts on the so-called 'Me Generation,' and tells us what its legacy is likely to be. The Baby Boom - How it got that way and it wasn't my fault and I'll never do it again, by PJ O'Rourke, is published by Allen and Unwin. [more]

15/03/2014: Mediawatch for 16 March 2014
Coverage of the Judith Collins controversy; the Oscar Pistorius trial in South Africa - and why it may change the way our media report from courts here; apology to NZ Taxpayers Union; BBC funding called into question; Rupert Murdoch's tweets. [more]

15/03/2014: Down the List for 16 March 2014
Justice Minister Judith Collins is on notice from the PM over a possible conflict of interest issue relating to a taxpayer-funded trip to China. [more]

15/03/2014: Margaret Heffernan : taking on competition
Competition is everywhere. In families, in schools and in the workplace - but is it any good for us? Bestselling author and entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan will tell us why competition can be the enemy of innovation - and why competition may not always be the best way for us to truly win. A Bigger Prize, by Margaret Heffernan is published by Simon and Schuster. [more]

15/03/2014: Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint
Last Tuesday marked the third anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear power reactor disaster in Japan. Wayne takes a fresh look at this on-going global health threat, and Finlay follows up with Dr Tilman Ruff, Co-President of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War. [more]

22/03/2014: Insight for 23 March 2014 - Mental Health in NZ
Megan Whelan explores access to mental health serivces in the face of a suicide rate that is resistant to change [more]

22/03/2014: Alexander McCall Smith – Auden’s Guide to Life
Alexander McCall Smith thinks the poet W. H. Auden provides a great guide to living a good life. He talks to Finlay Macdonald about Auden, 15 years of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, his latest book, The Forever Girl, and about his relation, Dr George McCall Smith, who set up New Zealand's first free health service - in the Hokianga. Alexander McCall Smith is speaking at the Auckland Writers Festival in May. [more]

22/03/2014: Mediawatch for 23 March 2014
Coverage of the missing plane mystery; Cyclone Lusi fails to impress the media; a Maori TV scoop revived; what happened when scary Mary met angry Andy; how a beautiful blonde, Armageddon and one misunderstood insult helped hype otherwise unremarkable stories. [more]

22/03/2014: Anu Kultalahti - The Death of Cao Shunli
Cao Shunli was a Chinese human rights activist who died last week after falling critically ill in police detention. The news of her death came soon after the start of a session in Geneva of the UN Human Rights Council, a body to which China was elected amid controversy last November. China said Cao Shunli's legal rights had been respected, but her family claims she was denied timely medical attention. Anu Kultalahti is China Researcher at Amnesty International in Hong Kong. [more]

22/03/2014: Down the List for 23rd March 2014
Accusations of financial impropriety at the Kohanga Reo National Trust forces minister Hekia 'u-turn' Parata to send in the Serious Fraud Office. [more]

22/03/2014: Rosemary Foot - Tension in the Asia-Pacific Region
As we mark 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, parallels are being drawn between the tensions on the eve of that conflict and the atmosphere and conditions prevailing in parts of the Asia-Pacific today. Professor Foot talks to Finlay about some of the arguments that have caused those parallels to be made, and what is generating tension in our part of the world. Rosemary Foot is Professor of International Relations and the Sir John Swire Senior Research Fellow in the International Relations of East Asia, St Antony's College, University of Oxford. She also holds the Sir Howard Kippenberger Visiting Chair at Victoria University and will deliver the annual Kippenberger public lecture next week in Wellington. For enquiries about the lecture, contact the Centre for Strategic Studies, Victoria University: css@vuw.ac.nz [more]

22/03/2014: Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint
With many Americans registering for Obamacare before this year's cutoff point at the end of the month, Wayne takes a timely look at this most enigmatic of US presidents. Finlay follows up with US social critic, Professor Robert Jenson. [more]

29/03/2014: Insight for 30 March 2014 - Auckland's Housing Crisis
Todd Niall explores if Auckland's housing market is on the verge of change. [more]

29/03/2014: Li Cunxin - Dancing for Mao
Li Cunxin is best known for his autobiography 'Mao's Last Dancer', which also became a feature film. Li talks to Wallace about his amazing life story - from rural poverty in China to dancing on stages around the world. He is now the artistic director of the Queensland Ballet. [more]

29/03/2014: Problem Gambling
The Problem Gambling Foundation fears public health initiatives to prevent gambling harm will cease once its contract with the Ministry of Health ends in June. Professor Peter Adams and Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne talk about the funding decision and how it impacts on problem gamblers. [more]

29/03/2014: Afghanistan Elections - Chris Carter
Soon the polls will open in Afghanistan and the country will choose a new President. It'll be an important term, as foreign troops prepare to pull out by the end of the year. Former Labour Minister, Chris Carter, is part of the United Nations Development Programme and is in Kabul at the moment. [more]

29/03/2014: Australia's Asylum Seekers
The Australian government is looking to more Pacific Island nations for help to "shoulder the burden" of the country's asylum seeker issue. This comes amid ongoing problems at the existing asylum seeker holding facilities on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island, as Johnny Blades reports. [more]

29/03/2014: Sport
Zoe Ferguson and Iain O'Brien join Wallace for a discussion on the big fixtures of the weekend, the Cricket T20 World Cup, and The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews considering allowing women members. [more]

29/03/2014: Bill McKay - State Houses
New Zealand's state houses from the 1930s and 1940s were built modestly and built to last. They symbolised egalitarian values, and the importance of family and community. Bill McKay talks to Wallace about the enduring value of state houses. [more]

29/03/2014: Mediawatch for 30 March 2014
Mediawatch asks why the pollsters reckon it's time to improve political polls - and the media's reporting of their results. Also: The print media watchdog embraces bloggers; Maori TV picks a controversial new chief; and are sheep-sized rats really on the way? [more]

29/03/2014: Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint
In the aftermath of Saturday's demonstrations against the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), Wayne looks at its implications and Wallace follows up with the Nurses Organisation's Marilyn Head, and Otago University's Professor Philip Pattemore. [more]

29/03/2014: Music: Richard James Burgess
Richard James Burgess got his first musical break when he replaced Bruno Lawrence as drummer for the Quincy Conserve. The New Zealander was later credited with creating the phrase 'New Romantics' and defining the sound. He's had a long career as a music producer and today he works at Smithsonian Folkways in Washington DC, archiving the world's music. [more]

29/03/2014: Alain de Botton - News You Can Use
The news keeps coming at us from more sources than ever before - but what is that doing to our minds? Alain de Botton's latest book analyses archetypal news stories, raising questions like: How come disaster stories are often so uplifting? What makes the love lives of celebrities so interesting? Why do we enjoy politicians being brought down? Why are upheavals in far off lands often so boring? [more]

29/03/2014: Down the List for 30 March 2014
Is the Mana Party seriously considering forming an alliance with Kim Dotcom's new Internet party? What do they have in common politically or philosophically? [more]

29/03/2014: Melina Schamroth - Gratitude Month
Now entering its fourth year, Grateful in April is a free month-long programme designed to help people feel good about what they already have in their life. The idea was launched as a social experiment by former New Zealand journalist, Melina Schamroth, who is now a Melbourne-based social entrepreneur, charity CEO, speaker and author. [more]

05/04/2014: Insight for 6 April 2014 - Water Wars
Peter Fowler explores the push to build irrigation dams. [more]

12/04/2014: Insight for 13 April 2014 - NZ's love affair with China
Demelza Leslie explores if bold trade targets with China are achievable. [more]

12/04/2014: Royal visit
Should New Zealand continue to retain a foreign monarch as its Head of State? [more]

12/04/2014: Honiara based Journalist Koroi
Honiara based Journalist Koroi Hawkins with an update on the effects of the devastating floods in the Solomon Islands. [more]

12/04/2014: Mana Party AGM
Political reporter Craig McCulloch is in Rotorua for the Mana Party AGM. [more]

12/04/2014: IPCC Report on Climate Change
Lead author for the Transport chapter of the latest UN IPCC Report on Mitigating of Climate Change Massey University's Professor Ralph Sims. [more]

12/04/2014: Sport
Former Warriors coach Frank Endacott and blogger for Radio New Zealand's online service The Wireless. Jamie Wall. [more]

12/04/2014: Crime in South Africa
The Telegraph's South African correspondent Aislinn Laing and South African Institute for Security Studies researcher Dr Johan Burger on what the Oscar Pistorius murder trial reveals about fear of crime. [more]

12/04/2014: Mediawatch for 13 April 2014
Reporting the royal tour; TV channels putting programmes online instead of on the air; popping in on politicians in search of their human side; mixed messages on judging by appearances. [more]

12/04/2014: Mediawatch for 13 April 2014
Reporting the royal tour; TV channels putting programmes online instead of on the air; popping in on politicians in search of their human side; mixed messages on judging by appearances. [more]

12/04/2014: Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint
With whistleblowers Julian Assange and Edward Snowden back in the news in recent days, Wayne takes a fresh look at their revelations of state surveillance, and describes the little-known private surveillance world that most civil libertarians have overlooked. Wallace follows up with Pam Dixon, Executive Director of the World Privacy Forum. [more]

12/04/2014: Fashion Victims
Almost a year since more than 1100 people were killed in the Rana Plaza clothes factory collapse, one of our top designers Francis Hooper explores where Kiwi designed clothes are made, and Pulitzer prize-winning US journalist Ken Weiss contemplates the stark choices facing women factory workers in Bangladesh. [more]

12/04/2014: Reg Mombassa
Mental as Anything's and Dog Trumpet's Reg Mombassa (aka Chris O'Doherty) is holed up on Waiheke this week playing his 2nd gig in NZ in 20 years, and showcasing his art. He's taking part in the 2014 Artists in Residence Programme at the Waiheke Community Art Gallery, opening on Thursday [more]

12/04/2014: Down the List for 13 April 2014
Prince William, Kate and wee George are touring. What a great platform for electioneering politicians to display their 'nice guy' side. [more]

12/04/2014: Fiona Fraser - Royal Tour
A royal tour is about as big as it gets in the world of women's magazines. For months New Zealand Woman's Weekly editor Fiona Fraser has had this tour marked on her calendar - not just because she appreciates a good frock., but because it's no secret that the royals, particularly young royals, have the ability to sell a lot of magazines. She tells Wallace why the royals are still so popular, and just what goes on behind the scenes at a magazine dedicated to following them. [more]

12/04/2014: Helen Berry - Making Ourselves Extinct
Professor Helen Berry, associate dean at the faculty of health at the University of Canberra, is one of three Australian academics who contributed to the health chapter of the recent IPCC report. She has warned that the Earth is warming so rapidly that unless humans can arrest the trend, we risk becoming extinct as a species. [more]

19/04/2014: Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint
New York's Neue Galerie is presently running an exhibition on the modern art that was bitterly attacked by the Nazis, who mockingly ran "degenerate art" exhibitions around Germany in the late 1930s. Wayne looks at authoritarian hostility to non-representational paintings and other art forms. Wallace follows up with a guest, Professor of Psychology David Winter. [more]

19/04/2014: Everest Avalanche
The New Zealander leading an expedition on Mt Everest has spoken of the devastation and heartbreak at losing three of his own local guides. [more]

19/04/2014: Inequality
The gap between rich and poor in New Zealand. What are the political parties planning to do to address inequality in the run up to the election? [more]

19/04/2014: Homeless Court
No guaranteed future funding for a court changing the lives of some of Auckland's most vulnerable citizens. [more]

19/04/2014: Waihi Tunnelers
An emotional weekend for families of tunnellers who left Waihi almost a century ago, to become the first New Zealand Expeditionary Force of men on the Western front. [more]

19/04/2014: Niue Elections
The Pacific's smallest country last weekend went to the polls but it will be Wednesday at the earliest before a new government can be formed. [more]

19/04/2014: World Record Store Day
Record Store Day celebrates a return to record store culture. Real Groovy's Marty O'Donnell says the old turntables play a significant part in our community culture. [more]

19/04/2014: Sport
The weekend's sport with Paul Ifill from the Pheonix, and journalist Emma Stoney. [more]

19/04/2014: Insight for 20 April 2014 - Marine Reserves - Protection or Tokenism?
Alison Hossain explores whether NZ's marine reserves are world leading protection or tokenism. [more]

19/04/2014: Easter Trading laws
Are the Easter Trading laws out of date? Or should it remain a time for family and activities other than shopping? [more]

19/04/2014: Mediawatch for 20 April 2014
More royal visit media frenzy; a new pressure group demanding better broadcasting; why Teina Pora can't talk to the media; Maori TV snubbed - and saying sorry. [more]

19/04/2014: Andrew McAlpine - Film Design
Expatriate New Zealander was the production designer on Half of a Yellow Sun, which opens in NZ on April 24. It's based on the novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and tells the story of the Biafran war. Andrew was production designer on Jane Campion's the Piano, for which he received a BAFTA and an AFI Award. He has since done numerous films, most recently An Education, Quartet and The Beach. He also did the NZ film My Talks with Dean Spanley. [more]

19/04/2014: Julian Clary - Looking for Love
Comedian Julian Clary performs his new show in Auckland on April 27, in which he vows to leave no 'straight' unturned in his search for a partner. [more]

19/04/2014: Richard Holdaway - Mining the Moon
Richard Holdaway is director of the space division at the UK's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. He talks to Wallace about the feasibility of mining the moon, and the problem of property rights on the lunar landscape. [more]

19/04/2014: Easter Service 2014
This year's Easter Service comes from the Transitional Cathedral of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch. The Dean of Christchurch the Very Reverend Lynda Patterson leads the service. Brian Law, the Cathedral's Director of Music, conducts the Christchurch Cathedral Choir. Martin Setchell is the organist. The Cantor is Malcolm Leitch. The First Lesson is read by Michael Earle. The second Lesson is read by Yvonne Densem. The Prayers will be led by the Venerable Nick Mountfort, Associate Dean. The Sermon is by the Dean. All Music performed by the congregation and the Christchurch Cathedral Choir conducted by Director of Music Brian Law, accompanied by organist Martin Setchell. [more]

26/04/2014: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Wayne Brittenden looks at the impact of Gallipoli on our national psyche and comes up with a challenging critique of the campaign. Wallace Chapman follows up with psychology professor Tony Taylor, and discusses the difficulty in gaining a rounded portrait of those who fought, instead at times glorifying war and vilifying conscientious objectors. [more]

26/04/2014: Green Party pushing for overhaul of defence force
The Green Party is pushing for a complete overhaul of the country's defence force strategy. The Greens say the Defence Force should only be used for peacekeeping, search and rescue, disaster relief, and fisheries protection. Defence Minister Jonathan Coleman responds. [more]

26/04/2014: Powering Tuvalu with 90% renewable energy backed by minister
A commitment to powering Tuvalu with 90% renewable energy is being backed by Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully. The minister is touring the Pacific as part of a joint New Zealand and European Union renewable energy mission. [more]

26/04/2014: Memorial service for forestry workers
A memorial service will be held to honour the 32 forestry workers who have died on the job since 2008. About a hundred people who have loved ones are coming to the service at Wellington's Thorndon School Hall, where representatives from eleven families will speak. [more]

26/04/2014: Previewing Auckland's new commuter trains
Aucklanders are getting their first chance to ride on their new electric trains, the first brand new commuter trains in the city for more than sixty years. [more]

26/04/2014: Commemorations in Gallipoli
This year almost 5000 people made the pilgrimage to Anzac Cove in Turkey to remember the campaign that claimed 120,000 lives. [more]

26/04/2014: Sport
Zoe Ferguson and Sarah Leberman discuss the week in sport. [more]

26/04/2014: Insight for 27 April 2014 - Closing the Education Gap
Education reporter, John Gerritsen talks to world leaders in education to find out what makes a top school systems so good. [more]

26/04/2014: NZ Principals' Federation national president Philip Harding
Philip Harding attended The International Summit on the Teaching Profession. He talks about how New Zealand can achieve better educational outcomes. [more]

26/04/2014: Hard times for RSAs
The Takapuna Anzac Parade went ahead, despite the local RSA closing down. Its 400 members are now considering transfering to other clubs. The 78-year-old RSA is reportedly $48,000 in debt - but is this closure also a sign of the times? [more]

26/04/2014: Mediawatch for 27 April 2014
Media coverage of controversial legal highs: sorting fact from fiction - or dazed and confused?; a political policy on burglary gets stolen; a soiled spoiler and other pitfalls for broadcasters. [more]

26/04/2014: National Women's Hospital
Professor of History at the University of Auckland, Linda Bryder talks about her book, 'The Rise and Fall of National Women's Hospital' [more]

26/04/2014: Auckland's electric trains start rolling
Todd Niall reports on Auckland's new suburban rail system. [more]

26/04/2014: Gabrielle D'Annunzio biographer Lucy Hughes Hallett
Lucy Hughes Hallett's first book is a biography of a late 19th century writer and artist Gabrielle D'Annunzio, whose ultra-right nationalist principles directly inspired Italian fascism. 'The Pike: Gabriele D Annunzio, Poet, Seducer and Preacher of War' won the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction in 2013. [more]

26/04/2014: Down the List for 27 April 2014
The road to the elections is getting rougher and rougher. The departure of Shane Jones, apparently head-hunted by Murray McCully from the Nationals, leaves a big pothole for Labour. [more]

26/04/2014: Frank Dikotter
The author of the Samuel Johnson prize winning book 'Mao's Great Famine', Frank Dikotter has followed up with 'The Tragedy of Liberation - A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945 - 1957'. He is in New Zealand for a session on Saturday May 17 at the Auckland Writers Festival. [more]

26/04/2014: Exceptions to the rule
Writer and lecturer on politics, culture and psychology Andrew Solomon talks about his latest book 'Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity', which won the National Book Critics Circle award for nonfiction, and was chosen as one of the New York Times Ten Best Books of 2012. [more]

26/04/2014: How should we commemorate ANZAC day in the 21st century?
Nicky Hager relates ANZAC Day commemorations to his most recent book 'Other Peoples Wars: New Zealand in Afghanistan, Iraq and the War on Terror'. [more]

03/05/2014: David Cunliffe on Kiwisaver
Labour's Kiwisaver policy was released this week to a range of reactions. Wallace asked Labour leader David Cunliffe what other countries use the proposed Kiwisaver/Reserve Bank-type mechanism, as well as where the Labour Party is generally heading. Additional commentary from Radio NZ political editor Brent Edwards. [more]

03/05/2014: Exxon Mobil begins production in Papua New Guinea
Exxon Mobil's NZ$22 billion LNG project in Papua New Guinea has started production ahead of schedule. There's an expectation that becoming a major gas exporter will bring widespread benefits and development in PNG, where the majority of people live without basic services. Radio NZ International senior journalist Johnny Blades says it's very significant that this project has begun. [more]

03/05/2014: Sport with Tony Smith and Dave Hewett
Tony Smith and Dave Hewett discuss rugby, including the taming of the Brumbies by the Crusaders. [more]

03/05/2014: Insight for 4 May 2014 - Tax Fit for the Future
Philippa Tolley explores whether the tax system needs a revamp to meet the challenges of the future. [more]

03/05/2014: Has NZ Music Month run its course?
New Zealand Music Month kicked off on Thursday, but one critic says we should ditch the annual promotion, saying it reduces our national musical voice and is no longer relevant. Wallace talks to music critic Simon Sweetman and the chief executive of the New Zealand Music Commission, Cath Andersen. [more]

03/05/2014: Mediawatch for 4 May 2014
Media getting credit - and the blame - for the demise of legal highs; the wrong Jono; a startling stuff-up in Australia; papers plucking power poles, football players and a prince's peach-fuzz from their pictures; revamping public radio for the digital age in the US; and Australia's human headline comments on justice here. [more]

03/05/2014: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
In light of Middle East envoy Tony Blair's recent keynote speech on why the region is important, Wayne takes a critical look at Blair's perspectives and the West's selective moratlity on human rights issues. We also hear from Adam Coogle of Human Rights Watch. [more]

03/05/2014: Sexuality and Spirituality
A conversation with pastor Mike Hercock about 'A Different Conversation' - an event taking place in Wellington next week that will give church leaders, doctors, and mental health specialists a chance to talk about different understandings on sexuality and spirituality. [more]

03/05/2014: Everyday Sexism
UK-born Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism project, a collection of over 10,000 women's daily experiences of gender inequality. [more]

03/05/2014: Dealing with eating disorders
Eating disorder support services are under pressure as the number of people seeking help has spiked in the past year, and one services says a shortage of specialists is a problem that needs addressing. Wallace talks to Nicki Wilson from the Eating Disorder Association of New Zealand, and Mary, a member of Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous. [more]

03/05/2014: Down the List for 4 May 2014
There have been a couple of bumps in the road to the election for the Nationals this week - the about face on the legal highs legislation, and Maurice Williamson's resignation. [more]

03/05/2014: The self and the brain
NZ's first professor in neurosurgery, Belgian brain researcher and neurosurgeon Dirk de Ridder, was lured to NZ this year to head up the inaugural Neurological Foundation chair at the University of Otago. His interests include pain, epilepsy, depression, schizophrenia, OCD and tinnitus, as well as the generation of the self by the brain. [more]

03/05/2014: Ferran Adria and El Bulli
Ferran Adria is probably best known for his restaurant El Bulli in Spain. He changed the face of modern dining by taking ordinary dishes and transforming them to unleash radically different tastes and textures. Ferran Adria has been in Australia promoting his latest venture, The El Bulli Foundation, where he talked to Zara Potts. [more]

03/05/2014: Colony on Mars
Auckland teacher Nicola Fahey hopes to go to Mars - she has been shortlisted from over 200,000 applicants to settle on the planet as part of a plan called Mars One, which hopes to establish a colony by 2025. Wallace also talks to Hari Mogasanu, president of Mars Society New Zealand. [more]

10/05/2014: Owen Marshall - Carnival Sky
Author of more than 25 books, Owen was awarded the companion of the NZ order of Merit in 2012 for services to literature, and last year won the Prime Minister's Award for literary achievement in fiction. [more]

10/05/2014: Gary Numan - Electronica Legend
Eighties new-wave electronica pop sensation Gary Numan is heading to New Zealand, and he speaks with Wallace about maintaining relevance 34-years after his first album. [more]

10/05/2014: Political donations
Political reporter Liz Banas on the National Party's Cabinet Club, and Professor Andrew Geddis on sourcing electoral funds. [more]

10/05/2014: Ukraine secession
Moscow correspondent on the region of Donetsk, and its poll on whether to stay in Ukraine or join Russia. [more]

10/05/2014: New Caledonia
It's election day in the French territory and Radio New Zealand International's Walter Zweifel looks at the political options given the newly elected government will be tasked with preparing an independence referendum. [more]

10/05/2014: Fast food worker wages worldwide
Fast food workers in the US are planning to strike, and a young New Zealander is at the centre of the action, in the heart of capitalism's Big Apple. [more]

10/05/2014: NZOC funding
The New Zealand Olympic Committee president Mike Stanley talks about our team's ongoing fund requirement given the current status of a 34% shortfall in the desired budget. [more]

10/05/2014: Sir Mark Todd on Badminton
Sir Mark talks about a bizarre day at Badminton with an unprecedented amount of retirees, eliminations and withdrawals, and a poor result for the New Zealand team. [more]

10/05/2014: Eurovision 2014
Former Eurovision UK Head of Delegation Dominic Smith talks about the relevance of the curious extravaganza to a New Zealand audience. [more]

10/05/2014: Insight for 11 May 2014 - Trying Therapy to Stop Sex Abuse
Lauren Baker asks does therapy for sex abusers work and does it warrant extra funding? [more]

10/05/2014: Ronlyn Domingue - death row
Collaborating writer on the autobiography of death row inmate Feltus Taylor Jnr. [more]

10/05/2014: Mediawatch for 11 May 2014
The media response to Judith Collins singling out a reporter; Maurice Williamson's downfall and freedom of information; global exposure for Kim DotCom; radio awards blips, and; Euro expats want Eurovision on screen. [more]

10/05/2014: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint - Sweden
Sweden and the persistent yet inaccurate perception of it as an egalitarian and neutral nordic state of successful social democracy. [more]

10/05/2014: Jang Jin-sung - Secrets of North Korea
Jang Jin-sung defected after having served as a counter-intelligence officer, and poet laureate, for North Korea's former dictator Kim Jong-il. [more]

10/05/2014: Adam Johnson - North Korean Love Story
Adam Johnson's 2013 Pullitzer Prize winning novel, The Orphan Master's Son, follows the story of a boy who is trained to be an assassin and a spy for North Korea. The California writer says when he discovered that most North Koreans can't tell their own story, he had a sense of mission to speak about the topic. [more]

10/05/2014: Shona McCullagh and Michael Parmenter - Dance
Two of New Zealand's most outstanding choreographers collaborate on the New Zealand Dance Company's latest work - The Language of Living. [more]

10/05/2014: Down the List for 11 May 2014
With Maurice gone and Judith on gardening leave, are National losing their grip on power? [more]

17/05/2014: Rebuilding Christchurch as an accessible city
We are slowing seeing the rebuild of Christchurch happening. Lots of different ideas have been discussed and blue-printed. [more]

17/05/2014: Camilla Läckberg: Sweden and crime writing
Just what is it about Sweden and crime writing? One person who is a star in the genre is Camilla Läckberg. She has sold more than 10 million books in 55 countries, outselling even Steig Larson of the famed Millenium trilogy. [more]

17/05/2014: Murray McCully defends NZ
This week marks the 5th anniverary of the Mulivaikkal Massacre, in which the Sri Lankan military was accused of shelling hospitals and medical facilities in what was supposed to be a safe zone. [more]

17/05/2014: Radio NZ Correspondents react to Budget
Budget 2014 - Finance Minister Bill English delivered his sixth budget on Thursday, and one with a long awaited but slim surplus. How has the budget played out across the various areas? [more]

17/05/2014: Vanuatu's new Prime Minister
Vanuatu has a new Prime Minister after parliamentarians removed Moana Carcasses in a vote of no confidence on Thursday. [more]

17/05/2014: First All Black training camp under way
The first of two training camps for the wider All Blacks training squad starts today in Christchurch. [more]

17/05/2014: Insight for 18 May 2014 - Maori Women Speak Up
Leigh McLachlan asks whether only allowing men to speak on the Marae is sexism or upholding ancestral teachings? [more]

17/05/2014: Drug Foundation head calls for debate
Since synthetic highs were taken off the shelves two weeks ago, the debate around what to do with drugs has become more vocal. [more]

17/05/2014: Mediawatch for 18 May 2014
Political personalities clashing on camera tops TV news; TVNZ tightens up on reporters' political participation; award-winning Andrea Vance on the threat of surveillance; movie murder for Mum. [more]

17/05/2014: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint - waiting
How can we get back into the human habit of waiting, when technology and commerce are pulling us in the opposite direction? [more]

17/05/2014: Neill Duncan - Still Making Music
Neill Duncan has made his living as a musician for much of his life. He is a saxophonist with an incredible story. Duncan was part of the well-known NZ outfits The Six Volts, The Jews Brothers Band, and now his own band Darth Vegas. He lives in the Blue Mountains, Australia, and he plays a rather unique and rather expensive instrument - a saxophone adapted for playing with one hand. [more]

17/05/2014: Mary Wareham
There's a UN Conference on killer robots taking place this week, and New Zealander Mary Wareham is the coordinator of the Human Rights Watch Campaign to stop killer robots and she's in Geneva for the conference. [more]

17/05/2014: Brotha D and Ben Howe
Arch Hill Records and Dawn Raid, you might have to say, have achieved the impossible. Longevity in the music business. [more]

17/05/2014: Down the List for 18 May 2014
The Judith Collins conflict of interest issue has been swamped by the budget. But Winston Peters, from a party that seems to have a scarcity of policy,continues to snipe even when the ammunition seems to have run out. [more]

17/05/2014: Australia Budget
The Australian Government releases its first budget since its election victory last year - and has come under fire from both opposition parties and the public. [more]

17/05/2014: Capital Culture
It was created by four childhood friends - who are also the show's stars - and the first series was broadcast on Youtube this year. [more]

23/05/2014: Mediawatch Extra May 2014
The online-only companion to Mediawatch devoted to your queries and comments. This month: coverage of Kiwis killed overseas; budget coverage gripes; tricky left and right labels; hounding under-fire ministers; synthetic drug stories missing the point; aggressive interviews; climate campaigners ignored; our stuff-ups and spoilers. [more]

24/05/2014: Arguments intensify over capital gains tax
The political argument around housing is becoming more intense in the lead-up to the September election, as politicians fight to convince the public they have the solution to improving home affordability. [more]

24/05/2014: Concerns grow over martial law in Thailand
Concerns are mounting over violations of human rights under the imposition of Martial Law following Thursday's coup in Thailand. [more]

24/05/2014: Voter turnout expert backs compulsory voting
Professor David Farrell, from University College, Dublin, is a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He is a specialist in the study of parties, elections, electoral systems and members of parliament. He is coming to New Zealand as a keynote speaker at the Valuing our Vote Conference on May 29 2014, organized by the Electoral Commission - looking into the barriers and behaviours that impact on voter turnout and civic participation. [more]

24/05/2014: Chief electoral officer discusses low voter turnout
Wallace Chapman speaks with Robert Peden, Chief Executive of the Electoral Commission. [more]

24/05/2014: Political chaos in Nauru
Three opposition MPs in the small Pacific Island nation of Nauru have been kicked out of parliament for speaking their mind in the foreign media. [more]

24/05/2014: Insight for 25 May 2014 - Ngapuhi & Settlement Anguish
Lois Williams explains the divisions in Ngapuhi as efforts are made to decide who should negotiate a settlement [more]

24/05/2014: Alasdair Roberts - State Secrets
Alasdair Roberts is a Professor of Law and Public Policy at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. His book - 'Blacked Out: Government Secrecy in the Information Age, received the 2006 Brownlow Book Award, from the US National Academy of Public Administration. He recently gave a talk on Keeping Government secrets in the information age, for the Australia NZ school of Government at Victoria University. [more]

24/05/2014: Mediawatch for 25 May 2014
The match-fixing scandal erupts in the media - and the unmasking of Player X; an award-winning writer brings journalists and newsmakers together; opening up TV archives to give taxpayers a fair suck of the sav. [more]

24/05/2014: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Wayne looks at the use of our first names in all of our transactions these days, and the social implications. Wallace follows up with Auckland social critic Tony Watkins. [more]

24/05/2014: John Weaver - Suicide Beyond Depression
Professor John Weaver has carried out one of the most comprehensive reviews of suicides in New Zealand after examining over 12,000 coroners' reports from throughout the last century - 1900 to 2000. He wants to see a wider and more long-term view of suicide prevention, urging people to look beyond depression as the main cause of suicide - and to begin addressing some of the wider impacts of society. Wallace talks to Professor Weaver, from McMaster University, Ontario, about his new book, 'Sorrows of a Century'. [more]

24/05/2014: Sheri Fink - Life and Death in Hurricane Katrina
Physician turned journalist Sheri Fink reconstructs the terrible events at a New Orleans hospital - as floodwaters rise, power fails and temperature climbs. 'Five Days at Memorial Hospital' was the culmination of six years work, the reporting of which won her a Pulitzer Prize. [more]

24/05/2014: Unexpected Review
This is no ordinary review, this is the 'Unexpected Review' - where we ask a well known New Zealander to give us their thoughts on some popular culture. This week we're off to the movies with former Waitakere Mayor Bob Harvey. [more]

24/05/2014: Down the List for 25 May 2014
Winston is looking a bit queasy under attack from Brendan Horan as the lid comes off the can of worms that is cricket match fixing. [more]

24/05/2014: Patrick Clifford - Architecture Gold Standard
Patrick Clifford, along with his long time colleagues Malcolm Bowes and Michael Thomson, and more recently Carsten Auer, is responsible for some acclaimed buildings in NZ architecture. [more]

24/05/2014: Paul Harrison - Psychology of Shopping
Have you ever wondered about the psychology of supermarkets? With retail expert and specialist in consumer behavior Paul Harrison. [more]

24/05/2014: Eleanor Ozich - Simple Food
Eleanor Ozich is the founder of the food blog 'My Petite Kitchen', she now has a cookbook, the 'My Petite Kitchen Cookbook'. [more]

31/05/2014: Green Party leader Russel Norman
The Green Party are having their annual general meeting this weekend, and should election night go the way they hope on September 20, for the first time in 24 years Green MP's could become Ministers. A new health package aimed at teenagers has been launched with other policy statements to come. [more]

31/05/2014: Questions remains over death in police custody
Sentry Taitoko died in a police cell over three months ago but his family still don't know why. The police say he died of respiratory problems, despite his family reporting no history of such a condition. [more]

31/05/2014: Bainimarama's Fiji First party may not be sticking to the rules
Election authorities in Fiji have registered the political party of the Prime Minister Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama. However the registration of the Fiji First party has been shrouded in controversy with the regime accused of breaching provisions of its own decrees. [more]

31/05/2014: Auckland Council launches plan for PI home ownership
The Salvation Army recently released a report on the welfare of Pacific Island people - High unemployment and low incomes are concerns, but also worrying, are housing problems that see many Pacific familes increasingly locked out of owning their own home. A new initiative aimed at turning around the home ownership problem has been launched by Auckland Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse. It is a 3 year pilot programme called Turanga. [more]

31/05/2014: Netball: Last round of ANZ champs
A Netball roundup with Penny Miles from netballscoop.com. [more]

31/05/2014: Mediawatch for 1 June 2014
An ill-timed airing of earwax on TV; another image that prompted TV3 to say sorry; a dramatised history which might be easy to miss on screen; a startling tax stat challenged; wrong words on the radio. [more]

31/05/2014: Counterpoint for 1 June 2014
In view of the extraordinary success of the anti-European UK Independence Party (UKIP) in the recent local and European elections, Wayne Brittenden looks at the party and the European-wide backlash against immigration. Wallace Chapman follows up with German historian Professor Christoph Herzog. [more]

31/05/2014: Jade Herriman - Repair Cafes
We live in a throwaway age, where it's often cheaper to buy a new product than repair old ones. The repair café movement, which started in Holland, is trying to change that. There are now more 400 repair cafes around the world where local residents meet face-to-face with skilled volunteers who show them how to mend everything from clothes to cell phones. Jade Herriman, a researcher at the University of Technology, Sydney, has been looking into the phenomenon. [more]

31/05/2014: David Katz - Plastic Bank
The Plastic Bank is turning plastic waste into a currency that can be exchanged to help lift people out of poverty. Founder David Katz talks to Wallace Chapman about his plan to help the world's poor - and clean up the planet. [more]

31/05/2014: The Beatles in New Zealand with Chris Bourke and Redmer Yska
Music writers Chris Bourke and Redmer Yska talk to Wallace Chapman about the Beatles tour of New Zealand 50 years ago. Yska and Bourke were young Wellingtonians at the time and they say the 1964 tour was a watershed moment in popular culture of the country. "From the moment they arrived at Wellington Airport on a Sunday afternoon - greeted by thousands of fans - they were treated like conquering heroes." [more]

31/05/2014: Down the List for 1 June 2014
Well, the unlikely alliance has been struck between what would appear to be two diametrically opposed movements. Enter, in this election year, the Internet Mana Party! [more]

31/05/2014: Kirsti Whalen - Prize Poet
Kirsti Whalen is a poet with a bright future (as well as present). A second-year creative writing student at Auckland's Manukau Institute of Technology, she has been applauded by her mentors and colleagues in the Faculty of Creative Arts, who include celebrated writers Robert Sullivan, Anne Kennedy, Albert Wendt, Witi Ihimaera, and the winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize, Eleanor Catton, for being shortlisted for the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize. Not only a poet, she's spent time as a camel farmer in Austria, she's been a laughing instructor at a yoga retreat and most recently has focused her work on being an advocate for young people with disabilities in Melbourne. She joins us to talk about her life and her poetry. [more]

31/05/2014: Sophie Jerram and Mark Amery - Urban Dream
Vacant retail spaces in towns and cities have been described as "the missing teeth". Sophie Jerram and Mark Amery, from Urban Dream Brokerage, are looking to plug the gaps by connecting retail with community groups with innovative ideas, from a cinema and mood bank to a 1970s-inspired waiting room. [more]

31/05/2014: Roller Derby Grand Slam
Ahead of the Southern Grand Slam Roller Derby tournament in Adelaide, we speak to Talia Hochwimmer aka Coup D'eTalia from the Pirate City Rollers - the oldest roller derby league in New Zealand. [more]

07/06/2014: Historian Jock Phillips
Jock Phillips is one of those rare breed of historians with an ability to fuse an academic approach with a more populist take on culture and history. His books have offered an insight into who we are as New Zealanders - for example his iconic 'A Mans Country. The image of a pakeha male - A history, or Te Whenua Te Iwi: The Land and the People'. But it’s as editor of the on-line encyclopedia Te Ara that Jock is likely to have the most lasting influence on how New Zealanders view themselves. Wallace Chapman talks to Jock Phillips about the individuals, books, and events that have helped shape his own ideas – a list that includes his father, historian Neville Phillips, writers Robin Hyde, Michael King, Henry David Thoreau and John Dewey. [more]

07/06/2014: PM's Pacific Islands tour
Having a plane load of politicians from opposing parties country-hopping around the Pacific was always going to be interesting, and the Prime Minister's goodwill mission this past week did not disappoint. [more]

07/06/2014: NZ Pacifc community response to immigration claims
Listening to that is our Pacific Issues correspondent Karen Mangnall. [more]

07/06/2014: World first test for illness in pregnancy
New Zealand women have taken part in ground-breaking trials to screen for the potentially fatal pregnancy condition, pre-eclampsia. [more]

07/06/2014: Taranaki iwi steps back from Treaty deal over Parihaka
Two Taranaki tribes have now initialled their deeds of settlement with the Crown. [more]

07/06/2014: Taranaki lead negotiator seeks money to support Parihaka
Parihaka is a small coastal Maori settlement, 55 kilo - metres south west of New Plymouth.Two figures, Te Whiti o Rongomai and Tohu Kakahi led the Parihaka movement. Both men were committed to non-violent action in order to resist the invasion of their estates and to protect Maori independence. [more]

07/06/2014: Review of All Blacks vs England test match
Turning to rugby, and to talk about yesterdays' cliff-hanger game is Fairfax columnist, and former sports correspondent for the London Telegraph and Sunday Times, Mark Reason. [more]

07/06/2014: Insight for 8 June 2014 - Tourism's Lofty Goals
Steve Wilde considers tourism industry plans to almost double visitor value in under a decade. [more]

07/06/2014: Tracey Barnett on asylum seekers
For the most part, writes Journalist Tracey Barnett, when it comes to asylum seekers, NZ along with Sweden and Belgium has been seen as a world leader - lauded for it's community based approach. Instead of locking them out of sight in barren detention centres, claimants can wait in the community until their case was decided - but there has been a new punitive tone creeping through - what amounts to mandatory detention for any 'mass' asylum seeker arrivals of thirty or more. [more]

07/06/2014: Mediawatch for 8 June 2014
A Campbell crusade to take the All Blacks to Samoa; do media campaigns create real pressure or just noise?; a literary mystery and other strange kiwi stories from London; Stephen Hawking's publicity stunt. [more]

07/06/2014: Counterpoint for 8 June 2014
Sociologist Hilary Wainright is a research director at the Transnational Institute of scholar activists. Hilary's been engaged in many progressive international issues - particularly on alternatives to globalisation - and she's also the editor of the popular British political magazine Red Pepper. [more]

07/06/2014: Michael Lewis - Flash Boys
When you think Wall Street an image jumps to mind. A bustling trading floor of alpha males in the trading pit yelling at the screens and on phones. That world doesn't exist. The real trading is in heavily guarded boxes in bland buildings in the suburbs, by computer. [more]

07/06/2014: Max Lambert - Victory, NZ airmen and the fall of Germany
From dropping charges on U boats over an icy Atlantic, to bombing German Cities and refineries, and carrying paratroopers and weapons at Normandy, Arnhem, and the Rhine crossing Victory is the story of NZ airmen and the part they played in this last chapter of WW2. [more]

14/06/2014: Minor parties seek deals to guarantee a place in Parliament
Just three months out from the general election the minor parties are seeking the patronage of the major parties as they try to guarantee themselves a place in Parliament. [more]

14/06/2014: ACT leader takes party into election-ready mode
ACT leader Jamie Whyte dicusses his party's fortunes and possible coalition decisions. [more]

14/06/2014: Political changes in PNG spark fears of dictatorship
Fears are being raised in Papua New Guinea over more proposed constitutional amendments which some say are laying the foundations for a dictatorship. [more]

14/06/2014: The FIFA World cup in Brazil
Jacob McSweeny, former Radio New Zealand journalist reports from the Brazilian city of Cuiaba on the FIFA World Cup. [more]

14/06/2014: 2014 set to be a great vintage for NZ wine industry
The New Zealand Wine industry says 2014 is set to become a high quality vintage which will boost the billion-dollar industry. [more]

14/06/2014: Insight for 15 June 2014 - A Defence Force Facing Change
Kate Newton explores whether NZ will need the same sort of Defence Force in the future. [more]

14/06/2014: Extended interview - Chief of Defence Lt-Gen Tim Keating
Kate Newton asks Lieutenant General Keating about the challenges ahead for the Defence Force [more]

14/06/2014: The Rimpac exercise
New Zealand is attending the RIMPAC exercise hosted by the United States Navy. [more]

14/06/2014: Marine Reserves
The Akaroa Marine Reserve was finally opened last Sunday after a near 20-year battle between local conservationists, Ngai Tahu and recreational fishers. [more]

14/06/2014: Black Caps' tour of the West Indies
It's been a good week for New Zealand sport with the All Blacks beating England and wining the Hilliary Shield. [more]

14/06/2014: Mediawatch for 15 June 2014
Media reaction to the downfall of John Banks; public funding for a satirical political party; World Cup scandals create an epic PR disaster; verdicts on Maori TV's mis-spending scoop and how the PM's people gave the media a heads-up by mistake. [more]

14/06/2014: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
In Counterpoint this week, Wayne looks at incarceration US style. [more]

14/06/2014: Tuma Hazou - PLO AT 50
Tuma Hazou spent most of his working life covering the conflict as a journalist with, among others, the BBC and the ABC, but his interest in the Israel Palestine conflict is also personal. [more]

14/06/2014: David Robie - Human Rights in the Pacific
Professor David Robie is the Director of the Pacific Media Centre at the Auckland University of Technology. [more]

14/06/2014: Jason Shon Bennett - Eat Less and Live Long
Jason has written a book about getting healthy, losing weight, and preventing disease with what he calls Regular Intelligent Fasting - The book is Eat Less Live Long. [more]

14/06/2014: Chris Howard - Tweeting Professor
The combined tools of Skype, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram - you are never more than a click away from home anymore. [more]

14/06/2014: Warwick Henderson - Art for Arts sake
Auckland gallery owner Warwick Henderson has written a book called Behind the Canvas - the Insiders Guide to the New Zealand Art Market. [more]

21/06/2014: Insight for 22 June 2014 - Burden of Christchurch Rebuild
Philippa Tolley revisits Christchurch to see how people are coping more than 3 years on [more]

21/06/2014: Matariki at NZ On Screen
To celebrate Matariki, NZ On Screen – the online database for television, film and music – has collated a new collection of Māori programming. [more]

21/06/2014: PM's US trip
Prime Minister John Key has had back to back meetings on his US trip with dignitaries, including a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House. [more]

21/06/2014: Simon Bridges defends exploration in dolphin sanctuary
The West Coast, North Island, Marine Mammal Sanctuary is home to the Maui's dolphin, the Government has come under fire for including more than 3-thousand square kilometres of that sanctuary in the Twenty 14 Block Offer, which opens the area up for competitive tender for petroleum exploration permits. [more]

21/06/2014: Scientist on the risk of exploration in dolphin habitat.
Dr Rochelle Constantine, a Senior Lecturer, at the Institute of Marine Science, University of Auckland is part of the research which places the Maui's dolphin at dire levels. [more]

21/06/2014: PNG Prime Minister fends off arrest for alleged corruption
A major political storm has engulfed the office of the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea this week in relation to a corruption case he is implicated in. [more]

21/06/2014: Debate heats up over Scotland's independence referendum
Lesley Riddoch is a broadcaster and journalist who writes for the Scotsman and Guardian, she often comments on Scottish Independence and wants them to vote Yes. [more]

21/06/2014: Gearing Up for Wimbledon Championship
David Luddy is a sports commentator who was chairman of the British Lawn Tennis Writers' and is on the Wimbledon media sub committee. [more]

21/06/2014: Wish You Were Here Art Project
Christchurch artist Julia Holden has been working on an art project called 'Wish you were here'. [more]

21/06/2014: Mediawatch for 22 June 2014
The media frenzy around David Cunliffe; the fight for hearts and minds over funding a tilt at the Americas Cup; a magazine poll on trust falls flat and a British invader in Australia's media market. [more]

21/06/2014: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint.
Wayne looks at the great popularity of the Pope with progressives inside and outside the Church. [more]

21/06/2014: Creative Writers Panel
The Manukau Institute of Technology has just opened its new campus which will see students learning in a fully cloud based environment. [more]

21/06/2014: Child Poverty: young people, and other experts
We take a look at the always controversial topic of child poverty in New Zealand. Three year-13 students at Wellington East Girls College tell Jeremy Rose about their experiences of child poverty; and Dr Jonathan Boston, the co-author of the just released Child Poverty in New Zealand, and Lindsay Mitchell a welfare researcher, talk to Wallace Chapman. [more]

28/06/2014: Economic Minister Steven Joyce
The 78th National Party annual conference is underway this weekend, and there is a clear message coming out of it - National may be doing well in the polls - but in this MMP environment the election could be anyones. Economic Minister, The Hononorable Steven Joyce is at the conference. [more]

28/06/2014: Political Editor Brent Edwards
Our Political Editor Brent Edwards is also at the National Party conference. [more]

28/06/2014: Sacked PNG Attorney General calls for Prime Minister to resign
Calls continue for Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to resign amid an ongoing legal wrestle related to a major corruption case. [more]

28/06/2014: Planning expert optimistic for South Auckland initiative
Tim Williams led the re-generation of east London, including developments for the 2008 Olympics, and is now CEO of the Committee for Sydney - an economic development group. He was in Auckland recently to have a look at the work being done on Auckland Council's "southern initiative", an ambitious effort to transform the poorer parts of South Auckland, which is in its initial stages. [more]

28/06/2014: Wimbledon 2014
Wimbledon 2014 - David Luddy was chairman of the British Lawn Tennis Writers' and is on the Wimbledon media sub committee - he reports from Wimbledon. [more]

28/06/2014: Insight for 29 June 2014 - Japan's Massive Rebuild Mission
Cushla Norman reports from Japan on progress in the massive post tsunami rebuild [more]

28/06/2014: Mediawatch for 29 June 2014
The PM in the US; overwrought reporting of Labour's 'donation nightmare'; radio kills the video star with a new TV channel; the phone hacking trial in Murdoch's press; some overcooked Sunday paper stories. [more]

28/06/2014: Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard - 20 000 Days on Earth
The resolutely camera shy Nick Cave is captured on film in a way never seen before. In a fusion of reality and drama 20,000 Days on Earth documents 24 hours in the life of the musical icon - it's an unorthodox approach to film making, and it reveals frank insights about the man, the way he writes, and the world he inhabits. Ian Forsyth and Jane Bollard are the directors of the film. [more]

28/06/2014: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Wayne Brittenden looks at the forces at play and some little known history. Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's rejected calls from the US and Europe for a more inclusive government to counter the alarming insurgency of disaffected Sunnis and Jihadists, known as either ISIS - the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIL - the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. Then Wallace Chapman speaks with Kevin Martin, well known in the US media as a commentator on international conflict. He's also Executive Director of the independent organisation Peace Action. [more]

28/06/2014: Tara Moss - The Fictional Woman
Tara Moss is a novelist, TV presenter and journalist. Her books are published in 18 countries and include the internationally best-selling and acclaimed, series of six crime novels featuring the feminist heroine, Mak Vander-wall. The Fictional Woman is Tara's 10th book - weaving her own experiences and key moments, an international fashion model in the 90's, a mother, into a wider discussion including everyday sexism, under representation of women, and body image. [more]

28/06/2014: Brazil in Focus
In the latest of our occasional Countries in Focus series we take a look at Brazil. Brazil's youngest ever published author, Diego Albuquerque, and his Kiwi publisher and translator, Peter Dowling, speak to us about his book Snowy the Doganaut and the state of Brazilian children's literature; Brazilian ambassador Eduardo Gradilone recalls being a student activist in the campaign to end the military dictatorship which governed Brazil from 1964 to 1985, explains why he's studying te reo Maori, and speaks about some of his favourite places in the world's fifth largest country. Later, Brazilian musician Alda Rezende shares some of her favourite music. [more]

04/07/2014: Mediawatch Extra July 2014
The online-only companion to Mediawatch devoted to your queries and comments. This month: complaints about coverage of Donghua Liu's donations; how a long-haired schoolboy squabble ended up in the news; woman presenters copping unfair flak; a taxpayer funded TV history of sex; mistakes made by mis-hearing reporters. [more]

05/07/2014: Politics with David Talbot
Labour's election campaign manager, David Talbot, talks about the party pre-election congress currently under way in Wellington. [more]

05/07/2014: Politics with Chris Bramwell
Radio New Zealand political reporter Chris Bramwell has been at the Labour Party congress. [more]

05/07/2014: Pacific fisheries
Radio New Zealand International's Alex Perrottet talks about the further limits Pacific nations are imposing on some fisheries as fears grow for the viability of various tuna species. [more]

05/07/2014: Wimbledon with Dave Luddy
Dave Luddy live from Wimbledon with a look back at today's women's final and a preview of what's in store for the business end of the men's tournament. [more]

05/07/2014: Iraq with Donatella Rovera
Amnesty International's Senior Crisis Response Adviser, Donatella Rovera, has just returned to the UK from Northern Iraq and outlines many of the extreme concerns her organisation has for Iraq and its people. [more]

05/07/2014: Insight for 6 July 2014 - NZ's Tiptoe Relations with US & China
Insight travels to Washington to explore how NZ can balance relationship between US and China [more]

05/07/2014: Outgoing Federated Farmers' CEO - Connor English
The youngest of the twelve English siblings, Connor talks about his farming childhood in Southland and what competition within a large family taught him for life as an adult. [more]

05/07/2014: Mediawatch for 6 July 2014
The diplomatic immunity drama; changes at RNZ on air and behind the scenes; a confusing picture of peace at Auckland's port; claims of a gag on Teina Pora, and; politicians using bad words. [more]

05/07/2014: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint - sex and disability
Is sexual experience a human right, and if so, should we not be ensuring that this right is not denied to those with physical disabilities? [more]

05/07/2014: Margaret Sparrow - Rough on Women
Margaret Sparrow chronicles the experiences of 19th-Century New Zealand women who had managed to obtain abortions. Her new book 'Rough on Women - Abortion in 19th Century NZ' explores the dangers, risks, prejudices and pre-conceptions of the day that befell those women who became pregnant out of wedlock. [more]

05/07/2014: Frederick Tcheng - Dior and I
Raf Simons is the new creative force behind the house of Dior. The quietly spoken Belgian is the subject of a new feature length documentary, Dior and I. The director Frederick Tcheng speaks about this new project which will screen at the New Zealand International Film Festival. [more]

05/07/2014: Anna Guenther - pledgeme
Crowd sourcing of venture capital via the web? Enter Pledgeme. The founder and CEO Anna Guenther talks about the Pledgeme journey over the last two years since its inception. [more]

05/07/2014: Shaun Holt - medicinal honey
Medical researcher Professor Shaun Holt, adjunct Professor at Victoria University is closely involved in honey research, and is the co-founder of Honey Lab, which produces pharmaceutical grade Kanuka Honey. [more]

05/07/2014: Lucy Green - ballerina
Prima ballerina with the Royal New Zealand Ballet on her road to the top. [more]

12/07/2014: Laila Harre - Internet Party Roadshow
The Internet Party Roadshow will be getting underway this week with a series of events across the country. Internet Party Leader Laila Harre joins Wallace to talk about their efforts for getting out the youth vote for the Internet Mana Party alliance. [more]

12/07/2014: Maori Party kicks off campaign aiming for all Maori seats
Born during Matariki 2004, The Maori Party is celebrating 10 years of political life at Whakaturia, Rotorua this weekend at their campiagn launch. The party's founders Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples will step down at the end of the Parliamentary term, so the Maori Party's future will rest with Te Ururoa Flavell retaining his Wairiki seat. [more]

12/07/2014: Poor healthcare in the Pacific
Poor governance, growing populations and poor health conditions in general are resulting in severe health problems across much of the Pacific. Making matters worse, healthcare is lacking, with a severe shortage of doctors in the region, and some hospitals are teetering on the brink of collapse. [more]

12/07/2014: Mason Clinic - a hospital for NZ's most dangerous offenders
The Mason Clinic is home to some of the country's most dangerous offenders but there are no guards. It's a hospital, not a prison and is staffed by nurses and doctors. The clinic is the country's largest forensic psychiatric unit with 106 beds - and while many of its inmates are under lock and key, the clinic's focus is on treatment. [more]

12/07/2014: Former RNZ journalist heading to football final
The world will be watching the Football World Cup final and the stage is set for an incredible match, former Radio New Zealand Journalist Jacob McSweeney is in Brazil for the Football World Cup. [more]

12/07/2014: Insight for 13 July 2014 - Commonwealth Games 2014
Alex Coogan-Reeves considers whether the Commonwealth Games is still viable in a crowded sporting marketplace [more]

12/07/2014: Diane Coyle - Enlightened Economics
What is GDP ? It's a phrase you hear bandied around daily. It's a part of the modern vernacular, and yet rarely does one stop to think - what does it represent? Why is it important ? Where did GDP, or Gross Domestic Product come from? Dianne Coyle is an economist, Professor of economics at Manchester University and author of several books, including 'GDP: A Brief and Affectionate History' out on Princeton University Press. Diane is also acting Chair of the BBC Trust, so has some interesting insights into public broadcasting. [more]

12/07/2014: Mediawatch for 13 July 2014
The trial of Rolf Harris; how TV handled two victims of alleged sexual assault; the World Cup and the market for TV sports rights; pre-election claims of media bias, a paper changes tack on tax. [more]

12/07/2014: Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint
Following Indonesia's general election last Wednesday, Wayne takes a critical look at the campaign and suggests that the presidential contenders differ more greatly in style than in substance. Wallace follows up with Dr. Binoy Kampmark of the RMIT University in Melbourne. [more]

12/07/2014: Garth McVicar and Kim Workman
In the latest of our occasional series Influential Kiwis Talk About Their Influences, Garth McVicar and Kim Workman reflect on the individuals, books and events that have shaped them. Kim Workman and Garth McVicar are the yin and yang of crime and punishment in New Zealand. Garth McVicar, a Hawke's Bay farmer who founded the Sensible Sentencing Trust, is known for his "lock 'em up and throw away the key" approach to crime; whereas Kim Workman, a former policeman who went on to become the head of the prison service and founded the lobby group Rethinking Crime and Punishment, is known for his unflagging commitment to rehabilitation and restorative justice. Unsurprisingly both cite their parents as major influences but which one is a fan of psychoanalyst Viktor Frankl and which one cites Steve Jobs as an inspiration? [more]

12/07/2014: Charles Dennard - Cirque du Soleil
Born in the US city of Macon, Georgia, Charles Dennard has been working in the music industry for more than 20 years. Before joining Cirque du Soleil in 2002, Charles spent over 10 years working as a professional musician in New Orleans and teaching jazz music at a local Community College and at the University of New Orleans. Charles first joined Cirque du Soleil as the keyboardist and assistant bandleader of the Big Top touring production Alegría. He joins us on Sunday Morning to talk about his upcoming role in Cirque du Soleil's Totem. [more]

12/07/2014: Paora Joseph - Voices from the River
Paora Joseph is of Atihau-a-Papaarangi and Nga Rauru descent, from Kaiwhaiki Pa and Putiki Marae, Whanganui. In Auckland, he worked as an actor with renowned Maori filmmaker Don Selwyn. Selwyn encouraged him to become a director and he was later mentored by award-winning filmmaker Gaylene Preston in making 'Tatarakihi: The Children of Parihaka', which screened in the 2012 NZ International Film Festival. Paora Joseph talks to Wallace about his new film 'Te Awa Tupua - Voices from the River' ahead of its world premiere at the 2014 New Zealand International Film Festival. [more]

12/07/2014: Gerard Johnstone - Housebound
Wallace talks to Gerard Johnstone about his debut feature film Housebound - a mix of gothic horror and domestic comedy. The film had a shaky start but became a hit at the South by Southwest Film Festival and will feature in the New Zealand International Film Festival. [more]

19/07/2014: Malaysia Airlines flight MH17
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, shot down in a part of eastern Ukraine held by pro-Russian rebels in the early hours of Friday morning with 295 people on board. Wallace speaks with Washington correspondent, Priscilla Huff. [more]

19/07/2014: Israel's ground offensive against Hamas militants
Reporter Blair Cunningham has been to the borders with Gaza and he joins us from Jerusalem. [more]

19/07/2014: Winston Peters
Winston Peters speaks with Wallace before the 21st New Zealand First Party Conference. [more]

19/07/2014: NZ First Conference
Demelza Leslie is covering the NZ First Conference at Alexandra Park in Auckland. [more]

19/07/2014: Jean-Pascal Couraud
It is more than 16 years since the French Polynesian journalist, Jean-Pascal Couraud, vanished in what appears to be a politically motivated assassination. Walter Zweifel from Radio New Zealand International reports. [more]

19/07/2014: Glamour football is coming
English Premier League sides Newcastle United and West Ham are taking on The Phoenix and Sydney FC in a round robin of games dubbed the 'Football United Tour'. General Manager of The Phoenix is David Dome. [more]

19/07/2014: Commonwealth Games
The 20th Commonwealth Games begin in Glasgow later this week and sports reporter Stephen Hewson has recently arrived in the city to cover the event for Radio New Zealand. [more]

19/07/2014: Richard Egan - Spiritual Care
Dr Richard Egan is a University of Otago lecturer in health promotion who has written widely on spirituality. His most recent research looks at the importance of spiritual care for people with serious illnesses. [more]

19/07/2014: Mediawatch for 20 July 2014
World Cup breaks records and startles reporters; Sky TV's boss on past success and future digital challenges; investigators advising our investigative journalists. [more]

19/07/2014: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Wayne Brittenden takes a critical look at Israel and the particular unhappiness of Jews who oppose the conduct of the Israeli government. Then, Norman Pollack, Emeritus Professor of History at Michigan State University, a Harvard PhD and a prolific writer of books and articles on many aspects of social theory and political policy, particularly relating to Israel and the US. [more]

19/07/2014: The Troubles
The Troubles play 21st century jazz and are performing at the Edinburgh International Jazz and Blues Festival in July as part of the 'NZ at the Festival'. [more]

19/07/2014: Greg Olear
Greg Olear is the author of Fathermucker, a Los Angeles Times bestseller, and Totally Killer, which is being developed for television by Bret Easton Ellis. Wallace talks to Greg Olear about his not-so-secret love of Billy Joel, what Duran Duran's The Reflex is really about, and his cultural criticism site The Weeklings. [more]

19/07/2014: Transgender Statistics
Statistics New Zealand is asking for feedback on a proposal to help develop a consistent way of measuring and using information about gender. Rainbow Youth general manager Duncan Matthews thinks this could help improve the availability of services for transgender people, who he says are currently 'invisible'. [more]

19/07/2014: The Intellectual Commons
Nobel laureate Randy Schekman recently committed himself to only publishing in open access journals - that is, journals that can be accessed by anyone for free. And the open access movement is going from strength-to-strength with a growing number of scientists, musicians, artists and governments committing themselves to the sharing of intellectual property. Neuroscientist Fabiana Kubke talks to Wallace Chapman about open access journals and why she believes it's wrong to charge people for science paid for out of the public purse; photographer Meena Kadri tells Jeremy Rose about how sharing her photos on Flickr has resulted in sales to the likes of Apple; and Matt McGregor, of Creative Commons Aotearoa New Zealand, tells Wallace about the NZ Commons website launched this week. [more]

26/07/2014: Politics with Grant Duncan
Massey University Associate Professor in public policy and political theory, Grant Duncan, addresses the issue of post-election coalition negotiations and the transparency, or not, of who will do what with whom prior to the ballot. [more]

26/07/2014: Politics with Colin Craig
Conservative Party leader on his party's election campaign and the policies of one law for all and binding referenda. [more]

26/07/2014: Alex Duprel on French Polynesian politics
The editor of Tahiti's Pacific Monthly chronicles the political career and the corruption conviction controversy around the French Polynesian senator, and former president, Gaston Flosse. [more]

26/07/2014: Eric Tijerina on child migrants crisis dividing US
Tens of thousands of unaccompanied child immigrants are arriving in the US from Central America - the issue is seen as a crisis. [more]

26/07/2014: Tim Graham at the Commonwealth Games
The latest from Glasgow on the overnight New Zealand medal-haul, and the Usain Bolt roadshow hits town. [more]

26/07/2014: Susan Bissel on the Girl Summit 2014
UNICEF's Chief of Child Protection, Susan Bissel, talks about the first conference dedicated to tackling female genital mutilation and forced marriage, it was held in London this week. [more]

26/07/2014: Mediawatch for 27 July 2014
Reporting the MH 17 disaster; how the media handle gruesome details and images in an era of instant transmission; should reporters fear surveillance and snooping, and how can they protect themselves and keep sources secret? [more]

26/07/2014: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint - Fukushima
This week, a fresh look at Fukushima which Wallace discusses with Melbourne University's Nossal Institute for Global Health's associate professor Dr Tilman Ruff. [more]

26/07/2014: David Armitage on the plight of history
Harvard University professor David Armitage asks us to reconsider the plight of the historian with an endemic short-termism in current thought. [more]

26/07/2014: Meg Worlitzer on The Interestings
Writer of The Interestings, Meg Worlitzer will be in New Zealand next month for Christchurch's WORD Writers and Readers Festival. [more]

26/07/2014: Rawiri Paratene and The Globe Shakespeare Global Tour
Rawiri Paratene is the only non-British actor travelling by boat, train, plane and tall-ship across seven continents from village squares to national theatres, starting and ending at The Globe theatre over the next two years following what would have been The Bard's 450th birthday. [more]

26/07/2014: Rebecca Wadey on cancer patient wellness
A decade after a diagnosis with cancer, Rebecca Wadey has opened what she calls a one-stop wellness hub - The Centre in Kingsland, Auckland and she's decided to run free yoga classes for cancer patients. [more]

26/07/2014: Shaun Holt on Complementary Therapies for Cancer
Professor Shaun Holt, the author of Complementary Therapies for Cancer: What Works, What Doesn't, and how to tell the difference. [more]

02/08/2014: Bill Bailey - Life and Limboland
British comedian, musician and actor Bill Bailey is touring NZ in November with his new show, Limboland - all about that gap between how we imagine our lives to be, and how they really are. [more]

02/08/2014: MPs mark the end of the parliamentary term
Parliament has risen, and MPs have fanned out across the country to start campaigning for the September election. [more]

02/08/2014: Retiring MPs reflect on their time in Parliament
And as Parliament rises for the election there have been a round of valedictory speeches, as MPs depart. Two of them are long serving MP's, the Hon. Phil Heatley, a five term MP for Whangarei since 1999 - and Labour MP Darien Fenton, bowing out after 9 years of service, as a list MP with the Labour party. [more]

02/08/2014: RNZI correspondent Sally Round in Fiji
The elections will be taking place in Fiji on the 17th of September this year, and much of the focus will be on how Commodore Frank Bainimarama's party does, and whether the elections are deemed free and fair. Six parties are registered to run in the election. Radio New Zealand International's Sally Round reports. [more]

02/08/2014: Internet Party candidate for Auckland Central Miriam Pierard
Miriam Pierard is the Internet Party's candidate for Auckland Central, and number 3 on the party list. The 27 year old's background is in the social sciences, education and activism. Miriam says she came home from South America early this year, to change the government. [more]

02/08/2014: Stephen Hewson with the latest from the Commonwealth Games
Stephen Hewson is reporting from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. [more]

02/08/2014: Meghan Mutrie reports on Black Ferns' progress in WRWC
In France the 12 best Women's Rugby teams are one round in to the Women's Rugby World Cup. Meghan Mutrie is a former Canadian international for the Sevens and Fifteens, a former Wellington reporter for The Crowd Goes Wild and she is currently living and working in the UK as a producer for IRB Total Rugby. [more]

02/08/2014: Sharon Jones - Soul Survivor
She's been called the female James Brown, but soul singer Sharon Jones does her own thing. After a decade of touring and recording Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings have fashioned themselves into one of the more formidable soul outfits today. Coming off the back of their fifth album, Give the people what they want, they play Auckland on September 4th Bruce Mason Centre. [more]

02/08/2014: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Wayne looks at the troubling - but little discussed - increasing incidence of plagiarism in universities. Wallace follows up with Michael Peters, Professor of Education at the University of Waikato. [more]

02/08/2014: Heather Hendrickson - Superbugs
Heather Hendrickson is a lecturer in molecular biosciences at Massey University. She talks to Wallace about antibiotic resistance, superbugs, new drugs, and the impact of antibacterial consumer products. [more]

02/08/2014: Nathan Consedine - Emotional Voting
Dr Nathan Consedine is an Associate Professor at Auckland University and Director of Masters in Health Psychology. He joins Wallace in the first of monthly chats to discuss how emotions influence votes. [more]

02/08/2014: Dean Brettschneider - Passion for Dough
Dean Brettschneider is a truly global baker - a Kiwi who splits his time between Denmark, Singapore and NZ. He is the founder and co-owner of bakery chain Baker and Cook which has its flagship store in Singapore. His new book 'Bread' - shows off a 25 year love affair with all things dough. [more]

02/08/2014: Anna Cottrell - Great War Stories
Anna Cottrell is a documentary maker, who is passionate about telling New Zealand stories. Her latest project takes a look at New Zealand's contribution to the First World War - focusing on the personal stories of Kiwis caught up in that conflict. Her previous films include New Zealand: An Immigrant Nation, and Children of Gallipolli. She joins Wallace to talk about Great War Stories - a series of short films screening next week to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of WW1. [more]

09/08/2014: Tax is shaping up as a key election issue
Tax is shaping up again as one of the defining issues of the election campaign with the two major parties disagreeing over the need for a comprehensive capital gains tax. We hear from Political Editor Brent Edwards. [more]

09/08/2014: Economist says tax policy should be taken away from politicians
There is the wider question of what role does tax play in society. Susan Guthrie is an economist at the Morgan Foundation, and co-author with Gareth Morgan of the book 'The Big Kahuna, turning tax and welfare in NZ on its head'. Susan has worked for NZ Treasury, the Reserve Bank, and in international broking. [more]

09/08/2014: Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama campaigns local Fijians
Fiji's leader, Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama is in Auckland this weekend and spoke at the Vodafone Events Centre yesterday to hundreds of supporters and a small host of vocal protesters. [more]

09/08/2014: National's Hutt South candidate Chris Bishop
Continuing our profile of some of the new candidates standing in this years election, this morning we take a look at The National Party candidate for Hutt South Chris Bishop. Bishop is from the Hutt, he worked as an advisor to Gerry Brownlee, and later Stephen Joyce - he has worked in the corporate sector, and is a well known, and award winning debater. [more]

09/08/2014: Gay Rugby
The Bingham Cup Sydney 2014 is set to be held from August 24th. It is known as the World Cup of Gay rugby Union, and is seen as a catalyst for change, both on and off the sporting field. There are more than 60 Gay rugby teams worldwide, 33 of them will be at the Bingham cup, and it is the first time that NZ will be represented. Dean Knight will be part of the rugby action. [more]

09/08/2014: Ari Seth Cohen : Fashionably Old
Ari Seth Cohen is the creator of Advanced Style a street-style photographic blog documenting, in his words, the "fashion and wisdom of the senior set." The blog has since inspired a book and a documentary - both also called Advanced Style. Ari Seth Cohen speaks to Wallace about the beauty that comes with age and what he's expecting to find on his visit to New Zealand. [more]

09/08/2014: Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint
This weekend marks the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. Wayne looks at the little-known story of American victims of US bombs. Wallace follows up with US physician Dr Craig Booth and medical social worker Claudia Peterson. [more]

09/08/2014: Joanna Preston : The Dark Feathered Art of Poetry
Joanna Preston is an Australian-born poet, editor and freelance writing tutor who lives in Southbridge, near Christchurch. She has just taken over as poetry editor for Takahe magazine, which is marking its 25th anniversary with an event at the WORD Christchurch Writers & Readers Festival later this month. Joanna's first collection, The Summer King, was published by Otago University Press in 2009. She talks to Wallace about the inspiration, sweat and tears it takes to write a poem - and why some poems are just too hard to understand. [more]

09/08/2014: David Doubilet : An Underwater Life
David Doubilet began snorkeling at age eight and by age 12 he was taking underwater pictures on a Brownie Hawkeye camera stuffed into a rubber anesthesiologist bag. He's gone on to become one of the world's most celebrated underwater photographers - publishing nearly 70 National Geographic stories since his first assignment in 1971. [more]

09/08/2014: John Demartini : Digital Distraction
John Demartini is the founder of the Demartini Institute a private research and education organisation focusing on human development. Dr Demartini speaks to Wallace about 'digital distraction' and why we should all be using the time we spend on technology in better ways. [more]

09/08/2014: Jennifer Frost : Let’s Talk About Gossip
Associate Professor of History at Auckland University Dr Jennifer Fros specialises in the social, cultural, and political history of 20th century America. Her last book Hedda Hopper's Hollywood: Celebrity Gossip and American Conservatism was named one of the five best books on Hollywood and politics by the Wall Street Journal. She speaks to Wallace about gossip, ahead of her forthcoming book - When Private Talk Goes Public: Gossip in United States History. [more]

09/08/2014: Kerryann Dunlop : Joining the First 15 of Cookery
Kerryann Dunlop was a qualified silver-service waitress before being selected to be one of the initial intake into Jamie Oliver's 15 Apprentice Programme. The mother of two has continued cooking, at work and at home, ever since. Her passion for good, simple and affordable food is now documented in a cookbook that celebrates the cooking of her mum and nanna. She speaks to Wallace about her love of food and why she believes it's crucial that everyone learns to cook. [more]

16/08/2014: Chris Bramwell explores dirty campaign claims
The election campaign is only just under way but already the mud has been flying in all directions. [more]

16/08/2014: Marian Hobbs blames bloggers for new level of nastiness
2014 has been called 'the nasty campaign', and that was even before the leaked emails came to light in a new book by Nicky Hager. [more]

16/08/2014: Arrest of French jounalists highlight sensitivity in West Papua
The arrests of two French journalists in Indonesia's Papua province have put the spotlight on restrictions still in force on access to West Papua. [more]

16/08/2014: ACT's Epsom candidate David Seymour
Our ongoing series of profiles looking at new candidates - who are they, where did they come from? This morning, 31-year-old David Seymour is running for ACT in Epsom, one of the electorates that, as always, is one to watch come election time. [more]

16/08/2014: Molly Oldfield - Down in the Museum Basement
Molly Oldfield has always loved history. She studied Modern History at Oxford University and this led her to her job, writing and researching the popular TV programme, QI. Over the last year, Molly has devoted her time to seeking out treasures in many museum basements, and writing her book The Secret Museum. Molly speaks to Wallace ahead of her appearance at the Melbourne Readers and Writers Festival. [more]

16/08/2014: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Six months ago, Counterpoint took a critical look at the proliferation of straplines and slogans for just about every institution. Today, Wayne sets his gaze on some of the party vote electoral slogans, the likely thinking behind them and, crucially, what they don't say. Wallace talks to Tony Watkins, a social critic and author who is also a former academic at the University of Auckland. [more]

16/08/2014: Nicky Hager - Dirty Politics
Investigative journalist Nicky Hager is the author of the most talked about book of the year to date - Dirty Politics: How attack politics is poisoning New Zealand's political environment. Wallace Chapman talks to Nicky Hager about the origins of the book, its revelations, and the state of New Zealand politics. [more]

16/08/2014: Dirty Politics: an ethical minefield
Victoria University professor of philosophy Simon Keller specialises in ethics and political philosophy. He joins Wallace to talk about the ethical minefield thrown up by the publication of Dirty Politics. How do you decide whether looking at someone's personal correspondence is in the public interest? Is it ever okay for Cabinet Ministers to leak information in the knowledge it will be used against their political opponents? [more]

16/08/2014: Bruce Ansley - Sailing with South Sea Vagabonds
Seventy-five years ago a book was published that would become a classic tale of the sea in New Zealand. The book was South Sea Vagabonds and it was written by JW Wray. It has inspired readers since it was first published, and one of those readers is New Zealand author Bruce Ansley. He has picked up the original story from where it left off and he speaks to Wallace about South Sea Vagabonds and why it has meant so much to the New Zealand sailing community. [more]

16/08/2014: Vela Manusaute - Pasifika in Edinburgh
The Factory is a Pasifika musical that tells the story of immigrant Samoan factory workers in South Auckland in the 1970s, and it's being performed at the Edinburgh Festival. Radio New Zealand producer Charlotte Graham is in Edinburgh, covering the Festival with assistance from Creative New Zealand. She talks to The Factory director, Vela Manusaute. [more]

16/08/2014: Gilad Lotan - Social Media and Personal Bias
Gilad Lotan is the Chief Data Scientist at Betaworks - he analyses data from social networks and translates what it all means. His latest post is entitled 'Israel, Gaza War & Data - social networks and the art of personalizing propaganda' and he speaks to Wallace about how our social media preferences can reinforce our own personal bias. [more]

23/08/2014: Conflict history - Sir Hew Strachan
Sir Hew Strachan is the Chichele Professor of the History of War at Oxford University, and is in New Zealand for a series of talks, as part of the First World War project to commemorate the centenary of The Great War. [more]

23/08/2014: Conflict History - Leah Bell and Waimarama Anderson
Two Otorohanga College students who started the petition for government recognition of the New Zealand Wars and a public holiday with which to commemorate them. [more]

23/08/2014: Conflict history - Henry Reynolds
Henry Reynolds is a leading Australian historian and the author of Forgotten War, the book chronicling Australia's wars with its indigenous peoples. [more]

23/08/2014: Politics and economic policy
Radio New Zealand political editor Brent Edwards looks at the main parties economic policies, and the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services Executive Officer, Trevor McGlinchey, urges voters to weigh up what's important for us all. [more]

23/08/2014: The Pacific tuna catch
Philippa Tolley is back from Fiji having covered the briefing, from senior government and industry figures, on the state of the Pacific tuna fishery. [more]

23/08/2014: Labour's Manukau-East candidate Jenny Salesa
Labour's new candidate for the Manukau-East seat is of Tongan descent, and has a working life including time spent in the U.S., Tonga and New Zealand. She talks about what she can bring to this south Auckland electorate. [more]

23/08/2014: Andrew Geddis on Dirty Politics
Professor Andrew Geddis from Otago University teaches Public Law, and also papers including Law and the Democratic Process. He is also a member of the Legislation Advisory Committee, and makes comment on Nicky Hager's Dirty Politics. [more]

23/08/2014: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint - Israeli apartheid
Kolin Thumbadoo is a founding member of the ANC's Australian Office, and a specialist in the management of international aid projects. Mr Thumbadoo speaks about Israel's historic links to apartheid era South Africa, and the zionist nation's journey to its own divided statehood. [more]

23/08/2014: Antarctica
As part of New Zealand's contribution to World Science Week, 1,500 scientists will be in New Zealand for the planet's largest gathering of Antarctic specialists. Wallace is joined by: George Blaisdell, the Chief Programme Director for the US Antarctic programme; AUT Professor Steve Pointing, and; celebrated New Zealand photographer Jane Ussher. [more]

23/08/2014: Murray Burns - Mi-Sex
Mi-Sex keyboardist Murray Burns talks about the band's history and their recent reformation. [more]

23/08/2014: Tribute to Ian Gordon
Vale Ian, we will miss you very much. Wallace Chapman pays tribute to Radio New Zealand sound engineer Ian Gordon during Sunday Morning on Radio New Zealand National. [more]

30/08/2014: Barry Coates - new candidate for the Green Party
Continuing the Sunday Morning profile series of new candidates this election, this morning Green party candidate for Mt Roskill, Barry Coates. [more]

30/08/2014: What does Judith Collins's resignation mean for the National Party's campaign?
The Prime Minister, John Key, insists Judith Collins' sudden resignation won't derail the National Party's campaign three weeks out from the election. [more]

30/08/2014: Parties push housing policies
Housing, or the lack there of, has been one policy area to get some traction, over the dirty politics saga that has dominated the early weeks of this election campaign. [more]

30/08/2014: Porirua doctor Bryan Betty discusses sub-standard housing and illness
How do the various housing announcements effect those in areas of very high deprivation? One of those areas is Cannons Creek in Porirua. [more]

30/08/2014: PNG Government resumes in wake of fraud claims against Prime Minister
Papua New Guinea's parliament has resumed this week after being adjourned in June amid fallout from a major fraud case engulfing the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill. [more]

30/08/2014: Dr Donna Swift wins Sonja Davies Peace Award for her work in girls’ violence
Donna Swift is a social anthropologist, reseacher and educator, from the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology. Donna recently won the Sonja Davies Peace Award for her work in the area of girls violence. In rural areas like the West Coast, anti-social behaviours amongst teenage girls are heightened. [more]

30/08/2014: Wayne Brittendon's Counterpoint looks at New Zealand's bid for a seat on the UN Security Council
With New Zealand's bid against Spain and Turkey for a non- permanent seat on the UN Security Council, Wayne takes a critical look at the campaign. [more]

30/08/2014: Author Lee Child discusses losing his job and finding Jack Reacher
Lee Child is the man behind the Jack Reacher character. He has a new book, another in the Jack Reacher series, called Personal. Reacher is on a mission to hunt down a sniper, who he put away in prison years before, but who is now out. [more]

30/08/2014: Chef Dan Pearson talks about his new book 'Bistronomy'
Dan Pearson began his career as a teenager in the burger vans and factory kitchens of Northampton, England and worked his way up over the years ending up at the Michelin-starred Foliage at the Mandarin Oriental, Knightsbridge. [more]

30/08/2014: Soprano Anna Leese talks about her role in 'Don Giovanni'
Anna has recently returned to our shores from her home in Italy to play the part of Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni. [more]

30/08/2014: Jeremy Rose finds out about Vertical Living
In the 1940s a group of idealistic Wellington architects formed the Architectural Centre. For more than six decades the Centre has been at the forefront of debates about how the city should develop. Recently it proposed an alternative to the controversial Basin Reserve Flyover. [more]

30/08/2014: Nobel Prize winner Professor Gordon McBean
One of the leading voices in the field of climate change is Nobel Prize Co recipient Professor Gordon McBean who has just been named President of the International Council for Science. [more]

06/09/2014: Damien Echols and Lorri Davis - Yours for Eternity
Damien Echols was one of the West Memphis Three - three men convicted in 1994 for murdering three boys in the US state of Arkansas. He was released after more than 18 years on death row. Damien Echols and Lorri Davis met in 1996, were married in prison in 1999, and wrote to each other for 16 years. These letters are published in Yours For Eternity, and both Damien and Lorri talk to Wallace about their relationship, their battle for Damien's freedom, and their debt to NZ film-maker, Peter Jackson. [more]

06/09/2014: Jacqueline Smart on youth vote
Ethnographic researcher Jacqueline Smart has been looking at young New Zealanders to see how they see themselves in the context of national and cultural identity. [more]

06/09/2014: Gaston Flosse forced out of office
French Polynesian president Gaston Flosse was forced out of office after a sentence for corruption was finally enforced. Radio New Zealand International's news editor Walter Zweifel details the story with Jeremy Rose. [more]

06/09/2014: Prisoners working outside prison at record levels
The number of prisoners going to work has reached record levels as Corrections targets the growing gap of skilled workers. [more]

06/09/2014: Maori Party Ikaroa Rawhiti candidate Marama Fox
As part of the series on new political candidates, we profile the Maori Party's potential Ikaroa Rawhiti MP Marama Fox. [more]

06/09/2014: Michael Field - The Catch
Michael Field's new book, The Catch, shines a light on what happens away from prying eyes, out in the ocean. It is a portrayal of how parts of fishing industry have virtually reinvented slavery. [more]

06/09/2014: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint - Watergate, 40-years on
This week's Counterpoint looks back at the demise of the Nixon administration and the ramifications for the Fourth Estate, with Professor Robert Jensen from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas. [more]

06/09/2014: Politics, the young and the restless
This hour is dedicated to debate among the younger candidates from the main parties other than Maori and New Zealand First. The candidates include: Dasha Kovalenko from ACT; Jack McDonald from the Greens; Heleyni Pratley of Internet-Mana; Arena Williams from Labour; National's Todd Barclay, and; James Maxwell of United Future. [more]

06/09/2014: Ian Wedde - home
'The Grass Catcher - a digression about home' is a moving personal memoir by Ian Wedde that touches on what is home, and a reflective essay on the nature of memory. [more]

04/10/2014: Peter Williams - A Life in the Law
Peter Williams QC is a well-known name and face to New Zealanders. One of our greatest barristers, Peter Williams has defended some of New Zealand's most infamous criminal cases, including: Terry Clark (Mr. Asia) and Arthur Allan Thomas. He has been a constant advocate for change in the penal system and has campaigned to rehabilitate prisoners, rather than imprisoning them. He joins Wallace on Sunday Morning to talk about some of his more notorious cases and his life spent working in the law. [more]

11/10/2014: Kevin Clements - Conscientious Objection
Kevin Clements is the chair of the Archibald Baxter Memorial Trust, which was formed to remember New Zealand's best-known conscientious objector. The trust has plans to honour Archibald Baxter and other conscientious objectors from New Zealand during these centennial years (2014–18).  These include the creation of a memorial garden, an annual peace lecture and an essay competition for secondary school students. Wallace Chapman and Kevin Clements discuss how Baxter, the father of poet James K Baxter, was transported to France and exposed to the horrors of frontline warfare, and his legacy of principled resistance. [more]

11/10/2014: Modern Maori Quartet
Maaka Pohatu, Matariki Whatarau, James Tito and Frances Kora make up the Modern Maori Quartet, which has its roots in the popular Maori show bands of the 50s and 60s. They perform modern and classic tunes in te reo Māori and English. The group chats with Wallace Chapman and Sanja Krsmanovic and sing a song or two. The Modern Maori Quartet performs at the Arts Festival Dunedin. [more]

11/10/2014: Michael Browning - AC/DC
In the world of Australian pub rock, Michael Browning is king. He was running Melbourne's Hard Rock Cafe when he first encountered a struggling AC/DC in 1974, and when he and the band parted ways five years later, they were on the brink of global domination. After a stint in the USA in the early 1980s, Michael returned to Australia, where he launched Deluxe Records - in the process discovering and developing INXS. Michael Browning talks with Wallace about his memories of these crazy times and about his new book, Dog Eat Dog. [more]

18/10/2014: The cost of economic crime
A draft government report obtained by Radio New Zealand estimates the cost of economic crime to the New Zealand economy is between $6.1 billion and $9.4 billion each year. Guests this hour to discuss the issue - criminologist Professor Michael Levi, who helped develop the UK's National Fraud Indicator which inspired the New Zealand report; Victoria University associate professor Lisa Marriott from the School of Accounting and Commercial Law; investigative journalist Matt Nippert; private investigator Michael Campbell and Deloitte's forensic accountant Barry Jordan. [more]

25/10/2014: Influential Kiwis talk about their influences: Helen Kelly
CTU president Helen Kelly tells us about the individuals, books and events that have influenced her. [more]

25/10/2014: Influential Kiwis talk about their influences: Phil O'Reilly
Business New Zealand chief executive Phil O'Reilly tells us about individuals, books and events that have influenced him. [more]

08/11/2014: Opposition parties tackle Government state housing plan
The Government is set to proceed with its controversial plan to sell more State houses while expecting community providers and iwi to provide more social housing. [more]

08/11/2014: Fiji nominates the Kiribati president for Nobel Peace Prize
Fiji has nominated the president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize, for his work around climate change issues. [more]

08/11/2014: Australian expert discusses impact of cigarette plain packaging
The plain packaging of cigarettes is seen as another step in the fight against smoking. NZ is yet to see plain packaging, waiting to see how the Australian experience plays out. [more]

08/11/2014: Professor James Bagian - An Astronaut’s View of Healthcare
Professor James Bagian is a former astronaut and an expert in human fallibility and in particular how it relates to healthcare. He talks to Wallace about the more than 300 hours he spent in space, the ebola epidemic, and how health professionals can avoid operating on the wrong person. [more]

08/11/2014: Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint
Wednesday of this week, November the fifth, marked the four hundred and ninth anniversary of the failed Gunpowder Plot to blow up the ruling Protestant elite in the Houses of Parliament - and King James the First, as well. [more]

08/11/2014: Stephanie de Montalk - Hurts Like Hell
Poet and biographer Stephanie de Montalk tells the story of the chronic pain that she has lived with for more than a decade in her new book How Does it Hurt. The book also investigates the lives and work of three other writers who wrote about their pain - and in their stories and her own Stephanie de Montalk examines the paradox of writing about suffering: Where can we turn when the pain is beyond words? [more]

08/11/2014: Francis Fukuyama - Political Order and Political Decay
Francis Fukuyama is possibly best known for his essay The End Of History. He talks to Wallace about his latest work - Political Order and Political Decay - which has been described as, "a sweeping, masterful account of the struggle to create a well-functioning modern state". [more]

08/11/2014: Patrick Reynolds - Bungalows
Bungalows, a style of house popular between the wars, were modest homes for modest people. These single-storey houses drew from American and UK architectural influences of the time. Ninety years on the bungalow is being celebrated in a new book, Bungalow: from heritage to contemporary. Photographer Patrick Reynolds talks to Wallace about the book and the bungalows that inspired it. [more]

14/11/2014: Behind the Scenes: Kim Hill creates a glass object
Kim Hill makes a glass paperweight at the Chronicle Glass Studio under the supervision of business co-owner and glass artist Katie Brown. [more]

15/11/2014: G20 leaders wind up summit in Brisbane
The G20 leaders' meeting in Brisbane ends today amid criticism that the group of the world's 20 biggest economies are not taking inequality and poverty seriously enough. [more]

15/11/2014: Solomon Islanders prepare for election
More than 400 candidates are contesting 50 seats for a four-year term. [more]

15/11/2014: Labour's housing spokesman Phil Twyford discusses state housing
The Govt has indicated it will sell, over time, a percentage of the 69,000 Housing NZ homes, and move to boost the social housing sector. Bill English told Sunday Morning last week, that the focus needed to be on people, and their needs, not simply building more houses. And this week I have Labours housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. [more]

15/11/2014: Record number of winners in NZ wine awards
The Air NZ wine awards were held this past week, and the judges awarded a record 112 wines from around the country. [more]

15/11/2014: Update from the ATP World Tour tennis finals in London
The ATP World Tour tennis finals contines it sell out season at Londons 02 arena, with some spectacular tennis. Tennis commentator Dave Luddy has been taking in all the action. [more]

15/11/2014: Raul Salazar - Micro Social Housing Solution
As the New Zealand Government plans to sell and reorganise state housing, some in America are coming up with novel ways to help those who need a warm place to live. Quixote Village is located on public land in Olympia, Washington and consists of 30 micro-homes, with shared kitchen and shower facilities and a garden. It's housing 30 people who would have been living on the street otherwise. Raul Salazar has been the village's project manager since it first opened on Christmas Eve 2013. [more]

15/11/2014: Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint
This year marks the 150th anniversary of a key event in Danish history that had significant, though little known, implications for NZ. Wayne looks at the circumstances and Wallace follows up with Bill Gundersen of Dannevirke, and great-grandson of early Danish settlers. [more]

15/11/2014: Richard Falk - Lessons from the Middle East
Richard Falk is a Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University. He is in NZ to give a series of talks arranged by Otago University's National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies - among them prospects for peace in the Middle East; and lessons from the First World War. The New York-born Jewish academic is a recognised world expert on the laws of war, human rights and international issues. He recently completed a six-year term as United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights. [more]

15/11/2014: Jimmy Cliff - King of Reggae
Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff is heading back to New Zealand in March for a couple of gigs - in Auckland and Mt Maunganui. Jimmy talks to Wallace about his family's revolutionary roots, getting famous - and getting high. He also reckons that he hasn't yet written his greatest songs. [more]

15/11/2014: Wystan Curnow - Life and Influences
In the latest of our occasional series, Influential Kiwis talk about their Influences, Wystan Curnow reflects on 50 years of writing about art. He discusses his abiding love for Herman Melville and why he chose Moby Dick as the subject for his PhD thesis; and about the influence on his ideas of the likes of artists Colin McCahon and Billy Apple, jazz great John Coltrane, and his professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Morse Peckham. A comprehensive collection of Wystan Curnow's art writing has just been published: The Critic's Part: Wystan Curnow Art Writings 1971 - 2013, Victoria University Press. [more]

22/11/2014: New Labour leader promises to reconnect with New Zealanders
Andrew Little just pipped Grant Robertson for the top job. This week Mr Little will unveil his new front bench line up and the caucus will vote for a deputy. [more]

22/11/2014: EPMU boss discusses Labour leadership vote
looking at the role the unions played in Andrew Little getting the Labour Party leadership. The EPMU bloc vote played a pivotal role in securing Little's win. He is a former national secretary of the EPMU, but to what extent should the unions have such sway over both the selection, and the Labour Party movement. The EPMU is the largest union affiliated to the Labour Party. [more]

22/11/2014: Election results for Solomon Islands
To Solomon Islands where most of the final election results are in. [more]

22/11/2014: Skid Row Housing Trust marks 25 years with new development
The Skid Row Housing Trust provides permanent supportive housing in Downtown LA for those in extreme poverty, poor health, disabilities, mental illness and addiction. The Executive Director is Mike Alvidrez - and he says the trust is dealing with a chronic situation in Skid Row. [more]

22/11/2014: Cooperative model proposed for business, public services
Peter Hunt is the founder and chief executive of Mutuo an NGO that promotes cooperative and mutual businesses in the UK. He was a keynote speaker at a Cooperative Research Conference taking place in Wellington this weekend. [more]

22/11/2014: Polls shows sexism in Australia affecting girls' ambitions
Girls and young women are turning their back on a life of politics and other leadership roles - due to an overwhelming perception of sexism in Australia. [more]

22/11/2014: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Wayne Brittenden looks at the increasing problem of plagiarism on the campus, particularly prevalent among foreign students. [more]

22/11/2014: Mexico Protests : Luz Savinon
Tens of thousands of Mexicans took to the streets earlier this week in anti-Government protests sparked by the disappearance of 43 students.Luz Savinon is a Mexican documentary maker who spent a number years living in Wellington. She's been following the protests closely and she is in Mexico City. [more]

22/11/2014: Imported cars
These days going to buy a used Japanese import car is par for the course, if you're looking to buy a car. But there was a time that you would have to put your name on a waiting list to get a new car, and you could wait years before one became available. A new book shows just how much industry politics surrounding cars shaped society - the way we bought our most common, prized purchase - the car. [more]

22/11/2014: Etta James music
Etta James, six-time Grammy award winner, was one of the world's most influential soul singers - in the great depression, a 14 year African American girl gave birth to Jamesetta Hawkins - who the world would come to know as Etta James. [more]

22/11/2014: Wine : Peter Yealands
Yealands Family Wines have been named the overall winner in the NZI national sustainable business awards for 2014. [more]

22/11/2014: Victoria Vox : ukulele
Victoria Vox is a singer/songwriter and ukulele player from Baltimore in the US. With nine albums under her belt, Vox has taken the unmistakeable sound of the ukulele into new and eclectic directions, often singing in French, and incorporating her signature 'mouth trumpet'. [more]

22/11/2014: Clarissa Dunn : settling the score
For the past 15 years Radio New Zealand Concert has been running a popular competition. What do NZers think are the greatest classical pieces of all time.The results are revealed in a concert this coming Friday at the Auckland Town Hall, with the Auckland Philarmonia. [more]

29/11/2014: Select committee hears submissions on terror bill
MPs on Parliament's Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade committee have heard many submissions condemning the anti-terror legislation that's being rushed through under urgency. [more]

29/11/2014: Former intelligence officer says terror bill 'proactive'
Dr Rhys Ball is a former intelligence officer with the SIS and now a lecturer at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies at Massey University. [more]

29/11/2014: Chinese president visit strengthens links with Fiji
The visit to Fiji by the Chinese President Xi Jin Ping last week has taken China's ties with the Pacific Island region to new heights. [more]

29/11/2014: Muslim community says it's unfairly targeted by terror bill
Returning to the issue of surveillance - Dr Anwar Ghani, is president of the Federation of Islamic Associations of NZ. [more]

29/11/2014: Plain English Awards - the good, the bad, and the gobbledygook
The plain English movement has been going for some years now - Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the Plain English Awards it's aim: To get organisations to commuicate in clear easily understood language. [more]

29/11/2014: Max Stahl - Santa Cruz Massacre
On November 12th, 1991, a British cameraman Max Stahl recorded Indonesian troops shooting and beating to death scores of young people in the Santa Cruz cemetery in Dili. [more]

29/11/2014: Counterpoint for 30 November 2014
Every time that a strange new disease surfaces, there are almost inevitable conspiracy theories linking it to biological weapons, which are seriously difficult to identify and are apparently still around. [more]

29/11/2014: Maintaining Surveillance Closely Resembling
Jeremy Rose takes a look back at what must be the most dramatic and destructive protest against state surveillance in the history of New Zealand. [more]

29/11/2014: Tim McBride - A Lifetime Opposing Greater Surveillance
Tim McBride is the author of The New Zealand Civil Rights Handbook and was a human rights lawyer for many years. Tim opposed the 1977 SIS bill (which saw tens of thousands protesting on the streets) and is now opposing the Government's latest plans to increase powers. [more]

29/11/2014: David Leyonhjelm - Opposing Security Legislation
Australia has recently passed a number of pieces of legislation giving significantly increased powers to its police and security services. [more]

29/11/2014: Peter Marshall - Return of a Holidaymaker
Peter Marshall is back with a new album by Peter and The Wolves. [more]

29/11/2014: Kemi Whitwell & Niko Leyden - Tiny Huts
Mixing art and nature - that's what the artists Kemi Whitwell & Niko Leyden are doing. It's a public art project called miniature hikes - a series of seven tiny colourful huts hidden in the bush, on the beach, on windy summers in and around Wellington. [more]

29/11/2014: Steve Braunias - Strange but (mostly) True
Steve Braunias is back with a collection of diary entries forming a book called - Madmen: Inside the weirdest election campaign ever. [more]

06/12/2014: Greens' Russel Norman co-leader on election year and to 2015
Green Party co-leader on the tumultuous Election 2014 and to the year ahead. [more]

06/12/2014: NZ First's Winston Peters on election year, and year ahead
NZ First leader looks back at an election campaign mired in distraction and to the year ahead. [more]

06/12/2014: French Polynesia seeks reparation from France
Radio New Zealand International's Walter Zweifel looks at the French Polynesian government's seeking of compensation from France for the damage caused by the era of nuclear testing. [more]

06/12/2014: Fiona Lovatt - insurgency in northern Nigeria
A New Zealander living in the northern Nigerian city of Kano, gives her perspective on Boko Haram and the insurgency in the north. [more]

06/12/2014: Andreas Schuller - Sri Lanka
Advisor to the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), and a specialist in Sri Lankan civil rights abuses by the government and military. [more]

06/12/2014: Social scientist wins PM's Science Prize
The top prize was awarded to the He Kainga Oranga / Housing and Health research programme, led by Professor Philippa Howden-Chapman for the University of Otago. [more]

06/12/2014: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
Australian Mining Giant Oceana Gold is suing the El Salvadorean government over its moritorium on metals mining. The ban is a reponse to the adverse effects on the nation's ecology with a poisoning of the water table. [more]

06/12/2014: Rape culture and consent in New Zealand
Rape culture and the issue of consent has come to prominence in the last 12 months, with the likes of the Roast Busters case, the television film about Louise Nicholas' experiences and the tragic death of Warriena Wright dominating the airwaves. In New Zealand, one in five women will be sexually assaulted. One in three girls will have an unwanted sexual experience by the time they are 16. Only one in 100 sexual assaults will result in a conviction. Where does rape culture come from? How do we define consent? Do we need a special court for sex offenders? Does the internet and social media encourage rape culture? [more]

06/12/2014: George Monbiot - TTIP
The Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, or TTIP, is a trade agreement thought to be the largest bi-lateral trade deal ever negotiated, encompassing over 800-million people. Journalist and author George Monbiot says the TTIP is 'a monstrous assault on democracy'. [more]

06/12/2014: Brian Turner - poet, writer and professor
Brian Turner returns with a memoir called My Life as a Foreign Country. It places the reader on the streets of Mosul or in the suburbs of the USA trying to cope with war's effects. [more]

13/12/2014: Labour Party leader reflects on 2014
Wallace Chapman talks to Labour Party leader Andrew Little about the year’s events, and what’s on his agenda for 2015. [more]

13/12/2014: Rugby Sevens go to air in Fiji in last minute deal
Rugby sevens fans in Fiji have breathed a collective sigh of relief after a last minute deal was struck to allow this weekend's live TV broadcast of the Sevens tournament in South Africa to go ahead. [more]

13/12/2014: NZ journalist reports on elections in Tunisia
freelance New Zealand journalist Yasmine Ryan on the elections in Tunisia. [more]

13/12/2014: Swiss reseracher driven by the joy of walking
For most of us walking in a city is something we do when the distance is too short for a car or a bus. Daniel Sauter from Urban Mobility Research in Switzerland talks about promoting a culture of walking in cities. [more]

13/12/2014: Katrina Day - Parts for Ladies
An aspiring actor from New York City, and a graduate from the famed Tisch school of the arts, Katrina Day, has shone the light into the otherwise little known world of casting calls - and in cases, the astonishing sexism on display. [more]

13/12/2014: Wayne Brittenden's Counterpoint
In the month marking the 100th anniversary of the legendary First World War Christmas truce, Wayne Brittenden looks at how the warrior bishops on both sides managed to get the message of peace and goodwill so wrong. Wallace Chapman follows up with California-based author, theologian and minister, Dr David Usher. [more]

13/12/2014: Naomi Klein - This Changes Everything
Naomi Klein, author of the international bestsellers, The Shock Doctrine and No Logo, talks to Wallace Chapman about her latest book, This Changes Everything.  She’s calling for politics to be transformed to deal with the impact of the changing climate. [more]

13/12/2014: Jonathan Spyer - Israel and the Middle East
Dr Jonathon Spyer holds a PHD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and currently he is a senior research fellow at the Center for Global research in International Affairs in Israel. He’s in New Zealand speaking at the Institute of International Affairs about Israel, and rising violence in the Middle East. [more]

13/12/2014: Bikenomics : What’s cycling worth?
A report published this month estimates cycling contributes $350 billion to the European economy annually and employs more people than mining and quarrying combined. And a University of Auckland study released earlier this year found that every dollar invested in improving cycling infrastructure results in $20 of economic benefits. Sunday Morning producer Jeremy Rose takes a look at the cycling economy both here and abroad and visits Hawke’s Bay where cycle tourism is booming. [more]

13/12/2014: Chris and Melissa Bruntlett - Vancouver Cycle Chic
Chris and Melissa Bruntlett sold their car in 2010 and have become two of Vancouver's leading cycling evangelists. They and their two children cycle virtually everywhere in the city and say they've never missed having a car. They blog about their experiences at Moda City and have made a series of award-winning Cycle Chic short films. [more]

20/12/2014: Michele A'Court and Toby Manhire - politics 2014
Columnist for the NZ Herald and the NZ Listener Toby Manhire, and comedian and writer Michele A'Court join Wallace for a critical look at the year in politics. [more]

20/12/2014: Solomon Islands with Koroi Hawkins
Radio NZ International's Koroi Hawkins is home in the Solomon Islands for Christmas and reports on the new government's status since the recent elections, and on the issues facing the financially significant Gold Ridge copper and gold mine. [more]

20/12/2014: Gregory Kloehn - homeless shelters from recycled materials
Gregory Kloehn is a Californian artist who turned his back on