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Feedback for 19 November 2017

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:55:00 +1300

Listeners' feedback about the show from Sunday Morning with Wallace Chapman.

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Wine expert Michael Cooper: best job on earth

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:35:00 +1300

Michael Cooper is a highly regarded NZ wine writer - very few in the country know more about wine. He has written 40 books on the subject and every year he does us all a favour by trying thousands of wines and putting the results in a book: the annual New Zealand Wines: Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide.

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Judge Ida Malosi: 'I thought all Samoans lived in Bluff'

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:40:00 +1300

Judge Ida Malosi was New Zealand's first Pasifika woman judge and set up the first Pacific Youth Court, a restorative justice environment where elders help counsel wayward Pacific youth. She's the heroine of many Pasifika law students and has paved the way for others to follow her footsteps. As she has said herself, "It only takes one and the others will follow". She's just become the recipient of Victoria University's Distinguished Alumni Award.

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Dylan Jones on David Bowie

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:10:00 +1300

'David Bowie - A Life' is an exhaustive oral history of the rock legend by British journalist Dylan Jones, editor of GQ Magazine. Jones talked to Bowie's childhood friends, groupies, and stars. As a journalist, Jones interviewed David Bowie seven times during his life. His book has been described as the definitive oral history of one of the most fascinating musical lives of our time.

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Tamir Sorek: American Football fans and national pride

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:40:00 +1300

Should politics interfere in sport? That's the questions Americans have been asking as we've seen NFL players and other codes, "take a knee' during the American national anthem in recent months. A recent study from the US said white American Football fans and black American Football fans hold very different views about the relationship between football and national pride. Professor of Sociology at the University of Florida, Tamir Sorek, is one of its authors.

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Mediawatch for 19 November 2017

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:12:00 +1300

Winston Peters' pursuit of Super story sources; the rise of Creative Commons; the view from Peru.

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Chris Carter on Myanmar: 'Aung San Suu Kyi doesn’t have much manoeuvrability'

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:35:00 +1300

Former Labour Party minister Chris Carter left New Zealand in 2011 for a role with the UN in Afghanistan. He's now working in Myanmar and for the past two years he has been leading all UN Agencies operating in Rakhine state, the most troubled region of Myanmar, which contains 90% of the oppressed Muslim Rohingya minority. He's been back home for a brief break and talked to Wallace Chapman about the complex politics involved in solving the crisis as the Rohingya continue to flee Myanmar for Bangladesh, with stories of human rights abuses.

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Insight: Death on the Roads

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:12:00 +1300

After years of safety improvements, law changes and public campaigns, the death toll on the roads is trending upwards again. Philippa Tolley asks if it’s just a matter of more people on the roads, or is something else going on?

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Alan Curtis: MOTAT's forever tram driver

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:43:00 +1300

December 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the iconic tramway at Auckland's Museum of Transport and Technology. The trams are a reminder of the times when Auckland City, and other cities around the country, boasted an impressive public transport system using electric trams. In Auckland they ran from 1902 to 1956. Alan Curtis began volunteering as a tram driver at MOTAT in 1963 and still drive trams there once a month. On Sunday November 19 MOTAT is holding a special day celebrating 50 years of trams at the museum. It's called Live Day and part of it will be to recruit volunteers to learn to be tram drivers or conductors.

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MPs share personal stories in maiden speeches

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:31:00 +1300

Maiden speeches continue in the first two weeks of Parliament with new MPs sharing stories of what motivates them. 

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Joji Varghese: update on family being treated for botulism

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:25:00 +1300

Three members of a family being treated for botulism in Waikato Hospital were infected by eating wild boar in a curry they'd prepared, although tests are still being conducted in Australia to confirm the source.

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Sonya Rockhouse: Seven years on from Pike River

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:09:00 +1300

At 3.44pm on 19 November 2010, an explosion in the Pike River coal mine, 46 kilometres north of Greymouth, and subsequent explosions in the days that followed, took the lives of 29 men, sparing just two - Daniel Rockhouse and Russell Smith, the man Daniel saved. To mark the seventh anniversary of the disaster, Sonya Rockhouse, who lost her son Ben, talks about today's commemoration and what they're looking forward to with the election of a Labour-led government, who have promised to look at re-entry. 

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New MPs show their lighter side

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:35:00 +1300

In their first speeches to the House many MPs are trying their hand at comedy. We look at some of the lighter moments.

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Pulling a bill apart

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 22:35:00 +1300

The Parental Leave and Employment Protection Bill was pulled apart, examined, and debated in committee. Phil Smith explains what that means.

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Leader of the pack

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 18:55:00 +1300

With a new Government comes a new Leader of the House, Chris Hipkins, who says he's trying to help the opposition hold the Government to account.

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Feedback from 12 November 2017

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 11:55:00 +1300

Listeners' feedback about the show from Sunday Morning with Wallace Chapman.

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Leon Sterling: why tech developers need to get emotional

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 11:35:00 +1300

Professor Leon Sterling says software developers need to take into account our emotional reactions when we use technology - but seem reluctant to. Sterling says if developers thought more about users' emotional responses, using technology would be a far more enjoyable experience. He says apps such as Uber are easy to use and draw a good emotional reponse. 

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Sophie Henderson: Human Traces

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 10:40:00 +1300

Sophie Henderson, one of the stars of Nic Gorman's debut feature Human Traces, talks about the psychological thriller shot in the Catlins, on the coast near Owaka. Sophie plays an environmental scientist working with her husband Glenn (played by Mark Mitchinson), in a remote outpost that is the fictional subantarctic Perseverance Island. Glenn and Sarah live on the island where they are trying to rid all human traces and restore its ecological purity. Human Traces debuted at the NZ International Film Festival this year and opens in cinemas on November 16.

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Stephen Fry: comic god on why Greek myths are the best

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 10:08:00 +1300

Stephen Fry fell in love with Greek mythology as a young boy. Now the acclaimed British actor, comedian and writer has written a book about them: Mythos - The Greek Myths Retold.

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Grant Sheehan: shooting the stars

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:40:00 +1300

Lake Hayes at night with the sky bejewelled with stars, a breathtaking view of Ratana Church, an Aurora Australis across the rising Milky Way. Award-winning photographer Grant Sheehan has put many of his finest photos into a large-form book The Night Watchers - New Zealand Nightscapes documenting night vistas in all their starry glory. Sheehan has published more than 20 books, work has been featured in Conde Nast Traveller, Daily Telegraph and the New York Times and he has twice won NZ travel photographer of the year.

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Mediawatch for 12 November 2017

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:07:00 +1300

Paddles' passing goes global; the rights and wrongs of copyright; the fan who turned his passion into a mini-media empire.

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Andrew Patterson: architect extraordinaire

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 08:40:00 +1300

Andrew Patterson pushes the boundaries in New Zealand architecture. He has designed some of the most innovative and visually striking buildings in the country - the A.J Hackett Bungy Centre near Queenstown, the Mai Mai house in Auckland's Ponsonby, the Hills Clubhouse at Michael Hill's golf course, the Lodge at Kinloch near Taupo. His Auckland-based firm Patterson Associates Architecture has won a number international accolades including for the Len Lye Contemporary Art Museum in New Plymouth and the new visitor centre in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. Patterson received his first National Award for Architecture at just 28 and on Friday at 57 he became the recipient of the Gold Medal for Lifetime achievement at the NZ Architecture Awards as well as the winner of the Sir Miles Warren Award for Commercial Architecture for The Lodge at Kinloch.

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Insight: NZ's tourism workforce - imported or homegrown?

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 08:12:00 +1300

While tourism is booming, research into employment paints a less than rosy picture, Belinda McCammon investigates government plans to tighten-up migrant worker visas will have on businesses, and how or if the local workforce will fill the void.

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Clare Curran: plans for our digital future

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 07:46:00 +1300

The new minister of broadcasting, communications and digital media has done nine years of what she describes as her digital apprenticeship. This week in Clare Curran's speech at NetHui she outlined some of her plans and has also said one of those is the need to appoint a Chief Technology Officer.

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Openings, Changes and Lessons

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 07:31:00 +1300

The House recaps a week of pomp and ceremony during the openings and first week of the 52nd Parliament.

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Al Gillespie: the CPTPP and why the ISDS clause is important

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 07:22:00 +1300

Professor Al Gillespie looks at what the new Comprehensive Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership might be trying to achieve and why ISDS is a stumbling block.

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Patrick O'Meara reports from Apec on a new TPP

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 07:08:00 +1300

The TPP looks like it's still alive. Full-on talks brought agreement on most parts of the newly named Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership but that's come about by ditching 20 provisions of the original TPP, some of which related to protecting labour rights and the environment. RNZ economics correspondent Patrick O'Meara is in Vietnam at APEC and explains.

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Debating the address

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 18:55:00 +1300

The Governor General has officially summoned the new Parliament and now MPs are debating whether to send her a thank you note.

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Parliament goes full pomp for State Opening

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 22:35:00 +1300

Parliament has been officially opened and now it's time for the Governor General's Speech from the Throne to explain why Parliament has been summoned.

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Opening a whole can of Parliament

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 22:35:00 +1300

So, Parliament is now officially open. The pomp and noise of the State Opening is just the cherry on top. The action really started on Tuesday.

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Feedback for 5 November 2017

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 11:55:00 +1300

Listeners' feedback on Sunday Morning with Wallace Chapman.

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Why is climate change ignored by finance journals?

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 11:35:00 +1300

While climate change is a hot topic globally, it seems leading international finance journals are mostly silent on the subject. Despite the economic and business impacts of climate change, there's very little being written about sectors affected by it - for example, listed companies at risk. An article by Professor Ivan Diaz-Rainey from the accountancy and finance department at the University of Otago, called Stranded Research, has attracted international attention for its revelation that finance journals have published so little climate-change research.

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Body Double: Julia Croft and Karin McCracken

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 10:35:00 +1300

Long before the hashtag #MeToo began and the dark underbelly of abuse of women in Hollywood came to light, two New Zealand women were exploring, for a theatre piece, women's sexuality in both negative and positive lights. Julia Croft and Eleanor Bishop star in a Bats-commissioned performance, co-written by Karin McCracken called Body Double. The production runs through nine vignettes - exploring female desire though dating, dancing, orgasms and desire. Body Double runs from 10-25 November 2017 in Wellington and will also play at the 2018 Auckland Arts Festival.

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Rosamund Young: for the love of cows

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 10:10:00 +1300

Cows are far smarter and more emotionally connected to each other than we give them credit for, says farmer Rosamund Young.

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Para Paheer and Alison Corke: The Power of Good People

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 09:40:00 +1300

Para Paheer was one of thousands of Tamils targeted during the 26-year civil war in Sri Lanka from 1983 to 2009. The book The Power of Good People gives a riveting first-hand account of the events that shaped Para's life in war-torn Sri Lanka, his risky voyage to Christmas Island as an asylum seeker and the horrific treatment he received from the police. He then became a penfriend with Australian Alison Corke and his life changed.

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Mediawatch for 5 November 2017

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 09:15:00 +1300

Downsizing your daily paper; if you can't beat them, join them - TV broadcasters adapt to ondemand; more moves to get Te Reo on TV.

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Jane Tolerton: the forgotten Kiwi women of WWI

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 08:40:00 +1300

We may have been the first country to give women the vote, but the New Zealand women who served in WWI as doctors, ambulance drivers and munitions workers have largely been left out of our written history – until now.

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Insight: Climate change and 'waterproofing' NZ's cities

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 08:10:00 +1300

After a wet winter, and in some places a drenched summer before that, Teresa Cowie asks if it’s possible to design cities that can cope with the increasing extreme weather being driven by climate change. 

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Jane Patterson: Jacinda Ardern and Malcolm Turnbull to meet

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 07:52:00 +1300

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was winging her way to Australia on Sunday morning, where she was to meet with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. RNZ's political editor Jane Patterson previews the meeting, and the topics up for discussion.

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Who swears the swearers?

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 07:31:00 +1300

MPs are ready to get down to business but before they can they have to be officially sworn in. Daniela Maoate-Cox finds out who makes that happen.

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Kids wear cameras for research on healthy products' marketing

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 07:25:00 +1300

A University of Auckland researcher has won $300,000 in funding to study young children's perceptions of products marketed to them as healthy. Sixteen children from two schools will wear portable cameras on their clothes as part of a new Faculty of Education and Social Work study that will investigate how the marketing of healthy products and lifestyles affects kids. Dr Darren Powell, who will lead the study, says children will wear cameras with which they take photos or videos of brands or organisations advertised or marketed to them. The Marsden Fund 'Fast Start' grant covers the research into how children understand and experience 'healthy' marketing practices.

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Overnight sports roundup

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 07:20:00 +1300

RNZ Sports Reporter Joe Porter talks about the Black Caps vs India second T20 and the All Blacks vs the Barbarians.

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Tonga vs Samoa: confrontation and celebration

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 07:10:00 +1300

Tongan and Samoans have been involved in violent clashes and flag burning in South Auckland this week and questions have been raised over whether the people involved were regular trouble-makers hijacking this situation or if there is really out-and-out rivalry among young Samoans and Tongans living here. Manukau Ward Councillor Efeso Collins, a New Zealand born Samoan, talks about the game, the issues and the media coverage. 

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The Lost - Kirsa Jensen

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 07:00:00 +1300

Paloma Migone digs into the cold cases of those who never came home. In part one, Robyn Jensen says she'll never give up hope of finding her daughter, Kirsa.

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Feedback from 29 October

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 11:55:00 +1300

Listeners' feedback about the show from Sunday Morning with Wallace Chapman.

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Fresh approach: Socially aware startup pays cleaners more

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 11:35:00 +1300

The cleaning industry is notorious for paying workers low wages. Most cleaners earn the minimum wage - that's $15.75 an hour for adults. Wellington start-up The Fresh Desk wants to change that. Its founders Caroline de Castro and Nicole Oxenbridge have just won $18,000 in funding from a business accelerator for social enterprises run by the Akina Foundation "established to support a growing number of socially minded Kiwi entrepreneurs wanting to scale the businesses they founded to address social needs". Caroline and Nicole play workers in their Wellington business the Living Wage, $4.45 more an hour than the minimum.

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Ian Taylor: why we should all learn about the NZ Wars

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 11:10:00 +1300

Ian Taylor is one of this country's great inventors and runs a world-leading graphics company, Animation Research Limited. Its offshoot Virtual Eye brings to life sports such as cricket, the America's Cup, Formula One and golf. Recently his focus has been bringing to life our history - the New Zealand Wars. His company is behind the animation in Stories of Ruapekapeka - he explains why New Zealand history is so important to him.

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Why we wear sunglasses

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 10:35:00 +1300

Is there something about act of wearing sunglasses that is an extension of yourself? Dr Vanessa Brown, senior lecturer in design and visual culture at Nottingham Trent University, says taking away access to people's eyes is one of the key techniques many famous men and women employ, partly to maintain our attention. Dr Brown's spent many years researching why we wear sunglasses - and has also written a book about it - Cool Shades, the History and Meaning of Sunglasses.

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Jimmy Barnes: from boy to man

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 10:05:00 +1300

Australian rocker Jimmy Barnes’ first memoir, Working Class Boy, recalled a childhood tainted by alcoholism, abuse, violence and poverty in Glasgow and then Adelaide. The book ended with Barnes, a wild teenager, taking his first tentative steps into music.

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The brain drain: how smartphones hijack our thoughts

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 09:40:00 +1300

Does staring at your phone for hours on end serve any practical purpose? Are smartphones hijacking our mind?

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Armine Yalnizyan: wage stagnation and corporate titans

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 08:35:00 +1300

Armine Yalnizyan is a Canadian economist known for presenting an alternative analysis of economics, she says the world economy today looks a lot like 100 years ago.

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Kiwi teens face peer pressure for 'nudes'

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 07:50:00 +1300

New research shows almost one in five Kiwi teenagers have been asked for nude or nearly nude pictures in the past year, but only four percent have shared pictures of themselves. Netsafe conducted the research on 14 to 17 year olds and found Kiwi teens were slightly less likely than their Australian and UK counterparts to share explicit images - although around 30 percent had felt peer pressure to do so. Netsafe Chief Executive Martin Cocker talks about the research, ahead of a Australasia's inaugural online safety conference in Sydney next week.

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Getting to Swear

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 07:35:00 +1300

Can prisoners, teenagers or foreign spies be sworn in as MPs? Sometimes, yes. Phil Smith finds out what the criteria are.

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After Manus Island, what next for asylum seekers?

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 07:20:00 +1300

A refugee advocate is calling for New Zealand to step up ahead of the closure of the Manus Island immigration detention centre in Papua Guinea next week. Tracey Barnett is highlighting the problem in a speech on October 29 at an exhibition in Wellington at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery. It's called Transplanted and is made up of refugee portraits. Tracey is also the curator of the exhibition but her focus is on how the newly appointed government can step up to help the Manus Island asylum seekers and refugees as the centre is being closed by the Australian government on 31 October.

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New online drug survey launched: Chris Wilkins

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 07:11:00 +1300

Testing for drug levels in waterways is about to be trialled in the regions, following a pilot programme in Auckland. Analysis of Auckland's wastewater between May and July 2014 found methamphetamine, morphine, methadone, and codeine in two sewage treatment plants servicing 1.3 million people.

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