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Preview: Sunday Morning with Chris Laidlaw

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Vivien Maidaborn

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:45:00 +1300

UNICEF's Vivien Maidaborn reports on the UN Convention for the Rights of The Child.

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Geoffrey Palmer and Dr Andrew Butler

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:06:00 +1300

Geoffrey Palmer and Dr Andrew Butler on why New Zealand needs a new constitution.

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Blackbird Ensemble

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:32:00 +1300

Composer Claire Cowan and a group of talented musicians play us some numbers from 'Dreams' - their one off show at the upcoming Auckland Live Cabaret season.

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Emily Voight

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:06:00 +1300

Journalist Emily Voight on her quest to find the Asian Arawana - a fish with near mythical properties.

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Cathryn Monro - Spilt Milk Yoga

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:45:00 +1300

Cathryn Monro has written a guide to finding purpose through motherhood.

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Mediawatch for 25 September 2016

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 09:06:00 +1300

The Labour and National parties have harvested tens of thousands of emails with online gimmicks - it's clever but is it ethical?

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The New Torchlight List, part 4

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:40:00 +1300

Episode four in our podcast series featuring Professor Jim Flynn. This week he and Wallace Chapman discuss authors from the United Kingdom.

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Insight: The Family Court on Trial

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 08:12:00 +1300

Catherine Hutton looks at the Family Court and talks to some who say recent changes to improve it are actually causing delays, distress and heartache.

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Local Body Elections - Taupo

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:47:00 +1300

Daniel Hutchison outlines the big local issues that are facing the Taupo Region.

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The Week In Parliament Sunday 25 September 2016

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:30:00 +1300

After passing motions hoping for peace in Syria and other conflict zones, MPs go to war in the General Debate over which party is most to blame for the failure to have extended time on Friday to pass treaty settlement bills. Kevin Hague delivers his valedictory. In the committee rooms, Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee hears public submissions on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change; National's Mark Mitchell presents his Social Security (Stopping Benefit Payments for Offenders who Repeatedly Fail to Comply with Community Sentences) Amendment Bill to the Social Services Committee; Government Administration committee hears submissions on the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Bill.

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Andrew Becroft and Anton Blank

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 07:10:00 +1300

Children's Comissioner Andrew Beecroft and Anton Blank from 'Action for Children and Youth Aotearoa' on the UN Convention of the Rights of The Child - what is the government doing about New Zealand children who are homeless or living in poverty?

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The New Torchlight List – Jim Flynn's search for the best modern authors, Part 4

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:05:00 +1200

Some of Jim's favourite writers feature in this episode - V.S. Naipaul and Kazuo Ishiguro who, he says, is "perhaps the greatest novelist of our generation. His work is going to make him one of few novelists writing today who will be read throughout this century." Jim also rates Hilary Mantel's novels about Thomas Cromwell: "She captures Henry the eighth who is really a gigantic baby." Jim and Wallace heartily disagree over A.S.Byatt and Jim surprises Wallace by recommending Ruth Rendell - "I don't despise people just because they write in the detective genre."

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Margaret Bowater - Nightmares

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:30:00 +1200

Margaret Bowater is president of the Dream Network Aotearoa and regional representative on the International Association for the Study of Dreams. And she's the author Healing the Nightmare - Freeing the Soul - A Practical Guide to Dreamwork.

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Nick Allen - Mastering Mountains

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:05:00 +1200

As a child, Nick Allen had a map of Mount Everest pinned to the ceiling above his bed. It was always his dream to one day climb it. But after he developed Multiple Sclerosis shortly after his 21st birthday, it seemed the dream was always to remain just that - a dream. Nick joins Wallace to talk about how he refused to give up on his dream to climb - and how he's managed to overcome his illness and master the art of mountaineering.

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Chris Clarke - World Summit for Refugees and Migrants

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:47:00 +1200

World Vision NZ CEO Chris Clarke talks to Wallace on the eve of the World Summit for Refugees and Migrants. New Zealand has been one of the most generous and supportive countries towards the Syrian refugees - but are we doing enough? Chris Clarke will talk about why Kiwi's respond so positively to migrants - but why the rest of the global community is failing them.

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Matt Johnson - The The

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 10:06:00 +1200

Matt Johnson has being playing music since he was 11 years old. Best known for his band, The The, Matt Johnson has, in recent times, shunned the spotlight, concentrating on writing music for films. Matt Johnson joins Wallace to talk about those mad days of the 80s, why he gave up the limelight and what he's been doing in the 30 years since the album 'Infected' was released.

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Chris Kraus - loving Dick

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 09:40:00 +1200

Chris Kraus is the author of I Love Dick which was recently made into a pilot by Amazon. The pilot is directed by Jill Soloway who's responsible for the hit Transparent. Chris Kraus is a graduate of Victoria University and New Zealand features in both I Love Dick - which has been called a feminist classic - and her next novel Aliens and Anorexia.

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Jim Flynn's Search for the Best Modern Authors, Part 3

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 08:40:00 +1200

Jim and Wallace discuss South American writers, including the politics and the passion reflected in the great writing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez - recommending the memorable Love in the Time of Cholera but urging readers to avoid The Autumn of the Patriarch at all costs. This book, written in one paragraph is, Jim says, "really terrible". Jim also reveals his attitude to magic realism: "I'm dead against it when it takes over. When someone disappears in a puff of smoke when they could just have easily been run over by a truck."

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Insight: A Failure to Care for Veterans with PTSD?

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 08:12:00 +1200

RNZ defence reporter Kate Pereyra Garcia talks to war veterans about PTSD and what they say is a lack of help to deal with it when they get home.

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Local Body Elections -West Coast

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:47:00 +1200

Each week we will visit a region in New Zealand to find out what the big issues are in the upcoming local body elections. This week we speak to Brendon McMahon, from The Greymouth Star.

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The Week In Parliament for 18 September 2016

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:30:00 +1200

Speaker receives complaint from Labour's Chris Hipkins alleging the Parliamentary Service interfered with his email correspondence with a journalist, saying it blocked an email carrying an attachment which had been classified but had subsequently been cleared for release; Questions and answers between Greens co-leader Metiria Turei and Education Minister Hekia Parata get lost in translation; Ms Parata marks Chinese language week; Justice & Electoral Committee hears submission on a petition calling on the Government to reverse the convictions of people convicted of consensual homosexual acts prior to passing of the Homosexual Law Reform Act 1986 - as well as calling for an official apology for those convictions; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee presented with petition calling for repatriation of the bodies of New Zealand servicemen buried in Malaysia; Health Committee hears submissions on former Labour MP Maryann Street's petition calling for an investigation into public attitudes towards medically-assisted dying; Speaker orders Winston Peters to leave the chamber - twice in two days; Christopher Finlayson gives a preview of the week ahead.

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David Norman - The Maori Economy

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 07:08:00 +1200

Economist David Norman joins Wallace to talk about his new report which shows Maori are facing a period of incredible economic growth. With more than $43 billion in assets, Maori are a growing economic force in the workforce, as business owners and as consumers.

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Emily Rapp Black - Paralympic Blues

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 11:35:00 +1200

Writer Emily Rapp Black was born with a congenital defect which led to the amputation of her left foot at age four. She tells Wallace Chapman that in reality people with disabilities are more ordinary than extraordinary – and would like to be recognised as such.

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Mark Engler - Non Violent Revolts

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 11:10:00 +1200

Mark Engler is the co-author, with his brother Paul, of This is an Uprising: How Non Violent Revolt is Shaping the 21st Century. He's a contributing editor at Yes! Magazine, and author of How to Rule the World: The Coming Battle Over the Global Economy.

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Fiji opposition leaders detained

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 11:06:00 +1200

The leaders of Fiji's two opposition parties and a prominent trade unionist were being held at separate police stations in the capital, Suva, last night after an afternoon of questioning over an apparently illegal public meeting. RNZI reporter Jamie Tahana updates the situation.

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Petra Bagust and Ido Drent - Witnessing Human Trafficking

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:42:00 +1200

Television presenters Petra Bagust and Ido Drent have been in Thailand and Cambodia getting a first hand experience of one of the world's fastest growing criminal industries: Human trafficking. They tell Wallace what they saw, what they learnt and why we should all care.

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The new culture of narcissism

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:07:00 +1200

Why are narcissists not doing anything about climate change? Why are they pushing up house prices? Social philosopher Anne Manne ponders these questions in her book, The Life of I - The New Culture of Narcissism. She joins Wallace to explore this new culture that celebrates the 'I' - a culture that helps create narcissists such as Anders Breivik.

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The New Torchlight List - Jim Flynn's Search for the Best Modern Authors, Part 2

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 10:03:00 +1200

Jim Flynn discusses North American authors and tells Wallace Chapman that everyone must read Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. He also highly rates Philip Roth and Toni Morrison, but Wallace and Jim agree that Don DeLillo's Underworld, which received "extravagant praise", isn't really up to snuff. As Jim says: "It is hard to write the great American novel when you are trying to write the great American novel."

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Douglas Osto - Psychedelic Spirituality

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:40:00 +1200

Massey University's Dr Douglas Osto joins Wallace to talk about how the pursuit of enlightenment has often intersected with mind-altering drugs. His new book, Altered States - Buddhism and Psychedelic Spirituality in America, looks at claims that hallucinogens like LSD have opened the door to higher states of consciousness.

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Mediawatch for 11 September 2016

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 09:07:00 +1200

Mock shock over fake coke joke; the NZ story which really went viral this week; stuff of substance in the time of clickbait; spreading the word when quakes strike.

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Insight: Cleaning Franchises - Business Opportunity or Dirty Business?

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 08:12:00 +1200

Teresa Cowie delves into the complicated world of cleaning franchises amid accusations that wages are being driven down, workers are losing their jobs, clients are confused and some franchisees are losing out.

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Local Elections - Coromandel

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 07:47:00 +1200

Each week we will visit a region in New Zealand to find out what the big issues are in the upcoming local body elections. This week we speak to editor of the Mercury Bay Informer, Stephan Bosman.

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The Week In Parliament Sunday 11 September 2016

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 07:30:00 +1200

Week in the House dominated by urgency, which was accorded on Tuesday for the passing through all stages of the Housing Legislation Amendment Bill. However, the Government's plans to see the bill passed quickly were dealt a blow  when the Opposition put up a series of amendments to it during its committee stage - all of which had to be debated before the third reading. While none of the opposition's proposed amendments managed to pass, the bill itself did just before 11pm on Wednesday night - the National Party joined by ACT and United Future to see it sent off for royal assent with a one-vote majority. Back on track on Thursday, the Government managed to pass the final readings of two more bills: the Child Protection (Child Sex Offender Government Agency Registration) Bill passed by 107 votes to 14 with only the Greens opposed, while the Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Standardised Packaging) Amendment Bill passed by 108 votes to 13 with New Zealand First and Act opposed. Select committee meetings were rescheduled several times due to urgency, though the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee met to hear submissions on the Maritime Crimes Amendment Bill, with submitters including Feroze Brailsford expressing concern that peaceful protesters could be charged as terrorists; Leader of the House Gerry Brownlee gives a preview of the week ahead.

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Karl Kane and Richard Bartlett - E-Democracy

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 07:07:00 +1200

With voter participation at an all time low among digital natives is there a digital fix to a growing crisis of democratic participation? Richard Bartlett is a co-founder of group decision making tool Loomio and Karl Kane is a Massey University lecturer in visual communication design and the director of the Design+Democracy Project

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Dame Silvia Cartwright - Life and Influences

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 11:06:00 +1200

Former Governor General Dame Silvia Cartwright was New Zealand's first female district court judge, first female high court judge and one of three international judges on the Cambodian War Crimes Tribunal. In the latest of our occasional series: Influential Kiwis talk about the influences she joins Wallace to talk about the individuals, books, writers and events that have influenced her ideas.

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Simone Chua and Renzo Larriviere - Art and Alzheimer's

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 10:59:00 +1200

Australian light artists Simone Chua and Renzo Larriviere talk about their interactive sculpture installation piece which explores the subject of dementia.

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Michelle Walshe and Justin Pemberton - Chasing Great

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 10:28:00 +1200

The directors of the Richie McCaw documentary, Chasing Great, discuss the film, the reaction to it, and what Richie himself thinks about it.

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Matt Vickers - Lecretia's Law

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 10:06:00 +1200

The husband of Lecretia Seales, Matt Vickers, joins Wallace to talk about her legacy - Lecretia's Law - and why it's important for the future of terminally ill New Zealanders.

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Melissa Bubnic - Boys Will Be Boys

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 09:40:00 +1200

Award-winning Melbourne playwright and screenwriter, London-based Melissa Bubnic's latest script is a socio-political commentary on sexism and power in the world of high finance, inspired by a conversation with Cate Blanchett. Boys Will Be Boys opens at Q Theatre in Auckland on September 8.

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The New Torchlight List - Jim Flynn's Search for the Best Modern Authors, Part 1

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 08:40:00 +1200

The Need to Read Jim Flynn is a world expert on human intelligence, and the author of many ground-breaking books on intelligence, philosophy and politics. He says he came from a poor family and owes all his success to reading great books. So the Emeritus Professor of Politics at Otago University was disturbed to find that fewer and fewer adults and young people are reading for pleasure. Reading, he says, sharpens the mind helps us understand the world. Many are willing to try books recommended to them, so Jim Flynn read and rated 400 books, mostly written by modern novelists - his findings are published in The New Torchlight List - In Search of the Best Modern Authors. In this series, Wallace quizzes Jim Flynn on his picks and takes him to task - but the stoic 82-year-old claims no credentials as a literary critic - he just loves to read a good book.

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Insight: Beacon for the Homeless Closes its Doors

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 08:12:00 +1200

Sharon Brettkelly looks at Te Puea Marae's experience as an emergency housing provider.

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Local Body Elections- Southland

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 07:47:00 +1200

Each week we will visit a region in New Zealand to find out what the big issues are in the upcoming local body elections. This week we speak to Southland Times reporter Briar Babbington.

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The Week In Parliament for 4 September 2016

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 07:30:00 +1200

In the one select committee during this week's adjournment, the Local Government and Environment Committee hears submissions from grumpy mayors and local body politicians on the sweeping new powers for the Local Government Commission in the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill. Another National MP's member's bill drawn from the ballot attracts scorn from the Opposition and a move by ACT MP David Seymour to have it included in the Statutes Amendment Bill to be debated next week. Education Minister, Hekia Parata, faces questions from Opposition MPs trying to unravel the implications for the education system in her Education (Update) Amendment Bill which she says contains the biggest changes to the sector in 27 years.

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Stephen Jacobi - G20 in China

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 07:20:00 +1200

The G20 - a grouping of 20 of the world's largest economies - are meeting in China this weekend. Leaders of 19 countries and a representative from the European Union are gathering to discuss the state of the world and debate how best to give their sluggish economies a rev up. Former diplomat and business consultant Stephen Jacobi gives his take on what might come out of the world's highest powered talkfest.

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John Maynard and Mark Stewart - The Postbox Problem

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 07:08:00 +1200

Wallace talks to the president of the Southern District of the Postal Workers Union Aotearoa, John Maynard, and NZ Post's Mark Stewart about why post boxes are disappearing from our streets and whether this will have an impact on voting in the upcoming local elections.

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