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Preview: Sunday Morning with Chris Laidlaw

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News, discussion, features and ideas until midday.


Feedback from Sunday Morning 23 July

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:59:00 +1200

Listener feedback received during the show although not a lot of time to read it this week.

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Anne Salmond: Tears of Rangi

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:25:00 +1200

Professor Dame Anne Salmond is New Zealand's foremost anthropologist. Her most recent book - Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds revisits some of those historical encounters but also looks at the contemporary clashes over waterways, the sea, land and people.

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Young minds look to solve society's woes

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Three speakers at the Festival for the Future are rising leaders Lisa King, Fatumata Bah and Yoseph Ayele and they all hail from overseas - Hong Kong, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia. With the election not far away, they have advice for our politicians.

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Queen Victoria's epic feasts

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:35:00 +1200

Queen Victoria liked her food, no doubt about that. Food historian and broadcaster, Dr Annie Gray, pored through historic royal cookbooks for the detail in The Greedy Queen. Delving into the royal menus of the Victorian era, Dr Gray explains why dinner was so important - not just for the stomach, but for the British Empire.

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Patrick Cockburn: the destruction of Iraq

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:35:00 +1200

Many of Iraq's cities have stood for thousands of years but the centre of its second largest city Mosul was destroyed in three.

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Mediawatch for 23 July 2017

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:06:00 +1200

Shooting the messenger hunting for the MP gone MIA; the Herald's big push to 'break the silence' surrounding suicide; an unconventional account from a convention

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Child discipline: 'Every parent needs to know this'

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:35:00 +1200

The naughty seat and "time out" are popular methods of disciplining children but family therapist Dr Anna Martin says they are punitive approaches to discipline and we need to stop using them. She's completed research she believes every parent should know about.

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Insight: Is mountain biking the next golf?

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:12:00 +1200

Mountain biking is experiencing a boom in New Zealand. Chris Bramwell takes to the trails to find out why.

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Dunedin mayor Dave Cull and the flood clean up

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:57:00 +1200

Dave Cull says the rain may have stopped but now it's freezing in the city and surrounds.

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New sunfish found in NZ waters

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:46:00 +1200

Andrew Stewart from Te Papa talks about a new sunfish species that has been found in NZ waters.

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Cowards, liars and great apes - Parliament's zingers

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:32:00 +1200

Sometimes a good quip is too tempting for MPs to resist but who decides when they've gone too far and how? Jamie Tahana takes a look at Parliament's 'sickest burns'.

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The latest on Trump and the Russian investigation

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:20:00 +1200

Feature Story's Simon Marks talks about this weekend's antics in the White House, including the resignation of Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Donald Trump's hint that he may pardon himself from the investigation into whether Russia meddled in last year's election.

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Scottish soldiers help out in Dunedin

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:16:00 +1200

Captain Mathew Rupasinha is an Englishman leading a team of eight Scottish soldiers in Dunedin for a mountain race that was cancelled. So they mucked in in Mosgiel when the floods came.

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Floods in Christchurch

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:08:00 +1200

Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel gives an update on floods in the city.

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Brian Van Reet: Spoils of war

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 11:35:00 +1200

A new novel, Spoils, sets out to show what the Iraq war was really like through the eyes of Cassandra Wigheard, a young tank gunner and Abu Al Hool, an Egyptian jihadi. Brian Van Reet's debut shows the harsh brutalities and lengthy boredom of being at war. A former US soldier, Brian explains how his experiences shaped the book and questions what the Iraq war was really about.

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Saving our audiovisual treasures

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Nga Taonga Sound and Vision  preservation manager Louise McCrone and acting chief executive Sarah Davy talk about the work they do to collect, share and care for New Zealand's audiovisual treasures - and how to preserve old home movies and VHS tapes.   

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Cars vs bicycles - who's at fault?

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 10:40:00 +1200

A recent study by the Australian Automobile Association found that most accidents involving a car and a bicycle were caused by motorists not cyclists. Soufiane Boufous, a researcher at the University of New South Wales says we should adopt a law that presumes motorists are at fault - unless there is compelling evidence to suggest otherwise. Could it work in New Zealand?

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No Ordinary Sheila: the life of Sheila Natusch

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 09:37:00 +1200

Sheila Natusch is one of our most talented yet unsung historians, natural science writers and illustrators. A film about her life, No Ordinary Sheila, is produced by Christine Dann, a writer, historian, researcher and big fan of Sheila.

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'Natural' ciggies up in smoke

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 08:35:00 +1200

Smokers of roll-your-own cigarettes often say they choose "rollies" over packet cigarettes because "rollies" are closer to natural tobacco. Simon Chapman, Emeritus Professor at the School of Public Health University of Sydney, stubs out that myth.

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Insight: Preparing for the next America's Cup

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 08:10:00 +1200

The America's Cup celebration parades have come to an end, but the planning for the next race has only just started.  Todd Niall considers where and what form the next America’s Cup challenge will take.   

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Derek Fox talks about broadcaster Marama Martin

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 07:47:00 +1200

Broadcaster and former colleague Derek Fox talks about television and radio presenter Marama Martin, who passed away this week in Nelson.  

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The accidental politician - Annette King

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 07:30:00 +1200

With over thirty years experience as an MP Annette King is a familiar face both in and out of Government but says it was a life she had never planned for. 

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Wimbledon women's singles final

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 07:21:00 +1200

Dave Luddy is at Wimbledon and breaks down the women's singles final won by Garbine Muguruza over Venus Williams.

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Greens and NZ First hold their annual conferences

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 07:10:00 +1200

Mei Heron and Benedict Collins report from the Greens and NZ First AGMS both being held in Auckland this weekend.

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Colm Meaney: The Journey

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 11:35:00 +1200

The Journey is about Reverend Ian Paisley - founder of Northern Ireland's DUP, and Martin McGuinness, the former IRA leader who devoted his life to the cause of Irish unification. The part of McGuinness is played by Colm Meaney who talks to Sunday Morning.

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Language, music and battling the pain: Whai Te Wiata

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Whai Te Wiata recently graduated at Auckland University with a BA majoring in linguistics and Maori studies. He chose linguistics believing if he could work out how languages are constructed he could help preserve Maori. The 33-year-old haemophiliac faces plenty of challenges - but at the end of the day, there's always music.

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The life of Zac Posen: Sandy Chronopoulos

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 10:40:00 +1200

The House of Z is a film following the meteoric rise of New York fashion designer Zac Posen. The film is the debut feature for Sandy Chronopoulos who spent a year with him to film it.

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How to deal with drugs

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 10:05:00 +1200

Professors Ann Fordham and Fiona Measham spoke at Through the Maze this week, about reforming global drug laws. They tell Wallace what needs to change and why Portugal is a role model. 

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The curious case of Charles Mackay

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 09:40:00 +1200

Former Whanganui mayor Charles Mackay, who served six years in prison for shooting a man who was blackmailing him, was the first New Zealander to come out as homosexual, says Wellington historian Paul Diamond.

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Mediawatch for 9 July 2017

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 09:06:00 +1200

Controversial comedy sparks clash of cultures; putting women's sport in the frame.

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Temporary immigrants: what's the problem?

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 08:35:00 +1200

Dr Francis Collins from the University of Auckland is concerned with the dud hand he says is being dealt temporary immigrants.  He says it's putting people's lives in limbo and splitting families. 

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Insight: Climate Change - Politics and Actions

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 08:10:00 +1200

With the Trump administration withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement and some US states and companies stepping up to fill the gap, is there now pressure for more or less action over climate change in New Zealand? With an election looming, Philippa Tolley asks how much importance campaigning parties will give to global warming.

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Wimbledon wrap week one

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 07:55:00 +1200

Dave Luddy reports from Wimbledon where three Kiwis are through in the men's doubles.

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Lions Test decider in Auckland

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 07:47:00 +1200

Fairfax's sport news director Kevin Norquay reflects on the 15-all draw and drawn series between the All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions.

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National farewells its lefty MP

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 07:32:00 +1200

Retiring MP Chester Borrows describes himself as a loyal old Labrador and is proud of what he's achieved but says he might have achieved more if he was prickly and gorsy. 

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G20 summit update

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 07:23:00 +1200

Natalie Carney reports from the G20 summit being held in Hamburg, Germany, where talk today has been about Angela Merkel trying to convince US president Donald Trump to reconsider joining the Paris Climate Change agreement. But also the fact Ivanka Trump, the US President's daughter, was making her presence felt. 

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UN treaty banning nuclear weapons

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 07:10:00 +1200

The United Nations took an historic step yesterday adopting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons by an overwhelming majority. Lyndon Burford from the Disarmament and Security Centre explains what it means. 

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Righting an historic wrong

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 22:35:00 +1200

Hundreds of homosexual New Zealanders who were convicted for consensual adult activity have received an apology from the House and could have their convictions quashed if a bill passes.

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I hope you die (well)

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 22:35:00 +1200

David Seymour says he hopes you die in your sleep aged 100 but he wants to give you options if the reality gets much nastier.

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Grow your own medication

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 06:55:00 +1200

If a new member's bill gets through you may be allowed to 'grow your own' pain medication - medical cannabis.  

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Race against time to save VHS tapes

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 11:40:00 +1200

The XFR Collective is a team of archivists who meet in a loft in Tribeca New York every week and give their time to digitise tapes of social significance. But there's an impending sense of a deadline looming closer before the tapes degrade. Michael Grant (full beard, pictured with others from the Xfer Collective) talks about the issues facing their preservation - getting tapedeck players being a key challenge.

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Amber Bracken: Shooting the Pipeline Protest

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 11:24:00 +1200

Canadian Amber Bracken is a photojournalist who covered the protest by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe over the Dakota Access Pipeline - an oil pipeline project from the Bakken Fields of North Dakota to a storage hub in Illinois. Her photos from the protest took first prize in the 2017 World Press Photo Competition.

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Theia: Roaming like a goddess

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 11:07:00 +1200

One of the fast-rising stars in the NZ music world right now is Theia. She burst onto the scene last year with her break out hit Roam. The Christchurch-born singer has just released her debut EP, and will embark on her first headline tour of New Zealand on July 6.

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Katie Cooper: the 19th-century rural kitchen

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 10:34:00 +1200

Dr Katie Cooper grew up on Gore farm and is curator of colonial histories at Te Papa. Her PhD examined the history of rural New Zealand from 1840 to 1940 - focusing on the provision of food in rural communities and its preparation in rural kitchens. But it isn't just about food - the rural kitchen is the perfect vantage point from which to examine the overarching structures of the rural economy and rural society during that century. Katie Cooper is giving a free lunchtime talk on 5 July at the National Library in Wellington.

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Jackie van Beek: The Inland Road

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 10:07:00 +1200

Jackie van Beek is best known as Pauline in TV's Funny Girls and as a wannabe vampire in Taika Waititi's What We Do in the Shadows, but she has also written and directed many short films. The Inland Road is her debut feature movie and it will premiere in New Zealand at the International Film Festival starting on 20 July in Auckland with films showing all over the country until 6 August.

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Anthony McCarten: from Ladies Night to Lennon

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 09:38:00 +1200

Anthony McCarten, one of New Zealand's finest writing exports first made his name here with Stephen Sinclair when they wrote the smash-hit Ladies Night around 30 years ago, and his 1990 comedy Weed is on at Circa Theatre in Wellington until July 30. His film The Theory of Everything led to him meeting Stephen Hawking and winning two Baftas, and being tasked with writing biopics on Freddie Mercury and Queen, Winston Churchill and soon, John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

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Mediawatch for 2 July 2017

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 09:07:00 +1200

A sports special: Hawking the haka sparks ad indignation; Americas Cup coverage calls news media's role into question.

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Max Rashbrooke: towards a truly open government

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 08:42:00 +1200

Max Rashbrooke is the author of Bridges Both Ways: Transforming Openness of New Zealand Government, a report for Victoria University's Institute of Governance and Policy Studies. He talks to Wallace about his five key ideas - which range from a Korero Politics day where the whole country gets the day off to crowd-sourcing parliamentary bills.

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Insight: Trade Deals and Balancing Power

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 08:12:00 +1200

The opposition to the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal focused on jobs, questions over economic benefit and possible threats to sovereignty. But in the light of the Trump administration and its more isolationist posturing,  Philippa Tolley ask  if the need for some sort of regional deal is crucial for security and stability.  

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Wimbledon preview with Dave Luddy

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 07:54:00 +1200

Wimbledon kicks off tomorrow. New Zealand tennis player Marina Erakovic has made the main draw in the singles after coming through three rounds of qualifying. Wimbledon correspondent Dave Luddy who's taking time out from getting his strawberries and champagne ready to talk about what to expect.

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British and Irish Lions vs All Blacks second test recap

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 07:45:00 +1200

The British and Irish Lions have surged back into the 2017 series against the All Blacks beating the home side 24-21 in Wellington's Westpac Stadium.Fairfax's sports news director gives his take on the game saying there was no question Sonny Bill Williams should have been red-carded - and that seeing the Lions' fans celebrate victory was epic. 

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'I never wanted to be an MP'

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 07:32:00 +1200

Parliament brings out the worst in people says departing Green MP Catherine Delahunty and she won't miss much when she leaves at the September election.  

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Road etiquette

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 07:20:00 +1200

AA Driving school general manager Roger Venn reckons road etiquette should be part of the road code to address the number of poorly mannered and aggressive drivers.

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Kyle MacDonald: mental health funding

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 07:11:00 +1200

The CTU's economist Bill Rosenberg reckons the government's health budget is $215m short of what it says it can cover in services. Health minister Jonathan Coleman disagrees. Psychotherapist Kyle MacDonald discusses funding.

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Debating the freeze - RNZ funding under scrutiny

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 22:35:00 +1200

Does RNZ get enough funding? It's a question they've been debating at Parliament.

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Sitting in a grey area

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 22:35:00 +1200

Many view protesting as a human right but conflict can arise when a movement takes over a public space indefinitely - a bill before Parliament hopes to offer a balanced solution.

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Testing the seabed bungee cord

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:30:00 +1200

New Zealand is among the first countries to consider seabed mining. Parliament has heard there can be downsides to being a world-leader.

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Harsher sentences for rustlers

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:55:00 +1200

Stock rustling evokes a man with a sheep on a horse, but sometimes it's actually large trucks and millions of dollars worth of animals. Now there's a bill for that.

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