Lately for Wednesday 28 August 2019
10:20 How did New Zealand avoid America's opioid crisis?
A day after an Oklahoma judge ordered drug company Johnson & Johnson to pay 572 million dollars for its role in the US opioid epidemic, another big player has admitted it is involved in settlement talks
Drugmaker Purdue Pharma says it's negotiating a multi billion-dollar settlement with lawyers for local and state governments, that would resolve about 2,000 lawsuits against the company, and force it into bankruptcy.
Dr Cathy Strong from Massey University's School of Communication became aware of the alarming death rates from opioid abuse while on research leave in the US, and she speaks with Karyn Hay about her findings.
10:30 Measles outbreak: a South Auckland school's experience
Government figures on the country's measles outbreak show the total number of cases so far this year have reached 849.
The Associate Health Minister, Julie Anne Genter, says more than one-hundred of those have been notified in the past week, mostly in the Auckland region.
This afternoon a measles outbreak at south Auckland's Manurewa High School led to 300 students being sent home today and a number of pupils may not be allowed back until next week.
Thirteen students have contracted measles and the school says anyone not immunised should stay away until Monday, and those attending should bring proof of immunity.
Karyn speaks with the principal of Manurewa's Rowandale Primary School, Karl Vasau, about how his school has been coping when a staff member was hospitalised with measles.
10:45 Midweek Mediawatch: the MacTaggart Lecture and more
Colin Peacock joins Karyn from RNZ's Wellington Studio to digest this year's annual MacTaggart Lecture given by one of the UK's longest serving female television executives. Channel 4's Head of News and Current Affairs, Dorothy Byrnes, cut loose in a speech that was funny, uplifting and worrying.
Colin segues to Carol Cadwallader's powerful talk about social media as a threat to democracy that was featured on RNZ National's Ted Talk Radio Hour, before highlighting Florence Kerr and Tony Wall's Stuff investigation 'No place to live/Kāore te kāinga, kāore te ora.'