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Trump shooting: Where does this leave fractured country?

9:05 am today

Former President - and would-be President Donald Trump is continuing his journey to the Republican Party convention, following yesterday's assassination attempt.  Audio



Monday 15 July 2024

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On today’s show


09:05 Trump assassination attempt: Where does this leave fractured country?

U. S. Republican presidential candidate former President Donald is surrounded by U.S. Secret Service agents in Butler, Pennsylvania on July 13, 2024. The former president suffered a gunshot wound to his ear after a suspect fired gunshots at his Pennsylvania rally and he survived the assassination attempt. According to the law official, the suspected shooter was killed by the Secret Service. ( The Yomiuri Shimbun ) (Photo by Takayuki Fuchigami / Yomiuri / The Yomiuri Shimbun via AFP)


Former President  - and would-be President Donald Trump is continuing his journey to the Republican Party convention, following yesterday's assassination attempt. He was clipped on the right ear by one of the bullets, apparently fired from a nearby building by a young gunman. It comes just days before delegates were expected to confirm Trump as their nominee for president. Kathryn is joined by the BBC's Tom Bateman who's in the suspected shooter's home town, as well as expert in political violence, Arie Perliger.


09:15  Will the government's youth crime crackdown work? Youth crime expert calls for a prevention focus

A youth crime expert is ruing the loss of prevention work, and moves to a more punitive policies. It comes as official advice from police warns the government a significant boost is needed to youth crime prevention work, if it is to meet crime reduction targets. The government has a goal to reduce youth crime by 15 percent in 2030, a target labelled as "ambitious" by officials. Meanwhile, Ministry of Justice crime indicators show a 26 percent rise in the number of repeat youth offenders in the last year, with 877 people in this category. Kathryn hears from Police Association president Chris Cahill, Massey University psychology professor Julia Ioane, and David Graham of the Billy Graham Youth Foundation.

Teens use an angle grinder to break into a cigarette cabinet during the burglary of a Waikato bottle store in July.

Teens use an angle grinder to break into a cigarette cabinet during the burglary of a Waikato bottle store in July. Photo: Supplied / Ash Parmar, via NZME

09:40 Big spike in leptosprosis cases in flooded areas

Photo: RNZ

A big spike in cases of leptospirosis in flooded areas is concerning health officials, rural people and vets. Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection shed in the urine of infected animals, which causes bad flu like symptoms, and two out of three who contract it are hospitalised. Last year there were 170 cases nationwide - the highest number in 20 years. Of those cases, 39 were in Hawkes Bay in areas that had been flooded by Cyclone Gabrielle - five times the usual number. Kathryn speaks with Massey University Professor of Veterinary Public Health Jackie Benschop and National President of Rural Women Gill Naylor.

09:45 Ukraine correspondent Luke Harding

Last week, a Kyiv children's hospital was struck by Russian missiles. The wide-ranging aerial assault came on the eve of a NATO summit in Washington. We speak to Guardian foreign correspondent Luke Harding about the fallout and also the attempted assassination on Donald Trump.

Luke Harding is a Guardian foreign correspondent and author of 'Invasion: Russia's bloody war and Ukraine's fight for survival'.

Emergency and rescue personnel along with medics and others clear the rubble of the destroyed building of Ohmatdyt Children's Hospital following a Russian missile attack in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv on July 8, 2024, amid Russian invasion in Ukraine. Russia launched more than 40 missiles at several cities across Ukraine on July 8, 2024 in an attack that killed at least 20 people and smashed into a children's hospital in Kyiv, officials said.

Photo: AFP / Roman Pilipey

10:05 Lucy Lawless on turning the lens on a fearless camerawoman Margaret Moth

Lucy Lawless made a name for herself playing a Warrior Princess. Her roles after that have been of equally strong women - so it should come as no surprise that Lawless' directorial debut is a documentary on fearless Kiwi war camerawoman Margaret Moth. Margaret's story of being shot in the face by a sniper in Sarajevo, in 1992, is well known. But the documentary film, 'Never Look Away' delves into her life before and after that event. It tells the story of a complicated personal life through interviews with two lovers and examines a troubled childhood that may have empowered a life on the edge, and a courageous war photography career. Lucy Lawless balanced this project by continuing her work with her - as she describes them - "best friends" on crime drama 'My Life Is Murder'. Kathryn talks to Lucy about how she was chosen to tell Margaret's story. 

Lucy Lawless at the RNZ Auckland office.

Photo: RNZ / Dru Faulkner

10:35 Book review: Long Island Compromise by Taffy Brodesser-Akner 

Photo: Hachette

Elisabeth Easther reviews Long Island Compromise by Taffy Brodesser-Akner published by Hachette

10:45 Around the motu: David Hill in North Canterbury

The Woodend Bypass north of Christchurch has got the greenlight as one of the first seven roads of national significance - how has the announcement gone down in the community? Waimakariri residents could face a targeted rate to help fund flood protection work on the Ashley/Rakahuri River. And North Canterbury's mayors have called for a Civil Defence levy - what would that entail?

image of a braided river - a bird's eye view of the Ashley Rakahuri River.

Ashley Rakahuri River, which passes by Rangiora Photo: Ashley Rakahuri Rivercare Group

11:05 Political commentators Tim Hurdle and Dale Husband

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Joe Biden and Christopher Luxon in Washington DC, July 2024. Photo: Supplied

Tim and Dale join Kathryn to look at Prime Minister Christopher Luxon's time in the US for Nato and the meetings he held with various world leaders. Concerns about what happened ahead of the Aratere's grounding last week were outed by acting Prime Minister Winston Peters - could KiwiRail lose control of the Cook Strait ferries? And what options are the Greens left with over Darleen Tana?

Dale Husband is a long time broadcaster and Radio Waatea presenter hosting a Maori focused current affairs programme.

Tim Hurdle is a former National senior adviser, was the National Party Campaign Director in 2020. He is a director of several companies, including Museum Street Strategies, a public affairs firm.

11:30 Waitaki's winter warming soups 

image of Waitaki soups

Photo: supplied by Cyndi Christensen WDC

A three-week winter soup festival underway for the second year- the Waitaki soup sipper trail. Eateries around the district cook up a diverse range of broths and winter warmers. Cyndi Christensen is from the economic development team for the Waitaki District Council based in Oamaru,  She talks to Kathryn  about how the festival is showcasing the culinary skills of local businesses, and harvesting local too.

11:45 New planning policies to boost housing: the good, the bad and the ugly

An apartment building under construction in Wellington

An apartment building under construction in Wellington Photo: RNZ / Angus Dreaver

Urban issues correspondent Bill McKay joins Kathryn to look at six big changes announced by the government to boost housing, including the setting up of Housing Growth Targets for tier 1 and 2 councils and the abolition of apartment minimum floor areas. Bill breaks down the pros and cons of each change.

Bill McKay is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.