09:05 Alternatives to state care. Time for new thinking ?

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Photo: Anglican Trust for Women & Children

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in State Care, and controversy surrounding some Oranga Tamariki uplift cases has brought this country's record on protecting children this year, once again  into sharp focus.  So what are alternatives to foster care? A newly-released study, 'Fostering the family not just the child', argues residential intervention programmes for women and their children have the potential to change families' lives for the better, and are worth investigating robustly as an alternative to state care. Co-authors Dr Charlene Rapsey and Cassandra Rolston, from Otago University's Department of Psychological Medicine, based their study on in-depth interviews with women using the three stage residential programme, Granger Grove. Lynn Freeman talks to Dr Rapsey and Judy Mataia the Chief Executive of Granger Grove.

09:20 Democracy watchdog eyes online advertising in UK election

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson (L) and Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (R) as they debate on the set of "Johnson v Corbyn: The ITV Debate" in Salford, north-west England. - Britain will go to the polls on December 12, 2019 to vote in a pre-Christmas general election.

Photo: AFP

Politicians use big data and micro-targeting to reach people on social media with personalised adverts aimed at winning their support. Sam Jeffers is the co-founder of "Who Targets Me" a campaign group that monitors online advertising.

09:30 New Zealand's 50 top birdwatching sites

As the number of wildlife sanctuaries and predator controlled areas increase around New Zealand, thanks largely to the efforts of communities, there are also more opportunities for people to go bird watching. Travel writer and photographer Liz Light has traveled the country in search of the best spots for twitchers and eco-tourists to photograph New Zealand's unique and all too often also endangered bird species.

09:45 Pacific correspondent Koro Vaka'uta - Samoa measles emergency

UNICEF has delivered tents, which will be used as vaccination sites or isolation wards for patients with measles in Samoa.

UNICEF has delivered tents, which will be used as vaccination sites or isolation wards for patients with measles in Samoa. Photo: UNICEF

Measles continues to impact the nations of the Pacific, particularly Samoa where more than 60 people have died. A state of emergency has been declared with mandatory vaccinations and no public gatherings involving children. Koro talks to Lynn Freeman about how the mass vaccination campaign is going.

10:05 Lindsay McCrae: My Penguin Year

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Photo: Supplied

Wildlife photographer Lindsay McCrae has traveled the globe from the jungle to the ice, recently spending a year in the company of emperor penguins in Antarctica for David Attenborough's BBC series 'Dynasties'.  He won a BAFTA for his cold camerawork, but missed the birth of his first child in the process.  Lyndsay tells Lynn Freeman tales of incredible survival (both his and the penguins') at -40 degrees C, now the subject of his first book My Penguin Year.

10:35 Book review - Tohorā: The Southern Right Whale by Ned Barraud

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Photo: Potton & Burton

Harry Broad reviews Tohorā: The Southern Right Whale by Ned Barraud. This book is published by Potton & Burton.

10:45 The Reading

Chute Thru by Janice Marriott read by Michael Whalley.  Episode 5 of 10.

11:05 New music with Grant Smithies

American songwriter Bill Callahan's Shepherd In A Sheepskin Vest is a double LP meditation on domesticity and love, and not nearly as boring as that probably sounds. We'll hear two key songs from that today, alongside a funk gem from R'n'B pioneer Hank Ballard and a slab of silky Jamaican soul from Johnny Osbourne.

11:30 Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Brendan talks to Lynn about why the Black Caps win series over England isn't included in the World Test Championship which started earlier this year. Also speculation about how much Israel Folau received from Rugby Australia in his confidential settlement over his quashed contract.

Black Caps batsman Ross Taylor batting against England in the second Test in Hamilton, December 2019.

Photo: Photosport

11:45 The week that was with Te Radar and Jodie Rimmer

Our comedians with an airline food feast and also the reason why the Apostrophe society has thrown in the towel.

Airline meal

Airline meal Photo: By Cudd22 - Own work,





Music played in this show


Artist: T-Rex
Song: Baby Boomerang
Time: 10:42

Artist: Dictaphone Blues
Song: In your sleep
Time: 11:47