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Insight: Pacific Issues

The Pacific population traditionally supports Labour. But some have been offended by law changes to do with child discipline, civil union and prostitution and may vote differently this election. For National to make headway, the party must first gain the trust of Pacific Islanders. Our Pacific Issues Correspondent, Richard Pamatatau, has spent time with voters in the big South Auckland seats.

8.40 Feature interview:

Ian Conrich heads the recently established Centre for New Zealand studies at the University of London. Chris Laidlaw talks to him about the objectives of the Centre

9.05 Mediawatch

We hear how a low-profile leader from days gone recently re-appeared in the media - and the government's efforts to bring broadcasting's rules and regulations up to date and how peace broke out at Waitangi - but the media managed to conjure up some controversy anyway. Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Cushla Managh

9.30 Feature interview: Ryan Malone

Author of 'Rebalancing the Constitution; The Challenge of Government Law Making under MMP'.

10.06 The Sunday Group

This week we're taking a closer look at the Ministry for the Environment's recently-released major report on the state of our natural resources. The Ministry says that while we're not at a crisis point, there's a need for vigilance - and action.

Todd Krieble, the general manager of the Ministry's reporting and communications group; Forest and Bird's advocacy manager Kevin Hackwell; and the chief executive of Fish and Game, Bryce Johnson and Doctor Tim Mackle, chief executive of the new organisation, Dairy NZ.

10.30 Trevor Reekie's Hidden Treasures

Each week Trevor Reekie takes you on a trip that seeks out musical gems from niche markets around the globe, the latest re-releases and interesting sounds from the shallow end of the bit stream. This week Trevor checks two of the artists who will be appearing at next month's Womad Music Festival in Taranaki.

10.45am More than 30-thousand athletes are expected in Sydney next year for the World Masters Games - essentially the Olympics for the more mature sportsmen and women aged 35 and over. Chris Laidlaw talks to Rod Dowler who is part of the organising group.

11.05 Ideas: a Nation Within A State - The Quest for Scottish Independence

It has been nearly ten years since the Scotland Act of 1998 established a new Scottish parliament, is Scotland ready yet to break away from the UK? Ideas is repeated just after the 1am news on Friday morning.