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Sunday for 1 March 2009

8:12Insight: Black Saturday

Insight this morning looks at why the recent bush fires in Australia were so deadly. With the state of Victoria once again on high alert because of the bush fire danger, is the region facing different conditions than in previous years? Should the nation's "stay or go" policy be rewritten and do building codes need to be tightened up? Insight investigates.
Produced by Ian Telfer

8:40 Feature interview: Zimbabwe's Unity Government Faces Crisis

Last week, trouble with the telephones in his country prevented us from speaking to Zimbabwe's Minister of Education and of Sport, David Coltart, as we'd planned. All going well, he'll be with us today to discuss the enormous economic, social and humanitarian challenges facing Zimbabwe's new unity government.
Produced by Christine Cessford

9:05 Mediawatch

This week Mediawatch looks at how New Zealand's media are coping as the income from advertising dries up. We'll ask the Minister of Broadcasting whether a bail-out is in order for TVNZ, which is warning that programmes and jobs could soon be cut, and ask why he's halting work on a review of the ground rules for the entire broadcasting market. We'll also look into our newspapers' bold claims they're bucking the international trend -- and at how the news media were led by the nose by the PR effort of a new airline.
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:30 Feature interview: Architecture and the Environment

Architect Ian Athfield talks to Chris Laidlaw about the role of the architect in society and in the physical environment. A documentary on his work, called 'Architect of Dreams', is screening now as part of the 2009 DOCNZ Documentary Film Festival. For more information on the festival, go to
Produced by Christine Cessford

10:06 The Sunday Group: Out of Work

As the recession, or as some are calling it, the depression, intensifies, a survey this week reports one in five New Zealand workers fear losing their job. Another study predicts unemployment rates of 11 per cent. The Government, business and community organizations are bracing themselves - and on Friday 200 of them gathered at a jobs summit to find ways to tackle the threat. Today's Sunday Group picks up on that theme as guests grasp the question of how to keep workers on the job - and what to do when that fails. Chris Laidlaw chairs a panel that includes: New Zealand Council of Trade Unions president Helen Kelly; Paul Blair from the Rotorua People's Union; and Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend.

produced by Christine Cessford

10:40 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 weekTrevor catches up with UK DJ Miles Cleret who is also the founder of the Soundway label that's compiled a series of albums restoring lost and vintage sounds from West Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.
Produced by Trevor Reekie

10:55 Feedback

What the listeners have to say.

11:05 Ideas: Dr Ian Prior - Establishment Radical

Dr Ian Prior, who died on February 17, has been called the father of public health in New Zealand. His pioneering Tokelau Migration Study received international attention but this fellow of the Royal Society was a man of many passions.

Environmentalist, anti-nuclear crusader and patron of the arts, Dr Prior was as comfortable sharing a drink at the Wellington Club as he was hosting drinks for Black Power at his Wadestown home.

Ideas talks to some of Ian's friends and colleagues about his life and Ideas:

Rangi Tuhi - who Ian befriended in prison and later put through university.
Publisher Roger Steele.
Environmentalst and architect Bob Fantl.
Friend and colleague Henry Tuia
Dr George Salmond
Filmmaker Gaylene Preston.

Presented by Chris Laidlaw
Produced by Jeremy Rose