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Sunday for 20 March 2011

This week, Sunday Morning marks Otago's celebration of 150 years since gold was discovered in the province.

8:12 Insight: Police Pursuits

Insight considers whether changes are needed to the police pursuit policy, following a record number of deaths connected to police chasing fleeing drivers.
Written and presented by Cherie McQuilkin
Produced by Philippa Tolley

8:40 Jim Ng - The Chinese Miners

Historian Jim Ng talks to Chris about the Chinese miners. Around 40,000 were invited from Australia in 1865 to mine the gold that was harder to get to, and two years later the Lawrence Borough Council told them to clear off to a campsite by Tuapeka Creek. Jim is chairman of the Lawrence Chinese Camp Charitable Trust which aims to restore the camp.

9:06 Mediawatch

This weekend - the media coverage of the crisis in Japan has been intense, and sometimes overwhelming. But while fears of a nuclear disaster are clearly newsworthy, have some in the media actually added to them with scary headlines and dire predictions? Mediawatch also looks at how the historic upheavals in the Middle East and North Africa have raised the profile of the controversial TV network Al Jazeera; and more cases of fringe theories getting the oxygen of media publicity.
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:40 Diane Miller - Gabriel Read and the Diggers

Author and historian Diane Miller tells Chris about Gabriel Read, a surveyor from Tasmania who, when he was credited for discovering gold, made Otago the richest province in New Zealand for several decades. Gabriel Read returned to Tasmania where he lost most of his money in a failed farming venture.

10:06 John Stenhouse - Greed, Grog, and God

Dr John Stenhouse is a history lecturer at Otago University. He's discussing with Chris the impact of the discovery of gold on Otago society. Did the gold rush end the Presbyterian Church's vision of a godly society? Did greed and grog beat God in colonial life?

10:45 Hidden Treasures

This week on Hidden Treasures Trevor Reekie checks out one of Aotearoa's hardest working bands and highlights a couple of B sides that still sound like A sides, decades later.
Produced by Trevor Reekie

11.05 Ideas: Ethical Investment

Is one person's ethical investment simply another's usury with a fancy name? Can the pension funds of the world become a force for good? Ideas explores these and other issues with: Glen Saunders a former director of Europe's social lender, Triodos Bank, and a former guardian of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund; Dr Robert Howell, the chair of the Council for Socially Responsible Investment; and Rodger Spiller the executive director the New Zealand Centre For Business Ethics and Sustainable Development.

Presented by Chris Laidlaw
Produced by Jeremy Rose

11.55 Feedback

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