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8:12 Insight: Restoring Northland’s Waterways

Lois Williams investigates the fight to preserve or improve Northlands waterways.
Produced by Philippa Tolley.

8:40 Sarah Shieff – Frank Sargeson’s Letters

Sarah Shieff has tracked down around 6,000 letters by Frank Sargeson, one of New Zealand’s most significant writers. She found them in libraries and private collections all over the world – then chose 500 to include in a new book. The earliest is a postcard from Paris written in 1927, the last is a letter to his friend Janet Frame, written shortly before his death. Sargeson was a confidant of E.M. Forster and Benjamin Britten; and his letters to Charles Brasch, Denis Glover and others provide gossip and commentary on New Zealand’s early literary scene, as well as insights in Sargeson’s life and work.
Sarah Shieff is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Waikato.
Letters of Frank Sargeson, selected and edited by Sarah Shieff, is published by Random House.

9:06 Mediawatch

Mediawatch asks if campaigns to win hearts and minds are clouding coverage of the Ports of Auckland dispute, and are we missing old-fashioned reporting of industrial issues today? Mediawatch also hears a harrowing story of being in the middle of an international media frenzy; and how the line between advertising and editorial content is getting pretty blurry.
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:40 Richard Vokes – Kony 2012

As the campaign video highlighting the plight of child soldiers in Uganda reaches 80 million hits on Youtube, Richard Vokes backgrounds the Lord’s Resistance Army and gives his take on the controversial Kony 2012 campaign. He talks to Chris about muddying the waters between humanitarian aid and military intervention, and warns that the situation in Uganda is far more complex than the campaign reveals.
Richard Vokes is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology at the University of Canterbury.
Read Richard's blog

Invisible Children campaign video

The Guardian news blog on Kony 2012

10:06 Richard Bourne – What Went Wrong in Zimbabwe

Beginning with the British conquest of Zimbabwe and covering events up to the present precarious political situation, Richard Bourne talks to Chris about the ongoing crisis in that country. He says Zimbabwe’s tragedy is not just about Robert Mugabe, but about history, Africa today and the world’s attitudes towards them.
Richard Bourne is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London
Catastrophe: What Went Wrong in Zimbabwe? by Richard Bourne, is published by Zed Books.

10.40 Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson

Dougal is hoping a charity art auction will lift spirits dampened by the city council’s plan to bail out the Otago Rugby Union.

10:45 Hidden Treasures

Trevor Reekie showcases a track from the daughter of French musical royalty who, on her new album, has recorded a song written by a musician from the Hawkes Bay.
Produced by Trevor Reekie

11.05 Ideas: Fracking

Hydraulic fracturing – or fracking– involves pouring fluids under pressure into oil or gas reservoirs to crack layers of rock and free trapped hydrocarbons. Its proponents say it’s safe and has the potential to free up vast quantities of natural gas and oil. Its opponents say it’s been linked to the contamination of aquifers, the setting off of earthquakes, and wide scale pollution. Chris Laidlaw speaks to Petroleum Exploration and Production Association chief executive David Robinson and Gisborne District Councillor Manu Caddie; and Jeremy Rose talks to Professor Peter Malin - the director of the University of Auckland’s Institute of Earth Science and Engineering.
Presented by Chris Laidlaw
Produced by Jeremy Rose

11.55 Feedback

What the listeners have to say on today’s programme.