Sunday Morning for Sunday 1 April 2012
8:12 Insight: Dairy Farming - Corporate Takeover?
The ownership of New Zealand's dairy farms is set for massive change in the next decade, as baby boomer farmers cash up their farms to fund their retirement. With farm prices out of reach of many New Zealanders, corporates and foreigners are eyeing up opportunities. Opponents of overseas buyers fear New Zealand may lose control of its productive sector, but could new farm owners provide the much-needed capital and expertise to fund the sector's growth? Business reporter, Naomi Mitchell, explores the changing landscape of farm ownership.
Produced by Philippa Tolley.
8:40 Jim Marbrook - Survivors from 'the Bins'
They had benign names like Cherry Farm, Seaview and Sunnyside, but for many they were simply known as 'the Bins' - New Zealand's psychiatric hospitals. Film-maker Jim Marbrook has taken a group of survivors back to the now-abandoned asylums where thousands were kept, judged incompetent for life. Some were admitted as children, considered too unruly for fostering, and grew up inside. Jim talks to Chris about this important piece of our country's social history, told through the stories of five people who survived life in the Bins. Jim Marbrook's film, Mental Notes, is screening at the World Cinema Showcase.
This week Mediawatch looks at commercial deals made by people in the media, and the conflicts of interest they can create. Former Fair Go host Kevin Milne is now endorsing a carpet company, and others in the news media are claiming perks from the country's biggest casino company. They're laying their own reputations on the line - but are they also compromising the integrity of the news media? Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.
9:40 Laurie Bauer - Prepare to be Dizzified When is a word really a word? When it's in the dictionary? How does it get there? Laurie Bauer says dictionaries are out of date the moment they are published as new words arise all the time. What's a Scrabble player supposed to do? Prepared to be dizzified as Laurie tells Chris about corpora - collections of hundreds of millions of words. And when do you last talk about the greenth of New Zealand? Laurie Bauer is Professor of Linguistics at Victoria University. In our monthly language slot on the first Sunday of May, we'll be marking Sign Language Week with Dr Rachel McKee.
10:06 Jonathan Watts - Which Way Will China Jump?
Jonathan Watts is the Guardian's Asia environment correspondent and author of the book When a Billion Chinese Jump. He talks to Chris about China's environmental problems and says that the rest of the world has good reason to be concerned about that vast country. But the reason is not what you might expect - it's because China is becoming more like us, and we are the problem, living way beyond the planet's means. Chinese people want a better lifestyle too - but will it jump towards something more eco-friendly to achieve that? What's going to emerge from the smog? Details of Jonathan's tour of New Zealand
10.40 Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson
Dougal empties the paddling pool and wonders what happened to summer in Dunedin.
10:45 Hidden Treasures
This week on Hidden Treasures, Trevor Reekie showcases new music from Wellington's Fly My Pretties; plus the new album from Mexican virtuoso buskers, Rodrigo Y Gabriela.
Produced by Trevor Reekie
11.05 Ideas: Art at the Margins
Manu Taria Rio exhibited his clay kawauwau, or Maori flutes, at Wellington's Soup Kitchen last week and Turkish immigrant Nas Kavas can be found most days displaying his ink sketches on the pavement outside a nearby supermarket. This week Ideas talks to Manu and Nas about their art; and explores the concept of outsider art with the director of Pablos Art Studio, Gaelen Macdonald, and Massey university lecturer and artist Stuart Shepherd.
Presented by Chris Laidlaw Produced by Jeremy Rose
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