Sunday Morning for Sunday 24 June 2012
Today we farewell Trevor Reekie and Hidden Treasures, and Dougal Stevenson with his Notes from the South, as we look ahead to a new shape for the programme from next week.
8:12 Insight: Fiji’s Path to Elections
As Fiji starts working towards holding elections in 2014, the process of writing a new constitution is underway. While some have decried that process as a sham and illegal, others hope that it will mean a return to democracy. Sally Round has visited the country to investigate what progress is being made.
Produced by Philippa Tolley.
8:40 Luke Roughton – Arms Trade and the Pacific
Pacific Island states are not major importers or exporters of arms, but recent history in countries such as Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands has shown that a small number of arms can have a disproportionately large impact on small, developing nations – displacing large numbers of people, restricting access to basic services, and negatively impacting sustainable development and the economy. Luke Roughton will be attending next month’s Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in New York as part of Oxfam’s official delegation, and talks to Chris about why the ATT matters in the Pacific.
Mediawatch looks at a big shake-up of the Australian company that owns many big papers in this country, and asks the man in charge of Fairfax's newspapers here what this might mean for us. Also – a scary medical story that worried women sick; the media swallow yet another phony fast food fad; and did taxpayers get their money’s worth from controversial reality show The GC?
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.
9:40 Christopher Davidson – Gulf Monarchies
Dr Davidson is recognised as an expert on the Middle East who has devoted particular attention to the United Arab Emirates. As political and religious turmoil continue in the region he talks to Chris about the fate of the gulf monarchies – some are likely to survive while others will succumb to popular demands for reform.
Dr Christopher Davidson is a fellow of the Institute for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at the University of Durham, UK. He is in New Zealand for Otago University’s annual Foreign Policy School. His new book, After the Sheikhs: The Coming Collapse of the Gulf Monarchies, is to be published in September.
10:06 New Flags Flying – Papua New Guinea
Between 1960 and 1990, strong winds of political change swept across Pacific countries. Broadcaster Ian Johnstone has captured this change in a series of interviews with Pacific leaders which he presents with his co-editor Michael Powles in a series called New Flags Flying. Sunday Morning features highlights from the series on the last Sunday of each month during 2012. This week, as PNG goes to the polls in the general election, Ian, Michael and Chris discuss the complicated colonial history of Papua New Guinea and the journey to independence under the leadership of Sir Michael Somare.
The full interviews with the Pacific leaders can be heard on Radio New Zealand International
Radio New Zealand International reporter Johnny Blades is in PNG as the general election gets under way. His reports can be found on www.rnzi.com, heard on Dateline Pacific at 10.45pm each weekday on Radio New Zealand National and on the weekly Pacific Island news, issues and current affairs show, Tagata o te Moana, broadcast on Saturday at 5:30pm.
10.40 Notes from the South with Dougal Stevenson
Dougal ponders how all things must pass, in his last Notes from the South.
10:45 Hidden Treasures
On the final edition of this series of Hidden Treasures, Trevor Reekie presents an eclectic Sunday morning mix of wonderful music.
Produced by Trevor Reekie
11.05 Ideas: Justice Joe Williams
Joe Williams will be known to some as the lead singer of the staunchly radical Maori 1980s reggae group, Aotearoa, and to others as a High Court Judge. A former chair of the Waitangi Tribunal, Justice Williams (Ngati Pukenga and Te Arawa) talks to Chris Laidlaw about his life and influences.
Presented by Chris Laidlaw
Produced by Jeremy Rose
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