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 8:12 Insight: Housing Auckland

The price of a home in Auckland is moving out of reach of an increasing number of buyers. The city is growing, but the Auckland Council has decided the days of unfettered urban sprawl are over. The Government's recent response to the Productivity Commission report on Housing Affordability acknowledges that for Auckland there is no easy or quick solution. In this Insight, Todd Niall looks at the cocktail of pressures on housing in our biggest city, and the ideas to bring new styles of homes back within reach.
Produced by Philippa Tolley.

 8:40 C K Stead - Troubled Times

Christian Karlson Stead, ONZ, CBE, usually known as Karl, has been publishing poetry, novels, essays and literary criticism for more than 50 years and is one of New Zealand's leading literary figures. He talks to Chris about his new novel, Risk - a story that draws on world events from post 9/11 through to the eve of the global financial crisis.
Risk, by CK Stead, is published by MacLehose Press

 9:06 Mediawatch

Mediawatch looks at two off-the-cuff comments which put the PM under the spotlight this week. But was there really a revealing story in all this? Or was it just a big media beat-up? Mediawatch also looks at the front-page focus on high-profile lawyers lately; and public radio broadcasting which goes under the radar on the nation’s Access Radio stations.
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

 9.40 Francis Etienne - France Under Hollande

Francis Etienne is France's Ambassador to New Zealand and he joins Chris in the studio to talk about his country's first six months under President François Hollande, including economic strategy, foreign relations, marriage equality, and the bilateral relationship with this country.

10:06 Ideas: Festival for the Future

Next weekend will see dozens of young innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists descend on Wellington for the Festival for the Future. Ideas talks to four of the festival’s speakers:  Shruthi Vijayakumar, CEO of New Zealand’s largest youth-led development NGO – the P3 Foundation; Veronica Stevenson a bio plastics pioneer and filmmaker; Alex Hannant, the executive director of the Hikurangi Foundation; and Pat Shepherd, a designer, photographer and social entrepreneur who is about to launch the One Percent Collective – an innovative new way of giving.
Produced by Jeremy Rose.

 10.55 Today’s Track: Glorious, by The Pierces

The Pierces are sisters Allison and Catherine Pierce, originally from Birmingham, Alabama, who have recently been on tour supporting Coldplay. Today we're playing 'Glorious' from their fourth album, 'You and I' (Polydor). 'Glorious' features their distinctive sibling harmonies and rich melodies - revealing their early folk influences, particularly of vocal based groups Simon & Garfunkel and The Mamas and Papas.

11.05 Down the List

Where does the real power in New Zealand lie? That’s right, with a bunch of bureaucrats, underlings, officials, and lowly-ranked list MPs that you and I have never heard of.  Whether it’s in sport, politics, commerce, education or the arts, the only way to find out what’s really going on in this country is by going ... Down the List. Produced by Radio New Zealand’s drama department.  This week, issues of health and safety in the workplace are to the fore following the release of the report by the Pike River Commission of Inquiry. Down the List addresses these issues with more biting satire from the pen of Dave Armstrong. 

11.12 Jon Johansson - Four More Years

Dr Jon Johansson is a lecturer in political science from Victoria University, a self-confessed addict of US politics, and Sunday Morning's regular commentator this year on the race for the White House.  Today, after Obama's win, Jon and Chris discuss what the president has achieved in four years, what he faces in Washington, what message the election result sends, and what now for the Republican party?

 11.40 Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint

Wayne Brittenden has been Radio New Zealand’s correspondent in several capital cities over the years. Each week he gives fresh insights into a wide variety of topics of national and international concern, followed by Chris Laidlaw’s discussion of the issue with guests. Today - magazines, newspaper supplements and the broadcast media are a bombardment of gardening information this month. Wayne takes an offbeat political look at what’s growing, with the help of two guests. Glenn Stewart is Professor of Urban Ecology at Lincoln University, and Professor Daniel Pick’s interests in both history and psychology are equally reflected in his highly-acclaimed recent book, The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind.