Sunday Morning for Sunday 12 May 2013
8:12 Insight: Global Diabetes Epidemic
The world is in the grip of a diabetes epidemic that some say could eventually overwhelm already stretched health budgets. That's because of the mounting costs of treating not only the disease itself but its serious medical complications. New Zealand is far from immune from the threat. A recent Otago University study startled the researchers themselves by revealing that eight percent of New Zealanders have diabetes, with one in five people showing signs of early, or pre-diabetes. Radio New Zealand's health correspondent, Karen Brown, looks at diabetes from all sides, at what's working, what's not, and what more could be done.
Produced by Gareth Thomas.
8:40 Pankaj Mishra – Revolt Against the West
Pankaj Mishra lives in India and England and writes fiction, travel, literary and political essays for a number of international journals including The New York Times and the Guardian. His new book is From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia. He is in New Zealand next week for the Auckland Writers and Readers Festival.
Mediawatch looks at the hammering of MP Aaron Gilmore in the media after one night out in Hanmer Springs. But did he get a fair go from reporters? Mediawatch also asks if media freedom is now an issue for everyone in the internet age; and as New Zealand's newspapers and magazines get their annual awards, what is the future for our cash-strapped print media?
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.
9.40 Tatiana Lacerda Prazeres – Trading with Brazil
Tatiana Lacerda Prazeres is Brazil's Secretary of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade.
10:06 Ideas: The School Lunch Debate
Mana Party leader Hone Harawira’s The Education (Breakfast and Lunch in Schools) Amendment Bill – or as its better known the Feed the Kids Bill – is due to be debated in Parliament next month. And an impressive line-up of NGOs and advocacy groups have come out in favour of a food in schools programme – including the College of GPs, the Nurses Organisation, the Principals’ Federation, IHC, UNICEF and Women’s Refuge. Chris Laidlaw talks to Deborah Morris-Travers of Every Child Counts and documentary film-maker Bryan Bruce about the pros and cons of free lunch programmes; and Jeremy Rose visits Epuni Primary School where the 110 pupils are feeding themselves with the help of the Common Unity Project.
Produced by Jeremy Rose.
10.55 Today’s Track
Kiwi band The Warratahs are back with a new single entitled ‘Silver Day’. The track was written by Barry Saunders and produced by David Long and is available via DRMNZ and iTunes.
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. Written by Dave Armstrong and produced by Radio New Zealand’s Drama department. Today, lowly ranked National List MP Simon Rogers-Flaccid makes a fool of himself by trying to throw his weight around in a crowded Wellington restaurant.
11.12 Teresa Doherty – International Justice
Justice Teresa Doherty is from Northern Ireland. She has worked in Papua New Guinea, first in the Public Solicitor’s (public defender) office, then as provincial legal officer for Morobe Province. She was appointed a judge of the High Court of Sierra Leone in 2003 following the civil war in that country and also sat in the Court of Appeal. She was appointed by the United Nations in January 2005 as a judge of the Special Court of Sierra Leone (the international war crimes tribunal for Sierra Leone). She is a Parole Commissioner for Northern Ireland, a part time chairman of Appeal Services, and a member of the Commonwealth Reference Group for the promotion of the Rights of Women and the Girl Child. Justice Doherty is in New Zealand to deliver the New Zealand Law Society Wellington Branch Women in Law Committee’s annual Shirley Smith lecture next week.
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. Last week around 150,000 people gathered in Paris to demonstrate against the neo-liberal austerity programme of socialist President Francois Hollande. Today, Wayne looks at how Hollande has become the most unpopular president in French history. Chris follows up with Philippe Marliere, Professor of French and European Politics at University College, London.