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8:12 Insight Auckland Council vs the Government

What is the state of the relationship between the Auckland Council and the Government, as the council approaches the end of its first term in office? Major differences have emerged over who should have the final say on issues crucial to the city's future. They include the provision of housing, the rate at which the city should expand into surrounding greenfield areas and the funding of the downtown rail tunnel.  Auckland correspondent Todd Niall asks if the council is being allowed to do the job it was set up to do.
Produced by Philippa Tolley.

8:40 Guy Salmon – Managing the Mackenzie Country

Guy Salmon has led a three-year consensus-building exercise for the management of the Mackenzie Country. The Mackenzie Agreement was unveiled earlier this month and saw key environmental groups and farmers sign up to a plan to allow both ecological restoration and intensive dairying to occur in the Mackenzie Country.

9:06 Mediawatch

Mediawatch looks at a documentary asking big questions about our role in Afghanistan – and whether our media have covered the issue properly. Mediawatch also talks to an Afghan journalist covering the conflict in his own country; and how the patience of people in Christchurch is wearing thin – and the same is true for the city’s reporters.
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:40 David King – Life with Limited Resources

Climate change commentator and the United Kingdom’s former Government chief scientific adviser, Sir David King, is in New Zealand next week for a series of public lectures entitled ‘Improving human well-being on a resource-limited planet – can we do it?’ The lectures will address the challenges of climate change, ocean degradation, and maintaining affordable and sustainable food, mineral, freshwater and energy supplies.
The lecture series is brought to Massey University by the Institute of Fundamental Sciences.

10:06 Ideas The Race for a Security Council Seat

New Zealand has thrown its hat in the ring for a place on the 2015-16 United Nations Security Council. The bid has seen Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully traveling the world trying to rustle up votes. So what’s in it for New Zealand?  And how would a New Zealand term on the council differ from that of its competitors for the seat, Spain and Turkey? Ideas speaks to RMIT lecturer in international relations Binoy Kampmark and former New Zealand ambassador to the United Nations Terence O’Brien.
Produced by Jeremy Rose.

10:55 Today’s Track

Kiwi music icon Rick Bryant and his group, The Jive Bombers, have a new album out. It’s called ‘The Black Soap from Monkeyburg’ (Red Rocks Records). Today we play a gospel track from the album –  Love is Good.

11:05 Down the List

National List MP Simon Rogers-Flaccid has been asked to front up to a group representing those who care for family members with disabilities. These people will either not be paid or be paid significantly less than ‘outside’ carers. He will be hard pushed to explain the Government’s decision.

11:12 Peter Jan Honigsberg – Witness to Guantanamo Bay

Peter Jan Honigsberg is a law professor at the University of San Francisco and the founder and director of the Witness to Guantanamo project. He talks to Chris about Barack Obama’s failure to deliver on his promise to close the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, how the US public turn a blind eye while the rest of the world watches, and the fate of a large group of hunger strikers at the prison.

11:40 Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint

This weekend the Millions Against Monsanto demonstrations are taking place in more than 40 countries. Wayne looks at the GM industry and revealing new research on comparative crop yields.  Chris follows up with Canterbury University’s Professor Jack Heinemann, and Zack Kaldveer, of the US Organic Consumers Association.