Sunday Morning for Sunday 11 August 2013
8:12 Insight The Future of New Zealand Post
Mail volumes are declining faster than New Zealand Post or analysts had forecast, dropping about 80 million items a year. The demise of postal operators’ core business is a global problem, and an irreversible one. Some are choosing to focus on digital or courier strategies, while others are looking at privatising parts of their businesses. Kate Gudsell considers what New Zealand Post might look like in the future.
Produced by Philippa Tolley.
8:40 Judy McGregor – Speaking Out and Getting Heard
Professor Judy McGregor talks to Chris about the idea of public voice: Who’s speaking out, how they are doing it – and is anybody listening?
Judy McGregor is Head of the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy at AUT. Her lecture, Beyond ‘Likes’: Enabling Public Voice in New Zealand, part of Massey University’s 21st Century Citizenship in New Zealand Lecture Series, takes place on Thursday, 15 August at Massey’s Wellington campus.
Fonterra’s contamination crisis has hogged the headlines, but no-one’s been harmed and the market for our milk has held up. Did the media overreact? Also: Monitoring the media in these digital days; facts about film finance that didn’t make the cut in the news; and a new Dr Who? Who cares?
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.
9:40 Sir Peter Gluckman – Wild Weather
A recent report by the Prime Minister's chief science adviser, Sir Peter Gluckman, says that over the next 30 to 40 years New Zealand must adapt to increasingly wild weather with stronger winter winds, heavier rainfall and more droughts predicted as the effects of climate change become more entrenched. Sir Peter says the impact of change is likely to hit hardest areas which can’t adapt quickly – such as farms, or are already close to limits of tolerance – areas already prone to flooding or drought. He talks to Chris about the threat, and how to manage it.
10:06 Ideas The New Entrepreneurism
The Social Enterprise sector in Britain has been estimated to be worth 24 billion pounds and employ more than 80,000 people. No figures are available for New Zealand but it’s generally agreed the sector is under-developed. The organisers of this week’s Social Enterprise Week in Wellington are hoping all of that could be about to change. Ideas talks to some of the budding entrepreneurs behind start-up companies like Loomio – which is collaborating with MIT’s media lab on developing consensus decision-making software; Bucky Box – a cloud-based program that aims to revolutionise the way people buy their food; and Chalkle – a company that has seen thousands of Wellingtonians participating in one-off night school classes. And we’ll hear from visiting US social enterprise expert MJ Kaplan and Alex Hannant of the Hikurangi Foundation.
Produced by Jeremy Rose.
10:55 Today’s Track
This week we play Merry Clayton, singing ‘Gimme Shelter’. Clayton sings the track on Twenty Feet from Stardom – the untold story of backup singers in the pop industry – which is screening at the International Film Festival. She sang backup for the Rolling Stones in their classic version of the song on their 1969 album, Let it Bleed. Clayton had a long and successful career as backup singer, with Elvis Presley, the Supremes, Ray Charles, and Joe Cocker.
11:05 Down the List
Mel Amine and Lynda Lactose from Fonterra are trying to reassure markets – but fail to convince when they make coffees from breast milk because it’s safer.
Down the List is written by Dave Armstrong and produced by Adam Macaulay and Duncan Smith from the RNZ Drama Department.
11:12 Simon Woolf – Life Study
Wellington photographer Simon Woolf talks to Chris about his thwarted career in sport, his family’s escape from the Nazis, the tragic death of his father in a helicopter accident, and the ever-changing landscape of photography.
11:40 Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint
The Guardian reports that in 2012, the world’s 100 richest people became $241 billion richer, and the rich-poor gap continues to spiral. Wayne takes a critical look at the prevailing global economic orthodoxy of neo-liberalism and Chris follows up with Professor Michael Peters, from Waikato University.