Sunday Morning for Sunday 13 October 2013
8:12 Insight Local Election Special
Philippa Tolley presents a live Insight looking at the latest local election results and the issues the new mayors and councils will have to tackle.
The decline of local broadcast news – would more of it liven up the local elections? Mediawatch also talks to one man who took on the job of covering local issues himself, and is urging others to do the same. Also: The response to Mark Lundy's quashed conviction; some inappropriate ads and headlines; and talkback hosts hitting back at Mediawatch.
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.
9:40 Euan Kennedy – Citizens in Charge of Conservation
People from around the country will attend a conference in Dunedin next week aimed at helping conservation groups, as the responsibility for looking after New Zealand's biodiversity increasingly falls on the community. Euan talks to Chris about the challenges facing the groups and how they – as well as the species they aim to protect – can survive.
Euan Kennedy is a founding trustee of the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust, and a technical advisor at the Department of Conservation
10:06 Ideas Drunk Under the Limit
This week in Ideas, we address the issue of lowering the blood alcohol content limit for driving. Chris talks to Palmerston North MP Iain Lees-Galloway about his Land Transport (Safer Alcohol Limits for Driving) Amendment Bill; Auckland court reporter Edward Gay investigates how recidivist drink drivers are dealt with and guest producer Zoe George asks sociologist Dr Kellie McNeill if changing the law will change our behaviours and attitudes to alcohol.
10:55 Today’s Track
In Today’s Track we feature a song from Ruth Moody’s recent album, These Wilder Things. The album has been nominated for two Canadian Folk Music Awards. Moody is a member of the Canadian roots trio The Wailin’ Jennys and this is her second solo album. The track is ‘Pockets’ and features Mark Knopfler’s distinctive electric guitar sound and backing vocals.
11:05 Down the List
New Zealand has a shocking record in workplace safety in the forestry industry. Is self-regulation by overseas owners really the best way to fix the problem?
Down the List is written by Dave Armstrong and produced by Adam Macaulay and Duncan Smith from the RNZ Drama Department.
11:12 John Morris – World Class Education?
The New Zealand Initiative is producing a series of reports that draw on overseas polices to explore how New Zealand’s teaching profession could be strengthened. The first report, ‘World Class Education?’ by John Morris and Rose Patterson, was released this week and found that while teachers are New Zealand’s greatest educational asset, they don’t have the professional status they deserve and are often overlooked as essential partners in educational reform.
John Morris served as Headmaster of Auckland Grammar School for 20 years till 2012. He was awarded a Woolf Fisher Fellowship for Outstanding Educational Leadership in 1999, and this year was awarded the Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours’ List for services to education. He recently served on the Ministerial Review for the New Zealand Teachers Council and is on the Implementation Board for Partnership Schools. John is also on the board of Education New Zealand and a Commissioner for the Tertiary Education Commission.
‘World Class Education?’ Can be downloaded from the New Zealand Initiative website.
11:40 Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint
Saturday, October 12 marks the 520th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in the Americas. In an open letter to the explorer, navigator and coloniser, Wayne sorts history from legend. Chris follows up with Bob Peterson - US teacher, founding editor of Rethinking Schools, a progressive education quarterly, and co-editor of Rethinking Columbus: The Next Five Hundred Years.