Sunday Morning for Saturday 19 October 2013
8:12 Insight Quake-Prone Building Panic?
Owners of earthquake prone buildings are in a dilemma – pay expensive strengthening costs or do nothing and risk losing tenants and money. Up to 25,000 quake prone buildings dot the country, with heritage buildings making up at least 12 percent. The Government wants them all upgraded or knocked down within the next 20 years, but some building owners can't afford the work, prompting fears whole streets could be destroyed. Cushla Norman asks who should carry the cost of preserving New Zealand's history – building owners, the Government or both. And how will New Zealand's streetscape look in 20 years?
Produced by Philippa Tolley.
8:40 Raewyn Peart – Dolphins of Aotearoa
Author Raewyn Peart talks to Chris Laidlaw about her new book which addresses human-dolphin interactions and the development of science to better understand the human impact on New Zealand’s dolphin populations.
Dolphins of Aotearoa, by Raewyn Peart, is published by Craig Potton Publishing.
Mediawatch looks at the sex scandal that’s hogged the headlines this past week. Do the public have a right to know all about the mayor’s affair? Is it none of our business? Or was it simply a case of ‘too much information‘? Also – would boosting local broadcasting improve our dismal local election turnout? Can online initiatives succeed where the mainstream media struggle?
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.
9:40 Sir Alan Mark – Wise Response Update
Sir Alan Mark talks with Chris about the progress of the Wise Response initiative – backed by a number of well known New Zealanders – that asks politicians to acknowledge environmental, economic and social risks affecting us all.
10:06 Ideas Hamish Keith
In the latest in our occasional series where we ask influential New Zealanders about the individuals, writers and thinkers who have influenced them, we talk to self-described arts odd-job man Hamish Keith. A former chair of the New Zealand Arts Council, author, curator, television scriptwriter and columnist, Hamish Keith has lived and breathed art since first meeting Colin McCahon as a 14-year-old.
Produced by Jeremy Rose
10:55 Today’s Track
Today's track is from Kiwi band, Bond Street Bridge's new album, The Explorer's Club: Antarctica. The album features nine songs telling the stories of the heroic age of Antarctic exploration. Today we play 'Oates: Tragedy All Along the Line'. The band has just begun a tour of the country and details can be found here.
11:05 Down the List
Auckland super city Mayor Len Brown will need a good PR team to get him out of his current situation.
Down the List is written by Dave Armstrong and produced by Adam Macaulay and Duncan Smith from the RNZ Drama Department.
11:12 David Finkel – Thank You for Your Service
Author, journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner David Finkel talks with Chris about his new book which explores the real life stories of men returning from the modern-day front line.
Thank You for Your Service, by David Finkel, is published by Scribe Publications.
11:40 Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint
Five years ago this month the global financial decline kicked in deeply. Wayne looks at the implications of the next meltdown that some punters are predicting, and the potential for serious social unrest. Chris follows up with Dr Bill Rosenberg, economist at the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions.