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8:12 Insight DOC Changes Direction

The Department of Conservation says it has undergone a transformational change in the way it sees and does its work. It cut dozens of jobs in order to accommodate budget cuts, changed its structure and says it aims to engage all New Zealanders – community, landowners, iwi and business – in managing nature. But many involved in conservation say morale at the department is low and significant experience has been lost. There are also worries that closer ties with business will affect DOC’s role as an advocate, and distort its priorities.
Presented and produced by Philippa Tolley.

8:40 Kay Baxter – Saving Seeds

For nearly 30 years, Kay Baxter has been collecting and saving heritage food plants and seeds. She and husband Bob Corker founded the Koanga Institute, in Hawkes Bay, which is dedicated to protecting New Zealand's heirloom plants. Now their collection is under threat, and the institute has begun a massive fundraising effort to save their seeds.

9:06 Mediawatch

Mediawatch reflects on the Pike River coalmine disaster three years ago and the media response since then.  Also: How reporters reacted strongly to snubs from our top sports sides this week; the perils of promoting products in the media; and how the German giant buying our magazines became a global player in publishing.
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:40 Jackie Curtis – Youth Mental Health

Dr Jackie Curtis is a highly regarded psychiatrist working in youth mental health in Sydney, and has a special interest in early psychosis and the physical health of young people with mental illness. She was in New Zealand this week for the NZ Youth Mental Health Summit.

10:06 JFK – Dallas Remembers

November 22 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of US president John Fitzgerald Kennedy. In this programme, Sue MacGregor brings together five people who were intimately connected to the events surrounding the Kennedy assassination: Clint Hill, the former Secret Service agent; Gayle Newman, one of the closest eyewitnesses; reporter Hugh Aynesworth, then of the Dallas Morning News; Kenneth Salyer, who was part of the medical team at Parkland Hospital; and James Leavelle, retired Dallas homicide detective who was famously handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald when he was shot by Jack Ruby.
A Whistledown Production - presented by Sue McGregor, produced by Colin McNulty, for the BBC World Service.

10:55 Today’s Track

Jamie McDell was signed to EMI Music New Zealand after sending them a demo tape of her acoustic music when she was only 16. Now 21, her recording Six Strings and a Sailboat won the Tui for Best Pop Album at this week’s NZ Music Awards. From that album we play ‘Life In Sunshine’.

11:05 Down the List

Can the Conservative Party really be a viable coalition partner for National, and is Colin Craig really genuine when he says he’s not religious?
Down the List is written by Dave Armstrong and produced by Adam Macaulay and Duncan Smith from the RNZ Drama Department.

11:12 Murray Meikle – Wartime Plastic Surgery

Professor Murray Meikle’s book Reconstructing Faces: The Art and Wartime Surgery of Gillies, Pickerill, McIndoe and Mowlem tells the story of the four pioneering surgeons involved in ground-breaking work in facial reconstruction during the two world wars. All four were associated with Dunedin and three of them with the University of Otago. They revolutionised plastic surgery and the treatment of facial injuries working on soldiers, fighter pilots, and civilians disfigured by bombs, shrapnel and burns.
Reconstructing Faces: The Art and Wartime Surgery of Gillies, Pickerill, McIndoe and Mowlem, by Murray C Meikle, is published by Otago University Press.

11:40 Wayne Brittenden’s Counterpoint

With the announcement that the state-owned publisher of the School Journal is to close, Wayne takes a timely look at another almost forgotten publication for a generation of baby boomers: The Junior Digest, full of astonishing content. Chris follows up with former reader Sue Te Amo and educationist Charmaine Pountney.