Navigation for Sunday Morning

Mount Cook in snow.

Mount Cook in snow. Photo: Unwin Lodge, Mt Cook

7:08 John Cocks and Dave Bamford - Mountain Men

Mountain environments around the world are under pressure from dramatic growth in tourism. NZ Alpine Club past president John Cocks, and Dave Bamford, who runs a sustainable tourism consultancy business, discuss the issues - from dealing with human waste, to track erosion and scenic flights. They are organising the international Sustainable Summits Conference on next week at Aoraki Mt Cook National Park.

John Cocks (left) and Dave Bamford

John Cocks (left) and Dave Bamford Photo: Supplied

7:30 News headlines

7:32 The Week in Parliament

7:47 Brent Budowsky - The Race is On

Brent Budowsky is based in Washington DC and is a columnist for The Hill. He reviews the Republican and Democratic conventions and looks ahead to what's next in the battle for the US presidency now the candidates have been formally nominated.

8:12 Insight : The Horror of NZ's Suicide Rate

28072016 Photo: Rebekah Parsons-King. Stock image illustrating loneliness, depression, isloation in men, for Insight

Isolation is often a risk factor in suicide Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The most recent statistics show one New Zealander took their own life every 17 hours. Suicide in 2013 was the third highest cause of premature death. But such rates have been know about for years. As current official Health Ministry strategies come to an end, Philippa Tolley asks what else is being planned?

  • Lifeline: 0800 543 354 (available 24/7)
  • Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7)

8:40 Joan MacKenzie - What We're Reading

New Zealanders are voracious readers. Whitcoulls Head of Books, Joan MacKenzie, joins Wallace to talk about our reading habits - what our children are reading; why we still prefer international authors to homegrown ones; and why crime novels are still so incredibly popular.

9:06 Mediawatch

False claims can spread faster than the truth in the online age. How can the media fight back with the facts? Also: RNZ's feature programmes scaled back as on-demand listening is ramped up, and TV drama choices confounding the critics.
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:40 David Howman - Standing Tall for Clean Athletes

David Howman

David Howman Photo: Supplied

Counting down to the Rio Olympic Games, Wallace talks to David Howman, the New Zealander who recently stepped down from his role as Director General of WADA - the World Anti-Doping Agency. He says he was "gobsmacked" by the Russian state-sanctioned doping programme, but fears it's not the only country encouraging wide-scale cheating.

10:06 Craig Sisterson - Kiwi Crime Novels

Ngaio Marsh Crime Fiction award

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The shortlist for this year's Ngaio Marsh Award for Best Crime Novel was announced this week. Award founder and convener of the judging panel Craig Sisterson takes a look at the finalists and reflects on what makes Kiwi crime novels different.

10:30 Drew Philp - Walking to the Republican National Convention

Drew Philp

Drew Philp Photo: supplied

Earlier this month journalist Mike Carter told us about walking from Liverpool to London and being struck by a deep well of discontentment fuelling the Brexit vote. Journalist Drew Philp has made a similar journey - from Detroit to Cleveland - and found a similar sense of anger, fear and distrust of the political elites along the way.

11:05 Zana Fraillon - Growing up in Detention

Zana Fraillon

Zana Fraillon Photo: Supplied

Author Zana Fraillon discusses her young adult novel, The Bone Sparrow, about a boy born to a refugee in a an Australian permanent detention centre and who, by the age of 10, has never been beyond the centre's locked gates.

11:25 A Wrinkle in Time - A Series Looking at Ageing

In part two of Noelle McCarthy's series on ageing, Noelle visits the Dunedin Study to find out about the results of its groundbreaking ageing study and how it's changing the game for healthy ageing research.