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7:10  UK General Election: The media and the campaign

The UK General Election is on June 8, 2017.

The UK General Election is on June 8, 2017. Photo: AFP

The UK General Election takes place on Thursday June 8. In April British PM Theresa May's Conservatives were up by as much as 21 percent in the polls - but that gap has tightened dramatically. Senior media lecturer at Victoria University in Wellington, Peter Thompson, discusses the key issues in May’s campaign with Professor Geoffrey Craig from AUT, author of Performing Politics.


7:32  The House

A weekly digest of the events in Parliament. This week a look at the power of words, followed by a report on healthy homes. Produced and presented by Daniela Maoate-Cox and Phil Smith


7:47  First time candidate: Brooke van Velden

Brooke van Velden

Brooke van Velden Photo: supplied

In the latest of our series of interviews with first time candidates in this year's general election we speak to Brooke van Velden - a public relations consultant standing for the ACT Party in the Auckland Central electorate.

Earlier interviews in the series: Tim van de Molen - National; Jan Tinetti - Labour; Golriz Ghahraman- Greens; Geoff Simmons - TOP, Will Fourie - Conservative Party; Gayaal Iddamalgoda - Migrants and Refugees Rights Campaign.




8:12 Insight High Country Farming – a Dying Way of Life?

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Photo: RNZ/Alexa Cook

It's a way of life that some say is the backbone of New Zealand - but with changing land use, environmental pressures and market volatility rural reporter Alexa Cook looks at how high-country farming will fare in the future. 
Produced by Philippa Tolley.


8:40 Leanne Pooley: Why women marched

Why We March film

Why We March film Photo: Supplied

Award-winning documentary maker Leanne Pooley (25 April, Beyond the Edge, Topp Twins Untouchable Girls) is embarking on an ambitious project to hear from women from all over the world on why they took part in the Women’s Marches of January 21 this year. Almost 5 million people marched in 80 countries and Pooley, Annie Goldson and Kate Stevenson are collating their stories for the film Why We March.


9:06 Mediawatch

The media paints a less pessimistic picture of Africa these days, but it’s still mostly missing in our news. Also: reporters getting a reboot from robots – and a couple of cases of the facts getting in the way of a good story. Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.


9:37 Photojournalism  in the smartphone age

James Dooley

James Dooley Photo: supplied

Alison Stieven-Taylor

Alison Stieven-Taylor Photo: supplied

We’ve been hearing a lot about fake news and the death of journalism of late; but what’s the story when it comes to photojournalism and documentary photography?  Alison Stieven-Taylor - a journalist, critic and scholar specialising in photojournalism - and James Dooley -  the executive of the New York-based Alexia Foundation – discuss  photojournalism in the smartphone age. Alison Stieven-Taylor and James Dooley are both appearing in the Auckland Festival of Photography.


10:05 Brian Cox: How Winston Churchill is like Stewie Griffin

Brian Cox who plays Winston Churchill in the movie Churchill out on June 15 reveals why Stewie Griffin of Family Guy fame and Churchill have a lot in common, and what kind of character type is the best representation of  Hannibal Lecter. Cox also talks about growing up in Dundee after his dad died when he was eight, and his mother was institutionalised.

10:29 Terror in London: Live Cross 

Natalie Powell reports live into the show from London with the latest on a suspected terror incident at London Bridge. 

10:34 Richard Goldstein: Rock critic

Sgt Pepper

Sgt Pepper Photo: Supplied

Richard Goldstein went out on a limb when he reviewed the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper in the New York Times in 1967 - describing Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, for example, as “an engaging curio, but nothing more ...drenched in reverb, echo and other studio distortions”. But that review got his name in lights and he’s gone on to have a great writing career, including becoming a strong advocate for LGBTI rights.


11:05 Roger Donaldson: telling Bruce McLaren’s story

Filmmaker Roger Donaldson’s movie McLaren took him back to the glory days of New Zealand motor-racing and into the genius world of legendary F1 racing driver, engineer and car designer Bruce McLaren, whose eponymous McLaren brand lives on despite his death aged 32, 47 years ago.

11:43 America’s Cup update: Todd Niall in Bermuda

Emirates Team NZ

Emirates Team NZ Photo: ACEA 2017 / Ricardo Pinto

Todd Niall wraps up an eventful week of racing in the challenger series in Bermuda.