Sunday Morning for Sunday 10 December 2017
Families of those killed in the 2011 collapse of the CTV building are protesting today over news that a criminal prosecution has been rejected against the designers of the CTV building. Deputy Solicitor General Brendan Horsley said he considered the chances of a successful prosecution against Alan Reay and David Harding were too low. Maan Alkaisi whose wife Dr Maysoon Abbas was killed in the collapse, explains the next step.
Monday is another big day for one of New Zealand's most innovative companies Rocket Lab. It could carry out its second test launch of its Electron Rocket from Mahia Peninsula, following on from the successful inaugural electron test back in May. And this one will be livestreamed. Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck explains.
Environmental charity Sustainable Coastlines hit West Auckland beaches for four hours on Saturday. It was an event tied up with singer Jack Johnson's visit - his "All At Once" community is a social action network that encourages people to make a positive change in the world, including cleaning up beaches. Fletcher Sunde from Sustainable Coastlines joins explains what they found.
7.32 The House
The House meets with visiting women MPs from the Pacific.
Mt Agung has erupted again in the past 24 hours, raining volcanic ash down the slopes of Bali's tallest volcano and sending massive plumes into the sky. It's a clear sign of the ongoing threat posed by the 3000 metre mountain ... that has locals fearing a repeat of 1963's eruption that killed around 2000 people.The volcanic alert for the mountain is still at level 4, the highest, and around 70,000 locals have had to evacuate a 10 kilometre zone around the crater. Graeme MacRae, a senior lecturer in anthropology at Massey University, has spent a lot of time studying the people of Indonesia and explains the impact of this eruption.
For the first time under MMP, the highest-polling party is not leading the Government. Despite winning 44.4% of the party vote, easily ahead of Labour's 37%, National could not win the support of New Zealand First to form a government. And that's upset many National Party MPs and their supporters. But RNZ's former political editor, Brent Edwards, asks whether the outcome also says anything about the MMP system itself?
‘As you read, Auckland and New Zealand are becoming more Pacific by the hour’ is the opening line of Damon Salesa’s new book Island Time, NZ's Pacific Futures. The associate professor of Pacific Studies at the University of Auckland presents some blunt challenges, including residential segregation in Auckland and the lack of home ownership among Pacific people.
9:06 Mediawatch December 10
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock. Does China’s ruling party hold sway over media here? If so, is that a worry? Also: gender equality in business gets a PR push; and a long-serving host gives his listeners notice.
Ryan Tate is a US veteran who served in Iraq post 9/11 Five years ago he saw a documentary about the poaching of African wildlife and learned about Robert Mande who runs an anti-poaching conservation operation in Tanzania, where the poaching of East African elephants is rife. Ryan Tate founded VetPaw - Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife. The veterans use their skills to help train African park rangers and track poachers. Tate’s work features in the documentary series Blood Ivory that runs on Sky’s Animal Planet from 15 December.
The number of children having rotting teeth surgically removed has doubled in the past 10 years, costing the taxpayer $4000 a pop. Many dentists say it's all down to sugar, especially sugary drinks. Calls for a tax on sugary drinks are mounting, but the previous government wouldn't entertain the idea. New health minister David Clark says he wants better access to more affordable dental care, less sugar in food and better labelling. Dental Association spokesman Dr Rob Beaglehole sees the effects of sugary drinks every day, having to extract whole sets of teeth from children as young as 18 months.
Bluesman Darren Watson is best known as the frontman to 1980s rhythm and blues band Chicago Smokeshop. They had hits such as "Mind on My Sleeve", "I Can't Live Without Your Love", and "You Want Another Man". Now Watson’s working on an all-acoustic album - due for release early 2018. And he's getting the band back together - Chicago Smokeshop will play on 6 January at Nelson’s Out of the Blue Festival as well as pairing up with Paul Ubana Jones at the Playhouse theatre in Mapua on 2 and 3 January.
Dame Robin White was one of five artists to recently receive an Arts Foundation Laureate Award. You may know her works - bold crisp, lines and flat blocks of colour, depicting scenes of small-town Kiwi life. Flat-bed trucks and a fish and chip shop, and then there's "A Buzzy Bee For Siulolovao" and "Sam Hunt, Bottle Creek". She is a painter, printmaker and in more recent years has worked with other forms such as tapa, with her artistic eye moving toward the Pacific Islands. She describes her life, her influences, and chooses a couple of songs that mean something to her.