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7:11 Emanuel Kalafatelis: Survey shows child care is Kiwis' biggest health priority  

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Research New Zealand is about to release its latest survey, Healthy Priorities, which polled a nationally representative sample of New Zealanders to find out where they stand on priority areas for the New Zealand health system. Not surprisingly, Child health care was at the top of the list, with 92% of respondents rating it as very important or important, with Mental health services close behind on 89%. Research NZ Partner Emanuel Kalafatelis joins the show to discuss the survey findings with Jim. 

7.18 New research suggests teachers can predict student success as well as exams 

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New research from King's College London has found that teacher assessments are equally as reliable as standardised exams at predicting educational success. As the report states, by trusting the teachers to 'implement the curriculum and monitor students' progress, abilities and inclinations', the researchers believe it will help boost classroom morale -- both for students and teachers -- and help bring the joy back to the classroom. But will it mean more work for already overworked teachers? The co-lead researchers, Dr Margherita Malanchini and Dr Kaili Rimfeld join Jim to discuss their findings and what it could mean for the educational sector. 

7.32 The House

A weekly digest of the events in Parliament with Daniela Maoate-Cox and Phil Smith.

7.45 Calling Home: Natasha Lockey in Canada

New Zealander Natasha Lockey is the founder of BettyGoHard action sports.

New Zealander Natasha Lockey is the founder of BettyGoHard action sports. Photo: Supplied

This week's Calling Home guest, Natasha Lockey came across her current home, Rossland, which is in the Kootenay Rockies Region in British Columbia, after her husband read about it. The Kawakawa-born outdoor enthusiast and her husband, Ian, are very much part of the Rossland fabric with their various businesses. Natasha was recently awarded a Women in Business gong. She talks to Jim about her new home which she calls paradise.

8:10 Insight Beyond gas and oil: Can alternative energy save Taranaki?

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The China Oil field Serivces jack up rig approaches the Pohokura platform off Taranaki coast. Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin

Taranaki is wrestling with its economic future after the government signalled the end of fossil fuel boom times with a ban on new offshore oil and gas exploration. Robin Martin asks if new fuels could be the region's saviour?

8.38 Dr Sharon Hoover: mental health assistance in schools will transform lives

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Dr Sharon Hoover, PhD, is an international expert in helping teachers, school counsellors and principals support students who are struggling with mental health issues. She's been in New Zealand this week to speak at the Presbyterian Support Northern speaker series, giving lectures in both Auckland and Wellington. She speaks to Jim about how best to help young people going through stress and trauma and the role which schools can play. She believes investment earlier in life to address mental well-being will pay off in the economy when the students reach adulthood.

9:06 Mediawatch

Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:37 Professor Tony Ballantyne: Otago University's 150 years of success 

Clocktower of University of Otago Registry Building in Dunedin, New Zealand.

Clocktower of University of Otago Registry Building in Dunedin, New Zealand. Photo: 123RF

The University of Otago -- New Zealand's oldest university and the third-oldest in Oceania -- is celebrating its 150th anniversary over Queen's Birthday Weekend, with a number of events running from Friday to Monday, including a Gala Concert at the Dunedin Town Hall this evening. The university has grown from humble beginnings, having opened with three professors and 81 students in 1869 to have about 20,000 students and 4000 staff today. Professor Tony Ballantyne is Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Humanities, and is well versed on the history of the University of Otago. He joins the show to look back at some of the university's famous former alumni. 

9:45 Lydia Bradey: Kiwi on Everest the day viral queue photo was taken

Photo taken on 22 May, 2019,  by climber Nirmal Purja's Project Possible expedition.

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New Zealand mountaineer Lydia Bradey was the first woman in the world to reach the summit of Mount Everest without oxygen and was on the mountain last week when the viral photo was taken showing a queue of people waiting to make their final ascent was taken. Bradey, who has been to summit six times, was doing her ascent from the northern, Tibetan side and had no idea that on the other side of the mountain there was a huge queue of people climbing from the Nepalese side. She speaks to Jim about her experience of climbing on May 22 and why she now, sensibly, makes a point of not climbing Everest on crowded days during the crowded season. 


10.04 Professor Jared Diamond: 'The world is in more trouble than it has ever been' 

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Best-selling environmental historian, Jared Diamond says the world is on a "non-sustainable course at the moment" and if we don't start doing something about it, we could be paying the ultimate cost in as little as 30 years from now. In his new book, Upheaval, the 81-year-old professor of Geography at the University of California takes a broadly humanistic view of how populations face threats to their well-being, looking at areas such as climate, resources and the threat of nuclear war and nuclear weapons, and outlines a 12-step programme for nations in crisis that is something akin to Alcoholics Anonymous' 12 steps to sobriety. He speaks to Jim about the book, his own decorated -- and sometimes controversial -- academic career, and how nations can change for the better through the coping mechanisms we normally associate with personal trauma. 

10.35 Bill Morris: Building community in the regions through the arts

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Central to The Soul, directed by Bill Morris, is a snapshot of Central Otago today through the eyes of touring artists and residents. Filmed throughout 2018, it offers a gentle excursion into the heart of a region that has become a poster child for social, economic and environmental change.The 60-minute film explores the resilient communities of Central Otago, as they enjoy Arts on Tour performances at various venues through the Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes district. Bill speaks to Jim about the genesis for the film and how performers sharing their art in the regions can provide a focal point for the community. 

11.04 Captain Kevin Sullivan: Trying to recover from the near-tragedy of QF72 

Captain Kevin "Sully" Sullivan

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Pilot Kevin Sullivan had a background in flying U.S fighter jets on and off aircraft carriers, but it was a so-called routine Qantas flight from Singapore to Perth which left him permanently damaged. He was at the controls of the Airbus 330 when it suddenly, twice, went into sharp nose dives resulting in 118 passengers, some of them seriously, being injured. He had to continue to get the plane to Australia and make an emergency landing. He kept flying for another eight years but stopped when he realised the trauma of the flight would always remain with him. He explains what happened that day and the damage it inflicted on him in his book No Man's Land.

11.30 Herbie Hancock: 'People didn't understand Miles Davis'  

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Jazz Legend Herbie Hancock's in New Zealand this week to open the Wellington Jazz Festival. He's spent the past seven decades playing the piano and working alongside some of the most famous musicians of their time. His career begin in 1960 after he was discovered by trumpeter Donald Byrd. A few years later he went on to join the Miles Davis Quintet. Five years later his solo career took off. His music has lead to him being awarded 14 Grammies throughout the years. He speaks to Jim about what led him to music in the first place, his relationship with the 'misunderstood' Miles Davis, and what he's most proud of. 

11.45 Alejandro Cegarra: award winning photographer at Auckland Festival of Photography

Venezuelan photographer Alejandro Cegarra is presenting his internationally acclaimed work at the Auckland Festival of Photography. His work, "State of Decay", documents the impact the rule of Hugo Chavez continues to have , four years after he died.  The images  earned him an award from the prestigious World Press Photo organisation. He speaks to Jim about what's happening in his home country and what he hopes his images will achieve.