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Sunday, 7am - Midday

Sunday 20 August 2017

On today’s show

7-8 News and sport

7:32 The House

A weekly digest of the events in Parliament. Produced and presented by Daniela Maoate-Cox and Phil Smith. This week Daniela covers the final debate in Parliament and Phil Smith looks at the dissolution of parliament.

7:47 First time candidate: Rahui Papa

Rahui Papa - Pamārire leader

Rahui Papa - Pamārire leader Photo: Supplied

In the seventh of our series of interviews with first time candidates in this year's general election we speak to Rahui Papa - The Maori Party candidate in the Hauraki-Waikato electorate.
Earlier interviews in the series: Tim van de Molen - NationalJan Tinetti - LabourGolriz Ghahraman- GreensGeoff Simmons - TOP,Will Fourie - Conservative PartyGayaal Iddamalgoda - Migrants and Refugees Campaign

8:10 Insight: How safe is your Drinking Water

notice on wall behind a sink

Boil Water Notice from Punakaiki Beach Camp Photo: ( RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King)

The warnings over threats to drinking water supplies continue to grow. Philippa Tolley asks what the final answer might be  and how willing communities are to accept change, such as universal chlorination of water supplies. And how will it all be paid for?

8:35 Taranaki boy makes good …. food

Chef Ben Shewry of Attica

Chef Ben Shewry Photo: Supplied

Ben Shewry grew up on a Taranaki farm and knew he wanted to be a chef age five. By 10 he had a part time job in a restaurant and his first kitchen job at 14. At 16 he talked his way into culinary school and later plied his trade in Wellington. Now he's one of the world's best chefs and the owner of Attica in Melbourne, the only Australasian restaurant to make it onto the San Pellegrino World's 50 Best Restaurants list, it's at 32.
Attica is no ordinary restaurant. You have to book three months in advance and it's been described as a bucket-list dining experience. Ben Shewry is in the capital for two Wellington on a Plate events, and a symposium discussing Aotearoa's food scene, in particular indigenous food.

9:06 Mediawatch

New research shows New Zealanders are uneasy about the news media scraping social media for stories. What do news bosses reckon? Also: a sponsor's startling PR own-goal; fake facts on the cost of water were floated in the media. Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:40 Hope Hall: Filming Barack Obama

Hope Hall in action as a videographer for Barack Obama

Hope Hall in action as a videographer for Barack Obama Photo: Supplied

Hope Hall

Hope Hall Photo: Supplied

From May 2011 to January this year Hope Hall was former US president Barack Obama's principal videographer at the White House. It saw her filming all those fly-on-wall White House YouTube videos of Obama that are now part of the official history of the 44th president. One of the most popular was the video of Barack and Michelle Obama dancing with a 106-year-old woman. But there was also the "Bear on the Loose", and a video of a reflective Obama at Stonehenge. Hope Hall is in New Zealand to speak at the Emergency Media and Public Affairs conference.

The Bear is Loose!

10:06 Helen Clark and Gaylene Jackson: My Year with Helen

Filmmaker Gaylene Preston whose film My Year with Helen is in cinemas August 31.

Filmmaker Gaylene Preston whose film My Year with Helen is in cinemas August 31. Photo: RNZ/Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Helen Clark

Helen Clark Photo: RNZ/Claire Eastham-Farrelly

What started out as an idea to do a year-long, fly-on the-wall style film about former Prime Minister Helen Clark turned out to be a documentary about an historic process. Renowned Kiwi filmmaker Gaylene Preston's film My Year With Helen became a study of gender politics and an insight into the closed world of international diplomacy at the United Nations … at a time when the UN was claiming transparency in its appointment of its 9th Secretary General. Gaylene Preston documented the process and her film is in cinemas on August 31.

10:35 Cracking the concrete code: what the Romans knew

Geologist Marie Jackson on Surtsey Volcano

Geologist Marie Jackson on Surtsey Volcano Photo: Pauline Bergsten

We like to think that modern building technologies are far superior to those used in days gone by. But the ancient Romans knew a thing or two about building long-lasting structures - they mastered concrete more than 2000 years ago and despite the ravages of time and seawater, many of those structures still stand today. University of Utah geologist Marie Jackson is the lead author of a new report that reveals what it is about the composition of ancient concrete that could have a modern application - and vastly improve the longevity of structures such as seawalls.

11:05 Selina Tusitala Marsh: Warrior poet

Poet Selina Tusitala Marsh: her new collection of poetry is called Tightrope.

Poet Selina Tusitala Marsh: her new collection of poetry is called Tightrope. Photo: RNZ/Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Selina Tusitala Marsh is a Waiheke Island-based poet of Samoan, Tuvaluan, Scottish and French descent whose latest collection of poems, Tightrope, is published this week. Selina talks to Wallace about reading her work to the Queen; the influence of Sam Hunt on poetry, and reads her poem 'Warrior Poetry'.

11:35 Hold the Line: it's Bobby Kimball

Bobby Kimball of Toto, in concert in Germany August 2017.

Bobby Kimball of Toto, in concert in Germany August 2017. Photo: AFP

Bobby Kimball has had a successful solo career, and released a new album last year,  but it's fair to say most will know his voice from the band Toto. Songs such as Africa, 99 and Rosanna are legion. Bobby Kimball is another of the voices playing at the Legend Voices of Rock tour - in Australia from September 23rd.