Great Encounters

The full length interviews selected from Radio New Zealand National's feature programmes during the week.

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Environment Minister fronts up on water

9:09 AM.Water: Who owns it? Should there be a `price' on it? And what are the rights and interests of Maori in it? The government insists that no one owns water - and regional councils allocate the right to use it. However a Waitangi Tribunal ruling in 2012 found that Maori have traditional rights and interests in fresh water guaranteed by the Treaty of Waitangi. The government has ruled out a national settlement for water, or a national water allocation for iwi, holding talks instead with the Freshwater iwi leaders group.Meanwhile there's growing unease about large-scale water extraction for sale overseas by commercial companies. Not to mention the on-going issue of water quality in our rivers and lakes. Consultation on the governments Next Steps for Freshwater plan closed last month. Nine to Noon speaks to Environment Minister, Nick Smith.

Drugs and warfare

7:12 PM.From Vikings high on mushrooms to soldiers on speed in Vietnam... Historian Lukasz Kamienski traces the relationship between drugs and war.

James Rhodes: madness, medication and music

9:10 AM.Charlotte Graham interviews the acclaimed British concert pianist, writer and television presenter who tells his story in Instrumental: a Memoir of Madness, Medication and Music.

Bill Phillips- Kiwi inventor of the MONIAC

11:26 AM.The life of New Zealand original thinker, the late Bill Phillips who invented a revolutionary computing machine, has been thoroughly documented in a new book, A Few Hares to Chase. The book, written by a former head of the Reserve Bank, Alan Bollard canvases the life and economics of Bill Phillips, from his roots on a Dannevirke farm to POW camps in war time, to him mixing it with the British intellectual world.

Matthew Desmond: eviction, poverty and profit

10:10 AM.Toby Manhire interviews Matthew Desmond, co-director of the Justice and Poverty Project at Harvard University, and author of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.

The future of Te Reo

7:08 AM.Professor Paul Moon has just written a book documenting the history of Te Reo in Aotearoa once the first colonists arrived in Aotearoa. He takes Wallace on a journey through the Maori language and the struggle it had to survive. A struggle, he says, is nowhere near over.

Barbara Brookes: a history of New Zealand women

9:10 AM.Guest host Philippa Tolley interviews Barbara Brookes, Professor of History at the University of Otago, about her new book A History of New Zealand Women.

6.40pm Sat 9 April 2016: Ombudsman seeks to clear complaint backlog

9:30 AM.Judge Boshier discusses his plans to resolve complaints much faster, and why he ruled that the Prime Minister must release his texts from Rachel Glucina in the pony tail case.

6.06pm Sat 9 April 2016: Robert McChesney - A Citizenless Democracy

11:05 AM.With new technologies replacing jobs at an ever increasing rate and big money playing a bigger and bigger part in our politics are we facing a future of mass unemployment and an all but disenfranchised populace? Authors Robert McChesney and John Nichols believe we are and in their new book People Get Ready: The Fight Against A Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy they provide evidence for that dystopian vision and a set of proposals for how it can be avoided. Robert McChesney is Research Professor in the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Oamaru weaver Sue McLean on creating heirlooms of the future

11:26 AM.In the south island town of Oamaru, Sue and Rod McLean run a business weaving short runs of traditionally inspired fabric with their 100 year old weaving system - the Hattersley Domestic, circa 1918.

Christopher McDougall: running hero

11:28 AM.War correspondent in Rwanda and Angola, before becoming the guru of alternative running with his 2009 book, Born to Run. His new book is Natural Born Heroes: the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance. He speaks at two Writers Week sessions and will lead fun runs while in Wellington.

John Russell - Why Education Doesn't Stop At The School Gates

11:28 AM.Naenae College Principal John Russell didn't set out to become a teacher. Trained as a structural engineer, it was his wife's first job as a music teacher in 1975 that set him on the path to where he is today. This year will be his tenth year as principal of Naenae, a job he only gave three to four. When John Russell moved to Naenae College, after spells as principal at Mana College and Kapiti College, the school was under statutory management. It has come a long way since then. Students achieve better grades and it is now a thriving hub for the community.

Liz Sime: women and children first

9:05 AM.Recent retiree from the position of Director of International Operations, and Vice President at Marie Stopes International, after working for 15 years around the world for international humanitarian organisation CARE.

Barriers to education for older people

11:27 AM.How does New Zealand measure up when it comes to education opportunities for older people? Professor Brian Findsen of Waikato University is a specialist in adult education and has written the first comprehensive global analysis of education for older adults. Including some of the barriers that stand in the way of retirees who want to return to study.

Lee Tamahori: Making 'Mahana'

9:10 AM.Filmmaker whose first New Zealand movie in 20 years, Mahana, adapted from the novel Bulibasha by Witi Ihimaera, tells the story of two Maori sheep-shearing families on the East Coast in the 1960s. Mahana opens in cinemas nationwide on 3 March.

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