Sunday 20 April 2014, with Philippa Tolley

NZ Radio Awards 2013: winner of the Best Documentary or Feature Programme & co-winner of Best Daily or Weekly series under an Hour Duration

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Photo: Tonga Island Marine Reserve in the Abel Tasman National Park

More marine reserves than ever before - a genuine step forward for conservation, or nothing more than a token gesture?

The Government says it is committed to preserving New Zealand's marine environment with a record number of marine reserves due to be unveiled this year.

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Photos under water in Ulva Island Marine Reserve by Vincent Zintzen. From left anemome, diver in kelp, blue cod

It recently  announced proposals for its biggest one so far - a ten-thousand hectare reserve off the coast of Kaikoura.

But environmentalists say the introduction of more reserves is a clear contradiction when the Government continues to encourage oil and gas exploration.

alison hossain x portraitRadio New Zealand's fisheries reporter, Alison Hossain, asks if New Zealand is paving the way as a world leader in marine protection or is at all just smoke and mirrors?


Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 27 April: Insight: Closing the Education Gap

Arne Duncan US Embassy credit Press Secretary Sean Gillespie resizedNew Zealand has one of the worst gaps in performance between rich children and poor children in the developed world.

What can we learn from other countries where that span between top and bottom is much smaller?

Do the likes of Germany, Finland, Hong Kong or Canada have the answers?

Radio New Zealand's education correspondent, John Gerritsen, asks some of the education ministers and teachers' representatives at an International Summit on the Teaching Profession about the secrets to their success.

Photo: RNZ's Education Correspondent, John Gerritsen, interviewing  US Secretary for Education, Arne Duncan, during the International Summit on the Teaching Profession. Credit Sean Gillespie US Embassy

8:12 am Sunday 4 May: Tax For the Future

IRD head officeDebate about the shape of our tax system is likely to be a prominent feature in this year's election, but should the way we are taxed be revamped to meet future needs?

Philippa Tolley explores whether the tax structure needs to change to accommodate the online nature of business and daily life, and if our tax system has a place in closing the gap between rich and poor.