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
Insight for 20 March 2014 ( 27′ 54″ )
Alison Hossain explores whether NZ's marine reserves are world leading protection or tokenism
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.
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.
Radio New Zealand's fisheries reporter, Alison Hossain, asks if New Zealand 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
New 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. Credt Sean Gallespie US Embassy