Insight

  • Insight for 18 March 2012 ( 26′ 10″ )

    Lois Williams investigates efforts to preserve the water and wildlife in Northland's Wairua River.

Norhtland waterGroups worried about the state of New Zealand's rivers  are planning to set up a national network of Environmental River Patrols at a meeting in Wellington next weekend.

Insight investigates one of the drivers behind the move, the efforts to improve the health of a major Northland river, the Wairua.

 

 

(The meeting to set up the Environment River Patrol Aotearoa is being held in the Wellington Town Hall on Saturday 24th starting at 11a.m)

Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 1 February: Insight: Queenstown's Alcohol Fuelled Tourism

police and dancersPolice survey a downtown bar as they clamp down on alcohol issues in the resort " Photo:  RNZ / Steve Wilde

Queenstown's reputation as a party town is pretty undisputed and with more licensed premises per capita than any other place in New Zealand, it's on the front line when it comes to selling alcohol.

Since changes to the Sale and Supply of Act in 2012, many local authorities are introducing Local Alcohol Polices, which aim to give each community a say in how alcohol is sold.

But while other local authorities are trying to tighten up the rules, Queenstown's council is shying away from stricter regulations.

Instead the Queenstown Lakes District Council is allowing the liquor and hospitality industry to take the lead.

Radio New Zealand's Tourism Reporter, Steve Wilde, takes a look at drinking in Queenstown and asks whether the bar industry has too much power.

 

8:12 am Sunday 8 February: Lessons from Japan About Earthquake Recovery

JAPAN KOBE ANNIVERSARYCommemoration of 20 years since Kobe was hit by a massive earthquake. Photo RNZ / Rachel Graham

 As the fourth anniversary of the earthquake which devastated Christchurch approaches, the slow pace of the rebuild has surprised many.

But how quickly have other earthquake hit cities returned to their former glory?

Radio New Zealand Christchurch reporter, Rachel Graham, has visited Japan to compare how much progress has been made in the Sendai area, almost four years after it was hit by a magnitude 9 earthquake and a mega tsunami with waves over 30 metres tall.

She also visits Kobe to look the impact on that city, and the lessons learned, in the 20 years since it hit by a major earthquake.