Insight

Insight for 25 March 2012

Teresa Cowie revisits six babies in the long term study Growing Up in NZ as the second round of information is released

As tough welfare reforms are rolled out and the government wades through thousands of submissions on tackling child abuse, there is renewed determination to know why so many families go wrong.

To understand how government policy and families should be working together, Auckland University's 21-year study following 7,000 babies and their families, has released more research, this time looking at the first nine months of their lives.

One year on from meeting six of those babies, Teresa Cowie has returned to find out how their lives are taking shape so far.

Growing Up in NZ
Photograph on left by Red Photography.

You can listen to the first Insight on research from the Growing Up in
NZ study here:

http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/insight/20101128

Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 14 February: New Cancer Drugs and Funding Conundrums

A bright  yellow and aqua sphere, representing the immune system, sits alongside a brown cancer sphere with little goemetric shapes between indicating the drug's action

Manufacturer's illustration of how the new melanoma drug, Keytruda, stops cancer cells hiding from the immune system

Photo: Supplied

New immunotherapy drugs are the hot topic in cancer internationally. 

They stimulate the body's own immune system to fight disease, providing a possible cure for some patients. 

With the highest rates in the world of the deadly skin cancer melanoma, and no effective funded treatment for advanced disease, patients here are demanding action over the drug, Keytruda.

But the price is eye-watering and Pharmac is questioning the effectiveness.

RNZ's health correspondent, Karen Brown, investigates how good these new-generation drugs are, and the debate over whether or not NZ should fund them.

8:12 am Sunday 21 February: Insight: Sheep and goats - the new dairy boom?

Dairy sheep leaving the shed

Dairy sheep leaving the shed

Photo: ( RNZ / Alexa Cook )

There has been a surge in interest in sheep and goat dairy in the past few years with farms springing up around the country and plants exporting infant formula and whole milk powder to Asia and Europe.

While dairy goats and sheep have been in New Zealand  since the 1970's, numbers are climbing and about 35,000 sheep and 50,000 goats are now being milked.

But predictions for the future are mixed, with some goat exporters worried that markets will be flooded, while others say there is not enough supply to keep up with demand.

Alexa Cook explores the dairy goat and sheep industry to find out why more people are keen to get involved.