Insight for 9 September 2012 - Politics and the Status of Pacific Women

Megan Whelan considers the appalling violence and health statistics for many Pacific women and asks if more female MPs help?

Pacific women marchThe Pacific region has some of the worst statistics for women in the world, with about two thirds of women having suffered some kind of violence at the hand of a family member.

Women's economic power is lower, as are rates of health and education.

At the same time, the region has few women in elected positions.

Insight looks at moves to increase political representation across the region, and at whether that will improve the status of Pacific women.

And are New Zealand and Australia are doing enough to help women living in the Pacific in some of the world's poorest countries?.

Image:  Women's organisation in Kiribati holds anniversary parade.

Coming Up on Insight

8:12 am Sunday 31 May: Insight: Auckland - Our Shining Star or Black Hole?


Auckland's Viaduct Harbour Photo: 123RF

The "super city" of Auckland is now home to a third of New Zealand's population and economy and it is growing quickly. Official estimates predict most of the country's population growth will happen there, putting the city on track to account for 40 percent within 20 years.

The Reserve Bank has announced measures to deal with the city's house price boom, which the bank says is skewing the national economy.

But the city's astronomical rise is alarming the provinces, who say their contribution to the national economy is being ignored.

In this Insight, Ian Telfer, digs deeper into Auckland's dominance, and investigates whether it is in the national interest for Auckland to be the focus for investment, jobs and immigrants.

Is Auckland a shining star leading New Zealand towards a better future or is it a black hole sucking in resources and limiting this country's attempts to keep up with the rest of the developed world?

8:12 am Sunday 7 June: Insight: The Superannuation Conundrum

Super friends clubBingo at the New Lynn Friendship Club. For most members NZ Super is their only source of income.                       ( RNZ/Anusha Bradley )

People are living longer and healthier lives, but New Zealand Superannuation is soon set to become the government's biggest single expense, with costs expected to triple to $30 billion by 2030.

The Prime Minister, John Key, has ruled out raising the age of eligibility or changing the way Super is handed out, while at the same time pledging to reduce, not increase, the government's debt.

Anusha Bradely explores how the costs of an aging population will be paid for and what the impact on future generations might be.