Sunday Morning for Sunday 15 July 2012
8:12 Insight: Te Reo Survival
A new direction is necessary to continue the revitalisation process of Te Reo Maori, which is not yet safe from extinction. The Minister of Maori Affairs wants the financial responsibility of ensuring its survival handed over to hapu. Te Manu Korihi reporter, Rosemary Rangitauira, explores the importance of Te Reo and finds out why it's going to take time before tangata whenua can take the reins.
Produced by Philippa Tolley.
8:40 Jon Johansson – Outspending Obama
Reports over the last couple of weeks say that Romney is outspending Obama in the race for the White House – but is he? Political scientist Jon Johansson talks to Chris about fundraising; the current state of the competition; Romney’s likely pick for vice-president – and does it matter; and what to look out for in the coming months before the conventions and the vote.
Dr Jon Johansson is a lecturer in political science at Victoria University.
Mediawatch looks at the focus on a leading lawyer in the Scott Guy murder trial and asks if concerns over the media coverage of it could prompt the courts to rein in reporting in the future. And as heads roll at ACC as a result of all the media exposure, is this proof of the power of investigative journalism – or a sign of its weakness?
Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.
9:40 Down the List
Where does the real power in New Zealand lie? That’s right, with a bunch of bureaucrats, underlings, officials, and lowly-ranked list MPs that you and I have never heard of. Whether it’s in sport, politics, commerce, education or the arts, the only way to find out what’s really going on in this country is by going ... Down the List. Written by Dave Armstrong and produced by Radio New Zealand’s Drama department. Today – a couple of WINZ workers count the real cost of drug testing for beneficiaries.
9.45 Lelia Doolan – Bernadette Devlin
Bernadette Devlin was the face and voice of the peace campaign in Northern Ireland in the late sixties and early seventies – a period in that province’s history that saw sectarian violence, riots, brutality, pitched battles in the streets and the intervention of the British Army. In 1981, Bernadette and her husband Michael McAliskey were shot by members of the Ulster Freedom Fighters for being leaders of the H Block campaign against the criminalisation of members of the IRA. Both survived and now a documentary on Bernadette Devlin McAliskey is about to show in the NZ International Film Festival. Chris talks to director Lelia Doolan about Devlin’s story.
Bernadette: Notes on a political journey, screens at the New Zealand International Film Festival which starts on Thursday.
10:06 Ideas: Child Poverty – A Poverty of Vision
Child poverty is back in the headlines this week with 80 organisations banding together to call on the Government to make the well-being of children its top priority. Chris Whitta talks to Child Poverty Action Group’s Mike O’Brien and Jeremy Rose visits Seaview’s Kokiri Marae to talk to its manager of health and social services Teresa Olsen; and three employees of Wesley Community Action in Cannons Creek tell Jeremy about the realities of children growing up poor in Porirua.
Presented by Chris Whitta
Produced by Jeremy Rose
10.55 Today’s Track – A Change is Gonna Come
A song which became an anthem for the 60’s civil rights movement in the US, A Change is Gonna Come was written and recorded by Sam Cooke in 1963. It was a departure from his pop song material and came about when he and his band were arrested after being refused entry to a white’s only motel in Shreveport, Louisiana. Today we play the 2005 version by soul singer Leela James.
11.05 John Edgar – The Mighty Mayor
John Edgar has traced the life story of Auckland’s longest-serving mayor, Sir Dove-Myer Robinson. He tells Chris how the working class boy from Sheffield who was bullied for being Jewish, became New Zealand’s most well-known local body politician. He made up for his tiny stature with a big voice and an even bigger ego. ‘Robbie’, as he was known, first became politically active when he opposed a sewage disposal plan and went on to lead Auckland for a total of 18 years. John also delves into the mayor’s personal life - four wives, one 20 years his junior, and poor relationships with his children which saw him mark his 85th birthday alone.
Urban Legend: Sir Dove-Myer Robinson, by John Edgar, is published by Hachette
11.40 Musical Journeys
We’re off on a musical trek around the world. Today we’re in Memphis, home of the blues, soul, and rock ‘n roll, thanks to a suggestion from listener Ellen Lewis.
What the listeners have to say on today’s programme.