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Mark Crysell: godwits open door for TV crew in North Korea

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Crew from TVNZ's Sunday programme have gone where no Western journalist has gone before. Reporter Mark Crysell and his crew spent two weeks in North Korea, and the story behind them being allowed in to film involves a West Auckland builder from the Pukorokoro Miranda Naturalists' Trust, Winston Peters and the… Audio, Gallery

Sunday 27 May 2018

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7:11 Irish New Zealanders gather to support referendum

Ireland has voted a clear Yes in its referendum to lift its ban on abortion.  A group of supporters gathered in Wellington to watch the vote come in on TV. Heather Byrne was one of them. 

7:13 Niamh McMahon: proudest day ever on Irish vote yes 

Niamh McMahon

Niamh McMahon Photo: Supplied

Honorary consul-general for Ireland to New Zealand is Niamh McMahon. She gives her view on what the Yes vote to a repeal of Ireland's abortion laws means. 

7.21 Pauline Cullen: impact of Irish referendum on women in Ireland 

Pauline Cullen

Pauline Cullen Photo: Supplied

Pauline Cullen is a sociology lecturer specialising in gender studies at Maynooth University in County Kildare, Ireland. She talks about the shift in a country where the Catholic Church has had a huge say in the social fabric of society. 

7.30 The House

This week our parliamentary programme looks at the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Parliament will be receiving submissions on it until 8 June.

7:45 Tim McKinnel: what price tuna?

Tim McKinnel: Greenpeace research and investigation manager for the tuna campaign

Tim McKinnel: Greenpeace research and investigation manager for the tuna campaign Photo: Dan Salmon

Indonesian fisherman Supriyanto who died on the Taiwanese fishing vessel Fu Tsz Chiun.

Indonesian fisherman Supriyanto who died on the Taiwanese fishing vessel Fu Tsz Chiun. Photo: Greenpeace

Greenpeace NZ research and investigation manager Tim McKinnel is a former NZ police detective who was among those who campaigned on behalf of Teina Pora, which led to the quashing of Pora's rape and murder convictions and compensation paid. But for the past two years McKinnel has been a lead investigator for Greenpeace NZ, along with Greenpeace East Asia, probing international fishing fleets - Taiwanese tuna longliners - and has discovered slavery, people trafficking, physical abuse including rape, and murder on the high seas. Deaths include an Indonesian fisherman Supriyanto who was beaten and died of sepsis.McKinnel’s findings have contributed to a report released by Greenpeace called Misery at Sea. The information also formed the basis for a Stuff Circuit investigation released this week.

8:10 Insight: policing domestic violence - a new beat

domestic violence, abuse

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Police responded to nearly 3000 more family violence callouts last year - which is more than double the previous year. There's now one every four minutes. Studies estimate up to 75% of abuse is never reported, prompting police to undergo a radical shift in how they respond to family violence.  Anusha Bradley take a closer look at a police-led pilot programme that encapsulates this new ethos. It’s being trialled in three regions that have some of the country’s worst family violence.

8.35 Tony Ssembatya: ‘Rwanda made me think twice about humanity’

Tony Ssambatya

Tony Ssambatya Photo: RNZ

Tony Ssembatya is a Ugandan human rights scholar, activist and lawyer who visited New Zealand recently. His mother is Ugandan and his father was born in Rwanda. Ssembatya’s early childhood was in Rwanda at the time of the 1994 genocide. He is now a lawyer working at UN Women, reviewing countries' constitutions on how well they implement human and gender rights. His PhD is about  citizens and statelessness, particularly in relation to women.

9:06 Mediawatch

Presented and produced by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose. This week: how Artificial Intelligence might change our media. And a shake-up in the rural press - at a time when a major crisis is making headlines.  

9:37 Mark Crysell: godwits open door for TV crew in North Korea  

Crew from TVNZ’s Sunday programme have visited some places in North Korea where no Western journalist has gone before. Reporter Mark Crysell and his crew spent two weeks there, and the story behind them being allowed in to film involves a West Auckland builder from the Pukorokoro Miranda Naturalists' Trust, Winston Peters and the bar-tailed godwit. Mark Crysell tells the story.

10:04 Ann Brower: critical conscience

Ann Brower

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On 31 May, Dr Ann Brower will deliver a lecture at the University of Canterbury, titled: A Little Guy’s Guide to Making a Difference after receiving the Critic and Conscience of Society Award earlier this month. Dr Brower is probably best known for her advocacy for more stringent regulation of earthquake-prone buildings, a campaign informed by her experience of being on a bus crushed by falling masonry in Christchurch’s 2011 earthquake. Twelve passengers died on or beside the bus. She’s also done more than, arguably, anyone else to highlight the vast tracts of high country land being transferred from Crown to private ownership.

10:35 Jenny Jandt: why we should love wasps and ants

University of Otago insect researcher Dr Jenny Jandt is in love with creatures most of us try to exterminate - wasps and ants. She’s known as the Wasp Lady and says there’s much to be admired in both creatures. She runs a social insect lab to help educate people about the creatures.

11:04 Jeremy Heimans: the power of new power  

Jeremy Heimans

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Jeremy Heimans is the co-author, with Henry Timms, of a book called "New Power" . He says Harvey Weinstein is a typical example of old power and the #metoo movement is an example of new power. Heimans says there's been a fundamental shift in the balance of power in the world and we have major structural problems that could benefit from the kinds of mass participation and peer coordination that "new power" players know how to generate. He says “the facts just aren’t enough”.

11:40 Gretchen Parlato: voice as an instrument

Gretchen Parlato

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Jazz singer Gretchen Parlato is known for her sultry, crystalline voice and originality. The LA-born, Grammy-nominated singer is part of a new wave in jazz and is coming to New Zealand with her four-piece band for the Wellington Jazz Festival, playing one concert at the Opera House on 8 June. Parlato's "Live in NYC" album was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2015, and her  2011 "The Lost and Found" was Billboard’s jazz pick of the year and iTunes' vocal jazz album of the year. Parlato is the daughter of Frank Zappa bass player Dave Parlato and granddaughter of trumpeter Charlie Parlato and a graduate of the prestigious Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz in Washington - the first vocalist to ever land a place.

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