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Matt Vickers: Death with dignity is at the core of the End of Life Choice Bill

16 Jun 2019

Matt Vickers is continuing the work started by his late wife, Lecretia Seales, to change the laws to enable the terminally ill to choose how their lives end. Audio

Sunday 16 June 2019

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7.11  Dr Neil Thorpe: Speed camera impact on saving lives often overstated

The Government is currently taking advice on road safety, with one suggestion to follow the example of Sweden, where speed cameras are clearly sign-posted, and widely used. A study of  the impact of speed cameras found that cameras saving lives is often overstated. Newcastle University Lecturer in Transport studies Dr Neil Thorpe explains.

Wellington's Ngauranga Gorge.

Digital speed camera at Ngauranga Gorge, Wellington. Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

7:20 Teresa Liu-Ambrose: Exercises to prevent elderly falls

Teresa Liu-Ambrose

Teresa Liu-Ambrose Photo: supplied

Canadian researcher, Teresa Liu-Ambrose, says they used Otago University's falls prevention exercises in a study on elderly patients who had already experiences falls. She explains that the exercises not only helped prevent more falling incidents but their confidence to go out and socialise was also bolstered. You can find the exercises here.


7.32 The House

A weekly digest of the events in Parliament with Daniela Maoate-Cox and Phil Smith.

7.45 Calling Home: Kate Brown in Washington D.C.

Kate Brown

Kate Brown Photo: supplied

This week's Calling Home guest is Kate Brown who's living in Washington D.C. She talks about how she has spent the past 30 years living away from home and her job as executive director of the Global Island Partnership.

8:10 Insight: Christchurch Attacks: Are Intelligence agencies watching the right people?

The Christchurch mosque attacks have prompted claims the security agencies have wielded their powers in skewed and unfair ways. Have resources been wasted surveilling  Muslims and virtually ignoring possible alt-right extremists?   In this second part of a two-part investigation, Phil Pennington asks what the agencies have been doing to keep New Zealanders safe.

Graphic picture of cartoon eye looking over NZ map.

Photo: RNZ / Luke McPake


8.38 Troy Campbell: Passionate workers are more likely to be exploited

Professor Troy Campbell

Professor Troy Campbell Photo: supplied

Passion for work may well lead to employee satisfaction, but a new study in the paper in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology shows those particular workers are also more likely to be exploited by their employer. Study co-author Professor Troy Campbell from the University of Oregon explains what they've uncovered.

9:06 Mediawatch

Produced and presented by Colin Peacock and Jeremy Rose.

9:37 Dr Roger Tyers: The no-fly return trip from Beijing to Southampton

Climate researcher Roger Tyers is back on the road after completing his investigations into how Chinese people think and behave regarding environmental issues and climate change. He joins the show from Irkutsk in Russia for an update on his findings and his 6,000 mile fly-free trip home to Southampton.

Dr Roger Tyers en route overland to China

Dr Roger Tyers en route overland to China Photo: supplied

9:50 Adam Shapley: 'More Kiwis are less happy in their current jobs' 

A new report shows New Zealanders are a nation of job-hoppers, with a third of professionals surveyed planning to look for new jobs in the next 12 months. Hays New Zealand Managing Director Adam Shapley joins Jim to dissect the report's findings.

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Photo: Pixabay

10.04 Dr Simon Walters: Children in sport just want to have fun

A report out from ACC this week shows more children than ever are suffering injuries usually only seen in professional athletes while at the same time participation rates are down. AUT's Dr Simon Walters has researched children in sport and has some insight about what is happening and why too much pressure on them will just drive them away from sporting activities.

 mixed kid teams rugby

Photo: 123RF

10.25 Lord Alex Carlile: Why he supports NZ lawyers against the End of Life Choice Bill

Lord Alex Carlile

Lord Alex Carlile Photo: supplied

Lord Carlile of Berriew QC has been involved in parliamentary activity in the UK for several years now, opposing euthanasia bills that have been presented, due to concerns over various safeguards. He explains why he opposes New Zealand's End of Life Choice Bill from a "secular, ethical dimension". 

10.45 Matt Vickers: Death with dignity is at the core of the End of Life Choice Bill  

Matt Vickers

Matt Vickers Photo: RNZ

Death with dignity advocate Matt Vickers is continue the work started by his late wife, Lecretia Seales who  sought a legal means to end her life after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. He says the End of Life Bill currently before parliament is about letting people have some dignity in death by having a choice about how they die.

11.04 Prof. Tasha Howe: Heavy metal fans are happier, more well-adjusted adults than others

In the 1980s research pointed to heavy metal music listeners being at risk of poor developmental outcomes later in life. Professor Tasha Howe, a former heavy metal groupie, conducted a study which found they actually turned out to be more happy and well-adjusted adults than other comparison groups. She explores theories about why they grew into content adults.

Professor Tasha Howe

Professor Tasha Howe Photo: supplied

11.35  Sir Michael Morpurgo: War Horse on stage in New Zealand for the first time

Sir Michael Morpurgo's best known book, War Horse, comes to life on the stage for the first time in New Zealand this month. Millions have seen the award winning production overseas. Sir Michael explains to Jim the themes involved in the book and why a lack of perspective about past atrocities is one of the biggest threats the world faces.

Author Michael Morpurgo, pictured with the goose puppet from the London stage production of War Horse.

Author Michael Morpurgo, pictured with the goose puppet from the London stage production of War Horse. Photo: National Theatre