We arnt quite mature & secure in our own nationhood while these gaudies are around.
Is there any reason we can't have an honours system *and* a republic, should the republic bit come to pass?
Most certainly we could have both!
But - heraldically speaking, "the monarch is the fount of ALL honour", and until we *are* a republic, I would find our current system repugnant.
A couple of matters I find interesting: people are always contacted before an honour is awarded(it is never a huge surprise) and, you can be offered & decline an honour, and be offered another later on.
If you don’t get what you want the first dozen times you snarl the question, number thirteen probably isn’t going to do the trick.
Best to change tack completely in those circumstances, and ask them what is the fastest fish.
As a "superannuated" member of RNZ's regular audience I agree with your observations. Confrontational interviewing techniques are counterproductive, in my view, often preventing the completion of a useful argument or piece of information that the audience really wanted to hear. Yes, Kim Hill does this too, from time to time, but principally out of enthusiasm for the topic being discussed. I much prefer the more balanced style of Geoff Robinson and Simon Mercep, I don't think Susie Ferguson is likely to irritate as much as Sean Plunkett did and Mary Wilson still occasionally does.
I wish NatRad would take at least as much care in pronouncing English as it does Maori. The Great New Zealand Vowel Shift hasn't stopped its aftershocks even on Morning Report where "the roising croime in Chroistchurch" and "the deed moiners in the Poike River Moine" get me out of bed in a foul mood. (And this coming from a non-native English speaker)
Just a reminder to watch the documentary on leaky homes tonight. My sister is the producer. It was her idea to document the saga and raise the funds to do so, and she has been working for years getting all the right people in front of the camera and getting it to screen.
Thanks and all power to your sister! I watched with great interest (not because I live in a leaky building). The documentary was well put together and told a very coherent story in an economical manner. Excellent stuff. My partner said that the documentary should be screened every night for a month - to get the point across.
I particularly appreciated the Swiss cheese hole analogy.
You have Richard Hulse to thank for the quality and smartness of that service. Dude is a hero.
Richard Hulse also blogs about what he does.
Well, I for one won't hear a word said against National Radio when they provide us with exceptionally high-quality programming like this:
The Secrets I Keep, by Georgina Scull
Sunday 24 July 2011
Winter Season Of New Drama 2011
“This is the first time I have broken my silence. Maybe now I will rest in peace?”
Two years in the making this is a compelling first person doco-drama where three actors recreate the real-life confessions of three everyday New Zealanders who have held life-long secrets.
The Secrets I Keep is the final play in Radio New Zealand’s winter season of new drama.
Cast: Dame Kate Harcourt, Grant Tilly and Aaron Alexander.
Probably the best thing you'll hear on radio this decade. Unmissable. Tell all your friends and family to tune in at 3.00.
In the interests of full disclosure, not that it influences my opinion in any way whatsoever, I should probably point out that Georgina Scull is my wife.