It’s estimated that more than half of New Zealand’s 41 thousand homeless are aged under 25. Tonight a documentary about why this is a problem & how it urgently needs to be addressed will be screening for free at AUT, with a panel of academics & people on the frontline tackling the issue to discuss the issue afterwards. Ahead of this event tonight, Ximena speaks to panel member and housing spokesperson for the Child Poverty Action Group, Alan Johnson, about the controversial issue.
Yesterday Golriz Ghahraman announced that she is joining the Green Party and hopes to become NZ’s first refugee MP. Ghahraman currently works as a human rights lawyer in the High Court, where she represents family members caring for their disabled relatives. Olivia Mortimer-Eade speaks with Golriz about her future in politics.
Today on Dear Science, we have a guest covering Steve - his name is Allan Blackman, he teaches Chemistry at AUT, and he’ll be with us for the next few weeks until Steve gets back in February. Ximena chats to him on the show today about the death this week of the last person to walk on the moon, how the US army want to design biodegradable plant-growing bullets, and also about how it’s just been confirmed that carbon can exceed its four bond limit.
Spinal cord injuries are common in New Zealand, and 40% are a result motor vehicle accidents. They often have a major impact over the lives of those injured, which is why effective treatment is being sought by the international science community. A budding researcher at the forefront of this field from the University of Auckland, Jarred Griffin, is doing some interesting research into how gene therapy might treat such injuries. Ximena speaks to him about his findings.
Why do people still collect vinyl records? Associate Professor Karen Fernandez from the University of Auckland has undertaken research into this to find out what drives people to continue to collect records in an age where streaming is the norm. Reporter Sam Smith spoke to Fernandez about her research.