A report released by the United Nations has slammed New Zealand for its overuse of solitary confinement - found to be four times higher than in English prisons and in breach of international laws. Children, disabled people and the mentally unwell were also isolated at high rates, and in unhealthy conditions. Producer Jess Smith speaks to Children’s commission Judge Andrew Becroft to learn more about impacts on children who experience confinement.
Wire host Jogai catches up with Co-leader of the Green Party James Shaw in the studio to discuss a few prominent election issues, including poor forestry regulations and an inquiry into the mental health sector.
Civilian staff at the New Zealand Defence Force went on strike on Thursday the 27th of April, over the NZDF’s refusal to negotiate their pay as part of a new collective employment agreement. From 7-9am, workers protested at the Devonport Ferry terminal. Wire producer Jess speaks to Nick Kelly, Public Service Association’s Organiser for defence to find out more about the New Zealand defence force strike.
This week, Jogai and Jess have a report on the morning’s strike by civilian staff of the New Zealand defence force, and Co-leader of the Green Party James Shaw joins us live in studio to discuss some of the prominent issues forming this year's elections. Jogai chats to one of the producer's of Maori Television's new show The Ring Inz, and Jess speaks to Children’s commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft about a new report outlining the use of solitary confinement in New Zealand. Labour leader Andrew Little is also back for our weekly chat. All this and more on the Thursday Wire - check out the full podcast here.
The Ring Inz is a comedy television show that airs Thursday nights on Maori TV, about a Kapa Haka group trying to overcome their differences, in order to put on the performance of a lifetime at Nationals. With New Zealand film and television veterans Hori Ahipene and Katie Wolfe at the helm, The Ring Inz is certainly not one to miss. bFM's Jogai Bhatt caught up with one of the producers of the show, Vivienne Wigby, to learn a little more.