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The Wire with Harry: Wednesday 23rd May

The Wire with Harry: Wednesday 23rd May The Wire with Harry: Wednesday 23rd May, 130.15 MB
Wed 23 May 2018

On the show today,

On Dear Science with AUT’s Allan Blackman we talk enantiomers and magnets, and interstellar asteroid and really really hot water.

We speak with NZ First MP Jenny Marcroft, this week unpacking the NZ First wins in the budget and how this affects Maori development.

Tracey Williams of Auckland Council tells us about an art initiative taking submissions of art celebrating 125 years of women's suffrage in NZ

For our Wire Worry week we have Lisa Boudet with a report on ghost homes in New Zealand.

Harry Willis speaks with Manu Caddie from Hikurangi Cannabis company on record numbers of would-be medicinal cannabis investors crashing crowdfunding website Pledgeme raising $2M dollars in east coast districts.

Should we tax the ghost homes of New Zealand?

Should we tax the ghost homes of New Zealand? Should we tax the ghost homes of New Zealand?, 6.85 MB
Wed 23 May 2018

This week's Wire Worry Week theme is Housing Crisis. Today, producer Lisa Boudet looks into Aotearoa's "ghost homes": houses that are left inoccupied by their owners. 

While we wait for the 2018 census data to ba analysed, the previous figures of 2013 showed 185.000 houses in New Zealand had been listed as empty, with about 3/4 having effectively no one living in them at the time the data was collected. Earlier this month, the government announced a $100 million plan to fight homelessness in the country, including $37 milion in temporary motel accomodation.

Now voices, like political activist John Minto's, are rising saying another solution is taxing owners of underutilised houses.

Vancouver, Canada, has chosen this path. Every house that has not been rented for at least 4 months of a given year will be taxed 1% of its assessed value. This year, the city has collected CAN$30 million. 

So, should New Zealand follow in Vancouver's footsteps?

Are we living in an age of excess?

Are we living in an age of excess? Are we living in an age of excess?, 11.95 MB
Wed 23 May 2018

America has entered an age of excess, according to Jay Slosar. Driven by a maddening quest for perfection, technology, deregulation, and a superficial, and often inaccurate mass media, America’s national psychology has become increasingly narcissistic. This is leading to a culture of cheating, lying, and reckless behaviour which has crashed the economy and continues to wreck lives in the national fabric. The emerging nation of narcissists has more consequences should the spiral continue, making a world that accepts cheating and lying as a way of life. Maria Armoudin discusses whether we are living in an age of excess with Slosar. 

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International News: Hong Kong Democracy

Hong Kong Democracy Hong Kong Democracy, 21.71 MB
Tue 22 May 2018

As Hong Kong starts cracking down on pro-democracy and pro-independence activists, the rest of the world stays silent as it attempts to cut trade deals with China. Conor explores how Hong Kong is changing, why Hong Kongers are taking to the street more and more as well as how New Zealanders can best show solidarity with the young people fighting for the same rights we enjoy here in Aotearoa

Are Google and Facebook harming the arts and democracy?

Are Google and Facebook harming the arts and democracy? Are Google and Facebook harming the arts and democracy?, 30.11 MB
Tue 22 May 2018

Are Google and Facebook increasing economic inequality? Harming the arts? Damaging democracy? Jonathan Taplin says yes. Maria Armoudian sits down with Taplin to discuss the impact of these internet giants.


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Just Speak Support Government Plans to Scrap the Mega-Prison

Just Speak Support Government Plans to Scrap the Mega-Prison Just Speak Support Government Plans to Scrap the Mega-Prison, 8.41 MB
Mon 21 May 2018

Lucy Austin speaks to Tania Mead from Just Speak, a criminal justice reform advocacy group, about the governments recent plans to scrap the Waikato mega-prison.

 The group had been advocating against the mega-prison since its proposal and the question now is what to do next?

Within the climate of a swelling prison population Tania explores some of the wider issues that need to be addressed to combat this issue. 

 

The Wire with Reuben: Monday 21st May

The Wire with Reuben: Monday 21st May The Wire with Reuben: Monday 21st May, 109.99 MB
Mon 21 May 2018

Lillian Hanly speaks to New Zealand's largest corrections staff union about the government's announcement to pull the plug on the proposed 'mega-prison'.

Lucy Austin also touches on the issue of increasing prisoner numbers with Tania Mead from Just Speak.

Green Party MP Chloe Swarbrick joins us live in studio to discuss her Election Access Fund Bill and doing away with tertiary loan caps.

It’s Wire Worry Week and we’re looking at housing. Mary-Margaret speaks to Housing Minister Phil Twyford about KiwiBuild and homelessness.

What is the relationship between guns and the US Constitution?

What is the relationship between guns and the US Constitution? What is the relationship between guns and the US Constitution?, 40.41 MB
Mon 21 May 2018

How did the second amendment of the US constitution come to be interpreted as an individual’s right to bear arms? How does this change contrast with other changes in constitutional interpretation, such as the right to marriage equality and human rights protection? Georgetown law professor David Cole, whose latest book looks at constitutional law, speaks with Maria Armoudian about guns and the US Constitution.

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Can we Kiwi Build it?

Can we Kiwi Build it? Can we Kiwi Build it?, 11.35 MB
Mon 21 May 2018

In this Wire Worry Week: housing. Since last year’s election, Labour have planned to build 100,000 affordable homes for their scheme - Kiwi Build. With this year’s Budget having been announced last Thursday, the government has further detailed how this will be funded. The housing developments will take place over a decade, with the first 30 being constructed now, at the McLennan site in Papakura. Mary-Margaret spoke to Housing Minister Phil Twyford.

The PSA Criticises the Governments Plans to Scrap the Waikato Mega-Prison

The PSA Criticises the Governments Plans to Scrap the Waikato Mega-Prison The PSA Criticises the Governments Plans to Scrap the Waikato Mega-Prison, 3.5 MB
Mon 21 May 2018

Lillian Hanly speaks to Willie Cochrane from the Public service association regarding the governments announcement to scrap the Waikato mega-prison. 

The PSA is the largest corrections union representing 3000 staff at the department of corrections and has criticised the governments announcement stating Waikeria is in "absolute drastic need for upgrading". 

Lillian investigated the claim of the need for more facilities with incarceration rates rising and the prison population swelling to bursting.