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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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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. 

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.

The Big Q Website: http://www.thebigq.org/

B is For Budget

B is For Budget B is For Budget, 11.53 MB
Fri 18 May 2018

Producer Laura Kvigstad, talks with professor of economics and innovation, Christoph Schumacher and Head of Massey's Education Institute, John O'Neill on what this prioritises and where there may be some short falls. 

Come Back To Bed

Come Back To Bed Come Back To Bed, 7.6 MB
Fri 18 May 2018

Producer, Laura, talks with author of the new book,  Come Back To Bed, Robert Tennent. Come Back To Bed is an intimate portrayal of what it looks like to recover from sexual trauma and Tennent talks about the hurdles he has faced in his journey. 

A broader look at the conflict in Palestine

A broader look at the conflict in Palestine A broader look at the conflict in Palestine, 9.82 MB
Fri 18 May 2018

Kelly talks to Dr Ramzy Baroud, an internationally renowned journalist and author specialising in the conflict between Israel and Palestine surrounding the Gaza strip. Baroud talks us through the specifics of the conflict that has escalated over the last few days following the opening of a U.S embassy in Jerusalem, and his new book the 'The Last Earth'.