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Lawyers representing Afghani villagers say ‘Tirgiran Village’ doesn’t exist

Lawyers representing Afghani villagers say ‘Tirgiran Village’ doesn’t exist Lawyers representing Afghani villagers say ‘Tirgiran Village’ doesn’t exist, 13 MB
Wed 29 Mar 2017

New information has emerged that suggests the NZ Defence Force made factual inaccuracies in their rebuttal to Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson’s new book, Hit & Run. The lawyers representing villagers from Khak Khuday Dad and Naik, who were allegedly attacked by the SAS in a 2010 raid, say the village the NZDF claims the raid took place in actually doesn’t even exist. Ximena speaks to one of the lawyers, Deborah Manning, for further detail about this new information.

Report: Is marijuana actually a viable farming alternative to cows?

Report: Is marijuana actually a viable farming alternative to cows? Report: Is marijuana actually a viable farming alternative to cows? , 11.38 MB
Wed 29 Mar 2017

Replace cows with cannabis. These are the recent comments made by esteemed entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson, on his most recent visit to New Zealand. He suggests if marijuana were to be legalised, dairy farmers could replace sections of their land designated for cows, over to industrial growing of cannabis.Adam Jacobson explores these issues in a recent report. 

Upcoming festival celebrates Auckland’s diversity

Upcoming festival celebrates Auckland’s diversity Upcoming festival celebrates Auckland’s diversity , 9.5 MB
Wed 29 Mar 2017

This weekend, the Auckland International Cultural Festival will be returning for its 18th year. The free event is happening from 10am-5pm at the Mt Roskill Memorial Park, and will offer the public a diverse range of cultural and culinary experiences. Ximena speaks to event organiser Cara Cantrell about what Aucklanders can expect from this weekend’s festival.

Hansel, Gretel and the Nazis; Fairy tales roles in war time stories

Hansel, Gretel and the Nazis; Fairy tales roles in war time stories Hansel, Gretel and the Nazis; Fairy tales roles in war time stories , 19.69 MB
Wed 29 Mar 2017

A newly released book titled ‘War, Myths and Fairy Tales’ investigates the connections between war stories and fairy tales through a critical examination of global literature. Adam Jacobson speaks with the book’s co-author and contributor, Sara Buttsworth about the release of the new work and what stories it examines.

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday March 29, 2017

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday March 29, 2017 The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday March 29, 2017, 117.95 MB
Wed 29 Mar 2017

Check out the full show from Wednesday 23rd March, where Ximena & Adam take a look at cannabis instead of cows, talk with Human Rights Lawer Deborah Manning, AUT’s Allan Blackman joins us again live in the studio for Dear Science and more

Māori Oral Tradition: he Kōrero nō te Ao Tawhito

Māori Oral Tradition: he Kōrero nō te Ao Tawhito Māori Oral Tradition: he Kōrero nō te Ao Tawhito , 9.33 MB
Tue 28 Mar 2017

Reporter Sam Smith speaks to author and researcher Jane McRae about her new book "Māori Oral Tradition: he Kōrero nō te Ao Tawhito. Through the book, McRae introducers readers to the distinctive oral style and language of the traditional compositions, acknowledges the skills of the composers of old and explores the meanings of their striking imagery and figurative language. 

Trade the talk of the town following China visit

Trade the talk of the town following China visit Trade the talk of the town following China visit, 4.37 MB
Tue 28 Mar 2017

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's visit to Auckland this week looks to result in the opening of trade relations between New Zealand and China. Mack tried to find out what all the fuss was about. 

New Zealand's pacific policies - time for a reset?

New Zealand's pacific policies - time for a reset? New Zealand's pacific policies - time for a reset?, 8.92 MB
Tue 28 Mar 2017

Mack speaks to former New Zealand representative to the United Nations, Michael Powles, about a new article he's co-authored with daughter, Anna. 

The Wire with Mack: Tuesday March 28, 2017

The Wire with Mack: Tuesday March 28, 2017 The Wire with Mack: Tuesday March 28, 2017, 106.53 MB
Tue 28 Mar 2017

Check out the full podcast for this week's Tuesday show, where we speak to Michael Powles about the prospects of a 'reset' on New Zealand's Pacific relations, Jane McCrae about a new book she's put out on Māori Oral Traditions, take a look at talks between China's Premier and Bill English, and more. 

How do we define terrorism?

How do we define terrorism? How do we define terrorism?, 5.74 MB
Mon 27 Mar 2017

After last week’s attack in Westminster, bFM reporter Amanda Jane Robinson speaks to the University of Auckland’s Dr. Chris Wilson about the parameters of terrorism and the media representation surrounding terror attacks.