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Effects of solitary confinement on children

Effects of solitary confinement on children Effects of solitary confinement on children, 13 MB
Thu 27 Apr 2017

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.

Prominent election issues with James Shaw

Prominent election issues with James Shaw Prominent election issues with James Shaw, 18.81 MB
Thu 27 Apr 2017

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.

 

NZDF workers strike for unfair pay and working conditions

NZDF workers strike for unfair pay and working conditions NZDF workers strike for unfair pay and working conditions, 6.58 MB
Thu 27 Apr 2017

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.

The Wire with Jogai: Thursday 27th April, 2017

The Wire with Jogai: Thursday 27th April, 2017 The Wire with Jogai: Thursday 27th April, 2017, 110.58 MB
Thu 27 Apr 2017

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. 

Maori Television's The Ring Inz

Maori Television's The Ring Inz Maori Television's The Ring Inz, 19.43 MB
Thu 27 Apr 2017

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.

Looking at the Family Court & McKenzie Friends with two family law experts

Looking at the Family Court & McKenzie Friends with two family law experts Looking at the Family Court & McKenzie Friends with two family law experts, 26.78 MB
Wed 26 Apr 2017

The Backbone Collective is a national coalition of survivors of violence against women and watchdog NGO that acts as a voice for victims of domestic abuse. The Collective recently released the results of a survey, the conclusions of were pretty damning of the Family Court. Last Wednesday, the Principal Family Court Judge Laurence Ryan released a media statement in response to the criticisms made by the Backbone Collective, in which Judge Ryan said many of the issues raised by the Collective were already addressed or discussed by Parliament. Michelle Duggan, Chair of the New Zealand Law Society's Family Law Section, also released a statement supporting the comments of Judge Ryan. 95bFM reporter Caitlin McIlhagga speaks to both Duggan and Professor Mark Heneghan, Dean of Law at the University of Otago, about the Backbone Collective's criticisms of the Family Court and recent Family Court reforms.

Caitlin also spoke to both Duggan and Heneghan about the participation of McKenzie Friends in the Family Court process. A McKenzie Friend is the name given to a support person for people who are representing themselves in court. McKenzie Friends are not lawyers, and cannot address the court without permission or draft any legal documents, but they can sit with litigants in court for support.

To listen to Caitlin’s full interview with the self-proclaimed ‘first McKenzie Friend Specialist’ in New Zealand, click here.

New Zealand’s McKenzie Friend ‘pioneer’: Friend or foe?

New Zealand’s McKenzie Friend ‘pioneer’: Friend or foe? New Zealand’s McKenzie Friend ‘pioneer’: Friend or foe?, 28.46 MB
Wed 26 Apr 2017

The self-proclaimed “first McKenzie Friend Specialist” in New Zealand, Vinay Deobhakta is a former lawyer setting up a training programme aimed at producing professional McKenzie Friends. McKenzie Friends are support people for self-represented litigants in court - they are not lawyers, but can sit with litigants in court to support them. However, Deobhakta did not leave the law profession out of choice - he was in fact struck off for misconduct in 2014. 95bFM journalist Caitlin McIlhagga speaks to Deobhakta to try understand how he is reconciling his past with his current work setting up the McKenzie Friends training programme.

To learn more about the relationship McKenzie Friends have with the Family Court, check out the other interviews Caitlin did with two experts in family law here.

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday April 26, 2017

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday April 26, 2017 The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday April 26, 2017, 108.59 MB
Wed 26 Apr 2017

Former Wire host, Caitlin McIlhagga, makes a special return to the show this week for an investigation she's been working on around the Family Court system & the place of McKenzie Friends within this framework. AUT's Allan Blackman also joins us for a wee Chemistry-related interlude in the middle of the show, where he chats to Ximena & Adam about the legacy of Ernest Rutherford. 

Reviewing New Zealand's mental health system

Reviewing New Zealand's mental health system Reviewing New Zealand's mental health system, 22.25 MB
Mon 24 Apr 2017

Earlier this month saw the release of the People's Review of Mental Health, an intiative to gather qualitative data about what life is like for people involved in the mental health system. The review then used the data to make a number of recommendations for the Ministry of Health.

Two groups involved in the People's Review were advocacy group Action Station and the Public Service Assocation, producer Ben speaks to spokespeople from each.

 

Negative gearing: Tax-dodge or legitimate practice?

Negative gearing: Tax-dodge or legitimate practice? Negative gearing: Tax-dodge or legitimate practice?, 5.15 MB
Mon 24 Apr 2017

Earlier this year, Revenue Minister Judith Collins announced a planned crackdown on tax-dodging by multinational corporations. Under the plan, various loopholes are to be closed, in order to make it harder for untaxed money to be moved outside of New Zealand. However, there are plenty of other ways for people to reduce their tax bill, such as negative gearing, which went unmentioned by Minister Collins. To gain a greater understanding of what negative gearing is, producer Ben spoke to Deborah Russel, a senior lecturer on taxation for Massey University and electoral candidate for the Labour party.