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Wide-scale Wellington train strikes

Wide-scale Wellington train strikes Wide-scale Wellington train strikes, 21.41 MB
Thu 14 Dec 2017

Train workers in Wellington will strike for 24 hours starting early Thursday morning, over longstanding contract conditions.

This will be the largest industrial action taken on the railways of Wellington since 1994 and up to 30,000 rail passengers are likely to be effected.

This is not the first strike in recent times over this issue, with a two hour strike having taken place in during October this year.

Rail and Maritime Transport Union General Secretary, Wayne Butson, told Radio New Zealand that industrial action was the only alternative after months of negotiations..

Reuben McLaren spoke to Wayne Butson to find out more.

 

Artist Raukura Turei on her show SELF and how she got there

Raukura Turei Raukura Turei, 20.16 MB
Wed 22 Nov 2017

Raukura Turei, of Ngaitai ki Tāmaki and Ngā Rauru is a registered architect who has found her visual art practice a powerful tool to clearly communicate ideas without the constraints found in architecture. Turei is about to launch her first ever solo exhibition in a gallery.

Currently she has a show at Objectspace but at the beginning of next month, her own show, titled Self is her way of giving back to women around her. It offers an intimate reflection of the body, and on our embodied relationships to space and each other. The works are a cathartic meditation saturated in the female form, sitting between self expansion and self obsession.

I spoke with her for quite a long time about how she came to be an artist as well as an architect and how these works came about. If you want to hear the full interview, check out the bcasts on our website. For now, here’s a section from the interview where she tells us about the show at Objectspace, her more recent influences, and the upcoming show.

The Wire with Lillian: Wednesday 22nd November

Wednesday Wire Wednesday Wire, 104.93 MB
Wed 22 Nov 2017

On the wire today, Allan Blackman tells us how dogs can add years to a human's life, discusses what a head transplant is as opposed to a body transplant, and whether Chuck Norris will win in the courts.

Tracey Martin from NZ First tells us about their position on the newly adjusted CPTPPA and her response to the Green Party's accidental email last week. 

The West Coast Regional Council and Buller District Council today granted resource consent for the approximately 150 hectare opencast coal mine, Jen Miller from Forest and Bird tells us why this is a bad idea. 

Raukura Turei is an architect and an artist, her first solo exhibition in a gallery, SELF, opens next month. We hear about the show and her influences. 

Annabelle Lee is executive producer of The Hui and has a chat with Lillian Hanly about working toward more accurate and empathetic journalism.

Responsible and Respectful Broadcasting

Responsible Reporting Responsible Reporting, 14.84 MB
Wed 22 Nov 2017

Annabelle Lee is the executive producer of The Hui, a current affairs programme that has been recognised for its careful reporting of issues that are sensationalised in other newsrooms for the reaction that they will get.

News reports over the past few weeks following the league game between Tonga and Samoa dealt with the game and the following celebrations with heated and aggressive language, almost encouraging certain racist responses through the perpetuation of certain stereotypes. Last week Sam Smith interviewed Ben Ross about those stereotypes, particularly to do with South Auckland.

Today, we hear from Annabelle about her thoughts on the implications of such language and the imbalance in reporting of different people from different reporters. I started by asking her what her response was to the reports of the league game and we spoke extensively about what reporters can do to shift this culture in mainstream newsrooms.

Weed killer causing antibiotic resistance

Weed killer causing antibiotic resistance Weed killer causing antibiotic resistance , 25.79 MB
Tue 21 Nov 2017

A new study out of the University of Canterbury has found a worrying link between the use of weed killers and antibiotic resistance.

Reuben McLaren speaks to a co-author of the study, Professor Jack Heinemann, to find out more. 

 

Confucius Institutes and China's influence on New Zealand

Confucius Institutes and China's influence on New Zealand Confucius Institutes and China's influence on New Zealand, 10.22 MB
Tue 21 Nov 2017

Mack Smith speaks to Victoria University’s Catherine Churchman about global concerns over Confucius Institutes in New Zealand.

A Little Insight at the Pike River Recovery

A Little Insight at the Pike River Recovery A Little Insight at the Pike River Recovery , 8.13 MB
Tue 21 Nov 2017

The government has announced the establishment of a new department to evaluate the prospects for re-entry of the Pike River mine drift.  Up to $23 million dollars over three years has been budgeted to the new department which was announced on the seventh anniversary of the disaster which killed 29 people. 

Lucy Austin spoke to the minister responsible for the effort, Andrew Little, and asked him to elaborate on the details of the recovery project and agency. 

Raising Awareness for NZ's HIV Epidemic

Raising Awareness for NZ's HIV Epidemic Raising Awareness for NZ's HIV Epidemic, 10.78 MB
Tue 21 Nov 2017

Awareness of HIV has been on the decline in the last few years despite the numbers of cases actually being on the rise.One woman who is seeking to change that is Lyn Parent who is hosting a seris of events across Auckland in a bid to raise awareness again. 

I spoke with Lyn and Steven Petch, an opera singer performing at a couple of her events, about the campaign and started by asking why they felt the issue was so important. 

The Trouble and Tragedy of Manus Island

The Trouble and Tragedy of Manus Island The Trouble and Tragedy of Manus Island , 11.72 MB
Mon 20 Nov 2017

The situation on Manus Island is worsening by the week. The detainees have locked themselves in the center and are refusing to leave, while food and medicine are being denied to them by authorities. Many are calling the situation a humanitarian crisis, with the UN and other international NGOs, shocked at the treatment of the detainees by the Australian Government. The New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is offering to take 150 of the detainees, however, the Australian Government has turned down the offer. Sam Smith spoke to commentator Tracey Barnett about the situation as it stands. 

Chatting up a storm at the New Zealand Music Awards

Chatting up a storm at the New Zealand Music Awards Chatting up a storm at the New Zealand Music Awards , 10.83 MB
Mon 20 Nov 2017

The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards took place last Thursday, and a bunch of really great things happened. SWIDT mesmerized the crowds, TEEKS accepted his award in Te Reo, and Jacinda and Lorde made for what’s being called the defining moment of 2017. A couple of us were lucky enough to witness the whole beautiful mess, because what’s NZ music without bFM? Here’re Jogai and Amanda who were lucky enough to catch up with the most electrifying rap group in the game today, Stoneyhunga’s finest: SWIDT, and New Zealand Music Hall of Fame inductee Sharon O'Neill.