Single-use plastic straws are steadily getting banned due to their impact on our seas and coastline. But some people, such as those living with disabilities need these straws in their day-to-day life. Angus Coker Grant spoke to Dr. Esther Woodbury from Disabled Persons Assembly about the alternatives and including people with disabilities in the conversation.
Kath's Devine Cakes in Warkworth refused to serve a same sex couple due to their beliefs. Laura Kvigstad conducts a report and brings the subject to the room to discuss with Kelly, Jen and the help of our brilliant bFM listeners.
Politic in places like the US has become increasingly hostile and uncivil say scholars. Language often vilifies citizens and lawmakers. But people overwhelmingly dislike the incivility and have expressed shame at its effect on policy debates. What are the effects of incivility and vilification in a democratic society? Do they have real effects on public policy? Does it effect political participation or the psychology of the citizens? Maria Armoudian speaks to Robert Entman, Steven Heyman, and Michael Wagner.
First up on today’s Wire, Lachlan speaks with Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft about the practice of youth being remanded to police cells. Our Wire Worry Week is refugees, and Harry speaks with Manager at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement Center Qemajl Murati, and president of the Refugee Council of New Zealand Dr Arif Saeid on refugees in New Zealand. Andrew Little joins lachlan for their regular chat, this week discussing The Bazley Report into allegations of sexual harassment at Russell McVeagh and the criminal cases review commission. Finally, this day in history returns, looking at the 1967 Newark riots.
The practice of holding youth in police cells while they await their court appearance began as a temporary measure in 1989. However, the practice has continued over the years, worrying legal experts and youth advocates as it breaches New Zealand’s international obligations and children’s human rights. Lachlan spoke with Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft about the practice, and why it is so dangerous.
This Wire Worry Week, we are focusing on reframing the refugee crisis.
We have been speaking about The EU and Italy, discrimination of Refugees in NZ, and decontexualising the term crisis.
This Month saw the government up it’s quota from 750 to 1000 refugees per year, in accordance with with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. This week saw five families, 21 refugees in total welcomed to New Zealand as part of a Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship Program. The group will spend two weeks at the Mangere Refugee Resettlement center, before being settled in communities with support from approved sponsors. Harry spoke with Manager at the Centre Qemajl Murati to find out a little bit more about the welcoming of Refugees to NZ.
After speaking with Qemajl, Harry wanted to find out more about the issues faced by refugees once they leave the center. One of the organisations that works to support asylum seekers and refugees is The Refugee Council of New Zealand (RCNZ) whose purpose is to provide advice, information and assistance, and promote a strategic response to the needs of refugees and asylum seekers. Harry spoke with president of the Council Dr Arif Saeid to unpack some of the issues refugees in NZ are facing once resettled.
A report on the New Zealand Nurses Organisation going on strike on Thursday 12th July for 24 hours. This report follows why the nurses are going on strike, covers the pay offers, their plan for patients and what the nurses are demanding from the District Health Board.
After two decades of never on, never off conflict, neighboring countries Ethiopia and Eritrea have taken a historic step towards long-lasting peace. Initiated by recently appointed Prime Minister of Ethiopia Abiy Ahmed, the peace would bring economic relief and social stability to both sides.
Our producer Lisa Boudet delves into the roots of the conflict, and what the future holds for both parties.