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Does Ticketmaster have a monopoly over the ticketing industry?

Does Ticketmaster have a monopoly over the ticketing industry? Does Ticketmaster have a monopoly over the ticketing industry?, 10.25 MB
Wed 17 May 2017

The New Zealand Promoters Association are expressing strong concerns surrounding Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency’s choice to elect Ticketmaster as the exclusive ticketer for Venue Wellington. 95bFM’s Adam Jacobson spoke with NZPA Vice-President Gray Bartlett about why event promoters are uneasy about the decision, and about whether it’s affecting cities beyond Wellington as well.

 

Report: Trump’s classified information admission to Russia, explained

Report: Trump’s classified information admission to Russia, explained Report: Trump’s classified information admission to Russia, explained, 4.26 MB
Wed 17 May 2017

It’s no secret Trump spilled some highly-classified beans last week during his meeting in the White House with the Russian Foreign Minister. But what actually went down? What’s the significance of this revelation for US national security? And will there be any consequences for Trump? 95bFM’s Ximena Smith reports.  

Active Citizenship Aotearoa: Engaging New Zealand youth in politics

Active Citizenship Aotearoa: Engaging New Zealand youth in politics Active Citizenship Aotearoa: Engaging New Zealand youth in politics , 13.64 MB
Tue 16 May 2017

A new project aiming to increase youth engagement in politics in New Zealand has been launched. Active Citizenship Aotearoa is aiming to empower, engage and educate young New Zealanders to become active citizens. Young people make up 20 percent of the voting age population in New Zealand, yet have the lowest level of electoral enrolment across all age groups. Active Citizenship Aotearoa say they are failed by an inconsistent standard of education nationwide, and are not taught about voting, democracy or civic affairs. The group are planning to create education campaigns to equip young people to be active citizens, who understand and participate in the governance of their communities. Reporter Sam Smith spoke to one of the founders Isabella Lenihan-Ikin. 

 

The Wire with Mack: Tuesday May 16, 2017

The Wire with Mack: Tuesday May 16, 2017 The Wire with Mack: Tuesday May 16, 2017, 100.3 MB
Tue 16 May 2017

Check out the full podcast for this week's Tuesday show, where we look into new Unitec research showing students are struggling to make ends meet, talk to the founder of a new civics education initiative, look at a new mattress recycling program by Auckland Council and speak to Victoria University lecturer Jason Young about China's new trade expansion. 

Work-Study life not cutting it for Unitec students

Work-Study life not cutting it for Unitec students Work-Study life not cutting it for Unitec students, 17.61 MB
Tue 16 May 2017

We look at new research from Unitec showing significant numbers of students are considering dropping out because of financial struggles. Including interviews with Alison Dow, Manager of Student Engagement and Experience at Unitec, NZUSA President Jonathon Gee, AUSA President Will Matthews and students from Auckland University. 

China's Belt and Road initiative approaches New Zealand

China's Belt and Road initiative approaches New Zealand China's Belt and Road initiative approaches New Zealand, 8.1 MB
Tue 16 May 2017

Victoria University lecturer Jason Young explains what’s behind China’s latest trade expansion move and what it means for New Zealand.

"The price we pay for civilisation"

"The price we pay for civilisation" "The price we pay for civilisation", 9.66 MB
Mon 15 May 2017

Senior taxation lecturer at Massey Univeristy, Deborah Russell, has co-authored a book with Terry Baucher, director of tax consultancy firm, Baucher Consulting Limited. In Tax and Fairness, they propose a modernised system, which would more accurately reflect the New Zealand's economy in 2017. Producer Ben speaks with Russell, also the Labour Party's candidate for New Lynn, about why New Zealand's tax system needs an overhaul.

 

 

Havelock North gastro outbreak: Ten months on

Havelock North gastro outbreak: Ten months on Havelock North gastro outbreak: Ten months on, 6.47 MB
Mon 15 May 2017

Ten months after an outbreak of Campylobacter infected 5,500 people in the town of Havelock North, the first stage of a Department of Internal Affairs report has been released. Although sheep faeces has been blamed for the immediate outbreak, the local authorities, Hawkes Bay Regional Council and Hastings District Council, were also criticised for indirectly contributing.

The report cited earlier contamination events which went largely ignored, infrastructure which wasn't up to standard and a lack of communication between the two councils as the basis for their criticism. Although the second stage of the report is ongoing, the report acknowleged they had no legal basis to criticise local farmers whose sheep were most likely the cause. Instead, Producer Ben speaks with Greenpeace New Zealand's Amanda Larrson, about the effect intensive agriculutre may have had.

 

The Wire with Amanda: Monday 15th May 2017

The Wire with Amanda: Monday 15th May 2017 The Wire with Amanda: Monday 15th May 2017, 93.88 MB
Mon 15 May 2017

This week, we speak with Amnesty International Executive Director Grant Bayldon about the Good Friday shooting on Manus Island, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei about tenancy terms and medicinal cannabis, AUT Pacific Media Centre Director David Robie about the latest in Pacific news, senior lecturer and Labour Party candidate Deborah Russell about modernising New Zealand's tax system, and Greenpeace New Zealand spokesperson Amanda Larson about the Department of Internal Affairs' report on the Havelock North gastro outbreak. Producer Ben Goldson also spoke with Amanda about the current global cyber attacks. 

"We can't give Australia a free pass on human rights abuses just because they're our neighbours"

"We can't give Australia a free pass on human rights abuses just because they're our neighbours" "We can't give Australia a free pass on human rights abuses just because they're our neighbours", 7.33 MB
Mon 15 May 2017

Amnesty International has released a new briefing that reveals bullets were fired directly into the Manus Island refugee centre on April 14th. The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection and the Papua New Guinea police claimed the soldiers fired only into the air. However, Amnesty International claims that digital verification of images and videos show this is not the case. Monday Wire host Amanda Jane Robinson speaks with Executive Director of Amnesty International about the briefing.