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The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday May 10, 2017

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday May 10, 2017 The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday May 10, 2017, 96.84 MB
Wed 10 May 2017

This week on the Wednesday show, Ximena & Adam hear a series of critical perspectives from a number of different voices, including Greater Auckland’s Matthew Lowrie on recent plans from Auckland Transport, as well as the Pacific Panther Network’s Sina Brown-Davis on the concept of Māori-run prisons. Sam Fraser-Baxter also joins us again this week for Dear Science, following-up on last week with a second round of fascinating shark-related fodder.

Greater Auckland says AT plans aren’t great for Auckland

Greater Auckland says AT plans aren’t great for Auckland Greater Auckland says AT plans aren’t great for Auckland, 17.77 MB
Wed 10 May 2017

Greater Auckland (formerly know as Transport Blog) are criticising Auckland Transport’s preferred option for inner city bus routing. They say the plan is bad not only for buses and congestion, but also for business as a whole in the center city. The Wire producer Adam Jacobson speaks with Greater Auckland Editor, Matthew Lowrie, to learn more about what he thinks is wrong with Auckland Transport’s plan.

Māori-run prisons: A prison abolitionist perspective

Māori-run prisons: A prison abolitionist perspective Māori-run prisons: A prison abolitionist perspective, 12.43 MB
Wed 10 May 2017

In New Zealand, Māori incarceration rates are disproportionately high - in 2015, 15% of New Zealand’s population identified as being Māori, while they currently make up around half of the prison population. Earlier this week the idea of Māori-run prisons resurfaced again within the media, with Labour corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis saying it’s one solution to tackling high Māori incarceration rates, and Marama Fox telling us on The Wire yesterday that this is a solution the Māori Party has repeatedly raised with the government. But not everyone agrees this will be an effective way to approach this problem. Māori prison abolitionist and member of Pacific Panther Network, Sina Brown-Davis, told Ximena her thoughts about the proposal.  

The times they are a-changin' at Māori Television

The times they are a-changin' at Māori Television The times they are a-changin' at Māori Television , 14.47 MB
Tue 9 May 2017

Yesterday Māori Television CEO Paora Maxwell announced he was stepping down from the role. His resignation comes after a controversial tenure which saw many high profile staff leave and tension with staff. Reporter Sam Smith spoke to Māori political commentator and blogger Morgan Godfery about Maxwell's time at Māori Television and where to next for the station. 

Fight to save Ihumatao goes international

Fight to save Ihumatao goes international Fight to save Ihumatao goes international , 14.51 MB
Tue 9 May 2017

A group fighting to save sacred and culturally significant land from development in Māngere have taken their case to the United Nations Indigenous Peoples Forum in New York. Reporter Sam Smith looks at the latest from the Save Our Uniqaue Landscape Campaign. 

New Zealand takes on the Philippines at the United Nations

New Zealand takes on the Philippines at the United Nations New Zealand takes on the Philippines at the United Nations, 8.18 MB
Tue 9 May 2017

Mack takes a look at New Zealand’s clash with the Philippines over Rodrigo Duterte’s alleged extrajudicial killings, during a UN summit in Geneva. 

The Wire with Mack: Tuesday May 9, 2017

The Wire with Mack: Tuesday May 9, 2017 The Wire with Mack: Tuesday May 9, 2017, 106.97 MB
Tue 9 May 2017

Check out the full podcast for this week's Tuesday show, where we speak to political commentator Morgan Godfery about the CEO of Māori Television's resignation, SOUL spokesperson Pania Newton about the group's recent visit to a United Nations summit in New York, an Otago University professor about the ins and outs of 'de-extinction', and more. 

Should we bring back the Moa?

Should we bring back the Moa? Should we bring back the Moa?, 18.98 MB
Tue 9 May 2017

A group of scientists are debating the merits of bringing back extinct animals, saying there needs to be a greater focus on conservation. Mack speaks with Otago University's Professor Phil Seddon about this. 

A bed tax for Auckland?

A bed tax for Auckland? A bed tax for Auckland?, 9.34 MB
Mon 8 May 2017

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has proposed a targeted accomodation rate, or "bed tax", in order to raise money for infrastructure spending. Although still in development, the proposal has drawn criticism from business groups. Producer Ben speaks with Chris Roberts from Tourism Industry Aoteroa.

 

A decade of increasing inequality

A decade of increasing inequality A decade of increasing inequality, 9.24 MB
Mon 8 May 2017

A study conducted by Victoria University resaerchers using data from Statistics NZ has found an increase in inequality over the last ten years. Producer Ben speaks with one of the researchers, Max Rashbrooke.