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Concerns of language skills of NZ youth

Concerns of language skills of NZ youth Concerns of language skills of NZ youth, 11.34 MB
Thu 14 Sep 2017

A recent study has found worrying gaps in the language skills of Aotearoa’s youth in both Te Reo Maori and English. Harry spoke with the report’s lead author Professor Elaine Rees about language skills in New Zealand and the report’s findings.

Labour vows to transform RNZ

Labour vows to transform RNZ.mp3 mp3, 21.54 MB
Wed 13 Sep 2017

Radio New Zealand's funding freeze has been a highly discussed topic in the realm of New Zealand news media. bFM reporter Conor Knell spoke to Labour's spokesperson for broadcasting Clare Curran about the pledge to increase funding and the plans to transform the broadcaster into a multi-media platform.

Mental health, the unanswerable problem

Mental health, the unanswerable problem Mental health, the unanswerable problem, 5.92 MB
Wed 13 Sep 2017

Mental health has become an increasingly more contentious topic in the lead up to this years election. Producer Will Parsonson reports on the problems the mental health sector has recently faced, as well as analysing how each party is offering to provide solutions to a ever growing problem..

Dear Science: Death of a spacecraft, bad pharma & alternative apricot "medicine"

Dear Science: Death of a spacecraft, bad pharma & alternative apricot "medicine".mp3 mp3, 21.75 MB
Wed 13 Sep 2017

On Dear Science this week, AUT’s Allan Blackman discusses the Cassini probe nearing its death, a key example of why big pharma gets a bad name and a case of self-prescribing apricot kernels as a cancer treatment leading to cyanide poisoning.

The Wire with India: Tuesday 12th September 2017

The Wire with India: Tuesday 12th September 2017 The Wire with India: Tuesday 12th September 2017, 107.85 MB
Tue 12 Sep 2017

On today's Wire, producer Lucy spoke to Katie Bruce from JustSpeak about mental health in the context of the prison system.

We talked about health policy with Marama Fox from the Maori Party and Geoff Simmons from The Opportunities Party.

Finally, Mack spoke to Simon Oosterman from Yes We Care about the mental health policy pledges they’re sending to politicians today.

How the prison system impacts mental health

How the prison system impacts mental health How the prison system impacts mental health, 21.08 MB
Tue 12 Sep 2017

Producer Lucy spoke to Katie Bruce from the organisation JustSpeak about the current prison system in relation to both young people and mental health.

Geoff Simmons on TOP's approach to health policy

Geoff Simmons on TOP's approach to health policy Geoff Simmons on TOP's approach to health policy, 14.22 MB
Tue 12 Sep 2017

When it comes to health policy, The Opportunities Party has a strong focus on prevention, believing our health system is about to be hit by a huge demand it will struggle to meet.

India spoke to TOP’s deputy co-leader Geoff Simmons about their approach to funding the health sector and their policies which include regulating the sale of junk food, alcohol, and legalising cannabis.

Getting the 101 on New Zealand's healthcare

Getting the 101 on New Zealand's healthcare Getting the 101 on New Zealand's healthcare, 10.43 MB
Mon 11 Sep 2017

As we build up to the election, one of the most talked about subjects has been New Zealand's health sector. To get an overview, producer Jack Marshall spoke to Ian Powell to find out what we can do better, what we're doing wrong and where the future of healthcare will be.

What should the future be for our colonial statues?

What should the future be for our colonial statues? What should the future be for our colonial statues? , 8.4 MB
Mon 11 Sep 2017

A discussion is building around whether or not a colonial monument in the Auckland suburb of Otahuhu should be torn down. Sam Smith filed a report on the place of colonial monuments in New Zealand and whether they should come down.

The Wire with Joel: Monday 11th September, 2017

The Wire with Joel: Monday 11th September, 2017 The Wire with Joel: Monday 11th September, 2017, 96.49 MB
Mon 11 Sep 2017

On the lead up to the election The Wire team are focusing on a different issue each week. This week they are focusing on healthcare. Host Joel spoke to The Green Party's James shaw about this and Producer Jack talked to the general public to get their thoughts on healthcare as well as Ian Powell the Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialist's to get an overview on the current healthcare landscape in New Zealand.

Producer Sam also did a report on colonial statues and whether we should keep them, and Joel spoke to Kendall Hutt and John Pulu about the political situation in Tonga.