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Will Robots take our jobs?

Will Robots take our jobs? Will Robots take our jobs?, 14.15 MB
Wed 6 Sep 2017

Producer Will talks to Newsroom columnist and political commentator Rod Oram about how the tech industry will impact Kiwi jobs. We delve in to the discussion around automatons and their effect on the economy, as well as looking at how New Zealand can sit at the forefront of positive technological and economic growth.

Dear Science: Interstellar mysteries, nanomachines and the end of the world.

Dear Science: An interstellar mystery, nanomachines and the end of the world. , 27 MB
Wed 6 Sep 2017

On Dear Science this week, AUT’s Allan Blackman discusses a 600 year old interstellar mystery involving light explosions over Korea which has recently been solved, new nanomachine technology which might hold the key to curing cancer and claims by a conspiracy theorist that the end of the world is nigh as a mysterious planet is about to collide with Earth.

Rob Oram on the future of tax

Rob Oram on the future of tax Rob Oram on the future of tax, 11.63 MB
Tue 5 Sep 2017

Ahead of the election, producer Jack Marshall spoke to New Zealand business journalist Rob Oram about the state of New Zealand’s tax system and how the Labour and National's policies will shape the future New Zealand.

Does our tax system need an overhaul?

Does our tax system need an overhaul? Does our tax system need an overhaul?, 9.91 MB
Tue 5 Sep 2017

The Opportunities Party’s tax policy involves an overhaul of the current system, and wouldn’t change the amount of tax raised, but would change the level of tax collected on wealth versus income.

India spoke to The Opportunities Party's deputy co-leader Geoff Simmons about how this would work. and how New Zealand would be affected by such a shift.

National get tough on gangs

National get tough on gangs National get tough on gangs , 15.32 MB
Mon 4 Sep 2017

Yesterday National announced a new policy to crackdown on meth dealing among gangs. The policy includes a roll out of new police powers which will enable police to search gang members property without a warrant. Police minister Paula Bennett says drugs such as meth and the gangs that peddle them are a scourge on society. In outlining the policy Bennet defended the hard line approach taken saying serious criminals and gang members have fewer human rights than others. Reporter Sam Smith spoke to Canterbury University sociologist Jarrod Gilbert about the policy. 

North Korea nukes on the rise

North Korea nukes on the rise North Korea nukes on the rise, 4.36 MB
Mon 4 Sep 2017

Yesterday North Korea detonated what it claimed was a hydrogen bomb that could be launched on a missile capable of reaching the United States. Mack Smith reports.

Rugged and Wylde on the East Coast

Rugged and Wylde on the East Coast Rugged and Wylde on the East Coast, 10.94 MB
Mon 4 Sep 2017

The East Coast has had a long history with music, from the Herbs up in Ruatoria to New Zealand’s current largest music festival - Rhythm and Vines. We caught up with Rugged and Wylde from Wairoa about their new studio at the Gaiety theatre and where coastal hip-hop is heading.

How is New Zealand's economy tracking?

How is New Zealand's economy tracking? How is New Zealand's economy tracking? , 12.24 MB
Mon 4 Sep 2017

Continuing our election coverage, this week we take a look at the economy and work. Producer Jack Marshall speaks to Aucklander's  to get their thoughts on the future of work, while reporter Mack Smith talks to Eric Crampton from the NZ Initiative to see how he thinks the economy is faring. 

This Week's Bits: Sunday, 3rd of September, 2017

This Week's Bits: Sunday, 3rd of September, 2017 This Week's Bits: Sunday, 3rd of September, 2017, 33.01 MB
Sun 3 Sep 2017

Join Hannah as she gives you the lowdown of the best bits of the Wire this week. We talk about the education sector as we come up to the election on September 23rd. 

Tertiary Turmoil: Jami-Lee Ross on Tertiary Education and Funding

Tertiary Turmoil: Jami-Lee Ross on Tertiary Education and Funding Tertiary Turmoil: Jami-Lee Ross on Tertiary Education and Funding , 33.76 MB
Fri 1 Sep 2017

Kelly chats with national MP Jami-Lee Ross about the current state of tertiary education and what the government has done in this sector over the past 9 years. They also delve into Labour's recently announced tertiary education policy package and explore the pros and cons, from a current student and MP perspective.