The imminent closure of Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island detention centre has many worried for the safety of hundreds of refugees refusing to leave. We speak to Dr Anna Powles from Massey University's Centre for Defence and Security Studies and refugee adovocate Tracey Barnett.
Analysing thousands of New Zealand newspaper articles published over a forty year period, criminologist Angela Barton found several trends present in the way rape was reported on, that often contradicted the realities of the victims’ situation. We speak to her about the research, which forms part of a larger project analysing the perpetuation of rape culture.
Saturday marked the first ever official commemoration of the New Zealand Wars. The New Zealand Wars were a series of battles that took place in the 19th century between Government troops and Maori. Lives were lost on both sides, communities terrorized, while land was confiscated in what was a defining time in this country’s short history. Commemorations to mark the wars were held around the country with gatherings taking place at some of the key sites of the battles. Sam Smith spoke to Auckland University historian Dr. Aroha Harris about the commemorations and why it is important that we remember this time of our history.
Last week the outcome of the long-running Eminem vs the National party copyright case was announced with the judge awarding the American rapper’s publishing company $600,000 after ruling that the political party violated the rapper’s copyright for his hit song Lose Yourself. The track in question was called Eminem Esque, which was purchased by the party from music production company Beatbox for their 2014 election campaign ad. The judge ruled the song was significantly similar to Lose Yourself, enough to see National penalized. Sam Smith spoke to Auckland University musicologist Kirsten Zemke who gave evidence on behalf of National in the case about the outcome and what this means for music copyright.
Joel and producer Sam Smith took on The Wire for October 30th. Sam talked to Auckland University senior lecturer Dr Aroha Harris about the first annual commemoration of the NZ wars. Joel chatted to Green Party leader James Shaw about party donations as well as a call for action on the Manus Island detention centre.For the Pacific News segment, Southern Cross, Joel talked with AUT Pacific Media Centre’s Kendall Hutt and PhD Student Stephanie Tapungu about the prevalence of gender-based violence in Papua New Guinea. Producer Sam Smith also talked to Auckland University Musicologist Kirsten Zemke about the outcome of the National Party Eminem copyright case, and what it means for copyright law.