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Lillian Hanly has recently finished her Masters, a wannabe exposé on John Key, and is now the News Director at bFM after volunteering since early 2014. In her spare time she'll be catching up on reading all the Noam Chomsky and Charles W. Mills books she wasn't able to in the past 5 five years of tertiary education, trying to make her second documentary film and lifeguarding at Bethells Beach. Ko Te Reo Māori te reo tuatahi a Lillian, he wahine Pākehā nō Aotearoa, Lillian is Pākehā and her first language is Māori. This upbringing highly influences the way she tells stories on the radio.
On the Wire today, Grace talks to the National Party’s Chris Bishop about organ donations, Oscar talked to Minister Andrew Little about Sexual violence and juries, The Community Garden returns talking to Meshed, and This Day in History returns to January the 17th, 1961.
With the historic changes in the American House of Representatives, what can we expect from the Congress and President in the ongoing policy and investigative battles? How will the power struggles play out? Will the Supreme Court weigh in and if so how? Maria Armoudian discusses the unfolding situation with Andrew Rudalevige, George C. Edwards III, Mark Peterson, and Sean Theriault.
TW: This involves discussion of sexual violence, including rape, and the criminal court process that follows when someone reports an assault.
In the latest Sunday Star Times, Allison Mau has conducted an investigation into the criminal court process of sexual violence cases. Mau spoke to a number of different people in this field to see what people thought of the current process. A number of people believe it is not only ineffective resulting in an extremely low number of convictions comparable to the number of assaults, but it is also spoken of as a process that re-traumatizes the victim. One of the issues that was raised is the judgment by jury, and the removal of a jury in these cases was floated as a solution.
Frances Joychild is a Queen’s Counsel Barrister in Auckland and has worked on human rights law for the past 33 years. Some of the areas she focuses on are refugee work, work for beneficiaries or housing corporation tenants, and sexual harassment and sexual violence. Joychild does not do criminal prosecution, but civil cases. This focuses on people who do not want to go through the criminal courts but want to seek justice through different methods. This could look like mediation between the accused and the victim and is still a legal process but does not end up in a criminal conviction. Instead, it looks like recompensation in whatever form is decided. Lillian Hanly spoke to Frances to find out more about these possibilities, what a civil legal process actually looks like, and why she prefers this method.
Earlier this week the goverment announced 20 million dollars to go toward making certain rural highways safer. It is part of the Safety Boost Programme which makes regional state highways safer through a range of low-cost safety improvements. This particular announcement will upgrade 670km across 11 rural state highways. Julie-Anne Genter, Associate Transport Minister, made the announcement and Lillian Hanly spoke with her to find out more about NZ’s car culture and safety on roads. Lillian started by asking what this 20 million dollars will do specifically.
The National Party are calling for stricter punishments for food contamination. It comes after a string of incidents both here and across the ditch, involving needles being put into strawberries.
MP Nathan Guy has proposed a member’s bill that would see prison sentences for food saboteurs increase up to 14 years - and says it’s because New Zealand’s economy and reputation rests so highly on our food production.
Stewart spoke with Nathan Guy, and started by asking him to explain our bill.