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Sleep: An overnight performance with Max Richter

Sleeping sound-ly Sleeping sound-ly, 10.46 MB
Wed 21 Feb 2018

Max Richter is a well known German born British composer. He composes and records his own music, and writes for stage, opera, ballet and screen. In the upcoming Auckland Arts Festival, Richter is performing an eight-hour long concert designed to be heard overnight, with the audience lying down. Richter has created a mix of classical and electronic musi, made up of 31 uninterrupted pieces, to be experienced while in and out of consciousness and lucid dream states.

Richter has two shows at the Festival, both in March. Lillian Hanly spoke with him about his work.

Driver Safety with Russell White

Check It! Check It!, 6.72 MB
Wed 21 Feb 2018

Driver Safety is a company that offer driver training programmes across Australia and New Zealand and has partnered with Super Cheap Auto to launch a campaign called Check It, a campaign to get people more engaged with car safety checks. This is particularly focused on young drivers under the age of 25 who, research shows, lack this information. Russell White from Driver Safety speaks with Lillian Hanly.

The Wire with Lillian: Wednesday 21st February 2018

Wednesday Wire Wednesday Wire, 106.42 MB
Wed 21 Feb 2018

On The Wire today we have Dear Science where Allan tells us about damaging dietary supplements, the paintings underneath Picasso's paintings uncovered by X-Rays and a brilliant award winning photo of an atom from a regular camera.

We then hear from Russell White who is part of the Check It campaign designed to get young drivers more aware of the safety checks they need to make on their cars.

Max Richter tells us about his eight-hour long concert Sleep (where you can sleep while you listen), which is part of the Auckland Arts Festival.

And Lisa Boudet investigates the restrictions on men who have sex with men for blood donations as part of Wire Worry Week. 

Wire Worry Week: Blood donation for gay and bisexual men

Wire Worry Week: Blood donation for gay and bisexual men Wire Worry Week: Blood donation for gay and bisexual men, 8.89 MB
Wed 21 Feb 2018

This week's Wire Worry topic is LGBT issues/Pride. Today, we focus on a particularly sensitive issue: blood donations from gay and bisexual men. 

Although the situation of MSM ("men who have sex with men") donations has improved in the last 10 years, there is stil a one year deferral period. This means: if you are a sexually active gay or bisexual man, you have to go through a year of total abstinence if you want to give your blood. 

The Wednesday Wire team discusses the deferral, the science behind it, and whether it can be perceived as discriminatory. Facts and figures provided by our producer Lisa Boudet. 

We had contacted NZ Blood Service for comment but no one was available at the time to speak on the matter, so bear in mind this discussion is only a fragment of a longer report, which will be broadcasted and uploaded soon.

Wire Worry Week: The Pride Parade

Wire Worry Week: The Pride Parade Wire Worry Week: The Pride Parade, 12.8 MB
Tue 20 Feb 2018

The Pride Festival concluded on Saturday, when Ponsonby Road was closed to host the Pride Parade. Producer Leonard Powell spoke to Shaughan Woodcock, the producer of the Parade, to discuss how the event ran, as well as life in the LBGT+ community. 

The Wire with Reuben: Tuesday 20th February

The Wire with Reuben: Tuesday 20th February The Wire with Reuben: Tuesday 20th February, 102.69 MB
Tue 20 Feb 2018

Firstly Reuben speaks to the President of the Council of Trade Unions, Richard Wagstaff, about Nosh successor, ‘The Grocer’s Market’, going into receivership and what that will mean for its staff.

On the Green Desk, Conor talks killer whales with Dr Regina Eisert from the University of Canterbury

Leonard speaks to Jeremy Gallagher, one of the people behind new Auckland Music venue 25b. They discuss what it's like to open up a club in the city, and discuss the ins and outs of Auckland's live music scene.

I also have a chat to Antoinette and Jordan, they travelled around Aotearoa producing a documentary that looks for ways to make individual lives better, as well as the world.

We also have Wire Worry Week: Following the Pride Festival, that culminated with the Pride Parade at Ponsonby Road on Saturday, Leonard speaks to Shaughan Woodcock, the producer of the parade about how it all went.

Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future

Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future, 11.95 MB
Tue 20 Feb 2018


Directors Antoinette Wilson and Jordan Osmond have toured the country interviewing international and local experts in various fields. They sought to provide great insight into the problems we are currently facing and will face in the future.

It isn’t just a documentary of doom and gloom, instead Antoinette and Jordan seek to provide refreshing and insightful solutions.

Reuben McLaren has a chat to find out more.

The film will premiere in Auckland on Saturday 3rd March at the Academy Cinema. 

Grocer's Market employees 'probably won't be paid in full' - CTU

Grocer's Market employees 'probably won't be paid in full' - CTU Grocer's Market employees 'probably won't be paid in full' - CTU, 6.37 MB
Tue 20 Feb 2018

The grocer that reopened a Nosh store late last year has entered receivership, with reports indicating that the business owes employees and suppliers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Aaron Drever, who re-opened the store under the name ‘Grocer’s Market’, has a history of disciplinary findings, eventually leading to the loss of his real estate license.

Reuben McLaren speaks to NZ Council of Trade Unions president Richard Wagstaff to learn more about the employee’s situation.

 

25B, Auckland's newest music venue

25B, Auckland's newest music venue 25B, Auckland's newest music venue, 18.61 MB
Tue 20 Feb 2018

In late January, 25B was opened on Auckland's Cross Street as a venue for live music. Producer Leonard Powell caught up with Jeremy Gallagher, one of the brains behind the operation, to discuss the ins and outs of live music, particularly in Auckland. 

To tunnel or not to tunnel?

To tunnel or not to tunnel? To tunnel or not to tunnel? , 10.45 MB
Mon 19 Feb 2018

New plans are in progress to reopen the main tunnel that runs under Albert Park. Bill Reid is hoping to open the tunnel as a walking and cycleway connecting Victoria Street to Parnell. Sam Smith spoke to Reid about the project.