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Calls to ban direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicine in Aotearoa w/ Associate Professor of Medical Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland, David Menkes: 28th May, 2024.

Calls to ban direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicine in Aotearoa w/ Associate Professor of Medical Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland, David Menkes: 28th May, 2024. , 27.12 MB
Tue 28 May 2024

The United States and New Zealand are the only high-income countries that allow unrestricted direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicines, which directs advertising towards consumers rather than medical professionals.

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to Associate Professor of Medical Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland, David Menkes, about concerns researchers have raised about direct-to-consumer advertising and how to address them. 

She started the interview asking him how direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicines operates in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Open letter calling to criminalise stalking w/ Associate Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, Carrie Leonetti: 28th May, 2024

Open letter calling to criminalise stalking w/ Associate Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, Carrie Leonetti: 28th May, 2024 Open letter calling to criminalise stalking w/ Associate Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, Carrie Leonetti: 28th May, 2024, 18.39 MB
Tue 28 May 2024

An urgent open letter has called on the Minister of Justice, the Honourable Paul Goldsmith, to amend the Crimes act to include the act of stalking. 

Producer Ezra spoke to co-director of the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law Practice and Policy at the University of Auckland, Carrie Leonetti, about why criminalising stalking will help prevent innocent people from living in fear.

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 28th March, 2024.

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 28th March, 2024. , 41.52 MB
Tue 28 May 2024

For Dear Science this week, Professor Allan Blackman spoke to us about reconstructing the genome of the little bush moa, a protein folding prediction programme, and a new discovery regarding promethium

Waikeria Prison and Corrections funding w/ the National Party’s Katie Nimon: 28th May, 2024.

Waikeria Prison and Corrections funding w/ the National Party’s Katie Nimon: 28th May, 2024. , 20.25 MB
Tue 28 May 2024

Earlier this May the government announced plans to revisit a development at Waikeria Prison in Waikato. Originally proposed under the 2017 Labour government, the plan to add new beds was delayed due to COVID 19 complications. 

Corrections Minister Mark Mitchell sez the development will continue past Labour’s initial plan, with an overwhelming message from the National party that the prison population should and will increase. In our weekly catchup with the National Party’s Katie Nimon, Wire host Castor asked about the prison development and Corrections funding in advance of this week’s budget announcements.

The current government’s approach to crime and punishment w/ People Against Prisons press spokesperson Emmy Rākete: 28th May, 2024.

The current government’s approach to crime and punishment w/ People Against Prisons press spokesperson Emmy Rākete: 28th May, 2024. , 17.36 MB
Tue 28 May 2024

This weekend, People Against Prisons Aotearoa organised a protest against the planned development at Waikeria Prison, calling out existing space in prisons, excessive spending on prisons during cuts across government departments, and the ineffectiveness of prisons broadly.

Wire host Castor spoke to People Against Prisons Aotearoa’s Press Spokesperson, Emmy Rākete about the development and the government’s approach to crime and punishment.

The Wire w/ Castor: 28th May, 2024.

The Wire w/ Castor: 28th May, 2024. , 108.88 MB
Tue 28 May 2024

For Dear Science this week, Professor Allan Blackman chatted to us about reconstructing the genomes of extinct moa, a protein folding prediction programme, and a discovery forcing us to rewrite chemistry textbooks. 

Wire host Castor spoke to the National Party’s Katie Nimon about the Waikeria prison development and funding for corrections in advance of this week’s budget announcements. 

He also spoke to People Against Prisons’ Emmy Rākete about these developments and the government’s approach to crime more broadly. 

Producer Sofia spoke to Associate Professor of Medical Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland, David Menkes, about concerns over direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicine in Aotearoa. 

And Producer Ezra spoke to co-director of the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law Practice and Policy at the University of Auckland, Carrie Leonetti, about how Aotearoa needs to criminalise stalking.

Vaping Study in New Zealand's most Deprived Areas w/ Matthew Hobbs: 27 May, 2024

Vaping Study in New Zealand's most Deprived Areas w/ Matthew Hobs: 27 May, 2024 Vaping Study in New Zealand's most Deprived Areas w/ Matthew Hobs: 27 May, 2024, 6.57 MB
Mon 27 May 2024

Recently, a University of Canterbury study, ‘investigating the spatial and temporal variation of vape retailer provision in New Zealand: A cross-sectional and nationwide study,’ published in the peer-reviewed journal, Social Science and Medicine, shows that most vape retailers reside in the country’s most deprived areas.

News and Editorial Director, Joel, spoke to Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Canterbury, and head of the study, Matthew Hobbs, about the findings of this study, and what this means for these communities.

Charter Schools for Neurodivergent and/or Disabled Students w/ Jude MacArthur: 27 May, 2024

Charter Schools for Neurodivergent and/or Disabled Students w/ Jude MacArthur: 27 May, 2024 Charter Schools for Neurodivergent and/or Disabled Students w/ Jude MacArthur: 27 May, 2024, 10.27 MB
Mon 27 May 2024

$153m has been allocated in the 2024 budget to establish Charter Schools in Aotearoa by the coalition government, after being previously shut down by the last Labour Government in 2018, to establish 50 new charter schools.

This system of education has come under controversy by many, over concerns these schools can allocate funding however they see fit with almost total discretion, teach any curriculum they want to, and are not required to hire teachers with adequate teaching certificates, unlike schools in the public sector.

News and Editorial Director, Joel, spoke to Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Auckland, Jude MacArthur, about the concern with Charter Schools specifically assisting students who have a disability and/or are neurodivergent.

The Wire w/ Joel: 27 May, 2024

The Wire w/ Joel: 27 May, 2024 The Wire w/ Joel: 27 May, 2024, 123.37 MB
Mon 27 May 2024

For our weekly catchup with the ACT Party's Simon Court, producer Evie spoke to Simon about mining and comments he made on X, formally Twitter, about the University of Canterbury pro-Palestine encampment.

She also spoke with Spokesperson for Students for Justice in Palestine Canterbury, Matt, about the University of Canterbury encampment.

For our weekly catchup with, Te Pāti Māori's Takutai Kemp, News and Editorial Director, Joel, spoke to Takutai about Māori wards and Kāinga Ora.

They spoke to Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Canterbury, Matthew Hobbs, about a study he led that demonstrates that most vape retailers are in the country’s most deprived areas.

They also spoke to Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Auckland, Jude MacArthur, about the concern with charter schools and assisting students who have a disability and/or are neurodivergent.

Producer Ezra spoke to Senior Lecturer of Education at the University of Auckland, Dr Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia about the soaring Pokie machine profits in South Auckland.

And he also spoke to Curator of I-M.S Arts, Iokapeta Magele-Suamasi, about her “South-Versed” exhibition and its exploration of diaspora for Tagata Pasifika and Tagata Ahia in Aotearoa.

Rising Pokie Profits in South Auckland w/ Dr Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia, 27 May 2024

Rising Pokie Profits in South Auckland w/ Dr Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia, 27 May 2024 Rising Pokie Profits in South Auckland w/ Dr Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia, 27 May 2024, 8.45 MB
Mon 27 May 2024

Over $20 million in Pokie machine profits were recorded last December in the Ōtara-Papatoetoe, Manurewa and Mangere-Ōtāhuhu local board areas of Auckland. 

Producer Ezra spoke to Senior Lecturer of Education at the University of Auckland, Dr Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia, about the impact these figures highlighted of gaming machines in South Auckland.