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West Auckland Floods w/ Rachel Kelleher & Ben Noll

West Auckland Floods w/ Rachel Kelleher & Ben Noll West Auckland Floods w/ Rachel Kelleher & Ben Noll, 12.3 MB
Wed 1 Sep 2021

Earlier in the week West Tamaki experienced floods that caused road closures, extensive damage to many properties, and forced some residents to evacuate their homes. NIWA recorded the second wettest day on record for the area with rainfall of 201mm in just 14 hours and a staggering 149 percent of August’s normal monthly rainfall in just one day. On the Wire this Wednesday Frances Wright spoke briefly with Rachel Kelleher, Deputy Controller for Auckland Emergency Management about what the response has been like so far and what it will look like going forward and also to meteorologist Ben Noll from NIWA about the science behind the floods. 

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: September 1, 2021

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: September 1, 2021 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: September 1, 2021, 25.78 MB
Wed 1 Sep 2021

On Dear Science this week Frances Wright talked with AUT Professor Allan Blackman, celebrating the life of Ernest Rutherford the week after what would have been his 150th birthday, discussing why Pluto is no longer considered a planet and the unlikely discovery of the world’s northernmost island.

Walking is Good for the Brain w/ Professor Thomas Nail: September 1, 2021.

Walking is Good for the Brain w/ Professor Thomas Nail: September 1, 2021. , 19.29 MB
Wed 1 Sep 2021

Earlier this week Thomas Nail, a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Denver in the United States, wrote an article titled: Why is walking so good for the brain? Blame it on the "spontaneous fluctuations".  

This article spoke about walking: how it affects our brains, and whether it could actually help students in school - to remember better, to think more creatively and help build more positive relationships between both students and teachers.

Given that New Zealand has gone back into lockdown we, as a result, are going on a lot more walks. Zazi wanted to speak to Thomas about this research to see if walking should continue to remain part of our daily lives, past the lockdown climate, as well as be incorporated into our education systems. 

Zazi began by asking Thomas what the connection is between walking and thinking.

ACT's Brooke van Velden on Virtual Parliament Sittings and Closed Butchers: September 1, 2021

ACT's Brooke van Velden on Virtual Parliament Sittings and Closed Butchers: September 1, 2021 ACT's Brooke van Velden on Virtual Parliament Sittings and Closed Butchers: September 1, 2021, 10.56 MB
Wed 1 Sep 2021

This week Zazi talks to Brooke about ACT refusing to have Parliament sit virtually and Butchers being closed during lockdown. 

On Friday, the National Party and the ACT Party rejected a proposal for a virtual Parliament, saying that democracy needs to be in-person to work. And as a result, in-person Parliament sittings have been conducted this week.

Zazi starts by asking Brooke why she thinks in-person Parliament sittings are necessary, even at level 3 and 4, when there is a virtual alternative. 

In the second half, Brooke goes on to talk about Butchers only being able to conduct contactless delivery during lockdown. She talks about supermarkets, lockdown restrictions, and the risk of transmission. 

The Wire with Zazi and Frances: September 1, 2021

The Wire with Zazi and Frances: September 1, 2021 The Wire with Zazi and Frances: September 1, 2021, 100.61 MB
Wed 1 Sep 2021

This week on the Wednesday Wire, Zazi Hewlett and Frances Wright continue to produce remotely from home as Auckland remains in Level 4 Lockdown, with Jemima hosting the show and bringing us the news. 

The show starts off with Frances having her regular segment Dear Science with Allan Blackman. This week Frances and Allan celebrate the life of Ernest Rutherford the week after what would have been his 150th birthday; discuss why Pluto is no longer considered a planet; and talk about the discovery of the world’s northernmost island.

Frances then speaks with both Deputy Controller for Auckland Emergency Management, Rachel Kelleher, and NIWA Meteorologist, Ben Noll, about the flooding in West Auckland.

Zazi talks to the Professor of Philosophy at the University of Denver in the United States, Thomas Nail, about the benefits walking has on the brain, and whether walking while learning could actually help students.   

Finally Zazi has her regular catch-up with ACT's Brooke van Velden, this week talking about ACT refusing to have Parliament sit virtually and Butchers being closed during lockdown. 

The Wire with Jemima: August 31, 2021

The Wire with Jemima: August 31, 2021 The Wire with Jemima: August 31, 2021, 106.27 MB
Tue 31 Aug 2021

Today on the Wire, Joe Wickins speaks to the founder of Pet Refuge, Julie Chapman, about the work the shelter does, how pets are impacted by domestic violence, and how COVID-19 has affected the shelter's operations. 

Trishil Dayha brings us a piece on burnout. He speaks to two experts about what burnout means and how to deal with it. 

Jemima Huston talks to Nathan Hawke from Christchurch’s Orana Wildlife Park, and Harmony Neale from Wellington Zoo about how lockdown is impacting the animals in New Zealand’s wildlife parks. 

Finally, Isla and Stella bring you the latest episode of Tomorrow’s World. Today they investigate the common misconceptions about how human memory operates. 

Do Zoo Animals Miss the Public in Lockdown? w/ Orana Wildlife Park and Wellington Zoo: August 31, 2021

Do Zoo Animals Miss the Public in Lockdown? w/ Orana Wildlife Park and Wellington Zoo: August 31, 2021 Do Zoo Animals Miss the Public in Lockdown? w/ Orana Wildlife Park and Wellington Zoo: August 31, 2021, 12.05 MB
Tue 31 Aug 2021

Throughout the pandemic, there have been reports that zoo animals have been missing the public while zoos have been closed due to lockdown restrictions. News and Editorial Director Jemima Huston speaks to two representatives from New Zealand’s zoos about how the Level 4 lockdown has impacted their work and their animals. Jemima interviews Nathan Hawke, the Marketing, Public Relations and Visitor Services Manager for Christchurch’s Orana Wildlife Park, and Harmony Neil, the Team Leader for Primates at Wellington Zoo, about this. 

Where've you been? Human Memory's Fallibility: August 31, 2021

Where've you been? Human Memory's Fallibility: August 31, 2021 Where've you been? Human Memory's Fallibility: August 31, 2021, 7.69 MB
Tue 31 Aug 2021

This week Stella and Isla give each other a wake-up call on how bad their memory recall can actually be. Investigating common misconceptions about how human memory operates, brain structures responsible for this, and evidence that says humans overestimate their ability to remember, Tomorrow's World reminds us all to use the COVID tracer app.

Making Submissions to the Justice Select Committee w/ Conversion Therapy Action Group: August 30, 2021

Making Submissions to the Justice Select Committee w/ Conversion Therapy Action Group: August 30, 2021 Making Submissions to the Justice Select Committee w/ Conversion Therapy Action Group: August 30, 2021, 8.41 MB
Mon 30 Aug 2021

There are nine days left for people to make submissions to the Justice Select Committee to have their say on the proposed legislation to ban harmful conversion therapy practices. 

Conversion therapy has been discredited by the National Health Service (NHS) and the World Psychiatric Association.

At the time of our interview, Shaneel Lal, co-founder of Conversion Therapy Action Group said that there were more submissions against banning conversion therapy than for. This includes submissions from trans exclusionary radical feminist (TERF) groups. 

Jessica spoke to Shaneel Lal about why it is important for allies, parents and the LGBTQIATakatāpui+ community to make a submission. 

Māui and Hector's Dolphins w/ Liz Slooten and Michael Lawry: August 30, 2021

Māui and Hector's Dolphins w/ Liz Slooten and Michael Lawry: August 30, 2021 Māui and Hector's Dolphins w/ Liz Slooten and Michael Lawry: August 30, 2021, 16.12 MB
Mon 30 Aug 2021

According to the latest estimate, there are only 54 māui dolphins remaining. Only found on the North Island's west coast, māui dolphins are threatened by fishing pressures, like trawling and gill nets, and diseases, like toxoplasmosis. 

Louis talked to University of Otago's Liz Slooten and Sea Shepherd's Michael Lawry about the species' current status, the major threats, and what needs to be done to save them.