A National Party representative is calling for the return of corporal punishment in schools after a gang of teenages wreaked havoc over the weekend in the small Far North town of Kaikohe. The gang, which consisted of children as young as 11, robbed a liquor store and vandalised a petrol station. But the Chair of the National Party's Kaikohe branch, Alan Price, says the underlying reasons for such youth disobedience is down to a lack of physical discipline, even going as far as saying it's a form of child abuse not to raise children with discipline. 95bFM reporter Adam Jacobson speaks with Julia Ioane, a Clinical psychologist who specialises in the area of youth justice, child behaviour and youth mental health about the subject, to really find out if there is any scientific backing to the calls for a return to physical discipline in the school system.
Nicky Hager’s latest book, ‘Hit and Run’, was just launched last night. It’s co-authored by prominent war reporter, Jon Stephenson, and makes the case that 21 civilians, including a three-year-old girl, were killed or injured during a 2010 revenge raid in Afghanistan by the SAS. Ximena speaks to Nicky about some of the claims the book makes and the cagey response from the government so far.
AUT’s Allan Blackman joins us again live in the studio for Dear Science. This week, he talks to Ximena about how police have uncovered a new way that methamphetamine is being smuggled into New Zealand, new discoveries in finding the maximum speed of cooling, and also news that researchers in Poland have replicated the infamous Milgram Experiment, where a shockingly high number of participants were found willing to electrocute an innocent person.
The OECD released a report yesterday which looked at the environmental performance of New Zealand. The report provides independent assessments of countries' progress in achieving environmental policy goals, as well as making policy recommendations. The report warns that New Zealand’s high environmental quality of life is under threat from a lack of long-term planning.The country's growth is starting to show environmental limits, including increased greenhouse gas emissions, freshwater contamination and threats to biodiversity. 95bFM reporter Hannah Ross speaks to Otago University freshwater scientist Marc Schallenberg and Forest and Bird Chief Executive Kevin Hague about the findings of the report.