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Wide-scale Wellington train strikes

Wide-scale Wellington train strikes Wide-scale Wellington train strikes, 21.41 MB
Thu 14 Dec 2017

Train workers in Wellington will strike for 24 hours starting early Thursday morning, over longstanding contract conditions.

This will be the largest industrial action taken on the railways of Wellington since 1994 and up to 30,000 rail passengers are likely to be effected.

This is not the first strike in recent times over this issue, with a two hour strike having taken place in during October this year.

Rail and Maritime Transport Union General Secretary, Wayne Butson, told Radio New Zealand that industrial action was the only alternative after months of negotiations..

Reuben McLaren spoke to Wayne Butson to find out more.

 

Weed killer causing antibiotic resistance

Weed killer causing antibiotic resistance Weed killer causing antibiotic resistance , 25.79 MB
Tue 21 Nov 2017

A new study out of the University of Canterbury has found a worrying link between the use of weed killers and antibiotic resistance.

Reuben McLaren speaks to a co-author of the study, Professor Jack Heinemann, to find out more. 

 

Confucius Institutes and China's influence on New Zealand

Confucius Institutes and China's influence on New Zealand Confucius Institutes and China's influence on New Zealand, 10.22 MB
Tue 21 Nov 2017

Mack Smith speaks to Victoria University’s Catherine Churchman about global concerns over Confucius Institutes in New Zealand.

A Little Insight at the Pike River Recovery

A Little Insight at the Pike River Recovery A Little Insight at the Pike River Recovery , 8.13 MB
Tue 21 Nov 2017

The government has announced the establishment of a new department to evaluate the prospects for re-entry of the Pike River mine drift.  Up to $23 million dollars over three years has been budgeted to the new department which was announced on the seventh anniversary of the disaster which killed 29 people. 

Lucy Austin spoke to the minister responsible for the effort, Andrew Little, and asked him to elaborate on the details of the recovery project and agency. 

Raising Awareness for NZ's HIV Epidemic

Raising Awareness for NZ's HIV Epidemic Raising Awareness for NZ's HIV Epidemic, 10.78 MB
Tue 21 Nov 2017

Awareness of HIV has been on the decline in the last few years despite the numbers of cases actually being on the rise.One woman who is seeking to change that is Lyn Parent who is hosting a seris of events across Auckland in a bid to raise awareness again. 

I spoke with Lyn and Steven Petch, an opera singer performing at a couple of her events, about the campaign and started by asking why they felt the issue was so important. 

The Trouble and Tragedy of Manus Island

The Trouble and Tragedy of Manus Island The Trouble and Tragedy of Manus Island , 11.72 MB
Mon 20 Nov 2017

The situation on Manus Island is worsening by the week. The detainees have locked themselves in the center and are refusing to leave, while food and medicine are being denied to them by authorities. Many are calling the situation a humanitarian crisis, with the UN and other international NGOs, shocked at the treatment of the detainees by the Australian Government. The New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is offering to take 150 of the detainees, however, the Australian Government has turned down the offer. Sam Smith spoke to commentator Tracey Barnett about the situation as it stands. 

Chatting up a storm at the New Zealand Music Awards

Chatting up a storm at the New Zealand Music Awards Chatting up a storm at the New Zealand Music Awards , 10.83 MB
Mon 20 Nov 2017

The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards took place last Thursday, and a bunch of really great things happened. SWIDT mesmerized the crowds, TEEKS accepted his award in Te Reo, and Jacinda and Lorde made for what’s being called the defining moment of 2017. A couple of us were lucky enough to witness the whole beautiful mess, because what’s NZ music without bFM? Here’re Jogai and Amanda who were lucky enough to catch up with the most electrifying rap group in the game today, Stoneyhunga’s finest: SWIDT, and New Zealand Music Hall of Fame inductee Sharon O'Neill. 

 

The Kindness Institute: Supporting mental health with mindfulness

The Kindness Institute: Supporting mental health with mindfulness The Kindness Institute: Supporting mental health with mindfulness, 19.97 MB
Mon 20 Nov 2017

Producer Leonard Powell spoke to Kristina Cavit from The Kindness Institute to discuss how it began and operates. Kristina discusses mental health in Aotearoa, and in particular the work that The Kindness Institute does with Rangatahi to enhance wellbeing and mindfulness. 

The Wire with Joel: Monday 20th November

The Wire with Joel: Monday 20th November The Wire with Joel: Monday 20th November, 96.23 MB
Mon 20 Nov 2017

Joel, Sam, and Leonard took on The Wire on Monday the 20th of November. In the show, Sam had a chat about latest new on Manus island with commentator Tracey Barnett. Joel talked to Green Party member James Shaw about his time at the COP23 Conference, and why the party is abstaining from commenting on Manus Island.For the Pacific News segment Southern Cross, Leonard talked to Kendall Hutt about COP23 as well as the outcome of the elections in the Solomon Islands and Tonga. Producer Leonard also spoke with Kristina Cavit from the Kindness Institute about the work they do with Rangatahi in Aotearoa. Finally, we recapped the NZ Music Awards as we looked at interviews by Jogai, Amanda, and Sarah.

Malakai Kaloamatangi Speaks On Yesterday's Tongan Election

Malakai Kaloamatangi Speaks On Yesterday's Tongan Election Malakai Kaloamatangi Speaks On Yesterday's Tongan Election, 20.33 MB
Fri 17 Nov 2017

Yesterday's Tongan election saw a decisive victory, for the previously governing Democratic Party. Professor at Massey University, Malakai Kaloamatangi, joins us on the phone from Tonga where he has been working as an international observer. He shares his thoughts on the election, and what we might expect to see once the new Parliament has formed.