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Wire Worry Week: Captain Cook, to celebrate or to educate?

Commemorating colonialism Commemorating colonialism , 15.66 MB
Wed 2 May 2018


Next year will be the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's arrival and a number of events are being organised to celebrate this. Glenis Philib-Barbara nō Te Tai Rawhiti is helping to complexify the arrival narrative and offer more educational based events. Lillian Hanly spoke with her about her work to include recognition of the region’s pre-European history, and that using the word ‘discovered’ when it comes to Cook and Aotearoa is not something she gels with.

The Wire with Leonard: Tuesday 1st May

Tuesday Wire Tuesday Wire, 106.83 MB
Tue 1 May 2018

On The Wire today Leonard Powell spoke to musician Rizvan about PUSH NZ, a movement he is starting to help promote local hip hop acts.

Conor Knell did an international news report about the resignation of the Home Secretary in the UK following the Windrush scandal revelations.

For The Green Desk Jack Marshall spoke to Bill Mckibben about his Fossil Free Acceleration Tour.

We also have some vox pops about ticket scamming and Conor K and Leonard had a discussion about it on the airwaves afterwards.

Showcasing Local Hip Hop Talent

Rizvan: PUSH Rizvan: PUSH , 8.31 MB
Tue 1 May 2018

Leonard Powell catches up with Auckland Artist Rizvan. The Rapper and Producer has founded a movement named PUSH, which focuses on promoting local musical acts.  The pair discuss the PUSH launch party this Saturday, how it came to be, and what the plan is with the concept going forward. 

The Home Secretary Debacle

UK Immigration UK Immigration, 9.75 MB
Tue 1 May 2018

Producer Conor Knell is back to Europe this week with the latest about the UK Home Secretary resignation. Conor takes and in depth look at the history of immigration in the UK and gives insight into the mess.  

Ticket Scalping

Buy Buy Buy Sell Sell Sell Buy Buy Buy Sell Sell Sell, 7.68 MB
Tue 1 May 2018

With Kendrick Lamars shows selling out in minutes, Leonard Powell took to the pavements of Auckland University and Albert Park to get the publics thoughts and experiences with resold tickets. 

Do Banks Lie?

Do Banks Lie? Do Banks Lie?, 20.33 MB
Mon 30 Apr 2018

Life insurance and retirement savings provider AMP has over 4 million customers across Australia and New Zealand. AMP began hearings with the royal commission in Australia, after the commission became aware that AMP had lied to Australia’s corporate watchdog for a decade. So much evidence came out in the first few days of hearings that AMP’s CEO resigned. Mary-Margaret Slack spoke to business journalist Rod Oram to find out more.

The Wire with Reuben: Monday 30th April

The Wire with Reuben: Monday 30th April The Wire with Reuben: Monday 30th April, 75.19 MB
Mon 30 Apr 2018

Lucy Austin speaks to David Ciurlionis from the Auckland City Mission about the current food deficit and the record number of food parcels being given out.

Reuben McLaren catch's up with Green Party co-leader James Shaw. They discuss the draft productivity commission report and electric vehicles as well as the putting up a candidate for the Northcote by-election.

We also have Southern Cross where we’ll learn about Pacific research and strategy, media freedom and Facebook censorship

Mary-Margaret asks Rod Oram about the AMP financial scandal in Australia, and if there are implications for New Zealand

Reuben also speaks to Shiloh Groot, an Auckland University academic about why homelessness is so bad in New Zealand.

Auckland City Mission- Food Crisis

Auckland City Mission- Food Crisis Auckland City Mission- Food Crisis, 17.27 MB
Mon 30 Apr 2018

Auckland city mission are currently overwhelmed with requests for food parcels. For this month alone they have given out over 1,150 food parcels. With the numbers increasing rapidly, Lucy Austin spoke to David Ciurleonous from the mission to find out a bit more about the issue and what needs to be done to help. If you would like to donate food to the mission you can drop it off on Hobson street, or at the New World supermarkets at Victoria park and Devonport.


Why is NZ the worst for homelessness?

Why is NZ the worst for homelessness? Why is NZ the worst for homelessness?, 11.18 MB
Mon 30 Apr 2018

According to various studies and reports, New Zealand has the worst homelessness rate in the OECD, basically meaning we’re the worst out of the rich countries.

Reuben McLaren speaks to University of Auckland academic Shiloh Groot about why homelessness is so bad in New Zealand and what can and should be done about it.

The Wire with Kelly: April 27 2018

The Wire with Kelly: April 27 2018 The Wire with Kelly: April 27 2018, 109.97 MB
Fri 27 Apr 2018

Rachel McDonald from Radio Adelaide catches us up on everything that's happening accross the ditch. She tells Kelly about the public reaction of the new 'Avengers' movie being released on a memorial holiday, and some of the changes to finance and policy for disability care in the upcoming budget. 

For Wire Worry Week, Producer Laura speaks with David McBride, an associate professor at Otago University, who is conducting research into the management of mental and physical health of veterans. In light of the Government's recent announcement for a $1.1 million grant, we look into New Zealand's shortcomings around the care of our veterans. 

Te Roopu Nahinara, The National Party MP Jami-Lee Ross chats to Kelly about the newly announced $28 billion Auckland Transport Alignment Project. He chats criticisms and improvements, and why he thinks Labour are taking the most expensive route. 

Producer Will Parsonson speaks to Murray Sherwin, chief of the productivity commision, about the recent report on the future of climate based policy in New Zealand. The report details the steps the government and our community as a whole must take to tackle one of the biggest challenges our generation faces.

Tess Barnett talks to Rose Hope, owner of K roads's very own Bread and Butter Letter, a vintage clothing shop focused on socially positive consumerism. Rose chats to Tess about concious consumerism and how she sees the effects of consumerism.