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The Longstanding relationship between music and politics

The Longstanding relationship between music and politics The Longstanding relationship between music and politics , 9.49 MB
Mon 15 Jan 2018

In December it was announced that New Zealand pop singer Lorde would not carry through with planned concerts in Israel. This led to some interesting discussion on social media about the relationship between music and politics and whether musicians should just shut up and not get involved in politics. Sam Smith filed this report on the longstanding connection between music and politics. 

Lorde, Israel, and that Letter

Lorde, Israel, and that Letter Lorde, Israel, and that Letter , 9.88 MB
Mon 15 Jan 2018

Sam Smith spoke to Justine Sachs who co-authored the letter to Lorde asking her to cancel shows in Israel. He talked to her about the letter, why she did it, and why it is important for Jewish people to speak out against Israel. 

The Wire with Joel: Monday 15th January, 2018

The Wire with Joel: Monday 15th January, 2018 The Wire with Joel: Monday 15th January, 2018, 102.43 MB
Mon 15 Jan 2018

Joel hosts The Wire with producers Sam, and Lisa in which:

Sam does report on the relationship between music and politics in light of Lorde’s decision to pull out of concerts in Israel. We also hear from Justine Sachs who wrote to Lorde asking her to pull out of shows.

Green MP Chloe Swarbrick joined us in the studio as cover for James Shaw and talked about her summer, the future, and the National party’s proposed bill to make second languages in school compulsory.

Lisa talked to Whetu Cormick, President of NZ’s Principals Federation about the National party’s proposed bill.

Joel talked to Matt Williams, Chief executive Surf Lifesaving Northern Region about why there are so many deaths on our beaches and how to prevent them.

Staying safe at our beaches

Staying safe on our beaches Staying safe on our beaches, 18.26 MB
Mon 15 Jan 2018

New Zealand has a very high rate of drownings and the majority of these happen at beaches. Joel talked to Matt Williams, Chief executive Surf Lifesaving Northern Region, about why we have so many deaths, and what can be done to stop them. 

Will New Zealand break away from its monolingual culture?

Will New Zealand break from its monolingual culture.mp3 mp3, 8.28 MB
Mon 15 Jan 2018

The National Party believes Kiwi children should learn more than one language. National's education spokesperson Nikki Kaye is presenting a new private member's bill that would require every primary and intermediate schools to offer at least one second language from a list of at least ten " national priority languages ". Only 19 per cent of New Zealanders speaking more than one language, according to the 2013 Census, and Kaye intends on challenging the country monolingual culture, or at least start a national debate. 

Lisa spoke with Whetu Cormick, President of New Zealand's Principas Federation, about the draft bill, and what it means in terms of budget and logistics. 

The Wire with Kelly: Friday 22 Dec

The Wire with Kelly: Friday 22 Dec The Wire with Kelly: Friday 22 Dec, 106.48 MB
Fri 22 Dec 2017

The Wire with Harry: Thursday, 21st December 2017

The Wire with Harry: Thursday, 21st December 2017 The Wire with Harry: Thursday, 21st December 2017, 42.29 MB
Thu 21 Dec 2017

In our final Thursday Wire of the year, we recap some of our favourite stories from the airwaves.

Ben brings you a report speaking with spokesperson for the Specialist Trade Contractors Federation, Graham Burke on whether quality control standards in NZ are fit for purpose in the wake of the Grenfell fire tragedy in the United Kingdom.

Ben also recaps his interview with FIRST's Retail, Finance and Commerce Secretary Maxine Gay on the Warehouse's Red Shirts Community Programme.

Lachlan recalls his feature with Emmy Rakete from People Against Prisons Aotearoa about their recent court case and the disclosure that their phones had been tapped by police. He then spoke with AUT Law Lecturer Khylee Quince about Aotearoa's surveillance laws.

Harry goes back to his onsite interview with Christina Rogstad, talking her initiative Destination Trades, aimed at getting more young women into trades.

We also go back to Harry's chat with Search and Destroy owner Alison Reid, talking changes to K road and St Kevins Arcade

Finaly we recap Harry's interview with Kelvin Davis, trying to pry out information late September about coalition talks with Winston Peters. Kelvin also has words for Don Brash.

The Wire with Lillian: Wednesday 20th December

The Wire with Lillian: Wednesday 20th December The Wire with Lillian: Wednesday 20th December, 103.04 MB
Wed 20 Dec 2017

For the final Wednesday Wire of 2017, we have AUT's professor Allan Blackmanin studio again, talking about narrowly escaping nuclear war, how to drink your whisky, a university experiment gone (really) bad, and how heavy meterials get created in outer space. 

NZ First's Tracey Martin briefly wraps up the year with her highs and lows for 2017.

And as it is the final Wednesday Wire of 2017, we are playing a few of the best interviews of the year: 

Our former host and news director Ximena Smith reflects on how the media should go about reporting on Donald Trump. 

Ximena also discusses Māori-run prisons with prison abolitionist Sina Brown-Davis.

Still honouring Ximena's legacy, we play an interview she did with AUT's Gender & Diversity Research group member Katherine Ravenswood, regarding questions Jacinda Ardern faced when she became leader of the Labour party back in August - questions about the future of her womb, not the future of the country.

Finally, we are giving Reuben McLaren a bit of the spotlight for his great reporting on the cloudy world of e-cigarettes (and let's be honest, some great roasting - clink on the link for the whole falling out).

The Wire with Reuben: Tuesday December 19, 2017

The Wire with Reuben: Tuesday December 19, 2017 The Wire with Reuben: Tuesday December 19, 2017, 113.62 MB
Tue 19 Dec 2017

Reuben McLaren hosts the final Tuseday Wire for 2017, where he recaps some of the top stories for the year:

We refresh our knowledge of the MMP system with Lucy Austin and political commentator David Slack.

On the Green Desk, we look back on the story that gave us some of the greatest stings with Lilly Peacocke and Legasea's Scott Macindoe.

We revisit the difficulties with gendered harassment in the broadcasting industry with Charlotte Graham and former Tuesday Wire host India Essuah.

Mack interviews Anne-Marie Brady about China's 'magic weapons' to influence New Zealand.

Lastly, India speaks to Oxfam's Rachael Le Mesurier about global tax avoidance and the 'paradise papers'.

The Wire with Joel: Monday 18th December, 2017

The Wire with Joel: Monday 18th December, 2017 The Wire with Joel: Monday 18th December, 2017, 104.26 MB
Mon 18 Dec 2017

Joel hosts the final Wire of the year with Sam Smith in which they recapped their best stories for the year, including:

Sam’s report on Spotify playlists with fake artists.

Joel's interview with Rohan Evans from the Wine Cellar.

Sam’s report on Grime for Corban.

Joel's report on Savemart's use of charity bins.

And Leonard Powell's Chat with Tart Bakery owner Phillipa Stephenson.

They also asked listener's who their favourite and worst people of the year were.