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Looking back on the Māori language petition of 1972

Looking back on the Māori language petition of 1972 Looking back on the Māori language petition of 1972, 9.56 MB
Thu 7 Dec 2017

In 1972 the Te Reo Māori society and activist group Ngā Tamatoa presented a petition ot Parliament calling on Māori language and culture to be introduced in schools. I spoke with John McCaffery who was one of the people who presented the petition about Te Reo then and now.

Zimbabwe Celebrations in Auckland

Tuwe Tuwe, 11.44 MB
Wed 6 Dec 2017

Kudakwashe Tuwe, one of the leaders from the Zimbabwean community in Auckland, talks Lillian Hanly through his thoughts on the resignation of Robert Mugabe and what is next for Zimbabwe.

 

Photo credit: YouTube

Cabinet agrees to ban microbeads

Cabinet agrees to ban microbeads Cabinet agrees to ban microbeads, 5.44 MB
Tue 5 Dec 2017

On Monday Cabinet announced the approval of regulations to ban the sale and manufacture of synthetic microbeads.

The government says the regulation will come into force in six months, although the New World, Pak'nSave and Four Square supermarket chains stopped selling products with microbeads from July.

Penalties for ignoring the ban may include fines of up to $100,000, with the Environmental protection Authority enforcing it.

Reuben McLaren spoke to Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage to find out more.

"Myanmar's Enemy Within"

"Myanmar's Enemy Within" "Myanmar's Enemy Within", 14.92 MB
Tue 5 Dec 2017

The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar has dominated news across the world since a spate of violence which broke out in August. 

Since then, more than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have fled the country for Bangladesh, admidst claims of rape and murder by Myanmar's military. 

A new book, Myanmar's Enemy Within, aims to explain the roots and causes of this crisis. Producer Mack Smith spoke to the book's author, British journalist Francis Wade. 

NZ & Tokelau: 'high-handed neo-colonialism'

NZ and Tokelau - 'high-handed neo-colonialism' NZ and Tokelau - 'high-handed neo-colonialism' , 5.6 MB
Tue 5 Dec 2017

An academic says New Zealand’s Foreign Ministry has no business controlling Tokelau because it’s a realm state.

Under New Zealand’s direction, Tokelau has suffered restrictions on its capital spending and has been forced to suspend two public servants this year.

The University of Auckland’s John McCaffery said a 2010 parliamentary report on New Zealand’s relationship with the Pacific made it clear that  there needed to be change in how realm countries are treated.

McCaffery told producer Mack Smith that New Zealand’s recent involvement in Tokelau were an affront to the nation and unconstitutional.

200th Year Anniversary of the Bicycle

200th Year Anniversary of the Bicycle 200th Year Anniversary of the Bicycle , 12.06 MB
Tue 5 Dec 2017

This year marks the 200th year anniversary of the bicyle. 

Producer Conor Mercer spoke with Todd Dixon from MOTAT who are celebrating it with their event Changing Gears. 

The project looks at how the bicycle has evolved over the year and the way it has become a part of classic kiwi culture.   . 

 

The Wire with Joel: Monday 4th December

The Wire with Joel: Monday 4th December The Wire with Joel: Monday 4th December, 74.64 MB
Mon 4 Dec 2017

Joel and Producer Sam host The Wire for Monday the 4th of December in which:

Sam talks to Rebecca Hobbs from Save Our Unique Landscape about their Hikoi on Karangahape Road this Saturday.

Joel talked to AUT’s Merja Myllylahti about the New Zealand annual media ownership report that she released.

Leonard Powell talked to Barter Barber Sam Dowdall who’s travelling around the country giving men haircuts and using that as an opportunity to get them to open up for mental health.

We held a panel on the use of Te Reo Maori in the media and discuss the outrage on display from all sides.

The Barter Barber: Raising awareness for mens mental health with haircuts

The Barter Barber: Raising awareness for mens mental health with haircuts The Barter Barber: Raising awareness for mens mental health with haircuts, 13.37 MB
Mon 4 Dec 2017

 Producer Leonard Powell caught up with Sam Dowdall who's travelling the country cutting men's hair and helping men open up about mental health while sitting in the barber chair, as this is something that's often obscured by ideas of masculinity. He's known as the Barter Barber and is trying to do something about a problem that he along with so many others have seen first hand.

If you need someone to talk to:

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Te Karanga a Hape Hīkoi: SOUL on the March

Te Karanga a Hape Hīkoi: SOUL on the March Te Karanga a Hape Hīkoi: SOUL on the March , 11.85 MB
Mon 4 Dec 2017

This Saturday, Save Our Unique Landscape or SOUL have organized a hikoi along K Road. The event, Te Karanga a Hape Hikoi aims to raise awareness about the group’s campaign to save Ihumatao in Mangere from development, while symbolically connect Ihumatao with K Road through the shared story of Hape. They hope the Hikoi will alert their struggle to more people in the CBD who might not be aware of Ihumatao and the planned Fletcher development there. Sam Smith spoke to SOUL member Rebecca Hobbs about the event and what they hope to achieve from it.

Te Reo Māori and the Media: A Panel Discussion

Te Reo Māori and the Media: A Panel Discussion Te Reo Māori and the Media: A Panel Discussion , 18.35 MB
Mon 4 Dec 2017

In the last week, RNZ has come under fire for its use of Te Reo with Don Brash among others annoyed by its presence on national radio, and television. Brash says he doesn’t understand the language, says it has no value to him, and that it is being rammed down peoples throats. Other people like media commentator John Drinnan say RNZ does not have a strategy for its use of Te Reo, with no reason given as to why it is being used and what is being said. The Monday Wire team were joined for a live panel discussion on the use of Te Reo in the media by news director Lillian Hanly, Morning Glory host Geneva Alexander-Marsters, and former Wire producer Atereano Mateariki.