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Lillian Hanly has recently finished her Masters, a critical look at the exclusive-ness of the 'Kiwi bloke', and is now the News Director at 95bFM after volunteering since early 2014. In her spare time she'll be catching up on reading all the Noam Chomsky and Charles W. Mills books she wasn't able to in the past 5 five years of tertiary education, trying to make her second documentary film and lifeguarding at Bethells Beach. Ko Te Reo Māori te reo tuatahi a Lillian, he wahine Pākehā nō Aotearoa, Lillian is Pākehā and her first language is Māori. This upbringing highly influences the way she tells stories on the radio.
Headscarf for Harmony is on today, this is a gentle invitation for the general public to wear a headscarf in support of the Muslim community. While there has been some criticism of it, it has been noted by the organisers as a way to support Muslim women who want to wear a hijab but don’t feel safe to in New Zealand. One of the organisers of the event, Thaya Ashman joins Laura to discuss what inspired this event.
Harry sat down for a chat with artist Areez Katki about the Persian new year Nowruz, the history and tradtitions of the celebration and the countries that fall under the once Persian Empire. They then talk discrimination of minorities in New Zealand following the Christchurch terror attacks
Media coverage of the Christchurch terror attacks has seen some speculation around the gunman's mental health. Chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation, Shaun Robinson, speaks to Grace about how mental health and extremism are not connected. They also discuss how equating mental health with extremism and terrorism effects those with mental health issues in New Zealand.
In the wake of the Christchurch terror attack, New Zealand is looking to make rapid changes to its gun laws. Today we take a look at how our laws currently stand and how gun laws are only one aspect to preventing an atrocity like this happening again. Olivia Holdsworth spoke to Professor of Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago Kevin Clement and began by asking about historical pushes for gun law reform and why these suggestions were never ratified.
Sherry Zhang talks to Haya Khan, president of the South Asia Law students Assocation, on a temporary prayer space set up at Auckland university campus. Haya explains the importance of Jumu’ah or friday prayers for people who are unfamiliar with Islam. Sherry started by asking if Haya had anything she wanted to say about the Christshurch terrorist attacks and the past days, or how she’s feeling.
Iqra Khan is also a member of the Executive team in the South East Asian Law Students Association. Iqra reached out to Sherry specifically to talk about calling out hate speech. When Sherry asked why she specifically chose this topic, you can hear Sherry's shock when Iqra said she was one of the Muslim sisters who were racially abused at Mount Albert train station just days after the Christchurch terrorist shooting. She and her sister were very shaken after a drunk man approached them and started yelling abuse at them. Iqra told the Herald that her sister and her considered not wearing their headscarves in public, and wanted to yell back but was afraid of triggering him given the events in Christchurch. Today, Iqra spoke of the legislative changes she wants to see in protecting minorities from hate speech, and on education about diversity in schools. Both Iqra and Haya believe Hate speech directly contributes to acts of extreme violence in Christchurch. They also messaged just before the show to add that there are parallels with the Islamophobic memes we see today to caricatures of Jewish people before the Holocaust in they way they dehumanise people and reinforce harmful ideologies. Iqra says ”Hate speech contributes to dehumanisation, and ends with our murder being only reported in a number.”