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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.
Last year, a 72-year-old former police officer named Joseph D’Angelo was arrested for a spate of rapes and murders attributed to the elusive Golden State Killer between 1976 and 1986. D’Angelo’s arrest has raised profound questions about ethical uses of DNA and how popular DNA testing and genealogical services can be used or misused without the user’s knowledge. Maria Armoudian speaks to Ellen Wright Clayton, Mark Rothstein, and Dennis McNevin about how DNA and other private data can be used and misused in law enforcement, healthcare and employment.
On the 4th of October, the Auckland University clocktower was occupied by students calling for the resignation of Vice-Chancellor Stuart McCutcheon regarding his complacency in protecting students against white supremacy. This arose after stickers and posters promoting a white-nationalist group was spotted, and McCutcheon cited the incident as ‘unfortunate’ but protected by free speech.
Bronwyn Wilde headed to the protest and spoke to some of the protestors: AUSA Women’s rights Anamika Harirajh, AUSA president George Barton, Green MP Golriz Ghaharama, and students Gabriella Brayne and Israa Falah.
The Office of the Children’s Commissioner has relseased a report into youth residential care facilities. The Hard Place to be Happy reportcontains children’s experiences of living in the institutions in their own words, with much of it making for harrowing reading. The facilities are largely run by Oranga Tamariki, who have indicated possible changes to the system in the future. Lachlan spoke with Children’s commissioner ANdrew Becroft about the report.
This week on the Monday Wire, Sherry and Bronwyn bring us a report on the anti-white supremacy protest on Friday at the University of Auckland. Southern Cross is back with the latest news from across the Pacific. Lachlan speaks to Children's Commissioner, Andrew Becroft, about the "Hard Place to Be Happy" report on youth residential care. Jemima wraps it up with a conversation with Green Party co-leader James Shaw about lowering the voting age and the government's decision to drop the "family link" refugee policy.
Tecber Ahmed Saleh is a Saharawi resistance spokesperson. Born in one of the longest-standing refugee camps in the Western Sahara, formed after Tecber's country was occupied by Morocco in the 1970s and the Saharawi people were forced into the desert. Tecber now works for the Ministry of Health in Algeria, doing what she can to make life better for those in the refugee camps, as well as educate people internationally about the Sahrawis fight for autonomy in their own land. Human rights abuses and media harassment have been reported on since the early 2000s.
Tecber joined me in studio the day after flying in to Aotearoa to tell me her story and appeal to New Zealand to diversify their phosphate sources and find alternatives to exploiting the resources of an occupied land.
Join Thursday Wire host Stewart Sowman-Lund for the first of two 95bFM Mayoral Debates. Today, Craig Lord, Peter Vaughan and Tadgh Stopford tell you why they should be the next mayor of the Auckland Supercity. They talk about transport, housing, and the environment - plus respond to listener texts.
The New Zealand Defense Industry Association have announced that they will not be holding their annual Weapons Expo in 2019. Chairman Andrew Ford stated that it had been cancelled for a number of reasons, including "the safety of delegates, guests and community in the face of aggressive protest action". This comes after years of peace groups protesting against the military expo, with many protesters arrested during previous years actions against it. These groups are claiming that it acts as a platform for arms dealers to “cash in” on lucrative military contracts.The expo’s principal sponsor is Lockheed Martin, one of the world's largest arms company and a manufacturer of nuclear weapons. One group, Auckland Peace Action stated that while the organisers try to camouflage the event as respectable, it is hard to hide the reality of “shameless war profiteering”. William spoke with Peace Action member Valerie Morse about the cancellation and previous years protests. Will started off by asking Valerie to clarify what the weapons expo is, what it's sponsors are and what Peace Action’s problems are with it.