The Friday Wire
Neighbourhood Watch with Catherine Zengerer01/29/15
We speak to our Australian correspondent Catherine Zengerer on the controversy surrounding Tony Abbott knighting The Duke of Edinborough, on tomorrow's state elections in Queensland and on the High Court ruling that Australia legally detained 157...
Michelle Obama's headscarf controversy in Saudi Arabia
This week, First Lady Michelle Obama sparked a backlash in Saudi Arabia by not wearing a headscarf on a visit with her husband to pay respects to the late Saudi King Abdullah. Further controversy was caused when Michelle Obama shook hands with new...
Russel Norman discusses his resignation
We speak live to Green Party co-leader Dr Russel Norman, who this morning announced that after nine years, he will be stepping down as co-leader in May.
David Slack on Russel Norman's resignation
Dr Russel Norman has announced he will be stepping down as co-leader of the Green Party, active in May. He says he is stepping down due to 'family reasons'. We speak to speech-writer and Metro columnist David Slack on the announcement.
Prisoner Voting Rights Re:Loaded
Auckland prisoner rights activist Arthur Taylor is in the High Court once again, to question the ban on prisoner voting. The ban was imposed in 2010 by a private members bill introduced by former national MP Paul Quinn. Mr Taylor’s case alleges that...
Andrew Little's State of the Nation
Today saw both the major parties outline their political plans for 2015 in the annual state of the nation speeches. Labour Leader Andrew Little gave his speech at a waterfront event this morning, while John Key gave his at a hotel event. Mr Little’s...
Green Party on State Housing Sales
The Green Party say that the government need to assure New Zealander’s that money made from state housing sales will be used to tackle the housing problem by developing new homes. Greens Co-Leader Metiria Turei spoke to Wire Producer Alice Gatland...
Totalled: Salvaging the Future from the Wreckage of Capitalism
Colin Cremin from the Department of Sociology at the University of Auckland talks to Gary Farrow about his new book, Totalled: Salvaging the Future from the Wreckage of Capitalism.
Debate On Sugar
New research by the Riddet Institute's Centre of Research Excellence members Professor Jim Mann and Dr Lisa Te Morenga, has given rise to valuable knowledge on food and its nutritional value. Knowledge the researchers hope will create a debate and...
Brain plasticity symposium for Auckland
Gary Farrow speaks to Melanie Cheung, from Auckland Uni, about the Brain plasticity symposium for Auckland. Keynote speakers at the symposium include Professor Tony Hannan, an expert on gene-environment interactions and experience dependent...
Obama's State of the Union Address
US President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address this week to a congress heavily dominated by Republican lawmakers, as a result of November’s midterm election. Looking at the past, Obama said that although he had made difficult...
Neighbourhood Watch with Catherine Zengerer
We crossed live to our Australian correspondent Catherine Zengerer to discuss journalists reporting on asylum seeker policies, Tony Abbott struggling to prove his leadership and former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks being declared 'innocent' by...
Gareth Hughes on student debt
Students are borrowing more, with the Statistics New Zealand reporting a 22.5% increase in the amount borrowed in the last six years. The average student loan sits at 24 thousand dollars. And there’s currently no real incentive to pay it off in a...
Heavy talk about light rail
Auckland's Transport Agency has announced it is investigating the introduction of a light rail network along major arterial routes. Mount Eden Road, Dominion Road, Sandringham Road, and Manukau Road have been cited as the most likely routes. The...
Te Tiriti o Waitangi - The Basics!
In the lead-up to Waitangi Day, we will be featuring a series of interviews on Te Tiriti o Waitangi and what it means today. In the first of the series, Dr Te Kawehau Hoskins from the University of Auckland's Te Puna Wananga explains the basics - what...
Nick Smith: Red Tape and the RMA
Environment Minister Nick Smith announced yesterday that the government will undertake a major overhaul of the Resource Management Act. He has outlined a list of priorities which he says will dramatically cut the costs of building new homes, and spur...
David Shearer on the Pōhutukawa 6
We've been following Auckland Transport's plans to remove six pōhutukawa along Great North Road to make way for motorway upgrades associated with the $70 million Waterview connection. The plan is opposed by the Waitematā Local Board, as well as...
A Grim Situation on Manus Island
The Australian government says that a week-long protest at its Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea has been "broken". But asylum seekers remain on mass hunger strike and there are increasing reports of attempted suicide and self harm....
Employers unhappy with school leavers
School leavers moving into their first jobs are not up to scratch, according to an employer survey. The survey was completed by the Employers and Manufacturers Association. Chief executive Kim Campbell says school leavers have lacked basic workplace...
"There's no substitute for the real thing"
Figures have been released showing that since the introduction of firearm video simulators in police training, training with live ammunition has dropped significantly. The Police Association have raised concerns that officers are not getting enough...
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