The Wednesday Wire
Attitudes towards disabled people05/04/15
Disabled people still experience serious barriers that prevent them from fully participating in society and feeling accepted, according to two new reports. The reports are called Disability “Rights in Aotearoa New Zealand:Participation and Poverty”...
Child poverty and education
Principals at the country’s poorest schools say deepening poverty is damaging the education of thousands of children. New Zealand Educational institute sez principals see the damage caused by poverty and are calling for the government to address the...
A step forward or just less of a step backwards?
Unite Union has defeated zero hour contracts. But is this a step forward, or just less of a step back, considering the changes in employment relations being pursued by the government? Gary Farrow discuss the issue with Unite Union National Secretary...
Making Doctors Take Their Shots
Waikato District Health Board is considering a policy this week that would make it mandatory for all staff who haven't received an influenza vaccination to wear facial masks at all times when in clinical areas. Virologist Lance C Jennings from the...
Auckland Council's Rainbow Advisory Panel: "A Marriage...
Auckland Council has formally approved the new Rainbow Community Advisory Panel. The Panel will be established over the coming months and will provide a local government platform to address issues of significance to Auckland's LGBTI community....
Southern Cross - 4 May 2015
This week on the Southern Cross, Alistar Kata from the Pacific Media Centre discusses a range of issues from West Papua - including a call to end media restrictions, growing regional recognition and the consequences of Indonesian transmigration...
Amira Hass: Reporting from the Occupation
Amira Hass is an Israeli-Jewish journalist who describes her work as "reporting on Israeli occupation through the lens of Palestinian experience and life." She's currently in New Zealand, where she will be speaking at AUT and the University of...
Situation in Nepal after earthquake 'dire' - Oxfam
Residents in Kathmandu, Nepal continue to recover after the devastating earthquake that killed at least 4,700 people. Local sports clubs have set up a cooking and feeding operation in Nan-daki-shore Park to help feed people affected and those who...
Wharf decision 'compromise where everyone loses out' -...
Auckland Council yesterday accepted a compromise with the Ports of Auckland, which had wanted two wharf extensions but will now proceed with one of them. The new extension carries a condition that it will be removed if an upcoming study finds it's...
Church of Scientology responds to 'Going Clear'
We look in-depth at Scientology, particularly in relation to the controversial HBO documentary film 'Going Clear'. Mike Ferris, spokesperson for the Church of Scientology Auckland, and face of the religion in New Zealand, spoke to 95bFM's George...
Nepal -- Who to Give To?
Figuring out which charity to give to can be a confusing and frustrating process. The Life You Can Save is an organisation founded by philosopher Peter Singer. It provides information on the best charities to give to in order to relieve extreme...
State of the States with Jason Leopold
Every week, investigative journalist Jason Leopold delves into the big stories from the United States of America. He speaks to Anna Bracewell-Worrall. This week, Anna and Jason discuss what's going on in Baltimore and the wider implications.
Kiwi Muslims and Interest-Free Mortgages
Islam forbids dealing in interest which means that Kiwi Muslims are unable to engage in mortgages. The 46,000 Kiwi Muslims are forced to choose between their religion and economic stability with many choosing their religion which only leaves them with...
Alt-Parliamentarian: Catherine Delahunty
Every Thursday, we get to know a parliamentarian. This week, Catherine Delahunty from the Green Party speaks to Anna Bracewell-Worrall.
Unite Union strikes against McDonald's
McDonald's staff are planning to strike on Friday after McDonald's pulled out of negotiations to end zero hour contracts. Representatives from McDonald’s originally proposed for workers to have 80 percent of their hours with a cap of 40 hours per...
Gender in a post-ponytail New Zealand
Following the ponytail pulling allegations made against John Key it seems like a fitting time to look at harassment in the service industry and the state of gender-based discrimination in this country. Jan Logie from the Green Party spoke to 95bFM...
Dear Science with Professor Steve Pointing
Today on Dear Science we talk diabetes and fish, dairy cows, the rain-forest, and the Vatican's new stance on climate change.
Residents and volunteers are cleaning up the streets of Baltimore after a night of protests. Protests came after the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died of a spinal-cord injury while in police custody. The demonstrations started peacefully, but turned...
There’s been a lot of talk lately, of course, on Nepal and the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck an area between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara. The death toll has risen to over 3000 people and the government has declared a state...
John Key has been the subject of quite a lot of critique lately, and not only for the trending #ponytailgate. When John Key was asked if New Zealand would increase its refugee quota in Turkey last week, the Prime Minister said it was “not likely.”...
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