Solar power still has minimal market penetration in New Zealand - and even in Australia, despite its endless sunshine. But it is growing fast, and that growth will only get faster as the price comes down. This raises a question mark over the value of existing means of generating electricity, such as hydro dams, and the long term viability of costly transmission systems. Despite that, power companies are embracing solar technology and insist it will not undermine their current investments...
In this outspoken, the Government wants to introduce a market for medicinal cannabis - our political reporter Benedict Collins speaks to several people about this including the former Associate health Minister Peter Dunne, Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick, and Ross Bell of the Drug Foundation.
In this Outspoken, many smaller parties have been squeezed in the last election, while some have been all but eliminated. Our political reporter Mei Heron spoke to people from the Green, Maori Party and Act, to ask them about their predicament.
In tonight's Outspoken, Mining is in the cross hairs of environmental campaigners across the country - but the industry says it is misrepresented and will not lie down and die - our energy and resources reporter Eric Frykberg leads the discussion with the mining industry, an anti coal mining lobby and a leading economics journalist.
Despite predictions to the contrary, the youth turnout at the last election was disappointing. RNZ's former Political Editor Brent Edwards speaks to young first time voters and asks why they turned out to the ballot box and some of their friends did not.
In this Outspoken, recent dairy intensification in Canterbury has raised worries about the impact of nitrates and other chemicals in the water supply there. Our Canterbury reporter Conan Young asks local experts what they think.
In this Outspoken, the recent outbreak of mumps has revived worries about the rate of immunisation - experts in this area look at gaps in our immunisation rate, ask why is that the case and what can be done about it. Our Health Correspondent Karen Brown leads the debate.