This week RNZ listener Joanne Sorenson got a letter that her household had been selected to be interviewed for the New Zealand General Social Survey (NZGSS). The letter stated that the survey involves a 45-minute interview conducted by a person from Stats NZ (New Zealand's official data agency). Joanne tells Jesse Mulligan she feels very uncomfortable about both the prospect of this visit by a stranger and the personal nature of the questions. Jason Attewell from Stats NZ responds.
Today Erin Mercer from Massey University joins us to discuss Judith White's The Dog in the Room Email your thoughts to email@example.com The winner of the best email will get a copy of Good Dog! Edited by Stephanie Johnson.
Is that new item of clothing really going to make you happier in the long run? Do you really need to hold on to your Saturday brunch habit? Mary Holm looks into why we spend unnecessarily and suggests how we can take more control. She also discusses how to tell lenders you don't want to be offered loans, ideas for making Christmas less expensive, and places you can get free support to help cut your spending.
Yesterday National Party MP Jami-Lee Ross released a recording of a phone call between himself and party leader Simon Bridges. What does New Zealand law say about people secretly recording and which privacy rights come into play? The general rule of is that you can't record somebody without them knowing as it could be a breach of privacy and/or a breach of the law of confidence, says privacy expert Dr Nicole Moreham.
English singer, songwriter and author Terence Blacker is in our Wellington studio for First Song today. He's on his first New Zealand tour and is playing at this weekend's Wellington Folk Festival in Lower Hutt.
Anxiety is more than stress, it can feel like a gut punch out of nowhere for no apparent reason. It is frightening, isolating and hard to understand if you don't suffer from it. Thirty New Zealanders have written personal essays about the reality of living with anxiety for the new book Headlands: New Stories of Anxiety, compiled by freelance journalist Naomi Arnold.