The exodus of Rohingya Muslims into Bangladesh has become an urgent humanitarian crisis. Orphaned children are among the thousands flooding the refugee camps and overwhelming UN and Red Cross teams on the ground. Lynda Chanwai-Earle and Justin Gregory bring you this week's Voices and a disturbing first-hand account from an aid worker.
From Zero to 1 percent of our population: our Filipino communities are surprisingly diverse, distinctly different from each other and also surprisingly the 3rd fastest growing Asian population in the country. Filipinos here share their thoughts on their diverse communities and also their views on current issues unfolding in the Philippines with Lynda Chanwai-Earle in this week's Voices:
In July 2015, international student Rinku Deol walked into the office of his local MP, dowsed himself with petrol and threatened to set himself alight. The young Indian man claimed he was being harassed and exploited by his education provider and his case made headlines here and in India. Rinku speaks for the first time about what happened that day and what led up to his desperate attempt to get help.
In this week's Voices: building, cooking, growing but especially sewing from recycled material to make good; Wellington's Sew Good Cooperative and their global mamas from Syria, the Pacific and Indonesia tell Lynda Chanwai-Earle why it takes a village to raise a community:
The new government means new faces: Lynda Chanwai-Earle is at parliament in Wellington to suss out what has changed regards ethnic representation amongst the new MPs and to meet New Zealand's first ever former-refugee and Iranian woman MP in this week's Voices.
What did Latino American and award winning entrepreneur Lili Gil Valletta have to say when she met with President Donald Trump? And what does the "Brown Elephant - Latino market" have to do with New Zealand's economy? International powerhouse Lili Gil Valletta tells Lynda Chanwai-Earle why New Zealand should never underestimate its own minority communities.
It's Chinese language week! Lynda Chanwai-Earle chats with Wellington school students to hear how and why they're choosing to learn more about Chinese language and culture. But she begins with some mature students a little closer to home.
A lot happens behind the scenes at large religious festivals like Eid. For New Zealand's Muslims communities, the hard work starts months back and it isn't paid. You do it for your faith and your community. Lynda Chanwai-Earle is in Auckland following the team of volunteers behind their second largest Islamic festival of the year:
What will a universal basic income look like in NZ in the future? How might this impact on workers here? According to environmental engineer and social entrepreneur Priti Ambani you need to be flexible in order to survive an automated future. Lynda Chanwai-Earle learns more in Voices.
Prostate Cancer doesn't care about your culture - it kills all kinds of men. But getting the message about awareness out to males in our Asian communities is a big problem. In Auckland there's a female Asian doctor who might just have the solution. She shares all with Lynda Chanwai-Earle.
Paying the ultimate price: a young Indian woman comes to NZ as a student, moves onto a work visa, but commits suicide after being exploited. In today's Voices Lynda Chanwai-Earle is in Auckland and Katy Gossett is in Christchurch with this special report into a growing problem.
Upcoming elections have been compared to a Bollywood drama. How well do candidates know their local ethnic communities? Lynda Chanwai-Earle is at a public forum in Wellington to hear candidates being grilled in the hot seat, in today's Voices programme
In an insight into our Ethiopian communities, Lynda Chanwai-Earle meets Thomas, a 16-year-old New Zealand born Ethiopian and her guide at their Ashenda festival to find out why women are celebrated and empowered in today's Voices programme.
Two months ago we reported that Shakti Ethnic Women's Refuge in Wellington had been declined government funding and would have to close. Now in a dramatic U-turn on the eve of the election the government has changed its mind and offered a lifeline. But for how long? In today's Voices programme, Lynda Chanwai-Earle has this exclusive story.
Sick of being discriminated against? Asian men debunk and challenge emasculating stereotypes and bare all as they speak candidly about love, dating and more. Hot on the heels of the premiere Lynda Chanwai-Earle hears from the makers of the short documentary "Asian Men Talk About Sex." A warning for listeners - this story contains some descriptions of sexuality that may not be suitable for younger ears.
Issues like unemployment, depression and high rates of youth suicide face ethnic youth in our regions. Youth also face barriers when trying to access social services. But now these youth are finding the courage to speak out and to seek solutions at engagement workshops held in regions around the country. Lynda Chanwai-Earle is in Hastings, Hawkes Bay to learn more.
Right now with elections coming up immigration is a sensitive topic for our new migrant communities. What's on the mind of New Zealanders from our African communities? Lynda Chanwai-Earle is at the recent fourth Africa Day celebrations in Wellington to find out.