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‘They were arrested in their hundreds’

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 22:35:00 +1300

The government is urged to act on human rights infringements in West Papua and a lack of pathologists, coroners, and resources is causing issues for Maori desperate to get their deceased family members home.

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'Goodbye and good luck' - John Key

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:35:00 +1300

A petition for the release of an autistic man kept in seclusion for weeks at a time is heard by the Health Committee and departing former prime minister John Key reminiscences to the House.

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A hearing for Ashley

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:55:00 +1300

After 17 years of fighting for specialised care for their autistic, intellectually disabled son Ashley, Marlena and David Peacock could finally get their wish.

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Mixing oil and water

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 22:35:00 +1300

Ban water exports or charge companies who use water? The issue of commercial water use surfaces in the House again and the Greens ask about government spending on the decommissioning of oil exploration rigs.

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John Boyne - Writing life

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:40:00 +1300

John Boyne is one of Ireland's most successful writers - his novel, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, became a literary best-seller and was later released as a film. John talks to Wallace about his latest book, The Heart's Invisible Furies, and why it is perhaps his most ambitious work to date.

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Bill Frisell - Jazz Virtuoso

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 11:10:00 +1300

Grammy award winning guitar legend Bill Frisell joins Wallace to talk about how he has forged his own musical path in the world of jazz. Bill Frisell is coming to Aotearoa for the Wellington Jazz Festival.

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Annie Potts - Animals and earthquakes

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:35:00 +1300

After the magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck Canterbury on 4 September 2010, most media reports claimed that no lives had been lost. But In fact, this first earthquake killed at least 3000 chickens, eight cows, one dog, a lemur and 150 aquarium fish. University of Canterbury associate professor Annie Potts, along with co-author Donelle Gadenne, wrote Animals in Emergencies: Learning from the Christchurch Earthquakes, revealing what happened to the animals during and after the series of quakes. Annie Potts will give a public lecture, 'Animals and natural disasters: Learning from recent earthquakes', on Thursday 16 March, 7pm at UC Ilam campus, Christchurch. Register to attend free at:

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The Holocaust: the voices of victims and killers

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 10:10:00 +1300

TV producer and historian Laurence Rees has spent 25 years on his latest book, The Holocaust. It contains personal testimony of both survivors and perpetrators of the Holocaust and shows the inner workings of the Third Reich.

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Tre' Packard - Stunning SeaWalls

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 08:40:00 +1300

Tre' Packard is the Hawaii-based founder and director of PangeaSeed, which uses art, science and education to further ocean conservation. Tre' Packard is in Napier, where this weekend the street art festival, SeaWalls, gets under way with 20 muralists from around the world painting on walls around the city.

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Insight: Poorer Schools - When the Middle Class Flee

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 08:12:00 +1300

The number of Pākehā students in low-decile schools has plummeted over the past 15 years. In this Insight RNZs Education Correspondent John Gerritsen visits three schools to find out the impact on education and wider society.

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Evita March - Dating trolls

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:47:00 +1300

Think of an internet troll and what comes to mind? Chances are the picture in your mind's eye is male - possibly pasty and pale - but definitely male. But a recent study by Australian academic Evita March revealed that when it comes to trolling on dating sites, women are just as likely as men to be the culprits.

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'I knew I was doing the wrong thing' - forced adoption in New Zealand

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:35:00 +1300

Thousands of unwed women forced into adopting out their children from the 1950s to 1980s are now demanding an inquiry into the practice.

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Antonia Kirkland - Global rape epidemic

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 07:10:00 +1300

Antonia Kirkland is Legal Equality Programme Manager at Equality Now, an international human rights organisation working to protect and promote the rights of women and girls. The organisation recently released a report - 'The World's Shame: The Global Rape Epidemic', which shows legal systems in many countries fail to protect women and girls from sexual violence and do not give access to real justice if violence is perpetrated.

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A call to update abortion law

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 22:35:00 +1300

The Abortion Supervisory Committee calls for abortion law to be updated, saying it is outdated, confusing and contains insulting language.

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When a river became a person

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 22:35:00 +1300

Running down the slopes of Mount Tongariro to the Tasman Sea is the Whanganui River which is now legally recognised as a person.

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Caravan classrooms and spook watching

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 22:35:00 +1300

Caravans, dental clinics and gymnasiums as classrooms, and a new law for the national spooks.

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Insight: Will Cameras End Commercial Fish Dumping?

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 08:12:00 +1300

Conan Young looks at what is and isn't being done to reduce fish dumping in our waters

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Dr Emily Beausoleil - The art of listening

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:35:00 +1300

Massey University lecturer Dr Emily Beausoleil has been investigating the politics of listening. She joins Wallace to talk about why, now more than ever, it's critical that we all start listening to views that clash with our own opinions - and why, if we don't, the future of democracy is under threat.

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Martin Langdon - TEMP Festival

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 11:05:00 +1300

Auckland's first TEMP festival, bringing together artists and scientists for a month of installations and events around climate change, begins next week. One of the five projects is led by artist Martin Awa Clarke Langdon (Tainui, Ngai Tahu) and architect Waikare Komene from The Roots Creative Entrepreneurs. They are working with a local primary school on their TEMP project, creating organic, edible outdoor sculptures - an archway, and a community garden made from upcycled materials.The TEMP festival, runs Thursdays to Sundays from 16 March - 8 April at the Corban Estate Arts Centre and Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery.

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Jonathan Kennett - Touring Aotearoa

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 10:35:00 +1300

Cycle enthusiast Jonathan Kennett joins Wallace to talk about touring Aotearoa by bike from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

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Mike Elizondo - Producing hip hop's biggest names

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 10:06:00 +1300

US music producer Mike Elizondo talks to Wallace Chapman about collaborating with some of the biggest names in hip hop, including Dr Dre, Eminem and Snoop Dogg.

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Elisapeta Heta - Maori and architecture

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:40:00 +1300

Elisapeta Heta is an architectural graduate who recently joined the board of the New Zealand Institute of Architects as a representative of Nga Aho - Aotearoa's national network of Maori design professionals. Elisapeta (Ngati Wai, Waikato Tainui) helped set up the Waka Maia group to promote Maori culture and values, at architectural firm Jasmax. A kawenata (covenant) between Nga Aho and the NZIA, recognising Te Tiriti o Waitangi, was signed at the NZIA conference last month.

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Mediawatch for 12 March 2017

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 09:06:00 +1300

Bill English surprises political reporters with a Super announcement; spinning yarns from our farms, crossing over to the dark side?

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Liz Rowe - Chocolate

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 08:40:00 +1300

Wallace talks to Dunedin artisan Liz Rowe about the art of making chocolate.

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Helping the dying, the deaf, and the abused

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 07:50:00 +1300

Parliament hears from submitters on assisted dying, and captions for broadcast media and a bill that will help victims of abuse makes progress. 

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First time candidate: Will Fourie

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 07:47:00 +1300

In the fifth of our series of interviews with first time candidates in this year's general election we speak to Will Fourie - a data analyst who is standing for The Conservative Party.

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The voting age - a panel discussion

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 07:10:00 +1300

Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft recently called for a lowering of the voting age and the advocacy group, Action Stations, is running a national petition calling for 16 year olds to be enfranchised. So, is it an idea whose time has come? Joining Wallace to discuss that are: Andy Mycock a lecturer in politics at Huddersfield University and a member of the UK's Youth Citizenship Commission in 2008; Zachary Wong, co-chair of the Howick Youth Council, Aria Brighton-Mills is a student at Wellington East Girls, and, Liam McLeavey a member of the Ministry of Youth's advisory group.

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Victims' protection and a budget precursor

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 22:35:00 +1300

A bill giving victims of abuse paid leave from work has its first reading in the House and the Government foreshadows its budget.

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From rubber knickers to pink shirts

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 22:35:00 +1300

Ten years for wages; 47 for captions. Equality for women, the deaf, and hearing impaired takes center stage at Parliament. 

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Death and pensions

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 22:35:00 +1300

Only two things are certain in this life; death and taxes, and hopefully a pension but the pension may come later than expected and having a choice about how we die is up for discussion.

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The Backbone Collective: violence against women

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 11:35:00 +1300

Deborah Mackenzie , Tania Domett and Ruth Herbert are the co- founders of 'Backbone' - a national collective that aims to help identify the gaps in helping women escape violence and abuse. They join Wallace to talk about how the Collective will challenge government agencies to improve the system that responds to women when they experience violence and abuse.

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Dan Bora - Philip Glass Orchestra

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 11:06:00 +1300

New York sound engineer Dan Bora has worked with Philip Glass for decades. He's in New Zealand ahead of a live performance of Glass's work Koyaanisqatsi in Melbourne next week. Dan talks to Wallace about this sensory and cinematic masterpiece, and also about his time working with performance artist Marina Abramovic.

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Leni Sinclair: photographing the counterculture

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 10:35:00 +1300

Photographer and political activist Leni Sinclair was at the heart of the US counterculture in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Sean Larkins - Talking to the people

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 10:06:00 +1300

As many people become increasingly switched off and alienated from those in power, London-based Sean Larkins helps governments and other public organisations to engage with their citizens. Sean Larkins is director of consulting and capability for consultants WPP, and was in Aotearoa to visit Auckland City Council.

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Neil Pasricha - On happiness

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 09:40:00 +1300

Neil Pasricha is the founder of the Institute for Global Happiness. He talks to Wallace about how he managed to make his life happy and how he believes he can make other people's lives happy too.

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Mediawatch for 5 March 2017

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 09:10:00 +1300

Pundits pile on to expat ex-All Blacks letting the side down; Bill English's anecdote on the line on drug testing; bold proposals to boost Canada's flagging media.

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Pete Holmes - Crashing comedy

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 08:40:00 +1300

Comedian Pete Holmes talks to Wallace about his new HBO show, Crashing, which is co-written by Judd Apatow.

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Insight: NZ's GP Service in a 'Critical Condition'

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 08:12:00 +1300

About 500,000 people can't afford to see a GP, patient fees are high and still climbing, and doctors themselves are burnt-out and angry. RNZ Health Correspondent Karen Brown investigates what's gone wrong with primary healthcare and why.

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First time candidates: Geoff Simmons

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 07:45:00 +1300

In the fourth of our series of interviews with first time candidates in this year's general election we speak to Geoff Simmons - a former Treasury economist who is standing for The Opportunities Party.

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What do you even do?

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 07:35:00 +1300

Members of Parliament are most recognised for their role in the debating chamber but what do they get up to outside the House?

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Laura Wayman - Ethical hunters and collectors

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 07:25:00 +1300

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have sent a letter to the members of the band Hunters & Collectors urging them to consider an animal-friendly namelift. Laura Wayman Jones is PETA's campaign director.

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The future of manufacturing: a panel discussion

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 07:10:00 +1300

The recent announcement that Cadbury is closing its Dunedin factory is just the latest in a long-line of industries moving their manufacturing off-shore. But locally manufactured goods still account for almost 50 percent of the country's exports and manufacturers employ 12 percent of the workforce. So what is the future of manufacturing in New Zealand? Dieter Adam, the CEO of the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Rick Smith of Sutton Tools (NZ) and Les Kendall, CEO Temperzone Group, join Wallace to discuss just that.

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Andrew Collis - The Mikado and its timeless appeal

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:35:00 +1300

One hundred and thirty years on and The Mikado is still playing to big audiences. The NZ premiere of The Mikado was way back in March of 1887 in Dunedin. Wallace talks to bass baritone Andrew Collis about why the opera still has the ability to pull in the crowds.

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John Maher - Buzzcockery photography

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:06:00 +1300

The drummer for the seminal punk band Buzzcocks, John Maher, joins Wallace to talk about his new life as a photographer. His work concentrates on the remote Scottish islands of the Outer Hebrides and the decay and loss of these eerie islands.

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Penny Ashton - Poetry and prejudice

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:40:00 +1300

Comedian, poet, presenter, and performer, Penny Ashton, who is touring her show Promise and Promiscuity: A New Musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton, to the UK this year, is hosting WOMAD Taranaki's first poetry slam, which is part of the music festival's new World of Words programme. She tells Wallace why she loves slam poetry - and why he should, too.

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Al Hood - Slow thinking

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 10:07:00 +1300

Al Hood, a leader at design and architecture firm, Jasmax, is starting his own 'slow thinking movement' - encouraging his team and customers to 'think slow, not fast'. The idea is that slow thinking - taking time out to properly consider something - will result in faster, and more effective business operations.

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Kingsley Baird - 1917

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:40:00 +1300

Professor Kingsley Baird, from the School of Art at Massey University's College of Creative Arts, says 1917 was one of the most influential years of the 20th century. While 100 years later in New Zealand we focus on World War One commemorations, 1917 also saw the Russian revolution, the Balfour Declaration on Palestine, the development of plastic surgery to treat maimed soldiers, and women in the US fighting for the vote. A conference of international speakers, 'The Myriad Faces of War: 1917 and its legacy', will be held at Te Papa in April, and Kingsley Baird is one of the organisers.

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Bill McGuire - Climate change and natural disasters

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 08:43:00 +1300

Global warming may not only be causing more destructive weather events - hurricanes, typhoons, more king tides, flooding - it could also be shaking the ground underneath our feet. Volcanologist Professor Bill McGuire discusses his latest book, Waking the Giant - How a Changing Climate Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanoes.

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First time candidates: Golriz Ghahraman

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:47:00 +1300

In the third of our series of interviews with first time candidates in this year's general election we speak to Golriz Ghahraman - a Green Party candidate who hopes to become New Zealand's first refugee MP.

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'Let the game keep moving'- Parliament's referee

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:35:00 +1300

David Carter never aspired to be Speaker but since 2013 he's been in charge of keeping MPs in check in the House. 

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Maria Bargh and Morgan Godfery - Maori politics

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:15:00 +1300

With the Mana and Maori parties announcing an electoral alliance in the upcoming general election, Maori politics have become much more unpredictable. Dr Maria Bargh, tumuaki of Victoria University's Te Kawa a Maui - School of Maori Studies, and unionist and political commentator Morgan Godfery join Wallace to talk about the state of Maori electoral politics in the run-up to the 2017 general election.

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The new MP for Mount Albert is Jacinda Ardern

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 07:10:00 +1300

Labour's Jacinda Ardern,the winner of the Mt Albert by-election joins Wallace for a quick chat.

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