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Sitting in a grey area

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 22:35:00 +1200

Many view protesting as a human right but conflict can arise when a movement takes over a public space indefinitely - a bill before Parliament hopes to offer a balanced solution.

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Testing the seabed bungee cord

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 12:30:00 +1200

New Zealand is among the first countries to consider seabed mining. Parliament has heard there can be downsides to being a world-leader.

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Harsher sentences for rustlers

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:55:00 +1200

Stock rustling evokes a man with a sheep on a horse, but sometimes it's actually large trucks and millions of dollars worth of animals. Now there's a bill for that.

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Omar Kamoun: Moroccan summer

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:35:00 +1200

A wave of protests has swept Morocco in the past few months which has seen around a million protesters taking to the streets and more than a hundred protesters arrested and thrown into prison. Omar Kamoun is a former student leader in Morocco now living in New Zealand.

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Ian Frazer: HPV vaccine and beyond

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 11:05:00 +1200

One of the most successful vaccines of modern times is the HPV vaccine, Gardasil - now used in 130 countries. It has halved the number of new cervical cancers. Professor Ian Frazer was the co-inventor of the vaccine with his colleague Dr Jian Zhoiu and talks about the importance of vaccine research.

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Suzie Dawson: Campaigning from Moscow

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:35:00 +1200

Suzie Dawson is the new leader of the Internet Party. She is currently based in Moscow where she has applied for temporary asylum and explains why she's there and how she will conduct her campaign from overseas. 

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Annie Goldson: 'Kim Dotcom is dancing in the surf'

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 10:05:00 +1200

The complex and compelling character of Kim Dotcom is now part of the New Zealand vernacular and his story raises issues that are relevant to us all, says Annie Goldson, director of the documentary Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web.

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Melanie Reid: Investigative journalism

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:37:00 +1200

The story of MP Todd Barclay taping his staff dominated the headlines this week. It's the latest in a long list of scoops by Melanie Reid. Reid spent nearly three decades breaking stories for TV3 but now she's working for the start-up

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Mediawatch for 25 June 2017

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:06:00 +1200

Start-up scores a scoop and a scalp; joining 'The Conversation'; the pitfalls of portraying the future on TV; getting engaged with the audience.

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Ralph Sims: Diesel locos and cycling in Denmark

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:40:00 +1200

Professor Ralph Sims has calculated that the CO2 emissions produced by KiwiRail's new diesel locomotives are greater than those being offset by the country's entire fleet of electric cars. He speaks to Wallace from Denmark where he says just 29 percent of the population bothers owning a car.

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Insight: Data in Exchange for Help

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 08:12:00 +1200

The government is working on plans to get community providers to hand over clients' names and details in order to improve systems, but Teresa Cowie asks how much personal data should we be willing to give up in exchange for social services.

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All Blacks v British and Irish Lions

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:53:00 +1200

The All Blacks went one-up in the first test at Eden Park in Auckland on June 24. Fairfax's sport news director Kevin Norquay tells Wallace it was a beautiful game.

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America's Cup: the business end

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:47:00 +1200

Todd Niall reports from Bermuda on races 3 and 4 in the America's Cup - one win each today.  

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The Anatomy of a Question

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:32:00 +1200

It was a tumultuous week in Parliament and we analyse one afternoon’s action for the strategies behind the ruckus.

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Housing quandary: impact of LVRs

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:19:00 +1200

With 30 percent fewer house sales in Auckland in the past year, it seems the Reserve Bank's wish for a cooler housing market has been granted, but at what cost? QV's Andrea Rush discusses the issues.

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National Party Conference

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 07:11:00 +1200

RNZ political editor Jane Patterson reports on day one of the National Party conference in Wellington and what to expect on day two.

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First time in the lions' den

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 22:35:00 +1200

Most people vote and think ‘job done’. A few decide to take it further and engage, even front up to MPs and argue a case. Phil Smith talks with James Crow after his first time in the lion’s den.

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NZ shouldn't fear medicinal cannabis - Drug Foundation

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:55:00 +1200

The Drug Foundation says overseas models for medicinal cannabis means New Zealand shouldn't fear changing cannabis law.

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Marriage consent bill to give power to young women

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 18:55:00 +1200

A law to help stop young women being enslaved in New Zealand is going through Parliament under the eye of National MP Jo Hayes.

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Tariq Habibyar: Saffron - the opiate of the foodies

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 11:40:00 +1200

Think of a crop that comes from Afghanistan and is worth thousands of dollars a kilo and chances are opium is what springs to mind. But there's another far less damaging crop that Wellington-based Tariq Habibyar, a refugee from Afghanistan, hopes will bring jobs and prosperity to women in his homeland. He's launched a crowdfunding campaign to help establish a sustainable, fair trade saffron import business.

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Niuafe Malupo: cake maker extraordinaire

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 11:19:00 +1200

After a period of career indecision, 23-year-old Aucklander Niuafe Junior Malupo is finding having his own business is quite literally the icing on the cake.

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Ghassan Abu-Sitta: The ecology of war

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 11:09:00 +1200

Ghassan Abu Sitta is a plastic surgeon based in Beirut. He's worked in Iraq and Gaza and was the organiser of a recent conference on the Ecology of War which heard that antibiotics have become virtually useless in war-torn countries like Iraq.

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Jonathan Carson: Paving Paradise

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 10:45:00 +1200

For its supporters a road connecting the Nelson region to the West Coast is a lifeline that could revitalise the West Coast economy; for its critics it environmental vandalism on a massive scale. Jonathan Carson is a reporter on the Nelson Mail and he recently completed the three day Wangapeka tramp - which follows the same path as a proposed road through the Kahurangi National Park - to see what will be lost if the highway is given the green light.

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People power: climate change

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 10:30:00 +1200

A group of prominent Kiwis dissatisfied with the government's efforts to reduce climate change … is taking a different approach to get New Zealanders on board with their vision for the future. They've drafted a Climate Declaration for everyday New Zealanders to sign as a commitment to doing their bit. Chair of the group Dr Joanna Santa Barbara explains why it's needed.

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Mei-Lin Te Puea Hansen: Puha and bok choy

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 10:05:00 +1200

In 1929 the government held an inquiry into the employment of Maori in market gardens. It was to deal with what one paper at the time called "the Maori girl" problem - Chinese market gardeners and their Maori workers falling in love. Romance sometimes blossomed nevertheless and playwright Mei Lin Te Puea Hansen is living proof of that.

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Tunnel talk: Margi Watson

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 09:53:00 +1200

Albert-Eden community board member Margi Watson has been a key player in getting concessions made on behalf of the community in the construction of the Waterview Tunnel.

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Tunnel talk: Simon Bridges

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 09:48:00 +1200

Thousands of people will walk through Auckland's $1.4 billion 4.5 kilometre Waterview Tunnel today after an official ribbon cutting ceremony by Transport Minister Simon Bridges. The Minister talks about the project and what it means for Auckland.

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Mistake to see immigration as problem - researcher

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 09:37:00 +1200

David Hall is a senior researcher at the Policy Observatory at AUT and editor of Fair Borders, Migration Policy in the 21st Century. He discusses New Zealanders' changing attitudes to immigration.

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Future of our oceans: Rochelle Constantine and Simon Thrush

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 08:40:00 +1200

Marine scientists Rochelle Constantine, a senior lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences & Institute of Marine Science. says we're not doing enough to protect our oceans and marine life. She's joined by Simon Thrush, head of the Institute of Marine Science at Auckland University.

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Insight: The changing face of sport in NZ

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 08:12:00 +1200

Is immigration - particular by those who identify as Asian - changing the sporting landscape in New Zealand? Bridget Tunnicliffe explores how major sports such as rugby are responding.

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Reason on rugby

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 07:53:00 +1200

Sports journalist Mark Reason wraps up three international games this weekend and looks ahead to the first Test against the Lions next week. And he asks, were Samoa robbed on Friday?

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America's Cup: Todd Niall

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 07:47:00 +1200

Race 1 and 2 are scheduled for this morning: Team NZ vs Oracle. RNZ's Todd Niall is in Bermuda and updates us on how it went.

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Budget 2017: spending under scrutiny

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 07:32:00 +1200

Ministers are facing up to select committees to justify the government's spending following the reveal of Budget 2017 in May. 

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Auckland police leaving town

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 07:20:00 +1200

Police association president Chris Cahill talks about a letter written by an Auckland police officer explaining why he - and others like him - are leaving the force.

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Grenfell Tower fire

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 07:10:00 +1200

The Telegraph's Harry Yorke reports on the latest on the tragedy, the political fallout and a man being sent to jail.

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America's Cup update: Todd Niall in Bermuda

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 11:50:00 +1200

Todd Niall wraps up an eventful day of racing in the challenger series in Bermuda in which Team NZ went 2-1 up after the Artemis skipper fell into the sea. (Watch the far end of the boat to see him slide off.)

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Chellie Spiller, Rachel Wolfgramm: a model for Maori business

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 11:25:00 +1200

The Maori economy is estimated to be worth $40 billion. Dr Rachel Wolfgramm, a senior lecturer in management and international business, and Dr Chellie Spiller, associate dean Maori and Pacific at the University of Auckland's Business School, are leading a team of researchers exploring the challenges facing iwi and hapu-owned businesses.

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Panapa Ehau: the business of fungi, kanuka, kina and hemp

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Hikurangi Enterprises recently harvested its first crop of industrial hemp and is carrying out R and D on a local fungi, kanuka and kina. Panapa Ehau is its managing director and he tells Wallace the charitable company is more about allowing locals to live off the whenua than maximising profits.

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Laura Greenfield: a Scandinavian winter feast

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 10:35:00 +1200

June 21 is the shortest day so it's time to think about winter feasts. Laura Greenfield is the chef at Wellington Field and Green restaurant and she's in charge of a Scandinavian-themed feast at the Loemis Festival in the capital. Laura Greenfield's Swedish Meatballs (Serves 4-6) 300g minced pork 300g minced beef 1 egg 50g fresh breadcrumbs 20g milk 1/2 tsp ground allspice 1 tsp dried dill 1 tsp salt 1 tsp  ground pepper  Sauce 300ml beef stock 1 tbsp cornflour dissolved in 4 tbsp of water juice of 1 lemon 60ml creme fraiche   Garnish Strips of gherkins Cranberry jelly Method Soak the breadcrumbs in milk for 20 mins. Put all remaining ingredients together in a large bowl, add the soaked breadcrumbs and mix together thoroughly.  Roll into golfball-sized balls.  Heat a frying pan, add a little vege oil and saute the meatballs until browned on all sides. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan as the meat will.stew instead of browning. Place in an oven-proof dish, pour over the beef stock, cover with foil and put in  oven for 40 mins at 180C. When cooked, take out the meatballs and keep warm in a serving bowl. Put beef stock in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Add the cornflour mix and whisk until thickened. Add the creme fraiche and lemon. Season to taste and pour over the meatballs. Garnish with the strips of gherkin and dots of the cranberry jelly.  

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The greatest sport teams of all time

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 10:05:00 +1200

Sports writer Sam Walker has applied a special formula to decide what makes a great sports team and what makes sports teams the greatest in the world. So do the All Blacks make the cut in a book - The Captain Class - written by an American?

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Dropping gender stereotyping in toys

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 09:40:00 +1200

Gender stereotypes in children's toys are "ridiculous, silly and out of date" says Laurie Winkless, a science writer and campaigner for Let Toys Be Toys.

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Ian Hassall: How the anti-smacking law changed thinking

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 08:40:00 +1200

It's a decade this month since one of the most controversial law changes was introduced - what became known as the anti-smacking law. Section 59 of the Crimes Act was amended, abolishing the use of parental force for the purpose of correction. Former children's commissioner Ian Hassall still backs the law, even though NZ First has said it would repeal it.

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Insight: Targets and Standards - Schools After 9 Years of National Government

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 08:12:00 +1200

Schools in New Zealand have faced huge change since 2008. RNZ Education Correspondent John Gerritsen investigates what impact nine years of National Party policies have had on schools and the children in them.  

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Steve Grieve: welcoming refugees to the deep south

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 07:47:00 +1200

Last month the Government announced Invercargill would join the six cities that resettle the 1000 refugees allowed in to New Zealand each year. Steve Grieve - manager of Speights Ale House in Invercargill - set up the Refugee Support Southland Facebook group following some negative reaction to the news on social media.

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'In your pay packet there will be a sorry' - $2b settlement for care workers passes

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 07:32:00 +1200

A two billion dollar settlement bill which took years to reach has made its way through Parliament in just two weeks - with the help of a little rule bending.

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Sajjan Gohel: terrorism expert on what next

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 07:10:00 +1200

The world should prepare for more terrorist attacks similar to those in Manchester, London and Iran, especially during the month of Ramadan, says Sajjan Gohel, a leading authority on terrorist and insurgent groups.

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Sajjan Gohel: terrorism expert on what next

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 07:10:00 +1200

Sajjan Gohel is International Security Director at London-based think-tank the Asia-Pacific Foundation and a leading authority in the ideologies and strategies of terrorist and insurgent groups around the world. He warns people should prepare for similar attacks to those in Manchester, London and Iran, especially during the month of Ramadan - and that we ignore the hotbed of Afghanistan at our peril.

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When Marriage is Slavery

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 15:30:00 +1200

Not all weddings are free or fair, and a new law seeks to make the forced marriage of minors more difficult by removing parental consent as a back-door.

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Parliament’s quiet decider

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 22:35:00 +1200

It sounds like the blurb for a Dan Brown novel – ‘a small group pre-determines what will happen in Parliament’. But real life is less thrilling, and better written.  

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America's Cup update: Todd Niall in Bermuda

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 11:47:00 +1200

Todd Niall wraps up an eventful week of racing in the challenger series in Bermuda.

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Roger Donaldson: telling Bruce McLaren's story

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Legendary F1 racing driver, engineer and car designer Bruce McLaren died 47 years ago at just 32, but his eponymous McLaren brand lives on. Roger Donaldson's new documentary tells McLaren's story.

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Richard Goldstein: Rock critic

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 10:34:00 +1200

Richard Goldstein went out on a limb when he gave the Beatles' Sgt Pepper a bad review in the New York Times in 1967 - but that review got his name in lights. And he's changed his view a bit since then. 

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Terror in London: Live Cross

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 10:29:00 +1200

Police have swarmed to London Bridge after a van ploughed into pedestrians ... and men armed with knives reportedly attacked people. London correspondent Natalie Powell reports on the latest in this developing news. 

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Brian Cox: 50 years an actor's life

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 10:05:00 +1200

Brian Cox has had a long and distinguished career in theatre, television and film. In his latest role he plays Winston Churchill in the new film Churchill out this month.

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Photojournalism in the smartphone age

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 09:37:00 +1200

Alison Stieven-Taylor - a journalist, critic and scholar specialising in photojournalism - and James Dooley - the executive of the New York-based Alexia Foundation - discuss photojournalism in the smartphone age. 

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Mediawatch for 4 June 2017

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 09:07:00 +1200

A couple of cases of the facts getting in the way of good story; moving past 'Afro-pessimism'; a robotic reporting re-boot?

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Leanne Pooley: a picture of womanhood worldwide

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 08:40:00 +1200

On January 21, women took to the streets worldwide after Donald Trump's inauguration. Leanne Pooley's ambitious new project will bring their voices together and find out why.

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Insight: High Country Farming – A Dying Way of Life?

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 08:12:00 +1200

Is traditional high country farming under threat? RNZ Rural reporter, Alexa Cook works on a cattle muster and explores why, and if, New Zealand should hold on tighter to its high country farms.

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First time candidate: Brooke van Velden

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 07:47:00 +1200

In the latest of our series of interviews with first time candidates in this year's general election we speak to Brooke van Velden - a public relations consultant standing for the ACT Party in the Auckland Central electorate. Twitter @BrookevanVelden

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A bill by any other name

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 07:35:00 +1200

What's in a name? Submitters and MPs say it matters a lot especially when it comes to the title of a bill on family and whanau violence.

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UK General Election: The media and the campaign

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 07:10:00 +1200

The UK General Election takes place on Thursday June 8. In April British PM Theresa May's Conservatives were up by as much as 21 percent in the polls - but that gap has tightened dramatically. Senior media lecturer at Victoria University in Wellington, Peter Thompson, discusses the key issues in May's campaign with Professor Geoffrey Craig from AUT, author of Performing Politics.

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A parliamentary food show and tell

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 18:55:00 +1200

Submitters arguing for and against a country of origin food labeling law brought a tasty array of props to Parliament this week.

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Pushed off a cliff - pay equity for care and support workers

Wed, 31 May 2017 22:35:00 +1200

A settlement bill which would give care and support workers pay rises to suit their qualifications and experience could cost the government more in the long run warn care providers.

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