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Betty-Anne and Ryan Monga: Ardijah unplugged

Sun, 28 May 2017 11:20:00 +1200

Musicians Betty-Anne and Ryan Monga join Wallace to sing some songs and reflect on their group Ardijah and more than three decades in the music industry.

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Hollie Fifer: a Papua New Guinea village's battle

Sun, 28 May 2017 11:06:00 +1200

Five years ago documentary maker Hollie Fifer was in Papua New Guinea researching the political coup when she witnessed the seaside Paga Hill community being bulldozed by developers and armed police. The result is The Opposition, showing at DocEdge, a film that had to fight its way through the courts to be shown. Paga Hill Developments says residents are now happy with the outcome, a claim Fifer disputes.

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Nino Surguladze in NZ Opera's Carmen

Sun, 28 May 2017 10:35:00 +1200

Georgian mezzo-soprano Nino Surguladze is in New Zealand to play the lead role in NZ Opera's season of Carmen - it's Bizet's tale with a feminist twist. While Nino's here, she doing a bit for Tbilisi tourism too.

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Steve Keen: The coming crash

Sun, 28 May 2017 10:06:00 +1200

Australian Steve Keen was one of only a handful of economists to predict the Global Financial Crisis. His most recent book, 'Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis?', leaves readers in little doubt he believes we're heading that way unless we adopt a fundamentally different approach to private debt.

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Fresh Cream: 50 years on

Sun, 28 May 2017 09:37:00 +1200

Psychedelic 60s rock-blues supergroup Cream were Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and the late Jack Bruce. Three family members - Jack Bruce's son Malcolm Ginger Baker's son Kofi and Eric Clapton's nephew Will Johns, are touring the Music of Cream in a 50th anniversary tribute in Wellington May 31, Christchurch June 1 and Auckland June 2. Will Johns talks about what to expect including guests Robben Ford and Deep Purple's Glenn Hughes.

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Mediawatch for 28 May 2017

Sun, 28 May 2017 09:15:00 +1200

Mixed messages and extreme responses to Manchester's atrocity; an award-winning editor on newspapers' prospects and fake news fears; Donald trumps trade issues for English abroad.

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Hans Kristensen: Tactical Armageddon

Sun, 28 May 2017 08:35:00 +1200

Hans Kristensen is the director of the Federation of American Scientists' nuclear information project and the co-author of a recent article that argued the killing power of the US's ballistic missile arsenal has increased by a factor of three due to its modernisation programme. Modern weapons are being designed for tactical nuclear war - a development that has contributed to the Doomsday Clock being moved to two and a half minutes to midnight - the closest it's been since the height of the cold war in the 1950s.

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First time candidate: Gayaal Iddamalgoda

Sun, 28 May 2017 07:47:00 +1200

In the sixth of our series of interviews with first time candidates in this year's general election we speak to Gayaal Iddamalgoda - a trade union lawyer standing for the Wellington Central electorate for the Migrants and Refugees Rights Campaign.

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Hoani Jeremy Lambert: Listening to our kids

Sun, 28 May 2017 07:10:00 +1200

Hoani Jeremy Lambert is the tamariki advocate at the newly formed Oranga Tamariki - The Ministry for Vulnerable Children. He only got the job after being given the nod by a panel of children currently living in state care; and part of his brief is to ensure that other government departments become as committed to consulting children as Oranga Tamariki is.

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Dollars and pies - the budget debate

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:35:00 +1200

The presentation of the Government's budget sparked a debate of optimism and pessimism in the House.

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An owner's manual for Parliament

Wed, 24 May 2017 22:35:00 +1200

Parliament has a new owners manual and the Clerks who need to be familiar with the rules have nearly 900 pages of detailed information to get reacquainted with.

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Little choice, little option - forced adoption in New Zealand

Wed, 24 May 2017 18:55:00 +1200

The Ministry for Vulnerable Children says women who were forced to adopt out their children had "very little choice" but the state is not responsible.

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Parliament's Melbourne Cup

Tue, 23 May 2017 22:35:00 +1200

It's budget week - when on behalf of their wallets, people become intensely interested in finance policy. The House talks to Treasury about how the budget is born.

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Catherine Chidgey: Ockham Award and rising early

Sun, 21 May 2017 11:30:00 +1200

Ngaruawahia novelist Catherine Chidgey's fourth novel "The Wish Child" was 13 years in the writing but has now earned her the coveted $50,000 Acorn Foundation Fiction award. The judges says the subject matter - two children in Nazi Germany 1939 - subtly explored territory unusual for a NZ writer. She speaks openly about her writing struggles, infertility and surrogacy. 

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The 1967 All Blacks

Sun, 21 May 2017 11:07:00 +1200

The 1967 All Blacks have been described as the team that forever changed the way rugby was played.

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Ros Capper: The Accidental Carer

Sun, 21 May 2017 10:35:00 +1200

Ros Capper is the author of The Accidental Carer: A Practical Guide Through Uncertainty by Palliative Home Carers which is informed by her experience of caring for her terminally ill husband.

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Judge Eugene Hyman: Preventing domestic violence

Sun, 21 May 2017 10:06:00 +1200

US judge Eugene Hyman has spoken all over the world on the subject of domestic violence and its end result in the criminal and family courts. He has a special interest in domestic violence as it affects children and says for the perpetrators it's about power and control. He is in New Zealand to give a series of lectures to law-school students and will meet with politicians.   

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Ngaire Aben-Tuhiwai and Cleveland Raroa: From Nuhaka with aroha

Sun, 21 May 2017 09:44:00 +1200

Nuhaka in northern Hawke's Bay has a general store, a fish and chip shop, eight marae and until recently little in the way of post-secondary educational opportunities. Educationalist Ngaire Aben-Tuhiwai decided to do something about that and has started an educational programme for local rangitahi that aims to see them all complete their NCEA level 3 qualifications. Twenty-six-year old Cleveland Raroa says it's education with aroha and that's the way he likes it. 

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Mediawatch for 21 May 2017

Sun, 21 May 2017 09:07:00 +1200

Turning up the heat on housing; Nelson next in line for paper cut; fake history on the front page

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Lorna Piatti-Farnell: Horrible foods

Sun, 21 May 2017 08:36:00 +1200

Pop culture AUT professor Lorna Piatti-Farnell has been researching why some foods are more disgusting to us than others. Her study focuses on the use of food as a key horror tool in movies but she's also fascinated by the fact we happily eat some fermenting foods - such as kimchi and kombucha - but turn up our noses at others.

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Insight: Meth - the human cost of a hit

Sun, 21 May 2017 08:12:00 +1200

The rise in methamphetamine use in New Zealand is breaking up families, piling the pressure on schools, mental health workers, police and rehabilitation clinics. RNZs Northland reporter, Lois Williams talks to those agencies and the whānau and grandparents forced to take on the care of damaged children, whose addicted parents are no longer capable of looking after them.

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Dickie Arbiter: Pippa Middleton's Wedding

Sun, 21 May 2017 07:47:00 +1200

There's been an almost-royal wedding at the British society nuptials of the year between the Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister Pippa Middleton and millionaire financier James Matthews. Royal commentator Dickie Arbiter has all the details

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The art of question time

Sun, 21 May 2017 07:32:00 +1200

Parliament restrains the power of Government partly by asking pesky questions. But it’s harder than it looks.

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Tax and Fairness: What's wrong with the system?

Sun, 21 May 2017 07:10:00 +1200

New Zealanders are being taxed too harshly, with KiwiSaver funds paying four times as much tax as property investors, a tax expert says.  

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Stephanie and Clair Mills: Life and influences

Sun, 14 May 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Twins Stephanie and Clair Mills are in the business of making lives better. Stephanie was head of Greenpeace for a decade and now is at NZEI and Clair is in France working for Doctors without Borders. They reveal their influences, including people, books and music.

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Stella Duffy

Sun, 14 May 2017 10:30:00 +1200

Author Stella Duffy has written 15 novels, 60 short stories and 11 plays, and is working on an unfinished novel by Dame Ngaio Marsh. Born in England, Stella grew up in Tokoroa, studied in Wellington, and has lived in London for 30 years. Her latest novel is The Hidden Room and she's here for the Auckland and Dunedin Writers festival.

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Teju Cole

Sun, 14 May 2017 10:05:00 +1200

Writer and photographer Teju Cole has been described by Salman Rushdie as one of the most gifted writers of his generation. Teju, who is also photography critic for the NY Times, is at the Auckland Writers festival.

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Lisanne Skyler and her Andy Warhol Brillo Box

Sun, 14 May 2017 09:35:00 +1200

Lisanne Skyler is the writer and director of documentary Brillo Box (3¢ off), that follows an iconic Andy Warhol Brillo Box, once owned by her family, as it makes its way from her family living room to a Christie's auction. Brillo Box screens at the DocEdge festival that's on in Wellington until May 21, and in Auckland from May 24.

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Mediawatch for 14 May 2017

Sun, 14 May 2017 09:05:00 +1200

Chorus of condemnation follows cocaine controversy; fudged facts in immigration debate; change at the top of Maori TV; paper ponders the nature of news.

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Benny Wenda: West Papua

Sun, 14 May 2017 08:35:00 +1200

Benny Wenda is the international spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua. He's in New Zealand lobbying MPs to support international calls to put West Papua back on the UN Decolonisation Committee agenda.

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Insight: On a Bender - Meth Use Out of Control?

Sun, 14 May 2017 08:12:00 +1200

Methamphetamine is cheaper and easier to get hold of than ever before. Our police reporter, Carla Penman, asks authorities and gang members about who is to blame for the problem escalating. She also investigates the efforts, both here and in Asia, to disrupt the market.

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Kat Littlewood

Sun, 14 May 2017 07:47:00 +1200

Making the decision on when to get your pet put down is tough. Massey University researcher Kat Littlewood is exploring the issue of end of life for cats in New Zealand and wants to hear from people about their decision-making process.

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A pathway to safety - protecting victims of domestic violence

Sun, 14 May 2017 07:32:00 +1200

When your home is unsafe and your violent partner is controlling your every move, how do you escape? Parliament is exploring a pathway.

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Patrick Rose: Nigeria's children

Sun, 14 May 2017 07:10:00 +1200

Last week 82 of the Chibok girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in 2014 were released. The kidnapping is part of a much bigger tragedy. Kiwi Patrick Rose is UNICEF's crisis communications specialist for West and Central Africa.

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More carrot, less sticks

Thu, 11 May 2017 18:55:00 +1200

Healthy home advocates say a bill requiring tougher standards for rental properties needs more incentives to get landlords on board.

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It’s all about the housing

Wed, 10 May 2017 22:35:00 +1200

When the Annual Review Debate wrapped up this week it was hard to escape housing.

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The well run show

Tue, 09 May 2017 22:35:00 +1200

The leader of the House gives a heads up to the week and the MPs debate mental health and corrections in the House.

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To lead a house

Sun, 07 May 2017 11:45:00 +1200

Last week Parliament got only its third Leader of the House in more than 16 years. Did you notice? Probably not. Have you heard of it? We can fix that.

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David Schmid: serial killers in popular culture

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

Professor David Schmid has studied the place of serial killers - both real and fictional - in popular culture. He's the author of "Natural Born Celebrities: Serial Killers in American Culture' and appears at the Auckland Writers Festival this month.

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Alastair Carruthers: Lisa Reihana at the Venice Biennale

Sun, 07 May 2017 10:30:00 +1200

Alastair Carruthers, the NZ Commissioner for the 57th Venice Biennale, the world's biggest art exhibition, talks about the build-up to Kiwi artist Lisa Reihana's multi-media display "Emissaries", being unveiled on May 13.

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Leslie Kean: can our minds survive death?

Sun, 07 May 2017 10:05:00 +1200

Leslie Kean is the author of "Surviving Death: A Journalist Investigates Evidence for an Afterlife". The case is made in the book for the conscious mind being liberated from the brain. How much evidence is there that our minds survive death and go somewhere else?

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French presidential election: the final showdown

Sun, 07 May 2017 09:35:00 +1200

Voters go to the ballot box on Sunday 7 May to choose between far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen and independent centrist Emmanuel Macron. With the two major parties, that have dominated French politics for decades, dumped after the first round, Dr Maryse Helbert from the University of Melbourne looks at the new political reality in France.

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Mediawatch for 7 May 2017

Sun, 07 May 2017 09:10:00 +1200

Fallout from the big media merger knockback; questionable coverage of 'cold cases'; a right royal rumour sparks a full-on media flap.

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David Bearman: medicinal cannabis and its uses

Sun, 07 May 2017 08:35:00 +1200

Dr David Bearman is the author of Drugs Are NOT the Devil's Tools: How Discrimination and Greed Created a Dysfunctional Drug Policy and How It Can Be Fixed. He's had more than 30 years' experience in public health and as a medical director of drug treatment programmes.

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Insight: A Line in the Sand for Freshwater Quality?

Sun, 07 May 2017 08:12:00 +1200

The state of the country's waterways is almost constantly in the headlines. Now a definitive landmark report from the Ministry for the Environment has confirmed what many already suspected, that there are serious challenges facing New Zealand's freshwater. Kate Gudsell delves deeper into its findings and talks to experts, advocates and the community about just how healthy are our waterways.

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The Commander - Helen Clark

Fri, 05 May 2017 07:00:00 +1200

In part five of The 9th Floor, Guyon Espiner talks to Helen Clark about her three terms in power as she sought to draw a line under Rogernomics, unleash new social reforms and rethink New Zealand's place in the world.

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Love thy neighbour - MPs praise NZ's Pacific advocacy

Thu, 04 May 2017 18:55:00 +1200

The government’s support for its Pacific neighbours has been praised in the House by members during a debate on government spending.

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Shackled and mentally ill

Wed, 03 May 2017 18:55:00 +1200

A Question of Restraint: Parliament hears how New Zealand prisons are in contravention of the UN Convention against Torture.

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Tallying up the Bill

Tue, 02 May 2017 22:35:00 +1200

This week the Government is tidying its books before the new budget, getting retrospective permission for extra cash that left the national wallet.

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