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Who's honourable anyway?

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:40:00 +1300

The political year picks up energy with a tit-for-tat and we look at who is and isn't honourable.  

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A clash of branches

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 05:40:00 +1300

The Green’s have given up asking ‘patsy’ questions. But could they just ask hard ones instead? And why ask questions at all?

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Parliament's to do list: PACER Plus, taxes, and Parihaka

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 18:55:00 +1300

Each sitting day in the House MPs work their way through business which is set out on the order paper. Here's what they plan to get through this week.

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Feedback from Sunday Morning 18 March

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:55:00 +1300

Feedback from listeners to the Sunday Morning programme.

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Jason Isbell: Americana and ditching alcohol

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:32:00 +1300

American musician Jason Isbell's music has been described as alternative country or southern rock, but he prefers to not put a label on it. Jason Isbell is playing in the Auckland Town Hall on 27 March. He talks about his music and how Eleanor Catton's The Luminaries helped him through his recovery from alcoholism.

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Mark Mitchinson: High Road heads to Lightbox

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 11:05:00 +1300

It's been called the best series on the internet you've never heard of. High Road is written by former Chills bassist Justin Harwood and actor Mark Mitchinson, who stars as a washed-up British rock star starting a new life in New Zealand. The original web series is being reworked as Lightbox's first commissioned series.

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From comical to musical: Swamp Thing

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:35:00 +1300

Michael Barker of blues roots duo Swamp Thing talks about how his and Grant Haua's music has evolved and plays two songs, "Rotten" and "By Your Side" He's joined by Brett Adams of The Bads for this interview. 

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Musical scholar Alex Ross

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 10:06:00 +1300

Alex Ross is the music critic for The New Yorker and the author of The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the 20th Century. He will appear at the Auckland Writers Festival and talk about his latest work, on composer Richard Wagner. Alex Ross is also undertaking an eight-centre tour with Chamber Music New Zealand.

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Game on for Weta Gameshop's Hayley Gray

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:36:00 +1300

Hayley Gray is executive producer of Weta Gameshop, a division of Weta Workshop five years in the making. Weta Gameshop will be officially launched on March 19, teaming up with "mixed reality" developers Magic Leap. Their first game will be Dr Grordbort's Invaders. Hayley Gray, who divides her time between Wellington, Sydney and Florida as Weta Gameshop's lead production and business strategist, explains what Weta has been up to.

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Mediawatch for 18 March 2018

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:06:00 +1300

Flood of opinion follows Labour's summer camp revelations; pioneering digital journalist Cory Doctorow urges NZ to free up copyright law; NBR's boss pushes subscriber-funded journalism; Korean correction.

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Ernest Lord Rutherford's progeny Mary Fowler

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 08:35:00 +1300

Dr Mary Fowler has science in her DNA. She's the great granddaughter of Ernest Rutherford, First Baron Rutherford of Nelson, the New Zealand scientist considered the father of nuclear physics. But Mary Fowler has paved her own path despite the genes, she's an award-winning geophysicist and Master of Darwin College in Cambridge. She was in NZ recently to open the new $220 million Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre at the University of Canterbury.

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Insight: Dangerous Daycares

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 08:12:00 +1300

Childcare is booming, but cracks are starting to show. John Gerritsen talks to teachers about how tight funding and corner-cutting is making some centres dangerous for children.

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Mike King: I Am Hope tour

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 07:52:00 +1300

Mental Health advocate Mike King is travelling from Bluff to Cape Reinga with seven others riding 50cc scooters. Along the way he's talking to young people about mental health in the "I am Hope Tour". King and his group started their journey on March 1 and on March 18, they're half way. Mike King talks about what they've achieved so far.

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Wynn Flaten: Seven years of Syria conflict

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 07:40:00 +1300

This week marked seven years since the start of the conflict in Syria. World Vision has released a report on the impact the conflict has had on children. Their Syria crisis response director Wynn Flaten discusses what's happening to the youngest victims of the war.

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Putting the 'e' in entreaty

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 07:35:00 +1300

A petition calling for an inquiry into New Zealand's role in the death of six people in Afghanistan has been handed over. The House looks at the rules for petitioning Parliament and its new e-Petition system. 

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Russian spy poisoning: UK vs Russia

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 07:10:00 +1300

Russia analyst Stephen Dalziel and former British Ambassador to Russia, Sir Tony Brenton, discuss the diplomatic fallout between the UK and Russia following the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal in Salisbury.

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Feedback from Sunday Morning 11 March 2018

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 11:55:00 +1300

Feedback from listeners to the Sunday Morning programme.

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Caribbean king Jimmy Cliff on why we love reggae, man

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 11:34:00 +1300

Reggae star Jimmy Cliff is one of the key figures in popularising reggae. Cliff is coming to NZ for the Bay of Islands Music Festival on 31 March, and will turn 70 in New Zealand the next day.

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Armando Iannucci: The Death of Stalin

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 11:04:00 +1300

Armando Iannucci is the brains behind some of the most potent and funny political satire on TV, film and radio. He created acclaimed political satire The Thick of It, and his latest film is about the power struggle following the death of Joseph Stalin.

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Harmon Leon: infiltration comedian with a Trump card

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 10:36:00 +1300

Harmon Leon is bringing his standup comedy show to the Wellington Fringe Festival. He describes his show "Harmon Leon Infiltrates Trump America" as a multimedia extravaganza featuring his true-life exploits going undercover and infiltrating all facets of "the horrors that are Trump America".

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Summerhill School: learning as students choose

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 10:04:00 +1300

Summerhill is an alternative free school in Suffolk, England, started by educational leader A.S. Neill in 1921. The pupils are free to come to lessons as they choose, and students and teachers have an equal voice in decision making. The principal of the school is Zo Readhead, daughter of A.S. Neill.

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Prof Phil Fisher: 'the process of serve and return'

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 09:37:00 +1300

Professor Phil Fisher is an expert in children's neurobiological and psychological development. He was in NZ as the keynote speaker for a conference run by the Brainwave Trust. He says withholding feedback from babies can affect how their brains function. "The process of serve and return... where children serve as they look at the world around them and vocalise and adults return the serve by noticing what the child is doing and responding."

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Measuring what makes life worthwhile

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 08:37:00 +1300

Recently Treasury announced it plans to measure the wellbeing of the nation as part of its Living Standards Framework. Secretary to the Treasury, Gabriel Makhlouf, outlines how it will work.

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Insight: Tourism saturation - NZ's lessons for Iceland

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 08:10:00 +1300

Around 2.2m tourists headed to Iceland last year putting pressure on the environment and infrastructure, as tourism does in NZ. Lynn Freeman travelled to Iceland to ask if both nations can learn valuable lessons from each other.

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Lucy Hunt: Volvo Ocean Race head of sustainability

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 07:53:00 +1300

Each port visited by the Volvo Ocean race includes a beach clean as part of Volvo's ongoing commitment to keep oceans free of plastic. Today they are doing a clean up at Takapuna beach and their head of sustainability Lucy Hunt explains more about the damage being done to the environment by single use plastic items.

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James Blackwood: Saying 'bags not' to plastic

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 07:47:00 +1300

Campaigns on single-use plastic bags often target retailers but the Bags Not initiative is looking to change shoppers’ behaviour, as James Blackwood explains.

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Shannon Haunui-Thompson on NZ Wars commemorations

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 07:42:00 +1300

For the first time there have been official services and events held to mark historical Maori conflict and NZ land wars. Te Mana Korihi Editor Shannon Haunui-Thompson talks tbout the commemorations.

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Keeping tabs on taxpayer dollars

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 07:35:00 +1300

More than $75 billion in tax revenue was collected in the last financial year but who keeps tabs on whether the money is well spent? The House takes a look at annual reviews.

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Richard Kempthorne on Gita clean up in Tasman district

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 07:20:00 +1300

Tasman District Mayor Richard Kempthorne outlines the massive clean up operation still going on two weeks after ex-cyclone Gita hit the region. Some residents feel that they have been overlooked in terms of getting help from authorities.

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Oliver Hailes on the TPPA revised version signed off

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 07:15:00 +1300

It's Our Future spokesman Oliver Hailes talks about Labour and New Zealand First's u-turn on the TPPA-11 and the inclusion of a clause which could see foreign corporates suing the government

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Al Gillespie on significance of Trump Kim meeting

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 07:11:00 +1300

International political professor of law at Waikato University, Al Gillespie, talks about the possible outcomes from a potential meeting with the US  and North Korean leaders in May.

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Feedback from Sunday Morning 4 March

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 11:55:00 +1300

Feedback from listeners to the Sunday Morning show.

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Mike Fabulous: out of his Echo chamber into Eru Dangerspiel

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 11:41:00 +1300

Mike Fabulous aka Lord Echo was the bassist for the Black Seeds for 15 years, before going the solo road. He's part of the supergroup Eru Dangerspiel, playing the Auckland Arts Festival.

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Sir Ken Robinson: why schools need to tap into kids' talents

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 11:04:00 +1300

Children love to learn but they don’t always get on with school, says author on education and creativity Sir Ken Robinson. The trouble is, we judge everybody by a single standard.

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Admiral the Right Honourable Alan West, Lord West of Spithead

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 10:24:00 +1300

Lord West is a leading UK security specialist making a fleeting visit to New Zealand. He is a former security minister after starting his career in the Royal Navy. He talks about his ship being sunk in the Falklands War, the biggest security threats facing us today ... and ABBA.

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The mystery of Jane Furlong's death

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 10:04:00 +1300

Jane Furlong's death has been one of the country's most enduring murder mysteries - ever since she was abducted from Auckland's Karangahape Rd in 1993 aged 17. Journalist Kelly Dennett has been absorbed by the case and has written a book "The Short Life and Mysterious Death of Jane Furlong".

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Barbara Ewing: Why her novel The Actresses still hits home

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 09:36:00 +1300

Barbara Ewing's book The Actresses was first published in 1997 and is the story of a group of actresses reuniting at their London drama school 30 years after they graduated. It explores how women are treated in the industry and reveals a toxic culture - 21 years before the current light was shone on similar behaviour through the #MeToo movement. Ewing was also an actress and her experience carried a lot of truth into the fictional work. Since then she's written many books, but explains why The Actresses is still important.

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Dr Charlie Corke 'We have to try to avoid doing awful things'

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 08:38:00 +1300

Professor Charlie Corke is one of Australia's leading Intensive Care specialists, and he will be speaking in Wellington as part of the New Zealand Festival on 10 March. Professor Corke says we should prepare better for our death to make death less painful for ourselves and for our loved ones. In his book "Letting Go: How to Plan for a Good Death" there are many eye-opening examples of the real-life impact of planning your end-of-life care or failing to.

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Insight: No Job, No Training, No Hope?

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 08:10:00 +1300

The number of young people not in work or training has remained virtually unchanged, despite improving financial times. Emile Donovan explores how New Zealand can engage these young people, who now number more than 80,000.

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90th Oscars preview: Dominic Corry

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 07:52:00 +1300

It's Oscars eve with the 90th Academy awards set to get under way on Monday NZ time. It will probably have a more serious tone in light of the #Metoo and Time's Up movements which have emerged since last year's ceremony. Movie reviewer Dominic Corry reports from Los Angeles.

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Operation Restore Hope hits 20: Tristan De Chalain

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 07:46:00 +1300

Operation Restore Hope is a charity that surgically repairs cleft lips and palates for underprivileged children in the Philippines. This is the 20th year in which a team of NZ medical staff will head there. Dr Tristan De Chalain is a paediatric and cranio facial surgeon who has been with Operation Restore Hope on every one of its 20 missions.

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Bookends for a career

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 07:35:00 +1300

Nearly three decades after his maiden speech, Bill English bookended his political career with a valedictory. The House has highlights from both events.

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Goodbye to Gordon Wilson state highrise

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 07:25:00 +1300

An imposing high-rise state housing block at Number 139 Greys Ave was built in 1957 and is described as "unique". It's being bulldozed by Housing New Zealand for a modern block of social housing units. But Jeremy Hansen says the apartments designed by architect Gordon Wilson should never have been allowed to fall into disrepair.

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Engineers recommended cheap option for Birkenhead slip

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 07:18:00 +1300

Ross Roberts is a geotechnical and geological specialist at the Auckland Council. He talks about a 2015 engineers' report provided to Auckland Transport that recommended a cheap solution to monitor land problems at Rawene carpark.  Now it's costing millions to fix. 

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Poverty Bay votes for dual name

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 07:11:00 +1300

Gisborne District councillor Meredith Akuhata-Brown explains why she thinks the name Poverty Bay should be dropped altogether. Her comments come after the Council voted to submit to the NZ Geographic Board that the name be changed to Turanganui a Kiwa/ Poverty Bay - a dual name.

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Listener feedback

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 11:55:00 +1300

Wallace reads texts, emails, tweets and Facebook feedback received from listeners.

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Chris Bruerton and the King's Singers

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 11:31:00 +1300

The King's Singers are considered masters of harmony. They've developed their own techniques and hold workshops educating other a cappella groups. The double Grammy-winning King's Singers in in New Zealand in March and one of them is a New Zealander - baritone Chris Bruerton has been with the group since 2012. He and long-time singer Jonathan Howard talk to Wallace. And The King's Singers perform in Christchurch on 8 March, Wellington on 10 March with the Voices New Zealand Chamber choir as part of the New Zealand Festival and in Auckland as part of the Auckland Arts Festival on 11 March.

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Sally Potter: 'I allowed the wicked side of myself to come out'

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 11:04:00 +1300

British film director Sally Potter is best known for her 1992 arthouse film Orlando with Tilda Swinton, based on the novel by Virginia Woolf. She's been writing and directing films since she left school at 16 and has written every script she's directed. Potter is a groundbreaking female storyteller and one of the UK's foremost film directors. Her latest film, the political comedy The Party, starring Timothy Spall and Kristin Scott Thomas, took out The Guild film prize at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival. She says it took a mere two weeks to shoot, in a pressure-cooker atmosphere. Sally Potter's website also features a section called SP-ARK an online educational area for film-makers.

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Simon London in 1984: 'It's a visceral, surprising experience'

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 10:40:00 +1300

Kiwi actor Simon London is best known for his role in The Hobbit playing elf Feren but how he's returning to Auckland for the Auckland Arts Festival production of 1984. It's been touring Australia for a year and he saw it there - now he's playing Charrington in the NZ season. London says Robert Icke and Duncan MacMillan's adaptation reimagines the story and isn't a piece of conventional theatre - it's a visceral experience that really grabs theatregoers like no other. 1984 runs at the Auckland Arts Festival from 9-25 March.

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Prof David Nutt: 'It's irrational to deny people access to LSD'

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 10:04:00 +1300

A former drug policy advisor to the UK's Labour government is in New Zealand to talk about how psychedelic drugs could help control a number of mental health problems and why the war on drugs is a failure. Professor David Nutt has carried out recent clinical trials using LSD and psilocybin (or magic mushroom juice) to see how it affects the brain and why, in some cases, it helps relieve anxiety and depression. He was also sacked from his advisory job after he suggested the decriminalisation of drugs to reduce harm and believes that alcohol is more dangerous than drugs. Professor Nutt is holding a workshop in Christchurch on clinical management of anxiety and depression. He's also speaking at the University of Auckland on drug law reform. His public lecture is in Auckland on 26 February, 6pm.

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Steve James: from basketball court to court room

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:36:00 +1300

Steve James is best remembered as the director of the award-winning "Hoop Dreams" documentary in 1994, inexplicably snubbed for an Oscar nomination. But on March 5 (NZ time) at the 90th Academy Awards he's in the running, for his documentary "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail". It's the story of what happened to Abacus bank in New York in 2012, in the fallout from the American mortgage crisis of 2008. Documentary maker Steve James explains.

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Mediawatch for 25 February 2018

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:06:00 +1300

Little local papers culled by big publisher Stuff; NZME signposts a paywall for premium content; Look - no hands! The rise of 'voice'; time to return the Mail's bogus yarns to sender.

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The Casketeers: putting the fun into funerals

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 08:37:00 +1300

The Casketeers is a local TV show that's been an unexpected runaway success - following the owners and staff of Tipene Funerals. It negotiates the fascinating world of death, grieving relatives and the reality of running your own business and its success comes from its blend of humour and pathos. It also gives a special insight into the way Maori and Pasifika funerals are prepared. Funeral directors Francis and Kaiora Tipene explain how they have turned running funeral homes into must-watch television.

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Insight: Our Noisy World

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 08:10:00 +1300

A building boom in Auckland, open plan offices and classrooms and urban intensification - Teresa Cowie has been out onto the streets and into homes asking about noise levels and what all that racket is doing to our well-being.

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Takaka Hill residents hit the road

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 07:53:00 +1300

The NZ Transport Agency says a complete rebuild of at least one section of SH60 from Takaka to Riwaka is needed, but on Sunday from 9am until 5pm NZTA will provide restricted single-lane access on the road under escort in guided convoys. Takaka Hill resident Charmaine Petereit explains why that's no ideal for everyone.

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'Job creators for the future'

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 07:46:00 +1300

Te Auaha, the New Zealand Institute of Creativity will offer the world's first Bachelor of Creativity.

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Critical time for justice in NZ: Jarrod Gilbert

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 07:21:00 +1300

Dr Jarrod Gilbert from the University of Canterbury has likened Andrew Little's intent to reform the prison system, with the abolition of the death penalty by Minister of Justice Ralph Hanan in 1961. He says it's that big.

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The countries closing their prisons

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 07:11:00 +1300

John Sinclair has recently returned from studying penal systems overseas and found there are some countries that are reducing their prison population and, unlike New Zealand, closing down jails.

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