Radio New Zealand - Saturday, 5th March 2016

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This page features: Access All Areas, In Parliament, Insight, Introducing, Mediawatch, Music 101, News Stories, Radio New Zealand YouTube, Radio NZ National Music, Spectrum, Standing Room Only, Sunday Morning, Tagata o te Moana, This Way Up

Access All Areas

Benjamin Clementine
Trevor Reekie talks to Mecury Prize-winning artist Benjamin Clementine. [more]

In Parliament

The Week In Parliament for 6 March 2016
Prime Minister's Statement Debate concludes in a vote of confidence in the Government; Wednesday sees first General Debate and Members' Day of the year; Employment Standards Legislation Bill undergoes second reading; Former MP John Carter appears before Commerce Committee to make submission on Easter trading bill, as does Family First Director Bob McCoskrie; Attorney General criticises Jiang Yang's Preventing Name Change by Child Sex Offenders Bill; Battle continues between Annette King & Jonathan Coleman; Radiation Safety Bill passes final reading; MPs pay tribute to Pacific islands devastated by Tropical Cyclone Winston and mourn the passing of Dr Ranginui Walker and Martin Crowe. [more]


Insight: Trade - The Bull or the Dragon?
Insight explores New Zealand's increasing focus on doing business with the Asia-Pacific region and where that leaves trade with Europe. [more]


Introducing Malcolm S
Malcolm S. introduces his track 'Taboo'. [more]


Contrasting coverage of refugee resettlement
Coverage of Syrian refugees getting settled this past week was heartwarming, but it didn't give a full picture. [more]

The charged-up debate about electric cars
Lately we’ve seen TV hosts charging around in super-expensive electric-powered supercars, and we've heard some fully-charged opinions in the media about whether they are the future of motoring. But there have been too few facts about this developing political issue in all the coverage. [more]

Current affairs drifts online - will funding follow?
Current affairs programmes that once aired on national networks are now reappearing online. Mediawatch asks if this is a trend which could loosen the broadcasters' hold on the bulk of public funding. [more]

Mediawatch for 6 March 2016
Current affairs drifts online - will funding follow?; charged-up debate over electric cars, and; contrasting coverage of refugee resettlement. [more]

Music 101

Music 101 Pocket Edition 76: RP Boo/ Benjamin Clementine/ The Renderers
Footwork pioneer, RP Boo; Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine, and Southern gothic in the Californian desert with The Renderers. [more]

Radio New Zealand YouTube

Headquarters: Purple Pilgrims
Purple Pilgrims perform 'Thru Evry Cell' for Radio NZ Music, at their Tapu home. Hear the full audio at Audio: Alex Baron Camera Operator: Zac Arnold [more]

Radio NZ National Music

Nick Bollinger talks family business with Spencer Tweedy. [more]

Headquarters: Purple Pilgrims
Video/Audio: Emma Smith heads to the Tapu headquarters of Sisters Clementine and Valentine Adams, a.k.a. Purple Pilgrims. [more]

The Renderers - In The Sodium Light
Emma Smith talks to The Renderers' Maryrose Crook about deserts and darkness in their new album 'In The Sodium Light'. [more]

Nick Bollinger talks family business with Spencer Tweedy. [more]

RP Boo
RP Boo explains the symbiotic relationship between dance and music in Chicago footwork. [more]

The 1975
The 1975's outspoken frontman Matty Healy talks with Sam Wicks about his pop life. [more]

HDU Live at Kings Arms
In January 2016, Dunedin noisemakers HDU regrouped to play Auckland's Kings Arms, a set captured by RNZ Music's Andre Upston. [more]


Send In The Clowns
The country's clown doctors are using laughter to engage with older patients and now they're keen to spread the word. [more]

Standing Room Only

Waikato Cultural Symposium
When expensive commissioned art works turn up in public spaces, there's often an outcry. Too expensive, it's in the wrong place,it's plain ugly. A summit in Hamilton this week aims to help communities to create and control their own art projects, with facilitators prepared to steer the work. There'll be a lot of talk about the great things that can come from collaboration and some of the fishhooks. Lynn Freeman met two people who'll be speaking at the second CCD Summit Aotearoa - Kim Morton who's based in Christchurch and Paul Bradley from Hamilton. [more]

Nefertiti gets hacked
Two artists who secretly copied one of Germany's most prized antiquities then released it around the world for free, have revived an international debate about cultural theft and repatriation. In 1912, German archeologists in Egypt found the 3000-year-old bust of Queen Nefertiti, and it's become one of Berlin's biggest tourist attractions. Nora Al-Badri and Jan Mikolai Nelles used a scanning device hidden under a scarf when they went to Neues Museum in Berlin in October. They first used the data to create 3-D printed copies of the bust. Then they worked with hackers who released the data to the world, for free. [more]

Sunday Morning

Minimum wage - How high is too high?
This week saw the minimum wage increase by 50 cents to $15.25. Those who argue against significant increases to the minimum wage claim it will price some of the most vulnerable workers out of jobs. But does the evidence back that up? Laila Harre is a former associate minister of labour and the owner of Ika Seafood Bar and Grill - a living wage employer; Tim Hazledine, professor of economics at the University of Auckland, and economist Eric Crampton is the head of research at the New Zealand Initiative - a business funded think tank. [more]

Ebonie Rio - Pain in the Knee
Knee pain is common and persistent for many people. Dr Ebonie Rio is lead researcher at the Monash University Tendon Research Group which has developed a medication and injection-free exercise that can eliminate knee tendon pain. [more]

Marcus Wilson - Tracking Islamic State's bombs
Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are the signature weapon of Islamic State and, according to a new investigation, ISIS is building them on a quasi-industrial scale. Marcus Wilson is the managing director of Conflict Armaments Research - a private organisation which researches the origin of weapons in conflict zones. They've just released a new report revealing where the components ISIS uses to make its IEDs are coming from. [more]

Karoline Kan - A Second Child in One-child China
Karoline Kan was born against the odds. The second child in her family, she was born in the 1980s - just as restrictions imposed to support China's one child policy were reaching their height. Now she's written an article for Foreign Policy revealing what life was like knowing her very existence was supposedly prohibited by the state. [more]

Saru Jayaraman - History of Tipping
Tipping - a practice that encourages good service, or a hangover from slavery? American food advocate Saru Jayaraman joins Wallace to explain the dark history of tipping and why she wants to see an end to the practice which, she says, encourages employers not to pay their staff minimum wages. [more]

Uta Plate - Prison Drama
German theatre practitioner Uta Plate has been running workshops and devising plays with prisoners, refugees and young people for the last 20 years. She's worked in New Zealand before and she's been back in the past few weeks, presenting at forums to highlight the role of theatre and creativity in prisons. She talks to Wallace at the end of a nine-day workshop for women in the Drug Treatment Unit at Arohata Prison. [more]

Peter Gilderdale - Our Postcard Past
Postcard historian Peter Gilderdale joins Wallace to talk about New Zealanders' love affair with postcards, from the very early days where postcards functioned as the Twitter of the day to their decline after World War Two. It's a fascinating history, and one that he says will be lost if we don't take care to preserve it. [more]

Black Cracker - Transgender MC
It's hard to define American hip hop artist, Black Cracker. He has been named as one of the top 10 most influential transgender artists in the US. He's in New Zealand for the 30th anniversary of the 1986 Homosexual Law Reform Bill and he joins Wallace to talk about his collaboration with New Zealand musicians around this historic event. [more]

Sir Tom Jones - Still On Song
For half a century, Sir Tom Jones has been belting out the classics with his distinctive voice - winning him fans from all ages all around the globe. He's in New Zealand this month to play a show in Auckland and he joins Wallace to talk about his influences, his voice and why he could have ended up as glove maker in his home country of Wales. [more]

Tagata o te Moana

Tagata o te Moana for 5 March 2016
Samoa goes to the polls; Better building needed for Fiji's new homes; Fiji's tourism industry galvanises to get visitors back; Winston could reset "troubled" ANZ-Fiji relations; Cyclones a test for Pacific RSE workers; The medical aid NGO, Medicins San Frontieres, is calling on the PNG government or aid donors to provide improved long term help for the survivors of family and sexual violence. A new report says seabed mining could see Papua New Guinea reap economic benefits of 80 million US dollars over two years. [more]

This Way Up

This Way Up Part 2
China's football revolution, online cancer hoaxes, science news (robotic skin and thought-controlled wheelchairs) and the evolution of chins. [more]

China's football revolution
Chinese clubs are buying some of the world's best football players. We ask The Guardian's chief sports correspondent Owen Gibson what's behind this recent surge of interest in the beautiful game. [more]

Online cancer hoaxes
Some people are going to amazing lengths, inventing followers and doctoring photos, to support their fake stories of illness and human tragedy on the internet. Rachel Monroe is a journalist who's written about internet illness hoaxes, and the community committed to uncovering them. [more]

Science: robotic skin
Dr Chris Smith with science news, and designing robotic skin that senses touch. Also monkeys have been able to control wheelchairs using only their thoughts. [more]

Chin evolution
Why we humans have chins. That jutting piece of bone at the front of your face makes us unique in the animal kingdom. But nobody really knows why we've evolved to have them! James Pampush studies Evolutionary Anthropology, and chins, at Duke University. [more]

News stories:

New Zealand behind in Davis Cup tie
New Zealand will have to stage a major comeback if they are resurrect their Asia/Oceania Group 1 Davis Cup tennis tie against South Korea in Seoul. [more]

Ex-Brazil President questioned by police
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been questioned by police as part of a major fraud inquiry into the state oil company Petrobras. [more]

Police test knife from OJ Simpson's property
Los Angeles police are testing a knife found at the former home of OJ Simpson, whose acquittal at his 1995 murder trial captivated the US. [more]

Rare whale images a world-first
A team of scientists have captured what could be world-first footage of a pygmy blue whale feeding her calf. [more]

Current flag the favourite - poll
The latest poll on the flag referendum shows almost two thirds of those surveyed are in favour of keeping the current flag. [more]

Minister invited to ride on dusty school roads
Northlanders fed up with clouds of dust kicked up by logging trucks are inviting the Minister of Education to ride the local school bus and judge the risk for herself. [more]

Samoa's ruling party ahead
Samoa's ruling party has won another landslide victory according to preliminary results from Friday's election. [more]

NZDF delivers aid to remote Fiji communities
The New Zealand Defence Force's NH90 helicopters has delivered essential aid supplies to cyclone-ravaged communities in Fiji as part of their first overseas mission. [more]

Fiji Govt websites hacked
The websites of Fiji's Police, Military and Immigration departments have been hacked. [more]

Football Ferns draw with Russia
The New Zealand women's football team has drawn nil-all with Russia in their second group match at the Algarve Cup tournament in Portugal. [more]

Candidates consider capital mayoralty
The Wellington City mayoral race could be thrown wide open in a possible move south by Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett. [more]

Women's pursuit team fourth at World Champs
The New Zealand women's team pursuit quartet finished fourth after losing to host nation Great Britain in their bronze medal ride-off at the World Championships. [more]

Rare medal sells for $20,000
A medal given to Maori by Captain James Cook in 1772 has sold for over $20,000 at an auction. [more]

New king on Futuna hoped to appease family tensions
A new king will be inducted in the kingdom of Sigave on the French Pacific island of Futuna on Saturday after a seven-year vacancy. [more]

PNG's PM vows to walk if corruption case proved
Peter O'Neill has declared he will resign immediately as Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister if evidence shows he has corruptly pocketed just one Kina. [more]

Tonga says Zika clean-up working
The Minister of Health in Tonga says although there have been over 2,000 suspected cases of the Zika virus, a clean-up campaign of mosquito breeding areas in the country is... [more]

Sport: Plenty to prove for Samoa and Fiji in Las Vegas
It's a case of deja-vu for Fiji and Samoa at this weekend's Las Vegas Sevens. [more]

Sport: PNG Hunters skipper under injury cloud
The Papua New Guinea Hunters will give co-captain Noel Zeming until match-day to prove his fitness for Sunday's Queensland Cup rugby league season opener against Souths Logan Magpies. [more]

Warnings before Dunedin balcony collapse
One person seriously injured after a balcony collapsed in Dunedin has been transferred to Christchurch Hospital. [more]

Ex-Pitcairn Island Mayor jailed
Michael Warren has been sentenced to 20 months in jail after being found guilty of possessing child sex photos and videos. [more]

Dozens of defence staff charged over drugs
More than 30 Defence Force personnel have been charged with using or selling drugs in just over a year. [more]

No backdown on Keytruda decision
Pharmac is standing by its decision to give low priority to funding the melanoma drug Keytruda. [more]

Crowd packed 'three deep' on balcony
About 20 people packed the first-floor balcony three-deep before it collapsed, concertgoers say. [more]

NASA to launch balloon from Wanaka
American space agency Nasa is looking to break the record for the longest-ever balloon flight - launching from Wanaka. [more]

A-League: Adelaide thrash Wellington
A-League Football - Adelaide win by four goals against Wellington in the capital tonight. Read our match commentary here: [more]

Super Rugby: Chiefs lose to Lions
Super Rugby: Look back at commentary of the Chiefs loss to the Lions in Hamilton. [more]

Super Rugby: Highlanders beat Hurricanes
Super Rugby: Highlanders narrowly beat the Hurricanes in Dunedin tonight. Read our match commentary here: [more]

Police raid newspaper in Istanbul
Turkish police have raided the offices of the opposition Zaman newspaper, placing it under state control. [more]

Criminal or justice crusader?
Police Commissioner Mike Bush once described Arthur Taylor as "a criminal with no moral or social conscience". Now the career crook claims he's on the right side of justice. [more]

Crossing the ditch for cannabis?
An Australian law change means New Zealanders can now legally obtain medicinal cannabis and bring it back to this country, a legal commentator says. [more]

All Blacks Sevens start strong in Vegas
New Zealand and South Africa went unbeaten on day one of the Las Vegas Sevens but reigning World Series champions Fiji suffered a shock defeat by Samoa. [more]