Speak Up – Kōrerotia

Speak Up” – “Kōrerotia” is a human rights radio show produced in Christchurch. Initially sponsored by the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, it engages in thought-provoking conversations on human rights. 

The show covers some of the key issues relating to human rights and provides a space for guests to “Speak Up” and share their thoughts and experiences.

The show is available on the following platforms:

The show also has a Facebook page which hosts discussion between and about the shows.

The show host can be contacted at [email protected].

Show Ninety-Three: "The Christchurch Call and violent extremist content online” (September, 2021)

In response to the 15 March 2019 Christchurch mosque attacks - and the livestreaming of the violence - the New Zealand and French governments and several major international tech companies established the Christchurch Call, which aims to eliminate terrorist and violent extremist content online. What has been achieved in the two years since its establishment?

Part I: Interview with Superintendent John Price, Canterbury District Commander, about the involvement of the New Zealand Police in the Christchurch Call.

Part II: Genesis of the Christchurch Call; What is the Christchurch Call? Panel discussion with Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel, Anjum Rahman (Inclusive Aotearoa) and Jordan Carter (Internet NZ)

Part III: What is terrorist and violent extremist content online?; How do we seek to eliminate it?; situating this discussion within arguments about free speech

You can also download the transcript here

Show Ninety-Two: "Apologising for the Dawn Raids” (September, 2021)

In August 2021, the New Zealand government formally apologised to the country's Pasifika communities for the Dawn Raids. These events took place in the 1970s, when police raided people's homes looking for visa overstayers, and have since been acknowledged as state-sanctioned racism (most overstayers were, in fact, from the UK or South Africa, but these groups were not targeted for deportation). Our guests bring a range of perspectives to our discussion: Melani Anae was a founding member of the Polynesian Panthers that protested the Raids, Benji Timu and Selwyn Gamble helped coordinate the 2021 petition for the apology, and Kathy Smits has long researched political apologies and situates the August 2021 apology in a broader context.

Part I: What were the Dawn Raids? What have been the legacies?

Part II: The genesis / whakapapa of the apology; situating this apology in a broader context of political apologies

Part III: Feelings about the apology; What has been promised?; What else do you hope for?

You can also download the transcript here

Show Ninety: "Settled communities, unsettling news " (June, 2021)

What is the impact of distressing news on refugee- and migrant-background people - who are far from their home countries, and to the family and friends they left behind?

Part I: Zahra Hussaini (Afghan Hazara): Christchurch's Afghan Hazara community; the importance of community support when someone dies overseas; fear for people overseas; processing emotion through poetry

Part II: Gul Agha Alizadah (Afghan Hazara): Anger, guilt; taking action through protest and vigil

Part III: Osmith Vides Contreras (Colombian): Impotence; inability to concentrate on studies; taking action through academic writings and discussions

Part IV: Maha Elmadani (Palestinian): Identifying as Palestinian; anger, guilt, fear; social media as a tool for social change; the need for us all to take some responsibility to look out for others' rights

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Eighty-Nine: "Activating the city " (June, 2021)

Ōtautahi Christchurch has had a run of public events in the past few weeks which seek to connect people to the city and to each other, including Open Christchurch, Learning Days Christchurch, Pecha Kucha and some new Gap Filler projects such as the Polite Force / Ngā Pirihimanaaki. Guests Erica Austin (Christchurch Ambassador), Ryan Reynolds (Gap Filler) and Cheryl Doig (Ako Ōtautahi / Learning City Christchurch) talk us through these events, reflecting particularly on how we might frame their 'success' or 'impact'.

Part I: What do we mean by ‘activating the city’?

PPart II: Recent activation projects in Christchurch; assessing 'impact' and 'success'

Part III: Social, economic, wellbeing benefits; who needs to take part?

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Eighty-Eight: "Influence of porn on young people's understandings of sex and relationships " (February, 2021)

Online porn is very often aggressive, non-consensual, and shows behaviour that we would usually deem at the very least ‘unhealthy’ and at worst, illegal. If young people are viewing this porn and perceiving this behaviour as normal and/or acceptable, how are these views shaping the way they comport themselves moving forwards into their adult lives and developing relationships? Co-hosts Sally Carlton and Anne Heins talk with sexuality education expert Tracy Clelland (University of Canterbury) and sex counsellor Jo Robertson (The Light Project).

Part I: Intros

Part II: The 'new porn landscape' - what content are young people watching?

Part III: Impacts of young people watching porn; guests' aspirations for the future

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Eighty-Seven: "Digital exclusion" (December, 2020)

Today, the internet is a powerful means of enabling connectivity and participation, access to information, and freedom of expression. Yet as more key services move online, people who are unable to access or confidently use the internet are increasingly missing out - and these people are often already among the most vulnerable and marginalised in our society. In this show, we hear from Sacha Green, author of the recent Citizens Advice Bureau's report 'Face-to-face with digital exclusion', University of Canterbury Professor Emerita Niki Davis, and Kim Slack and Shanelle Temaru-Ilalio, Learning Specialists at the Christchurch City Libraries.

Part I: Why do we strive for digital inclusion? - the benefits of the online world; What is needed to enable digital inclusion? Which groups most experience digital exclusion?

Part II: Impacts of digital exclusion; impacts of COVID lockdown

Part III: Suggestions on how to further digital inclusion - but also calls to recognise that there will always be people who do not want to or cannot engage digitally and we cannot leave them behind

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Eighty-Sex: "Pets and intimate partner violence" (November, 2020)

Threats or actual harm committed against pets can be a means of control in family violence situations, with research showing that victims can delay leaving relationships out of fear for the safety of their pets. Talking us through this issue are Gwenda Kendrew (Aviva Families), Nik Taylor (University of Canterbury) and Julie Chapman (Pet Refuge).

Part I: Links between cruelty to animals and violence towards humans; pet ownership in NZ; family harm in NZ; findings from 2018 Women’s Refuge research

Part II: Abuse carried out against pets - physical and emotional; short- and longer-term impacts on this abuse on pets, victims and children during and after leaving the relationship; costs associated with caring for pets; the potential of animal-assisted therapy to break the cycle of violence

Part III: Barriers which can prevent victims bringing their pets when they leave a relationship; what can be done about these barriers; need for training for students and professionals in veterinary, social work and human services

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Eighty-Five: "Holocaust awareness" (November, 2020)

2020 marks 75 years since the end of World War Two, and liberation of the Nazi death camps. This anniversary comes as we see a global decline in Holocaust awareness and a corresponding increase in Holocaust denial. Guests Kris Clancy (Holocaust Centre of NZ) and Giacomo Lichtner (Victoria Uni Wellington) discuss why remembering the Holocaust remains imperative for us as humanity.

Part I: What was the Holocaust? Persecuted groups and statistics; impacts of COVID-19 on proposed 75th anniversary commemorations

Part II: Results from July 2019 Holocaust Awareness Poll in New Zealand and what they might mean; decline in Holocaust awareness globally and corresponding rise in Holocaust denial

Part III: Why should we know about the Holocaust? Countering the question, "Why is the Holocaust relevant to NZ?”

Part IV: Ensuring we remember the Holocaust - role of social media, role of education; importance of balancing local and global history in NZ Curriculum

*Show first aired on 18 September 2020 on Canterbury's Plains FM, made with the assistance of NZ On Air.

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Eighty-Four: "Te hirahira o te reo Māori" (October, 2020)

He aha te hirahira o te reo Māori? Ka whakanui Speak Up-Kōrerotia te Wiki o Te Reo Māori 2020 me tēnei hōtaka i te reo Māori!

Part I: Papapātai me te manuhiri, Nathan Riki

Part II: Ngā whakaaro o 12 ngā tāngata mō te pātai, "He aha te hirahira o te reo Māori?"

*Show first aired on 18 September 2020 on Canterbury's Plains FM, made with the assistance of NZ On Air.

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Eighty-Three: "Loneliness among young people in New Zealand" (September, 2020)

Which age group is most likely to identify as lonely? It might surprise you to learn that it is young people (15-24 years old). Why is this group particularly susceptible to feeling lonely? What are the effects of lockdown on loneliness among this cohort? What can be done to address loneliness among young people? Hear from our expert guests Dame Sue Bagshaw (298 Youth), Michael Hempseed and Holly Walker (Helen Clark Foundation).

Part I: Defining 'loneliness'

Part II: Reasons why young people in NZ experience loneliness

Part III: The impact of lockdown on loneliness among young people in NZ

Part IV: Suggestions to combat loneliness

*Show first aired on 16 September 2020 on Canterbury's Plains FM, made with the assistance of NZ On Air

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Eighty-Two: "Exhibitions, anti-racism and allyship" (August, 2020)

Through discussion of the 1.5 Million Buttons Children's Holocaust Memorial and the Human Rights Commission's Voices of Racism campaign, Chris Harris (CEO, Holocaust Centre of New Zealand) and Meng Foon (Race Relations Commissioner) outline the ways in which exhibitions can address issues of racism, anti-racism and allyship, and encourage participants to take these messages with them into their everyday lives.

Part I: Defining 'exhibition' for this discussion; introducing 1.5 Million Buttons Children's Holocaust Memorial and Voices of Racism campaign; what do anti-racism and allyship look like?

Part II: Role of exhibitions in promoting messages of anti-racism and allyship e.g. exhibitions should encourage viewers to ask questions, take messages home with them, take action

Part III: Challenges and limits to exhibitions in promoting anti-racism and allyship

Show first aired on 19 August 2020 on Canterbury's Plains FM, made with the assistance of NZ On Air

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Eighty-One: "Plastic Waste" (July, 2020)

It's July 2020 - one year since the New Zealand government banned single-use plastic bags, the ninth Plastic-Free July and a couple of months since the end of lockdown which has detrimentally impacted our recycling habits. Guests Anthea Madill (Clever Green and 'So Circular'), Helen Townsend (The Rubbish Whisperer) and Ross Trotter (Christchurch City Council) discuss plastic consumption and waste in the context of human rights.

Part I: Defining 'single-use' plastic; stats on Christchurch recycling since lockdown; linkages between plastic consumption and waste, and human rights

Part II: Plastic-Free July; personal journeys to minimise plastic waste

Part III: Momentum in recent times; impact of celebrities; impact of social media; towards a circular economy

*Show first aired 15 July 2020 on Canterbury's Plains FM 96.9.

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Eighty: "The impact of lockdown on social isolation among older people" (June, 2020)

How did six weeks of COVID-19 lockdown in New Zealand impact older people, a cohort which ranks among the most socially isolated and lonely in our community? Four Christchurch octogenarians share their experiences of lockdown, interspersed with commentary from Simon Templeton (Age Concern Canterbury) and Susi Haberstock (Kaikoura District Council).

Part I: Social isolation and loneliness among older people in Aotearoa New Zealand; work done to support older people during lockdown; the importance of having support systems in place

Part II: Jan Hayward shares her story

Part III: The importance of clear messaging; technological capability to help counteract loneliness during lockdown

Part IV: Anne Malcolm shares her story

Part V: Lockdown as an opportunity to (re)visit hobbies

Part VI: Yasuhei Akiyama shares his story

Part VII: Older people's mobility; older people's fears (including financial concerns, fear of contracting COVID-19, fear of scammers); additional challenges faced by older people from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds

Part VIII: Ruth Todd shares her story

Part IX: Access to health services during lockdown; slower pace of life as an insight into what ageing might entail; concluding comments

* Show first aired on 17 June 2020 on Canterbury's Plains FM 96.9

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Seventy-Nine: "Disability advocacy and inclusive communities" (May, 2020)

Throughout his life, Rich Feldman and Janice Fialka's son Micah has compelled people to reassess conceptualisations of 'what is possible' for people with intellectual disabilities. Rich and Janice bring their stories from the United States and join with Canterbury locals Caroline Quick, Mark Lewis and Racheal Priestley (from Enabling Good Lives and Hōhepa) to discuss disability advocacy, community building and togetherness.

Part I: What do we mean by ‘disability advocacy’?; impacts and pervasiveness of ableism; inclusion in education

Part II: Harmful effects of labels; the 'dignity of risk'; community ecosystems and security (interdependence not just independence)

Part III: What is ‘disability justice’?; New Zealand legislation for disability rights; US sit-in in 1977

Part IV: Technology as enabler; visions for the future

First aired on 20 May 2020 on Canterbury's Plains FM 96.9

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Seventy-Eight: "The SDGs and learning through play" (April, 2020)

The United Nations tells us that, “For the SDGs to be reached, everyone needs to do their part." So today we talk about initiatives which use transformative learning through play to encourage people to engage with and live out the SDGs.

Guests: James Bishop (Koru (Hong Kong), facilitator of SDG Game), Sophia White (Toitū Envirocare) and Bridget Williams (Bead and Proceed).

Part I: Introducing the SDGs and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Part II: Initiatives which encourage engagement with SDGs; pedagogy of play and engaging with SDGs; benefits of transformative learning; business case for engaging with SDGs; importance of working with corporates to understand and adopt the SDGs; New Zealand and the SDGs globally

Part III: How to gain ongoing commitment to the SDGs; measuring impact; play as especially powerful for learning; what will we need to achieve SDGs by 2030?; importance of everyone getting involved

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Seventy-Seven: "Human rights whats, whys and hows: Three interviews" (March, 2020)

What motivates someone to get involved in human rights work? And what motivates them to keep going, decades later? What are some key learnings from their decades of work? The highs and the lows? The advice do they want to share? Hear from three long-term human rights advocates about their stories.

Part I: Aroha Reriti-Crofts (Māori and women's rights)

Part II: David Matas (organ transplant abuse in China, refugee rights, Holocaust remembrance)

Part III: Marilyn Garson (social enterprises in Cambodia, Afghanistan and Gaza)

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Seventy-Six: "Reflections: Christchurch mosque attacks one year on" (March, 2020)

15 March 2020 marks one year since the attacks at Christchurch's Al Noor and Linwood Mosques. Speak Up-Kōrerotia issued an open call for contributions, inviting anyone interested to self-record and submit their reflections on the approaching anniversary. The 23 submissions touch on so many themes, acknowledging both the aroha demonstrated after the attacks as well as the toxic undercurrent of racism that enabled such violence to develop.

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Seventy-Five: "Revitalising Te Reo Maori" (February, 2020)

Whakahaumanutia! Te Reo Māori is classified as an endangered language but is currently experiencing a real boom. What is being done to harness this enthusiasm? How can we work to ensure Te Reo and its associated tikanga survive? Language teachers and advocates Jeanette King (University of Canterbury), Anton Matthews (Fush) and Regan Stokes (Hagley Community College) share their insights.

Part I: Why is Te Reo in need of revitalisation?

Part II: What is being done to revitalise Te Reo?

Part III: The importance of active / formal learning for the survival of the language

Part IV: What would you like to see happen to support the continued revitalisation of Te Reo?

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Seventy-Four: "Climate anxiety" (January, 2020)

We open the news and are confronted by climate disaster. If this news make you feel anxious, scared, horrified or helpless, you are probably experiencing 'climate anxiety' - and you are not alone.

Explaining and exploring the linkages between climate change and psychology, with suggestions on what we can we do about, are Mia Sutherland (School Strike 4 Climate), Michael Apathy (psychotherapist and Extinction Rebellion), Alicia Hall (Millions of Mothers) and Jackie Feather and Brian Dixon (Co-Convenors of NZ Psychology Society's Climate Psychology Taskforce).

Part I: What is climate anxiety? How does it manifest? What causes it? How is it similar and different to other forms of anxiety?

Part II: No official clinical definition; Which population groups are most affected?

Part III: What can people do to counter climate anxiety?

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Seventy-Three: "Unconscious bias in New Zealand" (December, 2019)

Guests Hector Matthews (Executive Director, Māori and Pacific Health, Canterbury District Health Board), Jane Andrews (Jam TV) and Inspector Hirōne Waretini (District Manager, Māori, Pacific and Ethnic Services, New Zealand Police) expand on our September 2019 show on "Unconscious bias," discussing the issue in the context of Aotearoa.

Part I: 'Unconscious' bias does not excuse discriminatory behaviour; preference for term 'implicit bias' over 'unconscious bias'

Part II: The extent of the problem: stats and stories from health, police and education sectors which demonstrate disparities between ethnic groups; personal examples of experiencing implicit bias; the ongoing impact of colonisation; difference between how New Zealanders see themselves/would like to see themselves, and reality

Part III: Role of media in perpetuating implicit bias; young people often eager to instigate change but stymied by our systems; bystanders' complicity in perpetuating discriminatory sentiment; difficulty allowing young people rein whilst staying true to tikanga; response to 15 March mosque attacks as offering hope

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Seventy-Two: "Same-sex parents" (November, 2019)

Same-sex couples wanting children will likely face many emotional and legal hurdles as they navigate the complexities of surrogacy, egg or sperm donation, adoption, etc. Same-sex parents Chris Hunter and Sara Epperson, and researcher Nicola Surtees, share their journeys and experiences.

Part I: Different ways that same-sex couples can become parents; impossibility of capturing statistics

Part II: Challenges facing same-sex couples wanting to become parents: conception; how to find a surrogate or donor; emotional and ethical decisions e.g. anonymous donor or friend? What role, if any, will surrogate/donor play in the children's lives?; legal challenges e.g. birth certificates and passports; stigma and discrimination; costs e.g. lawyers and IVF

Part III: Suggestions for normalising all kinds of familial relationships including in schools; research findings about children of heterosexual and same-sex parents

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Seventy-One: "Youth activism" (October, 2019)

What enables and what challenges young people to 'get involved' in working towards positive change? We hear from three young activists - Allie Zohoori-Dossa and Trixie-Mārie Bull (involved in race unity work) and Lucy Gray (Christchurch Coordinator for School Strike 4 Climate) - as well as Lincoln University lecturer Sylvia Nissen, whose research focuses on youth activism. Prepare to be inspired!

Part I: What do you understand by 'activism' / 'advocacy' etc?

Part II: What factors enable young people to get involved?

Part III: What factors make it difficult, and how do you respond to these challenges?

Part IV: What would you like to see happen in the future?

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Seventy: "Unconscious bias" (September, 2019)

Dr Benjamin Reese Jr shares his wisdom of almost fifty years working with unconscious bias, including as Vice President of Institutional Equity at Duke University and the Head of the Duke University Hospital System.

Part I: What is unconscious (or implicit) bias?; How does it differ from conscious/explicit bias?; some types of unconscious bias (confirmation bias, halo effect, group think); challenges and dangers of unconscious bias; juries; pros and cons of Harvard's Project Implicit Association test

Part II: How researchers think unconscious bias develops, and at what age; influences on unconscious bias; examples of research which demonstrates unconscious bias; how unconscious bias can change with external influence; the impact of stress and fatigue

Part III: Who are we unconsciously biased towards?; the value of trying to recognise and move beyond your own unconscious biases; unconscious power among groups with and without power; unconscious bias and policing;

Part IV: What do we do about unconscious bias?; strategies for addressing your own unconscious bias; the importance of trying to also address structural bias; the brain science behind unconscious bias

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Sixty-Nine: "Wearing the hijab" (August, 2019)

A rich conversation with Christchurch women Hafsa Ahmed, Denise Jaegar, Qaali Mohamed and Sondos Quraan about why they wear the hijab and how it makes them feel - think empowerment, not oppression.

Part I: What the Qur'an says about hijab; hijab as connection to Allah

Part II: Why do you wear the hijab? How old were you when you first started wearing it? responsibilities that come with wearing the hijab; hijab does not mean oppression; dress as a personal choice

Part III: Discrimination against hijabis; racism in New Zealand; the positives and negatives of hijabs as fashion

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Sixty-Eight: "Gender identity 101" (July, 2019)

Wanting to know more about gender diversity but not sure who to ask, or don't want to cause offence by asking the 'wrong' question? This podcast is for you: Alice Andersen (LGBTQIA+ support group Qtopia) and Jennifer Shields (trans advocate and consultant) talk us through vocab, stats and experiences relating to gender diversity.

Part I: The acronym 'LGBTQIA+'; T for transgender and transexual; gender identity vs biological sex; gender identity vs sexual identity; 'cisgender', 'gender diverse', 'gender neutral'; statistics about gender diversity in NZ

Part II: Western society as heteronormative, seeing gender as binary; the social and personal need for labels for identification; what happens when someone does not 'fit' these norms; self-harm etc; indigenous understandings of gender

Part III: No single pathway to recognising one's own gender diversity; the social, legal and medical processes which someone might undertake to make known their gender diversity; how gender diversity affects the individual and their networks; barriers to people supporting gender diverse individuals - often worried about causing offence; work being done in schools

Part IV: How is NZ doing in terms of recognising gender diversity?; increasing awareness among young people of gender diversity; the need for more public education around gender diversity

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Sixty-Seven: "Refugee resettlement in NZ" (June, 2019)

The New Zealand government recently pledged to increase our annual refugee quota, and as a result refugees will be resettled in new locations about the country from 2020. Considering what is needed to enable 'good' resettlement, particularly in light of Christchurch having recently accepted its first intake of refugees since the earthquakes, are guests Jo Fasheun and Aklilu Habteghiorghis (New Zealand Red Cross), Sarah Ward (Immigration New Zealand) and recently-resettled former refugee Namrud Asrat.

Part I: New Zealand as a refugee-resettling country - Who and what

Part II: What factors enable 'good' resettlement? What do organisations do to support resettlement?

Part III: New settlement locations as Quota increases in 2020; re-starting resettlement in Christchurch after eight-year pause

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Sixty-Six: "Visioning a carbon-neutral NZ" (May, 2019)

In May 2019, the New Zealand government introduced the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Bill as a result of submissions by over 15000 NZers and organisations. While many high greenhouse gas-emitting countries have committed to significantly reducing emissions, few have committed to becoming carbon neutral. What might a carbon-neutral Aotearoa look like? And how might we get there? With a wealth of academic and activist experience, guests Pubudu Senanayake (Generation Zero), Dan Price (Pole to Paris and Trump Forest) and Anita Wreford (Lincoln University) debate such questions.

Part I: What does 'carbon neutral' actually mean? What are the main elements of the Zero Carbon Bill? What do you think of it?

Part II: What large-scale changes are required to meet the carbon neutral target?; Farming and climate change responses; carbon offsets

Part III: Change at the individual level including diet and transport choices; the power of the individual to make a difference globally

Part IV: Likely impact of NZ becoming carbon neutral at individual and global levels

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Sixty-Five: "Human rights following atrocity" (April, 2019)

On 15 March 2019, 50 people were killed in a terrorist attack in the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch. This Speak Up-Kōrerotia episode is a recording of speeches made on 9 April 2019 by national and international human rights leaders in response to the atrocity.

Part I: Speech by Paul Hunt, Chief Commissioner, New Zealand Human Rights Commission

Part II: Speech by Kate Gilmore, United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

Part III: Audience Q&A

1. International examples of community resilience following atrocity

2. Suggestions on how to educate children about cultural competency, embracing religion, etc.

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Sixty-Four: "Placemaking" (March, 2019)

We feel more connected to places if we have interacted with them - so placemaking is all about encouraging people to get involved in the design, construction and activation of the city. Hear from international placemaking expert Ethan Kent, and from local voices Ryan Reynolds (Gap Filler) and Carolyn Ingles (Christchurch City Council) as they debate the social, health, ecological, financial and other benefits generated by such involvement.

Part I: Defining 'placemaking'; placemaking and indigenous practices; conditions for placemaking

Part II: Examples of placemaking in Christchurch and elsewhere; what is needed for 'successful' placemaking?

Part III: Benefits of placemaking

Part IV: Challenges to placemaking e.g. inclusiveness; ability of placemaking to engender real change

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Sixty-Three: "Period poverty" (Feburary, 2019)

Period poverty occurs when women and girls are unable to afford menstrual products. Join advocates Julie Chapman (KidsCan), Dani Barrington (Leeds University), Olie Body (Wā Collective) and Laura O'Dwyer (University of Canterbury Students' Association) as they debate the human rights implications of period poverty and underscore the importance of breaking down taboos around periods.

Part I: Defining period poverty; scale and 'cost' of the problem

Part II: Human rights implications - impact on education, dignity, health, stress

Part III: Initiatives to address period poverty - distribution of products, tax; menstrual products as essential not luxury items; looking forward

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Sixty-Two: "International students, wellbeing and talking on air" (January, 2019)

In 2017, the Ministry of Education released its International Student Wellbeing Strategy. With a focus on economic wellbeing, education, health and wellbeing, and inclusion, the Strategy intends to ensure that international students see Aotearoa New Zealand as a "safe and welcoming" study destination. Plains FM has contributed to this vision by coordinating a radio show hosted for, by and about international students in Canterbury. In this show, Plains FM Content Coordinator Laura Gartner and intern Minaho Nakamura, and international student broadcasters Jack Liu and Sohana Poudel, discuss the linkages between the international student experience, wellbeing and talking on air.


You can also download the transcript here.

Show Sixty-One: "Making Charity Dollars Count" (December, 2018)

What is the relationship between charities and funding? Today's guests come at this question from different perspectives: Bridget Frame analyses government grant donations, and Catherine Low advocates for individuals to consider where they can most effectively donate.

Part I: Defining 'charity' under NZ law; number of charities in NZ

Part II: How much money are we talking, here?; the imperative to collect data to be able to gauge charities' effectiveness

Part III: What kind of organisations do people tend to support, and why?; errors in judgement and suggestions to avoid them; donation 'pressure tactics'; donating in NZ versus donating overseas

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Sixty: "Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70" (November, 2018)

10 December 2018 marks 70 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations General Assembly. Join our guests - University of Canterbury lecturers Natalie Baird and Jeremy Moses, grassroots activist Rāwā Karetai and Human Rights Commission lawyer John Hancock - as they both celebrate and problematise the impact of the UDHR on human rights at the international, domestic and community levels.

Part I: What is the UDHR?; What are its core principles and key issues?; Who does the UDHR apply to?; What measures are in place to uphold the UDHR?

Part II: Impact of the UDHR at the international and domestic levels

Part III: Impact of the UDHR at the community and personal levels

Part IV: Conclusions: What has been the impact of the UDHR? Does it do enough?

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Fifty-Nine: "Teaching war, teaching peace?" (November, 2018)

11 November 2018 marks one hundred years since the signing of the Armistice that ended the First World War. The scale of this war makes a compelling argument for commemorating it - we must remember in order not to repeat the mistakes of the past - yet does this argument hold true? Guests are invited to ponder the question: Does teaching about war translate into teaching about peace?

Part I: Rowan Light (University of Canterbury) ANZAC Day commemoration as teaching; changes to ANZAC Day over time including shift from veteran- to state-led event

Part II: Katerina Standish (National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Otago) Acknowledgement of violence in New Zealand curricula and its impact on teaching war and peace

Part II: Laura Jones (Te Papa, New Zealand's national museum) The 'Gallipoli: Scale of our war' exhibition; role of the museum in encouraging audience reflection on notions of war and peace.

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Fifty-Eight: "DANCEability" (October, 2018)

Join Rodney Bell (internationally-renowned wheelchair dancer and founding member of Touch Compass), Lyn Cotton (Founder and Artistic Director of Jolt Dance Company) and Jo Casey (Regional Programmes Coordinator (Christchurch) at StarJam) in a beautiful and uplifting discussion on the benefits of dance and performance for people perceived as having disabilities.

Part I: Why do you do what you do?

Part II: The benefits of dance - health and wellbeing, social, identity

Part III: The benefits of performance for dancers and audience - visibility, confidence, self-worth; performance as a human right

Part IV: What would you like to see happen in NZ in terms of dance and disability?

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Fifty-Seven: "Suffrage 125" (September, 2018)

It is 125 years since New Zealand became the first country to allow women to vote in parliamentary elections. In this show, guests Vanisa Dhiru (National President of the National Council of Women NZ), Katie Pickles (Historian of Women's and Feminist History at the University of Canterbury) and Kym Hamilton (Tokona Te Raki) ponder the history of suffrage in Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as the current state of women's rights in the country. This show is proudly supported by the Ministry for Women's Suffrage 125 Community Fund

Part I: Brief overview of the Suffrage movement in Aotearoa New Zealand; who exactly was entitled to vote following the 1893 Electoral Act

Part II: Women's rights and challenges in NZ 125 years since Suffrage

Part III: The need for a gender-equal NZ; the need to look at gender beyond stereotypes and beyond the binary

Part IV: Hopes for the future

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Fifty-Six: "Indian Communities in Aotearoa" (August, 2018)

Guests Rakesh Naidoo (Strategic Advisor Race Relations at the Human Rights Commission), Archna Tandon and Jane Buckingham (University of Canterbury historian) discuss Indian migration to and settlement in New Zealand across the centuries.

Part I: History of Indian migration to and settlement in Aotearoa, including changes to immigration policy and its effects; key drivers for Indian migration; Indian international students

Part II: Being 'Indian' in New Zealand vs being 'Punjabi' etc in India; navigating multiple identities in multiple contexts

Part III: Factors that can enable and hinder successful settlement

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Fifty-Five: "Tā moko (Māori tattoos)" (July, 2018)

Tā moko - Māori tattoos - are enjoying a resurgence. Tā moko artist Chris Harvey, University of Canterbury lecturer Komene Kururangi and photographer Michael Bradley (whose recent 'Puaki' exhibition documents wearers of mataora and moko kowai - facial tattoos) discuss this resurgence, as well as the reasons and responsibilities that come with deciding to wear such a visible sign of mātauranga Māori.

Part I: What is tā moko? How is it different to kirituhi (writing on the skin)? Who can wear moko? Why do people get moko?

Part II: Responsibilities that come with wearing and giving moko

Part III: Changing attitudes in Aotearoa towards moko; changing designs; likely continuing interest in moko in the future

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Fifty-Four: "Homelessness" (June, 2018)

Three expert guests share their knowledge regarding the state of homelessness in New Zealand.

Part I: Alan Johnson (Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit, Salvation Army) Overview of homelessness in NZ; statistics; geographic differences across NZ; reasons driving homelessness

Part II: Matthew Mark (City Missioner, Christchurch City Mission) Homelessness in Christchurch including post-earthquake

Part III: Green Party Co-Leader MP Marama Davidson 2016 'Ending homelessness in New Zealand' report; government actions on reducing homelessness

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Fifty-Three: "Child poverty and the Budget 2018" (May, 2018)

For the second year in a row, Speak Up-Kōrerotia has partnered with CPAG (Child Poverty Action Group) to record a show about child poverty and the Budget. As the first Budget of the new Labour/New Zealand First/Greens coalition, it was expected that the 2018 Budget would see an increase in spending in key areas such as housing and education - but what do the experts say about it? Speakers were recorded at the Christchurch post-Budget Breakfast.

- Part I: Children and the Budget Paul Dalziel (Professor of Economics, and Deputy Director of its Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit, at Lincoln University)

Part II: Children and mental wellbeing promotion Lucy D'Aeth (Public Health Specialist, Canterbury District Health Board)

- Part III: Children and healthy food environments Christina McKerchar (Lecturer in Māori Health, University of Otago)

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Fifty-Two: "Youth Suicide" (May, 2018)

New Zealand has high rates of youth suicide, especially among Maori and Pasifika populations.

- Part I: Sir Peter Gluckman (Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor): Youth suicide statistics in NZ and elsewhere; possible reasons; the importance of providing supportive contexts for young people

- Parts II and III: Jackie Burrows and Tanith Petersen (He Waka Tapu) and Wesley Mauafu (PYLAT)

- Part II Possible reasons; situation among different ethnic groups; situation in post-earthquake Christchurch

- Part III Elements for youth suicide prevention initiatives - sport, music, support, etc.

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Fifty-One: "Food Waste" (April, 2018)

If food waste were a country, it would be the third-biggest greenhouse gas emitter after China and the United States. Added to this immense environmental impact is the social impact: How much food is thrown away that could be eaten?

- Part I: Setting the scene — Jenny Marshall, Love Food Hate Waste (Food waste statistics in New Zealand and elsewhere; (lack of) public awareness and changes over time; tips to minimise food waste)

- Part II: Personal experiences limiting food waste — Amanda Chapman, Amanda in Waste-Free Land (Personal story; successes; pubic awareness of issue) and Torie Madison, Revival Food Company (Entrepreneurial viability of using food waste; people's reactions)

- Part III: Repurposing food waste — John Milligan, City Harvest food rescue organisation (Statistics; logistics; successes) and Trudy Burrows, New Brighton community fridge and pantry (Rationale; success; practicalities)

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Fifty: "Race / Disability" (March, 2018)

Race and ethnicity, and disability, are among the most common grounds for discrimination - so what happens when someone identifies as both a racial or ethnic minority and as having a disability? Guests: Paul Gibson (former Disability Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission), Jane Flanagan (Senior Research and Policy Advisor, National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA), Australia), Lepou Suia Tuulua (Disability Information Advice and Support Team, Vaka Tautua)

- Part I:'Ablism'; strength-based and cultural conceptualisations of disability; discrimination complaints data

- Part II: Systemic discrimination; inquiry into NZ state abuse; migration-related disability discrimination in Australia; prison musters

- Part III: Existing supports; importance of culturally-appropriate services; aspirations for the future

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Forty-Nine: "Art and social responsibility" (February, 2018)

The role of art and artists in raising awareness of social and political issues - show recorded live at Christchurch's CoCA (Centre of Contemporary Art) with artist Ruth Watson (whose exhibition Geophagy prompted the topic), art curator Jennifer Shields, socialist feminist Sionainn Byrnes and environmental activist Alice Ridley. Topics covered

- Setting the scene: The Geophagy exhibition

- What is and who holds social responsibility?

- Limits to the influence of art - art within the gallery or in the public sphere

- Corporations and sponsoring art

- How can art encourage social responsibility?

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Forty-Eight: "Euthanasia" (January, 2018)

Euthanasia: It’s one of those topics that people seem to have an opinion on, whether they support it, don’t support it, or remain resolutely undecided. As New Zealand debates ACT MP David Seymour's End of Life Choice Bill, hear from advocates both for and against euthanasia and assisted dying.


- Jane Silloway Smith (Director, Every Life Research Unit): Overview

- Richard McLeod (Principal, McLeod and Associates): Legal arguments

- Dr Amanda Landers (Immediate Past Chair, Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine): Medical arguments

- Nuk Korako (National List MP, Port Hills): A Māori perspective


- Maryan Street (President, End-of-Life Choice Society NZ): Overview

- Andrew Butler (Litigation Partner, Russell McVeagh): Legal arguments

- Matt Vickers (husband of campaigner Lecretia Seales): Personal story

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Forty-Seven: "The dilemma of the public intellectual in the nuclear age" (January, 2018)

"When nuclear science can affect everyone but is understood by only a few, most of whom have pledged to remain silent, the public intellectual is needed." Associate Professor Benoît Pelopidas and Dr Lyndon Burford theorise and problematise the role of the public intellectual today, with particular focus on New Zealand and the United Nations' July 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Forty-Six: "Collaborative urban living" (December, 2017)

How can we live 'better' in our growing cities? Jason Twill (Director, Urban Apostles and Innovation Fellow and Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology, Sydney), Greer O’Donnell, (Ohu (Office of Holistic Urbanism)) and Jane Quigley, Viva! Project discuss ideas and opportunities for collaborative urban living.

Part I: What do we mean by 'collaborative urban living'?

Part II: Benefits of collaborative urban living - social, cultural, economic, environmental

Part III: Viability of collaborative urban living in NZ including building regulations and legislation; challenges to encouraging collaborative urban living

Part IV:: Likely uptake of collaborative urban living in NZ and Christchurch - Why (won't) people get behind the concept?

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Forty-Five: "Issues affecting men" (November, 2017)

With Donald Pettitt (Canterbury Men's Centre), Iain Fergusson and Steve Carter (mental health advocates)

Part I: Campaigns to raise awareness of men's issues; Why are men's issues not often explicitly singled out in rights discussions?

Part II: Issues affecting men and their mental health outcomes

Part III: Issues affecting men and their mental health outcomes

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Forty-Four: "Commemorating the New Zealand Wars" (October, 2017)

28 October 2017 marks the inaugural national commemoration of the New Zealand Wars. Pita Tipene, an iwi representative on the commemoration Advisory Panel, and historians Lloyd Carpenter and Edmund Bohan, discuss the Wars, their significance for the country in terms of national identity and te Tiriti of Waitangi and the importance of remembering.

Part I: What were the NZ Wars?; Does it matter how we label them (NZ Wars vs Land Wars vs Maori Wars vs Sovereignty Wars?; NZ Wars and national identity

Part II: How have the Wars previously been acknowledged?

Part III: 2017 commemoration - Why now? What will occur?

Part IV:: Looking forward to possible outcomes of commemoration

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Forty-Three: "Minorities in Disaster Risk Reduction" (October, 2017)

Part I: Sharon O'Brien and Federico Federici of INTERACT (International Network on Crisis Translation) Critical importance of effective communication during crisis; translation and interpreting as means of inclusion - first language use and access to information as human rights; risks to crisis translators and interpreters

Parts II and III: JC Gaillard and Jay Marlowe (University of Auckland) Importance of disseminating information before, during and following disasters; importance of building relationships before disasters occur; learnings from Canterbury earthquakes; vulnerability and strength of minorities - what they can bring to disaster preparedness and response; importance of allowing minorities to formulate their own policies - not just 'participate' in outsider-produced policy

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Forty-Two: "Arms control in outer space" (September, 2017)

Maria Pozza is a world expert in the topic of arms control and outer space, and shares her legal knowledge of this 'out there' human rights issue, speaking about issues such as tension between the laws of nation states and international treaties.

Part I: The importance of talking about arms control in outer space

Part II: Outer Space Treaty

Part III: What do we mean by 'arms control' (weaponisation vs militarisation); New Zealand and arms control in outer space

Part IV:: Future of arms control in outer space

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Forty-One: "Making a difference" (August, 2017)

What motivates people to 'make a difference' - and what actually do we mean by the phrase? Guests Billy O'Steen (University of Canterbury), Sarah Campagnolo (Volunteering Canterbury and Gap Filler), Teoti Jardine (Volunteering Canterbury and Avon-Otakaro Network) and Jason Pemberton (Student Volunteer Army and Social Enterprise World Forum) debate this fascinating - and somewhat elusive - question, drawing on their huge expertise in the volunteering sector.

Part I: Defining 'making a difference' - Is it the same as volunteering? Activism? etc.

Part II: How can we measure 'making a difference'? What are the shortfalls of relying on statistics? Ethnicity and volunteering

Part III: Demographics and volunteering; guests' key learnings; encouragement for people to being 'making a difference'

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Forty: "Ethical supply chains" (August, 2017)

A companion show to the recent show on human trafficking. Guests David Capperauld (Child Labor Free), Natalie Baird (Trade Aid Christchurch and University of Canterbury) and Jeff Ward (Liminal Apparel) debate the benefits and challenges of ethical supply chains, and what we as consumers can do to ensure these practices proliferate.

Part I: What do we mean by 'ethical supply chains'? How does this concept differ to 'fair trade'? Legal requirements around accreditation; limitations of UK's Modern Slavery Act

Part II: Benefits of ethical supply chains for producers, their communities, businesses and consumers; moral obligations; challenges to implementing ethical supply chains

Part III: Challenges for businesses and consumers in terms of fully understanding ethical supply chains; relationship between cost and ethical supply chains; advice for businesses and consumers wanting to get involved; University of Canterbury as a fair trade-certified campus

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Thirty-Nine: "Human trafficking (July, 2017)

One of the major human rights problems facing the world today, human trafficking is a growing - and worldwide - problem. Ralph Simpson from NZ-founded anti-trafficking organisation Nvader, Nikki Prendergast and Michelle Pratt, founders of NZ group Child Labor Free, and anti-trafficking researcher Christina Stringer join Sally to talk about the issue, and our responsibilities in this sphere.

Part I: What is human trafficking and who does it affect?

Part II: Scale of the problem; motivations for engaging in trafficking

Part III: Anti-trafficking measures; what success?; prosecutions, including 2016 prosecution in NZ

Part IV: ASystems in place to protect victims; suggestions

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Thirty-Eight: "Human rights in the era of Trump (June, 2017)

Reflections on Donald Trump's Presidency and human rights

Part I: Long-term human rights advocate John Pace sets the scene by reflecting on the state of human rights in 2017

Part II: Panellists Peter Field (History, University of Canterbury), Howard Klein and Laurie Siegel-Woodward (expat Americans) and Kevin Clements (National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies) offer their opinions of Trump's first 100 days in office

Part III: Panellists address audience Q&A

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Thirty-Seven: "Child Poverty and the Budget" (May, 2017)

Co-host Sara Epperson of CPAG (Child Poverty Action Group) joins Sally Carlton to interview Paul Dalziel, Professor of Economics, Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit at Lincoln University, and 

Helen Leahy, CEO of Te Putahitanga,Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency for Te Wai Pounamu, on the Budget 2017 as viewed through the lens of child poverty.

Part I: Paul Dalziel

Budget 2017 in its economic context; key elements of Budget 2017; putting Budget in layperson's terms

Part II: Helen Leahy

Budget 2017 and its implications for whanau; family vulnerability and resilience

Part III: Discussion

Government-civil society partnerships and the importance of holistic approaches to family wellbeing; pros and cons of statistics-based funding models; prioritising economic growth against other types of growth.

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Thirty-Six: "Thirty Years Nuclear-Free NZ" (May, 2017)

Featuring guests Kate Dewes (Co-Director, Disarmament and Security Centre), Natasha Barnes (Member, Public Advisory Committee on Disarmament and Arms Control) and Kennedy Graham (MP, Green Party, Spokesperson for Global Affairs including Disarmament)

Part I: Context and details of the NZ Nuclear-free Zone, Disarmament and Arms Control Act 1987

Part II: Importance of the Act for NZ nationally and internationally

Part III: Pressures on and work undertaken to maintain the Act over 30 years

Part IV: Upcoming UN discussion on Nuclear Ban Treaty and NZ's position; likely actions and consequences of the 30th anniversary of the Act

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Thirty-Five: "Cyberbullying" (April, 2017)

Sean Lyons (Director of Outreach, NetSafe), George Guild (Lecturer, Ara) and Nikki Wheeler (Founding member, Sticks 'n' Stones) bring a variety of perspectives to this discussion on cyberbulling.

Part I: What is cyberbullying?; Harmful Digital Communications Act 2015; NetSafe and its role

Part II: Stats on cyberbullying in NZ; demographic groups most affected

Part III: Examples of cyberbullying; cyberbullying and freedom of expression

Part IV: How can people keep safe online?; What can people do if they are victims of cyberbullying?

You can also download the transcript here

Show Thirty-Four: "Discussing Autism" (April, 2017)

Sally Carlton, co-host Mallory Quail (Autism NZ) and guests Bridget Carter (mother of two children on the ASD spectrum), Robyn Young (Regional Educator, Autism New Zealand) and Dean Sutherland (Department of Communication Disorders, University of Canterbury)

Part I: What is Autism Spectrum Disorder? What do we know about the causes?

Part II: Challenges for people with ASD and their families: school, funding, stigma

Part III: Positives of ASD including strong personal interests

Part IV: Supports available, key messages for educators, parents and society, increasing awareness through media and other means

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Thirty-Three: "The changing face of rural NZ" (March, 2017)

Recorded live at the Ashburton Museum, this show discusses migration to rural New Zealand with guests Tanya Robinson (Ashburton Museum), Sophie-Claire Violette (Mid-Canterbury Newcomers Network) providing context and Leen Braam, Cornelius Grobler and Mubashir Mukhtar sharing their stories.

Topics include the benefits of migrating to small vs large places; panelists' settlement experiences including cultural hurdles, lessons and joys; the role that museums and exhibitions can play in the settlement journey; the importance of local friendliness to settling in; and, various activities which better enable settlement.

You can also download the transcript here

Show Thirty Two: "Indigenous women in leadership" (March, 2017)

Live recording of a New Zealand Human Rights Commission event promoting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People and International Women's Day 2017.

Part I: Sacha McMeeking (Head of Aotahi, School of Māori and Indigenous Studies, University of Canterbury) reflects on the meaning of 'leadership,' including its understandings in indigenous and western contexts.

Part II: Hana Skerrett White (President, Māori Students' Association, University of Canterbury) takes us on a journey into her own whakapapa (genealogy) to show that the idea of 'indigenous women in leadership' has a long and powerful history.

Part III: Arihia Bennett (Chief Executive of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu) highlights the importance to leadership of staying true to your kaupapa (your 'why') and knowing who you follow.

You can also download the transcript here

Show Thirty One: "Bilingualism in a single language-dominant society" (February, 2017)

University of Canterbury researchers Una Cunningham and Jin Kim join activists/teachers Anya Filippochkina and Jawad Arefi to discuss community/heritage language bi- and multilingualism in New Zealand (not Te Reo and NZ Sign Language).

Part I: Defining 'mother language', 'first language' etc

Part II: Cognitive, professional and social benefits of speaking multiple languages; first language use among first- and second-generation migrants

Part III: Challenges to encouraging continued engagement with first languages in a single language-dominant society

Part IV: Recommendations to parents

You can also download the transcript here

Show Thirty: "Canterbury's residential red zones" (February, 2017)


Another show looking at the human rights implications of the post-earthquake recovery of Greater Christchurch

Part I: Chief Human Rights Commissioner David Rutherford talks us through the impacts of the red zoning on people still residing in these areas, including in terms of mental health.

Staying the red zones report:

Parts II and III: Panel discussion on the future use of red zoned land with Simon Markham (Waimakariri District Council), Rob Kerr (Regenerate Christchurch) and Evan Smith (AvON)

Part II: What has happened with the red zoned land since 2011 in Waimakariri District and Christchurch city? What are the differences between the various red zoned areas? What learnings can the Waimakariri experience provide for Christchurch?

Part III: Public consultation processes - what suggestions have already been proposed? Are people disengaged and how can they be re-engaged? What is the importance of the land for today and future generations? What do you hope to see happen with the land?

You can also download the transcript here

Show Twenty Nine: "Antarctica" (January, 2017)

Christchurch-based Antarctica experts Bryan Storey (Gateway Antarctica), Karen Scott (University of Canterbury Law School) and Dan Price (Pole to Paris) discuss the importance of our southernmost continent in the first Speak Up-Kōrerotia show recorded in front of an audience.

Part I: (Panel discussion): New Zealand and Antarctica; the Antarctic Treaty in theory and practice; personal impressions of Antarctica; 60th anniversary of Scott Base; Christchurch as a gateway city; longitudinal Antarctic research and its implications for climate science; ice melt and climate change; What can be learnt from the Treaty?

Part II: (Audience Q&A): Pros and cons of tourism to Antarctica; resources in Antarctica and the Treaty; advocacy around Antarctic issues, including TEDxScottBase; Will we act on climate change?

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Twenty Eight: "Youth Engagement in Elections" (December, 2016)

Sofie Hampton and Tei Driver of the Christchurch/Ōtautahi Youth Council, and Tayla Reece from Youth Voice Canterbury, discuss the engagement of New Zealand youth with elections.

Part I: Why elections are (or should be) important for young people; youth look for different things in election promises than adults

Part II
: Youth engagement in the recent NZ local-body elections and disappointingly low levels of voter turnout

Part II
: Contrasted with high levels of youth engagement in the American presidential elections; the positives and negatives of memes (and social media in general) as social commentary

Part IV
: What lessons can be brought to bear on the national elections in 2017?; the responsibility of youth leaders in encouraging youth engagement in elections

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Twenty Seven: "Organ Harvesting" (December, 2016)

What is organ harvesting and what should we be doing about it? These questions are addressed by advocates David Kilgour, Jaya Mangalam Gibson and Robin Palmer

Part I: Stats on organ transplants in China; why are we talking about organ harvesting now, when it has been going on for decades?

Part II: Differences between organ harvesting practices in China and elsewhere; lack of will from national governments to act; recent roundtable at New Zealand Parliament; need to apply pressure to medical and transplant professionals

Part III: Current action; possible deterrents; public scepticism

Part IV: Actions worldwide; reasons why people might find it difficult to engage; terminology: 'organ harvesting' vs 'organ pillaging' vs 'organ executions'

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Twenty Six: "Access to Bathrooms" (November, 2016)

We discuss the human rights implications of people not being able to access a bathroom or a bathroom appropriate to their needs, with a specific focus on bathrooms for transgender people, people with health conditions and people with restrictions placed on their bathroom usage by their workplaces. Guests: Brian Poole (Crohn's and Colitis NZ), Olivia Clark (University of Canterbury Law graduate), Anne Nicholson (Qtopia) and Lisel O'Dwyer (Flinders Univeristy in Adelaide).

Part I: NZ Toilet Map; America's Restroom Access Act

Part II: People most affected: transgender people, bathroom needs of females versus males,workers with timed breaks, people with health conditions

Part III: Access to bathrooms as a human right; social and health consequences of not being able to access bathrooms; safety issues

Part IV: What would be needed to improve access to bathrooms

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Twenty Five: "COP and Climate Change" (November, 2016)

Is the COP process an effective means of combatting climate change? Guests Jeff Willis (University of Canterbury), Hamish Laing, (COP-21 New Zealand Youth Delegation) and Pubudu Senanayake, (Generation Zer0) discuss this question in the lead-up to COP-22 (2016).

Part I: COP (Conference of the Parties); scientific and political understandings of the realities of climate change; carbon budget

Part II: History of COP especially COP-3 (Kyoto), COP-15 (Copenhagen) and COP-21 (Paris); successes and failures

Part III: The Paris Agreement - What? Why? How has it been received?; the Agreement as enabler for grassroots environmental advocacy

Part IV: Looking forward to COP-22 (Marrakech)and beyond; possible impacts of upcoming US election on the Paris Agreement; New Zealand's climate record

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Twenty Four: "Resources in the City" with FESTA (October, 2016)

Second show in collaboration with FESTA (Festival of Transitional Architecture)

Part I: Jessica Halliday, Founder of FESTA, talks about the importance of urban creativity and the use of space, interpreting 'resources' primarily as the people and communities within a city.

Part II: Juliet Arnott of Rekindle emphasises the psychological benefits of reuse, tying in examples of her own work.

Part III: Jos de Krieger of Superuse Studios in Rotterdam and Creative Director of FESTA 2016 describes the practice of reusing materials in architecture and urges us to think about how waste products might have another life.

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Twenty Three: "Food in the City" with FESTA (October, 2016)

The first of two shows with FESTA (Festival of Transitional Architecture), looking at city-making. In this show, we speak with Chloe Waretini (Food Resilience Network and Ōtākaro Orchard Project), Bailey Peryman (Cultivate urban farm) and Peter Langlands (urban foraging) about urban food activities.

Part I: Environmental and social sustainability of urban food projects; what defines an urban farm; what defines 'foraging'

Part II: Connections between ecological and political systems and health; edge environments; the situation in Christchurch;the growth in urban food practices

Part III: Food justice; encouraging support for urban food projects; urabn food activities during FESTA

You can also download the transcript here.

Show Twenty Two: "Women In The Workplace" (September, 2016)

Dr Jackie Blue, Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at the NZ Human Rights Commission, Angela McLeod of UN Women Aotearoa and Erin Ebborn of Ebborn Law discuss:

Part I: Why the topic is important; Women's Empowerment Principles

Part II: Why are we still having to discuss women’s rights in 2016?; How do women’s rights sit along LGBTQI rights which are challenging the idea of a gender binary?; sectors in which are well represented; pay inequity

Part III: Ethnicity and disability; representation of women on boards and in senior management; gender quotas

Part IV: Workplace policies for family violence and parental leave 

You can also  download the transcript here

Show Twenty One: "Overcoming Addiction" (September, 2016)

With Doug Sellman at the University of Otago's National Addiction Centre, mental health and addiction advocate Damian Holt and recovering alcoholic Marg Browne, and co-host Mallory Quail.

Part I: What is addiction?; the cycle of shame and guilt

Part II: What can't people 'just stop'?; the role of the brain; Antabuse medication for alcohol

Part III: Impact on family; systemic barriers to overcoming addiction; stigma and self-stigma; availability of alcohol

Part IV: Addiction and human rights; how can people help; where can people go to get help?

You can also  download the transcript here

Show Twenty: "Business & Human Rights 101, with Shift" (August, 2016)

Sally interviews Rachel Davis and David Kovick of Shift, the leading centre of expertise on the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Part I: Introducing Shift; Why are the United Nations Guiding Principles important for businesses?

Part II: What are the UNGPs?; costs to businesses of not implementing sound human rights practices

Part III: Examples of Shift's work, including FIFA; How do you know if businesses have implemented the UNGPs?

Part IV: New Zealand and the UNGPs; advice for businesses and consumers

You can also  download the transcript here

Show Nineteen: "Disability Rights and the NZ Disability Strategy' (August, 2016) 

We talk disability rights in New Zealand and internationally, with a specific focus on the New Zealand Disability Strategy 2016.

Part I: Minister for Disability Issues Nicky Wagner talks disability rights, including Robert Martin's election to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; NZ and the CRPD Optional Protocol

Parts II-IV: Gary Williams and Robbie Francis of the Strategy Reference Group, Shane McInroe of People First and Megan McCoy from the Office of Disability Issues Part II: Why is the 2001 Strategy being revised? How have the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Strategies influenced each other

Part III: Social model of disability; changing social perceptions; enabling disabled people; How is New Zealand faring in the disability space?

Part IV: Employment; participation; choice; benefits or not of laws to implement disability rights; importance of changing attitudes

You can also  read a transcript of the show here.

Show Eighteen: 'Human Rights and the Olympics' (July, 2016)

Olympic Games have been associated with a range of human rights abuses, but also embody the goodwill and potential to massively further human rights. The panel for this show includes Roslyn Kerr from Lincoln University, whose research looks at the world of elite gymnastics, Ashley Abbott from the New Zealand Olympic Committee, and Barbara Kendall, five-time Olympian and member of the International Olympic Committee. This discussion is preceded by an interview with William Stedman, New Zealand's youngest Paralympian for Rio 2016.

You can also  read a transcript of the show here.

Show Seventeen: 'Exposing human rights abuses through citizen media' (July, 2016)

This gritty show sees guests Steven Livingston (George Washington University, Brookings Institute and Carr Center for Human Rights), David Robie (Pacific Media Centre, Auckland University of Technoogy) and Jaya Mangalam Gibson (undercover journalist) discuss the ways in which media and citizen media can and do uncover human rights abuses.

You can also  read a transcript of the show here.

Show Sixteen: 'Racial Discrimination' (June, 2016)

This month's show sees Sally interviewing Maria Hansen - Human Rights Commission, Selene Mize - University of Otago, and Rosa Hibbert-Schooner - Middleton Grange School and winner of the Canterbury heat of the Race Unity Speech Awards about "Racial Discrimination".

You can  download the show on MP3 here.

You can also  read a transcript of the show here.

Show Fifteen: 'Monitoring places of detention' (May, 2016)

This month's show sees Sally interviewing Jacki Jones - Chief Inspector Crimes of Torture Act, Office of the Ombudsman and Jolyon White, from the Howard League about "Monitoring places of detention".

You can  download the show on MP3 here.

You can also  read a transcript of the show here.

Show Fourteen: 'Human Rights Online' (April, 2016)

This month's show discusses "researching, monitoring, and activating human rights online" with the Commission's Moana Eruera, Deborah Morris-Travers of UNICEF NZ, Wayne Reid from Pegasus Health, and Christina Hallaway who is studying Law at the University of Canterbury. 

You can  download the show on MP3 here.

You can also  read a transcript of the show here.

Show Thirteen: 'LGBTIQ and Rights' (March, 2016)

This month’s show discusses rights and issues of the LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex +) community. Guests are Commissioner Richard Tankersley, William Spurlin of Brunel University London, Anne Nicholson from queer youth support group Qtopia, and Jill Stevens, Coordinator of Christchurch Pride 2016

You can  download the show on MP3 here.

You can also  read a transcript of the show here.

Show Twelve: 'Perfecting the partnership' (February, 2016)

The topic of this months podcast is “Perfecting the partnership – Kia tika kia pono kia pūmau (Te Tiriti in 2016)” featuring the Human Rights Commission's Perēri Hathaway as well as Arapata Hakiwai (Kaihautū at Te Papa) and Karirā Allen (Lecturer at University of Canterbury). 

You can download the show on MP3 here.

You can also read a transcript of the show here.

Show Eleven: 'Christchurch: An Accessible City?' (January, 2016)

Sally chats with the HRC's Erin Gough, as well as Lorraine Guthrie, Ruth Jones and John Bourke.

You can download the show on MP3 here.

You can also read a transcript of the show here.

Show Ten: 'Migrants in the Rebuild' (December 2015)

Sally chats with guests Lana Hart and Delia Richards on the Christchurch Rebuild, and the migrants that are working there.

You can download the show on MP3 here.

You can also read a transcript of the show here.

Show Nine: 'Domestic violence and ethnicity' (November 2015)

Sally interviews Snr Constable Andrea Trenchard, Ambika Kohli and Mere Ratuva on the topic of domestic violence and ethnicity. While this show is difficult listening in parts given the prevalence of domestic violence in NZ society (we have the highest reported rate of intimate partner violence in the world), there are some powerful statements by the guests on the intersects between violence and culture, and a really enlightening discussion about the parameters within which domestic violence is defined.

You can download the show on MP3 here.

You can also read a transcript of the show here.

Show Eight: 'Pasifika Cultural Identities' (October 2015)

What does it mean to be ‘Pacific’ in New Zealand? Sally discusses this question with Sera Thompson of the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, Josiah Tualamali'i from PYLAT (Pacific Youth Leadership And Transformation) and Maria Pasene of Pegasus Health. 

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Show Seven: 'Interpretation and the right to effective communication' (September 2015)

In this episode Sally talks with Maria Fresia, Gareth Abdinor and Terisa Tagicakibau about the right to access information, specifically the legal and moral necessity of using profession interpreters.

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You can also read a transcript of the show here.

Show Six: 'Indigeneity' (August 2015)

In this episode Sally discusses what it means to be indigenous with Human Rights Commissioner Karen Johansen, Garrick Cooper, senior lecturer at the School of Māori and Indigenous Studies, Sacha McMeeking, Head of School for Aotahi Māori and Indigenous Studies, University of Canterbury, and Network Waitangi Otautahi's Katherine Peet.

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Show Five: 'Discussing Islam' (July 2015)

In this episode Sally discusses Islam with Dr Husaini Hafiz - a board member of the Canterbury Muslim Community Trust, Jumayah Jones - of the Nawawi Centre and Canterbury Muslim Women Association, and Dr Chris Jones - a Lecturer in History at the University of Canterbury.

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Show Four: 'Refugees and Asylum Seekers' (June 2015)

In this episode Natalie Baird, Rebekah Armstrong and Birian Habte join Sally in a discussion of refugees and asylum seekers.

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Show Three: 'Māori in Christchurch' (May 2015)

This episode sees Sally speak with Ako Māori founder Regan Stokes about the experiences of and issues faced by, Māori in Christchurch. 

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You can also read a transcript of the show here

Show Two: 'National Identity' (April 2015)

This episode covers New Zealand's national identity and what it means to be a Kiwi. It features interviews with: James Liu, Mike Grimshaw and Bev Watson.

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Show One: 'Race Relations' (March 2015)

The first show covers race relations in New Zealand features: Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy, Shirley Wright, Jane Song and Nicki Reece.

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