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English, News, 1 season, 1210 episodes, 4 days, 21 hours, 53 minutes
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The news, explained. Join Sharon Brettkelly & Emile Donovan every weekday as they make sense of the big stories with the country’s best journalists and experts. Made possible by RNZ & NZ On Air. Produced by Newsroom. Listen on RNZ National at 6.30pm Monday-Thursday.
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Knocking ageism on the head

We're being urged to re-think our attitudes towards ageing, as our population gets more and more top heavy.   
7/23/202424 minutes, 17 seconds
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New paths to home ownership

Housing affordability has plagued New Zealand for decades. What needs to change?
7/22/202421 minutes, 27 seconds
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The doctor won't see you now

The very public woes of a Lower Hutt GP clinic represent a wider malaise in primary care 
7/21/202424 minutes, 10 seconds
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Samoa gets its first monolingual dictionary

A Samoan-only dictionary has been years in the making. Now, it's here.   
7/19/202424 minutes, 3 seconds
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A tale of two mayors

Two years into their mayoral terms, the civic leaders of Wellington and Auckland have pushed through controversy, opposition and calls for their resignation
7/18/202425 minutes, 19 seconds
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The tax man is coming for you

It you're actively avoiding your tax obligations, expect the spotlight of an auditor to shine brightly on your books
7/17/202422 minutes, 42 seconds
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Lean times in the food industry

As diners tighten their economic belts, the restaurants that used to feed them are fending off collapse.
7/16/202422 minutes, 57 seconds
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It's not easy being Green

Questionable conduct, personal tragedy, and a changing of the guard: the internal of the Green Party.
7/15/202423 minutes, 44 seconds
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Lulu Sun's path from Te Anau to Wimbledon

New Zealand has a new tennis star. It's no surprise she's from Te Anau.   
7/14/202422 minutes, 25 seconds
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Fifty years of Dungeons & Dragons

Players of this complex and very social game have been fighting monsters and weaving fantastical stories for half a century now
7/12/202423 minutes, 56 seconds
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America's space wars are our space wars

The US is rallying its allies to bring it up in a battle straight out of science fiction - a war in space
7/11/202423 minutes, 22 seconds
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New body for a fresh start in sport

A new body that has a broad remit to make sure sport is fair and safe has been a long time coming, but it's here now   
7/10/202424 minutes, 11 seconds
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Brokering peace in the Middle East

A ceasefire deal over Gaza has been on the table since June. So why are Israel and Hamas still at war?
7/9/202423 minutes, 30 seconds
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Auckland gambling conference aims to break a habit

As gambling gets more sophisticated, researchers are planning a counter-attack using smart technology.
7/8/202423 minutes, 45 seconds
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Tauranga's democratic comeback

After four years of commissioners, Tauranga is set to elect a mayor and councillors. Can they avoid a repeat of the previous mess? 
7/7/202424 minutes, 36 seconds
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Music for mega-churches

Christian - or worship - music is probably bigger than you think, and its appeal to the young and isolated is undeniable 
7/5/202425 minutes, 14 seconds
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The strange story of Julian Assange

The Julian Assange saga has been going on for so long that most of us have probably forgotten how it started
7/4/202420 minutes, 10 seconds
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Boot camps are back, needed or not

What we know, what we don't, and what the evidence says, about whether boot camps work.
7/3/202423 minutes, 22 seconds
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New Zealand's unwelcome sign

Shirking our fair share - why hasn't New Zealand upped its game when it comes to welcoming refugees?
7/2/202424 minutes, 17 seconds
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New Zealand's failing government infrastructure

What happens when upgrades to key pieces of infrastructure are put on the back burner
7/1/202424 minutes, 35 seconds
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The beginning of the end for news at TV3

Part 2:  It's Newshub's final week on air, and reporter Adam Hollingworth looks back at its battle to beat TVNZ. Where it succeeded and where it failed.
6/30/202424 minutes, 16 seconds
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Newshub's Mike McRoberts: "The end is hard to accept."

As Newshub enters its final week, reporter Adam Hollingworth talks to current and former staff about the new division's early days and key events in its 35 year history  
6/28/202421 minutes, 10 seconds
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Government rebates for game developers

Why the most profitable sector of the entertainment industry will get handouts from the government.
6/26/202423 minutes, 22 seconds
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The invisible hand of immigration policy

New Zealand shares travellers' private data with four other countries. Here's the story of how one reporter found out
6/25/202424 minutes, 26 seconds
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A long fight to tell the story of New Zealand Wars in te reo

After years of development and funding rejections, Ka Whawhai Tonu hits cinemas this weekend   
6/24/202422 minutes, 50 seconds
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Scrutiny Week's scoreboard

What did we get out of Scrutiny Week? A look at what emerged from dozens of hours of questioning over the government's spending priorities
6/23/202424 minutes, 40 seconds
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How to beat the Spotify algorithm

It's not perfect, but Spotify is still the dream platform to serve up your favourite (or soon to be favourite) tunes.   
6/21/202424 minutes, 39 seconds
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The deletion of the dating app

Love won't really happen when you least expect it if you don't get out from behind your screen and meet people in real life
6/20/202424 minutes, 2 seconds
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The benefit system that holds the poor in poverty

Debt owed to government agencies by the country's poorest residents adds up to more than three billion dollars, and there's no easy solution
6/19/202424 minutes, 52 seconds
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Northland's railway to nowhere

The drive through one section of Northland is notable for the kilometres of concrete sleepers stacked up by the rail lines, but no work is going on and there are no trains
6/18/202424 minutes, 23 seconds
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The blissfully boring British election

A leader who continues to shoot himself in the foot, a country with more problems than answers; and an election without any fire or brimstone
6/17/202423 minutes, 51 seconds
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The oil and gas storm

Will the oil and gas ban reversal bring much-needed international investment , or just stymy efforts to combat climate change?
6/16/202422 minutes, 2 seconds
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For university students, the cost of living crisis continues

Budget 2024 will bump funding for universities, but students will likely be the ones footing the bill
6/14/202423 minutes, 58 seconds
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The post-Covid hangover

It's been nearly two years since New Zealand shook off its Covid isolation, but the populace is far from content
6/13/202424 minutes, 6 seconds
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Multiple inquiries into data misuse at Te Pāti Māori

Three sets of allegations, three inquiries: The Detail talks to the journalist who broke the Te Pāti Māori data breach stories  
6/12/202424 minutes, 29 seconds
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Calls for a Māori parliament

A separate parliament could boost Māori representation. What exactly would that look like? 
6/11/202423 minutes, 49 seconds
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NZ football's time to shine

Alex Paulsen's move to the Premier league headlines a terrific purple patch for the sport 
6/10/202423 minutes, 39 seconds
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Fact checking Artificial Intelligence

Generative AI is currently the worst you will ever use - and that's good news, says one expert.
6/9/202423 minutes, 27 seconds
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Behind Boy in the Water

What motivates a journalist to spend years fighting for justice for someone they don't even know? 
6/7/202424 minutes, 58 seconds
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MAFS NZ's pulling power

Married at First Sight NZ- the reality show that indulges your worst instincts as a person
6/6/202424 minutes, 30 seconds
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Auckland crime - Just Another Fake Allegation?

Is Auckland city a crime-ridden nightmare, or is it a perception caused by more apartment-dwellers congregating on the streets?
6/5/202423 minutes, 12 seconds
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Cutting strings in the Pacific

The push for independence is still alive in the Pacific but it's getting messy
6/4/202423 minutes, 11 seconds
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Our turbulent skies

Injuries and a death on a recent Singapore Airlines flight have highlighted issues with severe turbulence 
6/3/202422 minutes, 39 seconds
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NZ Olympic athletics squad in good shape for Paris

Finally New Zealand is leaving the Snell and Walker era behind, with a new generation of record-breaking athletes on the scene
5/31/202425 minutes, 14 seconds
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A sour taste for beekeepers

Dramatic pictures of diseased beehives going up in flames have spotlit issues with the apiculture industry
5/30/202422 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Red Sheds, in the red

Will a shake-up in leadership at The Warehouse give the company what it needs to survive? 
5/29/202424 minutes
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A crisis at Kāinga Ora

Is Kāinga Ora, the government's social housing arm, a total mess or a 'stonking financial success'?
5/28/202422 minutes, 25 seconds
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Destroying the seabed for green reasons

New Zealand has three live seabed mining issues right now, and what they have in common is a startling lack of information on how damaging their activities will be   
5/27/202424 minutes, 21 seconds
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New name, old gangs, same policing

The new specialised National Gang Unit is being described as the same policing with a different name.
5/26/202423 minutes, 57 seconds
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Taiwan's democratic challenge to China

In 2024 more voters than ever in history are heading to the polls, but one of the most extraordinary elections happened this week 
5/24/202425 minutes, 52 seconds
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French claws in the Pacific

Kiwi holiday makers have been air-lifted from New Caledonia, but what kind of mess have they left behind?
5/23/202424 minutes, 26 seconds
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The deal with charter schools

Former charter schools are expressing caution about David Seymour's revival plans
5/22/202423 minutes, 46 seconds
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Changing the building blocks of reading

Out with Reading Recovery; in with structured literacy. There's a big change coming for New Zealand's young readers 
5/21/202423 minutes, 39 seconds
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The attention economy and influencing of influencers

Do influencers and celebrities with large social media followings have a responsibility to speak out on political and other issues? 
5/20/202422 minutes, 23 seconds
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Pacific leaders concerned over RSE exodus

Does New Zealand have a responsibility to address a problem it's created by snapping up seasonal workers from the Pacific?
5/19/202420 minutes, 26 seconds
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When body positivity becomes problematic

It's one thing to be encouraged to accept your body, no matter what size it is. But some 'fat activists' have gone too far in encouraging self-love  
5/17/202422 minutes, 37 seconds
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A bold call from experts on drug legalisation

Our current drug laws are harmful, according to a group of experts who want to see the Misuse of Drugs Act overhauled 
5/16/202423 minutes, 24 seconds
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Keeping New Zealand's lights on

Energy experts doubt New Zealand will ever get to 100 percent renewable, and say incentives and rewards are the answer to bridging the gap
5/15/202424 minutes, 16 seconds
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RBNZ's cash trials and digital currency

We're never going to let go of our notes and coins - so the Reserve Bank is not only looking at digital currency for the future, it's also trialling cash services for small towns
5/14/202423 minutes, 44 seconds
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Fanning the sparks of dying languages

There are five Pacific languages listed as endangered by UNESCO. What's the point of reviving them?
5/13/202423 minutes, 28 seconds
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New Zealand's retirement extremes

New Zealand's aged care sector faces huge inequities - while the flashiest ever has just opened in Auckland, many in smaller towns are closing
5/12/202424 minutes, 13 seconds
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When body positivity morphs into toxic masculinity

The body positivity movement started for women but in a warped sort of equality, men now appear to be just as miserable about their looks
5/10/202424 minutes, 27 seconds
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Diversity shrinking with the media landscape

A journalism cadetship programme promised to transform New Zealand's newsrooms. But then the media landscape shrank
5/9/202418 minutes, 11 seconds
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Levels of litigation rising with economic hardship

There's evidence New Zealanders are getting more trigger-happy when it comes to using courts to stamp down on competition
5/8/202423 minutes, 18 seconds
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A controversial driving exam - put to the test

There are traffic jams at the young end of driver licencing and fear and trepidation at the other end. 
5/7/202425 minutes, 44 seconds
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The mutant bird flu lurking on our borders

New Zealand has so far managed to dodge the H5N1 virus, but it's becoming increasingly concerning to scientists, and it's on our doorstep
5/6/202422 minutes, 19 seconds
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The great stadium debate

Are stadiums a joyful symbol of a thriving city - or a wasteful excess draining ratepayer finances? 
5/5/202424 minutes, 10 seconds
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The dope Olympics is sport on steroids

Steroid use will be out in the open at the Enhanced Games, and testosterone won't be banned. But is it taking away from the sport?
5/3/202422 minutes, 3 seconds
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A cliffhanger for Shortland St

Fans fear Shortland Street's 32 years of soapy drama could be coming to a close if TVNZ's cost-cutting knife hovers over it for too long   
5/2/202425 minutes, 28 seconds
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Why our quality of death is slipping

A vital part of our healthcare - palliative care - has been sidelined by our health system, largely because we don't like to talk about dying
5/1/202423 minutes, 12 seconds
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We have an emergency emergency

A new review of New Zealand's response to crisis is blunt about the inaction of the past, and sceptical that much will change in the future
4/30/202423 minutes, 18 seconds
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The problems with the Fast Track Approvals Bill

The new fast-track approvals bill has been described as 'government by amateurs', with no checks and balances
4/29/202423 minutes, 25 seconds
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Powering ahead with green hydrogen

It's hoped a new GNS Science lab can crack open the door to cheaper green hydrogen production 
4/28/202423 minutes, 54 seconds
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Great Barrier's thriving media scene

On Great Barrier Island the media landscape is bucking the national trend - it's flourishing 
4/26/202424 minutes, 14 seconds
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Life Amidst Death: a soldier's view

When our Gallipoli soldiers landed at the historically significant site they occasionally paused to admire the sunsets, birds and flowers; and to souvenir treasures
4/25/202424 minutes, 5 seconds
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Quake rules in for a shake-up

The government's hit pause on strict new building regulations over earthquake strengthening, and even its usual opponents are happy with the move 
4/23/202423 minutes, 37 seconds
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The de-railing of New Zealand

KiwiRail's future could be veering more towards mothballs than mega-ferries, but the government's not sending out any hints
4/22/202422 minutes, 48 seconds
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Breaking barriers on sexual assault figures

New technology available to abuse victims aims to change the figures on unreported sexual assaults.
4/21/202424 minutes, 51 seconds
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From a library basement comes a fashion history

From harem pants to scandalous hemlines, Auckland Library's latest exhibition showcases what we wore in the 1950s through 1990s
4/19/202421 minutes, 12 seconds
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How the coolest capital is shrinking

The government's back-office public service job cuts are adding to Wellington's woes   
4/18/202424 minutes, 18 seconds
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Pharmac's perpetually stretched budget

Secret lists and capped budgets - how does Pharmac make its drug buying choices?
4/17/202423 minutes, 13 seconds
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The dark side of the beauty industry

The beauty industry in New Zealand is a wild west devoid of regulation, and the price people are paying can take the form of scars, burns and infections.
4/16/202423 minutes, 20 seconds
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School principals on the truth behind truancy

Government fixes for truancy need to look at why kids aren't coming to school, rather than just shaming schools for their numbers.
4/15/202424 minutes, 30 seconds
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The empty surgical hospital that could be slashing waiting lists

The lights are on, the beds are ready, but no patients have stepped inside a brand new $320 million surgical hospital built on Auckland's North Shore. 
4/14/202421 minutes, 17 seconds
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On the frontline of Victim Support

A Victim Support worker on what it's like to support victims on their worst days.
4/12/202423 minutes, 9 seconds
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NZ's foreign policy sea-change

New Zealand is edging away from our long-held Independent Foreign Policy and towards old allies, and navigating it all is an old hand.
4/11/202423 minutes, 26 seconds
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Demolition by neglect for our heritage buildings

The heritage building debate: A balance between saving our history and building our future.
4/10/202421 minutes, 55 seconds
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The rates conversation

Coming soon to an inbox or letterbox near you is something shocking - your next rates bill.
4/9/202422 minutes, 24 seconds
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Measuring poverty just got harder

Two fact-finding projects on children and poverty are under attack by public service cost cutting. 
4/8/202423 minutes, 16 seconds
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Fuming over transport policy

The plan to get Kiwis moving - as long as it's along a motorway - has public transport experts fuming 
4/7/202422 minutes, 37 seconds
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The food ranking system past its use-by date

Using the health star-rating for packaged food should be simple, but it's not
4/5/202424 minutes, 45 seconds
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The downward spiral of Ruapehu's commercial infrastructure

Snow season is fast approaching but the North Island's only commercial skiing mountain has an uncertain future
4/4/202423 minutes, 6 seconds
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Turbulent times for NZ rugby

On the field and off, rugby is fighting to keep the game alive
4/3/202424 minutes, 11 seconds
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Rubbing out the rainbow

The line between freedom of expression, and suppression of other people's freedoms
4/2/202421 minutes, 56 seconds
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The disability ministry funding debacle

Service cuts from the disability ministry caused panic and stress. How did it all go wrong?
4/1/202424 minutes, 5 seconds
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The diplomatic dance with problematic China

China has been caught spying on us. Forty billion dollars in trade might explain why it took three years and the support of two friends to announce.
3/27/202423 minutes, 33 seconds
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India's Gloriavale and the Kiwi women there

The Gloriavale offshoot in India is home to Kiwi women and children. A former member of the sect says getting them out of there is urgent
3/26/202422 minutes, 19 seconds
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Fiscal holes as a political weapon

Are fiscal holes a real issue, or an easy headline?
3/25/202422 minutes, 35 seconds
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Green money dries up

Today from The Detail: When the money dries up, gains made by a wave of Covid-inspired funding are likely to be lost.
3/24/202423 minutes, 50 seconds
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How manga moved West

The Japanese art forms that have shaped more of the West's story telling than you may realise 
3/22/202423 minutes, 43 seconds
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The power balance

In the wake of a change in the way power bills are calculated, The Detail helps you understand the bottom line.
3/21/202422 minutes, 46 seconds
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The sea ice factories of Antarctica

A team of New Zealand scientists has just returned from studying the sea ice factories in Antarctica, in a joint expedition with Italy
3/20/202423 minutes, 24 seconds
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A promise to overhaul the Holidays Act, again

The Holidays Act is complex and has led to years of problems. But fixing it seems just as challenging. 
3/19/202423 minutes, 2 seconds
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New target for police asset seizures

The proceeds of crime laws have traditionally been used to target gangs and drug dealers. Now police have their eyes on a new target, and that's left businesses feeling vulnerable.
3/18/202424 minutes, 19 seconds
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David Seymour's attack on red tape

A sector that's had rules piled upon it is welcoming moves to cut the red tape  
3/17/202423 minutes, 57 seconds
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A tuneful life

The Detail's Davina Zimmer discovers she's sitting across from a quiet music legend.
3/15/202423 minutes, 37 seconds
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Voting rights for the Samoan diaspora

Critics of a new electoral law in Samoa say it could allow overseas voters to decide elections.   
3/14/202418 minutes, 53 seconds
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Auckland Council's rubbish move

Auckland Council is calling it a 'bin optimisation drive', but residents say the move to remove their litter receptacles is rubbish 
3/13/202424 minutes, 20 seconds
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Immigration New Zealand's perfect storm

A review into a new visa category that sparked more problems than it solved is scathing about Immigration NZ's processes and systems.
3/12/202424 minutes, 27 seconds
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Haka, sport and politics

A haka incorporating barbs aimed at the Government has rekindled a decades old debate over sport and politics.
3/11/202424 minutes, 12 seconds
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Getting our money lending right

The laws that govern our money-lending landscape are in for another shakeup.
3/10/202423 minutes, 45 seconds
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A cool solution to drink dilution

All ice is not created equal, and the ice created by Conor Whale is top-shelf stuff.
3/8/202424 minutes, 26 seconds
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Incubating a space industry

Auckland University's new space centre will soon take control of a satellite that detects the world's worst methane emitters.
3/7/202422 minutes, 54 seconds
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The diamonds, the divas and the drama of the Oscars

Hollywood's red carpet is getting rolled out for its premier event, the Oscars, for the 96th time this weekend
3/6/202421 minutes, 24 seconds
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Mould, mushrooms and musty classrooms

An Auckland school for some of our most vulnerable children is crumbling, and any hopes for a rebuild have just been dashed by the government's moves to halt school property developments. 
3/5/202424 minutes, 44 seconds
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Olympic hopefuls plan for Paris 2024

The first of our athletes to wear the silver fern in Paris have been announced 
3/4/202423 minutes, 22 seconds
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Rare disorders aren't unusual enough to ignore

One in 17 New Zealanders have what's termed as a rare disorder. March is the month to highlight their lives and struggles.
3/3/202420 minutes, 48 seconds
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The death of the magazine

Magazines are facing extinction by internet. Are they special enough to save? 
3/1/202420 minutes, 43 seconds
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The Newshub bombshell with a whopping blast range

It was a skin-of-your-teeth operation from the start, and Newshub's 35 year old life looks to be ending with multi-million dollar losses presided over by off-shore owners 
2/29/202424 minutes, 20 seconds
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Why we leap

Leap year is all about matching the seasons to time. It's just a construct, but try telling that to February 29th babies.
2/28/202420 minutes, 54 seconds
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Drugs, tests, and rock'n'roll

At festivals, a volunteer-based service runs quality-control on illegal drugs.
2/27/202423 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Waitangi Tribunal's losing battle

What is the point of the Waitangi Tribunal if it doesn't have the power to stop a government that appears to be acting against the interests of Māori? 
2/26/202423 minutes, 16 seconds
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Go home, stay home

Four years after the first lockdown, the way we work has changed.
2/25/202422 minutes, 27 seconds
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Pioneering kiwi research for hydrocephalus patients

A life-changing diagnostic device tested on sheep in New Zealand is about to be trialled on humans 
2/23/202423 minutes, 30 seconds
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Building back better after a disaster

Good, fast and on-budget infrastructure building shouldn't have to wait for disaster situations to swing into action.
2/22/202424 minutes, 28 seconds
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War and headlines

Conflict and coverage - why some conflicts dominate headlines for months, then suddenly get ignored    
2/21/202422 minutes, 7 seconds
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World-first climate action in NZ's top court

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case against some of New Zealand's biggest polluters in what some describe as judicial activism
2/20/202422 minutes, 49 seconds
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Chipping away at childhood obesity

Researchers are making some headway tackling a problem that New Zealand has a shameful record in - childhood obesity. 
2/19/202421 minutes, 56 seconds
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A bridge not far enough for Auckland

We're back to where we were in 1969 when it comes to easing congestion over Auckland's harbour 
2/18/202424 minutes, 13 seconds
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The music wars that muted TikTok

The ripples of a war in the music industry spread far further than just ruining Gen Alpha's TikTok time. 
2/16/202424 minutes, 21 seconds
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Kane Williamson, king of the cricket pitch

Kane Williamson is the world's number one batsman right now, but what he brings to the Black Caps is worth far more than runs on the board.
2/15/202423 minutes, 24 seconds
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The investment fund aiming to fix the housing crisis

A $90 million housing fund promises to tackle the Bay of Plenty's housing crisis  
2/14/202423 minutes, 50 seconds
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The legal battles of Donald Trump

The convoluted legal troubles of former -- and maybe future -- US President Donald Trump are playing out in court rooms across America 
2/13/202423 minutes, 23 seconds
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Thinking too big over infrastructure

Critics say the government's plan to speed up infrastructure projects puts too much power in the hands of one person.
2/12/202420 minutes, 44 seconds
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Swift101: The study of Taylor

Two AUT academics are taking their Taylor Swift obsession to the next extreme at a Swiftposium in Melbourne, ahead of the star's Australian tour
2/11/202423 minutes, 59 seconds
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The slip story that gets worse at every turn

Homes suspended over landslides; lives suspended by bodies that can't or won't help 
2/8/202423 minutes, 8 seconds
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Fresh blood for our donor service

Around 10,000 new donors could flood into the New Zealand Blood Service after a long-standing restriction is lifted. But if another ban is re-visited that number could rise further
2/7/202420 minutes, 29 seconds
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Democracy in danger when lies go unchecked

When politicians fail to call out a lie by one of their own, it can have a dampening effect on democracy 
2/6/202422 minutes, 55 seconds
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Our Search and Rescue heroes

When the text comes, these volunteers down tools to help strangers in their hour of need. But their numbers are shrinking.
2/4/202423 minutes, 22 seconds
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Temu is hard sell on steroids

It's spending billions on advertising and draws shoppers in with its questionable tactics. But how can you resist Temu when it's so cheap?
2/1/202422 minutes, 23 seconds
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The electric revolution, with or without discounts

Government levers to increase electric car ownership have worked, and now EVs have a toe in the market it looks like even higher user charges won't stop them
1/31/202423 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Treaty of Waitangi - articles, principles, changes

There's growing fear and anger from Māori over moves by the coalition government to revisit the rules around the Treaty of Waitangi.
1/30/202422 minutes, 51 seconds
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A young person's place is in the House

Young politicians around the world are disproving the adage that wisdom comes with age.
1/29/202423 minutes, 41 seconds
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Auckland's rain-soaked recurring nightmare

A year on from the devastating Auckland Anniversary Weekend storms, the evidence of them remains all over the city
1/28/202423 minutes, 28 seconds
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The Year in Detail

The Detail's co-hosts Sharon Brettkelly and Tom Kitchin, and producer Alexia Russell, roll through the highlights of nearly 300 podcasts and long reads in 2023
12/14/202325 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Christmas display elves of Queen St

Every Christmas Auckland's big department store creates joy and delight for children in Queen St. We meet the people behind the displays.
12/13/202319 minutes, 31 seconds
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A crossroads for netball

As Netball in New Zealand gears up to mark its centenary, strong headwinds are appearing on the horizon. 
12/12/202324 minutes, 20 seconds
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Saving South Dunedin from going under

South Dunedin is one of New Zealand’s most densely populated areas but it is also one of the lowest lying. Coming up with ways to save it from repeated flooding is becoming urgent.
12/11/202322 minutes, 11 seconds
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Sliding backwards on human rights

A 75 year old UN declaration still holds sway over New Zealand's legislation and conduct. But the Human Rights Commission sees threats around the corner. 
12/10/202323 minutes, 33 seconds
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Long Read: The grief bird

By Ellen Rykers: The bittern’s eerie, booming call sounds like a lament, a tangi ringing across the marshes. Now, the birds themselves are in trouble
12/8/202324 minutes, 53 seconds
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COP28's chaotic talkfest on climate change

It's unclear if commentators at COP28 are holding their breaths to see what the Dubai conference will deliver, or because the oil producing country is blanketed in haze. 
12/7/202322 minutes, 16 seconds
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The alcohol conundrum

What's wrong with being a functioning alcoholic? And when booze has such a high visual profile in our society, why is there so much judgement when people fall foul of their own limits? 
12/6/202322 minutes, 5 seconds
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Bulldozing through environmental laws

At a time when severe weather events are wrecking the environment, contractors on small building sites ignoring the rules are adding to the problem. 
12/5/202323 minutes, 17 seconds
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What's the fuss over pseudoephedrine?

After a 12-year ban that was completely ineffective in stopping the manufacture of methamphetamine, the government is going to allow pseudoephedrine products to be sold over the counter again. 
12/4/202321 minutes, 57 seconds
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When choice fatigue hits charitable giving

So many crises, and so many charities to deal with them. Donor confusion has been increasing, which is why eight New Zealand-based organisations have linked up to cut administration costs and get the money to where it's needed most.
12/3/202323 minutes, 10 seconds
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Long Read: The Crewe Murders

By Kirsty Johnston: The murder of Harvey and Jeannette Crewe in their Pukekawa farmhouse in 1970 remains New Zealand’s most infamous cold case.
12/1/202327 minutes, 10 seconds
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The insincere marketing that goes from woke to woke-washed

Some big brands have taken big steps backwards with their images, just as they thought they were jumping on a bandwagon of progressive thought and inclusivity.  
11/30/202321 minutes, 48 seconds
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Judith Collins becomes the minister for everything

Spies, space and science form just part of the new domain for battle-hardened politician Judith Collins. 
11/29/202323 minutes, 35 seconds
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Disbelief as a smokefree generation slips away

Anti-smoking researchers are promising a healthy fight against the new government's moves to repeal world-first legislation on tobacco sales.
11/28/202322 minutes, 57 seconds
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The deep tech sector dreaming up ways to save the planet

A look inside an Auckland building that's an incubator for the deep tech sector, aimed at finding solutions for some of the world's biggest carbon-emitting materials.
11/27/202323 minutes, 5 seconds
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Google: The monopoly we don't want to live without

Google is the big, intrusive company that we welcome into our lives with open arms because of the way it helps us through our daily lives. Will a ruling from the US say it's gone too far?
11/26/202323 minutes, 14 seconds
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Long Read: Weighing the Booker Prize shortlist

By Jeremy Rees: I read every book shortlisted for the most prestigious literary award in the world. Here's what I found.
11/24/202324 minutes, 23 seconds
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New Zealand's meth flood

Meth dealers in New Zealand are driving increasingly sophisticated and profitable operations, so much so that police now call them "criminal business entities". 
11/23/202323 minutes, 10 seconds
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The smothering weed spreading fast and far

Auckland's aquatic backyard and prime fishing grounds are weed-deep in trouble from exotic caulerpa, a fast-spreading algae that smothers everything in its path. 
11/22/202323 minutes, 34 seconds
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Striking gold hits obstacles

Conservation groups, prepare for battle – we're likely to see more mining applications as the country's new chief executive promises economic benefits from going underground. 
11/21/202322 minutes, 30 seconds
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Divorce, remarriage, inheritance, and outdated laws

Family disputes are getting increasingly complex and costly to unravel. There's agreement on updating the law, but actual changes have stalled. 
11/20/202323 minutes, 9 seconds
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The problems driving congestion charges

If congestion charges work to break up gridlock, why don't we have them in place by now?
11/19/202323 minutes, 56 seconds
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Long Read: The Badjelly Chronicles

By Gemma Gracewood: How New Zealand developed an unique obsession with the baddest witch in all the world.
11/17/202326 minutes, 1 second
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K-Pop dances its way across the globe

K-Pop is about dance moves and perfectly presented superstars as much as it is about the music. The phenomenon's Kiwi fans love it for that. 
11/16/202323 minutes, 37 seconds
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Wellington's microfractures and macrofinances

Seismic cracks and new earthquake-related infrastructure rules are causing havoc with Wellington City Council's budgets and long term planning.
11/15/202322 minutes, 43 seconds
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NZ's screen industry wants a slice of the Netflix pie

New Zealand's $3 billion screen industry could shrivel up without some drastic improvements in funding. One solution is to ask the big streamers to cough up. 
11/14/202323 minutes, 10 seconds
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Pandemic pets now left to their own devices

Covid lockdowns have left us with a legacy of unwanted and increasingly dangerous dogs.
11/13/202321 minutes, 31 seconds
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The quiet inquiry

New Zealand's inquiry into how we handled the pandemic has already spoken to hundreds of people of all persuasions, but the work is definitely taking the hush-hush approach.
11/12/202324 minutes, 15 seconds
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Long Read: Loss of Incidental Connections

By Susan Strongman: Retired and living alone in Hamilton, Mum ticks a lot of the boxes that put her at risk of loneliness.
11/10/202322 minutes, 41 seconds
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Libraries fight to survive under tight council budgets

When councils cut their budgets, it's always libraries that have the spotlight put on them. As staff hours and numbers are cut, librarians are overcoming their reluctance to whisper about the value of their services. 
11/9/202322 minutes, 16 seconds
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Incomplete science deals blow to Ārepa

A kiwi health drink with some unique ingredients has been making a splash. But after it promised too much in its marketing it's been slapped down by food authorities.
11/8/202320 minutes, 7 seconds
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Why are we waiting?

Is our MMP electoral system slow and cumbersome, or fair and democratic? 
11/7/202322 minutes, 45 seconds
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Fear and trauma from a world away

A Jewish and a Palestinian man both find they’ve been naïve in believing New Zealand to be a safe haven from hatred and abuse.
11/6/202324 minutes, 51 seconds
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Ka kite for Māori Health Authority?

The clock is about to be wound back on Labour's Māori health initiative despite pleas that it should be given more time to prove its worth.
11/5/202323 minutes, 7 seconds
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Long Read: The straight and narrow

By Bill Morris: Ploughing-the epitome of the colonial 'civilising' of land-is as fundamental to this country's history as war and rugby. Perhaps it's not surprising that we make a sport out of it.
11/3/202323 minutes, 19 seconds
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Supie's sidelined, so what's next?

Introducing more competition into the grocery sector will be one of the first, and trickiest, tasks facing the new government.
11/2/202322 minutes, 33 seconds
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Convenient cities become conspiracy targets

How did a vision to make cities more liveable become twisted into a totalitarian dystopia?
11/1/202322 minutes, 46 seconds
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Gang crackdown about to rev up

The new government is vowing to take a hard line with gang members, including those with tattoos showing gang affiliations.
10/31/202324 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ditching the dye

Grey hair and wrinkles are finally becoming something to celebrate.
10/30/202322 minutes, 24 seconds
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The gaming games

Esports players say their sport is more than just time on the couch with a joystick – we have a national team, and it’s heading to global games at the end of the year.
10/29/202324 minutes, 17 seconds
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Long Read: The MethaneSAT saga

By Eloise Gibson: How did New Zealand come to invest $29 million in a Bezos-backed methane satellite space plan?
10/27/202324 minutes, 27 seconds
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Making the Planet less Lonely

The book that was for many years a travellers’ bible turns 50 this year. But with instant information available anywhere, how will Lonely Planet keep up?
10/26/202321 minutes, 30 seconds
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A brainy comic collaboration

The power and potential of comic books is being realised with a new project at Auckland University. 
10/25/202323 minutes, 47 seconds
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Student radio's cupboards are bare

Once the juggernaut of student radio, Auckland's 95bFM is resorting to a fundraising concert to try to clear debt in an age when every commercial station is struggling for funds.  
10/24/202322 minutes, 32 seconds
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Pacific MPs in short supply for this government

Political representation from the Pasifika community has been lost in an ocean of white faces and blue suits. Does it matter? 
10/23/202321 minutes, 51 seconds
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Long Read: There and back again

By Kate Evans: Humans have been puzzling over the mysteries of animal migration and navigation for centuries.
10/20/202320 minutes, 26 seconds
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Otago's extreme student initiations

Hazing rituals at Otago University are getting more extreme, with even those all in favour of the student culture asking if they've gone too far. 
10/19/202323 minutes, 50 seconds
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The West Coast's surprising shade of blue

Few pundits flagged the West Coast, birthplace of the Labour Party, to be part of the big blue swing this election.
10/18/202323 minutes, 12 seconds
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Israel v Hamas: The war without end

Why do experts have very little hope for a peaceful solution in the Middle East?
10/17/202325 minutes, 43 seconds
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Election '23: The hangover

There's a lot we still don't know after election day. Here are the answers to those lingering questions from Saturday night. 
10/16/202323 minutes, 27 seconds
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Covid: Still here, still deadly

It's the unwelcome guest that no one wants to talk about – Covid-19 may be below the radar now, but it hasn't gone away and is likely to claim 1,000 Kiwi lives this year. 
10/15/202322 minutes, 55 seconds
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Long Read: Is film criticism a blessing or a curse?

By Tony Stamp: The art of criticism is being threatened by a new wave of social media-savvy disruptors.
10/13/202318 minutes, 23 seconds
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Behind the polling booths

From preparations that begin two years out, to a double vote count after the polls close, our elections are a massive logistical exercise. 
10/12/202323 minutes, 38 seconds
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The storm over a washed-out walkway

It's one of the most unique and beautiful short walkways in the country, but time has expired on the gentlemen's agreement that let the public through. 
10/11/202321 minutes, 41 seconds
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Warkworth's seamless manufacturing change

Sir Russell Coutts has leased his SailGP manufacturing factory to Rocket Lab – and his specialist carbon composite workers are part of the deal. 
10/10/202322 minutes, 56 seconds
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Our messy migration

Self-serving, messy, and directionless. With record numbers pouring into the country, our immigration policies are under the microscope – and they don't stand up to scrutiny. 
10/9/202324 minutes, 6 seconds
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When breathing kills

Air pollution is the invisible killer behind one in every 10 deaths in New Zealand. There's no safe level of it, but it's an easy issue to ignore. 
10/8/202323 minutes, 33 seconds
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Long Read: Tairāwhiti's Trauma

By Aaron Smale: On the slow destruction and devastating impact of the pine industry on Tairāwhiti.
10/6/202325 minutes, 29 seconds
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A garden for soul food

When living space is tight, a community garden gives residents a place to breathe.
10/5/202322 minutes, 1 second
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Hope and false hope for Alzheimer's sufferers

Scientists have worked out how brain cells die in Alzheimer's disease, but there's caution over starting the celebrations just yet.
10/4/202322 minutes, 29 seconds
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Disability is this year's forgotten issue

Few parties have policies on disability issues this election. How can disabled people ensure their voices are heard?
10/3/202322 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Voice of confusion

It's just a "moderate, tiny proposal" over indigenous representation, but Australia's The Voice referendum has caused huge uproar.  
10/2/202322 minutes, 33 seconds
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A sometimes summer of sun

A change in our three-year La Niña weather pattern will turn the tables on our summer – but don't think El Niño isn't also without its issues. 
10/1/202323 minutes, 42 seconds
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Long Read: The food lobby in Aotearoa

By Guyon Espiner: How the food industry throws its weight – and its money – around in sport, politics, nutrition, and education.
9/29/202325 minutes, 29 seconds
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Torn apart by war, kept apart by bureaucrats

The only chance 18-year-old Afghan refugee Arezo Nazari has of bringing her parents to New Zealand is through the government – and so far, three ministers have turned her down. 
9/28/202323 minutes, 15 seconds
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Helping or harming? Our modern mental health conversations

A multi-billion dollar industry has sprung up around mental health and wellness. Have the efforts to raise awareness been too successful? 
9/27/202324 minutes, 51 seconds
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Making our drinking water safe

The cryptosporidium outbreak in Queenstown highlights the challenges of providing a clean water supply.  Why is it so difficult to make our drinking water safe?
9/26/202323 minutes, 48 seconds
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Recycling the wrong ideas about climate change

Recycling is not the beginning nor end when it comes to climate change. In fact, it comes way down the list of things you can personally do to help save the planet. 
9/25/202322 minutes, 50 seconds
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Tiny homes, big problems

There are a lot of good reasons to downsize to a tiny home. But there are just as many problems in getting started. 
9/24/202324 minutes, 14 seconds
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Long Read: Make voting sexy again

By Nadine Anne Hura: If those with the least wealth and privilege understood how much power they held, their votes could really could make a difference.
9/22/202321 minutes, 51 seconds
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A bright idea for Naseby

The entire community of Naseby has decided to turn down the lights – and reach for the stars.
9/21/202323 minutes, 54 seconds
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When a 'wasted vote' isn't wasted

If you're disinterested, despondent or deflated by the election campaign and its daily parade of pointless behaviour, here's why you shouldn't miss your opportunity to exercise a little strategy in order to try and engineer a result. 
9/20/202323 minutes, 2 seconds
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Tarras locals gear up for a fight over airport

Christchurch Airport says it's premature to try and stop a new airport that's only just having the groundwork laid; but Tarras locals know what they don't want. 
9/19/202326 minutes, 22 seconds
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Spinning the numbers while ignoring the threats

Politicians are spending the election campaign weaving all sorts of financial figures into a cloth that suits their narrative – but there's another issue on the horizon that would overshadow everything. 
9/18/202323 minutes, 27 seconds
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The burning question on rubbish

Mass incineration could be a great solution to New Zealand's increasingly scarce landfill space – or it could be a step backwards environmentally. 
9/17/202323 minutes, 1 second
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Long Read: Turning the tide

A team of New Zealanders and Tongans have just carpeted a remote Tongan island with poisoned bait, hoping to eradicate rats.
9/15/202322 minutes, 4 seconds
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Liam Lawson's Formula One breakthrough

New Zealand's tenth Formula One driver is a 21-year-old from Pukekohe.
9/14/202323 minutes, 31 seconds
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The dark twists and crazy turns of Whangārei's big cat park

The lions and tigers are ready to roar again as Whangārei's Kamo Wildlife Sanctuary re-opens it doors on Saturday. But the park has a troubled past – and its future is uncertain.
9/13/202322 minutes, 41 seconds
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Landlords versus tenants

There are horror stories on both sides of the landlord/tenant divide, but how do the laws of the country ensure a fair balance between the rights of both? 
9/12/202323 minutes, 1 second
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Gender equality: Are we there yet?

Three exciting world cups on New Zealand soil have boosted coverage of women's sport stratospherically – and women are now far more visible in public life. When can we say these 'firsts' are normal?
9/11/202323 minutes, 1 second
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Winston Peters rides again

Gone in 2020, washed up and out of the political scene? Not just yet. Assumptions over the demise of Winston Peters and New Zealand First have ignored the old adage – never rule him out. 
9/10/202323 minutes, 50 seconds
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Long Read: What happened to Wellington – Live?

By Janhavi Gosavi: Once the shining example for community pages, many followers are growing concerned by its new owner's approach.
9/8/202326 minutes, 16 seconds
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The most privileged chair in sport

We're about to get an earful of commentary as the Rugby World Cup kicks off. What's it like to sit in the big chair at the biggest games?
9/7/202324 minutes, 20 seconds
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Policing in a new era of crime

New Zealand's criminal landscape is changing, and our police force is having to make adjustments.
9/6/202323 minutes, 9 seconds
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New Poseidons zoom in on illegal fishers

New Zealand's new Poseidon P-8A has clocked its first official mission: a multi-national operation north-west of Fiji to catch illegal fishing boats.
9/5/202323 minutes, 44 seconds
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Our Pasifika Rugby World Cup teams

The Tongan, Samoan and Fijian rugby teams have made huge strides on the world stage. What can we expect from them this World Cup?
9/4/202322 minutes, 9 seconds
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Quest for answers over three year old's death

Paul Jones hasn't let up in his drive to get answers over his three year old son's death – but in spite of multiple investigations, the truth appears to be no closer. 
9/3/202321 minutes, 33 seconds
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Long Read: Our renewable power struggle

By George Driver: Millions of panels could soon be erected across thousands of hectares of the country as an unprecedented solar-farm boom begins.
9/1/202324 minutes, 2 seconds
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The renaissance of girl power

The pop culture dollar is being laid down on Barbie and Taylor Swift, as young women not in the market for a mortgage splash their joy around. 
8/31/202322 minutes, 50 seconds
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India's high-science, low-cost space programme

After India's successful landing on the south pole of the moon, there's hope the West will stop seeing the country as a land of "snake charmers and elephants". 
8/30/202322 minutes, 17 seconds
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Villa Maria: The dismantling of a legacy

The saga of Villa Maria wines involves valuable land, an iconic brand, legal action and millions of dollars in dispute. 
8/29/202323 minutes, 43 seconds
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Backsliding in the battle against pest species

Conservation projects across the country risk losing progress as money gets tighter and budgets are slashed. 
8/28/202322 minutes, 20 seconds
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Tough times brewing for the craft beer industry

They say beer is recession-proof, but two of the country's well-known craft breweries are facing an uncertain future.
8/27/202322 minutes, 30 seconds
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Long Read: The new Golden Age of rail

By Theo Macdonald: Long-distance rail travel is in for a revival in New Zealand — eventually. And you don’t have to be a nostalgia buff, trainspotter or climate-action protester to see why.
8/25/202327 minutes, 2 seconds
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Migrant worker advocates alarmed by increasing calls for help

Advocates for migrant workers are alarmed as more and more people come to them for help, because the jobs they've been promised haven't eventuated.
8/24/202323 minutes, 57 seconds
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Theatre's back, but can it continue to thrive?

Audiences are returning to theatres, but the future is uncertain for university-level theatre education.
8/23/202322 minutes, 31 seconds
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After a summer of cyclones, are we ready for a summer of wildfires?

Scenes of mass destruction in Greece and Hawaii have shown us just how serious wildfires are.
8/22/202324 minutes, 26 seconds
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Who should teach kids about sex and relationships?

Most parents find it awkward to talk about, but who should take the lead when it comes to educating kids about sex and relationships?
8/21/202321 minutes, 8 seconds
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The last NZ company weaving our wool

The Detail visits New Zealand's last commercial wool weaver, Inter-Weave, to find out how they're helping keep the wool industry alive.
8/20/202324 minutes, 15 seconds
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Long Read: Weaponised

By Kate Evans: With each generation, predators and prey refine their aggressive weapons and defensive armour.
8/18/202322 minutes, 30 seconds
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The future will be riskier – how will insurance keep up?

When a natural disaster destroys your home, who should foot the bill? The government, private insurers, or you? 
8/17/202323 minutes, 21 seconds
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Off or on? The debate over GST on fruit and veg

It's popular with the voters, but not with the experts. The Detail takes a closer look at the debate about Labour's GST plans.
8/16/202323 minutes, 36 seconds
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Is fish the new farming frontier for New Zealand?

The government has a goal to grow aquaculture to a $3 billion-a-year industry. But red tape – and red flags – stand in the way.
8/15/202320 minutes, 53 seconds
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Capitalising on New Zealand's football fever

The FIFA World Cup has captured the attention of plenty of New Zealanders. How do we keep them interested, and invested, in women's football once the tournament's over?
8/14/202321 minutes, 35 seconds
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Why don't we talk about postnatal depression?

Maternal mental health is another one of those hidden "women's issues" that we don't talk about enough. Now it's in the spotlight for the most awful of reasons. 
8/13/202323 minutes, 51 seconds
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Long Read: What happened when two young Jehovah’s Witnesses quit the church

By Anusha Bradley: After leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Brad Miller and Cassie Dean were cut off from almost everyone they’d ever known.
8/12/202338 minutes, 59 seconds
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Taking the public pulse with political polls

The polls are showing a tight race between the two major parties as we inch closer to October's election. But can we trust them?
8/10/202323 minutes, 23 seconds
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How NZ's paid parental leave stacks up

We like to think we're pretty progressive, but can New Zealand do more to support parents in the workplace?
8/9/202321 minutes, 43 seconds
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Public private partnerships and big infrastructure projects

The Detail weighs up the pros and cons of public private partnerships in big infrastructure projects.
8/8/202322 minutes, 56 seconds
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The woes of wool

Wool was once the backbone of our agriculture industry, but now farmers are struggling to make a buck from it. What happened?
8/7/202322 minutes, 35 seconds
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The new therapeutic products law: What is it?

It's been decades in the making, but there will be major changes to the way we regulate medicines, medical devices and natural health products. 
8/6/202323 minutes, 41 seconds
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Long Read: Immaculate

By Dave Hansford: Meet New Zealand's lawn addicts, who can be found in the weekend perfecting their 'outdoor carpet'.
8/4/202322 minutes, 14 seconds
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The charismatic kākāpō is booming, but its friends need help

Having kākāpō in the North Island wilderness again is an historic win for our native manu, but conservationists say other species are at risk of falling through the cracks.
8/3/202322 minutes, 53 seconds
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The perilous state of the Far North's roads

The Far North's roads are in a perilous state – and the fix-up job is mammoth in scale.
8/2/202324 minutes, 21 seconds
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The feud between our two big weather forecasters

MetService and NIWA are both government agencies. Why are they competing with one another?
8/1/202324 minutes, 28 seconds
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Taking flight: The post-pandemic travel boom

Thinking about booking that long-awaited overseas trip? International travel is back and bigger than ever.
7/31/202321 minutes, 40 seconds
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Banks' endless battles with scammers

Bank scams are rising exponentially, so much so that $183 million has gone out of New Zealanders' accounts over the last year. 
7/30/202324 minutes, 1 second
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Long Read: The Gloriavale employment case

By Jean Edwards: Raised to be meek and submissive in a world dominated by men, six former Gloriavale women have won an extraordinary legal victory.
7/28/202317 minutes, 2 seconds
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The home detention solution

After Auckland's CBD shooting the knives were out for home detention sentences – but is it the justice system we should be pointing at, or is the problem more deeply-rooted?  
7/27/202323 minutes, 8 seconds
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KiwiSaver as a slush fund

It's their own money – so why shouldn't hard-up students be allowed to use their KiwiSaver when faced with the tough task of coming up with a bond for their rental? 
7/26/202321 minutes, 47 seconds
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When a graphic warning is not enough

Should the media be self-censoring its court reporting of the Dickason triple murder trial as the gory details unfold? 
7/25/202322 minutes, 2 seconds
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A sporting empire starts to crumble

Victoria's decision to pull out of hosting the 2026 Commonwealth Games after a budget blowout shines light on the huge amount of money it takes for these sporting extravaganzas.
7/24/202321 minutes, 8 seconds
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Setting prisoners up for failure

There's a silent sentence faced by prisoners just out of jail – one that makes it hard for them to get back on their feet without resorting to crime again.
7/23/202322 minutes, 25 seconds
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Long Read: Procurement Without Purpose

By Nikki Mandow: The government spent $51.5 billion of taxpayer money on buying stuff last year. The criteria for how they spend it have had a shake-up.
7/21/202327 minutes, 5 seconds
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The zing zazz factor in a slogan

As the political parties reveal their slogans for the election campaign, we look at who and what makes a catchphrase sing,
7/20/202321 minutes, 13 seconds
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Healthy Homes remain an uphill battle

There are five basic standards to be met before landlords can get their Healthy Homes tick. Why do so many seem to be slipping through the cracks? 
7/19/202322 minutes, 38 seconds
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The dangers of our productivity slide

New Zealand's slow slide into poor productivity isn't just a cultural quirk – it means we miss out when it comes to competition and trade opportunities.
7/18/202323 minutes, 40 seconds
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Social media's new revolution

Two decades after Facebook.com changed our lives, social media is going through another big upheaval. 
7/17/202324 minutes, 4 seconds
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The power of a well-designed uniform

Whether it's a corporate refresh with more cultural considerations, or a new version of a sporting uniform steeped in history, what our high profile teams wear matters. 
7/16/202321 minutes, 13 seconds
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Long Read: The Flames of Our Shame

By Max Rashbrooke: While the fatal fire at Loafers Lodge has reinforced calls for greater scrutiny of boarding houses, the warning signals have been around for years.
7/14/202322 minutes, 47 seconds
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Matariki's link in a chain of star stories

We call this star cluster Matariki – but the Seven Sisters myth is told all over the world, in startlingly similar fashion. Could it be our oldest story?
7/12/202322 minutes, 49 seconds
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Ukraine's cluster bombs will leave a hideous legacy

The US is sending cluster bombs to Ukraine in a move it hopes will shorten the war – how do they work, and why has the move prompted an uproar from human rights workers? 
7/11/202323 minutes, 31 seconds
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Safe or septic – Japan's nuclear wastewater dumping

Japan has made assurances the wastewater it's dumping in the Pacific is safe – but not everyone is convinced. 
7/10/202322 minutes, 40 seconds
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Heroes in the spotlight at White Island trial

The WorkSafe prosecution over the Whakaari eruption begins today – and some of the heroes of that dreadful day are in the spotlight.
7/9/202323 minutes, 29 seconds
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Long Read: Bone Hunters

By George Driver: An ancient lake bed in St Bathans is revealing New Zealand's mysterious past.
7/7/202322 minutes, 41 seconds
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Why city centres are going car-free

Auckland, Dunedin, and now Wellington – does pedestrianisation solve problems, or create them?
7/6/202323 minutes, 3 seconds
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'A slow-moving disaster': Rotorua lakes full to bursting

Months and months of heavy rain means many of the lakes around Rotorua are reaching levels not seen in 50 years, flooding nearby boat ramps, playgrounds and properties.
7/5/202322 minutes, 12 seconds
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The impact of the Hollywood writers' strike on NZ

Hollywood writers have been striking for three months' now – and there's no resolution in sight. Half a world away, the strike's having an impact on the screen industry here in New Zealand, too.
7/4/202325 minutes, 43 seconds
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What it takes to get a road back open

Storms and cyclones have caused major disruptions on state highways across the country this year. What's involved in fixing them up to get them back open?
7/3/202323 minutes, 40 seconds
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'Set up to fail': The alternative education problem

These programmes are the last resort for kids who can't cope in mainstream schools – but barely any leave with NCEA qualifications.
7/2/202321 minutes, 10 seconds
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Long Read: Guilt, Part I: Murder in Paeroa

By Ryan Wolf: Speculation still swirls about the unsolved 2012 murder of pizza shop owner Jordan Voudouris.
6/30/202327 minutes, 41 seconds
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The cancer-causing dangers in our workplaces

New Zealand's first-ever Carcinogen Survey has found alarming numbers of people are exposed to cancer-causing agents in their work. What can we do about it?
6/29/202321 minutes, 27 seconds
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Kicking the single-use plastic habit

This weekend, the next phase of New Zealand's ongoing fight against single-use plastics comes into effect. But do we need to re-think our attitudes towards all waste?
6/28/202322 minutes, 16 seconds
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What just happened in Russia?

Was the weekend of chaos a failed coup, or did the man once known as 'Putin's Chef' just snap, condemning himself to exile?
6/27/202321 minutes, 9 seconds
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Life under the shadow of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts

A government bail-out will keep the skifields open this winter, but businesses have been living with a question mark over Ruapehu's long-term future for months.
6/26/202322 minutes, 32 seconds
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A tale of two gang towns

A huge Mongrel Mob tangi in Ōpōtiki has thrown up some stark contrasts in the way different towns deal with gangs.
6/25/202323 minutes, 57 seconds
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Long Read: Strange Days on Lake Rotomahana

By Tim Bollinger: Once New Zealand’s very own wonder of the world, the Pink and White Terraces were destroyed in a single night of volcanic destruction.
6/23/202322 minutes, 38 seconds
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The waitlist algorithm that morphed into a political weapon

MPs have spent much of the week debating the merits - or otherwise - of an algorithm that takes into account ethnicity to help prioritise patients waiting for elective surgeries. 
6/22/202324 minutes, 11 seconds
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The oil disaster waiting to happen

Experts say this sunken shipwreck could be a disaster bigger than the Rena. Why hasn't anything been done to prevent it?
6/21/202323 minutes, 30 seconds
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Tracking the guns

The missing piece of New Zealand's firearms reforms falls in place this weekend – a long-called for registry which will tell us who owns what, and where guns go when they're sold. 
6/20/202321 minutes, 48 seconds
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What it's like to be a high school teacher in New Zealand

Tens of thousands of secondary teachers have walked off the job this year in a fight for better pay and conditions. Just how bad is it?
6/19/202322 minutes, 59 seconds
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Where to next for a Kermadec ocean sanctuary?

It was announced to great fanfare in 2015, but years of negotiations have failed to secure an agreement over a Kermadec ocean sanctuary.
6/18/202322 minutes, 35 seconds
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Long Read: Homeward Bound

By Veronika Meduna: Moriori await the final return to the Chatham Islands of human remains recovered from institutions around the world.
6/16/202326 minutes, 36 seconds
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Sports fans and the uncomfortable questions about sportswashing

Is it becoming harder to be a sports fan, as sportswashing continues its creep into more codes and competitions?
6/15/202323 minutes, 24 seconds
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The hidden hazards in scrap metal yards

A recent fire at a scrap metal yard in Auckland has put the spotlight on increasing hazards in the industry.
6/14/202324 minutes, 50 seconds
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Behind the story: Mr Lyttle Meets Mr Big

When all other avenues have failed, Mr Big stings can help the police ensnare their suspect - but can their use be justified?
6/13/202323 minutes, 21 seconds
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Preparing for the big quake on the Alpine Fault

New research on the South Island's Alpine Fault is helping communities prepare for the next big quake.
6/12/202321 minutes, 4 seconds
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First, a smoke-free generation – next, a vape-free one?

New Zealand's a world-leader with its smokefree laws, but can it do the same when it comes to vaping?
6/11/202323 minutes, 21 seconds
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Long Read: How Mike Wahrlich became 'the juggler'

By David Cohen: The death of Mike 'the juggler' Wahrlich in the Loafers Lodge fire prompts Cohen to examine Mike's past.
6/9/202320 minutes, 41 seconds
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Men without a safe place to call home

How do some of society's most vulnerable people – men in particular – fall into insecure housing?
6/8/202322 minutes, 54 seconds
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The university funding shortfall with no easy fix

Universities across the country are facing funding shortfalls. But philanthropy is unlikely to help them make up the difference.
6/7/202322 minutes, 51 seconds
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The places where bilingual is the norm

While New Zealand debates the merits of bilingual signage, Wales and Ireland have been using it for decades.
6/6/202321 minutes, 4 seconds
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Counting the benefits of big events

The country's been promised big economic benefits from co-hosting the FIFA Women's World Cup. But do the figures stack up?
6/5/202323 minutes, 5 seconds
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Long Read: The Preppers Next Door

By Tom Doig: Doig's first question about doomsday preppers was: “What if they’re crazy?” His second question was: “What if they’re right?”
6/2/202322 minutes, 25 seconds
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What next for NZ's big emitters?

NZ Steel's done a deal with the government that'll cut its carbon emissions. Will the country's other big emitters follow their lead?
6/1/202323 minutes, 43 seconds
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How do zoos keep taonga safe?

Zoo Miami's treatment of Paora the kiwi sparked outrage across the country, but how does Aotearoa treat other countries' national treasures?
5/31/202322 minutes, 40 seconds
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This election year, we need to brace ourselves for AI

National's AI-generated attack ads are just the tip of the iceberg. Could AI turn this election upside down?
5/30/202323 minutes, 52 seconds
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'They get sold a dream': When big returns don't eventuate

Suspected investment scams are on the rise and authorities are worried some of our most vulnerable communities are falling victim to them.
5/29/202322 minutes, 52 seconds
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The wallabies threatening a national park

Wallabies are hopping closer to one of our most precious national parks. Have we got the tools to stop them in their tracks?
5/28/202323 minutes, 59 seconds
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Long Read: Talofa and Ni Hao

By Ollie Neas: In Samoa, there are mixed feelings about Chinese influence and the nation’s growing indebtedness to the superpower.
5/26/202323 minutes, 2 seconds
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Mānuka: The buzz that a word makes

The Australians have beaten us again - this time, in the long-running fight over mānuka honey.
5/25/202322 minutes, 53 seconds
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Loafers Lodge and the lessons for higher density housing

In the push to get more people living in higher density housing, have our fire and building regulations been left behind?
5/24/202323 minutes
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Greedflation: Is it inflation, or are businesses just greedy?

Greedflation: It's the latest buzzword in economics – is it behind soaring company profits? 
5/23/202324 minutes, 9 seconds
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Preparing for the winter illness wave

Winter illness season is upon us. Can the health system cope with the inevitable increase in demand that comes with it?
5/22/202322 minutes, 21 seconds
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The India dilemma

A relationship with India is one that requires a great deal of homework and hard work - something New Zealand has shied away from.
5/21/202323 minutes, 17 seconds
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Long Read: How To Save A Life

By Ellen Rykers: Fifteen years ago, Search and Rescue foresaw a crisis – its volunteers were aging, and the job is hard physical work.
5/19/202322 minutes, 26 seconds
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Why local councils want to sell their assets

Auckland Council could cash out $2 billion worth of shares in the airport - and it's not the only council considering asset sales to balance the budget.
5/18/202320 minutes, 22 seconds
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The stand-off between a philanthropist and Victoria University

A dispute over how a $10 million research grant gets used has exposed the tension between academic freedom and university funding.
5/17/202324 minutes, 13 seconds
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Money or morals? Team NZ, Saudi Arabia and sportswashing

Sparks are flying over Team New Zealand's decision to hold a pre-America's Cup regatta in Saudi Arabia.
5/16/202323 minutes, 18 seconds
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Music: Where the money comes from

Touring, funding, streams, royalties, merch - making a living as a local musician can be a rollercoaster.
5/15/202320 minutes, 22 seconds
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A different way of learning

It's dubbed the school with no rules. Hobsonville Point Secondary School does things differently - and it's proving to be a success.
5/14/202323 minutes, 56 seconds
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Long Read: The Teenage Animal

By Kate Evans: Just like humans, animals go through ‘wildhood’—a time of experimentation, creativity, danger and learning.
5/12/202319 minutes, 50 seconds
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Abbey Caves and NZ's tragic outdoor education history

The death of a student at Abbey Caves has brought back memories of another outdoor education tragedy - the Mangatepopo canyoning disaster.
5/11/202320 minutes, 20 seconds
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DIY testing for STIs?

The Covid-19 pandemic made self-testing with RATs a household convenience - could we do the same with testing for sexually transmitted infections?
5/10/202323 minutes, 21 seconds
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Lives treated lightly

New Zealand's cavalier attitude towards workplace safety is taking a grim toll - largely on young men involved in dangerous trades. 
5/9/202324 minutes, 3 seconds
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How KiwiRail got off track

Commuter chaos in the capital, trains grinding to a halt in Auckland - what's going on at KiwiRail?
5/8/202324 minutes, 21 seconds
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The mahi bringing birdsong back to Aotea's forests

It's no easy task trying to rid Aotea Great Barrier Island of feral cats, rats and other pests.
5/7/202319 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Detail's Long Read: Come Together

By Eric Trump: Is co-housing a wiser use of resources and a counter to societal ills like loneliness?
5/5/202322 minutes, 42 seconds
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Banding together to protect Aotea's precious seabirds

The Detail heads to Aotea Great Barrier Island to meet up with conservationists working to protect one of the island's precious seabirds - the tākoketai.
5/4/202322 minutes, 8 seconds
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The single parent stigma that should be consigned to history

A new report has found single parents still face stigma and discrimination. As The Detail finds out, if things don't get better, it'll be children who suffer.
5/3/202322 minutes, 26 seconds
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Inside the government's school lunches programme

Ka Ora, Ka Ako was launched in 2019 to help families facing food insecurity - is it doing its job?
5/2/202322 minutes, 48 seconds
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Tax: Weighing up what's fair and what's next

Tax is inherently values-based - what one person thinks is fair could be unfair to someone else. Is that why changing the system is so hard?
5/1/202324 minutes, 24 seconds
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King Charles III's coronation: A day of pomp and glory

Heavy is the crown that fits the King's head - and the weight of centuries of tradition will also cloak Charles III on the day of his coronation.
4/30/202323 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Detail's Long Read: Counting the Beats

By Garth Cartwright: Meet Grant Gillanders, the man painstakingly working his way through New Zealand’s entire popular music back catalogue.
4/28/202319 minutes, 21 seconds
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Gore grief: The trouble at the Gore District Council

A council paralysed, a mayor and a chief executive not speaking to each other - what's going on in Gore?
4/27/202323 minutes, 43 seconds
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Stock trading: Why NZ farmers import and export animals

New Zealand livestock has a top-class reputation internationally. Exports by sea are banned, so how else do we send animals offshore?
4/26/202323 minutes, 41 seconds
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The nurses ditching NZ for a better life in Oz

More than 5000 New Zealand nurses are registered to work in Australia. What's so good about life on the other side of the Tasman?
4/25/202324 minutes, 50 seconds
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Anzac Day: Stories of war, loss, peace and discovery

Very few WWII veterans remain, but Auckland War Memorial Museum says if anything, there's been a surge of interest in looking at our wartime history.
4/23/202323 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Detail's Long Read: This Little Piggy Went to Europe

By Gregor Thompson: the rags-to-riches story of the kunekune pig, New Zealand’s cutest ambassador.
4/21/202318 minutes, 7 seconds
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Chaos on the Cook Strait

Getting across the Cook Strait has been a logistical challenge over the last few months. The Detail looks at why the ferries have become so unreliable.
4/20/202322 minutes, 52 seconds
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How we plan for New Zealand's next big disaster

We're a country prone to natural disasters - but are some areas better prepared than others? 
4/19/202325 minutes, 23 seconds
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FIFA Women's World Cup lighting up local clubrooms

Thirty-two teams, 64 games, tens of thousands of fans filling stadiums, two billion tuning in on television - the FIFA Women's Football World Cup is going to be massive.
4/18/202322 minutes, 38 seconds
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The price pain of supermarket shopping

Grocery bills are going up and up - is it possible to do your weekly shop without visiting the supermarket?
4/17/202320 minutes, 7 seconds
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Cycleways and their image problem

Critics call them "gold-plated cycleways", but as The Detail finds out, there's more to these infrastructure projects than meets the eye.
4/16/202323 minutes, 4 seconds
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The Detail's Long Read: The Tarras Airport dogfight

The dogfight over Tarras Airport: Opposition to plans for a new airport in the South island is intense and building.
4/14/202323 minutes, 36 seconds
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Owning the story from start to finish

Who has the right to tell someone's story? The Detail takes a closer look at the concept of story sovereignty.
4/13/202326 minutes, 16 seconds
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Scams falling through the regulatory cracks

Scams are seemingly on the rise - and they're becoming increasingly elaborate. But who takes action against the scammers?
4/12/202323 minutes, 40 seconds
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Construction under stress

Building and construction companies are being liquidated at twice the rate of the also-beleaguered hospitality industry. 
4/11/202323 minutes, 25 seconds
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Why is Antarctic sea ice vanishing?

In the last two years, the ice around Antarctica has been at record lows - and that's just the tip of the iceberg. 
4/10/202323 minutes, 42 seconds
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Dunedin Hospital rebuild: Will it live up to expectations?

Dunedin was promised a brand spanking new hospital - but will cutbacks compromise it?
4/5/202321 minutes, 32 seconds
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Warkworth satellite spat shines light on science underfunding

In a paddock north of Auckland lies a unique piece of infrastructure that's exposed the short-sighted nature of scientific funding in New Zealand. 
4/4/202323 minutes, 30 seconds
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Why there's no comparison between pensions in France and NZ

Paris is a burning rubbish tip as residents protest plans to raise the retirement age to a level that would still be below ours. Why aren't we agitating for change? 
4/3/202323 minutes, 54 seconds
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The core of karakia

Is the push-back against karakia out of order? A look at why some councils don't want it, and why they should use it. 
4/2/202321 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Detail's Long Read: Jungle Warfare

Jungle Warfare by Ellen Rykers: Auckland is the weediest city in the world - but its citizens are fighting back.
3/31/202323 minutes, 21 seconds
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The new food baddie on the block

Evidence is piling up that the prevalence of our packaged food offerings is not just damaging our health, but shortening our lives. 
3/30/202323 minutes, 11 seconds
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Parker's visit poses plenty of questions

Posie Parker's fleeting visit to New Zealand has put the debate over free speech back in the spotlight.
3/29/202324 minutes, 16 seconds
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Balancing our alliances

Australia has drawn closer to traditional allies the US and UK by inking its nuclear submarine deal. Meanwhile our foreign minister's just returned from China where some delicate diplomacy has been deployed. 
3/28/202322 minutes, 29 seconds
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Assessing Labour's record on climate action

Labour came to power promising to take climate change seriously - has it done that?
3/27/202322 minutes, 30 seconds
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Co-governance at the coalface

Co-governance is alive and well in many organisations across the country - how does it actually work?
3/26/202322 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Detail's Long Read: What's Up With ADHD?

What's Up With ADHD? by Mirjam Guesgen: ADHD diagnoses in adults have quadrupled in New Zealand in the past 10 years. What's behind it?
3/24/202325 minutes, 2 seconds
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A storm in a lolly jar? The pineapple chew controversy

A Levin chocolate maker is in hot water over potentially misrepresenting its products. Why?
3/23/202323 minutes, 23 seconds
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Behind the story: Lobbying and the backdoor of our democracy

The Detail talks to RNZ's Guyon Espiner about his series on the murky world of lobbying.
3/22/202323 minutes, 31 seconds
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Cyclone Gabrielle: Why many in Muriwai can't move on

The Detail goes to Muriwai to find out how residents are putting their lives back together after Cyclone Gabrielle.
3/21/202324 minutes, 28 seconds
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Catching a fair ride

Independent taxi drivers asking for sky-high fares are causing headaches for the wider taxi industry. 
3/20/202320 minutes, 36 seconds
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Does it pay to be a top author?

How hard is it for New Zealand authors to make a living from their craft?
3/19/202325 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Detail's Long Read: Immortal Bangers and Me

Immortal Bangers and Me by Shayne Carter: The legendary musician recounts his experience playing with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
3/18/202323 minutes, 57 seconds
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SailGP hits the water in Christchurch

Fast-paced and full of action - SailGP is finally making its debut in New Zealand.
3/16/202320 minutes, 31 seconds
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Preventing a communications blackout in the next big disaster

No landlines, no cellphone coverage, no internet - everything went down in Gabrielle, how do we stop it from happening again?
3/15/202322 minutes, 43 seconds
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The questions over government contractors and consultants

Government spending on consultants and contractors is back in the news - but what are they actually paid to do?
3/14/202319 minutes, 33 seconds
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Silicosis: How engineered stone is killing tradies

Engineered stone is a kitchen and bathroom designer's dream - but it can come with a heavy cost for people working with it.
3/13/202324 minutes, 18 seconds
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Putting trees back into the urban jungle

Why do we need more tree cover in our urban environments? The Detail finds out.
3/12/202321 minutes, 40 seconds
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The Detail's Long Read: At the Mercy of the Ice

At the Mercy of the Ice by Ellen Rykers: a story of dramatic survival on the Antarctic ice in the summer of 1972.
3/10/202323 minutes, 30 seconds
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After the storms, what is the future of insurance?

A summer of devastating storms has put the spotlight on the role of insurance - and insurance companies - in society.
3/9/202324 minutes, 53 seconds
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Cyclone Gabrielle's impact on New Zealand's 'fruit bowl'

Cyclone Gabrielle has devastated fruit and vegetable crops in New Zealand's fruit bowl: Hawke's Bay.
3/8/202322 minutes, 11 seconds
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Ashley Bloomfield, the public service and political neutrality

In the wake of the Rob Campbell saga, Sir Ashley Bloomfield talks to The Detail about why political neutrality in the public service is so important. 
3/7/202324 minutes
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The toxic world of the manosphere

Some young men are being sucked into a toxic world online, full of sexism, misogyny and fear. Warning: This episode contains descriptions and discussion of gender-based and sexual violence.
3/6/202323 minutes, 30 seconds
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Mapping the infrastructure underground

Turns out some of our essential underground infrastructure is hard to find. How do we better map it to prevent unnecessary outages?
3/5/202323 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Detail's Long Read: Roald Dahl and the Big Fat Fuss

Roald Dahl and the Big Fat Fuss by Madison Hamill: Is changing offensive language in classic texts ever justified?
3/3/202320 minutes, 36 seconds
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How the Breakers got back to winning ways

After a few seasons in the doldrums, the Breakers are into the NBL grand final.
3/2/202323 minutes, 23 seconds
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Keeping kids in school

Truancy has hit the headlines - how are schools trying to keep kids in the classroom?
3/1/202320 minutes, 14 seconds
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Gangs unite to speak up on abuse in care

The Detail talks to two of the people who helped bring gang members together to share their stories at the abuse in care inquiry.
2/28/202323 minutes, 10 seconds
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The strippers fighting for better work rights

Fines, unreasonable rosters and restrictive contracts - strippers are laying bare the realities of working in their industry.
2/27/202323 minutes, 4 seconds
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Diversity in sport: Why the first openly gay All Black matters

Why was it such a watershed moment for a former All Black to come out as gay?
2/26/202323 minutes, 32 seconds
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The Detail's Long Read: In Our Defence

In Our Defence by Pete McKenzie: The defence force is spending up billions, but not on personnel's languishing wages or housing. Now, its ranks are thinning.
2/24/202321 minutes, 46 seconds
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Protecting the night sky

So many creatures thrive in the dark - do we need better protection against light pollution?
2/23/202324 minutes, 12 seconds
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Cyclone Gabrielle: On the ground in Hawke's Bay

The cyclone may be gone, but the damage remains. Locals tell The Detail their stories of picking up the pieces.
2/22/202322 minutes, 16 seconds
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Younger audiences slip away from local media

Research shows 15-24-year olds are switching off from the likes of TVNZ and RNZ and reaching for TikTok and YouTube. Can they be brought back?
2/21/202322 minutes, 23 seconds
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Forestry's uncertain future on the East Coast

Cyclone Gabrielle has once again highlighted the problem of forestry slash and the damage it does.
2/20/202324 minutes, 28 seconds
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The pilot, the rebels and West Papua's independence struggle

How did a Kiwi pilot get caught up in a rebel group's demands for West Papua's independence from Indonesia?
2/19/202322 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Detail's Long Read: On Fiordland

A Fiordland double feature with writing by Heidi Bendikson and Vaneesa Bellew: the dangers facing the crown jewel of Aotearoa's national parks.
2/17/202322 minutes, 48 seconds
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China after the end of 'zero Covid'

The Detail talks to journalist Chen Liu about returning to China after three years of border closures.
2/16/202323 minutes, 12 seconds
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Census 2023: Getting the count right

There are high hopes that improvements made to this year's Census will result in a better turnout than 2018.
2/15/202320 minutes, 2 seconds
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Minor parties: Will they have a major impact?

Newsroom's political editor Jo Moir and RNZ's deputy political editor Craig McCulloch join The Detail to size up the minor parties as election year gets underway.
2/14/202323 minutes, 33 seconds
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Cyclone Gabrielle: What makes this storm so unique?

Cyclone Gabrielle is causing chaos across vast areas of the North Island - what makes it so different to the average summer storm?
2/13/202322 minutes, 8 seconds
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Youth vaping: New regulations too little too late?

It's safer than smoking, but how worried should we be about teens taking up vaping?
2/12/202321 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Detail's Long Read: A Clean Sweep?

A Clean Sweep? by Kate Evans: we are the only nation still trawling in the South Pacific. Can the practice be fixed, or should it be phased out entirely?
2/10/202324 minutes, 24 seconds
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Missing the messenger? Communication and the Auckland floods

The Detail looks at how Auckland's mayor handled the flooding crisis, as another storm looms.
2/9/202322 minutes, 44 seconds
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Broken roads: Who pays to fix the damage?

Roads up and down the country have taken a hammering after a summer of storms - who pays the repair bill?
2/8/202320 minutes, 19 seconds
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Are foreign students coming back?

The pandemic smashed the international education sector - but are foreign students returning to our shores?
2/7/202318 minutes, 44 seconds
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The air force's new flying machines

The air force's decades-old Orions have been retired. The Detail finds out more about the planes that'll replace them.
2/6/202323 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Detail's Long Read: The School Away From School

The School Away From School by Bill Morris: incredible stories of change from the New Zealand Correspondence School in its 100th year.
2/3/202323 minutes, 46 seconds
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Can a sponge city really prevent flooding?

In the aftermath of Auckland's flooding, there's been plenty of talk about sponge cities - but what are they?
2/2/202324 minutes, 6 seconds
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Can the egg shortage be cracked?

Omelettes, quiches and even the mighty pavlova are off the menu - The Detail looks at why eggs are in such short supply.
2/1/202318 minutes, 54 seconds
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Auckland floods: The Titirangi street teetering on the edge

The Detail is on the ground in west Auckland, surveying the damage from last week's record-breaking rainfall.
1/31/202320 minutes, 10 seconds
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Carmel Sepuloni: What does it take to be deputy PM?

Who is Carmel Sepuloni - and why was she Labour's pick for deputy prime minister?
1/30/202320 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ukraine aid work: How dangerous is it?

The death of New Zealander Andrew Bagshaw in Ukraine has underlined the dangers of humanitarian aid efforts in a war zone.
1/29/202323 minutes, 45 seconds
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The Year in Detail: 2022

Natural disasters, economic turmoil, and injustices in the justice system - The Detail recaps the big stories from this year.
12/15/202226 minutes, 27 seconds
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How the case of Baby W made global headlines

The case of Baby W ended up in the international spotlight - how did it happen?
12/14/202223 minutes, 10 seconds
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Rebuilding a broken city

It's more than a decade since the Canterbury earthquakes, but how far has the Christchurch rebuild come?
12/13/202221 minutes, 33 seconds
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Making a dent in Tākaka's housing shortage

The Detail catches up with the man with a grand plan to solve Tākaka's afforable housing shortage.
12/12/202224 minutes, 8 seconds
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AI's new frontier: Works of art and human-like chatbots

Artificial intelligence continues to seep into our daily lives, but what are the ethical implications of it?
12/11/202223 minutes, 47 seconds
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Nelson's long, sodden road to recovery

The Detail heads to Nelson to survey the damage left behind by a massive storm four months ago.
12/8/202223 minutes, 9 seconds
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Are our Olympians actually employees?

A group of top athletes is taking an employment case against High Performance Sport - why?
12/7/202224 minutes, 24 seconds
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Cutting the cloth: What it takes to make clothes in New Zealand

It was once one of the nation's biggest industries. Now this Christchurch clothing factory is among the last of its kind.
12/6/202223 minutes, 13 seconds
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Franz Josef: The tourist town bouncing back, with a new problem

The pandemic turned it into a ghost town, but Franz Josef is bouncing back and is as busy as ever.
12/5/202224 minutes, 23 seconds
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China's Covid protests: What happens next?

The most dramatic protests in a generation - The Detail looks at the growing dissent in China over Covid-19 restrictions.
12/4/202224 minutes, 16 seconds
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Are we in for another Covid summer?

Summer has arrived, but with our restrictions largely kicked to the curb and a soup of different variants at play, what can we expect from Covid-19 case numbers?
12/1/202222 minutes, 20 seconds
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When New Zealanders get into trouble overseas

If you're arrested or detained overseas, who do you call for help back home - and can they really help you?
11/30/202223 minutes, 11 seconds
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The problem with entrenching party policy

Could entrenching part of the Three Waters legislation set a dangerous precedent?
11/29/202224 minutes, 42 seconds
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Do prized artworks need more protection?

In private hands, iconic New Zealand treasures can be sold off, hidden away, or even destroyed. 
11/28/202223 minutes, 53 seconds
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New Zealand says Xin Chao to trade with Vietnam

What do closer trade ties with Vietnam mean for New Zealand?
11/27/202218 minutes, 54 seconds
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How old is old enough?

How do governments and societies decide when you're old enough for certain rights and privileges?
11/24/202224 minutes, 40 seconds
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The inconvenient tooth about a trip to the dentist

Why does it cost so much to look after our teeth?
11/23/202223 minutes, 7 seconds
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The stoush in Te Urewera that's about more than just huts

The removal of back country huts in Te Urewera has brought tensions simmering within Tūhoe to the surface.
11/22/202222 minutes, 13 seconds
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NZ's prehistoric past at risk of crumbling away

A dwindling workforce and tricky legal territory is putting the world of fossil hunting on shaky ground.
11/21/202222 minutes, 30 seconds
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COP27 and the fraught reality of climate change negotiations

Delegates from almost 200 countries have been meeting in Egypt for COP27 - how do we measure their success or otherwise?
11/20/202222 minutes, 55 seconds
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How a huge cryptocurrency exchange failed

The convoluted story of two intertwined companies which has sent the value of cryptocurrencies plummeting.
11/17/202223 minutes, 15 seconds
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MeToo and the music industry - what's changed?

The MeToo movement sparked calls for change in the music industry, but what's happened since then?
11/16/202223 minutes, 41 seconds
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Slippery slope? The future of skiing on Ruapehu

Will Ruapehu Alpine Lifts survive after being placed into voluntary administration, or is this the death knell for North Island skiing?
11/15/202222 minutes, 55 seconds
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When sex offenders go to rehab

The Detail looks at what happens when sex offenders go to rehabilitation - does it work?
11/14/202223 minutes, 56 seconds
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Banking the seeds of our precious plants

There are 37 native plant species listed as critically endangered - can a seed bank help save them from extinction?
11/13/202224 minutes, 25 seconds
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The disturbing rise of sorcery violence in PNG

A deep-seated belief in sorcery in parts of Papua New Guinea is resulting in more and more gender-based violence.
11/10/202223 minutes, 35 seconds
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Do big wheels belong on beaches?

When it comes to driving on beaches, some want vehicles banned, some want tougher rules - and others just want a free for all.
11/9/202222 minutes, 57 seconds
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The mortgage rate rollercoaster

It's a housing crisis of a different kind - house prices are falling and interest rates are rising.
11/8/202223 minutes, 14 seconds
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Spying on our sewage

Covid-19 put wastewater testing on our radar, but what else can this technology tell us about our lives?
11/7/202222 minutes, 34 seconds
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Labour's to-do list and the question of lasting reform

It's less than a year until the next election and Labour's still got a lot on its legislative agenda this term.
11/6/202222 minutes, 14 seconds
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What's the deal with nuclear power?

New Zealanders have been proudly nuclear free for decades, but do we really know what nuclear power involves?
11/3/202224 minutes, 13 seconds
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No more screen time for Auckland school rugby stars

Is the commercialisation of school sport doing more harm than good?
11/2/202223 minutes, 36 seconds
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Wayne Brown and controlling the message

Why isn't Auckland's new mayor Wayne Brown saying yes to more media interviews?
11/1/202224 minutes, 25 seconds
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Public transport's $1.3 billion ticketing facelift

Why has a national, integrated public transport ticketing system been so long in the making?
10/31/202219 minutes, 23 seconds
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Why are banks making big bucks?

Bank profits are set to crack $10 billion - is it too much, or are the banks just an easy target for criticism?
10/30/202223 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ruakura Superhub: Building Aotearoa's largest inland port

"In 20 years, it will be the epicentre of logistics in the North Island."
10/27/202224 minutes
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Making a point with a protest

What makes a successful protest - and how do you win others to your cause?
10/26/202224 minutes, 7 seconds
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The money or the morals - sport's sponsorship dilemma

Aussie netballers have been called 'ungrateful' and 'precious' by refusing to wear their mining company sponsor's logo on their dresses - a moral move that's cost them a $15 million deal. 
10/25/202223 minutes, 14 seconds
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The impossibility of ADHD

The case of the GP punished for throwing ADHD patients a lifeline has highlighted gaping holes in our system for those who are neurodivergent.
10/24/202223 minutes, 57 seconds
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Jayden Meyer: Why a teen rapist is doing time at home

Four counts of rape, one of sexual violation. How - and why - did the court reach a sentence of nine months' home detention?
10/20/202223 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Sheilah Winn saga: Much ado about funding

Was Creative NZ really cancelling the Bard?
10/19/202224 minutes, 14 seconds
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The cost of riding more marine heatwaves

We're in for another marine heatwave - but are we ready for the consequences?
10/18/202219 minutes, 42 seconds
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Climate change and our survival instincts

The news is filled with doom and gloom about climate change - is there any reason to be optimistic?
10/17/202224 minutes, 33 seconds
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Demystifying the world of political lobbying

Kris Faafoi's move into lobbying has raised eyebrows - is there a case for regulating the industry?
10/16/202223 minutes, 54 seconds
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The wild world of cheating in elite sport

A cheating scandal has rocked the chess world, but it's just the latest in a long list of sports cheats.
10/13/202224 minutes, 23 seconds
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Peter Ellis' faith finally repaid

The Detail talks to Newsroom's Melanie Reid about the years she's spent covering the Peter Ellis case.