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The news, explained. Join Sharon Brettkelly and Alex Ashton every weekday as they make sense of the big stories with the country’s best journalists and top experts. Made possible by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund.

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    Latest episodes from RNZ: The Detail

    Local elections: Three races you should know about

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 26:40


    Outside our bigger cities, Aotearoa's smaller centres are seeing stacked races and fraught local issues.

    Laura Fergusson closure leaves a gap that's hard to fill

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 24:25


    The closure of the Laura Fergusson Trust's Auckland rehabilitation and respite facility came as a shock - what does it tell us about the state of disability support services?

    Putting women's rugby on the world stage

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 22:43


    With the Rugby World Cup getting underway next month, The Detail takes a closer look at what it means for the women's game.

    Behind the story: Luck, loss and Lotto

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 23:54


    The Detail talks to RNZ's Guyon Espiner about his investigative series on Lotto - have we bought into a dream that's turning into a nightmare?

    The councils pushing back on housing density rules

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 23:14


    Christchurch is saying 'no' to the government's new housing density rules. Has the whole thing backfired?

    The anatomy of a pepeha

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 25:01


    What makes a pepeha? As The Detail finds out, it's a deeply personal part of tikanga Māori.

    Who is British PM Liz Truss?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 22:29


    New British Prime Minister Liz Truss has a lot on her plate, but who is she and what does she stand for?

    True crime podcasts - a legal minefield

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 22:57


    Podcasters can solve cold cases, but if they're not careful, they could face their own day in court.

    The dangers of working in New Zealand

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 24:12


    At least two people have died at work every month since last January. Are our workplace whistleblowers up to the task?

    Pakistan flooding: Bearing the brunt of the climate crisis

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2022 24:09


    Catastrophic flooding in Pakistan has displaced millions of people - why is the country so vulnerable to the impact of climate change?

    Mittens, move over: Aotearoa's most iconic animals

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 8, 2022 23:42


    Mittens the cat may be cute, but Aotearoa has many animals far more worthy of immortalising in bronze.

    Kawerau Mill strike: The cracks that can't be papered over

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 21:32


    Workers have been locked out, threatened with legal action and left without any means of income - and it's not the first time.

    Spontaneous memorialisation: Sharing our grief with the world

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 24:24


    War on weeds - could a wasp join the fight?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 24:38


    The Sydney golden wattle is causing havoc in coastal areas around the country. Could a tiny wasp be the answer to getting this invasive weed under control?

    The evolution of museums - returning what was taken

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 25:23


    European museums are stacked with cultural treasures taken from their former colonies. New thinking could change that.

    School trustees: What happens when a board fractures?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2022 23:04


    It's one of the most significant democratic processes in the country, so why don't we know more about school board of trustee elections?

    Climate change and insurance: Weighing up the risk

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 22:39


    With climate change-induced disasters becoming more frequent around the world, how do insurers weigh up the financial risks?

    Judging the great immigration reset

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2022 22:18


    We've slowed immigration to a trickle to stave off infrastructure overload, but at what cost?

    The life of a backbench MP

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2022 23:56


    Backbench MPs have been hitting the headlines in the last few weeks, but what do they actually do?

    Lost luggage: The realities of post-pandemic travel

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 22:01


    International travel is back, but flyers beware - more and more bags are going missing in transit.

    Basketball star Brittney Griner: A pawn in Putin's war games

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 21:45


    How is Vladimir Putin using the case of a jailed American basketball superstar to his advantage, amid the ongoing war in Ukraine?

    Landing an interview with Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 23:38


    How do you land an interview with the president of Ukraine? It turns out it takes months of planning, persuasion, good timing - and a healthy dose of luck.

    Local elections: What do we know about council candidates?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 23:07


    It's local election season - but how much do we really know about the candidates standing for council?

    Getting off a drowning island isn't easy

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 23:33


    Sea level rise is already destroying people's homes across the Pacific. How do you move a whole island community?

    The Reserve Bank and the war on inflation

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 22:41


    Why is the Reserve Bank facing flak from every angle over its economic handling of the pandemic?

    Catching climate change through the courts

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 18, 2022 23:01


    Our highest appellate court is being asked to do what Parliament will not - hold companies liable for contributing to climate change.

    Foot-and-mouth: NZ's doomsday disease

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 22:30


    Foot-and-mouth disease could topple the livestock industry. Can we keep it out?

    The food bank on the North Shore

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 23:05


    Escalating food, fuel and housing prices are driving people everywhere to desperation - even on the North Shore.

    Party presidents: The power behind the politics

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2022 23:10


    Political party presidents tend to stay out of the spotlight - but just how influential is their role?

    Artificial intelligence: Our dystopian future?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2022 24:13


    Major parts of our daily lives are controlled by artificial intelligence. What if it turns against us?

    Criminal responsibility: How young is too young?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 24:11


    New Zealand's age of criminal responsibility is lower than many other countries around the world - Amnesty wants the government to change that.

    Taiwan and China: How does the superpower showdown end?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 23:48


    Taiwan is a country with a complicated past, a complicated present and, in all likelihood, a complicated future. What happens next as tensions with China escalate?

    Search engine optimisation rules the web

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 22:57


    When you search for something on the internet, why do you get the results you get?

    The member's bill aimed at our booze-soaked society

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2022 23:41


    The multitude of ways that alcohol harms society have been well documented - but will Chlöe Swarbrick's new Bill have unpleasant side-effects?

    Firefighters' smouldering anger erupts

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 22:02


    A dispute over pay has morphed into much more as our professional firefighters face long hours, stretched staff resources and failing equipment. 

    Why are we suspicious of centralisation?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 22:14


    From our water supply to our polytechnics, we're eschewing regional control for a more centralised approach. Why?

    Nurse practitioners 'part of the solution'

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 19:15


    They're not GPs, but they do nearly as much as one. Can nurse practitioners help relieve healthcare stress?

    Are the Commonwealth Games still relevant?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 24:18


    The Games are cringy, insular, and a colonial hangover - but we still celebrate an opportunity to show off our athletes on the world stage.

    Knocking out concussion in youth sport

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2022 24:10


    Thousands of Kiwi kids are concussed playing sport every year, but our rules for treating them aren't up to scratch.

    The Green Party's philosophical tug-of-war

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 24:30


    Are the Greens better off as activists and agitators? Or is there strength in softening to the centre?

    The battle to keep theatre alive and relevant

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 23:49


    In the digital age and the Covid era, how do you get people out to a play?

    The rest home nursing crisis that will only get worse

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 20:37


    A surge of elderly New Zealanders will require rest home care at the same time as a crisis in aged care nursing. 

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