This Worry Week the Wire is looking at Pride issues. Jemima talked to academic and transwoman Lexie Matheson about Pride and the Police, the rainbow Police car in the Auckland Pride Parade and about the changing attitudes towards the queer community in New Zealand.
The government has announced plans to reform abortion law in Aotearoa. Justice Minister Andrew Little has begun the process, asking the law commission to look at the law as it stands and make recommendations for the future. Lachlan spoke with Family Planning Chief Executive Jackie Edmond about current abortion law and what she wants out of reform.
Justice Minister Andrew Little talks with Lachlan about legal aid and a recent surge in the polls for the Labour party, as well as Jackie Edmond from Family Planning NZ about abortion law reform. Jemima talks to AUT senior lecturer Lexie Matheson about Pride, the police, and whether attitudes are changing, while Leah has an interview with Alison Eddy from the New Zealand College of Midwives, about a shortage in the sector. Finally there's This Day in History, which takes us back to 1986 and a revolution in the Philippines.
Max Richter is a well known German born British composer. He composes and records his own music, and writes for stage, opera, ballet and screen. In the upcoming Auckland Arts Festival, Richter is performing an eight-hour long concert designed to be heard overnight, with the audience lying down. Richter has created a mix of classical and electronic musi, made up of 31 uninterrupted pieces, to be experienced while in and out of consciousness and lucid dream states.
Richter has two shows at the Festival, both in March. Lillian Hanly spoke with him about his work.
Driver Safety is a company that offer driver training programmes across Australia and New Zealand and has partnered with Super Cheap Auto to launch a campaign called Check It, a campaign to get people more engaged with car safety checks. This is particularly focused on young drivers under the age of 25 who, research shows, lack this information. Russell White from Driver Safety speaks with Lillian Hanly.
On The Wire today we have Dear Science where Allan tells us about damaging dietary supplements, the paintings underneath Picasso's paintings uncovered by X-Rays and a brilliant award winning photo of an atom from a regular camera.
We then hear from Russell White who is part of the Check It campaign designed to get young drivers more aware of the safety checks they need to make on their cars.
Max Richter tells us about his eight-hour long concert Sleep (where you can sleep while you listen), which is part of the Auckland Arts Festival.
And Lisa Boudet investigates the restrictions on men who have sex with men for blood donations as part of Wire Worry Week.
This week's Wire Worry topic is LGBT issues/Pride. Today, we focus on a particularly sensitive issue: blood donations from gay and bisexual men.
Although the situation of MSM ("men who have sex with men") donations has improved in the last 10 years, there is stil a one year deferral period. This means: if you are a sexually active gay or bisexual man, you have to go through a year of total abstinence if you want to give your blood.
The Wednesday Wire team discusses the deferral, the science behind it, and whether it can be perceived as discriminatory. Facts and figures provided by our producer Lisa Boudet.
We had contacted NZ Blood Service for comment but no one was available at the time to speak on the matter, so bear in mind this discussion is only a fragment of a longer report, which will be broadcasted and uploaded soon.
The Pride Festival concluded on Saturday, when Ponsonby Road was closed to host the Pride Parade. Producer Leonard Powell spoke to Shaughan Woodcock, the producer of the Parade, to discuss how the event ran, as well as life in the LBGT+ community.