RNZ: The Detail

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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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We are forgetting the Holocaust

August 22nd, 2019


It used to be a prevalent part of history - six million Jewish people were killed in World War II's holocaust. But new polls show we are forgetting …

Cracking open the secretive petrol retailing industry

August 21st, 2019


High petrol prices in New Zealand is a merry go round of blame - will the Commerce Commission's new report lay open retailers' books and help drive …

How Big Pharma operates in New Zealand

August 20th, 2019


Heartbreaking stories of cancer sufferers who need expensive and unfunded drugs abound. But some of those stories are helped into the spotlight by the drug companies that will also benefit. 

The unlikely freedom fighters of Hong Kong

August 19th, 2019


Hong Kong residents would prefer to concentrate on their business activities - but they realise they're losing their freedom to a Chinese government …

Banks behaving badly

August 18th, 2019


Why do banks get away with behaving so badly? There's been a run of activity lately that raises questions about whose side your banker is really on.

Why getting the census count right was so important

August 15th, 2019


Getting the census right is important, not just for electoral boundaries but for a host of government funding decisions. Why has it been such a disaster this time around? 

Gene editing scientist was no lone rogue

August 14th, 2019


The Chinese scientist who shook the world by announcing he'd gene edited twin baby girls appears to have unfairly been labelled a rogue - it turns out he had a 60-strong circle of trust. 

The ABCs of the OCR

August 13th, 2019


Newsroom's Bernard Hickey explains the latest OCR drop, what it means, and predicts its direction a year out. 

The Pacific's plastic catastrophe

August 12th, 2019


Meet the man who is swimming through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in an effort to draw the world's attention to the amount of plastic in the ocean.

Shoots of discontent in the Green Party

August 11th, 2019


The Green Party, in holding up the coalition government, has tasted real power - but some of the party's grass roots members don't like what's being …

A golf star in the rough

August 8th, 2019


Lydia Ko, superstar of golf, a few years ago had the world at her feet. Now she's in a slump, and that whole world has seen fit to pile on the …

Aussies toughen up on deportees

August 7th, 2019


Australia looks likely to toughen up even further on its deportation of New Zealanders who've committed minor crimes. But once they're "home" - the problems get worse. 

Discomfort over Commission secrecy

August 6th, 2019


Questions are being raised over the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Christchurch mosque shootings - is it transparent and inclusive enough? 

What's the point in trying to save a dying species?

August 5th, 2019


Some of the species conservationists are trying to save seem determined not to survive. So why are we sinking hundreds of millions into trying to rescue them?

Where Aotearoa lets its kids down

August 4th, 2019


A new $42 million project is looking to address New Zealand's education inequality - a system where Māori are failing, and are "leaving their culture …

Peter Ellis and the Christchurch creche case

August 1st, 2019


Peter Ellis has always vowed he was innocent of the child sex charges he was jailed for in 1993. Now he's dying of cancer - and the Supreme Court has given him leave to appeal his convictions. 

Getting our heads around Facebook money

July 31st, 2019


Facebook's new currency plans were barely more than a press statement before they came under fire from US lawmakers. Why do people hate the idea, and is it likely to fly? 

How to sink $4.4 billion underground

July 30th, 2019


The Detail today takes you underground to have a look at progress on New Zealand's first underground rail system. 

Ihumātao explained

July 29th, 2019


The history of Ihumātao is long, complicated and fraught - and there may not be any way of resolving the issue. 

Planting a billion trees by 2028

July 28th, 2019


How on earth is New Zealand going to get a billion trees planted by 2028? And why are some farmers campaigning against the scheme? 

Absence of Instagram 'likes' is a change for good

July 25th, 2019


A seemingly innocuous move by the social media platform Instagram of removing visible 'likes' could help lessen the pressure of those whose social …

Britain's Trump is now its Prime Minister

July 24th, 2019


Boris Johnson's been described as a mini-Trump and is disliked by his own colleagues - can Britain's new Prime Minister lead the UK out of EU as he …

Re-balancing history - Cook landing commemorations will be different

July 23rd, 2019


Fifty years ago a very British-style ceremony marked the bicentennial of Captain Cook's arrival in Aotearoa. This year for the 250th, Māori have found their voices and will tell their version of events. 

The woman behind the women who won the World Cup

July 22nd, 2019


She took them from netball duds to darlings in 11 months - a look at Noeline Taurua, the out of the box coach behind the victorious Silver Ferns 

Why we need school leavers to pick up a hammer

July 21st, 2019


The prejudice that encourages kids to go to university at the expense of a career in the trades is harming our economy. 

Coping with the plastic bag ban

July 18th, 2019


There have been 130 complaints of businesses breaking the law, and supermarket customers now pay for their bin liners - how is the country coping with the plastic bag ban three weeks in? 

Fifty years after the moon landing, the space race speeds up

July 17th, 2019


Fifty years after the moon landings - during which the space race slowed to a crawl - exploration is speeding up again. 

The heartbreak behind the immigration backlog

July 16th, 2019


New Zealand wants people coming in to the country to do the work - but we don't want them to stay. 

Māori plant flag over uplifted children

July 15th, 2019


Māori say their anger over uplifted children is greater than the foreshore and seabed issue, and Oranga Tamariki can not continue this way.

House prices are down but still out of reach

July 14th, 2019


House prices are dropping, but they're still a long way off from being affordable. 

The way we watch sport is changing

July 11th, 2019


Have you worked out how you'll be watching the Rugby World Cup this year? Because the way sport is being delivered to our screens is changing. 

Sean Marks, the influential Kiwi winning at US basketball

July 10th, 2019


Sean Marks is the other New Zealander making big waves in the world's biggest basketball competition, and he's more influential than Steven Adams. 

What's been stalling the drive to electric cars?

July 9th, 2019


There's a new plan to tax gas guzzlers and give discounts on cleaner cars - but changing over to electric vehicles just isn't that easy. 

Is it time to declare Matariki a public holiday?

July 8th, 2019


Celebrations of Matariki seem pale in comparison to those for Chinese New Year and Diwali - why? And do we need to have a look at rearranging our …

How multi-level marketing schemes don't work

July 7th, 2019


MLMs - multi-level marketing schemes - are not illegal, but they often target vulnerable women and very few people make money out of them.

Why businesses are lining up for the tick

July 4th, 2019


It's a good time to be in the tick certification business in New Zealand - and now there's a new one: the Gender Tick. 

Do you need to be popular to win an election?

July 3rd, 2019


Low personal polling for National Party leader Simon Bridges doesn't necessarily mean that replacing him before the election is a sure thing. 

Watershed report on Māori health highlights racism

July 2nd, 2019


A watershed Waitangi Tribunal report backs claims the system is racist, finding the Crown has breached the Treaty in failing to give Māori control …

Lady in waiting - what's happening to the St James?

July 1st, 2019


There's a piece of New Zealand's most important heritage locked behind hoardings on Auckland's Queen St. The St James Theatre is dying a death of …

Auckland gears up for the America's Cup

June 30th, 2019


It's now two years after the America's Cup was lifted in Bermuda - and two years before the next event is run in Auckland. How ready is the city?

How NZ media plan to report the news but block the propaganda

June 27th, 2019


How will New Zealand stop white supremacy ideology being broadcast from the dock when the man accused of the Christchurch mosque shooting is put on …

Iran - US tensions rising with no solution in sight

June 26th, 2019


Tensions are escalating between Iran and the United States, and there doesn't appear to be an off-ramp. 

What are the chances of the assisted dying bill passing?

June 25th, 2019


Should desperately ill New Zealanders have the right to choose their own death? And if so, under what circumstances? David Seymour's End of Life …

Paying for online news

June 23rd, 2019


The days when all your news was free on the internet are changing. The NZ Herald is now charging for premium content - and there are plenty of people willing to pay for good journalism.

Has media-hating Trump killed a 90-year-old tradition?

June 20th, 2019


It's more than 100 days since the last White House press briefing. Is this the end of a 90-year-old institution? 

Who's on clean up duty after the West Coast rubbish washout?

June 19th, 2019


The government has stepped in to clean up the vast West Coast rubbish spill, after local authorities ran out of cash to finish the job. But what's being done to stop it happening elsewhere? 

Hong Kong protestors win their fight - for now

June 18th, 2019


Hong Kong demonstrators have won their fight to stop a new extradition bill that would have allowed citizens to be tried for their crimes in China. …

How will declaring a climate change emergency help us?

June 17th, 2019


Auckland Council has joined five other New Zealand local bodies to declare a climate change emergency - but is this just lip service being paid in election year? 

Swapping ciggies for vaping

June 16th, 2019


Is the government swapping one bad habit for another by encouraging smokers to move to vaping, as a way of curing their addiction? 

The astonishing rise of AOC

June 13th, 2019


New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is sweeping through US politics like a hurricane. Her sharp use of social media means you've probably …

1080: 'The answer is really clear'

June 12th, 2019


Why does New Zealand use so much of the world's 1080, the controversial poison that environmentalists say we need to use more of, or lose our threatened bird species. 

NZ's own stolen generation

June 11th, 2019


Newsroom's Melanie Reid has been reporting on children and babies being taken by the state for two years. Now, footage taken by the families involved …

Should we believe the 5G hype?

June 10th, 2019


5G is coming - what exactly is that, and will it be the revolution telcos would have you believe? 

The Kim Dotcom saga is finally nearing an end

June 9th, 2019


Kim Dotcom's seven year saga to avoid extradition to the United States for piracy crimes is finally coming to an end.

Australian whistleblowers under attack through the media

June 6th, 2019


Three police raids on journalists and newsrooms have called into question abuses of Australian law. 

D-Day anniversary marks the beginning of the end

June 5th, 2019


Popular culture tends to portray D-Day as an American event - but around 10,000 New Zealanders played a part in the landings 75 years ago today …

What's happening with Auckland's port?

June 4th, 2019


A giant car park occupies the most expensive real estate in New Zealand on Auckland's waterfront. Can we move the port - and should we?

Gaming's potential gazillions

June 3rd, 2019


A $7.5 million injection into a University of Canterbury game lab is an indication of the staggering numbers the industry returns to the economy. 

Risk taking and the pay gap

June 2nd, 2019


Researchers have revealed links between risk-taking girls and the gender pay gap. 

What's all the fuss about Huawei?

May 30th, 2019


Chinese tech giant Huawei is at the centre of a technology cold war, and now consumers have been dragged into it.

What on earth is China's Belt and Road?

May 29th, 2019


The world's super powers are on edge as China's trade policy projects increasingly dot the world map. 

The evolving month of Kiwi music

May 28th, 2019


With New Zealand radio stations now happy to play around 15 - 20 percent Kiwi artists, is it still necessary to have New Zealand Music Month? 

The Wellbeing Budget

May 27th, 2019


The world's first 'Wellbeing Budget' will be unveiled on Thursday - what is different about it, and how did it change the ways ministers pitched for money? 

Can Kiwibuild be rescued?

May 26th, 2019


The government's Kiwibuild scheme has had set back after set back. Can it be rescued? And is it still worthwhile? 

Drugs and Money

May 23rd, 2019


Pharmac attracts a lot of flak for what it doesn't fund in the way of drugs - but it's also the envy of the world for its ability to negotiate down prices. Do we have the balance right? 

Death in Japan

May 22nd, 2019


Two years after a New Zealand man died in a Japanese psychiatric institution, restrained under circumstances unheard of in most other developed …

Battle at Foulden Maar

May 21st, 2019


Why an Australian resource firm is fighting to mine fossils to produce animal feed.

No ordinary assignment

May 20th, 2019


Young Muslim RNZ journalist Isra'a Emhail gives a special insight into what it was like covering the Christchurch mosque attacks - and seeing her own community torn apart. 

It's all about the cow burps

May 19th, 2019


What New Zealand is aiming for with its Zero Carbon Bill, and why our country is unique when it comes to dealing with methane-producing cows. 

'Bishop' Brian Tamaki - what draws people to his pulpit?

May 16th, 2019


The self-proclaimed Bishop continues to dominate our news cycles. His latest venture, the Man-Up Prison programme drew crowds of thousands outside parliament. 

How will trade wars between China and the US end?

May 15th, 2019


The two superpowers are facing off in a trade tariff war with dangerous consequences. 

How would legalising cannabis work in New Zealand?

May 14th, 2019


New Zealanders will soon cast their vote on if cannabis should be legalised. With parts of the US, Canada and Uruguay leading the debate - will we …

Calling Christchurch from Paris

May 13th, 2019


On Wednesday Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will co-chair a meeting of world leaders and tech giants aimed at stopping extremism spreading online. But what will it really achieve? 

Commander in Cheat

May 12th, 2019


Donald Trump cheats at golf, and lies about his handicap. Why does it matter? Former Sports Illustrated writer Rick Reilly talks about the President …

Smart phones: Why they're wrecking the economy

May 9th, 2019


Smart phones have changed the world - and the global economy. Newsroom Pro's managing editor Bernard Hickey says billions of people are now carrying a deflationary engine in their pocket. 

Why we're about to see a global pork shortage

May 8th, 2019


African Swine Fever has slid under the radar in the west, but it's about to have a huge impact on pork prices around the world. 

The Australian election

May 7th, 2019


A beginner's guide to what looks like - from the outside - a chaotic and complicated Australian voting process. 

Tomorrow's Schools

May 6th, 2019


After 30 years of Tomorrow's Schools, the goverrnment's looking at a shake up that might just take us full circle. 

Rebranding the Crusaders: The argument for it post-Christchurch terror attacks

May 5th, 2019


After the Christchurch mosque attacks Canterbury rugby bosses have been forced to look at changing the famous franchise's name and branding, but Crusaders fans are dead set against it. Daily podcast The Detail looks at …

Pike River: Rebecca Macfie on its 'extraordinary story'

May 2nd, 2019


In another blow for Pike River mine families, the long-awaited re-entry has been delayed. Daily podcast The Detail speaks to Rebecca Macfie about the incredible events since the deadly explosion.

The Detail - The anti-vaccination conversation

May 1st, 2019


There's been a resurgence in infectious diseases we thought we'd got rid of. The Detail speaks to a researcher studying who anti-vaxxers are, and how to win them back

The Detail - Paula Penfold gets personal on abortion law reform

April 30th, 2019


Journalist Paula Penfold tells The Detail why she decided to get personal when it came to abortion law reform.

The Detail - What makes Sri Lanka's bombings different

April 29th, 2019


The Detail's associate producer Kethaki Masilamani calls home to find out how the Easter Sri Lanka attacks were different to the violence of the past.

The Detail - Investigating the alt-right

April 28th, 2019


Far right groups have gone underground since the Christchurch attacks, but there's a fear they'll emerge stronger and more sophisticated.

The Detail - coming soon

April 16th, 2019


The Detail; a daily podcast helping you make sense of the news. Presented by Sharon Brettkelly and Alex Ashton. Debuts Monday April 29.

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