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Double Bubble

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Double Bubble

Prison Radio Association

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Double Bubble is a nail-biting five-part prison drama about loan sharks. Experience the tough reality of prison life, and the difficult decisions which force Mark down a dark path he quickly regrets… If you or someone you know are affected by loan sharks, call 0300 555 2222. Double Bubble is produced by the multi award-winning Prison Radio Association, in partnership with the Stop Loan Sharks campaign. Written and voiced by Carl Cattermole. Produced by Katie Bilboa. Mastering by Steve Wyatt. ...
 
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Future Prison

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Future Prison

Prison Radio Association

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A series of extraordinary conversations between people who have been in prison and senior staff from HM Prison and Probation Service. The aim of these conversations is to improve the way we deal with crime and justice, particularly for young people, women, and black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.
 
Windrush Stories is a collection of full-length interviews from members of 'the Windrush Generation'. People who became known as the Windrush Generation began arriving in the UK from the Caribbean nations in the 1940s. They travelled to embark on a new life helping rebuild the 'Mother Country' during the post-war period. This generation, and their children and grandchildren, have significantly influenced British society through sport, politics, art, poetry, literature, language, food, and mo ...
 
The Secret Life of Prisons tells the hidden stories from behind bars. Presenter Paula Harriott is Head of Prisoner Engagement for the Prison Reform Trust, having spent time behind bars. Alongside her is Phil Maguire OBE, who has worked in prisons for over 15 years and is the Chief Executive of the Prison Radio Association. Together, they aim to take the bars off prison windows. To shine a light into some of the darkest corners of prisons. The show offers a glimpse into what is, for many, an ...
 
The Brief is a legal show, broadcast into prison cells in England and Wales on National Prison Radio. It is a chance for listeners to get their legal questions answered, with subjects ranging from parole, to lost property and appeals. It is hosted by Hilary Ineomo-Marcus, who has served a prison sentence, and solicitor and prison law expert Claire Salama. Funded by The Law Society. For more information about National Prison Radio visit www.prison.radio and to donate visit www.justgiving.com/ ...
 
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Humane Justice

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The podcast which examines the place of kindness, hope and compassion within the justice system. It tells personal stories that show how these very values are saving lives on a daily basis. Each episode is a chapter taken from a book called Humane Justice, published by the charity Khulisa as part of the Monument Fellowship - a collective of eight organisations that work together to transform the journeys people take through our justice system. You can download the book for free at www.khulis ...
 
Every weekday join the new voice of local issues on Canterbury Mornings with John MacDonald, 9am-12pm weekdays. It’s all about the conversation with John, as he gets right into the things that get our community talking. If it’s news you’re after, backing John is the combined power of the Newstalk ZB and New Zealand Herald news teams. Meaning when it comes to covering breaking news – you will not beat local radio. With two decades experience in communications based in Christchurch, John also ...
 
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Why the Government didn’t launch an independent inquiry into these allegations by rogue MP Dr Gaurav Sharma, I will never know. But if it wants to get out of this hole that the Hamilton West MP is digging for it, it's going to have to. Some of his latest allegations are being described as “explosive”. For a lot of people, I think what he’s been say…
 
John MacDonald was joined by National's Matt Doocey and Labour's Megan Woods for Politics Friday. MacDonald pressed Woods on the Sharma situation, following allegations of bullying within the Labour party and asked why there has not been an inquiry. They also discussed today's strike by Fire and Emergency New Zealand, the Mega Polytechnic situation…
 
A group of Christchurch residents associations have delivered a letter calling on Mayor Lianne Dalziel and her Council to take a stand against the government-directed planning changes that will rezone almost all of Christchurch for medium and high-density housing. Tony Simons, who fronted the letter, spoke to John MacDonald about the implications t…
 
Who would want to be coach of the All Blacks? I wouldn’t. I’m not saying I wouldn’t want the job because of all the scrutiny and criticism that comes from fans and the media. That’d be fine. I’m not saying I wouldn’t want the job because of the headaches that must come with managing professional sportspeople and their egos. I’d keep them under cont…
 
John MacDonald spoke to National Party Leader Christopher Luxon regarding the current situation with Sharma and the Labour Party, and asked why the details of the report on Sam Uffindell will be kept private. They discussed National's Tax Policy poll results, published early this week, and should Labour and National form a grand coalition to contro…
 
John MacDonald spoke to National Party Leader Christopher Luxon regarding the current situation with Sharma and the Labour Party, and asked why the details of the report on Sam Uffindell will be kept private. They discussed National's Tax Policy poll results, published early this week, and should Labour and National form a grand coalition to contro…
 
We know Jacinda Ardern likes to do a bit of DJing in her spare time, but yesterday, she was the one doing the dancing for a change. And it wasn’t on the dancefloor - it was on the head of a pin. It was all to do with the announcement that the Labour Party caucus had voted unanimously to suspend MP Gaurav Sharma after he went rogue, slagging off his…
 
John MacDonald spoke to former MP Dr Liz Gordon who has spoken out about white supremacist Philip Arps standing for the school board of Te Aratai College. There are currently no rules stopping someone who has spent less than two years in prison standing for Board of Trustees. They spoke about the lack of rules around standing for a school board, an…
 
When our kids were younger, I served a couple of terms on the Board at our local primary school and never, during that six years, did it enter my mind that some of my fellow board members might be ex-prisoners. I’m pretty sure none of them were but there could’ve been, because we’re finding out today that if someone has served a prison sentence of …
 
Remember the Seinfeld TV series back in the 90s, and how they always talked about it being a show about nothing? That’s what the media conference NZ Rugby boss Mark Robinson did on Zoom from South Africa was like after the All Blacks beat the Springboks 35-23 yesterday. It went for 20 minutes and no matter how many different ways reporters asked th…
 
Retiring Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel says she's been taken aback by some candidates' actions in the lead up to the elections. Mayoral hopeful Phil Mauger has donated to some city council candidates. He's endorsed four out of 13, all running as as independents or under the right-leaning Independent Citizens banner. Dalziel told Newstalk ZB's C…
 
One day last year, I was walking down Cashel Mall in Christchurch and I saw Finance Minister Grant Robertson. Some people wanted to take a selfie - which he was perfectly happy to do - but I heard him say first: “Hold on, I better put a mask on first or Jacinda will tell me off." Which probably sounded like a bit of a gag but I remember thinking at…
 
Today on Politics Friday, John MacDonald spoke to Labour's Tracey McLellan and National's Matt Doocey about the bullying allegations coming out within the Labour Party yesterday. Have they been bullied, or seen this within Parliament? They also discussed the flagship mental health programme and National's calls to pause it, and should the age for c…
 
In a brutally honest interview on Newstalk ZB Canterbury Mornings' John MacDonald spoke to former All Black Zac Guildford following the news that Woodend Rugby Club has approached him to be a coach for their first division team. Currently on home detention for alcohol and gambling related incidents, including stealing and defrauding friends and fam…
 
If we gave out medals for dealing with bullies, I think the National Party would win gold and the Labour Party would probably crash and burn in the semi-finals. No, it wouldn’t even get that far. It probably wouldn’t even qualify. Because what we’ve seen from Christopher Luxon in relation to the Sam Uffindell situation shows just how shameful Labou…
 
If MPs resigned every time they did something just to protect their political careers, then we’d probably have no one left in Parliament. But some cases are different - and that's what we have on our hands today. Brand new National MP Sam Uffindell is in the firing line not just for giving a 3rd former a hiding when he was a boarder at King’s Colle…
 
John MacDonald had the pleasure of chatting to Kiwi rocker Jon Toogood. Best known as the lead singer of Shihad, Jon is joining a collaboration of New Zealand's best musicians to present Come Together - Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. This is a track by track recreation of the album, celebrating 50 years since the release of Ziggy Stardus…
 
Is any job better than no job? The National Party seems to think so - announcing yesterday that, if it becomes government, there’ll be no more young people lying around on the unemployment benefit playing video games all day. “The free ride is over” - that was the warning shot fired from the luxurious surroundings of Christchurch’s new Te Pae Conve…
 
If the honeymoon isn't over yet for National Party leader Christopher Luxon, I think it's about to be. Because, in the past 24 hours, I’ve read two political opinion pieces - one by a left-leaning commentator, the other by a right-leaning commentator - which are both saying pretty much the same thing. That Luxon is struggling and Nicola Willis migh…
 
Today on Politics Friday on Newstalk ZB Canterbury Mornings John MacDonald was joined by Labour's Poto Williams and National's Gerry Brownlee. The discussed National's Tax Policy and the leadership of the party, following recent media articles around Christopher Luxon's performance as leader. The Shortland Street advertising campaign, and if they t…
 
I think the Labour Party might have cooked its goose in Parliament last night when it used its majority to push through the Canterbury Regional Council Ngai Tahu Representation Bill - which is the official name of the legislation that will now allow Ngai Tahu to appoint two representatives to the ECan council. The Ngai Tahu representatives won’t be…
 
Commonwealth Games flag bearer, and shot put star, Tom Walsh, kindly took time out of his games preparation to talk to John MacDonald on Newstalk ZB Canterbury Mornings. He talked about the atmosphere and life at the games village, and how different it is to his Olympic experience last year with Covid in the mix, and how he is preparing for his eve…
 
I remember hearing about a school that, apparently, has four categories in its annual cross-country running event. Competitive running, non-competitive running, competitive walking and non-competitive walking. And I suspect this is the type of thing new National MP Sam Uffindell was getting at, when he delivered his maiden speech in Parliament last…
 
Former Shortland Street and Westside actor, Will Hall, has returned to his Christchurch roots with his young family after 20 years away, and has announced he will be standing for the Heathcote ward in the upcoming local body elections. He has a family history in local government, and wants to help bring the communication and community back together…
 
"Is it you or is it me? Lately I've been lost it seems. I think a change is what I need." Hmmmm, have you thought about nursing? If those lines sound familiar, that's because they’re the opening lyrics of the Shortland Street theme song. It’s been so long since I’ve watched Shortland Street that I don’t even know if they still use the version with …
 
This week on Politics Friday, John MacDonald was joined by Labour's Poto Williams and National's Matt Doocey. They discussed the Road to Zero campaign, and the role Police have to play in bringing down the road toll. Mental health staffing levels are at a dangerous low, what is being done to ensure there is help for all New Zealanders. Foot and mou…
 
We’re going to be doing a fair bit of driving over the next few days, and how many cops do you think we’ll see on patrol? I’ll say not many - if any. Which is kind of what the Ministry of Transport’s Bryan Sherritt was saying when he spoke earlier this morning about the road toll going up, when it should be going down. The latest Road to Zero monit…
 
Does Crusaders Coach Scott Razor Robertson have your blessing to leave Canterbury and leave New Zealand ASAP to do what he should have been doing years ago - which is coaching a national rugby team and leading it to glory at the World Cup? Does he have your blessing to do that? Because he sure as hell has mine. ASAP, by the way, probably isn’t toda…
 
There’s less than two months until voting opens in the local body elections up and down the country, and the candidates are all starting to come out of the woodwork aren’t they? They include ex-MPs too. I saw this morning that former National MP Maurice Williamson is going to try and get elected to the Auckland Council. Another one of his ex collea…
 
News just out today from the Christchurch Christmas Show Parade organisers announced that the planned indoor ticketed event has now been canned, and the parade will now be held outdoors at the Canterbury A&P Showgrounds for free. Event organiser Jason Reekers joined John MacDonald to explain the changes, and how they plan to ensure the parade can g…
 
The people running the Santa Parade in Christchurch seem to have come to their senses, and realised that a $15-a-head indoor Christmas concert, instead of a free Santa Parade outside somewhere was never going to fly. There was an outcry last month when this concert idea was announced. That it would be held at the Christchurch Arena, you’d have to b…
 
John MacDonald spoke to Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel for the first time since the Court of Appeal water bottling decision, and got her reaction. Also discussed was the Coastal Pathway, Local Government New Zealand, stormwater and flooding. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
I feel very sorry for Green Party MP James Shaw. I almost called him Green Party "co-leader" but, of course, as of the weekend he's not after the party voted to kick him out and put it to the vote to find out whether members want him to continue or want someone else. He has already confirmed today that he is going to put his hat back in the ring an…
 
Now before you accuse me, I’m going to stick my hand up and say ‘yes, my finger is in the pie; yes, my snot is in the trough; and yes, I’m riding the gravy train’. I think that covers all the things that might get thrown at me for what some people will probably think is my defence of the huge increase in government spending on advertising over the …
 
It’s occurred to me that the old phrase “what goes around, comes around” pretty much sums up inflation in five words. The more money going around, the more it comes back to bite us with higher inflation. And it’s happening in countries all over the world. Our latest inflation rate came out yesterday - 7.3 percent. Certainly not the lowest, and cert…
 
Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel spoke to John MacDonald on Newstalk ZB Canterbury Mornings and commented on the decision to go ahead with the new stadium build at a fixed price. MacDonald asked about the recent decision to drop fines given to protestors in Cranmer Square, and who the Mayor is backing in the upcoming local elections. LISTEN ABOVE …
 
It was a funny old day in Wellington yesterday. There was a media conference that was scheduled to happen, that didn’t happen. And there was another one that wasn’t scheduled, that did happen. The one that did happen was the Government front-footing today’s inflation figure with the announcement that it’s extending the fuel tax discount and half-pr…
 
John MacDonald spoke to All Blacks great, Frank Bunce, about his feelings watching the All Blacks game on Saturday. Bunce said he was 'frustrated' and the game was a hard watch for the former centre. MacDonald also asked his thoughts about coach Ian Foster, and if he had faith he could turn things around. Also, could Scott Robertson turn things aro…
 
John MacDonald spoke to Labour's Duncan Webb and National's Gerry Brownlee about the big topics of the week on Newstalk ZB Canterbury Mornings. MacDonald asked them what they thought on the council's decision to build Te Kaha Stadium, the possibility of Christchurch becoming a super city, the new anti-gangs laws and the latest Covid developments. L…
 
So a monumental decision by the Christchurch City Council yesterday, with a 13-3 vote in favour of spending another $150 million and getting on with the job of building the new Te Kaha stadium. As we know, it followed the announcement last month that there’d been a budget blowout, pushing the price tag up to $683 million. I think the council made t…
 
Something about this fixed-price contract for building the new Christchurch stadium, Te Kaha, just doesn’t stack up for me. In fact, the whole fixed-price thing doesn’t stack up, as far as I’m concerned. The gist of it all, is that the Board overseeing the project has managed to negotiate a deal which will make the Australian construction and civil…
 
Politicians either love the word "crisis" - or they hate it. Generally, it’s opposition politicians who love it and it’s the ones in government who can’t bring themselves to say it. Remember all the dancing-on-a-pinhead the Government did earlier this year over the cost of living crisis? It was like pulling hens’ teeth getting them to admit that. A…
 
We probably shouldn’t be surprised that the number of cyclists using Christchurch’s cycleway network has flatlined since the Covid pandemic, but does it mean it’s time for a bit of a re-think as to whether we need more of them? I think a re-think is definitely needed. Here’s what’s being spent: $301 million on 101-kilometres of cycleways. The Chris…
 
Yesterday, I asked Christchurch mayoral candidates Phil Mauger and David Meates what they thought was the biggest challenge facing Christchurch. And what a let-down that was. Phil Mauger answered first, and he said Bromley. The Christchurch suburb that has become synonymous with the appalling odour that’s been coming from the burnt-out wastewater p…
 
John MacDonald spoke to Labour's Megan Woods and National's Gerry Brownlee about the big topics of the week on Newstalk ZB Canterbury Mornings. MacDonald asked them what they felt the biggest issue facing Canterbury was in their opinion, whether the Prime Minister's trip is paying off, their reaction to recent Covid case numbers in New Zealand and …
 
If you are like me, and you are a fan of the new Christchurch stadium Te Kaha going ahead, a word of warning - don’t count your chickens just yet. The results of the city council’s consultation process following the budget blow-out are in, with 77 percent of the 30,500 submissions in favour of the Council pouring in another $150 million to make up …
 
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