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ACT's alternative budget - what are the implications for Māori?

Friday 20th May 2022 | Zac Hoffman | R1 News Reporter |

The ACT Party's alternative budget puts a heavy emphasis on minimising the public sector, with the party proposing the abolition of  a vast range of government entities, including the Office for Crown-Māori Relations and the Ministry for Māori Development, Te Puni Kōkiri. R1 News reporter Zac Hoffman spoke to Māori politics expert Paerau Warbrick to investigate the implications of ACT's proposals for Māori.



Off to Market with Michele Driscoll

Friday 20th May 2022 | Amiria Pianta-Price | R1 News Reporter |

Each Friday, we catch up with Otago Farmers Market Manager Michele Driscoll to find out what's hot at the market this weekend.

New research suggests early onset of Alzhiemer's could be detected with blood test

Friday 20th May 2022 | Zac Hoffman | R1 News Reporter |

New reasearch suggests that Alzheimer's could be caught before any decline in memory function begins with a simple blood test. R1 News reporter Zac Hoffman speaks to Joanna Williams, Associate Professor in the Anatomy Department at the University of Otago, about the implications of these findings for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.



Zac spoke with associate professor Joanna Williams from the University of Otago's Anatomy Department about her new research into Alzheimers detection. The decade-long research has uncovered new blood molecules which can be used to spot Alzheimers before any memory-loss symptoms take hold, meaning a simple blood test could be developed to detect the cognitive disease. 

New DPAG exhibit explores South Pacific slave trade

Friday 13th May 2022 | Zac Hoffman | R1 News Reporter |

Mother Tongue, a new exhibit at the Dunedin Public Art Gallery, opened in April. It delves into the Pacific slave trade, known as 'blackbirding,' and showcases the artist's personal relationship to it. R1 News reporter Zac Hoffman speaks to Pacific history experts Associate Professor Jacquiline Leckie and Dr Frances Steel on the history of the South Pacific slave trade, as well as historian Charles Clark on the West Harbour shipwreck Don Juan and it's rumoured connection to blackbirding.

Business as Usual with Trent Smith (Dept. of Economics, UoO): the supermarket duopoly

Friday 13th May 2022 | Amiria Pianta-Price | R1 News Reporter |

Trent Smith (Department of Economics, University of Otago) speaks with Amiria about the supermarket duopoly in New Zealand. They cover how a market duopoly works, what their potential impacts are, as well as Foodstuffs' and Woolworths latest price freeze schemes.