The Detail

The Detail

The news, explained. Join Sharon Brettkelly & Emile Donovan every weekday as they make sense of the big stories with the country’s best journalists and experts. Made possible by RNZ & NZ On Air. Produced by Newsroom. Listen on RNZ National at 6.30pm Monday-Thursday.

Episodes

May 24, 2022 23 min
The government's set an ambitious target of hitting 100 percent of electricity generation from renewable sources by 2030 – but it is achievable? 
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The maritime border is about to reopen and that means cruise ships will once again be visiting our shores. But will it be a return to the pre-pandemic status quo?
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It's six months since a fire tore through part of Christchurch's main wastewater treatment plant. But residents in neighbouring Bromley are sick of the resulting stench that's invaded their homes.
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At the turn of the millennium, the Timorese people voted for independence from Indonesia. Twenty years on, The Detail talks to New Zealanders who played a part in building a new democracy.  
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It's not illegal to send food products to Russia under New Zealand's sanctions regime, but many exporters are boycotting the market in response to the invasion of Ukraine. The Detail talks to one apple grower about what that means for business.
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Could a domestic coastal shipping service ease some of the country’s supply chain woes, get more heavy freight off the roads and help reduce emissions?
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Australians go to the polls on Saturday - all the signs are pointing to a Labor victory, but can Scott Morrison defy the odds and keep the Liberal-National Coalition in power?
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It was the biggest eruption the world had seen in decades, but there's still so much scientists are piecing together about what happened when Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai blew.
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Is New Zealand prepared for the impacts of a nuclear war or some other global catastrophe? With Russia's ongoing war in Ukraine, it's not beyond the realm of possibility.
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Estimates suggest up to 50 percent of neurodiverse people are unemployed. Could unforgiving work environments be keeping skilled people out of the workforce? 
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What's the fuss about co-governance? As The Detail finds out, it's not a new concept and voters are being urged to get on board with it.
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The Productivity Commission says New Zealand needs to take another look at its strict regulations on genetically modified organisms – or we could risk missing out on important innovations that improve our lives and the environment.
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May 8, 2022 23 min
The Detail talks to Sri Lankan Kiwi and Newshub journalist Kethaki Masilamani about the crisis in Sri Lanka and the protests that seem to have united its long divided population.
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May 5, 2022 23 min
America's Cup sailor Simo de Mari's life changed in the most unimaginable way in March 2019. He tells The Detail about his mission to walk again after a freak accident at Omaha Beach. 
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There have been calls for New Zealand to expel Russia's ambassador in response to the war in Ukraine. But is that the right diplomatic step to take?
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May 3, 2022 22 min
More than half a million low income New Zealanders collectively owe the government $3.5 billion. Why do they owe so much? What's it for? And can they pay it back?
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Research suggests anywhere between 10 and 30 percent of people who get Covid-19 end up developing Long Covid. What happens if that impacts your ability to work?
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A woman was killed in Shanghai in 2009. A New Zealand resident, Kyung Yup Kim, is accused of her murder. China wants him extradited - why is it taking so long?
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April 28, 2022 23 min
All over the country, ratepayers are forking out millions of dollars for CCTV cameras. But are they actually making us any safer?
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The Detail heads to Tokomaru Bay to find out how locals are faring after three major floods in less than a year - what's next for the East Coast township?
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