Law Talks Put Listeners On Front Foot

A weekly Otago Access Radio segment is providing insight into how New Zealand law impacts on our everyday lives.

Speak Legal is a regular feature of Thursday’s OARsome Morning Show, with programme host Jeff Harford discussing a different legal topic each week with Community Law Otago volunteer law students.

Community Law Otago managing solicitor Caryl O’Connor said the radio spot was one of a range of legal education initiatives under way. Others included the programme of free talks that had been operating in Otago for the past 30 years, with the aim of providing practical and accessible information on everyday legal issues to the Otago community.

“Law Centres around New Zealand are all about access to justice. That means smoothing the pathways for people and giving them the platforms they need to move a legal issue forward.

“We endeavour to put people on the front foot rather than having to react to something that’s being done to them. If they can foresee something happening and work to put themselves in the best position possible, that’s got to be a good thing.”

The senior law students contributing to the Speak Legal series were free to explore an area of particular interest to them but the aim was to cover the issues that most commonly arose at Community Law Otago’s drop-in advice clinics.

Radio also provided an opportunity for students to test their presentation skills.

“They have to be succinct and accurate, and they have to make interesting,” Ms O’Connor said.

“That can sometimes be quite difficult with law, so they’ve got to be a bit creative with how they put their talks together.”

Community Law Otago had recently moved from its former Filluel St location to new premises at 169 Princes St. Information on clinics and resources could be found at www.communitylawotago.com.

Speak Legal airs Thursdays at 9.10am on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM. Podcasts are available from www.oar.org.nz.

Photo: Legally speaking: Senior law student Jared Papps (left) talks law with Jeff Harford on Otago Access Radio’s Speak Legal segment.

Plenty of Choice for Summertime Listening

Otago Access Radio listeners will have no shortage of locally produced shows to enjoy over the holiday period. The station’s two studios have been booked solid over recent weeks as volunteer broadcasters record fresh episodes of their programmes to air when they are spending time with friends and family.

Station manager Lesley Paris said several broadcasters were planning special Christmas and New Year editions of their programmes.

“Jazz fans will be happy to know that Calder Prescott and Lou McConnell will be jointly hosting a ninety-minute special on Christmas Day. It’s a tradition that goes back a few years and a nice way to bring our two jazz aficionados together.

“Other programmes will explore themes that are especially relevant to this time of year, from staying physically and mentally healthy to enjoying the outdoors and relaxing with great books and great music.”

Summer holidays also offered the opportunity to catch up on programmes listeners might have missed earlier in the year. Podcasts were available to download from the station’s website and from iTunes, to be listened to at any convenient time.

Southern Heritage Trust programme Heritage Matters was an example of an informative and entertaining series that lent itself well to an “immersive” online listening experience.

“Heritage Matters covers a lot of territory, from stories of Dunedin’s earliest settlers to debate around preservation of the city’s built heritage and plans to restore or establish historic sites. Anyone with an interest in local history and architecture would find it a pretty compelling series to tap into.”

For those who wanted to create a musical soundtrack to their summertime activities, there were plenty of music programmes available as podcasts.

“We have Celtic music covered on Celtic World, Americana on The Jukebox Highway, vinyl classics on The Vinyl Vault and alternative music on Blip In The System, as well as several shows on our Connecting Cultures Zone that celebrate the music of our migrant communities.”

Photo: Podcast potential: Otago Access Radio’s Heritage Matters team are (from left) Jane Edwards, Dougal Stevenson and Bill Southworth.


Radio Show Promotes Self-Help Health Resources

A new Otago Access Radio show is promoting access to reliable, evidence-based self-help health resources.

Listen Yourself Well is presented by Sophie Carty and Rebecca Llewellyn, members of WellSouth Primary Health Network’s health promotion team whose role it is to take a preventative and proactive approach to the health needs of the people of Otago and Southland.

Rebecca said the radio show took inspiration from WellSouth’s Books On Prescription programme, which launched in Central Otago libraries in 2011 as a collection of self-help books that could be prescribed by GPs, counsellors and other health professionals to patients who “needed a little bit of extra support”.

“This year, we expanded, rebranded and relaunched the programme with three streams. We have books, which you can get from a library, audio-visual resources available online, and apps for digital devices. You can now read, listen and tap yourself well.”

The books, podcasts and apps covered a wide range of health topics, from depression and anxiety to diabetes and heart disease, as well as “lifestyle” resources that addressed breastfeeding, food choices, relationships, alcohol and smoking.

Each episode of Listen Yourself Well would highlight an item from the WellSouth collection, all of which had been reviewed and recommended by experts in the relevant field. Interviews with health professionals would add specialist knowledge and a local context.

Sophie said the aim was to encourage listeners to see that the healthier choice was often the easier choice.

“We hope the show will be an interesting and informative look at a range of physical and mental health issues, and the resources, services and community-based initiatives that exist to support people with mild-to-moderate health problems.

“Health is much more than what you do as an individual. It’s about your family, whanau and wider social networks.”

Listen Yourself Well airs Thursdays at 1pm and Saturdays at 12.30pm on OAR 105.4FM and 1575AM, and live and podcast from www.oar.org.nz and iTunes.

Photo: The healthy choice: WellSouth’s Rebecca Llewellyn (left) and Sophie Carty host Otago Access Radio show Listen Yourself Well.

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