Monday, 07 April 2014 16:58

The Forum: Bullying

This week, two seperate campaigns were launched in New Zealand to combat bullying. So that's what we talked about on this week's Forum.


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Monday, 24 March 2014 08:50

Kiwi Download: Nakita Turner - One Voice


When Nakita Turner stepped on stage at age six to perform for the very first time, she didn't receive the response you'd hope for such a brave action by someone so young. She was mocked and laughed at by a group in the audience – something no six-year-old should ever have to experience – and vowed to never perform again.

How many of us have had similar hurtful experiences? Words. Actions. Online hate. Being ignored. Being stared at. However and whenever it happens, treating people without respect or kindness – bullying – is not okay. It hurts real people and becomes a barrier to dreams, hopes and possibilities.

Having experienced bullying a lot herself, as well as seeing how it affects other young people, Nakita wanted to do something to make a difference. Nakita is an incredible singer (as you can see here) and so at 13 decided to write a song. However, this songwriting process was different than most. Nakita went into six schools and interviewed 180 young people of all ages about their experiences of bullying. Then, with mentorship from the band Dukes, she collated these experiences into a song.

Find out more & Download the song for free at

Check out the video below!

Published in Kiwi Download
Monday, 17 March 2014 15:16

Greatest collaboration project EVER


This video has been flying around facebook the last couple of days, and for good reason. 15 year-old Nikita Turner was bullied when she was younger, but instead of just taking it, she did something pretty amazing.

Published in Music News
Thursday, 29 August 2013 10:45

The Forum: Bullying

On the Forum this Sunday we’re talking about bullying.

How has this issue affected your life? Have you ever been bullied? Maybe you were the bully yourself. has led to a lot of online bullying recently. Do you think it should be banned?

What’s the best way to respond to a bully? Should you ignore them or stand up for yourself? What about when parents get involved and try to take on the bully?

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Monday, 08 April 2013 17:18

The Forum: Cyber-Bullying

Netsafe is saying that one in five NZ high school students report being cyber-bullied online, or via text message or photographs.

There’s a chance that schools will be given the power to search and seize cell phones and ipads to try and combat cyber-bullying.

What do you think of this idea? Is it going too far? Do you think it would help?

Have you ever been affected by cyber-bullying?

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Tuesday, 28 August 2012 01:00

The Forum: Cyber-Bullying and Euthanasia

Our politicians have been talking about tough new laws to get rid of cyber-bullying.

What do you reckon is the best way to stop this type of bullying? Will changing the law do anything? Have you ever been bullied by text or through social networking sites online?

Another social issue that MPs have been talking about this week is euthanasia. John Key has come out and said that if he was terminally ill that he could consider it. Do you think euthanasia should be legalised? Is ending someone’s life mercy or murder?

Listen below to hear how it went.

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Friday, 11 May 2012 13:12

Forum 13th May: Bullying

Bullying has been a hot topic in the news this week. Everyone’s been talking about how it’s such a massive social problem in New Zealand.

We’re going to talk about bullying this Sunday on the Forum.

How has this issue affected YOUR life? Have you ever been bullied? Maybe you’ve been the bully yourself.

Does standing up to bullies make them leave you alone – or does it make the problem worse?

We all know the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. But words can sometimes hurt us even more than physical pain. We’ll talk about the different types of bullying and how to deal with them.

Listen below to hear how it went - first it's a panel discussion to get things started.

Now listen to the show below.

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