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MEGAN WHELAN

RNZ COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT EDITOR

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Megan is a former senior producer for The Wireless. She has worked in Radio New Zealand News, Sport, and Radio New Zealand International, has an extensive library of animated gifs, and spends too much time on the internet.


Megan has worked at Radio New Zealand for much longer than she ever meant to, with stints in news, sport, and the award-winning Radio New Zealand International team. She has covered everything from elections to earthquakes (and tsunamis and cyclones), but her favourite reporting experience will always be the time she interviewed a not-entirely-sober Margaret Mahy. 

Before becoming a journalist, Megan did a Masters degree in political science, and was shocked when the topic of her thesis actually came in handy later in life.

When she's not at work (and sometimes when she is), she knits, brushes up on her understanding of brewing, and is amused by people trying to have serious political discussions on Twitter. She hopes one day to own two cats and a French bulldog called Gladstone, and is never not trying to find the perfect GIF.  

 


Content by Megan

A new era of social support

Facebook is rolling out features aimed at people suffering from poor mental health.

The cheater's guide to the Rugby World Cup

Here are some easy talking points for when the conversation at this weekend’s parties turns to the Rugby World Cup.

The cost of a crime

Being the victim of a crime can be a traumatic experience and it can also be an expensive one. So what’s the true cost of a crime?

All the single ladies

Writer Hannah August is keen to talk about the "man drought" in a kinder, gentler way.

Built to impress

As Wellington celebrates 150 years as New Zealand's capital, we look back at how it got there.

Always such a rush

What does it mean when parliament sits in urgency? Why are they in such a hurry?

Show time, not bro time

Magic Mike XXL seems to like its mostly women audience much more than many Hollywood movies.

Not bad for a dwarf planet

A space probe, operating on less power than a microwave, sends back the first images of Pluto.

Bulletin: All Blacks first test in Samoa

Today is the All Black's historic first test in Samoa. It's been a long road getting them there.

Getting back at the mean tweeters

The Government's bill to crack down on cyberbullies is being called an attack on free speech.

Policing the politicians

The outgoing Clerk of the House of Representatives explains her job - and what it's like being the expert on Parliament.

Cramming it in: Study tips

Stressed about exams already? We've got you covered.

Two women fugging it up

Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan on Go Fug Yourself, their new novel The Royal We, celebrity, having the nicest commenters on the internet, and Beyoncé's butt cheeks.

Slipping into the poverty trap

More young adults are asking for food parcels and emergency accommodation, social workers say.

A head for numbers

Expect a flurry of budget announcements over the next few weeks - we explain what's going on.

Nepal crying out for help

The Wireless speaks to three young New Zealanders on the ground in quake-stricken Nepal.

PM still making world headlines

Taiwan-based company animates #ponytailgate, as New Zealand's Prime Minister continues to make headlines.

Bulletin: #tailgate

The Prime Minister makes international headlines after apologising for repeatedly pulling a waitress' ponytail.

Avengers: Age of Ultron review

Joss Whedon's new Marvel film is darker and more dramatic than his previous outing, but with somehow less heart.

Like a splinter in the heart - Anzac Day memories

Anzac Day isn't just about the biscuits.

Angling for high office

Surprising no one, Hillary Clinton announces her bid for the US Presidency - we look at the responses.

Getting all the facts right

How the media covers sexual assault allegations has been highlighted by two cases in the news.

Down in rugby country

Megan Whelan and Julian Vares head along to Southbridge’s first rugby game of the season to see how important the local club is to a small community.

The winner on the day

New Zealand "punches above its weight" on the sports field, but why do we put so much emphasis on that?

Recording the goings on (and on and on)

Megan Whelan goes behind the scenes with Parliament's Hansard reporters.

On The Dial: Episode 16

International students, being young and plus-sized, the latest from Wellington theatre, comedian Alan Davies, and we dissect Meghan Trainor’s latest music video.

Rock for aid in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam

Vanuatu reggae band Young Life holds fundraising gig for their devastated islands.

Pam leaves devastation in wake

At least eight people are dead and thousands homeless following Cyclone Pam.

Roxane Gay on being a Bad Feminist

Megan Whelan speaks to the essayist, novelist, and Hunger Games fanatic, Roxane Gay.

Mashing in beer stereotypes

Women in beer aren't just bikini-clad brewery assistants, despite what advertising might have you believe.

Bulletin: New Zealanders crossing the line with tourist drivers

Is confiscating someone's car keys the act of a responsible driver or dangerous vigilantism?

Bulletin: The trials of Teina Pora

More than 20 years after he was sent to prison, Teina Pora's convictions for the rape and murder of Susan Burdett are overturned.

Bulletin: X Factor and the judgement of Shae Brider

A contestant on The X Factor raises the question of when a convicted killer's debt to society has been paid.

That's just creepy: When privacy settings aren't enough

Is privacy dead, or is it just taking a nap while social etiquette and the law catch up with technology?

On the Dial: Facebook, friendships, and drinking

A social media heavy On The Dial this week, plus Auckland theatre, and karaoke.

Movie review: Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey isn't shocking, it's mostly just dull, writes Megan Whelan.

Behind the scenes of Parliament

Take a tour of the heart of Parliament - the debating chamber.

On The Dial: Episode 9

In On The Dial this week, we talk housing and renting, water safety, and Music 101 heads home with Connan Mockasin.

She'll be right on the water

Seventeen people have already died in the water this year - why aren't water safety messages getting through?

On the Dial: All the awards

This week we ask if the work to get out the youth vote paid off, we look ahead to the Oscars, and we’re at Laneway.

Beyond the ballot box

Last year's election saw unprecedented efforts to get out the youth vote. Did they work?

On The Dial: Online, in queues and on patrol

This week's On The Dial we look at social media and mental health and talk about joblessness and a new Pacific patrol.

Taking a moment off social media

Megan Whelan takes a pause from her smartphone, and asks if Twitter is bad for your mental health.

An award fit for a Queen

Tabby Besley is honoured by the Queen for her work with queer and trans* young people.

Being real about drugs

The age at which people first use drugs is dropping - what does that mean for drug education and recovery?

Bulletin: Je Suis Charlie

Protests are held across Europe after three gunman open fire at the office of French magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12.

Women overcoming hurdles in science

The hurdles for women in science and technology are well known - so what is being done about it?

Summer = road trips

The Wireless team and contributors put together essential playlists for your summer roadtrips.

On The Dial: A grim year

'Tis the season to look back on the year that was. And this one was pretty bleak!

Moments that made headlines in 2014

Sassy Lorde, Kim K, ebola, the election and air disasters. We look back at 2014.

Bulletin: The Sydney Siege

The Martin Place siege by Man Haron Monis lasted 16 hours and resulted in three deaths. But for Australian authorities, the saga is only just beginning.

Changing the culture of the hackers

Gone are the days that computer security failures can be blamed on Mums and Dads who don't understand the internet, hackers say.

On The Dial: Hackers, trolls, vampires and histories

In On The Dial this week: The future of hobbit tourism, an illustrated history of Māori culture, inside a hacker conference, and actor/writer/director extraordinaire Taika Waititi.

Bulletin: New limits on drink driving

A crackdown on blood and breath alcohol limits aims to reduce the road death toll over the holiday period.

On The Dial: A dog, a man, a fridge and a flat

In this week's On The Dial we talk about animal welfare, raising awareness about men's mental health and wrapping up Flat3.

A blow to the gentleman's game

Phillip Hughes' death was remarkable not just for the circumstances, but for the change it might make to the sport of cricket.

On The Dial 03: Zero hours, behind bars and cycling in Christchurch

On The Dial: Life on a zero-hour contract, women in prison, and bringing public bike shares to Christchurch.

Zero tolerance for zero hours

Fast food workers are on the frontline in the fight against zero-hour contracts, with a union saying bosses have all the power.

Bulletin: The PM, the spy and the whale

A report into the Security Intelligence Service has raised embarrassing questions for both the Prime Minister, and former Labour Leader Phil Goff.

On The Dial: Rape culture, theft and asking for help

Our podcast this week covers rape culture and justice, misappropriation of tertiary funding, and Amanda Palmer on her new book.

All the news that fits in emoji

The stories you might've missed this week, including thumbs up to Andrew Little and arms-crossed-emoji to Roger Sutton.

Bulletin: The Labour Idol finale

Can Andrew Little, Labour's fourth leader in as many years, hold the party together?

On the dial: labour, drugs and princesses

The Wireless podcast, hosted by Megan Whelan, featuring employment law, drug driving, and The Princess Bride.

Storm in a tea break

What impact will last month's changes to labour laws have on young workers?

Bulletin: What we know and don't know about the TPPA

Opponents say the TPPA is shrouded in secrecy. Negotiators say that's how trade deals are done.

Should New Zealand change its flag?

The looming referendum on New Zealand's flag may open up a wider debate our national identity.

Explaining Hong Kong's Umbrella Revolution

Tens of thousands of students flood central Hong Kong in ongoing pro-democracy protest.

#twvote: Election night live

Sass, animated GIFs and up-to-date results: Elle Hunt and Megan Whelan live blog the election results.

Leaders answer GCSB questions

Party leaders are asked what they'd do with the GCSB if they're elected Prime Minister.

Last days of the campaign

Just over a day left of this year's extraordinary election campaign. Have you been convinced?

Whose version of the truth do you believe?

New Zealand's election takes a bizarre turn with the "White House's most loathed" taking the stage in Auckland.

Making an informed choice

Saying you don't know enough is a poor excuse for not voting in the age of the internet.

Election Issues: Education

What are the parties' policies on tertiary education.

Election Issues: The economy

Whether politicians can deliver on their promises depends on how they manage the economy.

Talking about the youth vote

The Wireless and Radio New Zealand team up to look at the decline in youth voter participation.

Election Issues: Inequality

Inequality is one of the most important election issues - and the most divisive.

Collecting cold hard cash for charity

Does the ice bucket challenge actually help charities, or is it narcissistic self-promotion?

Spicing up the election campaign

Alleged dodgy dealings in government have dominated the media this week.

Election Issues: Housing

Building more homes, introducing a new tax... How would each political party make home ownership more accessible?

Election Issues: The environment

What environmental issues might come up for debate in this year's election?

A proportional response

Six weeks out from the general election, how well do you understand Mixed Member Proportional voting?

Staying safe on a dangerous job

Does confusing health and safety regulation mean workers can't see the forest for the trees?

What is rape culture?

Rape culture isn’t easy to articulate or explain because it's all around us, at the highest levels of government, police, justice and media.

Clap your hands: Getting an STI check

We send Megan Whelan to find out what's involved in an STI check.

Predicting the web's future

What do you want the internet to look like in 25 years?

Reaching the victims of violence

Critics of the Government's new measures to prevent family violence won't help the majority of victims, but some say it's worth a try.

Why Vote? panel discussion

The Wireless hosted a panel discussion looking at the value of your vote. Listen to the audio here.

Risk is online reality

An animation, a social experiment and a compliment generator to address cyber-bullying.

A brief history of voting in New Zealand

How we vote has changed a lot since the first parliamentary election in 1853. Even as late as 1951, Maori voted on a different day to pakeha.

Politics and corruption in Solomon Islands

On a recent trip to the Solomon Islands, where it's election year, Megan Whelan asked some young people if they were planning to vote.

The value of your vote

If you don’t vote, do you have any right to complain about what politicians do? Join us for a panel discussion.

Getting a good soundbite

We ask vampires Vladislav and Viago some pointed questions at a press conference in "Vellington".

Shots fired in election satire

Complaints over the Civilian Party receiving taxpayer money to broadcast election ads - so what are the rules?

Mass appeal: Making voting matter

Efforts are afoot to get more young people to the polls on Election Day – is 130,000 more voters than 2011 achievable?

A 'spiral of inequality'

This month The Wireless looks at the theme of 'Influence', including voter turnout, lobbying, religion and hypnotism.

Destroying layers of trust

The film A Fragile Trust asks what led a young reporter to plagiarise and fabricate details in his stories for the venerable New York Times.

Rocking the vote

There are three reasons people don't vote – and one US organisation is turning that around. What can NZ learn?

Wiki New Zealand: Digging out the numbers

Wiki New Zealand is a start-up dreamed up to help New Zealanders make informed decisions.

Going from start-up to stay-up

Making a fortune from a tech start-up is an alluring dream, but what does it take?

Call for legal high prosecution amnesty

Psychoactive substances will be illegal to possess, sell or supply from midnight, prompting a call for a "compassionate" amnesty on prosecutions.

ACC overhauls sexual assault victims' counselling

After years of criticism of its handling of sex abuse claims, ACC is to pay for every cent of rape victims' counselling.

Join the discussion

Comments go live on The Wireless.

Live Blog: Morning Report

A new era: Susie Ferguson and Guyon Espiner take over the Morning Report show at Radio New Zealand.

No one's perfect

After writing other people's stories of mental health The Wireless' Megan Whelan shares her own story of depression.

Whispering in a crowd

Around a third of New Zealanders will suffer from some kind mental ill-health. We speak to some of them.

Working hard for the money

New Zealand's minimum wage is one of the highest in the world - is it enough?

Asking for help with mental health

Young people suffer disproportionately from mental health issues. Are there enough services available to help them?

When you least expect it

Big ideas from creative minds

From gossip sites to dishwasher alarms, we ask Webstock speakers to share their knowledge.

Webstock's moments of delight

Sharing knowledge from Wellington's Webstock.

Civic duty

The Wireless looks at civics education, and asks what issues are important in an election year.

How to buy a beer

Buying a beer is similar to picking a movie, according to beer writer Phil Cook.

What's the harm in a puff?

Most New Zealanders will try pot at some point in their lives. We look at what that could mean for their health.

The tattoo lady: Adding to life's rich tapestry

Charlotte Hillerby has more tattoos than she can count, which some people might consider excessive.

Running from FOMO

Two years ago, Luba Miteva couldn't run a block. Now she's about to run her first ultra marathon.

Reducing the harm of drugs

Professor David Nutt on addiction, governments, and an alcohol-free cocktail.

A serious risk of harm

New Zealand's binge drinking culture and drug use is often a cause for concern. Is it being handled in the right way?

Quitting smoking for good

Megan Whelan is one of hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who have stopped smoking. But it wasn't easy.

Resolutions: Marama Davidson

This year it will be as important as ever to call shoddy leadership to account, says Marama Davidson.

Resolutions: Duncan Mathews

Looking forward to 2014 for the Queer community with Rainbow Youth.

Resolutions: Maia Amai

Tournaments galore, more changes in life, gaining more confidence.

Resolutions: Janine & The Mixtape

Videos, new music, and festivals are Janine and the Mixtape's hopes for 2014

Resolutions: Loren Corbett

Employment, inclusiveness, and visibility are Loren Corbett's hopes for 2014.

Full of resolve

Starting the month of Excess, we look at New Year's resolutions. The ones we keep, and the ones we don't.

Finding a home online

When your home is online, including drunken selfies, and John from development.

Handyman's Dream

This week, The Wireless takes a look at non-conventional homes.

'A much smaller scale of life'

Passing up the bright lights of the big city for home comforts.

A place to settle down

Jessica Ducey has wandered all over the world. In Wellington, she's found home.

You're a Kiwi, if you want to be

Mothla Majeed has lived in New Zealand for 20 years, but she gets asked every day where she's from.

Connecting cultures

Connecting indigenous cultures: Mexican and Māori.

Homesick for a place you've never been

Ginah Vakaheketaha-Nelisi calls herself Niuean, though she's never visited the island.

Home is where the heart is

Of all she left behind in Germany, Judith Turner misses the bread the most. That, and her friends and family.

Not a geisha, nor a geek

How do you find your place in the world when you have no one to look to?

'Home, for me, is where I fit in'

Home is where everybody knows your whakapapa.

Are you at home here?

Where's home, and are you welcome there?

What is the TPP?

Ministers meet this weekend to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Why should you care?

A stepping stone

An unattainable dream

Buying a home seems almost impossible for two Wellingtonians, a child, and their cats.

Crunching the numbers

The 2013 Census paints a picture of a nation that’s not getting any younger.

Through the maze

How should the law approach cannabis when views on it are so polarised?

Doctor Who and me

How Megan ended up talking to Arts On Sunday, live from a screening of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special.

A woman's options

How do you avoid an unwanted pregnancy? We ask a medical professional.

A day at the clinic

We spend a day at an abortion clinic.

An unresolved issue

Does New Zealand need to address its abortion law?

Free: Choice?

Looking at sexual and reproductive health.

Lessons to be learned?

Are people getting the information they need to be safe?

They're listening to us

What actually is Prism, and why should we care?

Hoodies, hats and otters

What actually is a hacker?

Roast Busters case: 'I can't believe society hasn't moved on'

Roast Busters, the police and the treatment of sexual violence.

How to: Make a budget

If you're going to get out of debt or save, you'll need a budget. But how?

Caught in the debt spiral

Many people are afraid of credit card debt, so what happens when you are stuck with a mountain of debt?

Budgeting on a benefit

How do you save, or at least not get in debt, when you're not making any money?

Unravelling Roast Busters

Police say their hands are tied, because without a victim’s testimony, they don’t have enough evidence to proceed.

Getting invested

You've scrimped and saved – or lucked out with an unexpected windfall. What now?

Our two cents' worth

Taming the debt unicorn

Sarah Jane Miller talks about her experience getting out of debt, with the help of a Photoshop'd calculator-slash-unicorn. We asked her how she did it.

Speaking out on justice

A group of young criminal justice reform advocates are restaging two plays that tell the stories of some of the country’s most marginalised voices.

Voyages in publishing

Freelance writer and ex-pat New ZealanderJames Robinson is fundraising to turn his blog on life in the United States into a book.

Life in miniature

In his show Think: Tree (Omoutautahi), comedian Joseph Harper links bonsai trees to his sense of belonging in post-quake Christchurch.

Dallas runnin' hot

Everything's falling into place for rapper New Zealand David Dallas.

Working hard, playing hard

"I've never had someone come up to my face and say something like they say on the internet."

Planning parenthood

Cecile Richards is the woman Barack Obama calls when he needs to know about women's health.

What a way to make a living

The Wireless is taking over the mothership.

You better work

Cs get degrees. But do they get jobs?

Public spending

Do you know how you spend your money? And are you brave enough to track every cent you spend?

Making good cents

We asked on Twitter for people who are “good with money”. Hugh, Sarah-Rose and Laura responded, so we sat them down to ask for their best savings tips.

Where’s your cash going?

Are you preparing for your financial future? And if not, why not?

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