Media roundup for 2019/20 festival season

KnowYourStuffNZ has been in the news a lot this season, both here and abroad. We’ve collected all the news together for easy reference. Just follow the links below.

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2020

Inside the drug-testing tent at Splore music festival – Josephine Franks, stuff.co.nz 25/02/2020

Drug testing openly available at Splore music festival – Nicole Bremner, 1 News 22/02/2020

Universities called on to make drug testing kits available during Orientation Week – Steven Walton, stuff.co.nz 16/02/2020

2019

Pingers, parties and politics: How festival drug testers are trying to save lives – Josephine Franks, stuff.co.nz 31/12/2019

 

Research into drug checking impacts – New Zealand Government press release, scoop.co.nz 18/12/2019

 

NZ First to reconsider position on drug testing – Jo Moir, rnz.co.nz 20/10/2019

 

The drug testing dilemma – how we are getting around it – The Detail, rnz.co.nz 16/10/2019

 

Legalising testing of drugs at festivals has overwhelming support, 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton Poll finds – 1 News 16/10/2019

 

Prohibition or preventing harm? Q+A debates festival pill-testing – NZQandA TVNZ, 07/10/2019

 

Poll: Do you support testing of drugs at festivals? – Newshub poll 07/10/2019

 

Three people critical after taking bad drugs at Listen In Auckland dance concert – Tom Dillane, NZ Herald 05/10/2019

 

Drug Testing w / Wendy Allison: October 1, 2019 – Radio interview, BFM

 

The NZ First MP’s bizarre campaign against ‘saving lives’ – The Spinoff

01/10/2019

Police minister’s plan to legalise pill testing at summer festivals derailed as NZ First says it encourages drug use – 1 News 29/09/2019

 

How Kiwis’ drugs are being tested before they have the chance to do harm – Ruby Macandrew, stuff.co.nz 23/08/2019

 

Festival care: Who’s looking after you – Leith Huffadine, rnz.co.nz 27/02/2019

 

O-Week testing shows 1 in 5 drugs not what buyer expected – rnz.co.nz 25/02/2019

 

Festival organisers wary of inviting drug-testing group – Charlotte Cook, rnz.co.nz 22/02/2019

 

Lee Suckling: Are music festivals unsafe? – Lee Suckling, NZ Herald 28/01/2019

 

What’s really in that pill? The festival drug testing debate – Te Ao Māori News, 25/01/2019

 

Free drug testing in spotlight as festival season kicks off – Laine Moger, stuff.co.nz 25/01/2019

 

Festival drug testing – Expert Reaction – Dr. Jez Weston, Science Media Centre 25/01/2019

 

Wendy Allison and Duncan Garner TV interview – The AM Show, TV 3 22/01/2019

 

Why New Zealand Needs Legal Drug Testing at its Summer Festivals – James Borrowdale, Vice 10/01/2019

 

Dr Cathy Stephenson: Telling your kids to stay away from drugs can backfire – Dr Cathy Stephenson, stuff.co.nz 08/01/2019

 

No room for vagueness in drug testing at music festivals – Russell Brown, rnz.co.nz 04/01/2019

 

Editorial: It’s high time for drug testing – stuff.co.nz 04/01/2019

 

Testing shows MDMA pills laced with bath salts – rnz.co.nz 03/01/2019

 

Summer festival drugs ‘designed to baffle tests’ – rnz.co.nz 03/01/2019 (Radio interview)

 

Minister backs festival drug tests – gisbourneherald.co.nz  03/01/2019

 

What is pill testing, and why is it so controversial? – Yan Zhuang, Sydney Morning Herald 03/01/2019

 

Police Minister Stuart Nash wants drug testing kits at all music festivals by next summer – Jason Walls, NZ Herald 02/01/2019

 

2018

Here comes festival season, where dodgy drugs thrive thanks to a dumb law – Wendy Allison, The Spinoff 25/10/2018

 

Drug testing at music festivals – Jesse Mulligan, rnz.co.nz 15/10/2018 (Radio interview)

 

High point: Drug test change at music festivals – Isaac Davidson and Tom Dillane, NZ Herald 30/09/2018

 

Festival-goers warned of drug testing kit effectiveness – Charlie Dreaver, rnz.co.nz 07/04/2018

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