Fletcher Tabuteau joins us again this week, we talk about parliamentary urgency, the UN and drug reform - he’d just come out of a select committee meeting so we start by asking him what that was about.
I tēnei wiki i tauākī te pāti Kākāriki e tautoko ana rātou i te whakature o te reo Māori ki ngā kura katoa o Aotearoa. E whakahē ana a Aotearoa Tuatahi ki tēra, nā reira i kōrero atu a Lillian Hanly ki a Fletcher Tabuteau mō tēnei kaupapa. I pātai a Lillian ki a ia ki te whakamārama i ngā kaupapa here o te pāti.
This week the Greens announced they support making te reo compulsory in schools. NZ First has been against this and I asked Fletcher Tabuteau to explain this further, starting by asking what the NZ First policies are regarding te reo.
Recently there has been news regarding the possible closure of the longest standing Māori radio station, Te Ūpoko o Te Ika. The news comes as time runs out for an ongoing dispute to be settled between the license holders of the station. The local iwi radio who currently hold the licence due to older legislation put through by a former National government, is looking to expand and wants to merge with Ūpoko. This has meant Ūpoko cannot access its monthly operating funds from Te Māngai Pāho. Operating on its reserve funds means the station may only last until the end of the month and 11 people will lose their jobs. As well as this, the tuakana of Māori radio will cease to exist. There has been a number of calls for the government to step in and stop this from happening. NZ First is an advocate for iwi radio so Lillian Hanly spoke with Jenny Marcroft about her perspective on the matter.
Lillian Hanly speaks with Darroch Ball of NZ First because he was present in a select committee meeting at the end of last month which heard an admission from an auckland based property manager, Rachel Kann, that she routinely asks for bank statements. The committee was hearing submissions on the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill (No 2) to scrap letting fees. It’s become quite controversial not only because of the question of a breach of privacy, but also the way Rachel Kann talked about possible tenants. Here’s a quote, “They're paying somebody's mortgage and I see a lot of people who are low socio-economic and their bank statements literally will read, 'KFC, McDonalds, the dairy, KFC, McDonalds, court fine', trucks that they buy, goods that they can't afford. You know, I see a lot of mismanagement of money.” We haven’t had a chance to speak with Darroch yet so we start by hearing a bit about him.
Today we are joined by NZ First deputy leader and foreign affairs and regional development parlimentary under secretary Fletcher Tabuteau. What does a parliamentary under secretary do? Does he want to be the next leader of NZ First? How has Peters fared as leader of our country for the last 6 weeks? Harry has an introductory chat with Tabuteau.
After a month or so hiatus, we return to our NZ First segment, this week speaking again with Tracey Martin, Minister of Internal Affairs and Associate Minister of Education. This morning we touched on the inquiry into the State Services Commission appointment of the deputy police commissioner Wally Haumaha, and also talked about NZ First at 25.
Jenny Marcroft, Ngāpuhi, is a list member for NZ First. Today we spoke about what’s happening with iwi radio stations. Lillian Hanly started by asking how her weeks been and why she’s been visiting different iwi radio stations around the motu