Reuben McLaren speaks to Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson about new government investment into sustainable transport and the push to implement stock monitoring cameras after footage of a sharemilker repeatedly beating cows came to light.
Climate Change Minister James Shaw joins Reuben again this week to discuss the Declaration for Ambition on climate change signed by 23 nations, including New Zealand, promising to boost climate targets by 2020 and calling on other nations to follow suit. They also talk about the country wide roadshow set up by the Ministry for the Environment to discuss the Zero Carbon BIll with the public and to take submissions.
Chloe Swarbrick fills in for James Shaw this week. We discuss Green Co-leader Marama Davidson's recent comments on systemic racism in the New Zealand police force, the Green Party revolt over the government decision to allow the expansion of a foreign owned water bottling operation and we get an update on Chloe's Election Access Fund Bill.
This week Reuben and James talk about the government putting a stop to offshore oil exploration permits which was originally a Green Party policy that the government has now adopted.
Reuben also asks James about the US, UK and France attacking Syria over the weekend in response to alleged chemical attacks. Green Party MP Golriz Ghahraman also wrote an interesting piece about it on the Spinoff which is worth a read.
Joel talks to James Shaw for the first time this year. They discussed his trip to Waitangi and how the Labour Party had not yet admitted that Māori sovereignty was never ceded to the crown. They also discussed the inclusion of questions on sexual orientation and gender identity in the 2023 census and the importance of gathering statistics on rainbow communities.
Chlöe came in studio to have a chat about spending her summer in Spain, reading Bernie Sanders book, upcoming politics in 2018, and what her thoughts are on The National Party's bill which would enforce compulsory second language teaching in school.
Though there are boxes still unpacked, the Green Party is settling into their parliamentary roles. During the past few months in power, they have received criticism for being less vocal and less critical of the Government as they learn to change their mindset from one that's an oppositional unit to one that's more part of a team. For their last chat of the year, Joel talked to James Shaw about what he's learned as he's come into power, why the party is being less vocal than usual, and what he's up to over summer.
Recently the Government has announced a housing stocktake report with the intention of collecting data on housing issues such as the rental market and homelessness. Joel talked to James about this, as well his views on whether we should be selling the state-owned television station TVNZ.