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It was announced this week that the government has a new initiative to reinvigorate all of the polytechnic institutions around the country. As of recently, many polytechs have been struggling financially & failing to make their student quota.
The Minister of Education, Chris Hipkins, wants to change this, and has proposed to unify all sixteen polytechnic, as well as to combine all the funding for these institutions across the board.
I also got in touch with James Ranstead, President of the New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations.
He shared with me his thoughts on the progress which is taking a step in the right direction, as well as the consultation needed by students themselves.
On the show today we have Louis talking to Chris Hipkins about the governments plans to unite the sixteen polytechnics around New Zealand.
Then, Te Roopu Nahinara, National Party Member, Denise Lee is back with Laura. She’s keeping us all in the loop about everything happening in the National Party.
Afterwards, Laura spoke with Marketing Lecture from The University of Auckland, Gavin Northey about corporate participation in pride.
Next, Neighbourhood Watch is back for the first time this year. Zoe Kounadis from Radio Adelaide joins Laura to talk all the Aussie News.
And Finally, Protect Ihumātao, the National Day of Action - A protest in Auckland which took place this morning on Great South Road. Louis talks with Pania Newton about what happened on the monumental day.
Grace speaks to Janfrie Wakim, co-convenor of the Child Poverty Action Group, about the Salvation Army's State of the Nation report, and it's possible outcomes for New Zealand children living below the poverty line.
This is How We’re Gonna Die is a play set in a flat with the flatmates faced with the prospect of the world ending. It is raising money for Youthline this year and is playing as part of the Fringe festival, with shows starting next week. Kelly Gilbride is a co-founder of PG Productions, along with Lana Petrovic. Lana wrote the play and Kelly directed it. Steven Maxwell is acting in it. Lillian Hanly had Kelly and Steve in studio to talk about the play and how difficult flatting can be.
The Our March pride event happened over the weekend, along with other events throughout Tāmaki Makaurau over the week. Much commentary from mainstream media was questioning the event in the wake of a number of corporate sponsors pulling out following the Auckland PRide Boards decision to ban police uniforms. Phylesha Brown-Acton is a board member to the auckland pride festival incorporated society organisation. Lillian Hanly spoke with Phylesha to find out more about Our March, and the history of the pride events.
Laura Kvigstad spoke with Marketing Lecture from The University of Auckland, Gavin Northey about corporate participation in Pride. Laura asked if he thought corporations pulling out of Pride were about being on the right side of history.
Fletcher Tabuteau from NZ First is back after a few weeks and tells us what he’s been up to, what happens on the first day back in Parliament and why NZ First polled so low this week.
NOTE: Fletcher spoke about detention centres in Nauru moving toward closing down and the government wondering how they will make money for the island from that point. Up until then, detention centres had been a huge part of their economy, and a texter linked us to a Guardian article which found they had been making big profit for construction companies based in Australia.
This week on Green Desk Mitchell speaks to Auckland Council’s water manager Andrew Chin about the Auckland’s Lake Pupuke. There are concerns regarding a potential toxic algal bloom in Lake Pupuke which could have serious implications for the health of the lake, its users and its biodiversity.
The Auckland Council have recently applied for a resource consent to place flocculants in Lake Pupuke in case a toxic algal bloom does occur. Mitchell begins by asking Mr Chin about toxic algal blooms, what they are and how they form.
The world is fast running out of fresh water according and the results could be very grim: more wildfires, droughts, rationing, less food, more hunger. The causes are linked to overconsumption and a growing human population. Can we reverse the trend? Thomas Kostigen, author of The Green Blue Book: The Simple Water-Savings Guide to Everything in Your Life, says we can and he has quantified how much each of us contributes to either continuing water crisis or averting it. Maria Armoudian speaks with Kostigen about what people can do to help alleviate the water crisis.
Green Party co-leader James Shaw has welcomed new research that warns of extreme weather conditions if the world does not move on climate change. Jemima asks the Minister about the research and what it means for the future of the Zero Carbon Bill.