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Justine Sachs is a co-founder of Dayenu, which is a group of young New Zealand Jews against the occupation of Palestine. Sachs is also one of the co-authors of the open letter to Lorde urging her not to perform in Tel Aviv. Following the cancellation of Lorde’s concert, some Israeli teenagers took the case to court hoping to seek damages. This week, Justine and Nadia Abu-Shanab (the other co-author) became aware that they had been ordered by an Israeli court to pay ‘compensation’ of more than $18,000 dollars. This lawsuit is possible after the passing of legislation in 2011 that allows individuals or companies impacted by the Boycott Divest and Sanction movement to sue for damages in Israeli courts. Instead of paying the fine, Nadia and Justine decided to create a fundraising campaign which would be donated to the Gaza Mental Health Foundation. A statement from the give a little page says, ‘The foundation will send donations in their entirety to organisations which are providing vital mental health support to the traumatised families of the Gaza Strip. Emotional distress is a lived reality for Palestinians in Gaza, where over half of children suffer PTSD as a result of Israeli military attacks.’ I got in touch with Justine to find out more and started by asking for some context around the letter to Lorde.
Last week, when we focused on cultural appropriation for Worry Week, Mary-Margaret wanted to look into the modern uses of kava, and ask an expert about the monetisation of it and the problems that may arise from that. Daniel Hernandez is an anthropology lecturer here at Auckland uni, and a lot of his research has centred around kava. He started by telling Mary-Margaret about the history of the plant.
Nicky Hager has exposed allegations of sexual assault, war crimes in Afghanistan and a homophobic culture within the New Zealand Defence Force. Ben speaks to Organise Aotearoa who are picketing at the Defence Force’s offices today. Olivia speaks to the Auckland Women’s Centre’s Leonie Morris about their forum on Mana Wahine last week. In international news, Justin takes us to South Korea where a former president has just been jailed for accepting bribes from large companies including Samsung. Mary-Margaret speaks to an Auckland University anthropology lecturer about kava, and its place in the modern Pacific world. And finally, for the Green Desk this week, we have a chat with Auckland Council's Chief Sustainability Officer about the city’s Climate Action Plan.
Former South Korean president Lee Myung Bak has been jailed for 15 years for receiving bribes from some of the country’s (and the world’s) largest companies, including Samsung. Justin looks into what role these companies play in South Korea and the relations they have with the administration.
The Auckland Women’s Centre hosted a forum last week celebrating the mahi of Maori women. The guest speakers discussed the various impacts of colonialism, systematic racism and Western feminism on Maori women. Olivia spoke to the centre’s manager, Leonie Morris, about the centre and their role, but first she went to the forum to hear what guest speaker Leonie Pihama had to say.
The government has announced extra funding will be available to attract over 850 additional teachers yesterday. It includes the introduction of up to 230 grants of 10,000 dollars to encourage schools to employ more teaching graduates. Justin talked to Michael Cabral-Tarry, the CHairperson of the Auckland Regional Committee of the NZ Post Primary Teachers’ Association. He started by asking the current situation of teachers in New Zealand.
This week on the Monday Wire, Jemima talks with Green-Party co-leader James Shaw about rising fuel prices and legalising drug testing. Our regular segment, the Southern Cross, covers the internationally acclaimed human rights film on Paga Hill that was banned from a Papua New Guinea festival and Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, response to backlash against his purchase of 40 Maseratis. Justin reports on the Government's plan to bring teachers from overseas to solve the country's teacher shortage and asks Michael Calbral-Tarry from the NZ Post Primary Teachers' Association about this issue. Damian follows up on the Green Party's call for legal drug testing with Nathan Brown from the New Zealand Drug Foundation. Finally, Damian speaks with campaigner, Sophie Schroder, about Greenpeace launching a series of training workshops to prepare for the arrival of oil giant, OMV.
The Green Party are calling for legislation which would legalise drug testing for contents before the summer festival season begins. Producer Damian Rowe spoke to drug demand reduction manager for the NZ Drug Foundation, Nathan Brown to get NZ Drug Foundation's perspective on the move.
Today on the Southern Cross, Jemima talks to AUT Pacific Media Centre's reporter Rahul Bhattarai. Topics include, the iconic, internationally acclaimed human rights film on Paga Hill that was banned from a Papua New Guinea festival and Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, responds to backlash against his purchase of 40 Maseratis.
Marc Jacobson has been working to take the world to 100% renewable energy by 2050 which he argues can slow down climate change and reverse some of the damage. Maria Armoudian spoke to Jacobson, who is also co-founder of the Solutions Project, about his ongoing work to counter climate change.
For wire worry week we focus on cultural appropriation. The haka party incident in 1979 saw conflict come to a head with protestors confronting University of Auckland engineering students over their practice of donning grass skirts, brown face and performing fake Haka as part of capping day celebrations. The confrontation is seen as a pinnacle moment of activism causing change in our country's history but is a story not often told from the activists experience. Hone Harawira was part of the protest that day, Jenn spoke to him on the incident, what lead to it and the challenges New Zealand still faces today.