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Oscar Perress talked to Levi Brinsdon-Hall, from For the Love of Bees, about how we can respond to IPCC's 'catastrophic' findings on a community level, discussing the localising of food production and community engagement.
The University of Auckland welcomed their new Pro Vice-Chancellor Māori on Tuesday. Professor Cindy Kiro was embraced by staff and students alike, at a very packed and cramped Waipapa marae. Originally from Whangarei of Ngāpuhi and Ngāti Hine descent, and a staunch advocate for Maori academia, Prof. Kiro is taking over from Matua Jim Peters, who has held the position since 2006. Tuwhenuaroa Natanahira went down to the marae yesterday and spoke to a few people at the pōwhiri about what the position Prof. Kiro is undertaking means to them, and what they are hopeful for in the future.
Recently a ‘homeless count’ was undertaken with the idea of providing a snapshot of the minimum number of people experiencing unsheltered and temporary homelessness at one point in time. It was called, Ira Mata, Ira Tangata: Auckland’s Homeless Count - the name recognises that each person embodies those who have come before them and those in the future. It reflects that a person is not defined by their homelessness and that people who are homeless are valued – they ‘count’. Funded by Auckland Council and implemented by the Housing First Auckland collective, it was the first time a street count has happened in NZ. Today is World Homeless Day and the findings of the count have been announced, Lillian Hanly takes us through those findings.
It's Mental Health Awareness week, and Ben is talking about stigma with a mother who lost her son. It’s Worry Week on the Wire once again and we are learning about cultural appropriation; Fashion Nova recently released a geisha inspired costume, so we are speaking to a faculty member of Auckland University’s Japanese department. In his international segment this week, we are learning about the Brazilian election. And finally, for the Green Desk this week, we chat about gene-editing and a discussion paper to get people talking.
Fashion Nova recently released a geisha inspired costume; an assembly of their version of a kimono, sash, and hair sticks. Originally, they spelt geisha incorrectly, and some reports say it was first being labelled as a "sexy" geisha costume. The University of Auckland’s senior Japanese lecturer Rumi Sakamoto joined us to discuss.
The ocean is awash with plastic. Giant patches of discarded plastic items, bottles, bags are forming in oceans like the Pacific. Plastic pieces are killing off wildlife that swallow or get choked by them. What can be done about the mounds of plastic that is killing off our ocean life? Maria Armoudian spoke with Charles Moore, founder of the ALGALITA Marine Research and Education Institute.
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.