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Professor John Hewson is an economic and financial expert with experience in academia, business, government, media and the financial system. He has worked as an economist for the Australian Treasury, the Reserve Bank, the International Monetary Fund and as an advisor to two successive Federal Treasurers and the Prime Minister. He is the former Leader of the Federal Opposition in Australia. In February 2014, Professor Hewson joined the Australian National University as Professor and Chair of the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute.
Harry spoke with Hewson ahead of his speech at the University of Auckland on "The overlapping economic challenges and geo-political changes and tensions make the global economic scene riskier and more unpredictable than at any time since the late 1960s". They also took time to chat about NZ's economic place in the world, and the potential implications of the TPPA for this part of the world.
Lachlan spoke with Shadow Leader of the House Simon Bridges about the confusion over the election of Trevor Mallard to speaker. He also spoke with Dr Stephen Winter from the University of Auckland about the role of select committees and what significance the increase in seats from 96 to 108 will have.
Today on the show we are joined by National MP Simon Bridges who talks us through all the drama at the opening of our 52nd Government. Lachlan speaks with Steven Winter from Auckland University Politics Department on the week’s events in the house. We are then joined by Dr Liam Martin from the school of cultural and social studies at the University of Victoria, talking about the developments at Waikeria Prison, and Harry speaks with Professor John Hewson on his thoughts that the current global political economic scene is riskier and more unpredictable than any other time since the late 1960s, ahead of his speech at the University of Auckland tomorrow night. Finaly Ben takes us back to this day in history in 1989 when the Berlin Wall met its demise.
Lachlan spoke with Dr Liam Martin from the Victoria university of Wellington about the proposed "mega prison" that will possibly start construction next year in Waikato. They also discussed the state of prisons in Aotearoa more generally, and why we have such a large prison population.
We have Tracey for another week! Tracey is currently in the state opening of parliament I believe but I spoke with her earlier this morning and we talked about the incident in parliament yesterday, and what NZ First is thinking about the TPPA-11
The Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki, is facing a funding shortage which may see it cutting opening hours or staff next year if the shortfall is not met.
The award winning gallery is currently open every day except for Christmas and attracts around 550,000 visitors annually.
The gallery’s Auckland Council funding has been cut from $12 million in 2012 to $6.9 million annually. Arts patron Dame Jenny Gibbs has called the current grant a disgrace and completely unsustainable.
Reuben McLaren spoke to Chris Brooks, the CEO of Regional Facilities Auckland, of which the Auckland Art Gallery is a division.
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has fired his successor as the country remains in economic turmoil. Reporter Conor Knell speaks with Roland Henwood, a political commentator from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
Surf Life Saving Northern Region is raising concerns about their capacity to continue providing the service that they do. Matt Williams is the Chief Executive of the organisation and is saying that the service is running like a small business, which is not sustainable. They are hoping central government will get involved. Lillian Hanly spoke with Matt about the issues they are facing.
AUT Pacific Media Centres Kendall Hutt stopped by the studio to discuss COP23 negiations and what impact they have in the Pacific, Tongas political Monarchy vs Parliment situation and also the outcome of elections which took place in the Solomon Islands.
This week on Neighbourhood Watch with Nicole Wedding from Radio Adelaide:
The YES campign has won the same sex marriage postal vote, and bills are now being brought into Parliament for discussions. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is asking New Zealand to back off from the Manus Island crisis and spend the proposed humanitarian money elsewhere. And finally, new technology is being tested in Brisbane for a mobile parcel carrying robot.
Today on Neighbourhood Watch with Nicole Wedding from Radio Adelaide we talk about the increasing humanitarian crisis on Manus Island, the eccentric MP Bob Katter and why the Australian Government is bypassing sitting week.
We chat with Jami-Lee Ross from National on the proposed regional fuel tax that Labour plans to legislate next year in Auckland. He also talks to Kelly about the parliamentary prayer and why National believes there should have been more dialogue around the changes.
On todays Dear Science segment, AUT's very own Allan Blackman joins us to talk about how having a canine companion may make us happier. We get into the nitty gritty of recent studies claiming to have performed head transplants on humans (SPOILER ALERT: They are already dead). And finally we talk about how Chuck Norris is sueing the big pharma companies behind gadolinium, a contrasting agent for MRI scans after he claims it effected his wifes health.
Joel had a conversation with James Shaw about his experience at the COP23 talks and what he thinks New Zealand needs to do to reach carbon neutral goals. They also talked about why The Green Party is currently refusing to comment on the situation on Manus Island, despite being extremely vocal about it in the past.
National Party MP Erica Stanford chats to Kelly about her maiden speech and the plans she has for her new constituency, East Coast Bays. They discuss the contentious topics of extending paid parental leave and the addition of GST to online purchases.
Professor Alan Blackman joins us again this Wednesday to discuss a new sunscreen harnessing the power of DNA; the effectiveness of baking soda as a pesticide detergent and a case of scientific disagreement that lead to court.