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Laura Kvigstad is a student at the University of Auckland, and fell in love with journalism in her second year of studying. She was born in Taupo but raised in Canada (hence the accent) and every New Years she takes a road trip to discover a new spot. Laura enjoys a good political debate and hearing various perspectives people have on the world.
Hit & Run co-author Nicky Hager published in North & South on Monday a new lengthy investigation into the New Zealand Defence Force. The article mentions serious allegations of war crime cover-up, sexual abuse, and a culture of drinking devatating for soldier's mental health and the security of their loved ones.
This interview covers the allegations, as well as Hager's fight for transparency, and the consequences of the further deployement of NZ troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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.