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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.
Taiwan’s local election over the weekend brought disastrous results for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party. Out of the 22 elections for the head of the local authorities, the DPP lost a half of their mayorships from 13 to 6 while the opposing Kuomintang doubled their current gain from 6 to 15. Justin looked into what contributed to the result and (spoiler alert) China contributed to a large part to it.
Predator Free New Zealand has announced as a conservation plan in July of 2016. The policy has the ambitious goal of exterminating all stoats, possums and rats from New Zealand by 2050. According to some ecologists, this policy is not only impossible but also counterproductive for conservation goals. Critics argue that the policy is technically and financially flawed, socially unaware, ecologically unscientific and ethically irresponsible. To explore some of these criticisms, Ella spoke with Wayne Linklater, associate professor at Victoria University.
It's pretty much the biggest news story of this Holiday season. A petition has been launched to try and restore the winking eye and beckoning finger of the giant Santa above Farmers on Queen Street. A few years ago, the giant Santa had it's identity threatened when his massive winking eye and subtle winking finger were forcefully removed. Thankfully, Hayden Donnell from the Spinoff has hopes that Santa will wink another wink.
Stewart Sowman-Lund had a chat with Hayden... and things got pretty weird.
This week on the Monday Wire, Jemima speaks to co-leader of the Green Party, James Shaw, about his recent trip to Scott Base in Antarctica. Ella reports for Under the Weather about extreme flash flooding and record cold temperatures. Damian speaks to Danni Wilkinson from Socialist Aotearoa about the diverse reactions to the Pride Board's ban on uniformed police at Pride Parade. Stewart talks to the Spinoff's Hayden Donnell about his petition to get Queen Street's santa restored to it's original glory with its winking eye and beckoning finger.
Experts say Yemen is the worst humanitarian crisis in modern history. Warnings from the UN say the death toll from starvation could reach 18.4 million by the end of the year. Why is this happening and what can be done? Maria Armoudian speaks with Charles Schmitz and Hammoud Salhi about the ongoing crisis in Yemen.
Radio Adelaide’s, Samantha Smith catches us up on all the latest Australian news in Neighbourhood Watch. She tells Laura Kvigstad about the rhetoric around terrorism that has sparked in Australia following the arrest of three alleged terrorists and Prime Minister, Scott Morissons recent inflamatory remarks around the muslim community. Then they speak on migration in Australia and Morisson's recent emphasis on reducing permanent migration in order to combat congestion. Finally, they talk about an Australian convicted drug smuggler, who has served her sentence in Indonesia and the media coverage surround her return to Australia.