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Kelly Enright is an AUT Communications student, with a flair for investigative journalism and social justice. She lived in Melbourne for 2 years, occasionally packing her backpack for a few months at a time to venture further north of the equator. Kelly loves chatting with people over black coffee and eating peanut butter from the jar.
On today's Wire we talk to Green MP Chloe Swarbick about her medicinal cannabis bill, Children's Comissioner Andrew Becroft about reports of racism in the education system and Labour MP Andrew Little about his agenda as the new Justice Minister. Finally there's This Day in History, which takes us back to 1968 for the official launch of Richard Nixon's campaign for president in 1968
Yesterday, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the Schools Trustee Association announced that the report on a survey of children reflected a theme of racism in New Zealand schools. Jemima talked to the Children’s Commissioner, Andrew Becroft, about the survey’s themes and what it means for the future development of education. As well as quickly discussing the government’s new Child Poverty Reduction Bill and the recent announcement of the Royal Commision inquiry into abuse in state care.
Last night, the Geen’s medicinal cannabis bill, presented by Chloe Swarbrick, was voted down in its first reading by 73 votes to 47. The bill went further than the government’s medicinal cannabis bill by allowing those with doctors permission to grow their own cannabis. Despite National saying some MPs would be allowed a conscience vote, all National MPs ended up voting against the bill, along with the entirety of NZ First. Lachlan spoke with Chloe about the bill, first asking her how she was feeling after the bill was voted down.
In December it was reported by Child Poverty Action Group that ethical lending schemes should be a model for adoption nationwide. They referenced Ngā Tangata Microfinance, a not for profit organisation designed as an alternative to the more merciless loan shark type models of lending companies.
Loan sharks often force families into an endless cycle of debt. Ngā Tangata Microfinance on the other hand provide no-interest loans to qualifying clients for family well-being and relief from high interest debt. A report from the organisation says this type of loan has improved people’s well being and reduced stress. It is estimated the loans have saved recipients collectively over a million dollars in interest and other charges. Lillian Hanly speaks with Robert Choy, the Executive Officer of the organisation.
Producer Will speaks to Mike O'Brien from Child Poverty Action Group about labours new child poverty reduction bill. O'Brien discusses the challenges of reducing child poverty, looks at the future of tackling such a large issue and responds to some backlash against the new bill
More than a million New Zealanders are affected by some sort of disability, and for those Kiwis, leading a normal daily life can be a struggle. Work, transports, or technologies can become major obstacles to overcome. Which is why Access Alliance, a gathering of twelve disabled people’s organisations, is calling on party leaders to support the creation of an Accessibility Act, via an open letter which will be handed to disability Minister Carmel Sepuloni on February 1st.
Producer Lisa Boudet asked Aine Kelly-Costello, a New Zealand paralympian, and member of the Access Alliance, to tell us a bit more about the Accessibility Act.