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Joel Thomas is an Auckland based writer and photographer with a Bachelor's degree majoring in Writing for Screen. When he's not at bFM, Joel is working on various scripts, writing articles and reviews for NZ Musician magazine, photographing for outfits such as Vice and making music with his band No Sky.
The new Labour-led coalition government is making moves. The govt announced Tuesday plans to amend the Overseas Investment Act (OIA) to classify residential housing as "sensitive", which will effectively ban non-resident foreigners from buying existing homes without breaching major trade agreements. The government are moving as quickly as possible, the ban should come into effect early next year, and It’s a well timed political move coinciding with the potential of Labour signing a TPP agreement late next year.
Not all are impressed with the moves. Criticism if rife of it’s effectiveness to fix the housing crisis. Mike Hosking has said its the move to make to make everyone think youre doing something. But is ths the case?
I spoke earlier with Political commentator Bryce Edwards to analyse what the ban means for Labour and this government.
The news has come that Auckland City council are to kickstart a project that will see the Ports of Auckland moved. Many might rejoice at this idea, the eye sore of Auckland’s waterfront will finally be removed, and the land can be redeveloped to beautiful green pastures.
These dreams may not become a reality any time soon. The ports of Auckland have preemptively released their 30 year plan, highlighting existing and future projects that will see Auckland’s waterfront transformed in the meantime.
I spoke with Ports of Auckland CEO Tony Gibson to find out what Aucklanders can expect from their port over the next 30 years.
Tina Ngata of Ngati Porou is an indigenous and environmental rights advocate. Recently she posted an open letter to Jason Momoa regarding his apology for the joke about rape he made at a Game of Thrones press event in light of the MeToo campaign. Ngata welcomes his apology, but critiques they way statements like these attempt to shut a conversation down, and the way others continue to shut the conversation down once people have apologised instead of continuing to the point where these issues are put on the table and people are made uncomfortable and held accountable for these issues. So Lillian Hanly and Tina had a conversation about it. They also bring the discussions back home to discuss Once Were Warriors and the new film in cinemas called Waru that deals with child abuse.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo has seen more than 3 million people displaced from their home amidst growing violence in Kasai Province.
The UN High Commissioner For Refugees said that over 400,000 have been displaced in the last three months alone and that the unrest and violence caused by the ongoing ethno-political conflict could cause that number to rise dramatically.
bFM's Conor Knell spoke to Robert Patman about the crisis.