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Tongan Democracy: Finding Consensus and Overcoming Roadblocks in the Path to a New Tongan Style of Democracy

Tongan Democracy: Finding Consensus and Overcoming Roadblocks in the Path to a New Tongan Style of Democracy Tongan Democracy: Finding Consensus and Overcoming Roadblocks in the Path to a New Tongan Style of Democracy, 22.8 MB
Fri 3 Nov 2017

Producer Conor spoke with Professor Malakai Koloamatangi, from Massey University, about last weeks symposium in Tonga, and the future of democracy building in the pacific kingdom. 

The Bryce is right: Labour's housing ban

The Bryce is right: Labour's housing ban The Bryce is right: Labour's housing ban , 22.97 MB
Thu 2 Nov 2017

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.

 

Ports of Auckland: Whats next?

Ports of Auckland: Whats next? Ports of Auckland: Whats next?, 12.03 MB
Thu 2 Nov 2017

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.

 

"We're not like China" - Geoff Simmons on Labour's Housing Policy

"We're not like China" - Geoff Simmons on Labour's Housing Policy "We're not like China" - Geoff Simmons on Labour's Housing Policy, 5.94 MB
Thu 2 Nov 2017

Lachlan spoke with The Opportunities Party Co-Deputy Leader Geoff Simmons about Labour's latest housing policy announcement on banning foreign buyers and they also discuss the future of TOP.

Labour's cannabis reefer-endum

Labour's cannabis reefer-endum Labour's cannabis reefer-endum, 12.39 MB
Thu 2 Nov 2017

Lachlan spoke with Ross Bell from the New Zealand Drug Foundation about Labour's promised referendum on the legalisation of cannabis and drug policy in Aotearoa more generally.

The Wire with Harry: Thursday 2nd November

The Wire with Harry: Thursday 2nd November The Wire with Harry: Thursday 2nd November, 101.42 MB
Thu 2 Nov 2017

On this week's Wire, we talk to Bryce Edwards and Geoff Simmonds about the new government's plans for foreign house-buyers.

Lachlan speaks to director of the NZ Drug Foundation Ross Bell, about the new government's referendum on Marijuana decriminalisation.

Harry talks to the CEO of the Ports of Auckland, Tony Gibson, about their 30 year plan for Auckland's waterfront.

Auckland University's Dr Stephen Hoadley makes his first appearance on State of the States to talk about the latest from America.

Finally we have This Day in History, which takes us back to 1917 and the Balfour Declaration.

 

 

Continuing the Conversation on Sexual Assault and Abuse

Tina Ngata Tina Ngata, 20.91 MB
Wed 1 Nov 2017

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.

Manus Island asylum seekers dig in at detention camp

Manus Island asylum seekers dig in at detention camp.mp3 mp3, 20.91 MB
Wed 1 Nov 2017

Yesterday, the Australian run detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, was shut down after PNG's supreme court ruled its existence unconstitutional.

Around 600 asylum seekers are determined to stay in the detention centre, due to fears of violence by locals and police.

There are reports of the refugees filling rubbish bins with rainwater, due to the water supply being cut-off and reports of locals looting the camp.

Producer Reuben McLaren spoke to Amnesty Internatonal's Kate Schuetze, who is currently on Manus Island, to find out more.

More than 3 million displaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo

More than 3 million displaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo More than 3 million displaced in the Democratic Republic of Congo, 8.56 MB
Wed 1 Nov 2017

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.

The Wire with Lillian: Wednesday 1st November

Wednesday Wire Wednesday Wire, 101.63 MB
Wed 1 Nov 2017

On today's wire we hear about the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Alan Blackman joins us again and explains thermonuclear bombs, gene editing, and the possible correlation between sex and weed smoking.

NZ First's Tracey Martin talks to us for the last time in the forseeable future about the new coalition government and some of the new policies that have been announced.

Finally we hear from Amnesty International who are on the Manus Island detention centre that was closed yesterday.