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Neutral corner: 18th October, 2019

Neutral corner: 18th October, 2019 Neutral corner: 18th October, 2019, 13.97 MB
Fri 18 Oct 2019

Neutral corner for this week looks at media coverage of the ongoing debate about impeaching US President Donald Trump for allegedly leaning on the Ukrainian government for damaging information about possible Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

The National Party with Denise Lee: 18th of October, 2019

The National Party with Denise Lee: 18th of October, 2019 The National Party with Denise Lee: 18th of October, 2019, 36.71 MB
Fri 18 Oct 2019

Denise Lee joins Laura Kvigstad for their weekly chat. This week they discuss the Terrorism Suppression Bill and the National Party's controversial amendments to the bill that were rejected quickly by government. After that, they touch on Simon Bridges questions being slashed by Speak of The House, Trevor Mallard. This follows the National Party's refusal to remove ads that have been deemed misleading to the public. The Labour Party has also been argued this has breached the 1993 Electoral Act's section 3A, as parties are not permitted to use parliamentary video for election advertisements. Laura and Denise finish up by discussing the recent case of a repeat drunk driving offender being granted residency. The National Party expressed concerns around the decision however it was National MP Michael Woodhouse who granted the individual protected person status back in 2012. Denise says a repeat offender shouldn't have been granted residency as the individual poses a threat to the public's safety. 

Kiwisaver for houses: 18th October, 2019

Kiwisaver for houses: 18th October, 2019 Kiwisaver for houses: 18th October, 2019, 10.66 MB
Fri 18 Oct 2019

With calls for Kiwisaver to be extended to investment properties, Interim Retirement Commissioner Peter Cordtz speaks to Jack about what they think of the idea.

The Wire with Laura: 18th of October, 2019

The Wire with Laura: 18th of October, 2019 The Wire with Laura: 18th of October, 2019, 105.95 MB
Fri 18 Oct 2019

On this weeks Friday Wire:

The National Party’s, Denise Lee, joins Laura Kvigstad where they discuss the Terrorism Suppression Bill and the National Party's controversial amendments to the bill that were rejected quickly by government. Then, they chat about Simon Bridges questions being slashed for question time by Speak of The House, Trevor Mallard. They finish off by discussing the recent case of a repeat drunk driving offender being granted residency. The National Party expressed concerns around the decision however it was National MP Michael Woodhouse who granted the individual protected person status back in 2012.

After that, The Mental Health Foundation’s Shaun Robinson joins Laura to discuss the recent decision to implement a new mental health facility in the Waikato by the government. 

Then, Jack Marshal speaks to Peter Courts, the Interim Retirement Commissioner about the proposal to allow KiwiSaver withdrawals for investment property

Then, Rachel Simpson speaks to  Disability Minister Carmel Sepuloni talking about increased funding for people with disabilities.

And Finally, in the latest segment of Neutral Corner, Benjamin J Goldson takes a look at the media coverage around the most recent claims of an impending impeachment of US President, Donald Trump. 

Mental Health Spending with Shaun Robinson: 18th of October, 2019

Mental Health Spending with Shaun Robinson: 18th of October, 2019 Mental Health Spending with Shaun Robinson: 18th of October, 2019, 7.37 MB
Fri 18 Oct 2019

On Thursday the 17th of October, the government announced a new mental health facility in the Waikato. The $100 million project is set to replace the aging Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre which David Clark says is no longer fit for purpose. The Mental Health Foundations Chief Executive, Shaun Robinson joins Laura Kvigstad to discuss why placing funding on infrastructure is important in addressing Aotearoa's mental health crisis. 

The Wire with Stewart: October 17, 2019

The Wire with Stewart: October 17, 2019 The Wire with Stewart: October 17, 2019, 103.69 MB
Thu 17 Oct 2019

Stewart's back and it's a Wire for the history books, with two producers in studio at the same time! Mary-Margaret and Justin are back this week.

On the show:

  • With the news that Mediaworks has made some pretty major cuts to comedy and reality TV shows, Stewart Sowman-Lund speaks to journalist Philip Matthews. He’s the co-author of Funny As, a book about the history of Kiwi Comedy. Stewart gets his thoughts on what the cuts and cancellations to comedy programming might mean for the future of the industry.
  • Then, Labour Party MP and Justice Minister Andrew Little is here. Today, he talks about last week’s polling and a new counter terrorism bill
  • After that, Mary-Margaret learns about zero waste packaging with K Rd vintage shop, Crushes, who have just installed their latest initiative
  • Plus, producer Sherry asks Education Minister Chris Hipkins about amendments made to Pastoral Care laws for students in Halls of Residences
  • Then, International Desk is back - Justin delves into some history on the Turkey offensive into Syria.

All that plus a chaotic Poll Position and some texts from our listeners. It's The Thursday Wire and it's wired as.

Funny as? Philip Matthews on comedy cutbacks at Mediaworks: October 17, 2019

Funny as? Philip Matthews on comedy cutbacks at Mediaworks: October 17, 2019 Funny as? Philip Matthews on comedy cutbacks at Mediaworks: October 17, 2019, 7.65 MB
Thu 17 Oct 2019

Mediaworks, the owners of TV Three, confirmed yesterday they’ve cancelled Guy Williams’ new comedy show New Zealand Today, and made major cutbacks to long-running panel show 7 Days. It’s also expected we’ve seen the end of Married at First Sight - meaning there’s not a lot of new programming expected for Three in the new year. So what happens now? Stewart Sowman-Lund spoke to journalist Philip Matthews, co-author of the book Funny As, and started by asking him if these cutbacks were a surprise.

 

Justin's International Desk: October 17, 2019

Justin's International Desk: October 17, 2019 Justin's International Desk: October 17, 2019, 13.52 MB
Thu 17 Oct 2019

Justin talks about the historical context of the Turkish offensive into Syria, between the Kurds and the Turkish.

'Blood phosphate' from Western Sahara - Part II full I/V w/ Warwick Catto of Ballance Agri-Nutrients: October 16, 2019

'Blood phosphate' from Western Sahara - Part II full I/V w/ Warwick Catto of Ballance Agri-Nutrients: October 16, 2019 'Blood phosphate' from Western Sahara - Part II full I/V w/ Warwick Catto of Ballance Agri-Nutrients: October 16, 2019, 35.93 MB
Wed 16 Oct 2019

Phosphate. Fertiliser. Farming. Western Sahara. Morocco. And New Zealand. What is it that brings these things together? 

Last week we played an interview with Saharawi resistance spokesperson Tecber Ahmed Saleh. Tecber was in New Zealand the past two weeks touring the country to try and educate people on her country’s situation. Tecber was born in one of the longest-standing refugee camps in the Western Sahara, formed after Tecber's country was occupied by Morocco in the 1970s and the Saharawi people were forced into the desert. Currently, the issue of governance is going through the United Nations - but this has taken years and is not yet resolved. Since 1991, there has been a UN-administered ceasefire that stopped the fighting between the Algerian-backed Polisario Front and the Moroccan government over who should govern the area known as Western Sahara. There is a referendum pending here that the Sahrawis people are waiting on. In fact, the NZ Council of Trade Unions called on the United Nations on Tuesday this week to organise, without further delays, a self-determination referendum for the people of Western Sahara. Furthermore, it called on New Zealand companies to “halt imports of phosphates from the occupied areas of Western Sahara until the legal status of the Territory is determined and the Saharawi people are allowed to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination in accordance with relevant UN resolutions and Peace Plan of 1991.”

While in New Zealand, Tecber spoke with Lillian Hanly about the desperate situation in the refugee camps in the mean time and the link to the New Zealand companies who import phosphate partly extracted from the Western Sahara, through Morocco. If you want to hear this full interview check it out in the bCasts. But back to phosphate. 

Ballance Agri-Nutrients and Ravensdown are two companies in New Zealand that provide fertiliser to the country’s farmers. Part of the ingredients required to make the fertiliser Ballance-Agri Nutrients and Ravensdown provide is phosphate. Tecber indicated that these two companies are two of the last companies, and therefore New Zealand is the last country external to Morocco that continue to trade with Morocco despite the governing dispute. After having spoken to Tecber Lillian contacted both Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients to find out more.  

Ravendsown responded with a written statement and more information, Lillian is following up with them on whether they can do an interview and that information will be covered next week. Their position is ultimately that they are in compliance with the UN framework around dealing with non-self governing territories, they say they are acting legally.

Ballance Agri-Nutrients also responded and Lillian conducted an interview with them. Warwick Catto is the Science Strategy Manager at Ballance Agri-Nutrients, a farmer owned cooperative that alongside Ravensdown provide fertiliser products. Part of Warwick’s role as Science Strategy Manager means he is involved in discussions around the Zero Carbon Bill and freshwater policies in order to ensure the company itself is complying with these new legislations, as well as looking to the future and innovative ways of reducing their carbon footprint for example. Warwick told Lillian that phosphate is one of 14 essential elements that living things use, calcium phosphate for example helps to make bones and teeth. Fertiliser products are necessary in any kind of farming to replace the nutrients and minerals (or the phosphate and sulphur) that are essentially eaten or consumed by animals and plants. Particularly in New Zealand Warwick said, these nutrients are lacking in the soil, and thus the importation of these nutrients and the replacement of the nutrients in soil is necessary. Here, a product called SuperPhosphate is used because the plants need phosphate and sulfur. Lillian had quite a lengthy conversation with Warwick about the situation in Western Sahara, but they also spoke about phosphate, New Zealand’s pastoral farming system, which is fairly distinctive in regards to the rest of the world, and about different methods of farming as well as finite resources and the obligation of finding alternatives - especially given phosphate is one of those finite resources. This is the full interview.

 

Photo credit: Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Skycity fair pay discrepancies w/ Joe Carolan: October 16, 2019

Skycity fair pay discrepancies w/ Joe Carolan: October 16, 2019 Skycity fair pay discrepancies w/ Joe Carolan: October 16, 2019 , 14.09 MB
Wed 16 Oct 2019

Skycity Chairman Rob Cambell is currently attending a “Wellbeing at Work” conference to talk with heads of business about the importance of fair and transparent practices for pay, performance management and promotion. Meanwhile outside the conference, Skycity workers will be picketing his talk over unfair wages for long and unsociable hours. Workers have gone on strike for the past month over not receiving time and a half pay for working late and on weekends. SEA-Unite Skycity Union Convenor Joe Carolan highlighted the two and a half thousand dollar entry fee to the conference, stating that “it's pretty safe to say there won’t be any low paid workers views expressed inside.” William Boyd spoke with Joe about the protest and workers pay troubles. Will started off by asking him why workers were picketing the conference.