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Living Wage Increase for Teacher Aides, Support Staff: 2nd of December, 2019

Living Wage Increase for Teacher Aides, Support Staff: 2nd of December, 2019 Living Wage Increase for Teacher Aides, Support Staff: 2nd of December, 2019, 5.75 MB
Mon 2 Dec 2019

Deb Rawson discusses the new offer from the Ministry of Education to pay teacher aids and support workers the Living Wage. Currently, around 90% of workers are paid below the Living Wage, as reported by the NZEI. Union members of the NZEI will vote on whether to accept the offer next Monday.

Funding Boost for New Zealand Schools: Monday the 2nd of December, 2019

Funding Boost for New Zealand Schools: Monday the 2nd of December, 2019 Funding Boost for New Zealand Schools: Monday the 2nd of December, 2019, 21.32 MB
Mon 2 Dec 2019

It was announced over the weekend that a new government investment of four hundred million dollars into schools for property upgrades & maintenance & this would go into effect as of tomorrow.

The announcement was made by the Prime Minister Jacinda Adern during the closing moments of her speech at the Labour Party’s annual conference in Wanganui on Sunday. 

Two thousand & fifty schools will be eligible to receive a minimum of $50,000 with a maximum of $400,000, depending on roll size. 

That’s six hundred & ninety three dollars per student! The one-off cash injection is the biggest investment in school maintenance in at least 25 years. To talk further about this investment is Education Minister Chris Hipkins who spoke to me this morning about the governments school infrastructure plan in full.

Then, to talk further through the initiative & the investment, Louis spoke with Lynda Stuart, president of the New Zealand Educational Institution - an organisation who are employers, as well as the union representing all teachers, who lead and advocate for quality public education. Here is Lynda Stuart with N.Z.E.I.’s response.

 

The wire with Sherry: December 2nd, 2019

The wire with Sherry: December 2nd, 2019 The wire with Sherry: December 2nd, 2019, 102.09 MB
Mon 2 Dec 2019

On Monday wire, we have our weekly chat with Green party Co-leader James Shaw on the Landfill Levy and Suicide prevention office. Louis speaks to Education Minister Chris Hipkins and NZEI president on the $400 mil increase to school infrastructure. Deb reports on the living wage increase for teacher aids and support staff. 

 

The Big Q: Is Google dangerous? December 2, 2019

The Big Q: Is Google dangerous? December 2, 2019 The Big Q: Is Google dangerous? December 2, 2019, 9.28 MB
Mon 2 Dec 2019

How has internet titan Google changed our knowledge, our politics, and our lives over the last two decades? Siva Vaidhyanathan, media studies professor at the University of Virginia and author of “The Googlization of Everything — and Why We Should Worry”, argues that Google affects the information we gather, jeopardises our personal privacy, and hinders public projects. Vaidhyanathan spoke to Maria Armoudian about the impact of Google.

The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org 

Neutral corner: 29th November, 2019

Neutral corner: 29th November, 2019 Neutral corner: 29th November, 2019, 13.65 MB
Fri 29 Nov 2019

Neutral corner for this week is comparing the contrasting coverage given by Voice of America and Press TV to ongoing protests in Iraq.

I/V w/ Ngarino Ellis on the Dresden Art Heist: November 29, 2019

I/V w/ Ngarino Ellis on the Dresden Art Heist: November 29, 2019 I/V w/ Ngarino Ellis on the Dresden Art Heist: November 29, 2019, 8.88 MB
Fri 29 Nov 2019

The recent heist at the Green Vault within the Dresden Castle in Germany has been speculated to be one of the largest art heists in history. City officials and experts consider the loss to be "priceless" and a "cultural loss", while the media considers the Baroque-era jewellery that was stolen to be worth one billion dollars.

The entire heist took about five minutes in total, and it may be possible that the jewels are already melted down or have been sold on the black market.

Rachel Simpson spoke to Dr Ngarino Ellis from the University of Auckland's art history department. Dr Ellis has a history in the law profession and is a member of the Art Crime Research Trust. Rachel and Dr Ellis spoke about the nature of art crime, why stealing art has historically been an assertion of power, and how exactly the Dresden thieves might have done it.

The Wire with Laura: 29th of November, 2019

The Wire with Laura: 29th of November, 2019 The Wire with Laura: 29th of November, 2019, 101.83 MB
Fri 29 Nov 2019

On this week's Friday Wire...

The National Party’s, Denise Lee joins Laura Kvigstad to chat about the National Party advocating for an elite police force to target gangs. After that, they chat about Andrew Little's announcement to restore voting rights to former convicts who served three years or less in prison. Finally, they chat about the National's latest Palmerston North MP candidate, a 17-year-old youth MP, William Woods. If elected woods would be the youngest MP by three years. 

After that, Laura speaks with Emmy Rakete from People Against Prisons Aotearoa about the recent report from the Independent Police Conduct Authority that ruled it was justifiable for police to shoot an armed man 12 times and why People Against Prisons Aotearoa believes the facts don’t support that conclusion.  

Then, Rachel Simpson speaks with Dr. Ngarino Ellis from the University of Auckland's Art History Department about the most recent and the largest art heist in history at the Green Vault in Dresden Castle.

And Finally, Ben Goldson gives us a segment of neutral corner as he covers the recent protests in Iraq. 

Was Jerrim Toms' Death Justified with Emilie Rakete: 29th of November, 2019

Was Jerrim Toms' Death Justified with Emilie Rakete: 29th of November, 2019 Was Jerrim Toms' Death Justified with Emilie Rakete: 29th of November, 2019, 7.58 MB
Fri 29 Nov 2019

Emillie Rakete from People Against Prisons Aotearoa joins producer Laura Kvigstad about the recent report from the Independent Police Conduct Authority that ruled it was justifiable for police to shoot an armed man 12 times. Rakete goes on to explain why PAPA believes the evidence does not stack up to the conclusion. 

Justin's International Desk: 28th November 2019

Justin's International Desk: 28th November 2019 Justin's International Desk: 28th November 2019, 8.98 MB
Thu 28 Nov 2019

Justin talks about the protests in Haiti against President Jovenel Moise and the role the US could play in the crisis.

Breaking Hong Kong news with Justin: 28th November 2019

Breaking Hong Kong news with Justin: 28th November 2019 Breaking Hong Kong news with Justin: 28th November 2019, 2.22 MB
Thu 28 Nov 2019

US President Donald Trump has signed the Hong Kong Democracy and Human Rights Act and Justin gives his reactions.