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Cubans vote for a new Constitution: February 26th, 2019

Cubans vote for a new Constitution: February 26th, 2019 Cubans vote for a new Constitution: February 26th, 2019, 4.24 MB
Tue 26 Feb 2019

Cubans were invited to vote on a new Constitution, the first since 1976.

While heavy support for the text, which enshrines communism despite offering a few liberal reforms, is to be expected, the almost year-long campaign has given a voice to dissidents, and shown Cubans are not as united as they used to be. 

At the time of the recording, the results had not come in. Official results show that 86% of the voters have supported the new Constitution. 

 

Report on Health and Housing: February 26, 2019

Report on Health and Housing: February 26, 2019 Report on Health and Housing: February 26, 2019, 9.91 MB
Tue 26 Feb 2019

Lisa Boudet brings us an overview of the Healthy Homes Standards released by the government this week, and a report on the financial cost of poor housing conditions in New Zealand. Mayor Phil Goff chatted about these issues with Mikey on Breakfast the same morning, so this audio is included, as well as a brief interview with Dr Lynn Riggs who co-authored the research.

The Wire with Lisa: Tuesday February 26th, 2019

The Wire with Lisa: Tuesday February 26th, 2019 The Wire with Lisa: Tuesday February 26th, 2019, 108.86 MB
Tue 26 Feb 2019

To start the show off, we have a quick recap on Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s speech to the business community this morning at Eden Park

Then we discuss poor housing conditions through the lense of the government's recent announcement of a plan and a schedule for healthier homes, and the coincidental release of a report on the cost of unhealthy dwellings.

Lillian Hanly talks to our correspondent in Europe, Mary-Margaret Slack about the latest Brexit developments.

We keep it international and we head to Cuba for a report on this weekend’s vote on a new Constitution for the island.

On the Green Desk this week: Mitchell talks to Puna Wano-Bryant about the recently formed role of Kaitiaki Whenua Ranger under Te Kahui o Taranaki

Europe Correspondence w/ Mary-Margaret Slack: February 26th, 2019

Europe Correspondence w/ Mary-Margaret Slack: February 26th, 2019 Europe Correspondence w/ Mary-Margaret Slack: February 26th, 2019, 8.99 MB
Tue 26 Feb 2019

This week, Lillian Hanly speaks to Mary-Margaret Slack about the latest developments on Brexit, which ironically seem much similar to the latest developments last month. They touch on Prime Minister Theresa May’s hope for a winning vote on the same withdrawal agreement she has previously laid out, the EU’s suggestion of a a 2021 Brexit and Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s relenting to consider a second referendum on Brexit itself.

 

The Big Q: How does our unconscious mind alter political outcomes? February 25, 2019

The Big Q: How does our unconscious mind alter political outcomes? February 25, 2019 The Big Q: How does our unconscious mind alter political outcomes? February 25, 2019, 19.1 MB
Mon 25 Feb 2019

Scientists are finding more and more evidence that human behaviour is not rational, not conscious, and maybe completely programmed without our rational thinking. How does the unconscious mind and biological predispositions effect political outcomes and prejudice biases? Maria Armoudian speaks with Guillermo Jiménez and Shankar Vedantam.


The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org
 

Cracking down on human rights organisations: February 25, 2019

Cracking down on human rights organisations: February 25, 2019 Cracking down on human rights organisations: February 25, 2019, 15.21 MB
Mon 25 Feb 2019

Amnesty International has released a new report that shows a worrying increase in legislation targeting human rights groups, impacting on their ability to carry out their work. Lachlan spoke with Tony Blackett, Executive Director of Amnesty International New Zealand, about the report.

Regulating rentals - do they go far enough? February 25, 2019

Regulating rentals - do they go far enough? February 25, 2019 Regulating rentals - do they go far enough? February 25, 2019, 19.9 MB
Mon 25 Feb 2019

The Government has announced new regulations for rental homes. They go further than the changes implemented by the previous government which largely relied on self reporting from tenants.  Lachlan spoke to Sam Archer from the New Zealand Green Building council about the changes

Don't Swim with Loan Sharks w/ Ngā Tangata Microfinance: February 25, 2019

Don't Swim with Loan Sharks w/ Ngā Tangata Microfinance: February 25, 2019 Don't Swim with Loan Sharks w/ Ngā Tangata Microfinance: February 25, 2019, 20.92 MB
Mon 25 Feb 2019

Ngā Tangata Microfinance is an organisation that offers no interest and no fee small loans to New Zealanders with a vision to build a more equitable society for people on low incomes. Jemima spoke to Executive Officer of Ngā Tangata Microfinance about unsafe credit can cost more for people than money itself. Robert explains that no interest loans greatly improve client's well being and make a huge difference to how they spend their money. 

The Wire with Jemima: February 25, 2019

The Wire with Jemima: February 25, 2019 The Wire with Jemima: February 25, 2019, 99.76 MB
Mon 25 Feb 2019

This week on the Monday Wire, Jemima speaks to Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson about the new healthy homes minimum standards announced by the government as well as the National Party's new environment policy. Lachlan talks to Sam Archer from the New Zealand Green Building Council about their thoughts on the new minimum standards for rental homes. Jemima discusses high interest loans and unsafe credit with Robert Choy from Ngā Tangata Microfinance. Lachlan speaks to Tony Blackett from Amnesty International New Zealand about the global crackdown on human rights organisations. 

The Wire with Laura: February 22nd, 2019

The Wire with Laura: February 22nd, 2019 The Wire with Laura: February 22nd, 2019, 97.94 MB
Fri 22 Feb 2019