Following immense backlash from the student body about proposed closures of 4 libraries that belong to the Arts faculties, it has been found that Auckland University executives have spent almost $40,000 in 4 years on eight memberships at the Northern Club. Vice Chancellor Stuart McCucheon says the memberships are worthwhile because they host functions that raise funds for the university. However, Auckland University Student Association doesn’t understand why they need expensive membership to have those kinds of meetings, and say that it's absolutely inappropriate to spend that kind of money when the university is quoting tight financial constraints as a justification for cutting libraries and entire language programs. Mary-Margaret spoke to vice-president Jessica Palaret about the student union’s thoughts.
For our weekly Greens chat, Mary-Margaret spoke to co-leader Marama Davidson. She asked about their party’s Rebeka Jaung who ran for the Northcote seat in the by-election over the weekend. They then talked about the pressing situations in prisons in Aotearoa, and legislative reform for this situation.
Sophia Graham is the Communications and Marketing Manager for the Mental Health Foundation of NZ. The Foundation has been concerned about the way suicide has been reported in the news recently, particularly following two high profile people taking their lives. Lillian Hanly spoke to Sophia regarding the issues that have come up and how broadcasters can better talk about this issue.
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The National Library of New Zealand, under an agreement with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori and Te Puni Kōkiri, is going to digitize a number of historic Māori magazines from the 1970s and 80s. National Librarian Bill Macnaught says this is one of the National Library’s contributions to the Māori Language Strategy to revitalise the Māori language. Lillian Hanly spoke with Nanaia Mahuta, minister for Māori development to find out more. She started by asking what these magazines are.
The Zero Carbon Bill from government has recently been opened to the public for consultation. On proposition excludes argiculture from reducing carbon emission targets, despite it being attributed to 49% of emissions. Producer Laura Kvigstad, spoke with Greenpeace Campaigner, Kate Simcock, AND Climate Change Spokesperson for Federated Farmers of New Zealand, Andrew Hoggard to get both sides of the story.
Heavy torrential rain caused a disastrous landslide to at a commercial forestry site with one million tonnes of wooden debris being washed downstream creating an estimated 10 million dollars worth of damage to properties and roads. Forestry Minister Shane Jones said he is "Firing Shots" at the Forestry industry and there are concerns that some forestry operators may be shut down. Amongst this aftermath, Producer, Damian Rowe spoke to the president of the New Zealand Forest Owners Association Peter Ware, to discuss outcomes and solutions towards this disaster.
Between 2001 and 2011 the number of non-profit charities increased by 25 percent. $316 billion was given away in 2012 in the United States alone. Yet inequality has grown, and nations are struggling to deal with a refugee and migration crisis. This is part of what Peter Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett and head of the NoVo Foundation, provocatively calls the “charitable-industrial complex” – and it may be perpetuating global poverty. Maria Armoudian spoke with Buffett about the charitable industrial complex and the concept of philanthropic colonialism.
Our Wire Worry Week topic is the monarchy. The Kingitanga movement arose in the 1850s to establish a role similar to the role of the British monarch and help halt alienation of Maori land. News director Lillian spoke with Huirama Matatahi, a kaitiaki at Turangawaewae marae, who focuses on connecting youth with the kingitanga movement through Te Kahui Rangatahi.