95bFM’s intrepid newsteam has your 2020 Election coverage sorted. Exploring a different policy area across all parties each week, don't miss your best chance to stay informed on the issues that matter.
This week our election topic is human issues. Bronwyn speaks to NZ First Minister Tracey Martin about the party’s tertiary policy, which involves an up front investment policy, universal living allowance, and a debt write off scheme. To begin with however, they spoke about one of the Minister's final announcements as Minister for Children - a $42 million programme aimed at intervening early intervention in families where tamariki are at risk.
For 95bFM's election coverage, Jemima Huston speaks to University of Auckland politics lecturer Dr. Lara Greaves about the Māori Electoral Roll and the Māori Seats in Parliament. Dr. Greaves explains how the Māori Roll and Seats came to be, what impact they have on Māori participation in elections and what some of the issues are with this electoral system.
Period Poverty is generally considered to be the inability to access period products due to financial barriers. One average, Kiwis who menstruate are looking at spending nearly $16,000 on period products in their lifetime. Issues regarding accessibility are exacerbated by period stigma stifling women's ability to reach out for support and hindering advocacy efforts. Aneeka speak to Dr. Terry Fleming, one of the researchers in a Youth19 survey that collected data around Period Poverty in schools and she also speak to Miranda Hitchings, co-founder of DignityNZ, an organisation dedicated towards tackling and advocating for Period Poverty.
This week in her weekly chat with the Green Party co-leader James Shaw, Zoë Larsen Cumming asks James about the minor parties leader's debate, the possibility of a Minister for Mental Health, the Wealth Tax, New Zealand's violence against women and children record, and finally his thoughts in the last week leading up to the election!
Last week womens groups in Aotearoa New Zealand reported to a UN watchdog that they were frustrated and disappointed how New Zealand has failed to make any meaningful progress on our widespread and enduring violence against women problem. To find out more, Zoë Larsen Cumming interview the School of Population Health at the University of Auckland's Dr. Debbie Hager, who spoke on behalf of the Coalition for the Safety of Women and Children.
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