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.
As part of 95bfm's election coverage on the environment, Hanna speaks to Oxfam New Zealand Campaign Lead Alex Johnston about New Zealand's emissions targets. A report from the organisation found the targets were well below what was necessary to limit warming to 1.5 degrees celsius under the Paris Agreement. The interview disucsses this discrepancy, its global dimensions, and whether climate policy is being approached with the urgency it deserves.
For 95bFM's election coverage this year, Jemima Huston speaks to Māori Party co-leader John Tamihere about the environmental policy issues. They discuss why environmental policy is so important to consider.
Aneeka brings us a report on the Department of Conservation's, Jobs for Nature Programme. Within the $1.3bn being invested in environmental work under the government's Covid-19 recovery plan, $200m is going towards this programme which will hopefully cement conservation efforts in Aotearoa as stimulate jobs for a growing number of Kiwis in struggling industries.
As part of this week's election coverage, Bronwyn speaks to NZ First Minster Tracey Martin about the two referenda. In particular, whether a referendum is appropriate for an issue such as assisted dying, and what happens if the recreational cannabis legislation doesn't pass.
The End of Life Choice Bill has some pretty strict eligibility requirements regarding the type of illness, physical capability, unbearable suffering and ability to make an informed decision. Despite this, campaign group 'Votesafe' believe there are not enough legal safeguards on the Bill. Bronwyn speaks to Catherine Marks, the lawyer behind the Lecretia Seales case, who fact-checks the accuracy of some of Votesafe’s concerns.
For 95bFM's election coverage this year, Jemima Huston speaks to Māori Party co-leader John Tamihere about the referendums. They discuss what position the Party will be taking on the Cannabis Referendum and the End of Life Choice Referendum.
The End of Life Choice Referendum is a public vote on whether assisted dying under the End of Life Choice Act 2019 should become part of the law in Aotearoa. If a majority vote "yes" in the referendum, the Act will come into force and if a majority vote "no", the Act will not be able to be accessed.
Jemima Huston explores the number of social and moral issues that surround the Act and assisted dying such as the input of family in the decision, coercion, the responsibility of doctors to preserve life vs. end life, the right for a doctor to opt out and the short "cooling down" period between prescribing and administering a lethal dose.
ACT Party Deputy Leader Brooke van Velden and University of Auckland Associate Professor of Clinical Medical Ethics Phillipa Malpas provide an insight into these issues and help breakdown what exactly we are voting for in the End of Life Choice Referendum.