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ACT's Brooke van Velden

ACT Party Deputy Leader Brooke van Velden's regular interview on the Wire every Wednesday. 

Addressing Retail Crime w/ ACT’s Brooke van Velden: 7 December, 2022

Addressing Retail Crime w/ ACT’s Brooke van Velden: 7 December, 2022 Addressing Retail Crime w/ ACT’s Brooke van Velden: 7 December, 2022, 6.3 MB
Wed 7 Dec 2022

The government recently launched a multi million dollar package to tackle retail crime and reoffending after concerns about a lack of protection for retail workers. 

The announcement came just hours after dozens of protests were held around the country over the tragic death  of Auckland dairy worker Janak Patel.

For their weekly ctach up, News & Editorial Director Jessica Hopkins spoke to ACT’s Brooke Van Velden about her thoughts on this package. 

Addressing Truancy in Schools w/ ACT's Brooke van Velden: November 30, 2022

Addressing Truancy in Schools w/ ACT's Brooke van Velden: November 30, 2022 Addressing Truancy in Schools w/ ACT's Brooke van Velden: November 30, 2022, 17.1 MB
Wed 30 Nov 2022

This week, Joe spoke to Brooke about the ACT party’s new truancy policy and their alternative to the Resource Management Act..

Lowering the Voting Age and Youth Crime w/ ACT’s Brooke van Velden: November 23, 2022

Lowering the Voting Age and Youth Crime w/ ACT’s Brooke van Velden: November 23, 2022 Lowering the Voting Age and Youth Crime w/ ACT’s Brooke van Velden: November 23, 2022, 22.39 MB
Wed 23 Nov 2022

This week the Supreme Court determined that the voting age of 18 is inconsistent with the right in s19 of the Bill of Rights to be free from discrimination on the basis of age.

News & Editorial Director Jessica Hopkins spoke to Brooke about the ACT party's stance on lowering the voting age, which for general elections, needs a 75% supermajority to become law. 

They also discussed National's pledge to send serious youth offenders to military 'boot camps' if their party wins the next election.

Free Speech Laws & End of Life Choice Act One Year On w/ Brooke van Velden: November 9, 2022

Free Speech Laws & End of Life Choice Act One Year On w/ Brooke van Velden: November 9, 2022 Free Speech Laws & End of Life Choice Act One Year On w/ Brooke van Velden: November 9, 2022, 22.57 MB
Wed 9 Nov 2022

This week, News and Editorial Director Jess asked Brooke about the ACT party’s opposition to introducing new hate speech laws, which the government is set to propose soon. 

They also discussed the End of Life Choice Act, as this week marks one year since it became law. 

 

Fair Pay Agreements & The Government’s Response to Iran w/ David Seymour: November 2, 2022

Fair Pay Agreements & The Government’s Response to Iran w/ David Seymour: November 2, 2022 Fair Pay Agreements & The Government’s Response to Iran w/ David Seymour: November 2, 2022, 25.54 MB
Wed 2 Nov 2022

This week, News and Editorial Director Jessica Hopkins spoke to ACT Party Leader David Seymour about ACT’s opposition to the passing of the fair pay agreements bill, that will set up a legal framework for collective bargaining across entire industries.

They also discussed the government’s response to Iran and ACT’s decision to block a unified parliamentary message condemning Iranian authorities until another MP took over the motion from Golriz Ghahraman.

NCEA LIteracy and Numeracy Standards w/ ACT's David Seymour: October 26, 2022

NCEA LIteracy and Numeracy Standards w/ David Seymour: October 26, 2022 NCEA LIteracy and Numeracy Standards w/ David Seymour: October 26, 2022, 21.49 MB
Wed 26 Oct 2022

The government has set new literacy and numeracy standards that students will need to take alongside NCEA.

However almost two-thirds of students failed the writing standard assessment in the latest NCEA literacy and numeracy pilot.

For our weekly catchup with the ACT Party, News & Editorial Jessica Hopkins spoke to David Seymour about their response to the results of the pilot. 

 

Creative New Zealand funding w/ ACT’s Brooke van Velden: October 19, 2022

Creative New Zealand funding w/ ACT’s Brooke van Velden: October 19, 2022 Creative New Zealand funding w/ ACT’s Brooke van Velden: October 19, 2022, 14.19 MB
Wed 19 Oct 2022

It was announced yesterday that the Ministry of Education will step in to fund Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand, which recently lost its Creative New Zealand funding.

In a statement, Creative New Zealand clarified that they support Shakespeare being in schools but that they can't meet the demand for funding.

For our weekly catchup with ACT party deputy leader Brooke van Velden, Jess asked Brooke why the ACT party is against Creative New Zealand's decision.

 

Creative New Zealand funding w/ ACT’s Brooke van Velden: October 19, 2022

Creative New Zealand funding w/ ACT’s Brooke van Velden: October 19, 2022 Creative New Zealand funding w/ ACT’s Brooke van Velden: October 19, 2022, 21.33 MB
Wed 19 Oct 2022

It was announced yesterday that the Ministry of Education will step in to fund Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand, which recently lost its Creative New Zealand funding.

In a statement, Creative New Zealand clarified that they support Shakespeare being in schools but that they can't meet the demand for funding.

For our weekly catchup with ACT party deputy leader Brooke van Velden, News and Editorial Director Jessica Hopkins asked Brooke why ACT is against Creative New Zealand's decision, and if the party would support more funding for creative projects. 

ACT’s Critiques of He Waka Eke Noa w/ ACT’s Brooke van Velden: October 12, 2022

ACT’s Critiques of He Waka Eke Noa w/ ACT’s Brooke van Velden: October 12, 2022 ACT’s Critiques of He Waka Eke Noa w/ ACT’s Brooke van Velden: October 12, 2022, 18.86 MB
Wed 12 Oct 2022

A recently announced He Waka Eke Noa proposal would see the government work with the agricultural sector to reduce its emissions.

This would put a price on agricultural emissions, a scheme advertised as a world-first which garnered international media headlines.

For his weekly catchup with ACT party deputy leader Brooke van Velden, Casper asked her why ACT is critical of the proposal and what they think could have been done better.

 

Scrapping Mandatory Covid Isolation & Ukraine Fundraiser w/ ACT’s David Seymour: October 5, 2022

Scrapping Mandatory Covid Isolation & Ukraine Fundraiser w/ ACT’s David Seymour: October 5, 2022 Scrapping Mandatory Covid Isolation & Ukraine Fundraiser w/ ACT’s David Seymour: October 5, 2022, 16.34 MB
Wed 5 Oct 2022

The ACT party are renewing calls to reduce the mandated isolation period for those who test positive for COVID-19.

Previously they've called for a reduction down to 72 hours of isolation in line with Singapore's requirements but their latest push has been to match Australia's recent scrapping of the mandated isolation period altogether.

For his weekly catchup with the ACT party, Casper questioned David Seymour about his stance on isolation periods as well as a recently announced Ukraine aid fundraising event that the party will be hosting in a couple of weeks' time.