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

ACT's Brooke van Velden on The New National Party Leader and The New COVID-19 Variant: December 1, 2021

ACT's Brooke van Velden on The New National Party Leader and The New COVID-19 Variant: December 1, 2021 ACT's Brooke van Velden on The New National Party Leader and The New COVID-19 Variant: December 1, 2021, 18.23 MB
Wed 1 Dec 2021

This week Zazi and Brooke talk about the Christopher Luxon being elected the new National Party Leader and the new Omicron coronavirus variant.

In the first half, the two talk about the announcement yesterday that Christopher Luxon has been elected the new National Party Leader, alongside Nicola Willis as Deputy Leader. Zazi asks Brooke what the feeling around parliament was after the announcement, if Brooke believes Christopher Luxon is experienced enough for this role and whether she believes this new leadership will result in more National Party voters.

In the second half, Zazi speaks to Brooke about the new coronavirus variant. Brooke shares how concerned she is about the new variant for Aotearoa, and talks about vaccine access in both developed and developing countries.

ACT's Brooke van Velden on Minimum Wage Increases and the Workplace Vaccination Tool: November 24, 2021

ACT's Brooke van Velden on Minimum Wage Increases and the Workplace Vaccination Tool: November 24, 2021 ACT's Brooke van Velden on Minimum Wage Increases and the Workplace Vaccination Tool: November 24, 2021, 31.84 MB
Wed 24 Nov 2021

This week Zazi and Brooke talk about the subject of minimum wage increases and the new Workplace Vaccination Tool.

First off, the two talk about minimum wage increases. Zazi asks Brooke why ACT believes a moratorium should be put on minimum wages, if Brooke has sympathy for minimum wage workers, and whether she thinks businesses would stop failing if a moratoriuman were to be put in place. 

Then, Zazi speaks to Brooke about the new Workplace Vaccination Tool announced yesterday. Brooke shares if she thinks this will be a good guideline, if she thinks the Government have done a good job with guidance and advice, as well as if ACT are more on the side of blanket vaccine mandates or on the side of mandating vaccines for specific businesses and workplaces. 

ACT's Brooke van Velden on The APEC Leaders Summit and The 1 News Colmar Brunton Poll: November 17, 2021

ACT's Brooke van Velden on The APEC Leaders Summit and The 1 News Colmar Brunton Poll: November 17, 2021 ACT's Brooke van Velden on The APEC Leaders Summit and The 1 News Colmar Brunton Poll: November 17, 2021, 14.6 MB
Wed 17 Nov 2021

This week Zazi and Brooke talk about the APEC Leaders Summit that recently took place, as well as the 1 News Colmar Brunton poll.

First off, the two talk about the virtual Summit that took place on the 11th and 12th of November. Brooke shares if she thinks Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern did a good job with hosting this year, what she thinks of the Aotearoa Action Plan that was endorsed, as well as if she thinks climate change issues are one of the biggest economic challenges facing the world today.

Then, Zazi speaks to Brooke about the 1 News Colmar Brunton Poll results that came out this week. Zazi asks how Brooke feels about these results, what she thinks of David Seymour being above Judith Collins in the preferred Prime Minister poll, as well as if she thinks COVID-19 impacted the National Party's results. 

ACT's Brooke van Velden on Step 2 of Alert Level 3 and the Events Transition Support Scheme: November 10, 2021

ACT's Brooke van Velden on Step 2 of Alert Level 3 and the Events Transition Support Scheme: November 10, 2021 ACT's Brooke van Velden on Step 2 of Alert Level 3 and the Events Transition Support Scheme: November 10, 2021, 24.03 MB
Wed 10 Nov 2021

This week Zazi and Brooke talk about the Auckland moving to Step 2 of Alert Level 3 and the Events Transition Support Scheme.

First off, the two talk about the easing of restrictions in Auckland, with the city moving to step 2 of Alert Level 3. Brooke shares whether she is happy with this next step, and how she feels about retail owners enforcing their own rules surrounding Covid-19 safety and regulations.

Then, Zazi speaks to Brooke about some summer festivals getting Government financial aid due to the threat of Covid-19. Zazi asks if Brooke thinks this scheme should extend to smaller events that have less than 5000 people, if she believes summer festivals are a good incentive for young people to get vaccinated, and how she thinks these festivals will impact our local economy, if they go forward.

ACT's Brooke van Velden on End of Life Choice Act, COP26 and ACT's 'Vax Break Policy': November 3, 2021

ACT's Brooke van Velden on End of Life Choice Act, COP26 and ACT's 'Vax Break Policy': November 3, 2021 ACT's Brooke van Velden on End of Life Choice Act, COP26 and ACT's 'Vax Break Policy': November 3, 2021, 32.09 MB
Wed 3 Nov 2021

This week Zazi and Brooke talk about the End of Life Choice Act, COP26 and The Act Party’s “Vax Break Policy”.

First off, the two talk about the End of Life Choice Act. Brooke shares how she has been involved in implementing the legislation, whether she expects New Zealanders to immediately use it, and how widespread concerns are about this Act.

Secondly, Zazi speaks to Brooke about COP26, and whether Brooke still thinks it was the wrong move for James Shaw to attend. Zazi also asks Brooke about India Logan-Riley's speech at COP26, to see if she agrees that climate change issues are rooted in colonialism.

And finally, Brooke talks about the ACT Party's 'Vax Break Policy'. She discusses how a $250 tax credit could increase vaccination numbers, if there has been any interest or support shown from other Parties or the Government, and why she believes incentive is an important angle to think about, aside from general access to vaccinations.

ACT's Brooke van Velden on New Traffic Light System and Vaccines Mandates for more Workplaces: October 27, 2021

ACT's Brooke van Velden on New Traffic Light System and Vaccines Mandates for more Workplaces: October 27, 2021 ACT's Brooke van Velden on New Traffic Light System and Vaccines Mandates for more Workplaces: October 27, 2021, 24.3 MB
Wed 27 Oct 2021

This week Zazi and Brooke talk about the COVID traffic light system and the vaccine mandate for workplaces requiring a certificate of vaccination for entry.

First off, the two talk about Aotearoa New Zealand’s New COVID-19 Protection Framework. Zazi asks Brooke if she supports the framework, what she thinks this means for reopening the international border, and whether she thinks this framework discriminates against vulnerable communities.  

Secondly, Zazi asks Brooke about the Government announcing that vaccines will be mandated for workplaces requiring a certificate of vaccination for entry. Brooke shares whether she believes this was a logical move, if vaccine mandates are a good way to lift vaccination rates, and also talks about why she believes businesses should have a choice in having mandated vaccinations, over the Government enforcing them.

ACT's Brooke van Velden on the New Housing Density, NZ's High Inflation, and Allocation for Pregnant Couples in MIQ: October 20, 2021.

ACT's Brooke van Velden on New Housing Density, NZ Inflation, and Allocation for Pregnant Couples in MIQ: October 20, 2021. , 20.53 MB
Wed 20 Oct 2021

This week Zazi and Brooke talk about three things: the new housing density rules, Aotearoa’s inflation being at its highest in over a decade, and also the fact that pregnant women and their partners do not currently get priority for MIQ spaces.

First off, the two talk about the new Resources Management Amendment Bill that the Government and National Party announced yesterday. Zazi asks Brooke about David Seymour's "hollow stunt" comment, ACT being a supposedly "libertarian party", and the Party's alternative solution to address Aotearoa's housing affordability problem. 

Next, Zazi and Brooke talk about Aotearoa’s inflation being at its highest in over a decade. Brooke shares her concerns, where she thinks our economy will be in the next 7-12 months, and what projects she believes were not worth the Government spending billions of dollars on.

And finally, Zazi asks Brooke about pregnant women and their partners not currently getting priority for MIQ spaces. Brooke talks about pregnant couples she has spoken to, about their experience with MIQ, and whether the support for women during this latest COVID-19 outbreak has been enough. 

ACT's Brooke van Velden on the Vaccine Mandate and the New Covid-19 Treatment Pill: October 13, 2021.

ACT's Brooke van Velden on the Vaccine Mandate and the New Covid-19 Treatment Pill: October 13, 2021. , 20.51 MB
Wed 13 Oct 2021

This week, Zazi speaks to Brooke about the vaccine mandate for teachers and most healthcare workers, as well as the Government signing an advanced purchase agreement for the new Covid-19 treatment pill Molnupiravir.

In the first half, Zazi asks Brooke about whether she believes the vaccine mandate will increase vaccination numbers, whether this mandate will result in workers leaving their place of employment, and whether the tertiary education sector should be included in the madate.

In the second half, Zazi and Brooke talk about ACT's support for the new Covid-19 treatment pill Molnupiravir, the significance of New Zealand being one of the first countries in the world to sign this advanced purchase, as well as the efficiency of Medsafe.

ACT's Brooke van Velden on The COVID-19 Roadmap for Auckland and NZ's Vaccination Certificate: October 6, 2021

ACT's Brooke van Velden on The COVID-19 Roadmap for Auckland and NZ's Vaccination Certificate: October 6, 2021 ACT's Brooke van Velden on The COVID-19 Roadmap for Auckland and NZ's Vaccination Certificate: October 6, 2021, 17.03 MB
Wed 6 Oct 2021

For this week's chat with Brooke, Zazi asks her about the Government’s planned roadmap for Auckland and New Zealand’s new vaccination certificate.

First off, they talk about the roadmap for Auckland. Zazi begins by asking Brooke what she believes are some of the positives and negatives of the Auckland roadmap plan. 

And after that, Zazi and Brooke talk about yesterday's vaccination certificate announcement. Brooke discusses the Government's vaccination rollout in general, as well as whether she believes the Government should mandate vaccinations in areas such staff domestic travel.

ACT's Brooke van Velden on their COVID 3.0 Plan and the Government's Interest Deductibility Policy: September 29, 2021

ACT's Brooke van Velden on their COVID 3.0 Plan and the Government's Interest Deductibility Policy: September 29, 2021 0 Plan and the Government's Interest Deductibility Policy: September 29, 2021, 15.96 MB
Wed 29 Sep 2021

This week Zazi Brooke have a chat about the ACT Party's COVID 3.0 plan, as well as the Government's interest deductibility policy. 

Zazi asks Brooke to compare the COVID 3.0 plan with the Government's opening up plan that was announced in August. They talk about some of the key points as well as the day they chose to release their plan, being days before the National Party release theirs. 

In the second half, Brooke talks about the Government's change in deductibility rules over housing, rules that are aiming to improve the housing crisis in New Zealand. Brooke tells Zazi why the ACT party does not support the interest deductibility policy and talks about the ACT Party's proposed GST-sharing scheme.