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We talk to different Action Station petitioners campaigning for a fairer future every Wednesday on The Wire.

Get Action! Coalition for the Safety of Women and Children and AVA Anti-Violence Action's Petition for Stalking Legislation w Leonie Morris: 8 May, 2024

Get Action! Coalition for the Safety of Women and Children and AVA Anti-Violence Action's Petition for Stalking Legislation w Leonie Morris: 8 May, 2024 Get Action! Coalition for the Safety of Women and Children and AVA Anti-Violence Action's Petition for Stalking Legislation w Leonie Morris: 8 May, 2024, 12.21 MB
Wed 8 May 2024

On the 19th of December 2022, Farzana Yaqubi, a 21 year old law student at AUT, was murdered by a man who had been repeatedly stalking her and sending her threatening messages on social media. In the months leading up to her murder, Farzana made multiple police reports with evidence of her experienced stalking, urging law enforcement to intervene. However, her reports were effectively disregarded and treated as low priority, as there are no official laws in Aotearoa that criminalise stalking.

Farzana’s murder triggered a call to the government from numerous women’s rights advocates across the motu to come up with more effective legislation to criminalise stalking and establish more effective preventative measures in law enforcement.

For this week’s Get Action! Oto spoke to Leonie Morris from the Auckland Women’s Centre, to discuss a petition calling for the official criminalisation of stalking.

If you're interested, you can sign the petition here:

https://our.actionstation.org.nz/petitions/protect-women-make-stalking-illegal-1

Get Action! NZEI’s Petition for Early Childhood Education Pay Parity w/ Early Childhood Kaiako Hayley Cross: 1 May, 2024

Get Action! NZEI’s Petition for Early Childhood Education Pay Parity w/ Early Childhood Kaiako Hayley Cross: 1 May, 2024 Get Action! NZEI’s Petition for Early Childhood Education Pay Parity w/ Early Childhood Kaiako Hayley Cross: 1 May, 2024, 12.16 MB
Wed 1 May 2024

The government recently made a series of changes to the licensing requirements for early childhood centres to be able to operate. 

These include repealing the network approval provisions for people looking to establish early learning centres and removing the Person Responsible Staff requirements to have a full teaching licence.

The government justified these reforms by saying regulation cuts would make it easier for early childhood centres to operate, thus addressing Aotearoa’s teacher shortage.

However, many Kaiako working in early childhood education have said deregulation does not address the root causes of the teacher shortage, and that more focus is needed on addressing pay inequality for teachers within the sector.

For this week’s Get Action! Oto spoke to Early childhood Kaiako and member of the New Zealand Educational Institute, Hayley Cross, to discuss a petition from the union to the government calling for pay parity in early childhood education.

Get Action! w Advocate Abdul Safi. April 10th, 2024

Get Action! w Advocate Abdul Safi. April 10th, 2024 April 10th, 2024, 14.28 MB
Wed 10 Apr 2024

For this week's Get Action! Sofia spoke to petitioner Abdul Safi and his campaign to place sanctions on Israel amidst genocidal acts that are widely considered war crimes.

If you want to sign this petition, you can find it here: 

https://our.actionstation.org.nz/petitions/its-time-for-new-zealand-to-place-sanctions-on-israel

Get Action! w Susan Maiava, Co-founder of Fair & Good

Get Action! Modern Slavery Legislation w Susan Maiava Co-founder of Fair & Good Get Action! Modern Slavery Legislation w Susan Maiava Co-founder of Fair & Good, 14.86 MB
Wed 27 Mar 2024

It is estimated that 50 million people worldwide are currently involved in some form of slavery. Many of those who have been enslaved for their labour, and work as child labourers, produce goods that we import and consume on a regular basis here in Aotearoa. 

Currently, there is no existing legislation in Aotearoa that requires companies to disclose the source of their goods, or to ensure that their products are being ethically produced; giving them free rein to indulge in modern slavery in order to cut their production costs. 

Producer Oto spoke to Dr Susan Maiava, Co-Founder of the ethical directory Fair & Good who have created a petition and open letter urging the government to introduce modern slavery legislation.

Get Action! w Ngāti Kahu o Torongare: 13 March, 2024

Get Action! w Ngāti Kahu o Torongare: 13 March, 2024 Get Action! w Ngāti Kahu o Torongare: 13 March, 2024, 11.58 MB
Wed 13 Mar 2024

For Get Action!, Ngāti Kahu o Torongare joins producer Sofia Kent to talk about their current petition that stands against a series of land injustices.

Wāhi tapu of Whangārei, Te Kamo is battling an approved consent that will see 93 homes built upon sacred Onoke Pā.

Though having been legally recognised as wāhi tapu (sacred land), the council has chosen to ignore significant cultural importance in lieu of urban development.

Nicki Wakefield begins by explaining the significance of Onoke Pā.

Get Action! w/ Common Grace Aotearoa Co-Director, Kate Day: 7 February, 2024

Get Action! w/ Common Grace Aotearoa Co-Director, Kate Day: 7 February, 2024 Get Action! w/ Common Grace Aotearoa Co-Director, Kate Day: 7 February, 2024, 6 MB
Wed 7 Feb 2024

For Get Action! The segment where we talk to people campaigning for a fairer future, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Common Grace Aotearoa Co-Director, Kate Day, who is calling on the Electricity Authority to better protect families struggling with power prices.

Get Action! w/ Paid Placements Aotearoa Founder, Bex Howells: 31 January, 2024

Get Action! w/ Paid Placements Aotearoa Founder, Bex Howells: 31 January, 2024 Get Action! w/ Paid Placements Aotearoa Founder, Bex Howells: 31 January, 2024, 6.38 MB
Wed 31 Jan 2024

For Get Action! this week News and Editorial Director Jessica Hopkins spoke to community organiser and advocate in healthcare, education, and social work, and founder of Paid Placements Aotearoa, Bex Howells.

They discussed Howells’ petition that has almost 5000 signatures, calling on the government to address long-term workforce shortages by funding student placements. 

She started off the interview asking Howells why this issue is important.