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Labour's Carmel Sepuloni

Our weekly catch-up with Deputy Leader of the opposition, Carmel Sepuloni, every Thursday on The Wire.

Media and Democracy, Job Cuts at MSD and the Samoan Citizenship Bill w/ Carmel Sepuloni: 11 April, 2024

Media and Democracy, Job Cuts at MSD and the Samoan Citizenship Bill w/ Carmel Sepuloni: 11 April, 2024 Media and Democracy, Job Cuts at MSD and the Samoan Citizenship Bill w/ Carmel Sepuloni: 11 April, 2024, 22.07 MB
Thu 11 Apr 2024

The Ministry of Social Development is not immune to job cuts seen in other public service departments, with MSD calling for voluntary redundancies after cost-saving efforts failed to meet Government targets. For our weekly catch-up with Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni Wire Host Caeden asks her about the impact of cuts at MSD, especially amongst other Government policies disadvantaging beneficiaries.

They also ask about the Samoan Citizenship Bill led by Teanau Tuiono, and the impact of losing independent media giants such as Newshub for democracy.

The students at Freyberg High School and Grant Robertson’s valedictory speech w/ Jan Tinetti: 21 March, 2024

The students at Freyberg High School and Grant Robertson’s valedictory speech w/ Jan Tinetti: 21 March, 2024 The students at Freyberg High School and Grant Robertson’s valedictory speech w/ Jan Tinetti: 21 March, 2024, 13.98 MB
Thu 21 Mar 2024

For our weekly catch-up with the Labour Party Caeden spoke to Labour Party spokesperson for Education and Women Jan Tinetti. They asked about Winston Peter’s comments comparing co-governance with Nazi Germany, the response to the Freyberg High School students performing a haka against David Seymour, and Grant Robertson’s valedictory speech yesterday. 

The backlash to ending free school lunches and International Womens Day w/ Jan Tinetti: 14 March, 2024

The backlash to ending free school lunches and International Womens Day w/ Jan Tinetti: 14 March, 2024 The backlash to ending free school lunches and International Womens Day w/ Jan Tinetti: 14 March, 2024, 19.12 MB
Thu 14 Mar 2024

For our weekly catch-up with the Labour Party Caeden speaks to Labour’s Jan Tinneti about the backlash from educators towards a Government proposal to cut free lunches in schools. 

They also ask about last weeks International Women’s Day, and what more needs to be down for women in Aotearoa and overseas.

The end of free school lunches and changes to sex ed guidelines w/ Jan Tinetti: 7 March, 2024

The end of free school lunches and changes to sex ed guidelines w/ Jan Tinetti: 7 March, 2024 The end of free school lunches and changes to sex ed guidelines w/ Jan Tinetti: 7 March, 2024, 15.44 MB
Thu 7 Mar 2024

This week for our weekly catch-up with the Labour Party, Caeden speaks to Jan Tinetti, Labour spokesperson for Education and Women. 

They ask about the dropping of the free lunches in schools programme, and Tinetti’s recent criticism of the Government announcing removals of health education guidelines in schools.

Benefit Sanctions and Laws Passed Under Urgency w/ Carmel Sepuloni: February 29, 2024

Benefit Sanctions and Laws Passed Under Urgency w/ Carmel Sepuloni: February 29, 2024 Benefit Sanctions and Laws Passed Under Urgency w/ Carmel Sepuloni: February 29, 2024, 10.15 MB
Thu 29 Feb 2024

This week for our regular catch-up with Labour Deputy Leader Carmel Sepuloni, Caeden asks about the Ministry of Social Development’s questioning on benefit sanctions by members of the Social Services and Community Select Committee and the laws the Government has passed under urgency over the past week.

Fair Pay for the Defense Force, Mass Migration and TikToks w/ Andrew Little: 5 October, 2023

Fair Pay for the Defense Force, Mass Migration and TikToks w/ Andrew Little: 5 October, 2023 Fair Pay for the Defense Force, Mass Migration and TikToks w/ Andrew Little: 5 October, 2023, 26 MB
Thu 5 Oct 2023

For this week's weekly catch-up Caeden asked Minister Andrew Little about Labour's fair pay announcement for the defense force.

They also ask about an RNZ article claiming MBIE has expanded their intelligence wing, and where this government's fear around mass migration has come from.

They also, perhaps regrettably, ask about a TikTok the Minister made with Prime Minister Chris Hipkins.

Government's Health Priorities and National's Tax Policy w/ Andrew Little: 31 August 2023

Government's Health Priorities and National's Tax Policy w/ Andrew Little: 31 August 2023 Government's Health Priorities and National's Tax Policy w/ Andrew Little: 31 August 2023, 17.78 MB
Thu 31 Aug 2023

For our weekly catch up Caeden spoke to Labour Minister Andrew Little about Labour’s high profile health announcements, including to restrict vaping and reform responses to 111 distress calls.

They also asked about the ongoing investigation into employers who abused migrant workers, and National’s tax policy which includes cost recovery for immigration services. 

Cost of Living and Discriminatory Immigration Health Requirements w/ Labour's Andrew Little: 24 August, 2023

Cost of Living and Discriminatory Immigration Health Requirements w/ Andrew Little: 24 August, 2023 Cost of Living and Discriminatory Immigration Health Requirements w/ Andrew Little: 24 August, 2023, 21.91 MB
Thu 24 Aug 2023

This week for our regular catch-up and current focus on local economy coverage Caeden asks Minister Andrew Little about Labour’s plans to combat the cost of living crisis, especially in the context of the GST off fruits and vegetable announcements and calls for tax reform.

Caeden also asked about the recent open letter calling to scrap the acceptable standards of health criteria for visa applications, and the criticism of our immigration system being discriminatory and colonial.

They started by asking the Minister to talk about Labour’s policies to combat the cost of living crisis.

National Security and Migrant Exploitation w/ Labour's Andrew Little: 10 August, 2023

National Security and Migrant Exploitation w/ Labour's Andrew Little: 10 August, 2023 National Security and Migrant Exploitation w/ Labour's Andrew Little: 10 August, 2023, 11.99 MB
Thu 10 Aug 2023

For their regular catch up News and Editorial Director Jessica Hopkins spoke to Labour’s Andrew Little about New Zealand’s first National Security Strategy to address new security threats facing Aotearoa, criticism of the proposed Immigration (Mass Arrivals) Amendment Bill, and reports that complaints of migrant exploitation have increased sixfold under Labour. 

Here is that interview…

Defence and Potholes w/ Labour’s Andrew Little: 20 July, 2023

Defence and Potholes w/ Labour’s Andrew Little: 20 July, 2023 Defence and Potholes w/ Labour’s Andrew Little: 20 July, 2023 , 14.88 MB
Thu 20 Jul 2023

News and Editorial Director Jessica Hopkins spoke to Labour’s Andrew Little about an office for an Independent Inspector-General of Defence being established after a bill passed in parliament, The New Zealand Defence Force's deployment to the Republic of Korea being extended, and National's proposed Pothole Fund. 

First, she asked Hon Andrew Little about why an office for an Independent Inspector-General of Defence is needed.