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95bFM's long-running green issues feature Green Desk, with Mitch Fuller.

The Green Desk: November 12, 2019

The Green Desk: November 12, 2019 The Green Desk: November 12, 2019, 29.13 MB
Tue 12 Nov 2019

At the Green Desk today, we talk to Dr Julia Albrecht about the Tiaki Promise and about making a sustainable future for the tourism industry. Tune in to find out more! 

 

The Green Desk: November 5, 2019

The Green Desk: November 5, 2019 The Green Desk: November 5, 2019, 16.88 MB
Tue 5 Nov 2019

This week on Green Desk, Mitchell speaks to Tūpuna Maunga Authority Manager Nick Turoa about the recent planting of 3000 native species on Ōwairaka. Mitch and Nick discuss the TMA’s plans for the ecological restoration of Tūpuna Maunga and their next steps in removing the exotic species on  Ōwairaka. To begin, Mitch began by asking Nick about the establishment of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority, their role and aspirations for Tāmaki Makaurau’s Maunga.

 

The Green Desk: October 29, 2019

The Green Desk: October 29, 2019 The Green Desk: October 29, 2019, 21.09 MB
Tue 29 Oct 2019

This week, Mitchell speaks to Flinders University’s Professor of Hydrogeology Adrian Werner about his ongoing
research into groundwater exploration and occurrences in offshore aquifers. Adrian and his
fellows have been leading research into groundwater and offshore aquifers for some time
and found that there are definite and viable sources of freshwater under our oceans, which
in many cases we have already been tapping into. Mitchell and Adrian discuss what the
future of our water supply may look like which raises certain societal questions and some
potential implications. To begin, Mitchell asks Adrian about his research and some of their
findings.

The Green Desk: October 22, 2019

The Green Desk: October 22, 2019 The Green Desk: October 22, 2019, 21.69 MB
Tue 22 Oct 2019

Mitchell talks to Forest & Bird NZ's chief executive Kevin Hague about a marine report discussing four priority issues the government needs to focus on.

The Green Desk: October 8, 2019

The Green Desk: October 8, 2019 The Green Desk: October 8, 2019, 21.63 MB
Tue 8 Oct 2019

Mitchell Fuller speaks to PhD student Lauren Vargo about the quickly declining glaciers in New Zealand.

The Green Desk: September 24, 2019

The Green Desk: September 24, 2019 The Green Desk: September 24, 2019, 33.72 MB
Tue 24 Sep 2019

This week on Green Desk Mangrove Mitch koreros with Shark Scientist Riley Elliot about the global decline in shark populations. Riley and Mitch discuss the recent decision made by New Zealand to vote no against the protection or Mako Sharks at CITES and the change in behaviour that he has seen in sharks as a result of human impacts on their environment. To begin, Mitchell asks Riley about the role sharks play as apex predators and how important they are to our global ecosystems.

The Green Desk: September 17, 2019

The Green Desk: September 17, 2019 The Green Desk: September 17, 2019, 27.09 MB
Tue 17 Sep 2019

For Green Desk, Mitch Fuller and Sherry Zhang talk to Hexacycle’s founder Neil Birrell about how maggots can close the loop on our existing and linear waste cycles and how insects might be part of the future of animal and human consumption.

The Green Desk: September 10, 2019

The Green Desk: September 10, 2019 The Green Desk: September 10, 2019, 21.87 MB
Tue 10 Sep 2019

This week for Green Desk Mitchell speaks to Endangered Species Foundation’s Stu Muir and Kelly Tarlton’s Emma Ferguson ahead of Conservation Week. Mitchell has a brief chat with them about ESF, the situation we are in and some of the work that is coming up in Conservation Week as well as other ongoing projects the public can get behind. He begins by asking Stu about the ESF and the work they do.

 

The Green Desk: September 3, 2019

The Green Desk: September 3, 2019 The Green Desk: September 3, 2019, 19.41 MB
Tue 3 Sep 2019

This week on Green Desk, Mitch speaks to University of Canterbury’s Jo Carpenter who recently published her thesis on seed dispersal in Aotearoa’s flightless birds. The research had a rather specific focus on Weka, which are often be seen as a nuisance amongst campers and trampers, however Jo’s research has discovered that Weka are excellent seed dispersers and are essential to the survival of certain species. The research also showed the significant implications of human interaction with Weka, where those which experienced interaction through camping or picnicking tended to be 40 and 50% less effective in their role functions. Mitchell and Jo discuss the findings of her research and begins by asking her how it began and what she was set out to achieve.

 

The Green Desk; August 27, 2019

The Green Desk; August 27, 2019 The Green Desk; August 27, 2019, 14.55 MB
Tue 27 Aug 2019

This week for Green Desk Mitchell had a korero with Environment Minister David Parker about the new National Policy Statement for Highly Productive Land. The new Policy statement aims to tighten the management on highly productive land under the Resource Management Act in order to protect these areas of arable land from inappropriate subdivision and urban development. They discuss what will be included in the NPS and how it will be implemented at ground level. Mitch begins by asking David for a bit of context on the issue, and why there is a necessity for such legislation.