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International Desk reports on the sacking of Shadow Education Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey in the UK for retweeting an article containing "antisemitic conspiracy theories", and allegations of antisemitism within the Labour Party.
International Desk reports on a new antisemitism row in the UK Labour Party, after shadow Education Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey was sacked for retweeting an article containing "antisemitic conspiracy theories".
On Green Desk, Bronnie talked to Tessa Clarke about her app Olio to reduce food waste.
Oscar caught up with Auckland Councillor Tracy Mulholland on City Counselling to discuss water, infrastructure projects and the Value for Money Committee.
On Southern Cross today, Pacific Media Watch contributing editor Sri Krishnamurthi and director David Robie. Trigger warning: domestic violence and abuse. We speak about the death of Jenelyn Kennedy in PNG, and the media coverage and response of community. We also speak on the Cook islands looking to ban a political editor looking into travel perks.
A new international study led by a University of Canterbury professor has discovered Paikeha Humpback Whales stick to old migration patterns despite ocean changes associated with climate change. To find out more, Zoë Larsen Cumming chatted to the lead scientist on the project, Travis Horton.
Recently the Commerce Commission and the Financial Markets Authority have announced they will start a campaign to help try and combat as well as educate the Pacifica community on scams. While it is known scamming is causing numerous problems, they feel they are still only seeing the surface, as many scams are unreported as they are started by people who are close and trusted. After this announcement, the child poverty action group has shown their support, however it wants to see more education. To understand the situation, I talked to Natalie Vincent from Nga Tangata Micro finance, and started off by asking what forms scamming can take.
The Human Rights Commission has released their "Prism" Report which deatils the six human rights issues related to people of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics. Sherry speaks to the report's author Taine Polkinghorne about the details of the HRC's findings.
Jemima reports on the government's decision to end it's discussions of the proposed two track light rail network in Auckland. Justin gets National Party Transport Spokesperson Chris Bishop's thought on the call and Jemima talks to Green Party Transport Spokesperson Julie Anne Genter about why her party is welcoming the decision.
One of the most fundamental features of the Trump Administration is a policy of limiting immigration and reversing previous US policy on work visas, asylum, and deportation. Will Trump continue to limit immigration in light of recent US Supreme Court decisions and the Covid-19 Pandemic? Doug Becker speaks with Peter J. Spiro and Hiroshi Motomura.
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On today's Southern Cross, Pacific Media Centre director David Robie, reflecting on his experience as a journalist on Rainbow Warrior, we follow up on domestic violence in PNG, and journalism in West Papua.
This week Sherry Zhang talks to Green Party co-leader James Shaw, on the Electoral Integrity Amendment Act. This means members of parliament can’t change political parties once they enter parliament, and party leader are able to kick out MP's if they reasonably believe they disproportionately affect the proportion of parliament.
The first part of a longer conversation with NZ First MP Tracey Martin regarding this government term and whether the MMP government has been a success. They discuss major issues that the coalition government has had to respond to and what lessons she will take into a possible next term.
Mary-Margaret speaks to the Justice Minister about yesterday’s opening of the New Zealand Criminal Cases Review Commission, and the restoration of the right to legal representation in the family court. They also have a more holistic discussion about making the justice system less 'homogenous', as Andrew describes it.
This morning Lillian spoke with Minister Tracey Martin of NZ First. Originally the proposed discussion was around policy and MMP given Martin has pushed back recently on what she says is a narrative in the media that NZ First is blocking certain policy - she’s asked why there’s less discussion on the policy NZ First tries to get through that also gets blocked. This ended up being a useful discussion about how MMP works and Lillian also asked whether the Minister believed this past government term has been successful.
However, this morning Lillian came across a Newsroom article which follows up on their ongoing investigation into Oranga Tamariki, so I put this to the Minister as well. Today we are going to hear that discussion and either tomorrow or Friday you can hear the rest of the MMP discussion and both will be available on podcast through the bFM website. The article by Newsroom addresses a range of claims made by people currently working for Oranga Tamariki as well as former employees. It addresses claims that describe the agency as ‘plagued with bad practice, bullying and incompetence’, the bullying described is often toward people who don’t toe the company line it says.
For full transparency, the article blurb is copied here:
“Last week Newsroom revealed details around Oranga Tamariki CEO Grainne Moss’ sudden exit from her previous role at Bupa and asked how, within months of receiving a payout, she had managed to secure a top job in the public service. Influential Māori leaders have been calling for her resignation for more than a year, with the heat turned up again this month after the release of the Children’s Commissioner report into the agency’s uplift practices. In the second part of this investigation we talk to current and former staff from Oranga Tamariki who share serious concerns over a culture in the government agency that they say can put tamariki at risk."
Furthermore, in the article it stated, 'in nearly all the conversations they had, the same issues were brought up no matter where in the country the OT staff were from'. Those issues are:
- Qualified social workers being replaced with unqualified youth or care workers
- Social workers being targeted if they complained
- Doubt over the way caseloads are calculated
- Children being misrepresented in documents going before courts
- Only paying lip service to Te Ao Māori
- Major issues with staffing at youth justice facilities
This is outlined here because there is not much discussion during the interview of the detail of the allegations.