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The ‘March for Nature’ against the war on nature w/ Sinead O’Flynn-Deighton: 23 May, 2024

The ‘March for Nature’ against the war on nature w/ Sinead O’Flynn-Deighton: 23 May, 2024 The ‘March for Nature’ against the war on nature w/ Sinead O’Flynn-Deighton: 23 May, 2024, 12.54 MB
Thu 23 May 2024

Greenpeace has announced an upcoming “March for Nature” in response to the current Government’s environmental policies, which they have called a “war on nature.”

Their website says this protest is targeting the Fast Track Consent Bill which “undermines democracy and Te Tiriti.”

Wire Host Caeden spoke to Greenpeace spokesperson Sinead Deighton-O'Flynn about the upcoming march.

They started by asking what the demands of the march were.

Maori Wards, The Kainga Ora Review and The National Party Congress w The Green Party's Ricardo Menendez March: 22 May, 2024

Maori Wards, The Kainga Ora Review and The National Party Congress w The Green Party's Ricardo Menendez March: 22 May, 2024 Maori Wards, The Kainga Ora Review and The National Party Congress w The Green Party's Ricardo Menendez March: 22 May, 2024, 32.67 MB
Wed 22 May 2024

The coalition government recently introduced legislation aimed at rolling back the establishment of Maori wards in local constituencies, requiring local councils to hold a referendum if they brought in wards without first polling residents or to scrap the wards that they have. 

The Waitangi tribunal consider the legislation to be a breach of Te Tiriti o Waitangi principle prioritising, as they say the crown failed to consult with the tribunal or Maori stakeholders, and that the move will undermine the role of Maori and Iwi in local governments.

For their weekly catch up, Oto spoke to the Green party’s Ricardo Menendez March to discuss the Maori Wards rollback. We also had a chat about the recent review of Kainga Ora, as well as Prime Minister Christopher Luxon’s speech at the national party conference.

Civil Unrest and The Fight for Independence in New Caledonia w Professor Yvonne Underhill-Sem: 22 May, 2024

Civil Unrest and The Fight for Independence in New Caledonia w Professor Yvonne Underhill-Sem: 22 May, 2024 Civil Unrest and The Fight for Independence in New Caledonia w Professor Yvonne Underhill-Sem: 22 May, 2024, 26.42 MB
Wed 22 May 2024

Last week, New Caledonia became the site of widespread civil unrest and mass riots. Protests erupted in response to a decision made by the French government to grant voting rights to residents of New Caledonia who had been residing on the Island for at Least 10 years, overturning a previous constitutional amendment that only permitted the Island’s indigenous Kanak population and residents residing on the Island before 1998 to vote in local elections. 

New Caledonia’s Indigenous Kanak people, who have largely resisted French rule and have campaigned for independence for several generations, said that the constitutional amendment would undermine their push for independence and give greater preference to newer French settlers. 

Oto spoke to Professor Yvonne Underhill-Sem, a professor of Pacific studies at the university of Auckland, to discuss the context behind the current unrest, and the Kanak independence movement as a whole.

Māori wards and the government's relationship with the Waitangi Tribunal w/ the National Party’s Katie Nimon: 21st May, 2024.

Māori wards and the government's relationship with the Waitangi Tribunal w/ the National Party’s Katie Nimon: 21st May, 2024. , 25.37 MB
Tue 21 May 2024

The Waitangi Tribunal recently found the government’s plans to reinstate a rule requiring all Māori wards to go to a local referendum, is not in line with the government’s obligations under Te Tiriti.

Introduced in 2001, the required referendum was cited by many as a significant barrier to Māori representation in local government. Before 2021, there were three councils with Māori wards or constituencies. After the requirement was removed in 2021, 34 territories and 7 regional councils have Māori wards or constituencies, increasing Māori representation and strengthening the overall decision making process.

This Māori wards legislation follows a slew of similar legislation surrounding Māori representation and the role of Te Tiriti in politics, with the current government continuing to remove protections and ignore advice or summons from the Tribunal.

In our weekly catchup with the National Party’s Katie Nimon, Wire host Castor asked about the Māori ward legislation and the government’s relationship with the Waitangi Tribunal.

The Wire w/ Castor: 21st May 2024.

The Wire w/ Castor: 21st May 2024. , 103.63 MB
Tue 21 May 2024

For Dear Science this week, Dr Cushla McGoverin chatted to us about synthetic leather made of mushrooms, DNA origami, and the colour of rodent teeth. 

Wire host Castor spoke to the National Party’s Katie Nimon about the government’s recent decisions surrounding Māori wards and the future of the Waitangi Tribunal.  

Producer Sofia spoke to Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at Te Kāhui Tika Tangata, the Human Rights Commission, Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo, about a report the Commission jointly released with KPMG last week, ‘Counting the Cost: Estimating the economic cost of workplace bullying and harassment on New Zealand employers’.

She also spoke to co-Tumuaki of Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa, the Māori Law Society, Tai Ahu (Waikato, Ngāti Kahu (Te Paatu)), about tikanga Māori being taught in law schools regarding King Counsel’s Gary Judd recent filing of a complaint over incoming compulsory teaching.

The economic costs of workplace harassment and bullying on employers w/ Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission, Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo: 21st May, 2024

The economic costs of workplace harassment and bullying on employers w/ Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission, Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo: 21st May, 2024 The economic costs of workplace harassment and bullying on employers w/ Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission, Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo: 21st May, 2024, 28.93 MB
Tue 21 May 2024

Last week, Te Kāhui Tika Tangata, the Human Rights Commission, jointly released a report with KPMG titled, ‘Counting the Cost: Estimating the economic cost of workplace bullying and harassment on New Zealand employers’. 

The report estimates the cost of bullying and harassment to employers in Aotearoa at around $1.5 billion a year, which is considered conservative as its estimate does not include all potential costs.

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission, Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo, about the report and the importance of addressing bullying and harassment in the workplace.

Compulsory teaching of tikanga Māori in the legal curriculum w/ co-Tumuaki at Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa, the Māori Law Society, Tai Ahu (Waikato, Ngāti Kahu (Te Paatu)): 21st May, 2024.

Compulsory teaching of tikanga Māori in the legal curriculum w/ co-Tumuaki at Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa, the Māori Law Society, Tai Ahu (Waikato, Ngāti Kahu (Te Paatu)): 21st May, 2024. , 24.77 MB
Tue 21 May 2024

From January 1, 2025, the New Zealand Council of Legal Education has plans to make teaching tikanga Māori and te ao Māori compulsory in the legal curriculum for students, meaning all core law courses will have a compulsory tikanga Māori component.

On the 7th of May, King’s Counsel Gary Judd filed a complaint to the Government’s Regulations Review Committee over this move, claiming that tikanga didn’t fall under “proper law subjects”.

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to co-Tumuaki at Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa, the Māori Law Society, Tai Ahu (Waikato, Ngāti Kahu (Te Paatu)), about these changes to the legal curriculum and the role of tikanga Māori in law.

Fuel poverty w/ Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, Jodi Garner

Fuel Poverty w Jodi Gardner 20 May, 2024 Fuel Poverty w Jodi Gardner 20 May, 2024, 16.18 MB
Mon 20 May 2024

Hundreds of thousands of Kiwis may not be able to heat their homes adequately this winter according to recent findings of fuel poverty in New Zealand.

Producer Ezra spoke to Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, Jodi Gardner about the impact of fuel poverty this coming winter and the steps needed to move forward.

Global similarities in Cultural Music and Language w/ Senior Research Fellow of Psychology at the University of Auckland, Dr Patrick Savage

Global similarities in Cultural Music and Language w/ Senior Research Fellow of Psychology at the University of Auckland, Dr Patrick Savage Global similarities in Cultural Music and Language w/ Senior Research Fellow of Psychology at the University of Auckland, Dr Patrick Savage, 16.38 MB
Mon 20 May 2024

Seventy-five researchers from across the globe recorded traditional music and speech in their native language for a recent cross-cultural study comparing global rhythm and pitch patterns.

Producer Ezra spoke to Senior Research Fellow of Psychology at the University of Auckland, Dr Patrick Savage about his involvement in this cross-cultural study.

New Zealand First’s Bathroom Bill w/ NZ Parents and Guardians of Transgender and Gender Diverse Children Coordinator, Sharyn Forsyth, and trans activist and nonbinary person, Wren: Monday 20 May, 2024

New Zealand First’s Bathroom Bill w/ NZ Parents and Guardians of Transgender and Gender Diverse Children Coordinator, Sharyn Forsyth, and trans activist and nonbinary person, Wren: Monday 20 May, 2024 New Zealand First’s Bathroom Bill w/ NZ Parents and Guardians of Transgender and Gender Diverse Children Coordinator, Sharyn Forsyth, and trans activist and nonbinary person, Wren: Monday 20 May, 2024, 14.45 MB
Mon 20 May 2024

The New Zealand First Party has introduced a member's bill that would ban or even fine people for using a bathroom that does not correspond with the sex they were assigned at birth.

In a statement, New Zealand First said it will "stop the growing trend" of mixed-sex bathrooms.

First, former News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, speaks to NZ Parents and Guardians of Transgender and Gender Diverse Children Coordinator, Sharyn Forsyth (she/her) about the proposed bill and the prevalence of anti-trans rhetoric in Aotearoa.

She also spoke to Wren (they/them) a non-binary person, parent to a transgender child, and trans activist, about the impact this bill would have on both transgender and cisgender people as well as Facebook messages sent to Wren by a profile claiming to be NZ First MP Tanya Unkovich, suggesting transgender people are quote "mentally ill" and "need to go to the hospital for brain checks". Unkovich has stated the profile who sent these messages is impersonating her.