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Nursing Shortages and Poor Health Funding w/ NZNO President Anne Daniels: Tuesday 14 May, 2024

Nursing Shortages and Poor Health Funding w/ NZNO President Anne Daniels: Tuesday 14 May, 2024 Nursing Shortages and Poor Health Funding w/ NZNO President Anne Daniels: Tuesday 14 May, 2024, 19.79 MB
Tue 14 May 2024

On 9 May the New Zealand Nurses organisation held a national day of action 2024, with rallies across the country calling for increased public health funding.

While the government has introduced measures to increase the number of nurses in Aotearoa, staffing shortages are still frequent in wards across the country. 

Additionally, there are worries that the recently scrapped Te Aka Whai Ora could impact the already struggling sector, taking focus away from those who need health support most and potentially increasing the workload for frontline health workers. 

Wire Host Castor spoke to the president of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, Anne Daniels, about nursing shortages and low health funding in Aotearoa from a frontline perspective.

Nurse Shortages and Te Aka Whai Ora w/ the National Party’s Katie Nimon: 14th May, 2024.

Nurse Shortages and Te Aka Whai Ora w/ the National Party’s Katie Nimon: 14th May, 2024. , 24.34 MB
Tue 14 May 2024

On May 9th the New Zealand Nurses organisation held a national day of action 2024, with rallies across the country calling for increased public health funding. While the government has introduced measures to increase the number of nurses in Aotearoa, staffing shortages are still frequent in wards across the country. 

Additionally, there are worries that the recently scrapped Te Aka Whai Ora could impact the already struggling sector, taking focus away from those who need health support most and potentially increasing the workload for frontline health workers. 

In our weekly catchup with the National party, Wire host Castor spoke to Katie Nimon about the government’s approach to public health policy and how the disestablishment of Te Aka Whai Ora could affect the health sector. 

Halal Kiwi Pro-Palestine Advocacy w/ Founder Mohammed Soliman: Monday 13 May, 2024

Halal Kiwi Pro-Palestine Advocacy w/ Founder Mohammed Soliman: Monday 13 May, 2024 Halal Kiwi Pro-Palestine Advocacy w/ Founder Mohammed Soliman: Monday 13 May, 2024, 6.35 MB
Tue 14 May 2024

Halal Kiwi, an app that helps people find halal foods and products in New Zealand, has been called anti-Semitic by the ACT Party for creating a pro-Palestine boycott list.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Halal Kiwi founder, Mohammed Soliman, about ACT’s claim.

She started off the interview by asking Soliman about the intention behind their initiative to help Halal Kiwi users boycott pro-Israel and pro-Zionist businesses.

Toomaj Salehi and Iranian Political Prisoners w/ Aida Oryantal, from Voice of Iranians: Monday 13 May, 2023

Toomaj Salehi and Iranian Political Prisoners w/ Aida Oryantal, from Voice of Iranians: Monday 13 May, 2023 Toomaj Salehi and Iranian Political Prisoners w/ Aida Oryantal, from Voice of Iranians: Monday 13 May, 2023, 13.42 MB
Tue 14 May 2024

Iranian hip hop artist Toomaj Salehi has recently been sentenced to death by the Islamic Republic regime on charges of ‘corruption on earth’ for his songs criticising the regime.

He is one of the many Iranian political prisoners who have been sentenced to death for speaking out against the regime.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Aida Oryantal, from Voice of Iranians about the ongoing fight for democracy in Iran.

The Wire w/ Jessica: Monday 13 May, 2024

The Wire w/ Jessica: Monday 13 May, 2024 The Wire w/ Jessica: Monday 13 May, 2024, 111.06 MB
Mon 13 May 2024

For our regular interview with the ACT Party, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to MP Simon Court, about the government continuing the Ka Ora Ka Ako, Healthy School Lunches Programme, power shortages across the country, his comments on boycotting pro-Israel and Zionist businesses, and NZ First introducing a bill that would ban transgender people from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity.

She also spoke to Halal Kiwi founder, Mohammed Soliman, about the intention behind their initiative boycotting pro-Israel and Zionist businesses and Co-Founder of Alternative Jewish Voices, Dr Marilyn Garson, on pro-Palestine boycotting movements and ACT MP Simon Court’s comments on the topic.

She spoke to Aida Oryantal, from Voice of Iranians, about Iranian hip hop artist Toomaj Salehi, who has recently been sentenced to death by the Islamic Republic regime, and many others facing brutal oppression and human rights abuses in Iran.

Producer Ezra spoke to Chief Executive of Brain Tumour Support NZ, Sarah Verran, about their newly launched fundraising platform “No Going Back” which marks the start of their awareness month campaign “Make May Better”.

Brain Tumour Support NZ "No Going Back" Campaign w/ Sarah Verran: Monday 13 May, 2024

Brain Tumour Support NZ "No Going Back" Campaign w/ Sarah Verran: Monday 13 May, 2024 Brain Tumour Support NZ "No Going Back" Campaign w/ Sarah Verran: Monday 13 May, 2024, 10.36 MB
Mon 13 May 2024

Brain Tumour Support NZ is a charitable trust established in 2019 to promote awareness for brain tumour diagnoses in New Zealand. During their "Make May Better" month, Brain Tumour Support NZ has launched the “No Going Back” fundraising platform where participants can embark on fundraising challenges to support brain tumour patients and their families.

Producer Ezra spoke to Chief Executive at Brain Tumour Support NZ, Sarah Verran, about their newly launched campaigns, the importance of brain tumour awareness and the incredible work the charity is involved in.

School Lunches, Power Shortages, Pro-Palestine Boycotts, and Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill w/ ACT's Simon Court: Monday 13 May, 2024

School Lunches, Power Shortages, Pro-Palestine Boycotts, and Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill w/ ACT's Simon Court: Monday 13 May, 2024 School Lunches, Power Shortages, Pro-Palestine Boycotts, and Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill w/ ACT's Simon Court: Monday 13 May, 2024, 15.14 MB
Mon 13 May 2024

Last week, the government announced the Ka Ora Ka Ako, Health School Lunches Programme, would receive $478 million dollars in funding in the government’s upcoming annual Budget, to keep the programme running for the next two years, but at a lower cost.

We also saw Transpower, Aotearoa's national grid operator, warning of possible insufficient power generation to meet households' demand on Friday.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to MP Simon Court about this as well as comments on boycotting pro-Israel businesses, and NZ First introducing a bill that would ban transgender people from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity.

Pro-Palestine Boycotts w/ Alternative Jewish Voices Co-Founder, Dr Marilyn Garson: Monday 13 May, 2024

Pro-Palestine Boycotts w/ Alternative Jewish Voices Co-Founder, Dr Marilyn Garson: Monday 13 May, 2024 Pro-Palestine Boycotts w/ Alternative Jewish Voices Co-Founder, Dr Marilyn Garson: Monday 13 May, 2024, 8.08 MB
Mon 13 May 2024

Amid global boycott movements in support of Palestine amid Israel's ongoing war on Gaza which has killed more than 34,000 people News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Alternative Jewish Voices Co-Founder, Dr Marilyn Garson, about the conflation of Judaism and Zionism and how this has come up in boycotting movements.

The end of election day voter enrolment w/ Dr Lara Greaves: 9 May, 2024

The end of election day voter enrolment w/ Dr Lara Greaves: 9 May, 2024 The end of election day voter enrolment w/ Dr Lara Greaves: 9 May, 2024, 17.05 MB
Thu 9 May 2024

Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith has announced the government is considering removing election day voter enrolment. 

A spokesperson for the Electoral Commission told 95bFM background information on what election day voter enrolment is including that:

Election day enrolment was introduced for the 2020 General Election, so there have been two elections when it’s been in place.

It means people can enrol or update their details, and then vote, on election day.

Before 2020, people needed to enrol by the day before election day.

In 2023, about 110,000 people enrolled or updated their details on election day.

Anyone who enrols or updates their details in the month before election day needs to cast a special vote.

Minister Goldsmith's reason for looking at abolishing election day enrolment included; that few countries have this ability and the electoral commission does not have enough resources to deal with these special votes. 

Opposition MPs, including Green Party Leader Chlöe Swarbrick has spoken out against removing same-day voting and enrolment, stating in a Press Release “any imposed barrier [to accessible elections] is rightfully open to serious criticism of voter suppression.”

Caeden asked political scientist at Victoria University Dr Lara Greaves (Ngāpuhi, Pākehā, Tararā) about the proposal and its resulting opposition.

They started by asking her to explain the issues with same day enrolment and voting.

The Wire w/ Caeden: 9 May, 2024

The Wire w/ Caeden: 9 May, 2024 The Wire w/ Caeden: 9 May, 2024, 129.86 MB
Thu 9 May 2024

For our weekly catch-up with Deputy Labour Leader Carmel Sepuloni Caeden asks about Celebrity Treasure Island and the potential end of election day voter enrolment.

They also speak with Councillor Lotu Fuli about the latest Auckland port announcement and if Auckland Council will call for a ceasefire in Gaza.

And they speak with Victoria University’s Dr Lara Greaves about the proposal from the Government to end election day voter enrolment.

Jasmine speaks to Co-curator of the Auckland Writer’s Festival Michael Bennett about the incorporation of Te Ao Māori and language revitalisation for this year’s programme

And this week is Rape Awareness Week, so she speaks to Imogen Stone, Acting Programme lead at HELP Auckland’s Dear Em Programme, about how Kiwis engage with this initiative to support sexual violence prevention in Aotearoa