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France elections w/ Associate Professor at the University of Auckland, Deborah Walker-Morrison: 15th July, 2024

France elections w/ Associate Professor at the University of Auckland, Deborah Walker-Morrison: 15th July, 2024 France elections w/ Associate Professor at the University of Auckland, Deborah Walker-Morrison: 15th July, 2024, 23.86 MB
Mon 15 Jul 2024

After the far-right National Rally’s dominant victory in the European Parliament elections in France, French President Emmanuel Macron called snap elections for the National Assembly to be held in two rounds on June 30th and July 7th.

In the first round, National Rally came in top, however, it did not pass the threshold of 289 seats for an outright win.

After a second round of voting, a loose alliance of left-wing parties, the New Popular Front, secured the most seats. However, again, no one group won an absolute majority. 

To win an outright majority, a party or coalition needs to secure at least 289 seats.

With France now left with a hung parliament, Wire host Sofia spoke to Associate Professor of French at the University of Auckland, Deborah Walker-Morrison, about these results and what’s next for the state of French politics. 

She began the interview asking her why President Emmanuel Macron called the snap election.

The government’s climate strategy w/ Climate lead at Forest and Bird, Scott Burnett: 15th July, 2024

The government’s climate strategy w/ Climate lead at Forest and Bird, Scott Burnett: 15th July, 2024 The government’s climate strategy w/ Climate lead at Forest and Bird, Scott Burnett: 15th July, 2024, 13.88 MB
Mon 15 Jul 2024

Last week, Climate Change Minister Simon Watts announced a five-point climate strategy which aims to reduce the impacts of climate change and prepare for future effects. 

The five core pillars announced were:

  1. Infrastructure is resilient and communities are well prepared 
  2. Credible markets support the climate transition 
  3. Clean energy is abundant and affordable
  4. World-leading climate innovation boosts the economy 
  5. Nature-based solutions address climate change 

Watts said the three-page strategy is “comprehensive” and “ambitious”, however, there is no explanation as to how each goal will be achieved. 

Wire host Sofia Roger Williams spoke to climate lead at Forest and Bird, Scott Burnett, about the nature-based solutions pillar and the strategy more generally.

Wiles v University of Auckland judgement w/ Research Director at The Disinformation Project, Dr Sanjana Hattotuwa: 15th July, 2024

Wiles v University of Auckland judgement w/ Research Director at The Disinformation Project, Dr Sanjana Hattotuwa: 15th July, 2024 Wiles v University of Auckland judgement w/ Research Director at The Disinformation Project, Dr Sanjana Hattotuwa: 15th July, 2024, 23.23 MB
Mon 15 Jul 2024

Last week, the Employment Court’s judgement found that Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles’ employer, the University of Auckland, breached its contractual obligations to protect her against ongoing threats, abuse, and harassment for her public commentary and science communication work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the many concerns Wiles raised with the university were verbal threats, being filmed without consent, and calls for her to be executed, all of which escalated both in volume and violence over time. 

In the Employment Court’s judgement, Wiles was awarded general damages of $20,000 to be paid to her by the university within 28 days.

Research director at the Disinformation Project, Dr Sanjana Hattotuwa, was called upon as an expert witness, and provided the court with a brief of evidence in support of Siouxsie's case against the University of Auckland. 

Wire host Sofia Roger Williams spoke to Hattotuwa about the judgement and its implications.

The Government's Reversal of the Oil and Gas Exploration Ban w/ the University of Canterbury's David Dempsey: 15th July, 2024

The Government's Reversal of the Oil and Gas Exploration Ban w/ the University of Canterbury's David Dempsey: 15th July, 2024 The Government's Reversal of the Oil and Gas Exploration Ban w/ the University of Canterbury's David Dempsey: 15th July, 2024, 23.55 MB
Mon 15 Jul 2024

The government recently announced a reversal on the oil and gas exploration ban, which was put in place by the Labour government in 2018. 

This has been met with concerns around the increased emissions that will be caused by this exploration. Many environmental groups have stressed that the government will have to offset these emissions to meet Aotearoa’s targets. 

I spoke to Associate Professor in Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, David Dempsey about the history of the ban, the environmental implications of it being reversed and what sustainable alternatives Aotearoa can use to gather energy instead.

The Wire w/ Sofia: 15th July, 2024

The Wire w/ Sofia: 15th July, 2024 The Wire w/ Sofia: 15th July, 2024, 106.34 MB
Mon 15 Jul 2024

Producer Evie speaks to the ACT Party’s Simon Court about the government’s five point climate strategy, renewed calls from the party to abolish the human rights commission and a member's bill that would prohibit regional councils from considering climate change in their decisions. 

She also speaks to Associate Professor in Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, David Dempsey, about the Oil and Gas ban reversal and its implications, and what energy alternatives could look like in Aotearoa. 

Wire host Sofia speaks to Research Director at The Disinformation Project, Dr Sanjana Hattotuwa, about the Employment Court’s judgement of Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles’ case against the University of Auckland over the university’s failure to protect her from ongoing and escalating abuse and harassment for her science communication during the COVID-19 pandemic.

She also speaks to the climate lead at Forest and Bird, Scott Burnett, about the climate strategy announced by Climate Change Minister Simon Watts last week. 

And she speaks to Associate Professor of French at the University of Auckland, Deborah Walker-Morrison, about the France elections and the current state of French politics.

The Wire w/ Caeden: Thursday 11 July, 2024

The Wire w/ Caeden: Thursday 11 July, 2024 The Wire w/ Caeden: Thursday 11 July, 2024, 54.09 MB
Fri 12 Jul 2024

Wire host Caeden speaks to Labour Deputy Leader Carmel Sepuloni about the Government’s new climate change strategy and former Green MP Darleen Tana.

They speak to Chris Ogden from the University of Auckland about the UK election result. 

They speak to Sam Morgan from the Disability Persons Assembly about Disability Pride Month.

University of Auckland’s Margaret Mutu about the mistranslation of Te Tiriti and in the Treaty Principles Bill

Auckland Councillor Shane Henderson on increasing speed limits and the local government review panel.

And they speak to University of Canterbury’s Bronwyn Hayward on the National-led Government’s new Climate Change strategy.

The Mistranslation of Te Tiriti in the Treaty Principles Bill w/ University of Auckland’s Margaret Mutu: 11 July, 2024

The Mistranslation of Te Tiriti in the Treaty Principles Bill w/ University of Auckland’s Margaret Mutu: 11 July, 2024 The Mistranslation of Te Tiriti in the Treaty Principles Bill w/ University of Auckland’s Margaret Mutu: 11 July, 2024, 10.58 MB
Fri 12 Jul 2024

The ACT party is introducing a bill which, in their words, will “ensure our nation’s founding document delivers on its promise of equal rights for all New Zealanders.” They claim they are only clarifying the Treaty and not rewriting it. 

However, academics are saying their interpretation distorts the language and meaning of the text and the bill could significantly alter the practical application of Te Tiriti.

Wire Host Caeden spoke to Margaret Mutu from the University of Auckland about the intentional mistranslation of Te Tiriti in this bill and why it is so harmful.

They started by asking why the Treaty Principles Bill is “deeply misleading.”

What the UK election result means w/ University of Auckland’s Chris Ogden: 11 July, 2024

What the UK election result means w/ University of Auckland’s Chris Ogden: 11 July, 2024 What the UK election result means w/ University of Auckland’s Chris Ogden: 11 July, 2024, 6.71 MB
Thu 11 Jul 2024

Last week the UK Labour Party won their election in a landslide result, giving the Tories their lowest election result ever.

Wire Host Caeden spoke to University of Auckland Global Studies Lecturer Chris Ogden about these results, including what led to them and what is expected to change in the UK.

Disability Pride Month w/ Disability Persons Assembly’s Sam Morgan: 11 July, 2024

Disability Pride Month w/ Disability Persons Assembly’s Sam Morgan: 11 July, 2024 Disability Pride Month w/ Disability Persons Assembly’s Sam Morgan: 11 July, 2024, 7.83 MB
Thu 11 Jul 2024

This month is Disability Pride Month, a month-long event celebrating disabled communities. It began in the United States to commemorate the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act in July 1990, and now celebrates people with disabilities, their identities, their culture, and contributions to society across the world. 

The months aims to end the stigma of disability and ultimately change the way we think about and define the term.

Wire Host spoke to Sam Morgan from the Disability Persons Assembly about the month and what it means in an Aotearoa context.

They started by asking what Disability Pride Month means.

The National-led Government’s Climate Change Strategy w/ University of Canterbury’s Bronwyn Hayward: 11 July, 2024

The National-led Government’s Climate Change Strategy w/ University of Canterbury’s Bronwyn Hayward: 11 July, 2024 The National-led Government’s Climate Change Strategy w/ University of Canterbury’s Bronwyn Hayward: 11 July, 2024, 10.98 MB
Thu 11 Jul 2024

Climate Change Minister Simon Watts has announced a new climate strategy. The strategy is based on five core pillars including:

  • Infrastructure is resilient and communities are well prepared
  • Credible markets support the climate transition
  • Clean energy is abundant and affordable
  • World-leading climate innovation boosts the economy
  • And nature-based solutions address climate change.

This strategy has been met with strong opposition from Environmental organisations such as Greenpeace, and opposition parties in Parliament. 

Wire Host Caeden spoke to the University of Canterbury’s Bronwyn Hayward about this climate strategy and how it compares to Labour’s.

They started by asking what the strategy is.