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The Fifth COVID-19 wave w/ Prof. Micheal Baker: December 11, 2023

The Fifth COVID-19 wave w/ Prof. Micheal Baker: December 11, 2023 Micheal Baker: December 11, 2023, 16.37 MB
Mon 11 Dec 2023

Whilst much of Aotearoa has moved on from the Covid-19 Pandemic, the virus is still continuing to affect our daily lives.

We’ve recently seen a new wave of the virus, with over 5800 new cases reported by Te Whatu Ora. 

Liam had a chat with Professor Micheal Baker about the recent wave, and how Kiwi’s can stay safe.

 

The Wire w/ Liam: December 11, 2023

The Wire w/ Liam: December 11, 2023 The Wire w/ Liam: December 11, 2023, 102.93 MB
Mon 11 Dec 2023

Liam from Various Artists joins Lou on The Wire, as Rosetta hangs out in Pōneke. E whai ake nei:

Liam 

 spoke to Te Pati Māori’s Takutai Kemp about the parties hikoi last week, their swearing in to parliament, and the government's response to Israel's war on Gaza. 

They also had a chat with University of Auckland professor Nicola Gaston about their joint call with other UoA academics to address safety concerns in the university. 

 As well as professor Micheal Baker, to chat about the recent covid wave that’s been hitting Aotearoa. 

In our weekly catch up with the ACT Party, Lou spoke to ACT MP Simon Court about ACT’s response to Te Pāti Māori’s hikoi last Tuesday, ACT renewing their call to abolish the Human Rights Commission, and the outcomes of COP28.

She also spoke to Kathryn Bradbury, Senior Researcher at the University of Auckland in the School of Population Health about the recent study released surrounding the percentage of vegetarians in New Zealand 

Safety at UoA w/ Nicola Gaston: 11 December, 2023

Safety at UoA w/ Nicola Gaston: 11 December, 2023 Safety at UoA w/ Nicola Gaston: 11 December, 2023, 10.62 MB
Mon 11 Dec 2023

A group of one hundred and nineteen University of Auckland academics have signed an open letter to the UoA council, calling for stronger clarity and action around safety concerns. 

After professor Siouxsie Wiles called to concern vulnerabilities in UoA’s system in employment court, more academics have come forward expressing their discomfort around how seriously their safety is taken. 

Liam had a chat with Professor Nicola Gaston about the open letter, and what changes she thinks need to be made. They first asked her about what the call specifically asked for.

 

Weekly Catch Up w Simon Court, discussing ACT's response to Te Pati Māori's hikoi, calls for removing the Human Rights Commission and COP28, December 11, 2023

Weekly Catch Up w Simon Court December 11, 2023.mp3 mp3, 31.8 MB
Mon 11 Dec 2023

Thousands of protestors took to the motorways December 5th, in protest against the recent policies announced by the new government. ACT Party leader David Seymour critiscised these actions, calling the tuesday events "diverse theatrics".

On our weekly catch up with the ACT Party, Lou spoke to Simon Court about David Seymour's response to the hikoi, and ACT's stance on the policies announced, such as the scrapping of the Māori Health Authority, restoring referendums for Māori wards and minimising Māori language use in public services.

Lou then enquired about ACT renewing their call for the removal of the Human Rights Commission as well as alternative measures proposed to safeguard and promote human rights in New Zealand. 

Finally, Lou enquired about ACT's stance towards the climate change issues following Aotearoa's new climate minister participating in COP28, 2023's United Nations Climate Change Conference held at Expo City, Dubai.

 

Research Study on Vegetarians in NZ w Kathryn Bradbury, December 11 2023.

Research on Vegetarians w Kathryn Bradbury December 11 2023.mp3 mp3, 21.28 MB
Mon 11 Dec 2023

According to research published on the 6th of December, the accurate percentage of vegetarians in New Zealand is more likely to be two percent than the almost 20 percent previously cited in market research. 

According to this study:

93 percent of New Zealand eat red meat;

2.89 percent do not eat red meat, but eat seafood and poultry;

1.4 percent are pescatarians,

and 2 percent are true vegetarians. 

 

In this interview, Lou speaks to Dr Kathryn Bradbury from the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the School of Population Health about the conclusions of this research.

Calls for the Closure of New Zealand’s Fossil Fuel Industry w/ Nick: December 7 2023

Calls for the Closure of New Zealand’s Fossil Fuel Industry w/ Nick: December 7 2023. , 25.02 MB
Thu 7 Dec 2023

Oxfam has published a report on New Zealand’s fossil fuel industry, calling upon the government to immediately end the production of oil and gas. 

While New Zealand has made numerous commitments to reducing our climate impact, the new government has announced policies that promote further oil and gas production. 

Castor spoke to Oxfam’s climate justice lead and the report’s lead author, Nick Henry, about the report and how the new government’s policies will affect our emissions targets.

Influence of the Tobacco Industry on Aotearoa w/ Professor of Social and Community Health at the University of Auckland Peter Adams: 7 December, 2023

Influence of the Tobacco Industry on Aotearoa w/ Professor of Social and Community Health at the University of Auckland Peter Adams: 7 December, 2023 Influence of the Tobacco Industry on Aotearoa w/ Professor of Social and Community Health at the University of Auckland Peter Adams: 7 December, 2023, 21.65 MB
Thu 7 Dec 2023

The new government announced a repeal of Aotearaoa’s Smoke Free legislation and regulation of tobacco products, making international news.

Beth spoke to Professor of Social and Community Health at the University of Auckland Peter Adams about the influence of the tobacco industry on Aotearoa New Zealand and what needs to happen in order to create unbiased policymaking.

The Wire w/ Jessica: 7 December, 2023

The Wire w/ Jessica: 7 December, 2023 The Wire w/ Jessica: 7 December, 2023, 74.33 MB
Thu 7 Dec 2023

On the Wire for Rāpare Thursday, hosted by News and Editorial Director Jessica Hopkins. 

Producer Beth spoke to Professor of Social and Community Health at the University of Auckland, Peter Adams, about the influence of the tobacco industry in Aotearoa. 

For City Counselling this week, Beth spoke to counsellor for Manukau, Lotu Fuli, about the Auckland Climate Budget and the review of Auckland Council’s 10 year budget.

Anbd producer Castor, spoke to Oxfam’s climate justice lead, Nick Henry, about a report he authored on New Zealand’s fossil fuel industry.

Child Poverty Koi Tū Report w/ Dr Felicia Low: December 6th, 2023

Child Poverty Koi Tū Report w Dr Felicia Low: December 6th, 2023 Child Poverty Koi Tū Report w Dr Felicia Low: December 6th, 2023, 17.14 MB
Wed 6 Dec 2023

Despite recent years' initiatives to mitigate child poverty, it remains an important issue that negatively impacts children's development and health. Experts have proposed cost-effective solutions to improve children's neurological, physical, and mental health, emphasising the importance of the first 2000 days of a child’s life to development. 

Intergenerational disadvantage and inequity is a key cause of continuing child poverty, with up  to 30% of Aotearoa New Zealand’s children lacking their basic needs’ adequate fulfilment. 

The Knowledge Hub for Maternal and Child Health at Koi Tū has released a report aimed at the Government to implement these solutions through policy, which parents and guardians can read for their own benefit.

Olivia spoke with the leader of the Knowledge Hub for Maternal and Child Health at Koi Tū, Dr Felicia Low, about the current state of child poverty, and Koi Tū’s report on evidence-based solutions.

Open Letter to Universities to Stand With Palestine w/ Dylan Asafo: 6th December, 2023

Open Letter to Universities to Stand With Palestine w/ Dylan Asafo: 6th December, 2023 Open Letter to Universities to Stand With Palestine w/ Dylan Asafo: 6th December, 2023, 21.11 MB
Wed 6 Dec 2023

With the seven-day humanitarian pause in Gaza having come to an end, many have continued to call for a permanent ceasefire. In Aotearoa New Zealand, there has been continued peaceful action by protestors calling for entities to condemn Israel’s bombings and to stand with Palestine. 

For this week’s Get Action! segment, Olivia talked to Senior Lecturer of Law at the University of Auckland, Dylan Asafo, about his open letter calling for universities to stand with Palestine. In this letter, he calls for Vice-Chancellors of the New Zealand Universities to condemn Israel’s attacks.