We have various pieces covering the policy changes announced by prime minister Chris Hipkins on Wednesday. First, Liam spoke to VuW’s Peter Thompson about the RNZ-TVNZ merger being scrapped.
They also spoke to E Tu Unions Amy Newman about the minimum wage increase
And lastly they had a chat with Jake Roos from Don’t burn our Future about the scrapping of Aotearoas biofuel mandate.
For The Green Desk, Troy Matich speaks to Amanda Larson from Greenpeace Aotearoa about how record fuel profits are impacting the climate.
And producer Hanna Thomspon Lisa Woods, Amnesty International campaign director, about the pulling back of hate speech law reform.
After years of campaigning by community groups to table better protection against hate speech, the government has announced that law reform will be postponed and referred to the Law Commission. While some claim this move better recognises the right to freedom of expression, others argue the right should be balanced against other rights, such as the right to freedom from discrimination.
Hanna spoke to Lisa Woods, Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand's Campaigns Director, about Aotearoa's hate speech laws, why reform is urgently needed, and what can be done in the interim.
Another policy PM Chris Hipkins scrapped on Wednesday took out the government's planned biofuel mandate.
They planned to make a portion of all fuel used in the Aotearoa plant based through the mandate, but decided to get rid of the policy upon the government's current focus on the cost of living.
However, both motor trade groups and environmental groups are celebrating the policy being axed - one for the lower cost of fuel and the other for how it’ll actually improve Aotearoa's environment to not use biofuels.
Liam spoke to Jake Roos from Don't Burn Our Future about how the canning of the policy will actually be better for both the environment and our cost of living.
On Saturday February 18th, Auckland Pride will be marching in solidarity with our intersex community.
This year, the festival is encouraging the rainbow community and its allies to elevate important issues for our Intersex community in our fight for progress and educate ourselves in variations of sex characteristics.
News & Editorial Director Jessica Hopkins spoke to Jelly O’Shea from Intersex Aotearoa, an organisation that looks to affirm and advocate on behalf of people born with variations of sex characteristics, otherwise known as intersex, about this kaupapa.
We started off our interview discussing why it is important to hold space for the Intersex community during pride