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Labour's Cabinet Reshuffle w/ Lara Greaves: June 14, 2022

Labour's Cabinet Reshuffle w/ Lara Greaves: June 14, 2022 Labour's Cabinet Reshuffle w/ Lara Greaves: June 14, 2022, 18.22 MB
Tue 14 Jun 2022

On Monday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the departure of Kris Faafoi and Trevor Mallard from politics, and with it, a number of changes to Cabinet. On the Wire, Christina caught up with political scientist Dr Lara Greaves from the University of Auckland to discuss these changes.

Veganism and Climate Change w/ Claire Insley: June 10, 2022

Veganism and Climate Change w/ Claire Insley: June 10, 2022 Veganism and Climate Change w/ Claire Insley: June 10, 2022, 21.52 MB
Fri 10 Jun 2022

At an international climate summit in Germany, experts urged the world to transition towards plant-based diets. 

IPCC research has shown that an uptake in such plant-based diets having the potential to massively reduce carbon emissions, and could be one of the major lifestyle changes necessary to combat climate change.

Casper spoke to Claire Insley, spokesperson for the Vegan Society of Aotearoa, about the impact of our diets on climate change and how it might be possible to reduce emissions by having more people transition to plant-based.

The Friday Wire w/ Casper: June 10, 2022

The Friday Wire w/ Casper: June 10, 2022 The Friday Wire w/ Casper: June 10, 2022, 108.68 MB
Fri 10 Jun 2022

Today on the Friday Wire Casper talked to Auckland city counsellor Shane Henderson about the council passing the mayor’s climate budget, as well as the Ports of Auckland’s scrapped automation project. He also spoke to Clair Insley from the Vegan Society of Aotearoa about the importance of plant-based diets in combatting climate change.

Liam spoke to Richard Esther, as well as Paul Moon about Light Pollution, Matariki and how they intersect. Liam also spoke to Jessica Godfrey from Vicbooks about their closure in VUW’s Piptea campus due to the anti-parliment protests.

Light Pollution and Matariki w/ Richard Esther and Paul Moon: July 10th, 2022

Light Pollution and Matariki w/ Richard Esther and Paul Moon: July 10th, 2022 Light Pollution and Matariki w/ Richard Esther and Paul Moon: July 10th, 2022, 32.77 MB
Fri 10 Jun 2022

Matariki is just two weeks away on June 24th, and progressively more discussions on how to properly celebrate the public holiday are taking place. 

A specific spotlight has been placed on light pollution, with some regional councils receiving backlash on plans to put on fireworks displays.

A petition has also been launched, calling for turning off lights in central cities to clear the skies and make the constellation visible.

To learn more about light pollution, Liam spoke to Richard Easter from UoA about how it could affect Matariki as well as the world in general.

Alongside the environmental effects of Light Pollution, many are talking about the cultural issues of the inability to see Matariki in central cities. 

 

This is only one of many fears of how Matariki will be celebrated, with concerns being raised of the commercialisation of the holiday and the loss of its meaning. 

 

I also spoke to AUT’s Paul Moon, who is a professor for the schools NZ history and Māori culture programmes, about the holiday, its significance and what meaning could be at risk.

 

VicBooks Closure w/ General Manager Jessica Godfrey: June 10th, 2022

VicBooks Closure w/ General Manager Jessica Godfrey: June 10th, 2022 VicBooks Closure w/ General Manager Jessica Godfrey: June 10th, 2022, 16.73 MB
Fri 10 Jun 2022

Victoria University of Wellington's Pipitea campus bookstore, VicBooks, has recently announced their closure. 

Whilst the store was already having difficulties coming out of the pandemic, the early years anti-mandate protests at parliament made matters much more difficult.

The Pipitea campus is located directly next to the Beehive, meaning they were forced to completely close down until the protests ended, and couldn’t bounce back after reopening. 

To hear more, Liam spoke to VicBooks General Manager Jessica Godfrey.

 

The Reality of Medicinal Cannabis in Aotearoa w/ Fiona Hutton: June 9, 2022

The Reality of Medicinal Cannabis in Aotearoa w/ Fiona Hutton: June 9, 2022 The Reality of Medicinal Cannabis in Aotearoa w/ Fiona Hutton: June 9, 2022, 15.94 MB
Thu 9 Jun 2022

Legislation implemented in 2018 and 2020 has purported to make cannabis legal and accessible for people who use it for medicinal or therapeutic reasons, however, the reality is that it still remains out of reach for many.

People suffering from chronic pain and illnesses first have to get over the hurdle of finding a GP who is willing to prescribe them cannabis, only then to be faced with the hurdle of the price. 

Emilia Sullivan spoke to Fiona Hutton, Associate Professor at the Institute of Criminology at Victoria University.

He Waka Eke Noa's Emissions Pricing Plan: June 9, 2022

He Waka Eke Noa's Emissions Pricing Plan: June 9, 2022 He Waka Eke Noa's Emissions Pricing Plan: June 9, 2022, 33.76 MB
Thu 9 Jun 2022

He Waka Eke Noa proposed a new emission pricing plan for the agricultural sector yesterday, after lengthy negotiations between the agriculture industry and the Government. Many farming and environmental interests have questioned the levies in regards to the farming industry and reducing Aotearoa’s Greenhouse gas emissions.

Joe spoke to Emma Brodie, a Campaign Officer for SAFE for Animals, about what this means for the wellbeing of the environment and animals, as well as reducing emissions. Joe also spoke to Andrew Hoggard, who is a Dairy Farmer, about his take on these negotiations and how they impact the dairy farming industry.

 

The Wire w/ Joe: June 9, 2022

The Wire w/ Joe: June 9, 2022 The Wire w/ Joe: June 9, 2022, 111.99 MB
Thu 9 Jun 2022

This week on The Wire for Rāpare Thursday!

Tuva’a speaks to Labour Party’s Andrew Little about the selection of the Hauora Maori Advisory Board, Hauora Healthy Futures Bill and COVID-19 booster access for vulnerable groups. 

Joe will speaking to Dr Holly Winton about the first microplastics being found in Antarctica, he’ll also be speaking to SAFE For Animals & A Dairy Farmer about the He Waka Eke Noa Emissions Pricing Plan

Emilia talks to Dr. Neal Curtis about what’s next for Boris Johnson after surviving a no-confidence vote, and she also speaks to Associate Professor Fiona Hutton from Victoria University about why medicinal cannabis is still out of reach for many despite being legal.

That's us for the Thursday Wire!

What's Next for Boris Johnson? w/ Dr. Neal Curtis: June 9, 2022

What's Next for Boris Johnson? w/ Dr. Neal Curtis: June 9, 2022 Neal Curtis: June 9, 2022, 24.15 MB
Thu 9 Jun 2022

On Tuesday, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson survived a vote of no confidence from his Conservative Party colleagues with a margin of 211 votes to 148. 

Former Tory leaders Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Theresa May have in the past survived no-confidence votes, only either to step down shortly thereafter, or suffer defeat in the next general election.

To find out what this could mean for the future of both Boris Johnson and the Tory party, Emilia Sullivan spoke to Associate Professor Neal Curtis.

Microplastic in Antarctica w/ Dr. Holly Winton: June 9, 2022

Microplastic in Antarctica w/ Dr. Holly Winton: June 9, 2022 Holly Winton: June 9, 2022, 15.63 MB
Thu 9 Jun 2022

In a world-first, a New Zealand study has confirmed microplastics are present in Antarctica’s Ross Island region. Kiwi researchers analysed fresh snow from 19 sites, finding an average concentration of 29 microplastic particles per litre of melted snow. These microplastics most likely come from plastic products used at local scientific research stations, however, this team’s modelling also suggests their origin could have been up to 6,000 km away.

Joe spoke to Dr Holly Winton, a Research Fellow in Antarctic ice core climatology from the Antarctic Research Centre, Victoria University of Wellington, on the matter.