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Outdated legislation preventing gay, bisexual, and takatāpui men from donating blood w/ The University of Auckland's Peter Saxton: 8 February, 2024

Outdated legislation preventing gay, bisexual, and takatāpui men from donating blood w/ The University of Auckland's Peter Saxton: 8 February, 2024 Outdated legislation preventing gay, bisexual, and takatāpui men from donating blood w/ The University of Auckland's Peter Saxton: 8 February, 2024, 14.57 MB
Thu 8 Feb 2024

A community report published by SPOTS, the Sex and Prevention of Transmission Study, argues that legislation preventing gay men from donating blood in Aotearoa is outdated and should change.

New Zealand law currently prevents men who have had sex with other men in the last three months from donating blood, unlike other countries such as Canada or the United Kingdom. 

Producer Castor spoke to HIV Prevention researcher at the University of Auckland’s School of Population Health and one of the report’s authors, Peter Saxton, about the current legislation and what change could mean.

Waitangi and Funded Cultural Reports w/ Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni: 8 February, 2023

Waitangi and Funded Cultural Reports w/ Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni: 8 February, 2023 Waitangi and Funded Cultural Reports w/ Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni: 8 February, 2023, 20.97 MB
Thu 8 Feb 2024

For our weekly catch up with the Labour Party, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Deputy Leader Carmel Sepuloni about Waitangi, and the government’s announcement yesterday that it will no longer fund cultural reports used in sentencing. 

Fight for the Youth Vote in the United States w/ Jennifer Frost: 8 February, 2024

Fight for the Youth Vote in the United States w/ Jennifer Frost: 8 February, 2024 Fight for the Youth Vote in the United States w/ Jennifer Frost: 8 February, 2024, 43.92 MB
Thu 8 Feb 2024

With the U.S. presidential election on the horizon, the stakes of the fight for the youth vote are higher than ever.

Beth spoke to Professor of History at the University of Auckland, Jennifer Frost, about the historical suppression of the youth vote in the United States, including grassroots movements fighting for the vote, past bills and the significance of the 26th Amendment.

Rise of the Right in Aotearoa w/ Ian Hyslop: 8 February, 2024

Rise of the Right in Aotearoa w/ Ian Hyslop: 8 February, 2024 Rise of the Right in Aotearoa w/ Ian Hyslop: 8 February, 2024, 26.68 MB
Thu 8 Feb 2024

In recent years Aotearoa has seen a rise of far-right-wing ideologies and Trumpian thinking.

Beth spoke to Professor of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work at the University of Auckland, Ian Hyslop, about this phenomenon. She began by asking him whether different factors can be attributed to this regression or if we’re seeing a natural pendulum swing.

The Wire w/ Jessica: 8 February, 2024

The Wire w/ Jessica: 8 February, 2024 The Wire w/ Jessica: 8 February, 2024, 73.81 MB
Thu 8 Feb 2024

For our weekly catch up with the Labour Party, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Deputy Leader Carmel Sepuloni about Waitangi, and the government’s announcement yesterday that it will no longer fund cultural reports used in sentencing.

Beth spoke to Professor of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work at the University of Auckland, Ian Hyslop, about this phenomenon. She began by asking him whether different factors can be attributed to this regression or if we’re seeing a natural pendulum swing.

She also spoke to  Counsellor for Waitakere, Shane Henderson, about the government's intentions to roll back usage of Te Reo Māori in the public sector, and whether this affects Auckland Council.

Producer Castor spoke to HIV Prevention researcher at the University of Auckland’s School of Population Health and one of the report’s authors, Peter Saxton, about the current legislation and what change could mean.

And finally, Beth spoke to Professor of History at the University of Auckland, Jennifer Frost, about the historical suppression of the youth vote in the United States, including grassroots movements fighting for the vote, past bills and the significance of the 26th Amendment.

The Wire w/ Jessica: 7 February, 2024

The Wire w/ Jessica: 7 February, 2024 The Wire w/ Jessica: 7 February, 2024, 104.25 MB
Wed 7 Feb 2024

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Green Party Co-Leader, James Shaw, about his announcement he will be stepping down as Co-Leader, Waitangi, and New Zealand deploying a NZDF team to the Red Sea.

She spoke to Action Station Director, Kassie Hartendorp (Ngāti Raukawa), about Waitangi yesterday.

She spoke to Associate Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Auckland and convenor of the NZ Privacy Foundation’s surveillance working group, Gehan Gunasekara, about how we can improve our privacy laws in Aotearoa.

And for Get Action! she spoke to Common Grace Aotearoa Co-Director, Kate Day, about their campaign for the Electricity Authority to better protect families struggling with power prices.

Resignation, Waitangi, and New Zealand deploying NZDF team to the Red Sea w/ Green Party Co-Leader James Shaw: 7 February, 2024

Resignation, Waitangi, and New Zealand deploying NZDF team to the Red Sea w/ Green Party Co-Leader James Shaw: 7 February, 2024 Resignation, Waitangi, and New Zealand deploying NZDF team to the Red Sea w/ Green Party Co-Leader James Shaw: 7 February, 2024, 10.71 MB
Wed 7 Feb 2024

For their first weekly catch-up since his resignation, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Green Party Co-Leader, James Shaw, about his decision to leave politics, his experience at Waitangi, and their opposition to New Zealand deploying  a NZDF team to the Red Sea.

New Zealand’s Privacy Laws w/ Associate Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Auckland and convenor of the NZ Privacy Foundation’s surveillance working group, Gehan Gunasekara: 7 February, 2024

New Zealand’s Privacy Laws w/ Associate Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Auckland and convenor of the NZ Privacy Foundation’s surveillance working group, Gehan Gunasekara: 7 February, 2024 New Zealand’s Privacy Laws w/ Associate Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Auckland and convenor of the NZ Privacy Foundation’s surveillance working group, Gehan Gunasekara: 7 February, 2024, 8.36 MB
Wed 7 Feb 2024

When it comes to our privacy laws in Aotearoa, according to experts, we may be lacking behind.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Associate Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Auckland and convenor of the NZ Privacy Foundation’s surveillance working group, Gehan Gunasekara, about why he believes we need to pressure politicians to keep our privacy laws current, especially concerning children.

She started off the interview by asking Gunasekara about his work with the Privacy Foundation’s surveillance working group.

Waitangi Reflections w/ Action Station Director Kassie Hartendorp (Ngāti Raukawa): 7 February, 2024

Waitangi Reflections w/ Action Station Director Kassie Hartendorp (Ngāti Raukawa): 7 February, 2024 Waitangi Reflections w/ Action Station Director Kassie Hartendorp (Ngāti Raukawa): 7 February, 2024, 8.34 MB
Wed 7 Feb 2024

The largest hikoi protest to Waitangi Grounds in modern history took place this Waitangi, with thousands gathering to voice their concerns about the new government’s proposed policies, including a referendum on the principles of Te Tiriti, ending co-governance, and removing Te Reo from the names of public services.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Action Station Director Kassie Hartendorp (Ngāti Raukawa), about what this significant show of solidarity against their policies means for the government and her reflections of the day.

What NZ Aid will mean for Gaza w/ John Minto: Rāhina February 5, 2024

What NZ Aid will mean for Gaza w/ John Minto: Rāhina February 5, 2024 What NZ Aid will mean for Gaza w/ John Minto: Rāhina February 5, 2024, 22.32 MB
Mon 5 Feb 2024

The government has recently announced a 5 million dollar aid programme for Palestinians in Gaza through UNICEF and World Food Programme. This comes as funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees is still halted from New Zealand, as the organisation is under investigation for staff involved in the October 7th Hamas attacks. Prior to halting this funding, New Zealand was contributing 1 million dollars annually to UNRWA, and with this new aid, the government has contributed a total of 15 million dollars since October through UNICEF, WFP, International Committee for Red Cross, to civilian humanitarian aid.

Several Palestinian advocacy groups in Aotearoa have been highly critical of the decision to cut UNRWA funding due to its direct link to civilians in Gaza. UNRWA has also stated that due to suspended funding from the UK and USA, they may be forced to cease operating in the Middle East by the end of the month. UNRWA not only runs schools and refugee camps across Gaza and The West Bank, but also Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. 

Rosetta spoke to John Minto, Chair of Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa, about what the New Zealand government aid will mean, the importance of UNRWA, and issues that Palestinian advocacy groups in Aotearoa are noticing with media coverage of the situation in Gaza.