Last week Justice for Palestine handed over a petition to Parliament calling for Aotearoa New Zealand to recognise the state of Palestine. This would bring us in line with over 150 other UN member states. Caeden had a kōrero with Kate Stone, Co-Director of Justice for Palestine, an organisation dedicated to advocating for Palestine, about the petition.
Caeden also spoke to Tameem Shaltoni, Palestinian New Zealander and descendent of Palestinian refugees on his perspective on this petition.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is facing an uncertain future after the recent election ended in a stalemate. With no candidate reaching the 50% required to govern, the country is going back to the polls on May 28th. In his 20 year rule, this is the closest Erdoğan has come to defeat. PHD Candidate at Australian National University Khalid Al Bostanji is an expert on Turkish foreign policy and he began by discussing how the run-off election came to be.
Starting on May 2nd, Jono Ridler swam 99.1km from Karaka Bay on Aotea Great Barrier Island to Campbell's Bay. He did the record-breaking swim to raise awareness for the Hauraki Gulf and the state that it is currently in. Simon began by asking Jono what inspired him to undertake the mammoth swim.
Dr George Laking is a cancer specialist and director for the Centre for Cancer Research at the University of Auckland. He believes Australia’s prescription-only model for vaping is overkill and will be ineffective at reducing harms in New Zealand.
Arno started the interview by asking if he was glad that the legislation had not passed in parliament this term to restrict vaping further.
Bridget Abernathy is the CEO of the Energy Retailers Association. They have recently launched a campaign called Energymate that shows Kiwis how they can reduce power usage during the energy-intensive winter months.
Arno had a brief chat with her about some common energy-saving tips. Arno started the interview by asking what Kiwis could do to reduce their power consumption.
Check out energymate.nz for more tips and tricks on saving power this winter.
Last Monday Rocket Lab launched the first two of four satellites under the banner "Rocket Like a Hurricane" to improve the monitoring of tropical storms. Alex Bonham spoke to Morgan Bailey of Rocket Lab to find out how these satellites will make an impact, and to discover the reasons why they are putting so much money into developing the medium size reusable Neutron Rocket.