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Nurse Shortages and Te Aka Whai Ora w/ the National Party’s Katie Nimon: 14th May, 2024.

Nurse Shortages and Te Aka Whai Ora w/ the National Party’s Katie Nimon: 14th May, 2024. , 24.34 MB
Tue 14 May 2024

On May 9th the New Zealand Nurses organisation held a national day of action 2024, with rallies across the country calling for increased public health funding. While the government has introduced measures to increase the number of nurses in Aotearoa, staffing shortages are still frequent in wards across the country. 

Additionally, there are worries that the recently scrapped Te Aka Whai Ora could impact the already struggling sector, taking focus away from those who need health support most and potentially increasing the workload for frontline health workers. 

In our weekly catchup with the National party, Wire host Castor spoke to Katie Nimon about the government’s approach to public health policy and how the disestablishment of Te Aka Whai Ora could affect the health sector. 

Nursing Shortages and Poor Health Funding w/ NZNO President Anne Daniels: Tuesday 14 May, 2024

Nursing Shortages and Poor Health Funding w/ NZNO President Anne Daniels: Tuesday 14 May, 2024 Nursing Shortages and Poor Health Funding w/ NZNO President Anne Daniels: Tuesday 14 May, 2024, 19.79 MB
Tue 14 May 2024

On 9 May the New Zealand Nurses organisation held a national day of action 2024, with rallies across the country calling for increased public health funding.

While the government has introduced measures to increase the number of nurses in Aotearoa, staffing shortages are still frequent in wards across the country. 

Additionally, there are worries that the recently scrapped Te Aka Whai Ora could impact the already struggling sector, taking focus away from those who need health support most and potentially increasing the workload for frontline health workers. 

Wire Host Castor spoke to the president of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, Anne Daniels, about nursing shortages and low health funding in Aotearoa from a frontline perspective.

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 14th May, 2024.

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 14th May, 2024. , 33.99 MB
Tue 14 May 2024

For Dear Science this week, Professor Allan Blackman chatted to us about the cause for Beethoven's deafness, the first recorded vaccination, and researchers mapping a small part of the brain

The Wire w/ Castor: 14th May 2024.

The Wire w/ Castor: 14th May 2024. , 102.2 MB
Tue 14 May 2024

For Dear Science this week, Professor Allan Blackman chatted to us about Beethoven’s deafness, the first ever vaccination, and researchers mapping a small part of the human brain. 

Wire host Castor spoke to the National Party’s Katie Nimon about nursing shortages in light of rallies last week and how the disestablishment of Te Aka Whai Ora could affect the health sector. 

He also spoke to New Zealand Nurses Organisation president Anne Daniels about these health issues from a frontline worker perspective. 

Producer Sofia spoke to Public Service Association Assistant Secretary Fleur Fitzsimons about the 325 job cuts to the Accident Compensation Corporation. 

She also spoke to Professor of Disability Studies and Inclusive Education Missy Morton at the University of Auckland about a new report from the Education Hub about how schools and early childhood centres are failing neurodivergent children.

Schools and early childhood centres failing neurodivergent children w/ Professor Missy Morton: 14th May, 2024

Schools and early childhood centres failing neurodivergent children w/ Professor Missy Morton: 14th May, 2024 Schools and early childhood centres failing neurodivergent children w/ Professor Missy Morton: 14th May, 2024, 22.04 MB
Tue 14 May 2024

On May 13th, the Education Hub - a non-profit organisation that connects teachers with education research - released a report on neurodivergent children in schools and early childhood centres. 

Gathering testimonies from 2,400 people, the report found that 15-20 percent of the population is neurodivergent, meaning they have conditions including autism, ADHD, dyslexia and anxiety.

Although the school system is supposedly inclusive, the Education Hub says schools and early childhood centres are failing neurodivergent children.

In response, it has called for more funding and a law change regarding specialist provisions or supports for children with special educational needs.

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to Professor of Disability Studies and Inclusive Education Missy Morton at the University of Auckland about the report, and what support for teachers, neurodivergent children, and the families of these children should look like. 

Proposed job cuts to the Accident Compensation Corporation w/ Public Service Association Assistant Secretary, Fleur Fitzsimons: 14th May, 2024

Proposed job cuts to the Accident Compensation Corporation w/ Public Service Association Assistant Secretary, Fleur Fitzsimons: 14th May, 2024 Proposed job cuts to the Accident Compensation Corporation w/ Public Service Association Assistant Secretary, Fleur Fitzsimons: 14th May, 2024, 15.27 MB
Tue 14 May 2024

As a part of the coalition government’s cost saving measures, there are 325 proposed job cuts at the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC).

ACC says client-facing teams will not be affected, although, roles in the areas of prevention of sexual violence, road safety and workplace safety are on the chopping block. 

The job cuts equate to a proposed 9 percent reduction of ACC’s total workforce.

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to Public Service Association Assistant Secretary, Fleur Fitzsimons about the cuts to roles dealing with sexual violence prevention and the overall impacts these cuts to ACC will have on New Zealanders. 

Brain Tumour Support NZ "No Going Back" Campaign w/ Sarah Verran: Monday 13 May, 2024

Brain Tumour Support NZ "No Going Back" Campaign w/ Sarah Verran: Monday 13 May, 2024 Brain Tumour Support NZ "No Going Back" Campaign w/ Sarah Verran: Monday 13 May, 2024, 10.36 MB
Mon 13 May 2024

Brain Tumour Support NZ is a charitable trust established in 2019 to promote awareness for brain tumour diagnoses in New Zealand. During their "Make May Better" month, Brain Tumour Support NZ has launched the “No Going Back” fundraising platform where participants can embark on fundraising challenges to support brain tumour patients and their families.

Producer Ezra spoke to Chief Executive at Brain Tumour Support NZ, Sarah Verran, about their newly launched campaigns, the importance of brain tumour awareness and the incredible work the charity is involved in.

The Wire w/ Jessica: Monday 13 May, 2024

The Wire w/ Jessica: Monday 13 May, 2024 The Wire w/ Jessica: Monday 13 May, 2024, 111.06 MB
Mon 13 May 2024

For our regular interview with the ACT Party, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to MP Simon Court, about the government continuing the Ka Ora Ka Ako, Healthy School Lunches Programme, power shortages across the country, his comments on boycotting pro-Israel and Zionist businesses, and NZ First introducing a bill that would ban transgender people from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity.

She also spoke to Halal Kiwi founder, Mohammed Soliman, about the intention behind their initiative boycotting pro-Israel and Zionist businesses and Co-Founder of Alternative Jewish Voices, Dr Marilyn Garson, on pro-Palestine boycotting movements and ACT MP Simon Court’s comments on the topic.

She spoke to Aida Oryantal, from Voice of Iranians, about Iranian hip hop artist Toomaj Salehi, who has recently been sentenced to death by the Islamic Republic regime, and many others facing brutal oppression and human rights abuses in Iran.

Producer Ezra spoke to Chief Executive of Brain Tumour Support NZ, Sarah Verran, about their newly launched fundraising platform “No Going Back” which marks the start of their awareness month campaign “Make May Better”.

School Lunches, Power Shortages, Pro-Palestine Boycotts, and Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill w/ ACT's Simon Court: Monday 13 May, 2024

School Lunches, Power Shortages, Pro-Palestine Boycotts, and Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill w/ ACT's Simon Court: Monday 13 May, 2024 School Lunches, Power Shortages, Pro-Palestine Boycotts, and Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill w/ ACT's Simon Court: Monday 13 May, 2024, 15.14 MB
Mon 13 May 2024

Last week, the government announced the Ka Ora Ka Ako, Health School Lunches Programme, would receive $478 million dollars in funding in the government’s upcoming annual Budget, to keep the programme running for the next two years, but at a lower cost.

We also saw Transpower, Aotearoa's national grid operator, warning of possible insufficient power generation to meet households' demand on Friday.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to MP Simon Court about this as well as comments on boycotting pro-Israel businesses, and NZ First introducing a bill that would ban transgender people from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity.

Pro-Palestine Boycotts w/ Alternative Jewish Voices Co-Founder, Dr Marilyn Garson: Monday 13 May, 2024

Pro-Palestine Boycotts w/ Alternative Jewish Voices Co-Founder, Dr Marilyn Garson: Monday 13 May, 2024 Pro-Palestine Boycotts w/ Alternative Jewish Voices Co-Founder, Dr Marilyn Garson: Monday 13 May, 2024, 8.08 MB
Mon 13 May 2024

Amid global boycott movements in support of Palestine amid Israel's ongoing war on Gaza which has killed more than 34,000 people News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Alternative Jewish Voices Co-Founder, Dr Marilyn Garson, about the conflation of Judaism and Zionism and how this has come up in boycotting movements.