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The Wire w/ Castor: 28th May, 2024.

The Wire w/ Castor: 28th May, 2024. , 108.88 MB
Tue 28 May 2024

For Dear Science this week, Professor Allan Blackman chatted to us about reconstructing the genomes of extinct moa, a protein folding prediction programme, and a discovery forcing us to rewrite chemistry textbooks. 

Wire host Castor spoke to the National Party’s Katie Nimon about the Waikeria prison development and funding for corrections in advance of this week’s budget announcements. 

He also spoke to People Against Prisons’ Emmy Rākete about these developments and the government’s approach to crime more broadly. 

Producer Sofia spoke to Associate Professor of Medical Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland, David Menkes, about concerns over direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicine in Aotearoa. 

And Producer Ezra spoke to co-director of the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law Practice and Policy at the University of Auckland, Carrie Leonetti, about how Aotearoa needs to criminalise stalking.

Rising Pokie Profits in South Auckland w/ Dr Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia, 27 May 2024

Rising Pokie Profits in South Auckland w/ Dr Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia, 27 May 2024 Rising Pokie Profits in South Auckland w/ Dr Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia, 27 May 2024, 8.45 MB
Mon 27 May 2024

Over $20 million in Pokie machine profits were recorded last December in the Ōtara-Papatoetoe, Manurewa and Mangere-Ōtāhuhu local board areas of Auckland. 

Producer Ezra spoke to Senior Lecturer of Education at the University of Auckland, Dr Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia, about the impact these figures highlighted of gaming machines in South Auckland.

South-versed 24: Diasporisms w/ Iokapeta Magele Suamasi, 27 May 2024

South-versed 24: Diasporisms w/ Iokapeta Magele Suamasi, 27 May 2024 South-versed 24: Diasporisms w/ Iokapeta Magele Suamasi, 27 May 2024, 12.34 MB
Mon 27 May 2024

A South Auckland-based art exhibition opened last week at the Mangere Arts Centre, featuring the works of 10 contemporary Aotearoa artists with Tāgata Pācifica and Tāgata Ahia heritage.

Producer Ezra spoke to the Co-Curator from I-M.S Arts, Iokapeta Magele-Suamasi, about the importance of the “South-Versed” exhibition for recognising South-Auckland-connected talent.

Vaping Study in New Zealand's most Deprived Areas w/ Matthew Hobbs: 27 May, 2024

Vaping Study in New Zealand's most Deprived Areas w/ Matthew Hobs: 27 May, 2024 Vaping Study in New Zealand's most Deprived Areas w/ Matthew Hobs: 27 May, 2024, 6.57 MB
Mon 27 May 2024

Recently, a University of Canterbury study, ‘investigating the spatial and temporal variation of vape retailer provision in New Zealand: A cross-sectional and nationwide study,’ published in the peer-reviewed journal, Social Science and Medicine, shows that most vape retailers reside in the country’s most deprived areas.

News and Editorial Director, Joel, spoke to Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Canterbury, and head of the study, Matthew Hobbs, about the findings of this study, and what this means for these communities.

Charter Schools for Neurodivergent and/or Disabled Students w/ Jude MacArthur: 27 May, 2024

Charter Schools for Neurodivergent and/or Disabled Students w/ Jude MacArthur: 27 May, 2024 Charter Schools for Neurodivergent and/or Disabled Students w/ Jude MacArthur: 27 May, 2024, 10.27 MB
Mon 27 May 2024

$153m has been allocated in the 2024 budget to establish Charter Schools in Aotearoa by the coalition government, after being previously shut down by the last Labour Government in 2018, to establish 50 new charter schools.

This system of education has come under controversy by many, over concerns these schools can allocate funding however they see fit with almost total discretion, teach any curriculum they want to, and are not required to hire teachers with adequate teaching certificates, unlike schools in the public sector.

News and Editorial Director, Joel, spoke to Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Auckland, Jude MacArthur, about the concern with Charter Schools specifically assisting students who have a disability and/or are neurodivergent.

The Wire w/ Joel: 27 May, 2024

The Wire w/ Joel: 27 May, 2024 The Wire w/ Joel: 27 May, 2024, 123.37 MB
Mon 27 May 2024

For our weekly catchup with the ACT Party's Simon Court, producer Evie spoke to Simon about mining and comments he made on X, formally Twitter, about the University of Canterbury pro-Palestine encampment.

She also spoke with Spokesperson for Students for Justice in Palestine Canterbury, Matt, about the University of Canterbury encampment.

For our weekly catchup with, Te Pāti Māori's Takutai Kemp, News and Editorial Director, Joel, spoke to Takutai about Māori wards and Kāinga Ora.

They spoke to Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Canterbury, Matthew Hobbs, about a study he led that demonstrates that most vape retailers are in the country’s most deprived areas.

They also spoke to Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Auckland, Jude MacArthur, about the concern with charter schools and assisting students who have a disability and/or are neurodivergent.

Producer Ezra spoke to Senior Lecturer of Education at the University of Auckland, Dr Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia about the soaring Pokie machine profits in South Auckland.

And he also spoke to Curator of I-M.S Arts, Iokapeta Magele-Suamasi, about her “South-Versed” exhibition and its exploration of diaspora for Tagata Pasifika and Tagata Ahia in Aotearoa.

University of Canterbury Pro-Palestine Encampment w/ Spokesperson for Students for Justice in Palestine Canterbury, Matt: 27 May, 2024

University of Canterbury Pro-Palestine Encampment w/ Spokesperson for Students for Justice in Palestine Canterbury, Matt: 27 May, 2024 University of Canterbury Pro-Palestine Encampment w/ Spokesperson for Students for Justice in Palestine Canterbury, Matt: 27 May, 2024 , 6.85 MB
Mon 27 May 2024

Last week the Students for Justice in Palestine Canterbury set up a pro-Palestinian encampment on campus. The police were called on the peaceful protest, but students remained for 27 hours, before an agreement was reached with the University. 

Producer Evie spoke to Matt, the spokesperson for Students for Justice in Palestine Canterbury about the encampment, the group's demands and their response to the comments made by ACT’s Simon Court.

The ‘March for Nature’ against the war on nature w/ Sinead O’Flynn-Deighton: 23 May, 2024

The ‘March for Nature’ against the war on nature w/ Sinead O’Flynn-Deighton: 23 May, 2024 The ‘March for Nature’ against the war on nature w/ Sinead O’Flynn-Deighton: 23 May, 2024, 12.54 MB
Thu 23 May 2024

Greenpeace has announced an upcoming “March for Nature” in response to the current Government’s environmental policies, which they have called a “war on nature.”

Their website says this protest is targeting the Fast Track Consent Bill which “undermines democracy and Te Tiriti.”

Wire Host Caeden spoke to Greenpeace spokesperson Sinead Deighton-O'Flynn about the upcoming march.

They started by asking what the demands of the march were.

Mast Seeding Discovery Helpful to Biodiversity Protections in Aotearoa w Emeritus Professor Dave Kelly - May 23, 2024

Mast Seeding Discovery Helpful to Biodiversity Protections in Aotearoa w Emeritus Professor Dave Kelly - May 23, 2024 Mast Seeding Discovery Helpful to Biodiversity Protections in Aotearoa w Emeritus Professor Dave Kelly - May 23, 2024, 18.77 MB
Thu 23 May 2024

A new study of European Beech forests has discovered the impact of the summer solstice as a “celestial cue” on the species’ mast seeding production. This discovery may assist in efforts to protect biodiversity in Aotearoa, due to its relevance to our species of native southern beech, which comprises nearly half of our remaining native forest. Producer Jasmine Gray spoke to Emeritus Professor and co-author of this research, Dave Kelly, on how this discovery can support conservation work here in Aotearoa.

 

The #Blockout2024 Activism Movement w Dr. Sabrina Moro - May 23, 2024

The #Blockout2024 Activism Movement w Dr. Sabrina Moro - May 23, 2024 Sabrina Moro - May 23, 2024, 23.4 MB
Thu 23 May 2024

Users are continuing to boycott celebrities on social media following the beginning of  #Blockout2024. The activist movement was sparked by a peak in digital audiences’ frustrations surrounding the concurrent platforming of wealth and celebrity at the MET Gala alongside scenes of humanitarian devastation in Gaza. The parallel has been described by many as uncomfortably close to dystopian narratives such as Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy. 

 

Producer Jasmine Gray spoke to Media and Communications expert, Dr. Sabrina Moro, to further understand the social impact of the #Blockout2024 movement