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Microinfluencers During Crises w/ Doctoral Candidate Information Systems and Operations Management at the University of Auckland, Shohil Kishore, 8 April, 2024

Microinfluencers During Crises w/ Doctoral Candidate Information Systems and Operations Management at the University of Auckland, Shohil Kishore, 8 April, 2024 Microinfluencers During Crises w/ Doctoral Candidate Information Systems and Operations Management at the University of Auckland, Shohil Kishore, 8 April, 2024, 9.5 MB
Mon 8 Apr 2024

A recent study by the University of Auckland has found micro-influencers play a greater role in spreading information during crises than their larger counterparts.

I spoke to Business School Researcher at the University of Auckland, Shohil Kishore, about the implications of his research for government agencies, policy makers and social media platforms. 

The Wire w/ Jessica: 8 April, 2023

The Wire w/ Jessica: 8 April, 2023 The Wire w/ Jessica: 8 April, 2023, 23.9 MB
Mon 8 Apr 2024

Producer Ezra spoke to Business School Researcher, Shohil Kishore, from the University of Auckland about his recent study on the impact of micro-influencers during crises.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Senior Lecturer in Bioethics at the University of Otago, Dr Elizabeth Fenton, about the government removing free flu vaccines for children under 12 and Māori and Pacific People aged 55-64

And co-founder of New Zealand NGO Reemi, an organisation which works to alleviate period poverty, discussed supplying reusable period underwear to people in Gaza.

Changes to Free Flu Vaccine Eligibility w/ Associate Professor in Hauora Māori at the University of Otago, Dr Esther Willing: 8 April, 2024

Changes to Free Flu Vaccine Eligibility w/ Associate Professor in Hauora Māori at the University of Otago, Dr Esther Willing: 8 April, 2024 Changes to Free Flu Vaccine Eligibility w/ Associate Professor in Hauora Māori at the University of Otago, Dr Esther Willing: 8 April, 2024, 4.18 MB
Mon 8 Apr 2024

The flu vaccine will no longer be free for children under 12 or Māori and Pacific people aged 55 to 64.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Associate Professor in Hauora Māori at the University of Otago, Dr Esther Willing, about the impact this will have on the health of our communities, particularly children, Māori, and Pasifika.

She started the interview by asking Willing what her reaction is to this change in eligibility.

Government Targeting Truancy and Re-Introducing Charter Schools w/ New Zealand Education Institute President, Mark Potter, New Zealand Education Institute President, Mark Potter: 4 April, 2024

Government Targeting Truancy and Re-Introducing Charter Schools w/ New Zealand Education Institute President, Mark Potter, New Zealand Education Institute President, Mark Potter: 4 April, 2024 Government Targeting Truancy and Re-Introducing Charter Schools w/ New Zealand Education Institute President, Mark Potter, New Zealand Education Institute President, Mark Potter: 4 April, 2024, 4.4 MB
Thu 4 Apr 2024

Associate Education Minister, David Seymour, has announced the creation of an establishment board to re-open Charter Schools by 2025.

The government is also set to announce plans to increase school attendance, but has not yet said if this will include fining parents for truancy, which the ACT Party campaigned on during the election.

First, news teamer Fath spoke to New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association President, Chris Abercrombie, about their response to the government's plans for the education sector. 

Faith also spoke to New Zealand Education Institute President, Mark Potter.

She started off the interview by asking Potter how he thinks the government could address truancy in schools. 

The Wire w/ Nicholas: April 10, 2024

The Wire w/ Nicholas: April 10, 2024 The Wire w/ Nicholas: April 10, 2024, 95.38 MB
Thu 4 Apr 2024

This week on the Wednesday Wire;

Nicholas spoke to Green Party MP Ricardo Menéndez March about Winston Peter’s speech at the UN General Assembly as well as public sector job cuts

He also spoke to Professor Rita Krishnamurthi about new research into the prevalence of dementia in Aotearoa

And he spoke to Dr Kelly Garton of Health Coalition Aotearoa about associate health minister David Seymour using outdated advice to justify defunding school lunch programs

For GetAction! Sofia spoke to Abdul Safi  about a petition to place sanctions on Israel

Oto spoke to Dr Thomas Gregory from the University of Auckland, to talk about the use of A.I in military conflicts

Progress Toward Life-saving Treatment for Aotearoa's Deadliest Breast Cancer w/ Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ Ah-Leen Rayner

Progress Toward Life-saving Treatment for Aotearoa's Deadliest Breast Cancer w/ Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ Ah-Leen Rayner Progress Toward Life-saving Treatment for Aotearoa's Deadliest Breast Cancer w/ Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ Ah-Leen Rayner, 12.2 MB
Thu 4 Apr 2024

Kiwis battling the deadliest form of breast cancer, are a step closer to gaining access to life-saving treatment. There are currently no funded treatment options for triple-negative breast cancer, but hope is on the horizon with Pharmac recommending funding for drug, Keytruda. Producer Jasmine Gray spoke to Breast Cancer Foundation Chief Executive, Ah-Leen Rayner, about the path to rollout for patients in Aotearoa. 

 

Karangahape Road Rainbow Crossing Vandalism w/ OutLine's Jenn Tamati: April 4, 2024

Karangahape Road Rainbow Crossing Vandalism w/ OutLine's Jenn Tamati: April 4, 2024 Karangahape Road Rainbow Crossing Vandalism w/ OutLine's Jenn Tamati: April 4, 2024, 12.02 MB
Thu 4 Apr 2024

Producer Jasmine Gray spoke to OutLine’s volunteer coordinator, Jenn Tamati, about their perspective on how Aotearoa’s rainbow communities are feeling a week on from the vandalism of Karangahape Road's rainbow crossing, one of the most recent acts in increasingly visible hate crimes against our LGBTQIA+ whānau in Aotearoa.

For support visit OutLine.

To sign up to the rainbow support collective workshops Jenn mentioned, fill in one of the forms below.

Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Ōtautahi

Online workshop in May

Online workshop in June 

The State of Our Cybersecurity w Giovanni Russello: April 3, 2024

The State of Our Cybersecurity w Giovanni Russello: April 3, 2024 The State of Our Cybersecurity w Giovanni Russello: April 3, 2024, 17.1 MB
Wed 3 Apr 2024

In August 2021, New Zealand’s intelligence agency was hit with a cyberattack carried out by a group allegedly backed by the government of China, part of a series of attacks that also hit government offices in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.

However, the parliament data breach wasn’t the only cyberattack to happen here in Aotearoa. More than 100 staff members were the victim of cybercrime in 2023 alone, disrupting the operations of more than than a third of businesses nationwide. The repeated string of cyberattacks across the country has created discourse surrounding the vulnerability of cybersecurity systems in New Zealand.

Oto spoke to Professor Giovanni Russello, the head of the school of computer science at the University of Auckland and a lecturer in cybersecurity, to discuss the state of cybersecurity in Aotearoa, and possible steps that can be taken to improve it.

The Wire w/ Nicholas: April 3, 2024

The Wire w/ Nicholas: April 3, 2024 The Wire w/ Nicholas: April 3, 2024, 99.31 MB
Wed 3 Apr 2024

This week on the Wednesday Wire:

Nicholas spoke to Green Party MP Ricardo Menéndez March about the Fast Track Approval Legislation and the IMF’s recommendations regarding New Zealand’s tax system.

He also spoke to Dr Kevin E Trenberth about why we shouldn’t rely on geo-engineering as a solution to combat climate change.

Sofia spoke to Research fellow Marnie Prickett  about public health concerns regarding the in-process fast-track approval bill

Oto spoke to Professor Giovanni Russello, the head of the school of computer science at the University of Auckland and a lecturer in cybersecurity, to discuss the state of cybersecurity in Aotearoa, and possible steps that can be taken to improve it. 

Finally, Sofia spoke to Dr Jude Ball joins us to talk about the impending introduction of even MORE oral nicotine and tobacco products

Why hacking planet Earth will not save us from ourselves w/ Dr Kevin Trenberth: April 3, 2024

Why hacking planet Earth will not save us from ourselves w/ Dr Kevin Trenberth: April 3, 2024 Why hacking planet Earth will not save us from ourselves w/ Dr Kevin Trenberth: April 3, 2024, 25.37 MB
Wed 3 Apr 2024

Climate change is a problem that hangs perpetually over the head of humankind.

In an effort to find a solution to this existential issue, some scientists have proposed using geoengineering to “hack” the climate.

Possible geoengineering proposals include injecting sea salt into clouds to increase their brightness and using giant space parasols to block the sun.

However, geoengineering has its critics. 

Dr Kevin E Trenberth discussed the pitfalls of geoengineering in his recent newsroom article Hacking planet Earth will not save us from ourselves 

In the article Dr Trenberth uses this fable to display ethical problems around who gets to control a hacked climate.

“Once upon a time in an idyllic country, near a small town and a farming community, a rope hung out of the sky. One pull on the rope changed the weather from fine and sunny to cloudy and rainy, and the next pull changed it back. For many years the people cooperated; the farmers used the rains to help grow crops, and the townspeople enjoyed the sunny periods. But there came a time when the townspeople protested the rain and wanted more sunshine. The farmers were concerned about their crops. And so arguments broke out, with a person from the town pulling on the rope, followed quickly by a farmer pulling it again, and they pulled and pulled and . . . broke the rope.”

Nicholas spoke to Dr Trenberth about his article and the implications of pursuing geoengineering as a solution to climate change