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Calls for the Closure of New Zealand’s Fossil Fuel Industry w/ Nick: December 7 2023

Calls for the Closure of New Zealand’s Fossil Fuel Industry w/ Nick: December 7 2023. , 25.02 MB
Thu 7 Dec 2023

Oxfam has published a report on New Zealand’s fossil fuel industry, calling upon the government to immediately end the production of oil and gas. 

While New Zealand has made numerous commitments to reducing our climate impact, the new government has announced policies that promote further oil and gas production. 

Castor spoke to Oxfam’s climate justice lead and the report’s lead author, Nick Henry, about the report and how the new government’s policies will affect our emissions targets.

Influence of the Tobacco Industry on Aotearoa w/ Professor of Social and Community Health at the University of Auckland Peter Adams: 7 December, 2023

Influence of the Tobacco Industry on Aotearoa w/ Professor of Social and Community Health at the University of Auckland Peter Adams: 7 December, 2023 Influence of the Tobacco Industry on Aotearoa w/ Professor of Social and Community Health at the University of Auckland Peter Adams: 7 December, 2023, 21.65 MB
Thu 7 Dec 2023

The new government announced a repeal of Aotearaoa’s Smoke Free legislation and regulation of tobacco products, making international news.

Beth spoke to Professor of Social and Community Health at the University of Auckland Peter Adams about the influence of the tobacco industry on Aotearoa New Zealand and what needs to happen in order to create unbiased policymaking.

The Wire w/ Jessica: 7 December, 2023

The Wire w/ Jessica: 7 December, 2023 The Wire w/ Jessica: 7 December, 2023, 74.33 MB
Thu 7 Dec 2023

On the Wire for Rāpare Thursday, hosted by News and Editorial Director Jessica Hopkins. 

Producer Beth spoke to Professor of Social and Community Health at the University of Auckland, Peter Adams, about the influence of the tobacco industry in Aotearoa. 

For City Counselling this week, Beth spoke to counsellor for Manukau, Lotu Fuli, about the Auckland Climate Budget and the review of Auckland Council’s 10 year budget.

Anbd producer Castor, spoke to Oxfam’s climate justice lead, Nick Henry, about a report he authored on New Zealand’s fossil fuel industry.

Child Poverty Koi Tū Report w/ Dr Felicia Low: December 6th, 2023

Child Poverty Koi Tū Report w Dr Felicia Low: December 6th, 2023 Child Poverty Koi Tū Report w Dr Felicia Low: December 6th, 2023, 17.14 MB
Wed 6 Dec 2023

Despite recent years' initiatives to mitigate child poverty, it remains an important issue that negatively impacts children's development and health. Experts have proposed cost-effective solutions to improve children's neurological, physical, and mental health, emphasising the importance of the first 2000 days of a child’s life to development. 

Intergenerational disadvantage and inequity is a key cause of continuing child poverty, with up  to 30% of Aotearoa New Zealand’s children lacking their basic needs’ adequate fulfilment. 

The Knowledge Hub for Maternal and Child Health at Koi Tū has released a report aimed at the Government to implement these solutions through policy, which parents and guardians can read for their own benefit.

Olivia spoke with the leader of the Knowledge Hub for Maternal and Child Health at Koi Tū, Dr Felicia Low, about the current state of child poverty, and Koi Tū’s report on evidence-based solutions.

Open Letter to Universities to Stand With Palestine w/ Dylan Asafo: 6th December, 2023

Open Letter to Universities to Stand With Palestine w/ Dylan Asafo: 6th December, 2023 Open Letter to Universities to Stand With Palestine w/ Dylan Asafo: 6th December, 2023, 21.11 MB
Wed 6 Dec 2023

With the seven-day humanitarian pause in Gaza having come to an end, many have continued to call for a permanent ceasefire. In Aotearoa New Zealand, there has been continued peaceful action by protestors calling for entities to condemn Israel’s bombings and to stand with Palestine. 

For this week’s Get Action! segment, Olivia talked to Senior Lecturer of Law at the University of Auckland, Dylan Asafo, about his open letter calling for universities to stand with Palestine. In this letter, he calls for Vice-Chancellors of the New Zealand Universities to condemn Israel’s attacks. 

The Wire w/ Nicholas: December 5, 2023

The Wire w/ Nicholas: December 5, 2023 The Wire w/ Nicholas: December 5, 2023, 97.24 MB
Tue 5 Dec 2023

The Tuesday Wire team is joined by Dr Alan Blackman, where they discuss a failed superconductivity project, the health positives and negatives associated with alcohol consumption and why going Vegan might just be better for our health.

Nicholas spoke to Professor Claire Charters, co-author of He Puapua, about the reports' genesis and controversy surrounding He Puapua.

Nicholas catches up with the National Party's Dr Shane Reti about the policy aimed at Māori will be affected under National’s coalition agreements with Act and NZ First. As well as comments made by Chris Bishop about Labour’s smokefree plans.

Nicholas also spoke to to Kerri Nuku, the spokesperson for the New Zealand Nurses' organisation about the needs they want the new Government to adress.

 

 

Dear Science w/ Dr Allan Blackman: December 5, 2023

Dear Science w/ Dr Allan Blackman: December 5, 2023 Dear Science w/ Dr Allan Blackman: December 5, 2023, 43.34 MB
Tue 5 Dec 2023

The Tuesday Wire team is joined by Dr Alan Blackman, where they discuss a failed superconductivity project, the health positives and negatives associated with alcohol consumption and why going Vegan might just be better for our health.

The facts about He Puapua w/ Co-author Professor Claire Charters: December 5th, 2023

The facts about He Puapua w/ Co-author Professor Claire Charters: December 5th, 2023 The facts about He Puapua w/ Co-author Professor Claire Charters: December 5th, 2023, 24.3 MB
Tue 5 Dec 2023

He Puapua, the odds are that you may not have read it, but it is most likely that you have at least heard of the controversial report.

The report was labelled as “segregation by stealth” by the former National Party Leader Judith Collins, and the report even garnered a special mention in National’s Coalition Agreement with NZ First, with the National Party agreeing to stop all work on He Puapua.

Amidst the controversy and outrage one question has remained unanswered, what actually is He Puapua?

He Puapua was a report published by a working group intended to help envision what Aotearoa would look like if we were compliant with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous people.

The National government signed New Zealand up to the declaration in 2010 after we had previously rejected joining the declaration, despite the declaration not having any legislative effect in Aotearoa.

He Puapua was written to give advice and recommendations, but had no legal authority or legislative power.

Despite this He Puapua has been purposefully obfuscated and misconstrued.

Nicholas spoke to Co-author of He Puapua Claire Charters about the report, our discussion began with a question about the reports inception.

 

Māori issues and Chris Bishop's recent comments on Labour's smokefree plans w/ The National Party's Dr Shane Reti: December 5, 2023

Māori issues and Chris Bishop's recent comments on Labour's smokefree plans w/ The National Party's Dr Shane Reti: December 5, 2023 Māori issues and Chris Bishop's recent comments on Labour's smokefree plans w/ The National Party's Dr Shane Reti: December 5, 2023, 15.93 MB
Tue 5 Dec 2023

This week for our weekly catchup with Dr Shane Reti the discussion centred on how policy aimed at Māori will be affected under National’s coalition agreements with Act and NZ First.

During our discussion we touched on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous people and He Puapua, both of which have been scrapped under coalition agreements.

Nicholas also touched on the Act Party’s treaty principles bill, which the National Party has agreed to support to the select committee stage.

 

To finish our interview I asked Dr Reti to clarify claims made by the Primeminister and senior minister Chris Bishop. During an interview with Q and A Chris Bishop made the claim that under Labour's smokefree 2025 plan, there would only be one tobacco retailer in the entirety of Northland, potentially making that retailer a magnet for crime.

According to the plans laid out by the director general, there would be not one but 35 retailers able to sell tobacco across Northland. I followed this up with a question about potential new vaping regulations.

The interview began with a question about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous people.

 

Gender Pay Inequality in Aotearoa w/ Agnes Naera: November 4, 2023

Gender Pay Inequality in Aotearoa w/ Agnes Naera: November 4, 2023 Gender Pay Inequality in Aotearoa w/ Agnes Naera: November 4, 2023, 18.01 MB
Mon 4 Dec 2023

Global Women Aotearoa has said that based upon the gender pay gap of 8.6% according to Statistics New Zealand, women in Aotearoa have been effectively working for free from the 30th of November until the end of the year. This disparity is much higher for Māori women, who face a pay gap of 14.3%, and Pasifika women, who face a pay gap of 15.2%. The statement from Global Women is a part of their eight percent matters campaign, which aims to make New Zealanders more aware of the gender pay gap. Global Women says they want New Zealanders to use this time of year to talk about topics like pay equity and pay transparency with those around them, and the campaign is an attempt to spark that conversation

Rosetta spoke to Agnes Naera, CEO of Global Women, about the eight percent matters campaign, what the current state of the gender pay gap in Aotearoa looks like, and what more needs to be done.