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The March for Nature, Fast Track Approvals Bill, and Ram Raid Bill, w/ National’s Tom Rutherford: 10th June, 2024.

The March for Nature, Fast Track Approvals Bill, and Ram Raid Bill, w/ National’s Tom Rutherford: 10th June, 2024. , 19.29 MB
Tue 11 Jun 2024

This weekend’s march for nature saw 20,000 people gathering in Central Auckland to protest against the Fast Track Approvals Bill. Submissions closed just under two months ago, and the select committee is currently reviewing and proposing changes to the bill. 

The bill has been quite controversial since its proposal, with debate from both sides of parliament and the public on whether the potential benefits outweigh the costs. 

The ram raid bill, initially proposed under the previous Labour government, has equally been met with controversy, particularly for how it fails to address the core issues of youth offending, instead proposing prosecuting those as young as 12 years old.

In our weekly catchup with the National Party, Wire Host Castor spoke to MP Tom Rutherford about the Fast Track Approvals Bill as it moves through the select committee process, and how the current government plans to handle the ram raid bill.

 

Including Youth Engagement in the Budget w/ UNICEF Aotearoa Policy and Advocacy Manager, Frances Cox-Wright: 11th June, 2024

Including Youth Engagement in the Budget w/ UNICEF Aotearoa Policy and Advocacy Manager, Frances Cox-Wright: 11th June, 2024 Including Youth Engagement in the Budget w/ UNICEF Aotearoa Policy and Advocacy Manager, Frances Cox-Wright: 11th June, 2024, 17.45 MB
Tue 11 Jun 2024

Following the Budget 2024 announcement two weeks ago, UNICEF Aotearoa has called for greater youth and family engagement in future budgets, highlighting the importance of youth voice and perspective in policy decision making. 

Producer Elle spoke to the UNICEF Aotearoa Policy and Advocacy Manager Frances Cox-Wright about policy suggestions to reduce child poverty and involve youth voice in climate action. 

MOTAT’s new exhibit, Te Puawānanga, w/ MOTAT’s Senior Exhibition Developer, Esther Tobin: 10th June, 2024.

MOTAT’s new exhibit, Te Puawānanga, w/ MOTAT’s Senior Exhibition Developer, Esther Tobin: 10th June, 2024. , 21.59 MB
Tue 11 Jun 2024

MOTAT, or the Museum of Transport and Technology, recently opened a new exhibit, Te Puawānanga, aimed at engaging young people in science and innovation.

Wire host Castor took a look around the exhibit and spoke on-site to senior exhibition developer at MOTAT, Esther Tobin, about the exhibit and what it has to offer.

The Wire w/ Castor: 11th June 2024.

The Wire w/ Castor: 11th June 2024. , 107 MB
Tue 11 Jun 2024

For Dear Science this week, Professor Allan Blackman chatted to us about a genome in tiny ferns, a retracted Alzheimers paper, and investigating success and failure. 

Wire host Castor spoke to the National Party’s Tom Rutherford about the March for Nature, Fast Track Approvals Bill, and the Ram Raid bill. 

He also spoke to Senior Exhibition Developer at Motat Esther Tobin about their new gallery, Te Puawānanga. 

Producer Sofia spoke to the National Chair of Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa, John Minto, about the New Zealand government’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza with regards to reinstating funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian refugees. 

And producer Elle spoke to the UNICEF Aotearoa Policy and Advocacy Manager Frances Cox-Wright about policy suggestions to reduce child poverty and involve youth voice in climate action, Following the release of Budget 2024 two weeks ago. 

New Zealand Government Funding to the UNRWA w/ National Chair of Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa, John Minto: 11th June, 2024.

New Zealand Government Funding to the UNRWA w/ National Chair of Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa, John Minto: 11th June, 2024. , 7.36 MB
Tue 11 Jun 2024

Last week, Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced that New Zealand would reinstate its annual payment of $1 million to the United Nations Reliefs and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees. 

This comes after the government stopped funding to the agency in January over accusations by Israel that the agency’s staff were involved in Hamas' attacks, of which reports later found Israel failed to provide evidence for.

The UNRWA is the United Nation's largest agency operating in Gaza and is the main humanitarian provider for Palestinians under Israeli bombardment.

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to National Chair of Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa, John Minto, about the New Zealand government’s response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza with regards to this reinstated funding. 

She started their interview asking him about the role of the UNRWA.

Lack of funding in tertiary education w/ National President from the Tertiary Education Union Julie Douglas: 10th June, 2024.

Lack of funding in tertiary education w/ National President from the Tertiary Education Union Julie Douglas: 10th June, 2024. , 20.05 MB
Mon 10 Jun 2024

Despite years of requests from tertiary education providers, workers, and students, the government’s budget announcements did not grant any new funding to support the country’s universities. The government also delivered on its promise to move the first year fees free policy to the last year of people’s degrees. 

Producer Castor spoke to one of the National Presidents from the Tertiary Education Union, Julie Douglas, about what the lack of support might mean for tertiary education, how the fees free change will affect students, and how the sector will adapt moving forward.

The Wire w/ Caeden: 6 June, 2024

The Wire w/ Caeden: 6 June, 2024 The Wire w/ Caeden: 6 June, 2024, 129.27 MB
Mon 10 Jun 2024

For our weekly catch-up with Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni Caeden kōrero about the Budget and what more the opposition can be doing for Palestine.

For City Counselling they talk to Councillor Lotu Fuli about Māori Wards and renewed discussions for a national stadium in Tāmaki Makaurau.

And they speak with 350 Aotearoa’s Adam Currie about an oil conference happening in Taranaki next week. 

Joel spoke to National PSA Organiser, Ashok Shankar, about a report into mental health challenges and addiction challenges, and what this means for the mental health and addiction workforce.

Caeden and Joel will also kōrero about their recent excursion to Canada for the Vote16 National Conference

The Wire w/ Joel: 10 June, 2024

The Wire w/ Joel: 10 June, 2024 The Wire w/ Joel: 10 June, 2024, 101.51 MB
Mon 10 Jun 2024

News and Editorial Director, Joel, spoke to Director at Kick Back, Aaron Hendry, about 20+ organisations coming together to urge the government to cull the Ram Raid Bill.

They also spoke to Greenpeace Aotearoa Programme Director, Niamh O’Flynn, about this weekend's March for Nature protests.

And Producer Castor spoke to one of the national presidents from the Tertiary Education Union, Julie Douglas, about budget announcements and how they will impact the tertiary education sector.

March For Nature Strike w/ Greenpeace Aotearoa Programme Director, Niamh O-Flynn: 10 June, 2024

March For Nature Strike w/ Greenpeace Aotearoa Programme Director, Niamh O-Flynn: 10 June, 2024 March For Nature Strike w/ Greenpeace Aotearoa Programme Director, Niamh O-Flynn: 10 June, 2024, 4.38 MB
Mon 10 Jun 2024

Over the weekend, 20,000 people protested along Queens Street against the government’s Fast Track Approvals Bill and other legislation that they have deemed ‘a war on nature’.

I spoke to Greenpeace Aotearoa Programme Director, Niamh O’Flynn, about the protests, and what the organisation are hoping for in the future.

Calls to Kill the Ram Raid Bill w/ Director at Kick Back, Aaron Hendry: 10 June, 2024

Calls to Kill the Ram Raid Bill w/ Director at Kick Back, Aaron Hendry: 10 June, 2024 Calls to Kill the Ram Raid Bill w/ Director at Kick Back, Aaron Hendry: 10 June, 2024, 5.58 MB
Mon 10 Jun 2024

A collective of over 20 organisations have joined to deliver an open letter and petition to Parliament on the 26th of June, urging the Government to get rid of the Ram Raid Bill. 

These groups are advocating for an alternative approach to tackling youth offending rates, by ensuring all political parties in Parliament work together, using grounded evidence and being informed by lived experiences to reduce these statistics.

I spoke to the Director of Kick Back, a youth development and advocacy organisation and a member of the collective, Aaron Hendry, about this petition.