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Pharmac Funding, Youth-Offenders and the Benefit w/ the Green Party’s Ricardo Menéndez-March: 26 June, 2024

Pharmac Funding, Youth-Offenders and the Benefit w/ the Green Party’s Ricardo Menéndez March: 26 June, 2024 Pharmac Funding, Youth-Offenders and the Benefit w/ the Green Party’s Ricardo Menéndez March: 26 June, 2024, 8.3 MB
Wed 26 Jun 2024

The government recently announced it would increase funding to the New Zealand Pharmaceutical agency, also known as Pharmac, by $604 Million over the next four years to fund the treatment of 54 new drugs, 13 of which are cancer treating medication. 

The announcement comes after the government experienced widespread backlash when cancer treatment funding was left out of the annual budget announcement made last month, going against Nationals promise during the general elections to increase funding for cancer treatments. 

For their weekly catch-up, Oto spoke to the Green Party’s Ricardo Menéndez-March to discuss the party’s take on the government’s recent announcement and decision. 

They also talked about the government’s introduction of a new sentencing Category for Young Offenders and the implementation of check-in requirements for Jobseeker beneficiaries.

Government Assistance for Families w/ Susan St John: 26 June, 2024

Government Assistance for Families w/ Susan St John: 26 June, 2024 Government Assistance for Families w/ Susan St John: 26 June, 2024, 8.68 MB
Wed 26 Jun 2024

There are at least 150,000 children in Aotearoa living under the poverty line who come from households dependent on government assistance schemes like Working for Families. 

However, as Susan St John, associate professor in economics at the University of Auckland Business School and spokesperson for Child Poverty Action group, said in a recent newsroom article, there are barriers in accessing support schemes for low-income families not found in those aimed at Kiwis over the age of 65, such as the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. 

Oto had a chat with Susan about the state of government assistance for low-income families in New Zealand, and why she believes it’s better to be old than young if you’re poor in New Zealand.

Pharmac Funding w/ Paula Lorgelly: 26 June, 2024

Pharmac Funding w/ Paula Lorgelly: 26 June, 2024 Pharmac Funding w/ Paula Lorgelly: 26 June, 2024, 6.15 MB
Wed 26 Jun 2024

As part of the ongoing discussions around the government’s recent decision to boost Pharmac funding for select drugs and cancer treatments - Oto spoke to Paula Lorgelly, professor of Health Economics and Population Health at the University of Auckland, for her perspective on the announcement as an economist.

Proposed military boot camps for youth offenders and job cuts in the public sector w/ the National Party’s Tom Rutherford: 25th June, 2024.

Proposed military boot camps for youth offenders and job cuts in the public sector w/ the National Party’s Tom Rutherford: 25th June, 2024. , 11.36 MB
Tue 25 Jun 2024

On Sunday the government announced new measures to combat increased rates of youth offending. Along with increased police presence on Queen Street, they also promised the introduction of military style boot camps for youth offenders. 

Military style boot camps have been implemented several times in Aotearoa, to minimal success. They have been met with criticism for their failure to address the root issues of youth offending, and the high rates of reconviction. 

The government has also met recent criticism for its cuts in the public sector, particularly for ACT party leader David Seymour’s comments that more cuts should be expected. 

In our weekly catchup with the National Party, Wire host Castor spoke to MP Tom Rutherford about the boot camps proposal and the impact of cuts in the public sector.

Impacts of cancer drug funding on breast cancer patients w/ chief executive of the Breast Cancer foundation Ah-Leen Rayner: 25th June 2024.

Impacts of cancer drug funding on breast cancer patients w/ chief executive of the Breast Cancer foundation Ah-Leen Rayner: 25th June 2024. , 6.17 MB
Tue 25 Jun 2024

The government announced cancer drug funding on Monday, which was met with support from the Breast Cancer foundation, who say the funding will significantly benefit those currently struggling with cancer. 

The announcement was met with some criticism, as it was a campaign promise for the National party last year, but was absent in last month’s budget. This led to some uncertainty around how the funding would be provided if at all. 

Wire host Castor spoke to chief executive of the Breast Cancer Foundation, Ah-Leen Rayner about the funding, how it will benefit patients, and potential improvements for the future.

Pharmac funding updates w Chair of Patient Voice Aotearoa Malcolm Mullholland

Pharmac funding updates w Chair of Patient Voice Aotearoa Malcolm Mullholland Pharmac funding updates w Chair of Patient Voice Aotearoa Malcolm Mullholland, 20.45 MB
Tue 25 Jun 2024

As part of their pledge to fund 13 new cancer drugs the coalition government has given Pharmac at least $600 million.

This is welcome news to the 330,000 patients that are currently on the waiting list for medicines on Pharmac’s Options for Investment List.

I spoke to the chair of Patient Voice Aotearoa about the current state of Pharmac’s process, funding and what other reforms are needed on top of the recent changes. 

Patient Voice Aotearoa is a collective of patients, caregivers, whanau, advocates and charitable organisations that campaign for the rights of New Zealand patients.

I began by asking about the state of Pharmac funding prior to the developments.

The Wire w/ Castor: 25th June, 2024.

The Wire w/ Castor: 25th June, 2024. , 102.06 MB
Tue 25 Jun 2024

For Dear Science this week, we chatted to Professor Allan Blackman chats to us about the environmental impact of green hydrogen, chimpanzees using drugs, and the 3 Nobel laureates born today. 

Wire host Castor spoke to the National Party’s Tom Rutherford about the government’s proposed military style bootcamps for youth offenders and public sector job cuts. 

Castor also spoke to chief executive of the Breast Cancer Foundation, Ah-Leen Rayner, about the government’s cancer drug announcements and what they mean for cancer patients. 

Producer Elle spoke to the Chair of Patient Voice Aotearoa, Malcolm Mulholland about Pharmac’s recent funding for cancer medication. 

The Wire w/ Caeden: 20th June, 2024

The Wire w/ Caeden: 20th June, 2024 The Wire w/ Caeden: 20th June, 2024, 56.35 MB
Tue 25 Jun 2024

Wire host Caeden spoke to Labour Deputy Leader Carmel Sepuloni about last week’s Labour Party conference and scrutiny week in Parliament.

They also spoke to Kanak youth coordinator Viro Xulue about the struggle for decolonisation in New Caledonia.

They spoke to University of Auckland Lecturer Dr Emmy van Esch about the ethics of monitoring employees’ computers when they work for home.

And they spoke to World Vision’s Dr Olivia Yates about pacific migration due to climate change. 

Producer Oto spoke to Dr Selena Shang from the University of Auckland about the government’s decision to remove agricultural emissions from the Emissions Trading Scheme.

He also spoke to Dr Jennifer Tatebe from the University of Auckland to talk about the impacts of urbanisation on rural schools.

Māori wards w/ ActionStation Aotearoa Director, Kassie Hartendorp: 24th June, 2024

Māori wards w/ ActionStation Aotearoa Director, Kassie Hartendorp: 24th June, 2024 Māori wards w/ ActionStation Aotearoa Director, Kassie Hartendorp: 24th June, 2024, 7.48 MB
Mon 24 Jun 2024

The government has proposed to reverse changes made to increase Māori representation in local government by reverting the Māori ward rules  to restore the referendum mechanism. 

This would mean if any council wanted to establish a Māori ward, and a petition that had been signed by 5% of people was presented, a binding referendum would have to be held. 

Additionally, the bill requires that all the councils that created Māori wards since 2021 have to hold a poll about whether to keep them at the 2025 local elections, with the results of the poll to be binding and come into force in 2028. 

ActionStation has released a report, ‘Protect Māori Wards’, which has gathered the stories of over 200 community members on their experiences of Māori wards. 

Host Sofia Roger Williams spoke to ActionStation director, Kassie Hartendorp (Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa), about what the report found, why Māori wards are important, and the government’s proposed changes for Māori wards more generally.

The Global Refugee Crisis w/ senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland, Dr Ritesh Shah: 24th June, 2024

The Global Refugee Crisis w/ senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland, Dr Ritesh Shah: 24th June, 2024 The Global Refugee Crisis w/ senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland, Dr Ritesh Shah: 24th June, 2024, 7.17 MB
Mon 24 Jun 2024

The UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency, recorded that 117.3 million people were forcibly displaced at the end of 2023 due to conflict, violence, or climate-related disasters - a record number. 

In light of World Refugee Day last week, Dr Ritesh Shah, a senior lecturer of comparative and international education in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, says that the global refugee crisis is a symptom of a failed global system. 

Host Sofia Roger Williams spoke to Ritesh about the 1951 UN Refugee Convention, which provides the internationally recognized definition of a refugee and outlines the legal protection, rights and assistance a refugee is entitled to receive, as well as the global refugee crisis more generally.