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Proposed vaping legislation and changes to disability funding eligibility w/ National’s James Meager: 26th March 2024.

Proposed vaping legislation and changes to disability funding eligibility w/ National’s James Meager: 26th March 2024. , 18.5 MB
Tue 26 Mar 2024

Associate Health Minister Casey Costello announced a batch of legislation aimed at reducing the prevalence of vaping amongst young people. These changes include a ban on disposable vapes and increased fines for those selling vapes to underaged buyers. 

Additionally, recent changes around disability funding eligibility have been criticised by many for removing access to essential services or leisure activities. 

Wire host Castor spoke to James Meager about the new vaping legislation and the possible consequences for young people, along with the funding criteria changes and how they might affect disabled people and their carers. 

Long COVID risk with Professor Michael Baker: 26th March, 2024.

Long COVID risk with Professor Michael Baker: 26th March, 2024. , 13.51 MB
Tue 26 Mar 2024

Long COVID is a condition that continues to affect people after they contract COVID 19 with a wide range of symptoms. A new Public Health Expert meeting has called for urgent preventative action against long COVID, suggesting it will have long term financial and human costs. 

Wire host Castor spoke to the University of Otago’s Professor Michael Baker about Long COVID and how we can respond to it.

The Wire w/ Castor - 26th March 2024.

The Wire with Castor: 26th March 2024. , 120.1 MB
Tue 26 Mar 2024

For Dear Science this week, Doctor Cushla McGoverin spoke to Wire host Castor about newly identified marine species, preservation of brain tissue, and genetically modified cow’s milk. 

Castor also spoke to the National Party’s James Meager about the proposed vaping legislation and the changes to disability funding eligibility. 

He also spoke to the University of Otago’s Professor Michael Baker about long COVID and its implications. 

Producer Sofia spoke to the Co-founder of the Cannabis Clinic, Dr. Waseem Alzaher, about endometriosis treatments and using cannabis as pain relief in light of World Endometriosis Day this week. 

She also spoke to Labour Party MP and Spokesperson for Disability Issues, Priyanca Radhakrishnan, about the Whaikaha, Ministry for Disabled People, funding changes and the implications they will have for disabled communities and whānau. 

Whaikaha, Ministry for Disabled People, funding changes w/ Labour Party Spokesperson for Disability Issues, Priyanca Radhakrishnan: 26th March 2024

Whaikaha, Ministry for Disabled People, funding changes w/ Labour Party Spokesperson for Disability Issues, Priyanca Radhakrishnan: 26th March 2024 Whaikaha, Ministry for Disabled People, funding changes w/ Labour Party Spokesperson for Disability Issues, Priyanca Radhakrishnan: 26th March 2024, 12.92 MB
Tue 26 Mar 2024

Last week, on Monday 18th March, Whaikaha - the Ministry for Disabled People announced that it was making changes to its Purchasing Rules and Equipment and Modification Services. 

These changes mean that people can no longer use disability funding for expenses that provide respite, self-care services for carers and whānau, gifts for volunteers providing support, and overseas and domestic travel costs. 

The changes came into effect the same day they were announced. 

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to Labour MP and Spokesperson for Disability Issues, Priyanca Radhakrishnan, about these changes and the implications they will have for disabled communities and whānau. 

Rise in Opioid Use Among Older Adult and Post-Surgery Patients w/ Pharmacy Lecturer Dr Jay Gong, and Clinical Pharmacist, Hoda Fahmy: 25 March 2024

Rise in Opioid Use Among Older Adult and Post-Surgery Patients w/ Pharmacy Lecturer Dr Jay Gong, and Clinical Pharmacist, Hoda Fahmy: 25 March 2024 Rise in Opioid Use Among Older Adult and Post-Surgery Patients w/ Pharmacy Lecturer Dr Jay Gong, and Clinical Pharmacist, Hoda Fahmy: 25 March 2024, 23.54 MB
Mon 25 Mar 2024

Research from the University of Auckland highlights a rise in the prescription and use of opioids in New Zealand, particularly among post-surgery and older adult patients.

Producer Ezra spoke to Pharmacy Lecturer Dr Jay Gong, and Clinical Pharmacist, Hoda Fahmy, from the University of Auckland, about the research and its implications on older adult and post-surgery patients.

The Wire w/ Jessica: 25 October, 2025

The Wire w/ Jessica: 25 October, 2025 The Wire w/ Jessica: 25 October, 2025, 87.16 MB
Mon 25 Mar 2024

For their regular catch-up News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to ACT’s Simon Court about youth vaping, public sector cuts, and calls for the government to create a special humanitarian visa for Palestinians in Gaza with family connections to New Zealand.

She also spoke to Co-Founder of Vape-Free Kids NZ, Marnie Wilton, and Associate Professor at the University of Auckland Bioengineering Institute, Kelly Burrowes, about how effective they believe the government’s new measures to reduce youth vaping will be.

Producer Ezra spoke to Pharmacy Lecturer Dr Jay Gong, and Clinical Pharmacist, Hoda Fahmy, from the University of Auckland, about a rise in opioid misuse among older adult and post-surgery patients.

Does the Government’s ‘Crackdown’ Youth Vaping Go Far Enough? w/ Co-Founder of Vape-Free Kids NZ, Marnie Wilton, and Associate Professor at the University of Auckland Bioengineering Institute, Kelly Burrowes: 25 March, 2024

Does the Government’s ‘Crackdown’ Youth Vaping Go Far Enough? w/ Co-Founder of Vape-Free Kids NZ, Marnie Wilton, and Associate Professor at the University of Auckland Bioengineering Institute, Kelly Burrowes: 25 March, 2024 Does the Government’s ‘Crackdown’ Youth Vaping Go Far Enough? w/ Co-Founder of Vape-Free Kids NZ, Marnie Wilton, and Associate Professor at the University of Auckland Bioengineering Institute, Kelly Burrowes: 25 March, 2024, 13.7 MB
Mon 25 Mar 2024

Last week, the government announced a complete ban on disposable vapes and higher fines for vape retailers and individuals caught selling to under-18-year-olds, as part of its ‘crackdown’ on youth vaping.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Co-Founder of Vape-Free Kids NZ, Marnie Wilton, about how effective she believes these measures will be in stopping youth vaping.

She also asked Associate Professor at the University of Auckland Bioengineering Institute, Kelly Burrowes, for her thoughts on the government’s crackdown.

She started off the interview asking what impact Burrowes thinks the recently announced measures will have on reducing vaping among young people?

The students at Freyberg High School and Grant Robertson’s valedictory speech w/ Jan Tinetti: 21 March, 2024

The students at Freyberg High School and Grant Robertson’s valedictory speech w/ Jan Tinetti: 21 March, 2024 The students at Freyberg High School and Grant Robertson’s valedictory speech w/ Jan Tinetti: 21 March, 2024, 13.98 MB
Thu 21 Mar 2024

For our weekly catch-up with the Labour Party Caeden spoke to Labour Party spokesperson for Education and Women Jan Tinetti. They asked about Winston Peter’s comments comparing co-governance with Nazi Germany, the response to the Freyberg High School students performing a haka against David Seymour, and Grant Robertson’s valedictory speech yesterday. 

Improving Auckland’s Public Transport and w/ Shane Henderson: 21 March, 2024

Improving Auckland’s Public Transport and w/ Shane Henderson: 21 March, 2024 Improving Auckland’s Public Transport and w/ Shane Henderson: 21 March, 2024, 14.48 MB
Thu 21 Mar 2024

Yesterday the Western line was closed for some stops including between New Market and Britomart, while two Britomart stations remained closed due to KiwiRail maintenance issues. This won’t surprise commuters in Tāmaki Makaurau who are far too used to trains not running or turning up.

Caeden spoke to West Auckland based counsellor Shane Henderson about our public transport woes and the success of the cost-cutting budget. Here is that interview.

Thursday Wire w/ Caeden: 21 March, 2024

Thursday Wire w/ Caeden: 21 March, 2024 Thursday Wire w/ Caeden: 21 March, 2024, 94.61 MB
Thu 21 Mar 2024

For our weekly catch-up with the Labour Party Caeden chats with Labour spokesperson for Education and Women Jan Tinetti about Winston Peters recent comments on co-governance, the students at Freyberg High School, and Grant Robertson’s valedictory speech.

They also also chat with Auckland Councillor Shane Henderson about public transport in Tāmaki Makaurau and Auckland’s last cost cutting budget for City Counselling.

Jasmine speaks to Professor Margaret Mutu about the path to a constitution of indigenous rights for Māori in Aotearoa.

She also speaks to Dr Pippa McKelvie-Sebileau about the emergence of more international research in support of free school lunches, and what this means for government research and action ahead of the proposed funding axe.