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Students protest for Palestine from UoA to Yale w/ Layan Khalil and Andre Fa’aoso: 2 May, 2024

Students protest for Palestine from UoA to Yale w/ Layan Khalil and Andre Fa’aoso: 2 May, 2024 Students protest for Palestine from UoA to Yale w/ Layan Khalil and Andre Fa’aoso: 2 May, 2024, 40.14 MB
Thu 2 May 2024

Last night hundreds gathered outside the General Library at the University of Auckland to rally in support of students in Palestine. The action was inspired by, and in solidarity with, students in campuses across the United States. Thousands of US students have set up encampments to protest their University and Government’s role in supporting Israel to carry out a genocide in Gaza.

Caeden spoke to one of the leaders of the action in Tāmaki Makaurau, Layan Khalil. They started by asking her to describe Student Justice for Palestine.

They also spoke to Yale University student Andre Fa’aoso about the protests on the ground in the United States. Andre is a former Wire host and has been reporting on the events for the Yale Daily News. They spoke about the reports of both police violence against protestors and anti-semitism from protestors, and the goals and demands of the striking students. It comes as US College Presidents, including the Yale President, have been summoned to Congress to speak on anti-semitism on their campuses.

The Wire w/ Caeden: 2 May ,2024

The Wire w/ Caeden: 2 May ,2024 The Wire w/ Caeden: 2 May ,2024, 144.06 MB
Thu 2 May 2024

For our weekly catch-up with the Labour Party Wire Host Caeden speaks to Carmel Sepuloni about pay rises for MPs and National’s new social housing policy.

They speak to Shane Henderson for City Counselling about the Palestine protests in Tāmaki Makaurau and the end of half priced public transport for under 25s.

They speak to Student Justice for Palestine Organiser Layan Khalil about the student rally for Palestine that took place on campus last night, and with Andre Fa’aoso on the student protests for Palestine in the United States.

And they speak to Dr Kirsten Zemke about the racist backlash Beyoncé received after releasing her popular country album, Cowboy Carter, earlier this year.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins speaks to Professor Law at the University of Auckland, Claire Charters, about the United Nations Human Rights Council’s five-yearly Universal Periodic Review.

Producer Jasmine speaks Tara Jackson, Executive Director of the New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society, about the current state of animal rights protections in Aotearoa.

Beyoncé and the fight for black voices in Country music w/ Dr Kirsten Zemke: 2 May, 2024

Beyoncé and the fight for black voices in Country music w/ Dr Kirsten Zemke: 2 May, 2024 Beyoncé and the fight for black voices in Country music w/ Dr Kirsten Zemke: 2 May, 2024, 16.88 MB
Thu 2 May 2024

Superstar Beyoncé has recently put out a new country album titled Cowboy Carter. While fans have praised the album, it’s also been met with racist backlash on an institutional level. 

Some have said Beyoncé, a woman from Texas, does not truly represent American or country values.

Caeden speaks to Anthropology lecturer at the University of Auckland, Kirsten Zemke, about the backlash and why it’s so harmful. They started by asking about what this backlash was.

The Waitangi Tribunal w/ Lawyer Roimata Smail (Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui, English, Scottish, Irish descent): Wednesday 1 May, 2024

The Waitangi Tribunal w/ Lawyer Roimata Smail (Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui, English, Scottish, Irish descent): Wednesday 1 May, 2024 The Waitangi Tribunal w/ Lawyer Roimata Smail (Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui, English, Scottish, Irish descent): Wednesday 1 May, 2024, 8.16 MB
Wed 1 May 2024

The Waitangi Tribunal has urged the government not to scrap Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act, which legally requires Oranga Tamariki to adhere to Treaty principles and improve outcomes for tamariki Māori in state care, before allowing adequate time for an inquiry to review the legislation.

It warned repealing Section 7AA would diminish the rights, needs, and voices of tamariki Māori and cause a strong public reaction from communities.

The tribunal also summoned Children’s Minister Karen Chhour, who is responsible for the policy, which refused, and this request was overturned by the High Court.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Lawyer and author of ‘Understanding Te Tiriti – a handbook about Te Tiriti o Waitangi’, Roimata Smail (Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui, English, Scottish, Irish descent), about the importance of the tribunal as a watchdog of Crown actions which breach Te Tiriti.

Rent Controls, RMA Reforms and Verian Polls w/ The Green Party's Ricardo Menéndez March: 1 May, 2024

Rent Controls, RMA Reforms and Verian Polls w/ The Green Party's Ricardo Menéndez March: 1 May, 2024 Rent Controls, RMA Reforms and Verian Polls w/ The Green Party's Ricardo Menéndez March: 1 May, 2024, 20.31 MB
Wed 1 May 2024

According to TradeMe figures, rental rates across the motu are at an all time high, rising by an average increase of $50 since last year and bringing the nationwide median rental price up to $650 a week.
Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland, which remains the most expensive region of the country to rent in, has experienced a rent increase of 6.2%, bringing rental rates to $690 a week. 

For their weekly chat, Oto spoke to Green Party MP Ricardo Menéndez March about the party’s calls to introduce rent controls to combat the increase in rent we’re experiencing here in Aotearoa. 

We also had a chat about the government’s RMA reforms last week and  the recent 1News Verian Poll.

Palestine Solidarity Encampmentsrally on US College Campuses w/ Senior Lecturer of Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland, Dr Maria Armoudian: Wednesday 1 May, 2024

Palestine Solidarity Encampmentsrally on US College Campuses w/ Senior Lecturer of Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland, Dr Maria Armoudian: Wednesday 1 May, 2024 Palestine Solidarity Encampmentsrally on US College Campuses w/ Senior Lecturer of Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland, Dr Maria Armoudian: Wednesday 1 May, 2024, 14.98 MB
Wed 1 May 2024

Student-led Pro-Palestinian demonstrations have been taking place at multiple Universities in the US, with encampments being set up on campus grounds.

Protesters are calling on their universities to divest investments supporting Israel, which United Nations experts and humanitarian organisations say is committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza. 

Videos have shown hundreds of students and faculty members being forcefully arrested, including Columbia University in New York and the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), and students have been threatened with suspension if they do not vacate encampments.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Senior Lecturer of Politics and International Relations at the University of Auckland, Dr Maria Armoudian about this.

Fast Track Approvals Bill w/ the National Party’s James Meager: 30th April, 2024.

Fast Track Approvals Bill w/ the National Party’s James Meager: 30th April, 2024. , 26.78 MB
Tue 30 Apr 2024

The fast track approvals bill is a planned piece of legislation that aims to cut through existing consent processes for several future works. These developments include bridges, roads, and drilling, which each could infringe on conservation or protected land.

The bill has been met with backlash from members of the public, who up until the 19th of April have been able to make submissions on the bill as it goes through the select committee process. Criticisms and protests against the bill have continued in recent weeks, with many claiming that it undermines democracy and allows members of parliament to circumvent conservation laws or expert advice. 

In our weekly catchup with the National Party’s James Meager, Wire host Castor asked him about the Fast Track Approvals Bill: whether his opinions have changed since the last time I interviewed him, how this bill affects New Zealand’s democracy, and the overall theme of urgency we’ve been seeing with the current government.

The Wire w/ Castor: 30th April, 2024.

The Wire w/ Castor: 30th April, 2024. , 96.69 MB
Tue 30 Apr 2024

For Dear Science this week, Professor Allan Blackman chatted with us about stoner stereotypes, technology for detecting illegal ivory, and the voyager-1 probe resuming useful communications. 

Wire host Castor spoke to the National Party’s James Meager about the Fast Track Approvals bill. 

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Associate Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, Carrie Leonetti, about a New York court overturning Harvey Weinstein's 2020 rape conviction.

And producer Sofia spoke to the Head of Campaigns at Greenpeace Aotearoa, Amanda Larsson, about the government’s amendments to the Resource Management Act.

Resource Management Act Amendments w/ Head of Campaigns for Greenpeace Aotearoa, Amanda Larsson: 30th April, 2024

Resource Management Act Amendments w/ Head of Campaigns for Greenpeace Aotearoa, Amanda Larsson: 30th April, 2024 Resource Management Act Amendments w/ Head of Campaigns for Greenpeace Aotearoa, Amanda Larsson: 30th April, 2024, 19.21 MB
Tue 30 Apr 2024

Last week, the government announced its plan for the next Resource Management Act amendment bill.

The Resource Management Act seeks to promote the sustainable management of natural and physical resources including land, water, and air. 

As part of the first changes being made, farming, mining and other industrial regulations are being scrapped or amended. 

In response, Greenpeace has criticised the repeal of intensive winter grazing regulations and revision of Te Mana o Te Wai, highlighting concerns for the protection of freshwater and the health of rural communities. 

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to the Head of Campaigns for Greenpeace Aotearoa, Amanda Larsson, about these changes, and the consequences they will have on our environment and access to safe drinking water in rural areas.

She started off the interview asking Larsson what the hierarchy of obligations under Te Mana o Te Wai are.

Waitangi Tribunal Summons Over Repealing Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act w/ ACT’s Simon Court: 29 April, 2024

Waitangi Tribunal Summons Over Repealing Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act w/ ACT’s Simon Court: 29 April, 2024 Waitangi Tribunal Summons Over Repealing Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act w/ ACT’s Simon Court: 29 April, 2024, 12.27 MB
Mon 29 Apr 2024

Last week, the High Court overturned a summons by the Waitangi Tribunal to Minister for Children Karen Chhour regarding the government's plans to repeal section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act.

Section 7AA requires Oranga Tamariki by law to improve outcomes for tamariki Māori in state care and adhere to the principles of Te Tiriti.

For their weekly interview, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, asked ACT MP Simon Court about why Chhour has refused to present evidence to the tribunal.

They also discussed comments made in ACT's recent Free Press newsletter, which claimed Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has “styled himself as an elite, advertising his credentials as a former corporate CEO” and described Winston Peters as having more time at the centre of Government than any other current politician and that he "becomes much more erudite once elected".