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E tū's Legal Claim against TVNZ’s consultation process w Michael Wood: 17 April, 2024

E tū's Legal Claim against TVNZ’s consultation process w Michael Wood: 17 April, 2024 E tū's Legal Claim against TVNZ’s consultation process w Michael Wood: 17 April, 2024, 14.85 MB
Wed 17 Apr 2024

It’s been one month since TVNZ announced a massive restructuring process, cutting their Sunday and Fair Go current affairs segments and axing 68 jobs in a cost cutting plan that they attributed to a decline in advertisement revenue.
Employees at TVNZ were reportedly only given a few days to review the restructuring proposal after it was announced and offer feedback. E Tu, the union for media workers in Aotearoa, said that both the cuts and the rushed consultation process were unacceptable and violated the collective agreement between TVNZ and their staff, which requires the consultation process for such a massive restructuring to be more comprehensive and to begin at a much earlier stage. As such, E Tu has filed a claim against TVNZ with the Employment Relations Authority, to get TVNZ to go back to the drawing board and consult their staff more effectively.

Oto spoke to Michael Wood, the negotiation specialist at E Tu, to discuss the union’s claim and what it means for the wider media landscape in Aotearoa.

The Wire w/ Castor: 16th April, 2024.

The Wire w/ Castor: 16th April, 2024. , 133.96 MB
Tue 16 Apr 2024

For Dear Science this week, Professor Allan Blackman chatted with us about ancient Roman wine, dating a solar flare using polar trees, and the brightest cosmic explosion ever. 

Wire host Castor spoke to the University of Auckland’s Professor James Russell, about conservation and pest eradication in Aotearoa.

He also spoke to Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa’s chair, John Minto, about recent hypocrisy from the government regarding Iran’s recent attack on Israel. 

Producer Sofia spoke to the Chief Executive of the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation New Zealand, Letitia Harding, about the government’s laws and policies for vaping. 

She also spoke to Group Manager Conservation Advocacy and Communications at Forest and Bird, Richard Capie, about job cuts at the Department of Conservation. 

Vaping laws and policies w/ Chief executive of the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation New Zealand, Letitia Harding: 16th April, 2024.

Vaping laws and policies w/ Chief executive of the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation New Zealand, Letitia Harding: 16th April, 2024. , 14.88 MB
Tue 16 Apr 2024

In a recent report card on Aotearoa’s laws and policies for vaping, the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation New Zealand found the government still has significant areas for improvement to address the youth vaping epidemic.

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to Chief Executive, Letitia Harding, about New Zealand’s current laws and policies for vaping, the importance of regulation and restriction, and what measures the Foundation would like to see the government take to better address these. 

Department of Conservation Job Cuts w/ Group Manager Conservation Advocacy and Communications at Forest and Bird, Richard Capie: 16th April, 2024.

Department of Conservation Job Cuts w/ Group Manager Conservation Advocacy and Communications at Forest and Bird, Richard Capie: 16th April, 2024. , 23.91 MB
Tue 16 Apr 2024

Last week, it was announced that 130 jobs at the Department of Conservation will be cut in a proposed restructure. 

These are among the almost 2000 public service job cuts being made to meet the Finance Minister's cost-cutting target of a 6.5 percent reduction in spending.

Additionally, the cuts at DOC were announced the same day as the release of the Our Land 2024 report on Aotearoa’s natural ecosystems and landscapes. 

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to Group Manager of Conservation Advocacy and Communications at Forest and Bird, Richard Capie, about the impacts and significance of these cuts on the environment and the economy, in light of the Fast Track legislation, Our Land 2024, and the cuts to other departments contributing to the protection of Aotearoa’s environment

Government hypocrisy on Iran and Israel w/ Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa chair John Minto: 16th April, 2024.

Government hypocrisy on Iran and Israel w/ Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa chair John Minto: 16th April, 2024. , 21.29 MB
Tue 16 Apr 2024

The missile attack launched by Iran on Israel drew responses from a number of Western countries, spreading concern and condemning the actions of Iran’s government. 

The attack followed an airstrike by Israel on the first of April, on Iran’s embassy in Damascus, Syria. 

While international organisations, including New Zealand’s government, were quick to respond to the recent response from Iran, few commented on this earlier attack. Wire host Castor spoke to Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa’s chair John Minto about this and New Zealand’s response to Israel’s actions more broadly.

Conservation efforts and pest eradication w/ The University of Auckland’s Professor James Russell: 16th April, 2024.

Conservation efforts and pest eradication w/ The University of Auckland’s Professor James Russell: 16th April, 2024. , 23.63 MB
Tue 16 Apr 2024

Early in April, the Department of Conservation faced criticisms for spending $500,000 to remove one stoat from Chalky Island in Fiordland. 

Wire host Castor spoke to the University of Auckland’s Professor James Russell, about conservation and pest eradication broadly in Aotearoa, individual community efforts, and this specific case of one nasty stoat. 

The Climate-Saving Potential of Wetland Conservation w/ Associate Professor of Environmental Science at The University of Waikato, David Campbell, and Senior Ecologist at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, Olivia Burge: 15 April, 2024

The Climate-Saving Potential of Wetland Conservation w/ Associate Professor of Environmental Science at The University of Waikato, David Campbell, and Senior Ecologist at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, Olivia Burge: 15 April, 2024 The Climate-Saving Potential of Wetland Conservation w/ Associate Professor of Environmental Science at The University of Waikato, David Campbell, and Senior Ecologist at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, Olivia Burge: 15 April, 2024, 22.3 MB
Mon 15 Apr 2024

A recent symposium by the National Wetland Trust has emphasised the critical role of wetlands in carbon absorption and supporting the ecosystem. With New Zealand having lost 90% of its wetlands over the last 150 years, experts have emphasised the need for conservation and restoration efforts.

Producer Ezra spoke to Associate Professor of Environmental Science at The University of Waikato, David Campbell, and Senior Ecologist at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, Olivia Burge, about the climate-saving potential of New Zealand’s wetlands.

The Wire w/ Jessica: 15 April, 2024

The Wire w/ Jessica: 15 April, 2024 The Wire w/ Jessica: 15 April, 2024, 56.09 MB
Mon 15 Apr 2024

For our regular catch-up with the ACT Party, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to MP Simon Court about the government’s plan to address low truancy levels post-COVID-19, and Court’s X post stating he stands with Israel.

She spoke to Professional Teaching Fellow in Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, Dr Brian Marsh, and Senior Lecturer in Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, Dr John Fenaughty, about how the government can improve school attendance rates.

And she reported on Trade Me’s legal action against small business Trade Jobs NZ, speaking to the owner of Trade Jobs NZ, Colleen Getley.

Producer Ezra spoke to Associate Professor of Environmental Science at The University of Waikato, David Campbell, and Senior Ecologist at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, Olivia Burge, about the climate-saving potential of Wetland Conservation.

Increasing School Attendance w/ Professional Teaching Fellow in Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland Dr Brian Marsh, and Senior Lecturer in Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland Dr John Fenaughty: 24 January, 2024

Increasing School Attendance w/ Professional Teaching Fellow in Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland Dr Brian Marsh, and Senior Lecturer in Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland Dr John Fenaughty: 24 January, 2024 Increasing School Attendance w/ Professional Teaching Fellow in Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland Dr Brian Marsh, and Senior Lecturer in Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland Dr John Fenaughty: 24 January, 2024, 19.65 MB
Mon 15 Apr 2024

Following the government announcing its plan to improve school attendance rates, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to experts in the education sector about their thoughts on the proposal.

First, she spoke to Professional Teaching Fellow in Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, Dr Brian Marsh, about what factors are responsible for low truancy rates in the past few years.

She also spoke to Senior Lecturer in Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, Dr John Fenaughty, about how we can make school a more inclusive space that is safe for LGBTQIA+ students. 

Trade Me Legal Case Against Trade Jobs NZ w/ Trade Jobs NZ Owner Colleen Getley: 15 April, 2024

Trade Me Legal Case Against Trade Jobs NZ w/ Trade Jobs NZ Owner Colleen Getley: 15 April, 2024 Trade Me Legal Case Against Trade Jobs NZ w/ Trade Jobs NZ Owner Colleen Getley: 15 April, 2024, 9.02 MB
Mon 15 Apr 2024

Small business, Trade Jobs NZ, is facing a legal dispute with Trade Me over its name and branding, with Trade Me claiming copyright infringement for using the words 'Trade' and 'Jobs'.

Trade Me told 95bFM they cannot go into the details of the case while it is before the Court, but they provided us with the following statement: 

“We have used the name Trade Me Jobs since 2006. It’s an important part of our business. We’ve worked hard to build a distinctive brand that is recognised and trusted by Kiwis. We rarely take the decision to go to court and we don’t take the decision lightly – it is something we would only consider as a last resort.”

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Trade Jobs NZ owner, Colleen Getley, about their business and opposition to Trade Me’s claim.