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Climate crisis forces Fijian villagers to relocate w/ Leba Gaunavinaka and Merewalesi Yee: December 9, 2022

Climate crisis forces Fijian villagers to relocate w/ Leba Gaunavinaka and Merewalesi Yee: December 9, 2022 Climate crisis forces Fijian villagers to relocate w/ Leba Gaunavinaka and Merewalesi Yee: December 9, 2022, 31.14 MB
Fri 9 Dec 2022

For years, politicians and scientists have been talking about a future of migration caused by climate change. In Fiji this migration has already begun. The question is now how to exactly do it.

Daniel spoke with Merewalesi Yee who is pursuing a PHD at the university of Queensland in Brisban Australia. Her project seeks to understand human migration in Fiji caused by climate change and the role of mobility in climate change adaptation. 

Leba Gaunavinaka is a climate change adaption specialist at the Fijian ministry of climate change. She helped creating the plan that tries to tackle one of the most urgent problems of the climate crisis: how to relocate communities whose land is soon inhabitable.  

 

The Wire w/ Joe: December 9, 2022

The Wire w/ Joe: December 9, 2022 The Wire w/ Joe: December 9, 2022, 100.15 MB
Fri 9 Dec 2022

On The Wire this week for Rāmere Friday!

Joe speaks to Fiona Tolich, long-term campaigner and advocate for SMA, about Pharmacs funding of SPINRAZA, a first-of-its-kind medicine for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), the number one cause of genetic death in Kiwi children under two. 

Daniel speaks to Merewalesi Yee, who is a PhD student at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia about her project that seeks to advance the understanding of human migration in Fiji caused by climate change. He also speaks to Leba Gaunavinaka who is a climate change adaptation specialist at the Fijian Ministry of Climate Change about relocating Fijian communities whose land is inhabitable due to climate change.  

David chats to Shane Henderson for our regular segment, City Counselling. They look at Auckland Council Group’s Annual Budget 2023/2024. David also speaks to Lachlan Keating from Deaf Aotearoa about creating NZ Sign Language videos for the 2023 census.

That's us for the Friday Wire!

Funding for Spinal Muscular Atrophy medicine w/ Fiona Tolich: December 9, 2022

Funding for Spinal Muscular Atrophy medicine w/ Fiona Tolich: December 9, 2022 Funding for Spinal Muscular Atrophy medicine w/ Fiona Tolich: December 9, 2022, 11.37 MB
Fri 9 Dec 2022

Biogen has announced that SPINRAZA (nusinersen) – a first-of-its-kind medicine – is the first medicine funded by Pharmac for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), the number one cause of genetic death in Kiwi children under two.

SMA is a rare genetic disease that can have a devastating and life-changing impact. In its severe forms, SMA can cause paralysis and difficulty with the most basic functions of life, like breathing and swallowing,3 with babies and children possibly unable to hit major motor milestones like rolling, sitting, crawling, standing, or walking.

Joe spoke to Fiona Tolich a long-term campaigner and advocate for SMA, and a Trustee of Patient Voice Aotearoa, about how significant this is.

New Zealand Sign Language Census videos w/ Lachlan Keating: December 9, 2022

New Zealand Sign Language Census videos w/ Lachlan Keating: December 9, 2022 New Zealand Sign Language Census videos w/ Lachlan Keating: December 9, 2022, 15.69 MB
Fri 9 Dec 2022

Stats NZ has created 80 New Zealand sign language videos for the 2023 census.

The project was a joint collaboration between the Deaf Community, Deaf Aotearoa and Victoria University of Wellington.

They hope this will make deaf people feel more included around census time.

David spoke to Lachlan Keating from Deaf Aotearoa about the topic

COP15 w/ Stephen Hartley: December 8th, 2022

COP15 w/ Stephen Hartley: December 8th, 2022 COP15 w/ Stephen Hartley: December 8th, 2022, 11.05 MB
Thu 8 Dec 2022

The COP15 Biodiversity summit in Montreal, Canada is set to begin today. 

The conference of parties is set to specifically target issues of biodiversity and how it links to improving our climate. 

The conference was initially meant to take place in China a couple years ago, but was delayed and eventually relocated due to covid restrictions. 

To learn about the conference's big issues, Liam spoke to Stephen Hartley, from Victoria University of Wellington about the current state of Biodiversity and what this conference should aim to achieve.

 

Amnesty Write For Rights w/ Shaun Greaves: December 8th, 2022

Amnesty Write For Rights w/ Shaun Greaves: December 8th, 2022 Amnesty Write For Rights w/ Shaun Greaves: December 8th, 2022, 11.69 MB
Thu 8 Dec 2022

Amnesty International is soon launching their Write for Rights campaign. 

The advocacy group is calling on people from around the world to take part in the campaign aiming to free various people wrongly imprisoned.

This includes writing letters, social media posts, and signing petitions. 

To learn more, Liam spoke to Shaun Greaves, the executive director of Amnesty Aotearoa, about the campaign at home and around the globe. 

 

The Value of Art Galleries w/ Te Arepa Morehu: December 8th, 2022

The Value of Art Galleries w/ Te Arepa Morehu: December 8th, 2022 The Value of Art Galleries w/ Te Arepa Morehu: December 8th, 2022, 17.55 MB
Thu 8 Dec 2022

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown has recently criticised Toi O Tamaki Auckland Art Gallery, calling it one of the most uneconomic buildings in the city. 

He also compared the institution's visitor numbers to that of a dairy, saying it wouldn’t be sustainable in the latter circumstances. 

That being said, Toi O Tāmaki focuses on various projects and systems beyond garnering sales and visitors for their exhibitions. 

To learn more, Liam spoke to Te Arepa Morehu, the galleries head of Kaupapa Māori, about the purpose of the gallery beyond visitor numbers.

Calls for a Commissioner for Animals w/ Will Appelbe: December 8, 2022

Calls for a Commissioner for Animals w/ Will Appelbe: December 8, 2022 Calls for a Commissioner for Animals w/ Will Appelbe: December 8, 2022, 9.5 MB
Thu 8 Dec 2022

SAFE is urgently-renewing calls for a Commissioner for Animals, following the Ministry for Primary Industries’ investigation into heat stress-related deaths of several pigs on a livestock truck earlier this year.

The deaths occurred aboard a livestock truck and trailer operated by Te Awamutu company Osbourne’s Transport 

Joe spoke to Will Appelbe, Head of Investigations at SAFE for Animals to get some insight into the issue.

The Wire w/ Liam: December 8th, 2022

The Wire w/ Liam: December 8th, 2022 The Wire w/ Liam: December 8th, 2022 , 104.44 MB
Thu 8 Dec 2022

Liam and Joe take on the Thursday Wire:

Tuva’a has his regular chat with health minister Andrew Little.

Liam had a chat with Shaun Greaves from Amnesty International about their Wrie for Rights campaign.

Joe speaks to Will Appelbe, Head of Investigations at SAFE for Animals about their calls for the government to improve oversight following a heat-stress related death.

Liam also spoke to Stephen Hartley from Victoria University f Wellington about the COP15 biodiversity summit

He also speaks to Levi Brinsdon-Hall from Delicious Revolution about a project looking to bring a sunflower garden to Starship hospital.

And Liam  toTe Arepa Morehu from Toi o Tamaki Auckland Art Gallery to discuss the value art galleries bring to our city.

Sunflowers for Starship w/ Levi Brinsdon-Hall: December 8, 2022

Sunflowers for Starship w/ Levi Brinsdon-Hall: December 8, 2022 Sunflowers for Starship w/ Levi Brinsdon-Hall: December 8, 2022, 13.15 MB
Thu 8 Dec 2022

Delicious Revolution has kicked off an ambitious nationwide crowdfunding campaign to plant 20,000 sunflowers in support of Starship children’s hospital.

Director of new Auckland-based start-up, Delicious Revolution, Levi Brinsdon-Hall has teamed up with the Starship Foundation to create an immersive sunflower installation across four different gardens at the Greenlane Clinical Centre, a location where many Starship children receive treatment. His vision is to bring joy to patients, staff and the community.

Joe chats with Levi Brinsdon-Hall about the project.