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The Wire w/ Castor: 7th May, 2024.

The Wire w/ Castor: 7th May, 2024. , 114.32 MB
Tue 7 May 2024

For Dear Science this week, Dr Cushla McGoverin chatted to us about an orangutan treating its own wounds, beluga whales changing their shape, and a plant based bandage for burns.  

Wire host Castor spoke to the National Party’s Katie Nimon about the National government’s education approach and their two main policies: “structured learning” and “away for the day.” 

He also spoke to Forest and Bird’s Climate spokesperson, Geoff Keey, about the organisation’s submission opposing the Fast Track Approvals Bill.

Producer Sofia spoke to Director of Kaitiaki Research and Evaluation and Adjunct Professor at Victoria University, Doctor Michael Roguski, about his research article, ‘Conversion practices in Aotearoa New Zealand: Developing a holistic response to spiritual abuse’. 

She also spoke to Lived Experience and human rights advisor, Andre Afamasaga, about how Te Kāhui Tika Tangata, the Human Rights Commission, supports survivors of conversion practices and the significance of Doctor Michael Roguski’s research. 

The Wire w/ Jessica: Monday 6 May, 2024

The Wire w/ Jessica: Monday 6 May, 2024 The Wire w/ Jessica: Monday 6 May, 2024, 47.43 MB
Mon 6 May 2024

For their regular catch-up, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to ACT MP Simon Court about the latest 1 News Verian Poll.

She also reported on the government announcing a review into disability support services and new measures to address challenges faced by those with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and their whanau. She spoke to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Care Action Network (FASD-CAN) Chairperson Leigh Henderson, Clinical Neuropsychologist and Clinical Director of the FASD Centre Aotearoa Dr Valerie McGinn, leader of Kick Back Make Change, a non-profit organisation serving rangatahi experiencing homelessness, and Byron a young-person with FASD.

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder w/ FASD-CAN Chairperson Leigh Henderson,  Clinical Neuropsychologist and Clinical Director of the FASD Centre Aotearoa Dr Valerie McGinn, Byron, and Kick Back Make Change Leader Aaron Hendry: Monday 6 May, 2024

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder w/ FASD-CAN Chairperson Leigh Henderson,  Clinical Neuropsychologist and Clinical Director of the FASD Centre Aotearoa Dr Valerie McGinn, Byron, and Kick Back Make Change Leader Aaron Hendry: Monday 6 May, 2024 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder w/ FASD-CAN Chairperson Leigh Henderson,  Clinical Neuropsychologist and Clinical Director of the FASD Centre Aotearoa Dr Valerie McGinn, Byron, and Kick Back Make Change Leader Aaron Hendry: Monday 6 May, 2024, 30.11 MB
Mon 6 May 2024

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a neural-disability caused by prenatal alcohol exposure which can affect memory, intellectual ability, and emotional regulation.

The Ministry of Health estimates that between three to five percent of the population in Aotearoa are affected by FASD, with around 1800 to 3000 babies being born with FASD each year.

The government has recently announced it will be establishing new guidelines to help health professionals diagnose FASD, a programme to support families, and launching a FASD prevention campaign.

First, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Care Action Network (FASD-CAN) Chairperson, Leigh Henderson. FASD-CAN is a non-profit, incorporated society made up of parents, caregivers, extended whānau and professionals. She spoke to Henderson about how the government can better support those with FASD.She started off the interview asking Henderson what difference she believes the government’s proposed initiatives will make?

She also spoke to Clinical Neuropsychologist and Clinical Director of the FASD Centre Aotearoa, Dr Valerie McGinn. The FASD Centre Aotearoa assesses and helps with the management of children, young people, and adults with FASD. She started off the interview asking for her thoughts on the government’s announcement. 

To hear from a person with FASD, she spoke to Byron, a young adult with FASD, about his experience and what support he would like to see from the government.

And she spoke to leader of Kick Back Make Change, a non-profit organisation serving rangatahi experiencing homelessness, about support needed for young people experiencing homelessness who have disabilities including FASD.

Animal Rights in Aotearoa w Tara Jackson (NZAVS) - May 2, 2024

Animal Rights in Aotearoa w Tara Jackson (NZAVS) - May 2, 2024 Animal Rights in Aotearoa w Tara Jackson (NZAVS) - May 2, 2024, 19.89 MB
Thu 2 May 2024

Animal rights in Aotearoa have been called into question once again with tensions rising between agricultural industry players and animal rights activists in light of coalition government agreements that outline a reversal of the recent ban on live animal export. In 2021, Aotearoa took a world-leading stance in banning live animal exports by sea, phasing out the practice this time last year. The proposed repeal signals a wider conversation around animal rights in Aotearoa, from political responsibility to public knowledge and transparent practice. 

Producer Jasmine Gray spoke to Tara Jackson, Executive Director of New Zealand Anti-Vivisection Society, to gain insight into the broader current state of animal rights in Aotearoa and to get her comments on the Live Export bill.

NZAVS is Aotearoa’s only registered charity dedicated to ending animal experimentation. To learn more about their mahi, and access the resources Tara mentioned, head to NZAVS.org.nz

 

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.