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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.

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.

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".

Government Minister Demotions w/ PhD Candidate in New Zealand Politics at the University of Otago, Michael Derek Swanson: 29 April 2024

Government Minister Demotions w/ PhD Candidate in New Zealand Politics at the University of Otago, Michael Derek Swanson: 29 April 2024 Government Minister Demotions w/ PhD Candidate in New Zealand Politics at the University of Otago, Michael Derek Swanson: 29 April 2024, 7.77 MB
Mon 29 Apr 2024

Last week, National MP Melissa Lee was demoted from Cabinet and stripped of the Media portfolio. National’s Penny Simmonds was also taken off the Disability Issues portfolio.

This comes after Lee faced criticism for her response to Warner Brothers Discovery announcing it would be shutting down Newshub and Simmonds apologising for mishandling the announcement of changes to purchasing rules for disabled people's equipment and support services.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to PhD Candidate in New Zealand Politics at the University of Otago, Michael Derek Swanson, about this cabinet reshuffle and the public response to it.

She started off the interview asking Swanson about Lee and Simmonds time in their various roles. 

Return of the Three Strikes Bill and Calls to Recognise Palestine w The Green Party's Ricardo Menendez March: 24 April, 2024

Return of the Three Strikes Bill and Calls to Recognise Palestine w The Green Party's Ricardo Menendez March: 24 April, 2024 Return of the Three Strikes Bill and Calls to Recognise Palestine w The Green Party's Ricardo Menendez March: 24 April, 2024, 15.06 MB
Wed 24 Apr 2024

Earlier this week, the coalition government announced it would be re-introducing the Three Strikes sentencing law that was scrapped under the previous labour government.
The government plans to introduce harsher punishments for repeat criminal offenders, automatically giving the maximum sentence the third time someone commits an offence.
Oto spoke to Greens MP Ricardo Menendez about the Party’s stance on Three Strikes law, and how they believe recidivism in Aotearoa should be combatted.
They also had a conversation about the recent letter from Labour MP David Parker to Foreign Minister Winston Peters, calling for the government to officially recognise a Palestinian state.

Rent Strike at the University of Auckland w Matthew Lee and Chloe Swarbrick

Rent Strike at the University of Auckland w Matthew Lee and Chloe Swarbrick Rent Strike at the University of Auckland w Matthew Lee and Chloe Swarbrick, 15.78 MB
Wed 24 Apr 2024

In the later half of 2023, the University of Auckland announced rent increases of more than 8% at their halls of residence. The University justified this as a necessary measure, caused by the impacts of inflation

However, students bearing the full brunt of the rent increase said the University’s decision to increase rent and subsequent explanation were unacceptable, pointing out that inflation rates only increased by 5.6%, and that the increases would make the cost of living unaffordable for a large number of students living at the halls of residence. 

This prompted a number of students to form a “Students for Fair Rent”, a group advocating for rental rates at the University of Auckland to be made more affordable by matching rental rates to inflation rates and the average cost of housing in Central Auckland. 

In August last year, Students for Fair Rent organised a petition on change.org that received 1500 signatures, urging the University of Auckland to lower the cost of living which the University of Auckland reportedly ignored.

Last week, on the 19th of April, Students for Fair Rent held a rally on Campus calling for a rent strike as a last resort protest against the cost of living at the halls and the University’s dismissal. 

95bFM News Reporters, Shane and Oto, went down to the rally and spoke to Matthew Lee, the founder of Students for Fair Rent, as well as Green Party Co-Leader Chloe Swarbrick, to discuss call for a rent strike.

What's Up with Nicola Willis: April 29, 2024

What's Up with Nicola Willis: April 29, 2024 What's Up with Nicola Willis: April 29, 2024, 15.56 MB
Wed 24 Apr 2024

Nicola Willis Rachel speaks to the Deputy Leader of the National party about her recent trip to Washington DC, Budget priorities and tax cuts, and the fast track approvals bill. 

Calls for stalking to be criminalised w/ Associate Professor at the University of Auckland Faculty of Law, Carrie Leonetti: 23rd April, 2023.

Calls for stalking to be criminalised w/ Associate Professor at the University of Auckland Faculty of Law, Carrie Leonetti: 23rd April, 2023. , 25.33 MB
Tue 23 Apr 2024

Last week, the Independent Police Conduct Authority released its summary of police’s handling of Farzana Yaqubi’s complaints of a man stalking her, eight weeks before she was murdered in December 2022 by the same man. 

The report found a litany of police failures in its handling, including that  its assessment matrix did not consider all lines of inquiry.

New Zealand is one of the few countries that does not treat stalking as a crime.

As a result of the IPCA’s report and Yaqubi’s death, many have called for this to change. 

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to Associate Professor at the University of Auckland Faculty of Law, Carrie Leonetti, about current laws for stalking in Aotearoa, the importance of criminalising it, and what that could look like. 

Student absences, Ministry of Education job cuts, and the school cellphone ban w/ the National Party’s James Meager: 23rd April, 2024.

Student absences, Ministry of Education job cuts, and the school cellphone ban w/ the National Party’s James Meager: 23rd April, 2024. , 22.91 MB
Tue 23 Apr 2024

In early April, Christopher Luxon and David Seymour addressed journalists with promises of several policies aimed at reducing absences in public schools. 

These policies joined other policies introduced by the current government, such as the school cellphone ban and ban on disposable vapes, which hope to improve education outcomes in our schools and increase attendance. 

Additionally, the government recently announced 565 job cuts in the Ministry of Education, including some currently vacant roles, in part of their larger move to cut costs across all ministries. 

In our weekly catchup with the National Party, Wire host Castor spoke to James Meager about these issues, both the theory behind the policies and how the policies will functionally be implemented.