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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.

 

Student absences, Ministry of Education job cuts, and the school cellphone ban w/ president of SPANZ and principal of Papatoetoe highschool Vaughan Couillault: 23rd April, 2024.

Student absences, Ministry of Education job cuts, and the school cellphone ban w/ president of SPANZ and principal of Papatoetoe highschool Vaughan Couillault: 23rd April, 2024. , 20.48 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 join 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. 

Wire host Castor spoke to the president of the Secondary Principals Association NZ and principal of Papatoetoe highschool, Vaughan Couillault, about these changes and how they affect teachers on the ground in Aotearoa. 

Increasing the Accessibility of Drug Checking Services w/ PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago, Jai Whelan: 22 April, 2024

Increasing the Accessibility of Drug Checking Services w/ PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago, Jai Whelan: 22 April, 2024 Increasing the Accessibility of Drug Checking Services w/ PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago, Jai Whelan: 22 April, 2024, 8.94 MB
Mon 22 Apr 2024

A University of Otago study assessing the harm reduction behaviours of people who consume MDMA and their use of reagent testing and KnowYourStuff's drug checking service, found most MDMA consumers engage in harm reduction practices relatively frequently.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to lead author of the study, PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago, Jai Whelan, about why it is important for drug-checking services to be accessible in Aotearoa.

She started off the interview by asking Whelan about what harms MDMA can cause and how to prevent it.

The Wire w/ Jessica: 22 April, 2024

The Wire w/ Jessica: 22 April, 2024 The Wire w/ Jessica: 22 April, 2024, 54.89 MB
Mon 22 Apr 2024

For our regular catch-up with the ACT Party, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins spoke to MP Simon Court about pet bonds and no-cause evictions.

She also spoke to PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology at the University of Otago, Jai Whelan, about calls to increase the accessibility of drug checking services across the country.

Producer, Ezra, spoke to Senior Lecturer of Law at The University of Auckland, Dylan Asafo, about the proposed Restoring Citizenship Removed by Citizenship (Western Samoa) Act 1982 Bill and the implication of Tiriti-based constitution on Māori, Pacific, and tauiwi relations.

Ngaruroro: a new model for Māori well-being w/ PhD researcher at Victoria University, Finely Ngarangi Johnson (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu)

Ngaruroro: a new model for Māori well-being w/ PhD researcher at Victoria University, Finely Ngarangi Johnson (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu) Ngaruroro: a new model for Māori well-being w/ PhD researcher at Victoria University, Finely Ngarangi Johnson (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu), 24.26 MB
Fri 19 Apr 2024

Ngaruroro is a brand new Māori well-being. 

Created to fill a gap in self-reporting well-being models; Ngaruroro ‘s development was a collaborative process.

The model includes eight key themes in relation to wellbeing;

1) Here tāngata (social and familial ties)

2) Te taiao (the environment)

3) Taonga tuku iho (cultural treasures)

 4) Tinana (body) 

 5) Wairua (spirit)

 6) Ngākau (inner-system)

7) Matea (core needs)

and,

 8) Mana (authority)

Nicholas spoke to the lead author of the article and PhD researcher at Victoria University of Wellington, Finely Ngarangi Johnson (Rongomaiwahine, Ngāti Kahungunu) about Ngaruroro. We also spoke about the application of well-being models.

To find out more got to;

@tutukakakaupapa on Instagram

The Wire w/ Nicholas: April 19, 2024

The Wire w/ Nicholas: April 19, 2024 The Wire w/ Nicholas: April 19, 2024, 98.94 MB
Fri 19 Apr 2024

This week on the Wednesday Wire;

Oto spoke to:

Green Party MP Ricardo Menendez March to discuss their submission to the select committee regarding the Fast Track Approvals bill.

And,

E Tu Union Negotiation specialist, Michael Wood, to discuss E Tu’s claim against TVNZ with the Employment Relations Authority.

Rachel spoke to  New Zealand’s Association of Scientists  Co-President, Professor Troy Baisden, about the government’s proposed changes to coal mining provisions.

Nicholas spoke to PhD researcher at Victoria University, Finely Ngarangi Johnson about Ngaruroro, a new Māori wellbeing model.

And, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, speaks to Associate Professor in Hauora Māori at the University of Otago, Esther Willing (Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Ngāti Koata, Ngā Ruahine), about flu vaccines no longer being free for children under 12, or Māori and Pacific people aged 54-66.

Devonport-Takapuna Board Youth Seat Trial w/ Chair Toni Van Tonder

Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Youth Seat Trial w Chair Toni Van Tonder Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Youth Seat Trial w Chair Toni Van Tonder, 16.98 MB
Thu 18 Apr 2024

Devonport-Takapuna Local Board will be soon launching their Youth Seat Trial programme, built in partnership with local youth board Younite, to facilitate further meaningful youth engagement in local democracy for year 12 and 13 students in the area. Producer Jasmine Gray spoke to Devonport-Takapuna Local Board Chair, Toni Van Tonder, about this initiative.

Public Health Submission Against Fast-track Approvals w Marnie Prickett

Public Health Submission Against Fast-track Approvals w Marnie Prickett Public Health Submission Against Fast-track Approvals w Marnie Prickett, 17.54 MB
Thu 18 Apr 2024

The Public Health Communication Centre of Aotearoa have publicised their submission that is strongly against the proposed fast-track approvals bill. The submission outlines seven objections, ranging from democratic rigour to the imperative relationship between the environment and the health of New Zealanders. Producer Jasmine Gray spoke to research fellow Marnie Prickett about the organisation’s submission.

A reminder that today is the last day for the public to submit this legislation so if you’d like to share your feedback you can use the objections listed on the PHCC website to make your own.

Read the PHCC Summary here

Have your say on the Fast Track bill here

The Wire w/ Caeden: 18 April, 2024

The Wire w/ Caeden: 18 April, 2024 The Wire w/ Caeden: 18 April, 2024, 134.04 MB
Thu 18 Apr 2024

For our weekly catch-up with the Labour party Caeden chats to Priyanca Radhakrishnan about funding cuts to disability caregivers and job cuts at the Department of Conservation.

For City Counselling they also speak to Councillor Shane Henderson about Watercare signalling an increase in Water Rates, and a boost in funding for arts in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Caeden also speaks to Lola Fisher about the disestablishment of the Whanganui Youth Council.

And they speak to Professor Ralph Cooney for the University of Auckland about the importance of communicating Climate Change to the community.


Jasmine speaks with Devonport-Takapuna local board Chair Toni Van Tonder about their upcoming Youth Seat trial and the importance of youth inclusion and engagement in local government.

And she speaks with Research Fellow Marnie Prickett about the Public Health Communication Centre of Aotearoa’s submission against the fast-track approvals bill ahead of opportunities for feedback on the legislation formally closing tomorrow.

Funding cuts for Disability Caregivers and job cuts at DoC w/ Priyanca Radhakrishnan: 18 April, 2024

Funding cuts for Disability Caregivers and job cuts at DoC w/ Priyanca Radhakrishnan: 18 April, 2024 Funding cuts for Disability Caregivers and job cuts at DoC w/ Priyanca Radhakrishnan: 18 April, 2024, 22.58 MB
Thu 18 Apr 2024

Disability communities have been rallying against a surprise change in purchasing rules in the Ministry of Disabled People Whaikaha. Communities have said the changes will have massive impact, despite no consultation on these changes or a formal announcement. 

The Department of Conversation also recently proposed staffing cuts to meet funding demands. DoC controls a third of Aotearoa’s landmass which is all conservation land. It remains uncertain how job losses in the Ministry could impact conservation land management.

For weekly catch-up with the Labour party Wire Host Caeden spoke to Labour spokesperson for Disability Issues and Conservation Priyanca Rahdakrishnan about both of these issues.