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The need for a rates increase and a boost in Tāmaki Makaurau Arts funding w/ Shane Henderson: 18 April, 2024

The need for a rates increase and a boost in Tāmaki Makaurau Arts funding w/ Shane Henderson: 18 April, 2024 The need for a rates increase and a boost in Tāmaki Makaurau Arts funding w/ Shane Henderson: 18 April, 2024, 17.61 MB
Thu 18 Apr 2024

Watercare has signalled a potential rates increase for Aucklanders this year, while council balances needing funding for infrastructure in a cost of living crisis.
Council has also approved a $1 million dollar funding boost to Arts and Culture, which could have significant benefits to local communities.
For City Counselling Wire Host Caeden asks Auckland Councillor Shane Henderson about both these topics.

The axeing of Youth Councils w/ Lola Fisher: 18 April, 2024

The axeing of Youth Councils w/ Lola Fisher: 18 April, 2024 The axeing of Youth Councils w/ Lola Fisher: 18 April, 2024, 14.92 MB
Thu 18 Apr 2024

Whanganui Youth Council members have recently publicly spoken about the potential axeing of their youth council, as well as similar proposals in other regions.


Wire Host Caeden speaks to Whanganui Youth Council leader Lola Fisher about the importance of Youth Councils and why they’re at risk.

The Importance of Communicating Climate Change to the Community w/ Ralph Cooney: 18 April, 2024

The Importance of Communicating Climate Change to the Community w/ Ralph Cooney: 18 April, 2024 The Importance of Communicating Climate Change to the Community w/ Ralph Cooney: 18 April, 2024, 18.08 MB
Thu 18 Apr 2024

Ralph Cooney is a former lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Auckland, where his career has developed into communicating Climate Change to his community.

Wire Host Caeden spoke to him about the importance of communicating climate science, especially to community groups and older generations, after he published a piece in Newsroom on this topic.

Government Coal-Mining Changes w/ New Zealand Association of Scientists Co-President, Professor Troy Baisden: 17 April, 2024

Government Coal-Mining Changes w/ New Zealand Association of Scientists Co-President, Professor Troy Baisden: 17 April, 2024 Government Coal-Mining Changes w/ New Zealand Association of Scientists Co-President, Professor Troy Baisden: 17 April, 2024, 13.13 MB
Wed 17 Apr 2024

The government has proposed removing provisions which prevent new coal mining applications in natural inland wetlands and natural areas of significance.

Environmental advocates are warning this poses a threat to Aotearoa’s biodiversity and will contribute to the rise of global warming.  

Producer Rachel spoke to New Zealand’s Association of Scientists Co-President, Professor Troy Baisden, about this.

Fast Track Submissions and Accredited Employer Work Visa updates w/ The Green Party’s Ricardo Menendez: 17th April, 2024

Fast Track Submissions and Accredited Employer Work Visa updates w/ The Green Party’s Ricardo Menendez: 17th April, 2024 Fast Track Submissions and Accredited Employer Work Visa updates w/ The Green Party’s Ricardo Menendez: 17th April, 2024, 16.72 MB
Wed 17 Apr 2024

It has been one month since the government announced the Fast Track Approvals Bill, which has seen widespread criticism from conservationists and the general public, who say the bill is undemocratic and  will push the biodiversity of Aotearoa further into decline. 
As we are in the last week of submissions to the select committee regarding the bill, the Green party have opened up a submissions page on their own website that citizens are welcome to add their signatures to, and published a guide on how to add their own Submissions.
Oto spoke to Greens MP Ricardo Menendez, about submissions for the Fast Track Approvals bill and the current state of the bill since it was announced.
They also had a conversation about the government’s recent changes to the Accredited Employer Work Visa, and what they mean for migrant workers here in Aotearoa.

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.

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 Wire w/ Castor: 16th April, 2024.

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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