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City Counselling w/ Cr. Shane Henderson: 30 July 2021

City Counselling w/ Cr. Shane Henderson: 30 July 2021 Shane Henderson: 30 July 2021, 12.17 MB
Fri 30 Jul 2021

Ilena talks with Cr. Shane Henderson about the Council's response to climate change, what impacts it has had on Aucklanders and what tangible plans they have in place to take action.

Mātauranga Māori w/ Christopher Luxon and the New Zealand Association of Scientists: July 30, 2021

Mātauranga Māori w/ Christopher Luxon and the New Zealand Association of Scientists: July 30, 2021 Mātauranga Māori w/ Christopher Luxon and the New Zealand Association of Scientists: July 30, 2021 , 25.36 MB
Fri 30 Jul 2021

A recent proposing from an NCEA working group has suggested incorporating Mātauranga Māori into the high school science curriculum. The proposal has received a considerable amount of backlash, including from a number of University of Auckland academics.

Noah Ferguson-Dudding spoke to National MP Christopher Luxon to discuss why he has criticised parts of the plan. He also spoke to Dr Lucy Stewart, from the New Zealand Association of Scientists, to discuss how Mātauranga Māori interacts with Western science.

The Rights of Uber Drivers: July 30, 2021

The Rights of Uber Drivers: July 30, 2021 The Rights of Uber Drivers: July 30, 2021, 36.27 MB
Fri 30 Jul 2021

First Union and E Tū are filing a case to the employment court to advocate for better rights for Uber drivers. The current system, where drivers are contractors rather than workers, means drivers are not entitled to rights such as sick leave, holiday pay or a guaranteed minimum wage.

Noah Ferguson-Dudding spoke to Anita Rosentreter from First Union about why the unions are going to court. Noah also spoke to Mea'ole Keil, a Wellington-based Uber driver who is also advocating for change.

The Wire with Noah: July 30, 2021

The Wire with Noah: July 30, 2021 The Wire with Noah: July 30, 2021, 103.74 MB
Fri 30 Jul 2021

The Friday Wire!

Christopher Luxon and Dr Lucy Stewart talk Mātauranga Māori; First Union's Anita Rosentreter and Uber Driver Mea'ole Keil discuss rights for gig workers; Neil Balantyne from Diverse Church and Charlotte Moffat speak about NZ's conversion therapy ban; and Councillor Shane Henderson goes into Auckland's climate change policy.

The conversion therapy ban w/ Neill Ballantyne, Charlotte Moffat and Steph Edlin, 30 July 2021

The conversion therapy ban w/ Neill Ballantyne, Charlotte Moffat and Steph Edlin, 30 July 2021 The conversion therapy ban w/ Neill Ballantyne, Charlotte Moffat and Steph Edlin, 30 July 2021, 29.69 MB
Fri 30 Jul 2021

This week, Ilena spoke with several people about conversion therapy and queerness in the Church, off the back of announcements made today solidifying the details of the conversion therapy ban legislation in NZ.

For those who might not have heard of the practise, conversion therapy is the- now widely considered- pseudoscientific practice of trying to change an individual's sexual orientation or gender identity to heterosexual or cisgender, using psychological, physical, or spiritual interventions. There is no clear evidence that sexual orientation can be changed, and medical institutions warn that conversion therapy practices are ineffective and harmful.

The government has pledged to ban conversion therapy by the end of the year, and announced today that they will criminalise conversion therapy with a maximum of five years imprisonment facing those who cause “serious harm”.

Ilena spoke to Neill Balantyne from Diverse Church, an LGBTQ+ affirming New Zealand church group, about the latest updates to the legislation on the conversion therapy ban.

Charlotte Moffat had some interesting things to say on growing up as a Christian and still identifying as a Christian, despite recognising, in some respects, a lack of transparency and openness towards queerness in the Church.  

Lastly, Ilena spoke with Steph Edlin, a former Head Girl of St Catherine's College and a candidate for the next Wellington City Council.

 

Labour's Andrew Little: July 29, 2021

Labour's Andrew Little: July 29, 2021 Labour's Andrew Little: July 29, 2021, 22.42 MB
Thu 29 Jul 2021

Justin spoke to Health, SIS, and GCSB Minister Andrew Little about the government accusing China of cyberattacks, Cabinet allowing terror suspect Suhayra Aden to return to New Zealand, and his thoughts on several Auckland University science professors' comments that mātauranga Māori is 'no science'.

Justin's International Desk: July 29, 2021

Justin's International Desk: July 29, 2021 Justin's International Desk: July 29, 2021, 27.26 MB
Thu 29 Jul 2021

International Desk reports on Tunisian President Kais Saied dismissing the government and dissolved parliament after anti-governments against Covid-19 handling, economic depression, and poverty.

Mariam Ben Slama is a masters student from the Paris Institute of Political Science.  She spoke to Justin from the city of Sousse.

Neighbourhood Watch: July 29, 2021

Neighbourhood Watch: July 29, 2021 Neighbourhood Watch: July 29, 2021, 18.23 MB
Thu 29 Jul 2021

Neighbourhood Watch reports on COVID restrictions in South Australia and New South Wales, federal politicials receiving sexual harrasement training, and former inmates who were abused in a Northern Territory youth detention centre receiving a settlement.

Commerce Commission Draft Report on the Grocery Sector w/ Bodo Lang: July 29, 2021

Commerce Commission Draft Report on the Grocery Sector w/ Bodo Lang: July 29, 2021 Commerce Commission Draft Report on the Grocery Sector w/ Bodo Lang: July 29, 2021, 25.86 MB
Thu 29 Jul 2021

The Commerce Commission released a draft report analysing competition within the grocery sector. The initial findings are not promising for the consumer, highlighting a lack of competition leading to high prices and a smaller range of products. Conor first spoke to students about their experiences with grocery shopping, seeing what the current consumer attitudes are towards groceries. Conor then interviewed Senior Lecturer Dr. Bodo Lang of the University of Auckland for a deeper analysis on the report, touching on problems, solutions, and government possibilities.

The Thursday Wire with Justin: July 29, 2021

The Thursday Wire with Justin: July 29, 2021 The Thursday Wire with Justin: July 29, 2021, 98.6 MB
Thu 29 Jul 2021

Justin spoke to Health, SIS, and GCSB Minister Andrew Little about Chinese cyberattacks, terror suspect Suhayra Aden being repatriated to New Zealand, and several University of Auckland professors believing mātauranga Māori is not science.

International Desk reports on the political situation in Tunisia.

Neighbourhood Watch updates on Covid restrictions in SA and NSW, as well as reporting on sexual harrasement training for federal politicians, and a settlement for abused inmates at a NT youth detention centre.

Producer Conor Head-McCarthy reports on the Commerce Commission's draft report into supermarket competition and pricing.