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City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: October 29, 2021

City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: October 29, 2021 City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: October 29, 2021, 13.52 MB
Fri 29 Oct 2021

Ilena caught up with Pippa Coom about Council's recommendations for the Auckland Light Rail team which Cabinet will consider later this year. They talked about what the options are on the table for light rail, how it differs from heavy rail (such as the city rail link being built in Auckland CBD), and the need for rapid transport options in Auckland. 

They also briefly spoke about Auckland Libraries’ and Council’s response to a petition asking for a click and collect system to be put in place. Since the interview, it has indeed been announced that Auckland libraries will be operating a click and collect service from November 2nd. 

 

Facebook's 'Metaverse' w/ Paris Marx: October 29, 2021

Facebook's 'Metaverse' w/ Paris Marx: October 29, 2021 Facebook's 'Metaverse' w/ Paris Marx: October 29, 2021, 9.97 MB
Fri 29 Oct 2021

Ilena talks to Paris Marx, a Canada-based phD student at the University of Auckland, writer and host of the 'Tech Won’t Save Us' podcast about Facebook's 'metaverse'. 

Today, during Facebook’s annual Connect Conference, Mark Zuckerberg shared his vision for what he calls a ‘metaverse’. The metaverse will be a social, 3D virtual space where users can share immersive experiences with other people, in real-time. It won’t be built, run or owned exclusively by Facebook. Rather, the company will collaborate with policymakers, experts and industry partners. There are already a wealth of New Zealand companies and creators working in this space, including fashion designers, gaming and VR experience creators, academics and marketers involved. To better reflect this new chapter in the company, Facebook is rebranding to ‘Meta’. This will include a new logo and colour. 

Paris discusses their concern that the rebranding could mean a renewed focus on addressing misinformation and echo chambers, or serves to distract from recent scrutiny that Facebook is under after internal documents were leaked by a whistleblower. They also talk about what the implications might be in who is funding this venture, and how the metaverse sits in a post-Covid, increasingly digitalised world.

 

Funding for drug testing at festivals: October 28, 2021

Funding for drug testing at festivals: October 28, 2021 Funding for drug testing at festivals: October 28, 2021, 25.68 MB
Thu 28 Oct 2021

The government has said $800,000 would be given to boost drug testing at festivals.

Justin spoke to testing provider Know Your Stuff's Yvonne Booyston and Splore Festival's Director John Minty about the move.

Massive Magazine feedback survey backlash: October 28, 2021

Massive Magazine feedback survey backlash: October 28, 2021 Massive Magazine feedback survey backlash: October 28, 2021, 15.73 MB
Thu 28 Oct 2021

An annual feedback survey for Massey University’s student magazine Massive has raised eyebrows on questions about censorship and editorial control.

Massey University has 10 student associations for students in Auckland, Manawatu, and Wellington, and they make up the Massey University Students’ Association Federation or MUSAF.

The survey by MUSAF asked students whether it is the right for student associations to censor magazine content, or whether the editor, MUSAF, or an individual student association should retain editorial control of the magazine.

Fatima Imran and Tessa Guest are the presidents of the Massey University Student Association in Manawatū and Wellington.  They spoke to Justin Wong.

The Thursday Wire with Justin: October 28, 2021

The Thursday Wire with Justin: October 28, 2021 The Thursday Wire with Justin: October 28, 2021, 84.19 MB
Thu 28 Oct 2021

On their weekly chat, Justin and Health Minister Andrew Little talked about drug testing at festivals, the bill that reforms the entire health system, and public consultations to repeal and replace the Mental Health Act.

Justin also talked to Otago University's Professor Michael Baker on the latest Covid-19 cases in Christchurch.

He also spoke to Yvonne Booysen from drug testing service Know Your Stuff and Splore Fesitval's Director John Minty on funding for drug testing at festivals.

He also talked to Fatima Imran and Tessa Guest, the presidents of Massey University's student association in Manawatu and Wellington, after the university's Massive student magazine feedback survey raised eyebrows for asking questions on censorship and editorial control.

Labour's Andrew Little: October 28, 2021

Labour's Andrew Little: October 28, 2021 Labour's Andrew Little: October 28, 2021, 20.22 MB
Thu 28 Oct 2021

Justin spoke to Health Minister Andrew Little on festival drug testing, the health reforms bill, and public consultations opening for the repeal and replace of the Mental Health Act.

Rapid antigen testing needed for Auckland departures, said epidemiologist Michael Baker: October 28, 2021

Rapid antigen testing needed for Auckland departures, said epidemiologist Michael Baker: October 28, 2021 Rapid antigen testing needed for Auckland departures, said epidemiologist Michael Baker: October 28, 2021, 21.24 MB
Thu 28 Oct 2021

Two cases of Covid-19 have been detected in Christchurch, with one travelling from Auckland earlier this month and could be infectious in the community for up to two weeks.

The city remains at Alert Level 2.

Otago University epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker said earlier rapid antigen testing for departing passengers is needed to limit transmission out of Auckland.

He spoke to Justin Wong.

The Wire with Zazi and Frances: October 27, 2021

The Wire with Zazi and Frances: October 27, 2021 The Wire with Zazi and Frances: October 27, 2021, 102.49 MB
Wed 27 Oct 2021

This week on the Wednesday Wire we had a packed show!

Zazi began by talking to Senior lecturer in Computer Science and the Director of Games and Extended Reality Lab at Massey University, Dr. Nilufar Baghaei, about her new research discussing how virtual reality can help treat anxiety and depression.

Frances then spoke with Shelley O’Sullivan, an educational psychologist about the month-long strike of psychologists coming to an end. 

Next up, Zazi spoke with the leader of the Green Party and Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw, about New Zealand passing a world-first Climate reporting legislation.

Then, we had our regular segment Dear Science with AUT Professor Allan Blackman. This week Frances and Allan are talked about ammonia synthesis in a ball mill, vikings in North America and what happened in the world of nylon on October 27th in 1938… 

And finally Zazi had her regular talk with Act Party’s Brooke van Velden, talking about the COVID traffic light system and the vaccine mandate for workplaces requiring a certificate of vaccination for entry.

Educational Psychologist Strike w/ Shelley O'Sullivan: October 27, 2021

Educational Psychologist Strike w/ Shelley O'Sullivan: October 27, 2021 Educational Psychologist Strike w/ Shelley O'Sullivan: October 27, 2021, 7.15 MB
Wed 27 Oct 2021

At the beginning of October more than 120 psychologists employed by the Ministry of Health in schools and early childhood centres stopped accepting referrals in a nationwide strike asking for better pay and conditions. In 2020 more than three thousand children and youth were on waiting lists for learning support from the ministry, and there are currently more than 50 psychologist vacancies across the country. 

 

Because the month of the strike is drawing to an end, this week on the Wire Frances spoke with with educational psychologist Shelley O’Sullivan. She is one of only four educational psychologists in Taranaki whose work involves supporting most ‘at-risk’ children in schools. They talked about the reality of working as an educational psychologist, COVID’s impact on Shelley’s work and her hopes for the result of the strikes.

 

ACT's Brooke van Velden on New Traffic Light System and Vaccines Mandates for more Workplaces: October 27, 2021

ACT's Brooke van Velden on New Traffic Light System and Vaccines Mandates for more Workplaces: October 27, 2021 ACT's Brooke van Velden on New Traffic Light System and Vaccines Mandates for more Workplaces: October 27, 2021, 24.3 MB
Wed 27 Oct 2021

This week Zazi and Brooke talk about the COVID traffic light system and the vaccine mandate for workplaces requiring a certificate of vaccination for entry.

First off, the two talk about Aotearoa New Zealand’s New COVID-19 Protection Framework. Zazi asks Brooke if she supports the framework, what she thinks this means for reopening the international border, and whether she thinks this framework discriminates against vulnerable communities.  

Secondly, Zazi asks Brooke about the Government announcing that vaccines will be mandated for workplaces requiring a certificate of vaccination for entry. Brooke shares whether she believes this was a logical move, if vaccine mandates are a good way to lift vaccination rates, and also talks about why she believes businesses should have a choice in having mandated vaccinations, over the Government enforcing them.