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Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: October 27, 2021

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: October 27, 2021 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: October 27, 2021, 11.87 MB
Wed 27 Oct 2021

On this week's segment of Dear Science Frances was joined by AUT Professor Allan Blackman. They spoke about the exciting discovery of ammonia synthesis in a ball mill, one thousand year old vikings in North America and what happened in the world of synthetic fibres on October 27th in 1938…

Virtual Reality Can Help Treat Anxiety and Depression w/ Dr. Nilufar Baghaei: October 27, 2021

Virtual Reality Can Help Treat Anxiety and Depression w/ Dr. Nilufar Baghaei: October 27, 2021 Nilufar Baghaei: October 27, 2021, 28.01 MB
Wed 27 Oct 2021

Virtual reality has been around for quite a while now. It was created in the late 1960’s and became commercially available in the 1990s. However, Virtual Reality is still a very new technology that is continuing to be explored in many different avenues. One of those avenues, for example, is in treating mental health conditions. According to a new study led by Computer Science Senior Lecturer, Dr. Nilufar Baghaei, and co-authored by PhD student Vibhav Chitale, VR has been found to be an effective treatment method for anxiety and depression. This study examined the ways VR interventions and exposure can affect a person’s mental health, and how effective they have been as a treatment method. 

Zazi spoke with the lead researcher in this study, Dr. Nilufar Baghei. She is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and the Director of Games and Extended Reality Lab at Massey University. Her research interests include Game-based Learning, XR, and AI in Education and Persuasive Technology. Zazi spoke with her to hear more about this research surrounding Virtual Reality and mental health, to see what this new research could mean for the future of mental health treatments. 

New Zealand Passing a World-First Climate Reporting Legislation w/ Hon James Shaw: October 27, 2021.

New Zealand Passing a World-First Climate Reporting Legislation w/ Hon James Shaw: October 27, 2021. , 27.91 MB
Wed 27 Oct 2021

Last Thursday it was announced that New Zealand has become the first country in the world to pass a law that will ensure financial organisations disclose and ultimately act on climate-related risks and opportunities. The requirement applies to publicly listed companies and large insurers, banks, non-bank deposit takers and investment managers. 

Zazi spoke to the Leader of the Green Party and Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw, to talk about this legislation in a little more detail.

The Wire with Jemima: October 26, 2021

The Wire with Jemima: October 26, 2021 The Wire with Jemima: October 26, 2021, 100.64 MB
Tue 26 Oct 2021

This week on the Tuesday Wire, Jemima Huston speaks to Dr Rhys Jones from the University of Auckland about the government’s new Covid Protection Framework and whether the 90 percent vaccination threshold appropriately addresses the needs of Māori and Pacific communities. 

Christina Huang continues her regular segment with the Waitematā Local Board. This week she speaks to Deputy Chair Alex Bonham. 

Joe Wickins talks to Ben Beaglehole from the University of Otago about his study surrounding compulsory treatment orders for mental health patients. 

Finally, on Tomorrow’s World, Isla Christensen and Stella Huggins look at scientific accidents and the inventions that came from them. 

Compulsory Treatment Orders w/ Dr Ben Beaglehole: October 26, 2021

Compulsory Treatment Orders w/ Dr Ben Beaglehole: October 26, 2021 Compulsory Treatment Orders w/ Dr Ben Beaglehole: October 26, 2021, 10.66 MB
Tue 26 Oct 2021

Compulsory Treatment Orders, or CTO’s, are legally mandated orders which require mentally ill patients to undergo psychiatric treatment. CTO’s have been regarded as a contentious and coercive form of mental health treatment for patients struggling with serious mental illnesses, as the practice has been criticised for imposing restrictions on patients which impact their own personal freedom.  

A study from University of Otago that explored CTO’s found that the treatment leads to fewer and shorter hospital admissions. Joe talks to Dr Ben Beaglehole, a Senior Lecturer from the University of Otago and co-author of the study, on the matter.

 

Is the 90 Percent Vaccination Target for DHBs Equitable? w/ Dr Rhys Jones: October 26, 2021

Is the 90 Percent Vaccination Target for DHBs Equitable? w/ Dr Rhys Jones: October 26, 2021 Is the 90 Percent Vaccination Target for DHBs Equitable? w/ Dr Rhys Jones: October 26, 2021, 8.35 MB
Tue 26 Oct 2021

Last Friday the government announced it’s Covid-19 Protection Framework. Aotearoa will move to the new framework when 90 percent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated in each DHB region. However, critics have said that the 90 percent vaccination target for DHBs is unfair for Māori and Pacific communities. This is because Māori and Pacific vaccination rates across the country are still significantly lower than non-Māori and non-Pacific.

News and Editorial Director Jemima Huston speaks to Dr Rhys Jones, a public health physician and senior lecturer in Māori health at the University of Auckland about this critique. They discuss Dr Jones' position on the government’s new traffic light system, what Māori and Pacific vaccination rates are looking like and whether the 90 percent threshold is equitable. 

Science's Happiest Mistakes: October 26, 2021

Science's Happiest Mistakes: October 26, 2021 Science's Happiest Mistakes: October 26, 2021, 7.35 MB
Tue 26 Oct 2021

This week Stella and Isla tell each other their favourite instances of a good old fashioned pivot in the lab. They discuss the invention of Viagra, sticky notes, slinkies and more, all discovered through open-minded approaches to what may be perceived initially as failed experiments. 

The Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill w/ Kerri Nuku: October 22, 2021

The Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill w/ Kerri Nuku: October 22, 2021 The Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill w/ Kerri Nuku: October 22, 2021, 7.52 MB
Fri 22 Oct 2021

Ilena spoke to Kerri Nuku, the kaiwhakahaere for the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, about the Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Bill. The legislation was introduced into parliament by Health Minister Andrew Little on Wednesday. 

The Bill, which is expected to pass next year, amalgamate the 20 District Health Boards across New Zealand into a singular ‘Health New Zealand’ organisation, which will work in partnership with a Māori Health Authority. 

Kerri spoke about the benefits of the bill, as well as the concerns that the NZNO have for nurses and patients.

 

The Latest Covid Guidelines w/ Nikki Turner and Michael Plank: October 22, 2021

The Latest Covid Guidelines w/ Nikki Turner and Michael Plank: October 22, 2021 The Latest Covid Guidelines w/ Nikki Turner and Michael Plank: October 22, 2021, 42.05 MB
Fri 22 Oct 2021

This morning the government announced significant changes in New Zealand's response to Covid-19. Noah Ferguson-Dudding spoke to Professor Nikki Turner, Director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre, and Professor Michael Plank, an epidemiological modeler from the University of Canterbury about their reactions to the announcement.

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: October 22, 2021

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: October 22, 2021 City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: October 22, 2021, 9.48 MB
Fri 22 Oct 2021

Ilena had her regular catch up with Shane Henderson, who this week talked about how water restrictions in Auckland will ease from tomorrow. Auckland has been under varying forms of restriction since May last year after a long period of drought, but recent rainfall events have had a positive impact on Auckland’s water stores. 

 

Shane also talked about the new bipartisan Labour and National announcement which aims to make it easier to build houses and intensify close to city centres.