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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.

 

Labour's Andrew Little: October 21, 2021

Labour's Andrew Little: October 21, 2021 Labour's Andrew Little: October 21, 2021, 18.08 MB
Thu 21 Oct 2021

Justin spoke to Health Minister Andrew Little on low Māori vaccination rates at Taranaki and Tairāwhiti, dedicated MIQ spots for health workers, and his thoughts on National's reopening plan. 

The Wire with Justin: October 21, 2021

The Wire with Justin: October 21, 2021 The Wire with Justin: October 21, 2021, 93.44 MB
Thu 21 Oct 2021

On their weekly chat, Justin and Health Minister Andrew Little talked about low Māori vaccination rates at Taranaki and Tairāwhiti, dedicated MIQ spots for health workers, and his thoughts on National's reopening plan.

Justin also talked to Developmental Paediatrician Dr Jin Rusell and Michael Cabral-Tarry, the Tāmaki Makaurau regional chair of the Post Primary Teachers’ Association on schools reopening next week.

He also chatted with AUT's head of journalism Greg Treadwell on Newshub's proposal to make radio reporters reduntant.

Justin also spoke to AUT Construction Management Professor John Tookey on the recent policy that scraps limits on housing density.

Secondary teachers' union "angry and dismayed" at schools reopening: October 21, 2021

Secondary teachers' union "angry and dismayed" at schools reopening: October 21, 2021 Secondary teachers' union "angry and dismayed" at schools reopening: October 21, 2021, 18.7 MB
Thu 21 Oct 2021

Students at years 11-13 who live in alert level 3 areas will be able to return to classrooms next Tuesday after the Labour Day weekend.

Education and Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins said yesterday that all students will need to wear a mask and keep record of their whereabouts, while staff need to produce a negative test before they return.

NCEA and New Zealand scholarship exams would also continue nationwide but students who cannot attend the exams would receive an Unexpected Event Grade.

But the Post Primary Teachers’ Association said it is dismayed and angry at the decision. 

Its Tāmaki Makaurau regional chair Michael Cabral-Tarry spoke to Justin Wong.

 

Schools reopening could be good for mental health, says pediatrician: October 21,, 2021

Schools reopening could be good for mental health, says pediatrician: October 21,, 2021 Schools reopening could be good for mental health, says pediatrician: October 21,, 2021, 21.45 MB
Thu 21 Oct 2021

Students at years 11-13 who live in alert level 3 areas will be able to return to classrooms next Tuesday after the Labour Day weekend.

Education and Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins said yesterday that all students will need to wear a mask and keep record of their whereabouts, while staff need to produce a negative test before they return.

Dr Jin Russell is a Developmental pediatrician and said reopening schools for young people is good for their mental health, but schools need good ventilation to stop Covid-19 from spreading.

She spoke to Justin Wong.

 

Newshub slashing radio reporters: October 21, 2021

Newshub slashing radio reporters: October 21, 2021 Newshub slashing radio reporters: October 21, 2021, 13.63 MB
Thu 21 Oct 2021

Newshub is proposing to slash the radio reporter role after ending an arrangement with Mediaworks.

Currently Newshub’s parent company, Discovery, is supplying Mediaworks radio stations including Magic Talk with radio news, but this will end in December.

Mediaworks stations will also not be simulcasting Newshub’s The Am Show.

Instead, the company will be creating its own newsroom to produce radio news, and a new radio breakfast show.

Justin spoke to AUT’s Head of Journalism Greg Treadwell about the move.

 

Housing density policy: October 21, 2021

Housing density policy: October 21, 2021 Housing density policy: October 21, 2021, 9.74 MB
Thu 21 Oct 2021

Three-storied houses could be more common in Auckland under a new housing policy supported by both Labour and National.

The new policy, which was announced earlier this week, enables people to build up to three homes of three storeys on most sites without any need for resource consent, starting August twenty twenty three.

Analysis from consultants PWC told the government these changes would add between 48,200 and 105,500 new dwellings over the next five to eight years.

Professor John Tookey is a professor in construction management in AUT, and he said while the new policy is a significant step forward the devil is in the details.

 

 

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: October 20, 2021

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: October 20, 2021 Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: October 20, 2021, 33.28 MB
Wed 20 Oct 2021

This week on Dear Science, Frances was joined by AUT Professor Marcus Jones where they spoke about the pandemic puzzle of COVID ‘super-immunity’, the first mission to asteroids near Jupiter that might reveal solar system origins, and the question of whether we learn better reading from a screen or from paper.

As promised, here is the link to the asteroid animation for any of you curious listeners out there... science rocks! 

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-02807-w

Iwi-led Housing Solutions w/ Hon Peeni Henare: October 20, 2021.

Iwi-led Housing Solutions w/ Hon Peeni Henare: October 20, 2021. , 22.34 MB
Wed 20 Oct 2021

Today, applications open for the programme Whai Kāinga, Whai Oranga, a $730 million dollar Māori Housing Supply and infrastructure investment that will provide support for Māori to determine their own housing solutions, across the entire housing continuum, and deliver affordable rentals. The $730m fund combines investment from Budget 2021 ($380M), and the Māori Infrastructure Fund ($350m), the largest investment seen in Māori Housing.

Zazi spoke to Associate Minister of Housing, Hon Peeni Henare, about this fund in more detail, to hear more about what he has to say about Whai Kāinga, Whai Oranga, and why it is an important programme.

The Wire with Zazi and Frances: October 20, 2021

The Wire with Zazi and Frances: October 20, 2021 The Wire with Zazi and Frances: October 20, 2021, 102.22 MB
Wed 20 Oct 2021

This week on the Wednesday Wire, Zazi Hewlett hosts the show and Frances Wright produces remotely from her home in Wellington!

The show kicks off with Frances speaking with Social scientist and The Workshop co-director, Dr Jess Berentson-Shaw, about having hard vaccine conversations with family and friends.

Zazi then speaks to Associate Minister of Housing, Peeni Henare, about iwi-led housing solutions and the programme Whai Kāinga, Whai Oranga.  

Frances has her regular segment Dear Science with AUT Professor Marcus Jones. They speak on COVID Super-Immunity; talk about revealing solar system origins on Jupiter; and discuss learning via screen versus on paper.

Finally, Zazi has her regular catch-up with ACT's Brooke van Velden. They talk about three things: the new housing density rules, Aotearoa’s inflation being at its highest in over a decade, and also the fact that pregnant women and their partners do not currently get priority for MIQ spaces.