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Justin's International Desk (w/ Conor Knell): 8th August 2020

Justin's International Desk (w/ Conor Knell): 8th August 2020 Justin's International Desk (w/ Conor Knell): 8th August 2020, 17.49 MB
Thu 6 Aug 2020

Northern Ireland politician John Hume passed away earlier this week, aged 83.  His leadership and his faith in the power of negotiations were influential in enabling the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, and the peace in the Irish Isles.

The Thursday Wire with Justin: 6th August 2020

The Thursday Wire with Justin: 6th August 2020 The Thursday Wire with Justin: 6th August 2020, 101.94 MB
Thu 6 Aug 2020

Justin and Conor reports on the life of Northern Ireland politician John Hume who passed away earlier this week.

James spoke to Plastics NZ CEO Rachel Barker about priority products when it comes to waste minimization.

Justin caught with Zoe on Neighbourhood Watch to talk about a new coronavirus outbreak in Victoria and the federal government renewing failed targets to improve the lives of Aboriginal Australians.

James reports on the passing of a bill reforming the Tenancies Act.

Priority Products and Waste Minimisation w/ Rachel Barker: August 6, 2020

Priority Products and Waste Minimisation w/ Rachel Barker: August 6, 2020 Priority Products and Waste Minimisation w/ Rachel Barker: August 6, 2020, 22.44 MB
Thu 6 Aug 2020

Last week the government announced that a series of products are to be placed on a priority list as part of the waste minimization act, which includes e-waste, which Hannah covered yesterday, as well as a range of plastics. By doing so, levvys will be put in place and requirements to create more integration into the circular economy. The circular economy is an idea which revolves around the fact that many of the products do not go in a full circular fashion as materials do in nature, instead ending up in places such as landfills. While the intention is positive, there is potential for unintended consequences as voiced by the plastic industry. To understand more of their concerns, James talks to Rachel Barker, the CEO of Plastics NZ, about what this will mean for the future.

The Residential Tenancies Amendment (RTA) Bill 2020 Report w/ James: August 6, 2020

The Residential Tenancies Amendment (RTA) Bill 2020 Report w/ James: August 6, 2020 The Residential Tenancies Amendment (RTA) Bill 2020 Report w/ James: August 6, 2020, 6.58 MB
Thu 6 Aug 2020

On August 5th the government passed the Residential Tenancies Amendment (RTA) Bill 2020, which bought in a number of changes to help support tenants as well as landlords. James looks at some of the changes as well as what some of the stakeholders think about it.

Neighbourhood Watch: August 6, 2020

Neighbourhood Watch: August 6, 2020 Neighbourhood Watch: August 6, 2020, 18.91 MB
Thu 6 Aug 2020

Justin caught up with Zoe and talked about the renewal of eight 2008 Close the Gap targets to improve the lives of Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders, after reviews found most have failed.  They also talked about the coronavirus outbreak in Victoria, as more than 700 cases are confirmed in one day.

The Wire with Bronwyn: August 5, 2020

The Wire with Bronwyn: August 5, 2020 The Wire with Bronwyn: August 5, 2020, 103.48 MB
Wed 5 Aug 2020

This week on the wire is the weekly Dear Science segment, where Marcus Jones discussed the curious case of a man who can read letters but not numbers, the effect of vitamin D deficiency on COVID-19 mortality rates, and NASA’s most ambitious Mars rover yet.  

Bronwyn speaks to NZ First’s Tracey Martin about funding for counselling in primary schools, more funding for ORS for students with higher learning needs, and the historic amendment to the Crimes Act definition of female genital mutilation.

Producer Felix Walton speaks to Dr Stephen Child from Southern Cross about their national health and wellbeing survey.

Shane Heremaia, the Chief Executive of the Tuwharetoa Māori Trust Board tells Bronwyn about the iwi reaction to being the first use of a Section 33 transfer under the RMA, allowing the board to take over the Waikato Regional Council's water quality monitoring in Lake Taupō.

Lastly there is time for a small report about the Government’s allocations of the Three Waters Fund for councils, where Jessica Hopkins spoke to Alex Walker, the mayor of the Central Hawke’s bay District Council.

National Health and Well-being Survey with Southern Cross' Dr Stephen Child; August 5, 2020

National Health and Well-being Survey with Southern Cross' Dr Stephen Child; August 5, 2020 National Health and Well-being Survey with Southern Cross' Dr Stephen Child; August 5, 2020, 23.41 MB
Wed 5 Aug 2020

This morning Southern Cross released a national health and wellbeing survey that looks into mental, social and physical health both before and after the lockdown. The study was done by Colmar Brunton and will be conducted every two years as a bit of a check-in on New Zealanders’ wellbeing. Felix Walton spoke to Southern Cross Chief Medical Officer Dr Stephen Child about the survey.

Three Waters Funding Allocation with CHB Mayor Alex Walker, August 5, 2020

Three Waters Funding Allocation with CHB Mayor Alex Walker, August 5, 2020 Three Waters Funding Allocation with CHB Mayor Alex Walker, August 5, 2020, 10.47 MB
Wed 5 Aug 2020

Yesterday the government announced a $761 million stimulus for Three Waters, an initiative to improve the management of drinking water, stormwater and wastewater. The investment into water infrastructure is a key aspect of the government’s planned Covid-19 recovery, with hopes to improve water health and avoid outbreaks such as the campylobacter outbreak in Havelock north four years ago. Jess Hopkins spoke to Alex Walker, the Mayor of the Central Hawkes Bay District Council about the funding, and how it could help in avoiding a repeat of the events in Havelock North

 

Tax Policy Recommendations w Tax Justice Aotearoa: August 4, 2020

Tax Policy Recommendations w Tax Justice Aotearoa: August 4, 2020 Tax Policy Recommendations w Tax Justice Aotearoa: August 4, 2020 , 8.07 MB
Tue 4 Aug 2020

Hanna speaks to Louise Delaney, Chair of Tax Justice Aotearoa, about their recommended changes to New Zealand's tax system, and about how likely they are to be realised politically.

E-waste w Dr Jeff Seadon: August 4, 2020

E-waste w Dr Jeff Seadon: August 4, 2020 E-waste w Dr Jeff Seadon: August 4, 2020, 8.8 MB
Tue 4 Aug 2020

Hanna speaks to Dr Jeff Seadon, waste management expert at AUT, about how the government's recently announced waste management policy will impact how e-waste (electronic waste) is handled in Aotearoa.