Yesterday, former Broadcasting Minister and outgoing Labour MP Clare Curran said the nature of reporting in Aotearoa was destructive. She said there is a toxic culture at Parliament, that is systemic and not the fault of anyone in particular. Mary-Margaret wanted to find out how accountability should be dealt with if issues are systemic, in the context of a Westminster model of governance that encourages combative politics and combative political media. She spoke to Associate Professor Neal Curtis about how complex this issue is, and if we are discussing the root of the problem accurately.
Wednesday’s report on the Resource Management Act, called New Directions for Resource Management in New Zealand, was welcomed by the government. It was commissioned by Environment Minister David Parker, and it recommended completely scrapping the RMA and replacing it with two new pieces of legislation: the Natural and Built Environments Act and the Strategic Planning Act. James Tapp spoke to National’s environment spokesperson Scott Simpson, after having interviewed Minister Parker too.
Ollie Joblin speaks with Ministers Stuart Nash and Julie Anne Genter on the new roadside drug testing bill as well as the new cycleway at Orakei and a new campaign set to address measles in our youth. Mary-Margaret Slack speaks to Neal Curtis about Clare Curran’s comments on toxicity in Parliament and the role that media plays in the problem. In City Counselling, Oscar Perress speaks to Tracy Mulholland about the adoption of the budget, the maunga authority, Te whau pathway and He waka eke noa! And finally, we hear from National’s environment spokesperson about scrapping the RMA completely
Justin spoke to Justice Minister Andrew Little about the concerns of returning New Zealanders on charging for managed isolation, the banking sector implementing living wage to its lowest-paid contractors, proposed laws to protect migrant workers, and how the extradition process works even without a treaty.
This Wednesday a report of the Resource Management Act (RMA), New Directions for Resource Management in New Zealand, was welcome by the government. This was commissioned by the Environment Minister, David Parker, with the recommendation being to completely scrap the RMA and replace it with two new pieces of legislation, a Natural and Built Environments Act and a Strategic Planning Act. In an effort to understand more about the RMA, producer James Tapp talks to Minister Parker live on air about the RMA and its future.
On Dear Science today with Allan Blackman we discuss the mystery behind body odour, the effects of lithium in drinking water lowering suicide rates, and the ongoing litigation surrounding cancer caused by herbicide glysophatem (otherwise known as Roundup).
Felix, brings us a bit of a follow up on his last week's report on support for international students in New Zealand following a funding announcement made by Minister for Education Chris Hipkins yesterday.
NZ First’s Tracey Martin talks opposition to the $100 million dollar Southland Recovery Package, paid mandatory managed isolation, a code of conduct for MP's, and regional funding to tackle methamphetamine use.
Jessica Hopkins speaks to AAAP about the Government’s announcement to combat debt by strengthening specialist debt solution services. This is followed by an interview with Pam Waugh from the Salvation Army who had a positive reception to the announcement.
In response to the Black Lives Matter movement, a social media movement for Dalits, or the apparent lower caste individuals of India, began. Nirvana speaks to Gladson Dungdung, a human rights activist and an author to Adivasi rights in Jharkhand. They discuss the structure and history of caste system in India, the grievances faced by Dalits and Adivasi’s and the relevance of #DalitLivesMatter.
Hanna speaks to Julia Anne Genter, Green MP, Minister for Women and Associate Minister for Health on the recently announced cash injection for Family Planning. Hanna also reached out to Family Planning for a Written Statement.