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Bee Aware Month w/ Dr Angus McPherson and Jess Curtis: September 7, 2021

Bee Aware Month w/ Dr Angus McPherson and Jess Curtis: September 7, 2021 Bee Aware Month w/ Dr Angus McPherson and Jess Curtis: September 7, 2021, 12.5 MB
Tue 7 Sep 2021

This month is Bee Aware Month, where the focus is how we can help with supporting Bee’s as they help support our ecosystem. Joe talks to Dr Angus McPherson from Tree’s for Bee’s and Jess Curtis from Branch Creek Honey on the importance of Bee’s to the ecosystem, and how Kiwi’s can help them during the month of Spring.

The Wire with Jemima: September 07, 2021

The Wire with Jemima: September 07, 2021 The Wire with Jemima: September 07, 2021, 99.63 MB
Tue 7 Sep 2021

Today on the Tuesday Wire, Jemima Hustons speaks to Professor Richard Jackson from Otago University about the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill that aims to prevent and respond to terrorism in New Zealand. 

Joe Wickins interviews to Dr Angus McPherson from Tree’s for Bee’s and Jess Curtis from Branch Creek Honey about Bee Aware Month and why bees are so important for the ecosystem.

Jemima talks to  Laura Boren from the Department of Conservation about how the public can help the Department of Conservation determine why subantartic fur seals have been sighted more commonly in Aotearoa’s waters this year.

Joe finally speaks to Kristie Amado from Recovered Living NZ about how the pandemic has impacted people who struggle with eating disorders and body dysmorphia. 

Is the Government's Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill being passed too quickly? w/ Richard Jackson: September 07, 2021

Is the Government's Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill being passed too quickly? w/ Richard Jackson: September 07, 2021 Is the Government's Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill being passed too quickly? w/ Richard Jackson: September 07, 2021, 15.32 MB
Tue 7 Sep 2021

On Friday 3 September, a terrorist attack took place at a LynMall supermarket in New Lynn, Auckland. The attacker stabbed six people and injured one before being shot and killed by Police. It was quickly revealed that the person was a known supporter of the Islamic State and was under long-term Police surveillance. Following the event, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said that she wants the Government's Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill, which was brought in following the 2019 Christchurch terror attacks, to be passed no later than by the end of the month. 

As part of an ongoing investigation into New Zealand’s counter-terrorism strategy, News and Editorial Director Jemima Huston wanted to look into some of the issues that have been raised about the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill. She spoke to Professor Richard Jackson, Director of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago, about some of the problems he says the Bill has. Professor Jackson, along with other experts on terrorism, are concerned that the Bill is being passed too quickly and that more research and time is needed to properly address terrorism in New Zealand's legislation. 

Jemima and Professor Jackson touch on the restrictions terrorism legislation places on human rights, the difficulty to determine a person's intention, protecting minority groups against the deep racial biases that exist in New Zealand society, and whether it is possible to appropriately define terrorism.

Ultimately, Professor Jackson is concerned that the Bill is being rushed through the legislation process. He says that in times of public distress, the Government moves quickly to make laws as a way to show that the state cares about its people and has done something to address the issue at hand. However, Professor Jackson warns that rushed legislation doesn't consider all the evidence and runs the risk of negatively impacting certain minority communities and increasing grievance amongst those most likley to turn to extremism. 

The Wire with Jessica: September 6, 2021

The Wire with Jessica: September 6, 2021 The Wire with Jessica: September 6, 2021, 105.6 MB
Mon 6 Sep 2021

This week on the show, Jessica Hopkins spoke to Terry Bellamak of Abortion Law Reform New Zealand about extreme anti-abortion laws that have come into affect in Texas in the United States. 

She also talked to Debbie Sorenson from Pasifika Futures about the impact of the delta outbreak on Pasifika people, particularly the Samoan community, and the recent announcement of government funding to support Pacific health and vaccination services. 

Louis Macalister interviews SAFE’s Will Applebe and a Greyhound Trainer, Craig Roberts about the recent review of the Greyhound racing industry. 

Lastly, he speaks to Scott Hindman, a resident and member of Bethells Emergency Response Group about the impact of last weeks flooding on the Bethells Beach community. 

Anti-Abortion Laws in Texas w/ Terry Bellamak of Abortion Law Reform New Zealand

Anti-Abortion Laws in Texas w/ Terry Bellamak of Abortion Law Reform Anti-Abortion Laws in Texas w/ Terry Bellamak of Abortion Law Reform , 15.11 MB
Mon 6 Sep 2021

A ban on abortions from six weeks, with no excpetions has taken affect in Texas, after it was signed off by the Supreme Court. This is the first US state to allow a ban to go into effect since Roe v. Wade.

This move has been condemned by human rights activists and medical experts, who say this approach is not based on science and will put women at severe risk. 

Jessica spoke to Terry Bellamak of Abortion Law Reform New Zealand, who says that anti-abortion lawmakers in Texas want to incentivize anyone in the US who opposes abortion to sue providers or individuals who help patients get care.

They started off our interview discussing the restrictions put in place by conservative judges, which many have called out for being unconstitutional. 

Pacific-led Support and Vaccination Services During COVID-19 w/ Debbie Sorensen from Pasifika Futures

Pacific-led Support and Vaccination Services During COVID-19 w/ Debbie Sorensen from Pasifika Futures Pacific-led Support and Vaccination Services During COVID-19 w/ Debbie Sorensen from Pasifika Futures, 10.99 MB
Mon 6 Sep 2021

The government recently approved FORTY NINE MILLION DOLLARS in additional funding to support pacific health and vaccination services during COVID-19, including TWENTY THREE million dollars for Whānau Ora services.

Jessica Hopkins spoke to Debbie Sorensen from Pasifika Futures, a Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency about what this funding means for the critical support services they provide, and what the impact of the delta outbreak has been for Pasifika people, particularly the Samoan community.

They started the interview discussing how the Pacific community has responded to this current outbreak. 

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City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: September 3, 2021

City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: September 3, 2021 City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: September 3, 2021, 7.73 MB
Fri 3 Sep 2021

Ilena spoke to Councillor Pippa Coom for an update on Auckland Council’s Covid-19 response as we look forward to another two weeks of lockdown. We also discussed the flooding that happened earlier this week in parts of Auckland due to a period of intense rain and storms, and how emergency services responded to those affected under level 4 restrictions. She also mentioned resources available on the Council website for those looking to stay healthy physically and mentally during lockdown, as well as getting rid of Auckland library overdue fines.

Professor Howard Fallowfield: making biofuel from sustainable wastewater systems, September 3, 2021

Professor Howard Fallowfield: making biofuel from sustainable wastewater systems, September 3, 2021 Professor Howard Fallowfield: making biofuel from sustainable wastewater systems, September 3, 2021, 11.22 MB
Fri 3 Sep 2021

Today, Ilena spoke to Professor Howard Fallowfield, from all the way over at Flinders University in Adelaide. They talked about research that he has co-led that looks into creating a sustainable wastewater recycling program that can harvest material to use in biofuels, a renewable fuel alternative to fossil fuels.

They spoke about the advantages of this method of harvesting material for biofuel, and whether the findings of this research could be extrapolated to places like NZ and bigger cities to help reach carbon neutral targets.

 

Louise Upston: Whānau Ora funding and the vaccination rollout, September 3, 2021

Louise Upston: Whānau Ora funding and the vaccination rollout, September 3, 2021 Louise Upston: Whānau Ora funding and the vaccination rollout, September 3, 2021, 6.93 MB
Fri 3 Sep 2021

Ilena talked to the National Party spokesperson for social development, Luise Upston, about the government rejecting advice to fund Whānau Ora to have a strategic role in the vaccination rollout for Maori and Pasifika. They spoke about what Whānau Ora do, how the vaccination figures for Maori and Pasifika are looking like as we enter the group four vaccination phase, and the efficacy of the approach that the government has had so far in engaging these communities.

 

Merchant Navy Day w/ the NZ Maritime Museum: September 3, 2021

Merchant Navy Day w/ the NZ Maritime Museum: September 3, 2021 Merchant Navy Day w/ the NZ Maritime Museum: September 3, 2021, 9.32 MB
Fri 3 Sep 2021

The third of September is National Merchant Navy Day, commemorating those who served in the Merchant Navy during the World Wars of the twentieth century.

While in-person ceremonies were disrupted by Covid-19 this year, the New Zealand Maritime Museum are still holding an online service.

Justin Wong spoke to director of the NZ Maritime Museum, Vincent Lipanovich, about the day of commemoration.