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The Wire w/ Casper: May 27th, 2022

The Wire w/ Casper: May 27th, 2022 The Wire w/ Casper: May 27th, 2022, 105.37 MB
Fri 27 May 2022

Today on the Friday Wire:

Casper talked to Auckland city councillor Shane Henderson about investment in cycling infrastructure, as well as the public consultation closing on Auckland housing intensification.

He also spoke to Meng Foon, the Race Relations Comissioner about new rights-based guidelines for school uniforms.

Liam had a chat with the Green Parties Golriz Gharaman about her electoral reform bill and moving the voting age to sixteen, as well as political psychology professor Danny Osborne to discuss how the proposed changes could affect voters.

Casper also talked to Maria Armoudian from the University of Auckland about barriers to regulating guns in the United States.

And finally Liam spoke to Wattie Watson from the New Zealand Professional Firefighters Union about the strike action firefighters have voted for and the issues that the industry has been dealing with for the past few years.

 

HRC's School Uniform Guidelines w/ Meng Foon: May 27, 2022

HRC's School Uniform Guidelines w/ Meng Foon: May 27, 2022 HRC's School Uniform Guidelines w/ Meng Foon: May 27, 2022, 18.08 MB
Fri 27 May 2022

The Human Rights Comission released a new set of guidelines for school uniforms and how they can be more culturally inclusive, as well as adhere to Te Tiriti.

The rights-based guidelines include specific recognition of Taonga Māori symbols such as tā moko and pounamu. 

Casper spoke with Meng Foon, the Race Relations Comissioner, about the guidelines, what’s in them and what kinds of impacts they might have on schools that choose to adopt them. Casper first asked what the new guidelines entail and what their purpose is.

 

US Barriers to Gun Control w/ Maria Armoudian: May 27, 2022

US Barriers to Gun Control w/ Maria Armoudian: May 27, 2022 US Barriers to Gun Control w/ Maria Armoudian: May 27, 2022, 17.98 MB
Fri 27 May 2022

In the wake of the recent tragedy that occured in Texas, a horrific school schooting which cost 21 lives, a discussion around gun regulation has resurfaced in the United States.

Casper spoke to Maria Armoudian from the Univeristy of Auckland about the state of gun control debate in the United States, a country that experiences disproportionately high levels of gun violence especially in schools, and what barriers may exist to regulation.

Electoral Amendment Bill w/ Golriz Gharaman & Danny Osborne: May 27th, 2022

Electoral Amendment Bill w' Golriz Gharaman & Danny Osborne: May 27th, 2022 Electoral Amendment Bill w' Golriz Gharaman & Danny Osborne: May 27th, 2022, 37.61 MB
Fri 27 May 2022

The Green Parties Electoral (Strengthening Democracy) Amendment Bill has recently been drawn, allowing topics of electoral reform in Aotearoa to be brought to the surface.

The most talked-about part of the bill right now is the lowering of the voting age to sixteen, which would see New Zealand join countries like Scotland, Austria, Argentina, and Brazil amongst others.

Other aspects of the bill include enabling voters of Māori descent to change roll type at any time, implementing donation transparency and implementing the 2012 MMP Review recommendations.

To learn more, Liam spoke to the Greens spokesperson for electoral reform, Golriz Gharaman.

As this bill aims to vastly widen the eligibility to vote, many may question how people such as minors and prisoners could vote and change how our country works.

Thus, Liam also spoke to Danny Osborne, a political psychology professor from Otago University about how these groups may approach voting and how we could change our electoral system for the better.

 

New Zealand Professional Firefighters Union Strike w/ Wattie Watson: May 27th, 2022

New Zealand Professional Firefighters Union Strike w/ Wattie Watson: May 27th, 2022 New Zealand Professional Firefighters Union Strike w/ Wattie Watson: May 27th, 2022, 21.16 MB
Fri 27 May 2022

The New Zealand Professional Firefighters Union has recently voted to go on strike, after Fire and Emergency NZ refused their demands. 

The union claims their industry is understaffed and underpaid, with working conditions that are unsafe and causing major health issues to workers.

FENZ says they're surprised that a group dedicated to saving peoples lives would put those same lives at risk by going on strike.

To learn more, Liam spoke to NZPFU national secretary Wattie Watson about their strike and the working conditions that lead them to it.

 

The Wire w/ Joe: May 26, 2022

The Wire w/ Joe: May 26, 2022 The Wire w/ Joe: May 26, 2022, 106.22 MB
Thu 26 May 2022

This week on the Thursday Wire!

Joe speaks to Will Matthews, an organiser from the Public Service Association about the DHB’s Offer and ERA’s Recommendations that were released to Allied Health Workers this week. He’ll also be speaking to the Honourable David Parker, the Minister for Ocean and Fisheries about the nationwide rollout of cameras on commercial fishing vessels

Emilia speaks to Massey University’s Sally Casswell about Digital Alcohol Marketing crossing borders. She’ll also be speaking to Aeron Davis from Victoria University about the Partygate scandal in UK Politics after the official inquiry was released overnight.

That's us for the Thursday Wire!

Partygate w/ Aeron Davis: May 26, 2022

Partygate w/ Aeron Davis: May 26, 2022 Partygate w/ Aeron Davis: May 26, 2022, 30.1 MB
Thu 26 May 2022

Overnight, civil servant Sue Gray released her long-awaited report into a series of parties held in the prime minister's office while the UK was in covid lockdowns. 

While the report is impartial and doesn’t make any specific recommendations as to the repercussions Prime Minister Boris Johnson should face, it found that these events “should not have been allowed to happen”, and now the question has been passed to the Conservative Party to assess whether Johnson should remain in his post. 

Emilia Sullivan spoke to Aeron Davis, professor of political communication at Victoria University of Wellington about the inquiry.

 

The Government's Rollout of Cameras on Fishing Vessels w/ Hon David Parker: May 26, 2022

The Government's Rollout of Cameras on Fishing Vessels w/ Hon David Parker: May 26, 2022 The Government's Rollout of Cameras on Fishing Vessels w/ Hon David Parker: May 26, 2022, 25.35 MB
Thu 26 May 2022

The Government has today confirmed key details of the nationwide, rollout of cameras on commercial fishing vessels. Up to 300 inshore fishing vessels will be fitted with this technology by the end of 2024, providing independent, accurate information about fishing activity and better evidence for decision-making.

Joe spoke to Hon David Parker, the Minister for Ocean and Fisheries on the matter.

Digital Alcohol Marketing w/ Sally Casswell: May 26, 2022

Digital Alcohol Marketing w/ Sally Casswell: May 26, 2022 Digital Alcohol Marketing w/ Sally Casswell: May 26, 2022, 19.12 MB
Thu 26 May 2022

The World Health Organisation’s newly released report on regulating cross-border alcohol marketing has raised the alarm for countries like Australia and New Zealand, given our light approach towards alcohol advertising.

New Zealand and Australia are some of the highest consumers of alcohol, and researchers are worried that the rise of digital marketing is increasing the impact of alcohol advertising.

As digital spaces such as the metaverse begin to gain traction, there are concerns that Australasia’s lax approach to alcohol marketing has been overlooked in decision-making.

Emilia Sullivan spoke to Sally Casswell from Massey University about the matter.

DHB's Offer to Allied Health Workers w/ Will Matthews: May 26, 2022

DHB's Offer to Allied Health Workers w/ Will Matthews: May 26, 2022 DHB's Offer to Allied Health Workers w/ Will Matthews: May 26, 2022, 13.38 MB
Thu 26 May 2022

Earlier this week, details of the DHB’s offer to allied health workers and a summary of previously embargoed Employment Relations Authority recommendations were sent to 10,000 workers. The offer represents a pay increase of 17 percent for our lowest paid members, with the ability to regularly progress up pay steps, and 5 percent for our highest paid. This offer is essentially an increase of almost five times the DHBs’ original offer. 

Joe spoke to Will Matthews, an organiser for the Public Service Association, on the matter.