Recent research from the University of Canterbury details some of the factors that have led to changes in immunisation rates around New Zealand from 2006 to 2017. While vaccination rates are steadily increasing overall, immunisation has started to decline in some wealthier areas - owing to increased mistrust and misinformation around vaccines. Felix Walton spoke to researcher Lukas Marek about his research.
In the last few weeks, the western part of the United States has experienced one of the worst wildfire seasons in history. Not coincidently, some areas have also recorded the highest temperatures since records began. What is the relationship between climate change and the frequency, intensity, and destruction of wildfires? What role does forestry management play in these wildfires? Doug Becker speaks with George Perry, Peter Ward, Beverly Law, and William Moomaw.
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The End of Life Choice Referendum is a public vote on whether assisted dying under the End of Life Choice Act 2019 should become part of the law in Aotearoa. If a majority vote "yes" in the referendum, the Act will come into force and if a majority vote "no", the Act will not be able to be accessed.
Jemima Huston explores the number of social and moral issues that surround the Act and assisted dying such as the input of family in the decision, coercion, the responsibility of doctors to preserve life vs. end life, the right for a doctor to opt out and the short "cooling down" period between prescribing and administering a lethal dose.
ACT Party Deputy Leader Brooke van Velden and University of Auckland Associate Professor of Clinical Medical Ethics Phillipa Malpas provide an insight into these issues and help breakdown what exactly we are voting for in the End of Life Choice Referendum.
The End of Life Choice referendum asks voters to make a moral decison. Both sides of the referendum raise ethical issues, meaning voters must grapple with questions of life, death, choice and inequity. Come October 17th, voters should know not only how they intend to vote in the referendum, but why they have come to that conclusion.
For an ethics-centred perspective on Euthanasia, Hanna spoke to Dr Vanya Kovach, from the Philosophy department at the University of Auckland.
Today on the Wire we focus on the End of Life Choice Referendum as part of our election coverage.
Jemima speaks to ACT Party Deputy Leader Brooke van Velden who outlines the End of Life Choice Act 2019 and the requirements to be eligible for assisted dying.
Jemima also highlights a number of concerns surrounding assisted dying and the Act, which are addressed by Brooke van Velden and Associate Professor of Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Auckland, Phillipa Malpas.
Hanna talks to Dr Vanya Kovach, who teaches Ethics in the Philosophy department at the University of Auckland, about the ethical issues surrounding euthanasia.
This week from the 21st to the 27th of September is Mental Health Awareness Week and this year's theme is He Tirohanga Anamata, or Reimagine Wellbeing Together. Aneeka speaks to Shaun Robinson, the chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation about what we need to see happening in the country to support Kiwis struggling with Mental Health.
Unity Mixes is a DJ duo that came onto the Auckland Music Scene at the start of the year. Aneeka spoke to one half of the duo, made up of Warren and Ziggy, about what they're upto at the moment and their first event they are hoping to host on Friday.
Zoë Larsen Cumming reports on most of the major parties' health policies on the 2020 election ballot. She looks at Labour, National, the Greens, the Māori Party, New Zealand First, ACT, and The Opportunities Party. The health policies have been broken up into the following subsections: COVID 19 response, public health, health services, alcohol and drugs and mental health.