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New Zealand has voted to abstain on a temporary ban on seabed mining in the South Pacific. Although the vote passed, environmental groups have criticised New Zealand for not taking a stance on the motion.
Louis spoke to Greenpeace Aotearoa's seabed mining campaigner James Hita about seabed mining in the Pacific and his perspective on New Zealand's vote.
A new invasive seaweed species has been discovered on Aotea Great Barrier Island. Since its detection, the Ministry of Primary Industries and mana whenua have been working towards a dual response for controlling the spread.
Louis spoke to Ngati Wai's Martin Cleave about the species, its impacts, and how they are looking to respond.
A recent study from the University of California, Los Angeles has found a correlation between too much free time and poorer mental health. The research involved over 25,000 participants and how free time impacts their wellbeing.
Louis talked to one of the researchers, Cassie Mogilner Holmes, about the findings and the consequences of lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic.
On the Monday wire this week, Jessica Hopkins speaks to Professor Tim Dare, from the University of Auckland about possible ethical issues surrounding vaccine passports and Alicia Hall from Parents for Climate Aotearoa, about climate anxiety and the role parents are playing in climate action.
Louis Macalister interviews Greenpeace Seabed Mining Campaigner, James Hita about New Zealand abstaining on recent seabed mining vote. Then, Louis speaks to Ngati Wai’s Martin Cleave about new invasive seaweed on Great Barrier Island. Finally Louis talks to UCLA’s Cassie Mogilner Holmes about research on free time and mental wellbeing.
A COVID-19 vaccine passport is set to be implemented in New Zealand later this year. While some have welcomed this announcement, vaccine passports for both international travel and domestic activities such as work, and education have prompted riots and protests in some countries.
Concerns have also been raised about potential issues of discrimination and inequality for some communities.
Jessica Hopkins speaks to Professor Tim Dare from the University of Auckland about whether domestic vaccine passports are justified, and how they might work in Aotearoa.
A new global study has suggested that climate anxiety amongst young people is widespread, and that many believe Governments are not treating climate change as an emergency.
This follows the Government announcing a five month extension on its deadline to publish the Emissions Reduction Plan, which will set out how New Zealand will meet its climate targets.
Founder of Parents for Climate Aotearoa, Alicia Hall is calling for the Government to respond to the Climate emergency with the same urgency they have to the COVID-19 pandemic. Jessica spoke to Hall about her role as a parent in acting against climate change.
This morning, Ilena spoke to Green Party MP Jan Logie about their open letter to the Minister for ACC, Carmel Sepuloni, asking for birth injuries to be covered by ACC. Currently, injuries such as vaginal tears are not covered by ACC. Neither are injuries to the baby such as cerebral palsy through lack of oxygen.
On a whole, women receive far less compensation from ACC annually than men - almost a billion dollars less per year. For wāhine Māori, the difference in compensation is even wider, as Māori women tend to have more injuries than Pākehā and are less likely to be referred for an ACC claim by a healthcare professional.
Jan talked about the legal challenges of having birth injuries covered by ACC and the government’s response.
The New Zealand Union of Student Associations has criticised the government for their support for students in the recent Covid-19 lockdown, and are calling for a temporary universal education income. Noah spoke to NZUSA president, Andrew Lessells, about what a universal income would look like, why he feels it is necessary, and how else the government can look after tertiary students.
Today, Pippa and Ilena talked about how Auckland Council will be helping local businesses move down through alert levels- in particular, how the Council can help the hospitality industry with licensing requirements so that they can do trading on the footpaths and allow more space between customers.
They also talked about Vision Zero, an ethics-based transport safety approach that was developed in Sweden and is now being implemented in Auckland. The vision states that there will be no deaths or serious injuries on our roads by 2050. Ilena asked Pippa about how realistic this goal is, what concrete steps have already been taken to make our roads safer and what future plans are in place.