Felix spoke to deputy leader of The Act Party, Brooke van Velden, about the impact the new drug testing bill has had on summer festivals, as well as whether the government can handle the new COVID-19 strains.
The events of the past week in the United States were pressured by a President who has shown little regard for democratic norms and principles since his election in 2016. Has an authoritarian slide taken place under Donald Trump? How will this impact the Presidency in the long-term? Doug Becker speaks with Andrew Rudalevige and George C. Edwards III about Trump’s authoritarian legacy.
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The Government is expected to implement fair pay agreements this year, with new Minister of Workplace Relations Michael Wood claiming it a priority. Trade unions have expressed support for the proposal, with the Council of Trade Unions arguing their recent work-life balance survey is further evidence that change is needed.
Hanna spoke to CTU National Secretary Melissa Ansell-Bridges about fair pay agreements, the arguments against them, and the shifting landscape of employment relations in New Zealand.
The Tuesday Wire is back! Following the news regarding the poor water quality of beaches around Auckland and the devastating shark attack in Waihi, Jemima looks into how you can make sure you are safe when swimming this summer. She speaks to Surf Life Saving New Zealand's Northern Region Chief Executive Matt Williams and Land Air Water Aotearoa’s ‘Can I swim here?’ Science Lead Arrnna Madarasz-Smith about this.
Hanna talks to Council of Trade Union’s National Secretary Melissa Ansell Bridges about fair pay agreements and the organisation’s survey on work life balance.
To wrap it up, Monday Wire producer Aneeka Moheed speaks to the National Party’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown about the conditions at Waikeria prison and his party's perspective on the recent uprising there.
With many beaches around Auckland being polluted and not safe to swim, as well as a devastating shark attack also making headlines within the last week, many Aucklanders are likely concerned about how to be safe when swimming at the beach this summer. News and Editorial Director Jemima Huston speaks with Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s Northern Region Chief Executive Matt Williams about the risks when swimming at the beach. They touch on the Waihi shark attack, whether you should swim without lifeguards and what impact water quality has on swimming safety.
Check out safeswim.org.nz to find out which Auckland beaches are not polluted and safe to swim at.
This is part one of a two part piece. Part two looks at the science behind assessing water quality in an interview with LAWA's ‘Can I swim here?’ Science Lead Anna Madarasz-Smith. Listen here.
Another important consideration when heading to a beach for a swim this summer is the quality of our water. For a scientific perspective on water quality, I spoke with Land Air Water Aotearoa’s ‘Can I swim here?’ Science Lead Anna Madarasz-Smith. Anna speaks on how water quality is assessed by LAWA, how the pubic can find information on polluted waterways and what impact potentially toxic algae can have on people and animals.
Check out www.lawa.org.nz to get regularly updated water quality data for your local beach or waterway. The website can also tell you whether waterways are safe for your dog!
This is part one of a two part piece. Part one looks at the risks the public can face when swimming at the beach in an interview with Surf Life Saving New Zealand’s Northern Region Chief Executive Matt Williams. Listen here.
Sixteen inmates in Waikeria prison in the Waikato protested for six days before surrenduring on January 3rd. They were allegedly protesting the extremely poor living conditions in the prison such as dirty drinking water, unclean laundry and food hygeine malpractice. Aneeka spoke to Emilie Rāteke, from People against Prisons Aotearoa, and Simeon Brown, the spokesperson for Corrections from the National Party, about the uprising and the prison system in the country.
On January 6, a mob emboldened by US President Donald Trump seized control of the US Capitol Building in Washington D.C. in an attempt to block the transition of the Presidency to Joe Biden. These events resembled a coup. How much did this coup attempt resemble others internationally? Is this the beginning of an era of undemocratic actions against peaceful transitions following elections? Doug Becker speaks with Anne Meng and Naunihal Singh.
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Welcome back to the first Wire of 2021! On the show today:
Zoë brings a report on the mob of pro-Trump extremists stormed the Capitol. She also speaks to senior lecturer at Auckland University Dr. Maria Armoudian about how the environment where an event like this can happen festered, and Philadelphia residents Sarah Thompson and Marshall Johnston on the difference in police response at Capitol Hill to the Black Lives Matter protests, and their thoughts on how Joe Biden will fare in bridging the deep political divide in the United States.
Then, Aneeka interviews Emilie Rakete from People Against Prisons on the Waikeria Prison protest.
Finally, Jess interviews Dr Neal Curtis on the state of democracy in the U.S. and the banning of Trump from social media platforms.