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ACT's Brooke van Velden on Seymour's tweeting a Māori vaccination code: September 8, 2021

ACT's Brooke van Velden on Seymour's tweeting a Māori vaccination code: September 8, 2021 ACT's Brooke van Velden on Seymour's tweeting a Māori vaccination code: September 8, 2021, 11.28 MB
Wed 8 Sep 2021

Earlier this week, on Monday morning, the Leader of the ACT Party, David Seymour, tweeted the vaccine access code for Māori people that allows them to receive the Covid-19 vaccine at Whānau Ora locations, without needing to book in advance. 

The code was sent by Māori health provider Te Whānau o Waipareira through email, as part of a push to lift Māori vaccination rates that are less than two thirds of the non-Māori rate. 

David Seymour has been under scrutiny since tweeting this email. However, he stands by his tweet, and believes that the access code divides New Zealanders against one another. Other politicians, including those from the Māori and Green party, disagree, and say that this decision from David Seymour to tweet the access code has resulted in putting people’s lives at risk.

Zazi spoke with ACT Party’s Brooke van Velden to hear her opinion on the tweet and hear whether she believes it was harmful.

The Green Party's Dr. Elizabeth Kerekere also spoke with Zazi about Seymour's tweet in today's Wednesday Wire show. If you would like to listen to that interview as well, click the link here.

David Seymour's tweeting a Māori vaccination code w/ Dr. Elizabeth Kerekere: September 8, 2021

David Seymour's tweeting a Māori vaccination code w/ Dr. Elizabeth Kerekere: September 8, 2021 Elizabeth Kerekere: September 8, 2021, 11.57 MB
Wed 8 Sep 2021

Earlier this week, on Monday morning, the Leader of the ACT Party, David Seymour, tweeted out the vaccine access code for Māori people, that allows them to receive the Covid-19 vaccine at Whānau Ora locations, without needing to book in advance. 

The code was sent by Māori health provider Te Whānau o Waipareira through email, as part of a push to lift Māori vaccination rates that are less than two thirds of the non-Māori rate. 

David Seymour has been under scrutiny since tweeting this post. However, he stands by his tweet, and believes that the access code divides New Zealanders against one another. Other politicians, including those from the Māori and Green party disagree, and say that this decision from David Seymour to tweet the access code has resulted in putting people’s lives at risk.

Zazi spoke with Green Party’s Dr. Elizabeth Kerekere to get her perspective on the tweet. 

Zazi began by asking Dr. Kerekere what her reaction was to David Seymour’s tweet.

ACT Party's Brooke van Velden also spoke with Zazi about Seymour's tweet in today's Wednesday Wire show. If you would like to listen to that interview as well, click the link here.

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. 

Eating Disorders & Body Dysmorphia w/ Kristie Amadio: September 7, 2021

Eating Disorders & Body Dysmorphia w/ Kristie Amadio: September 7, 2021 Eating Disorders & Body Dysmorphia w/ Kristie Amadio: September 7, 2021, 7.42 MB
Tue 7 Sep 2021

Mental Health is extremely important during a time like this, being in lockdown.  An issue which some may be faced with is with eating disorders, body dysmorphia, or muscle dysmorphia. Ultimately, these issues all play a part in our mental wellbeing. Joe speaks to Kristie Amadio, the Managing Director from Recovered Living New  Zealand, about eating disorders and body dysmorphia, how Covid has played a part in this, and how one can help themselves to identify and work on recovery. 

 

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 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.