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Lillian Hanly has recently finished her Masters, a critical look at the exclusive-ness of the 'Kiwi bloke', and is now the News Director at 95bFM after volunteering since early 2014. In her spare time she'll be catching up on reading all the Noam Chomsky and Charles W. Mills books she wasn't able to in the past 5 five years of tertiary education, trying to make her second documentary film and lifeguarding at Bethells Beach. Ko Te Reo Māori te reo tuatahi a Lillian, he wahine Pākehā nō Aotearoa, Lillian is Pākehā and her first language is Māori. This upbringing highly influences the way she tells stories on the radio.
Parliamentary submissions on the Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill were open recently, from the 6th to the 10th of November. The New Zealand Law Society presented its submission to Parliament’s Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee yesterday, highlighting a number of concerns about the Bill's substance, as well as the urgency with which it has proceeded.
The Bill was introduced last month by Justice Minister Andrew Little to impose restrictions on New Zealanders suspected of terrorism-related activity overseas attempting to return home. This came shortly after Prime Minister Jacinda Arden warned extremist Mark Taylor (who is currently believed to be detained in Syria) that if he came back to New Zealand he would face “the full force of the law”
Producer Bronwyn Wilde spoke to Geoff McLay of the New Zealand Law Society about their submissions. He began by noting the Bill's blurring of the realms of criminal and civil law.
Wellington City Council has banned breastfeeding in pools, saying it poses a risk of contamination. Mary-Margaret asks microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles if breast milk really contains potentially harmful contaminants.
Political changes involving left-wing politicians occured in several Latin America countries, as Bolivian president Evo Morales is ousted from power while former Brazilian President Lula has been released from prison. Justin talked to Fabricio Chagas-Bastos from the University of Melbourne about the "pink tide" that brought these politicians to power and Aitor Gonzalez, a PhD student at the University of Auckland, about what caused the downfall of Morales.
International Desk talks about Bolivia and its ousted president Evo Morales
Mary-Margaret talked Peter Thompson of Victoria University on the possibility of a new public media entity replacing TVNZ and Radio New Zealand.
Justin talked to Justice Minister Andrew Little about the government's new legeslations regarding firearms and sexual violence victims and the new Sustainable New Zealand party and Bird of the Year results.
Mary-Margaret also talked to Auckland University's Siouxsie Wiles about the Wellington City Council's claim that breasfeeding in pools could cause contamination.
The Ministry of Education is reforming the education system, shifting responsibilities away from principals and the Board of Trustees. This will replace the self-governing regime created in 1989, and give more power to the New Education Service Agency. Changes will include how enrolment schemes are set up in regards to zoning, along with buildings and maintenance. There reforms arose from a taskforce report released last year.
Sherry spoke to two principals part of the Community Schools Alliance, who oppose the reform. Te Kura Kaupapa Māori Motuhake o Tāwhiuau principal, Pem Bird, is concerned Maori students will not be supported due to the lack of bicultuaralism in the education system. Auckland Grammar School Headmaster, Tim O'connor, doesn't believe the ministry will hold schools to account due to the lack of detail in the report.
Unicef released a report last year which ranked New Zealand at 33 out of 38 for educational inequality across preschool, primary school and secondary school levels in the OECD.
Bus drivers for East Tamaki and the Airport will be taking full strike action for a twenty four hours after four AM tomorrow. This comes after employment relations reach a new low between drivers and company Go Bus. First Union representatives has stated that Go bus have cancelled regular wage bargaining, suspended drivers affiliated with the union and endangered the safety of striking workers. They have also stated that Go Bus and service provider Auckland Transport frequently “pit drivers against the public” in media releases on strike action. In response Go Bus have stated that drivers are “making students the victim” by timing the strikes alongside the exam period. The bus company also rebutted all of First Unions claims stating that they have made wage increase offers, haven’t cancelled negotiations and have not suspended anyone over the strikes. William Boyd spoke with FIRST Union Secretary for Transport, Logistics and Manufacturing, Jared Abbott about the planned strike and Go Buses unethical practices. William started off by asking why drivers are striking.
The Tree Council is a community based organisation that has been advocating for the values and protection of trees for more than thirty years. They announced this week their full support for the Tupuna Maunga Authority’s restoration plan for Owairaka maunga following protests against the removal of 345 exotic trees on the mountain. Lillian Hanly spoke with Chair of the Tree Council Sean Freeman who explained the restoration plan, saying it is part of the integrated management plan that applies to all the maunga of Tāmaki Makaurau. Part of that plan is to remove the exotic vegetation and reestablish native ecology as a way of bringing back native fauna to those maunga, and restore, repair and reinstate the relationship between mana whenua and these sacred areas. Lillian then started by asking what the Tree Council’s response was to the protests.