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Funding for drug testing at festivals: October 28, 2021

Funding for drug testing at festivals: October 28, 2021 Funding for drug testing at festivals: October 28, 2021, 25.68 MB
Thu 28 Oct 2021

The government has said $800,000 would be given to boost drug testing at festivals.

Justin spoke to testing provider Know Your Stuff's Yvonne Booyston and Splore Festival's Director John Minty about the move.

Massive Magazine feedback survey backlash: October 28, 2021

Massive Magazine feedback survey backlash: October 28, 2021 Massive Magazine feedback survey backlash: October 28, 2021, 15.73 MB
Thu 28 Oct 2021

An annual feedback survey for Massey University’s student magazine Massive has raised eyebrows on questions about censorship and editorial control.

Massey University has 10 student associations for students in Auckland, Manawatu, and Wellington, and they make up the Massey University Students’ Association Federation or MUSAF.

The survey by MUSAF asked students whether it is the right for student associations to censor magazine content, or whether the editor, MUSAF, or an individual student association should retain editorial control of the magazine.

Fatima Imran and Tessa Guest are the presidents of the Massey University Student Association in Manawatū and Wellington.  They spoke to Justin Wong.

The Thursday Wire with Justin: October 28, 2021

The Thursday Wire with Justin: October 28, 2021 The Thursday Wire with Justin: October 28, 2021, 84.19 MB
Thu 28 Oct 2021

On their weekly chat, Justin and Health Minister Andrew Little talked about drug testing at festivals, the bill that reforms the entire health system, and public consultations to repeal and replace the Mental Health Act.

Justin also talked to Otago University's Professor Michael Baker on the latest Covid-19 cases in Christchurch.

He also spoke to Yvonne Booysen from drug testing service Know Your Stuff and Splore Fesitval's Director John Minty on funding for drug testing at festivals.

He also talked to Fatima Imran and Tessa Guest, the presidents of Massey University's student association in Manawatu and Wellington, after the university's Massive student magazine feedback survey raised eyebrows for asking questions on censorship and editorial control.

Virtual Reality Can Help Treat Anxiety and Depression w/ Dr. Nilufar Baghaei: October 27, 2021

Virtual Reality Can Help Treat Anxiety and Depression w/ Dr. Nilufar Baghaei: October 27, 2021 Nilufar Baghaei: October 27, 2021, 28.01 MB
Wed 27 Oct 2021

Virtual reality has been around for quite a while now. It was created in the late 1960’s and became commercially available in the 1990s. However, Virtual Reality is still a very new technology that is continuing to be explored in many different avenues. One of those avenues, for example, is in treating mental health conditions. According to a new study led by Computer Science Senior Lecturer, Dr. Nilufar Baghaei, and co-authored by PhD student Vibhav Chitale, VR has been found to be an effective treatment method for anxiety and depression. This study examined the ways VR interventions and exposure can affect a person’s mental health, and how effective they have been as a treatment method. 

Zazi spoke with the lead researcher in this study, Dr. Nilufar Baghei. She is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and the Director of Games and Extended Reality Lab at Massey University. Her research interests include Game-based Learning, XR, and AI in Education and Persuasive Technology. Zazi spoke with her to hear more about this research surrounding Virtual Reality and mental health, to see what this new research could mean for the future of mental health treatments. 

New Zealand Passing a World-First Climate Reporting Legislation w/ Hon James Shaw: October 27, 2021.

New Zealand Passing a World-First Climate Reporting Legislation w/ Hon James Shaw: October 27, 2021. , 27.91 MB
Wed 27 Oct 2021

Last Thursday it was announced that New Zealand has become the first country in the world to pass a law that will ensure financial organisations disclose and ultimately act on climate-related risks and opportunities. The requirement applies to publicly listed companies and large insurers, banks, non-bank deposit takers and investment managers. 

Zazi spoke to the Leader of the Green Party and Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw, to talk about this legislation in a little more detail.

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: October 27, 2021

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: October 27, 2021 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: October 27, 2021, 11.87 MB
Wed 27 Oct 2021

On this week's segment of Dear Science Frances was joined by AUT Professor Allan Blackman. They spoke about the exciting discovery of ammonia synthesis in a ball mill, one thousand year old vikings in North America and what happened in the world of synthetic fibres on October 27th in 1938…

The Wire with Zazi and Frances: October 27, 2021

The Wire with Zazi and Frances: October 27, 2021 The Wire with Zazi and Frances: October 27, 2021, 102.49 MB
Wed 27 Oct 2021

This week on the Wednesday Wire we had a packed show!

Zazi began by talking to Senior lecturer in Computer Science and the Director of Games and Extended Reality Lab at Massey University, Dr. Nilufar Baghaei, about her new research discussing how virtual reality can help treat anxiety and depression.

Frances then spoke with Shelley O’Sullivan, an educational psychologist about the month-long strike of psychologists coming to an end. 

Next up, Zazi spoke with the leader of the Green Party and Minister of Climate Change, James Shaw, about New Zealand passing a world-first Climate reporting legislation.

Then, we had our regular segment Dear Science with AUT Professor Allan Blackman. This week Frances and Allan are talked about ammonia synthesis in a ball mill, vikings in North America and what happened in the world of nylon on October 27th in 1938… 

And finally Zazi had her regular talk with Act Party’s Brooke van Velden, talking about the COVID traffic light system and the vaccine mandate for workplaces requiring a certificate of vaccination for entry.

Educational Psychologist Strike w/ Shelley O'Sullivan: October 27, 2021

Educational Psychologist Strike w/ Shelley O'Sullivan: October 27, 2021 Educational Psychologist Strike w/ Shelley O'Sullivan: October 27, 2021, 7.15 MB
Wed 27 Oct 2021

At the beginning of October more than 120 psychologists employed by the Ministry of Health in schools and early childhood centres stopped accepting referrals in a nationwide strike asking for better pay and conditions. In 2020 more than three thousand children and youth were on waiting lists for learning support from the ministry, and there are currently more than 50 psychologist vacancies across the country. 

 

Because the month of the strike is drawing to an end, this week on the Wire Frances spoke with with educational psychologist Shelley O’Sullivan. She is one of only four educational psychologists in Taranaki whose work involves supporting most ‘at-risk’ children in schools. They talked about the reality of working as an educational psychologist, COVID’s impact on Shelley’s work and her hopes for the result of the strikes.

 

ACT's Brooke van Velden on New Traffic Light System and Vaccines Mandates for more Workplaces: October 27, 2021

ACT's Brooke van Velden on New Traffic Light System and Vaccines Mandates for more Workplaces: October 27, 2021 ACT's Brooke van Velden on New Traffic Light System and Vaccines Mandates for more Workplaces: October 27, 2021, 24.3 MB
Wed 27 Oct 2021

This week Zazi and Brooke talk about the COVID traffic light system and the vaccine mandate for workplaces requiring a certificate of vaccination for entry.

First off, the two talk about Aotearoa New Zealand’s New COVID-19 Protection Framework. Zazi asks Brooke if she supports the framework, what she thinks this means for reopening the international border, and whether she thinks this framework discriminates against vulnerable communities.  

Secondly, Zazi asks Brooke about the Government announcing that vaccines will be mandated for workplaces requiring a certificate of vaccination for entry. Brooke shares whether she believes this was a logical move, if vaccine mandates are a good way to lift vaccination rates, and also talks about why she believes businesses should have a choice in having mandated vaccinations, over the Government enforcing them.

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: October 27, 2021

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: October 27, 2021 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: October 27, 2021, 11.87 MB
Wed 27 Oct 2021

On this week's segment of Dear Science Frances was joined by AUT Professor Allan Blackman. They spoke about the exciting discovery of ammonia synthesis in a ball mill, one thousand year old vikings in North America and what happened in the world of synthetic fibres on October 27th in 1938…