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This week on the Tuesday Wire, Jemima Huston speaks to Dr Rhys Jones from the University of Auckland about the government’s new Covid Protection Framework and whether the 90 percent vaccination threshold appropriately addresses the needs of Māori and Pacific communities.
Christina Huang continues her regular segment with the Waitematā Local Board. This week she speaks to Deputy Chair Alex Bonham.
Joe Wickins talks to Ben Beaglehole from the University of Otago about his study surrounding compulsory treatment orders for mental health patients.
Finally, on Tomorrow’s World, Isla Christensen and Stella Huggins look at scientific accidents and the inventions that came from them.
Compulsory Treatment Orders, or CTO’s, are legally mandated orders which require mentally ill patients to undergo psychiatric treatment. CTO’s have been regarded as a contentious and coercive form of mental health treatment for patients struggling with serious mental illnesses, as the practice has been criticised for imposing restrictions on patients which impact their own personal freedom.
A study from University of Otago that explored CTO’s found that the treatment leads to fewer and shorter hospital admissions. Joe talks to Dr Ben Beaglehole, a Senior Lecturer from the University of Otago and co-author of the study, on the matter.
Last Friday the government announced it’s Covid-19 Protection Framework. Aotearoa will move to the new framework when 90 percent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated in each DHB region. However, critics have said that the 90 percent vaccination target for DHBs is unfair for Māori and Pacific communities. This is because Māori and Pacific vaccination rates across the country are still significantly lower than non-Māori and non-Pacific.
News and Editorial Director Jemima Huston speaks to Dr Rhys Jones, a public health physician and senior lecturer in Māori health at the University of Auckland about this critique. They discuss Dr Jones' position on the government’s new traffic light system, what Māori and Pacific vaccination rates are looking like and whether the 90 percent threshold is equitable.
This week Stella and Isla tell each other their favourite instances of a good old fashioned pivot in the lab. They discuss the invention of Viagra, sticky notes, slinkies and more, all discovered through open-minded approaches to what may be perceived initially as failed experiments.
This morning, Ilena talked to Golriz Ghahraman, the Green Party spokesperson for Foreign Affairs, on the need to urgently introduce legislation to better regulate the export of military products that could be used to breach human rights in other countries.
At the beginning of this year, it was discovered by journalists that Air New Zealand staff helped maintain and run vessels from the Royal Saudi Navy while they were enforcing the blockade of Yemen. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had signed off on the export of military-use equipment in Saudi Arabia.
The report from a recent independent review by MPs has a number of recommendations to hold companies and exporters to account.
Golriz talks about why better regulation is needed and what recommendations are in the report.
Ilena spoke to Kerri Nuku, the kaiwhakahaere for the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, about the Pae Ora(Healthy Futures) Bill. The legislation was introduced into parliament by Health Minister Andrew Little on Wednesday.
The Bill, which is expected to pass next year, amalgamate the 20 District Health Boards across New Zealand into a singular ‘Health New Zealand’ organisation, which will work in partnership with a Māori Health Authority.
Kerri spoke about the benefits of the bill, as well as the concerns that the NZNO have for nurses and patients.
This morning the government announced significant changes in New Zealand's response to Covid-19. Noah Ferguson-Dudding spoke to Professor Nikki Turner, Director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre, and Professor Michael Plank, an epidemiological modeler from the University of Canterbury about their reactions to the announcement.
Ilena had her regular catch up with Shane Henderson, who this week talked about how water restrictions in Auckland will ease from tomorrow. Auckland has been under varying forms of restriction since May last year after a long period of drought, but recent rainfall events have had a positive impact on Auckland’s water stores.
Shane also talked about the new bipartisan Labour and National announcement which aims to make it easier to build houses and intensify close to city centres.
On their weekly chat, Justin and Health Minister Andrew Little talked about low Māori vaccination rates at Taranaki and Tairāwhiti, dedicated MIQ spots for health workers, and his thoughts on National's reopening plan.
Justin also talked to Developmental Paediatrician Dr Jin Rusell and Michael Cabral-Tarry, the Tāmaki Makaurau regional chair of the Post Primary Teachers’ Association on schools reopening next week.
He also chatted with AUT's head of journalism Greg Treadwell on Newshub's proposal to make radio reporters reduntant.
Justin also spoke to AUT Construction Management Professor John Tookey on the recent policy that scraps limits on housing density.