Members of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation Tōpūtanga Tapuhi Kaitiaki o Aotearoa (NZNO) will be holding public rallies today in five main centres to call on the Government to ensure Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand urgently provides the funding needed to properly value Aotearoa’s Primary Health Care nurses.
Joe spoke to Anne Daniels, The President of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, on the matter.
The Dementia Prevention Research Clinic (DPRC) study is a national, multi-disciplinary, longitudinal research study that aims to improve understanding of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, in order to develop interventions that delay or prevent progression to dementia. This national cohort (266 participants enrolled to date) provides an opportunity to explore potential risk or protective factors within the ethnic diversity of the Aotearoa, New Zealand population. The numbers affected by dementia in Māori are not yet known, but the number of kaumātua 65 years or older increased by 41% between 2013 and 2018 suggesting a disproportionate increase in the prevalence of dementia for Māori is expected. Ensuring inclusion of Māori is therefore critical, not only to understand their specific risk for already identified modifiable risk factors for dementia, but also because we may identify novel risk factors, and unique protective factors that can be used to promote longer healthy lives.
Joe spoke to Dr Makarena Dudley, one of the co-authors of the study, on the matter.
Greenpeace is calling on the New Zealand government to keep pushing for a Global Ocean Treaty as international negotiations falter at the last minute. Despite making good headway, United Nations member states failed to come to a consensus late last week as the fifth, and latest round of negotiations for a global treaty to govern the high seas wrapped in New York.
With the talks suspended, world leaders will need to call an emergency meeting to reconvene and finalise a Treaty, which if done right would deliver ocean sanctuaries that can protect 30% of the world's oceans by 2030.
Joe spoke to Ellie Hooper, the Oceans Campaigner at Greenpeace Aotearoa, on the matter.
Kia ora, and welcome to the Thursday Wire! This week, Stella speaks to Andy Robinson from World Vision about the education and mental health of Ukrainian children. She also speaks to conservation scientist Professor James Russell from the University of Auckland about his recent work, that shows Aotearoa is one of the highest contributors to pest eradication worldwide!
Green Desk is back as always, Frances updates us on the week’s environmental news, this week speaking to Watercare about one of their largest projects. Finally, Tuva’a has his regular catch-up with Labour’s Andrew Little, who responds to comments made by Brooke Van Velden, from the ACT party, about funding usage for ICU beds.
Today is national independence day for Ukraine, celebrating their separation from the Soviet Union- it’s also the 6 month mark for the ongoing conflict with Russia. Stella spoke with Andy Robinson from World Vision about the ramifications of the conflict for the innocent children caught in the crossfire. World Vision is working on multiple aspects of child wellbeing, and today Stella and Andy focused on education and mental health.