Minister for the Environment, Nick Smith, is set to release a statement this week on the state of New Zealand’s fresh waterways. Currently, the standard for New Zealand freshwater systems states that they must at least be wadeable. But more than 12,000 kiwis have signed a Green Party petition that calls for the government to up their game and make the country's waters swimmable. 95bFM reporter Adel Abied speaks to Green Party water spokesperson Catherine Delahunty about the issue.
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has an upcoming announcement in March around digital rights management (DRM). The W3C, led by Tim Berners-Lee, looks set to standardise DRM-enabling Encrypted Media Extensions (EME) in browsers. This all sounds a bit jargony and esoteric, but some are saying this threatens the fundamental free and open principles of the web, and opens users up to security threats. Ximena speaks to Internet NZ CEO Jordan Carter to find out more.
Yesterday the Resident Doctor’s Association announced that they'd come to an agreement with the District Health Boards over safer rosters. The deal guarantees doctors safe working hours with no more than 10 consecutive rostered days, and also they will not be rostered on for more than 4 consecutive night shifts of up to 10 hours. 95bFM's Dylan Kelly speaks to resident doctor Catherine Foster about her interpretation of the deal and whether the changes are adequate.
AUT's Allan Blackman joins us again for Dear Science this week. He chats to Ximena about how the man who invented stereo has received a posthumous Grammy award; how Trump's recent comments about uranium sparked a global conversation about the element; and finally about how scientists have just discovered that helium can actually form compounds.
This week on the Wednesday show, Ximena and Dylan talk about the new agreement DHBs and junior doctors have come to around safer hours, a proposal to build a new water-treatment plant out in Oratia, an upcoming decision in March by the World Wide Web Consortium that might affect the safety and security of the internet and more. AUT's Allan Blackman also makes a welcome return this week for Dear Science.
Watercare is proposing to build a new water treatment facility in a Oratia, a small community in the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges. However this proposed watercare system comes at a cost to the community. Watercare needs to acquire property for their new site, and the displacement of 18 local families will result if the proposal goes ahead. Ashleigh McCaull spoke to Oratia resident Paul Goldsmith to get a sense of how the community is feeling.