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'Blood phosphate' from Western Sahara - Part II - Ballance Agri-Nutrients responds: October 16, 2019

'Blood phosphate' from Western Sahara - Part II - Ballance Agri-Nutrients responds: October 16, 2019 'Blood phosphate' from Western Sahara - Part II - Ballance Agri-Nutrients responds: October 16, 2019, 16.88 MB
Wed 16 Oct 2019

Phosphate. Fertiliser. Farming. Western Sahara. Morocco. And New Zealand. What is it that brings these things together? 

Last week we played an interview with Saharawi resistance spokesperson Tecber Ahmed Saleh. Tecber was in New Zealand the past two weeks touring the country to try and educate people on her country’s situation. Tecber was born in one of the longest-standing refugee camps in the Western Sahara, formed after Tecber's country was occupied by Morocco in the 1970s and the Saharawi people were forced into the desert. Currently, the issue of governance is going through the United Nations - but this has taken years and is not yet resolved. Since 1991, there has been a UN-administered ceasefire that stopped the fighting between the Algerian-backed Polisario Front and the Moroccan government over who should govern the area known as Western Sahara. There is a referendum pending here that the Sahrawis people are waiting on. In fact, the NZ Council of Trade Unions called on the United Nations on Tuesday this week to organise, without further delays, a self-determination referendum for the people of Western Sahara. Furthermore, it called on New Zealand companies to “halt imports of phosphates from the occupied areas of Western Sahara until the legal status of the Territory is determined and the Saharawi people are allowed to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination in accordance with relevant UN resolutions and Peace Plan of 1991.”

While in New Zealand, Tecber spoke with Lillian Hanly about the desperate situation in the refugee camps in the mean time and the link to the New Zealand companies who import phosphate partly extracted from the Western Sahara, through Morocco. If you want to hear this full interview check it out in the bCasts. But back to phosphate. 

Ballance Agri-Nutrients and Ravensdown are two companies in New Zealand that provide fertiliser to the country’s farmers. Part of the ingredients required to make the fertiliser Ballance-Agri Nutrients and Ravensdown provide is phosphate. Tecber indicated that these two companies are two of the last companies, and therefore New Zealand is the last country external to Morocco that continue to trade with Morocco despite the governing dispute. After having spoken to Tecber Lillian contacted both Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients to find out more.  

Ravendsown responded with a written statement and more information, Lillian is following up with them on whether they can do an interview and that information will be covered next week. Their position is ultimately that they are in compliance with the UN framework around dealing with non-self governing territories, they say they are acting legally.

Ballance Agri-Nutrients also responded and Lillian conducted an interview with them. Warwick Catto is the Science Strategy Manager at Ballance Agri-Nutrients, a farmer owned cooperative that alongside Ravensdown provide fertiliser products. Part of Warwick’s role as Science Strategy Manager means he is involved in discussions around the Zero Carbon Bill and freshwater policies in order to ensure the company itself is complying with these new legislations, as well as looking to the future and innovative ways of reducing their carbon footprint for example. Warwick told Lillian that phosphate is one of 14 essential elements that living things use, calcium phosphate for example helps to make bones and teeth. Fertiliser products are necessary in any kind of farming to replace the nutrients and minerals (or the phosphate and sulphur) that are essentially eaten or consumed by animals and plants. Particularly in New Zealand Warwick said, these nutrients are lacking in the soil, and thus the importation of these nutrients and the replacement of the nutrients in soil is necessary. Here, a product called SuperPhosphate is used because the plants need phosphate and sulfur. Lillian had quite a lengthy conversation with Warwick about the situation in Western Sahara, but also New Zealand’s pastoral farming system, which is fairly distinctive in regards to the rest of the world, they also spoke about different methods of farming as well as finite resources and the obligation of finding alternatives - especially given phosphate is one of those finite resources. If you are interested in this you can find the full chat online here. For the show today though, Lillian focused on Ballance Agri-Nutrients' relationship to the Western Sahara.

NOTE: The same day as this was broadcasted, Radio NZ published a piece on the issue as well. A government official for Western Sahara stated they are close to initiating court action against New Zealand. Kamal Fadel is the Australia and New Zealand representative for Polisario, the United Nations-recognised independence movement for Western Sahara. Fadel says the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara was internationally disagreed with and New Zealand's purchase of phosphate from them, was at odds with this. "At the moment New Zealand companies are part of the problem, not the solution, because their involvement provides money to the Moroccans to buy arms and tools to oppress our people. It gives them moral support that they have a right to be in Western Sahara which they don't have ... It's a de facto recognition of Morocco's involvement."

Lillian will speak to Kamal Fadel for next week's show. 

Photo credit: The Atlantic

'Blood phosphate' from Western Sahara - Part II full I/V w/ Warwick Catto of Ballance Agri-Nutrients: October 16, 2019

'Blood phosphate' from Western Sahara - Part II full I/V w/ Warwick Catto of Ballance Agri-Nutrients: October 16, 2019 'Blood phosphate' from Western Sahara - Part II full I/V w/ Warwick Catto of Ballance Agri-Nutrients: October 16, 2019, 35.93 MB
Wed 16 Oct 2019

Phosphate. Fertiliser. Farming. Western Sahara. Morocco. And New Zealand. What is it that brings these things together? 

Last week we played an interview with Saharawi resistance spokesperson Tecber Ahmed Saleh. Tecber was in New Zealand the past two weeks touring the country to try and educate people on her country’s situation. Tecber was born in one of the longest-standing refugee camps in the Western Sahara, formed after Tecber's country was occupied by Morocco in the 1970s and the Saharawi people were forced into the desert. Currently, the issue of governance is going through the United Nations - but this has taken years and is not yet resolved. Since 1991, there has been a UN-administered ceasefire that stopped the fighting between the Algerian-backed Polisario Front and the Moroccan government over who should govern the area known as Western Sahara. There is a referendum pending here that the Sahrawis people are waiting on. In fact, the NZ Council of Trade Unions called on the United Nations on Tuesday this week to organise, without further delays, a self-determination referendum for the people of Western Sahara. Furthermore, it called on New Zealand companies to “halt imports of phosphates from the occupied areas of Western Sahara until the legal status of the Territory is determined and the Saharawi people are allowed to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination in accordance with relevant UN resolutions and Peace Plan of 1991.”

While in New Zealand, Tecber spoke with Lillian Hanly about the desperate situation in the refugee camps in the mean time and the link to the New Zealand companies who import phosphate partly extracted from the Western Sahara, through Morocco. If you want to hear this full interview check it out in the bCasts. But back to phosphate. 

Ballance Agri-Nutrients and Ravensdown are two companies in New Zealand that provide fertiliser to the country’s farmers. Part of the ingredients required to make the fertiliser Ballance-Agri Nutrients and Ravensdown provide is phosphate. Tecber indicated that these two companies are two of the last companies, and therefore New Zealand is the last country external to Morocco that continue to trade with Morocco despite the governing dispute. After having spoken to Tecber Lillian contacted both Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients to find out more.  

Ravendsown responded with a written statement and more information, Lillian is following up with them on whether they can do an interview and that information will be covered next week. Their position is ultimately that they are in compliance with the UN framework around dealing with non-self governing territories, they say they are acting legally.

Ballance Agri-Nutrients also responded and Lillian conducted an interview with them. Warwick Catto is the Science Strategy Manager at Ballance Agri-Nutrients, a farmer owned cooperative that alongside Ravensdown provide fertiliser products. Part of Warwick’s role as Science Strategy Manager means he is involved in discussions around the Zero Carbon Bill and freshwater policies in order to ensure the company itself is complying with these new legislations, as well as looking to the future and innovative ways of reducing their carbon footprint for example. Warwick told Lillian that phosphate is one of 14 essential elements that living things use, calcium phosphate for example helps to make bones and teeth. Fertiliser products are necessary in any kind of farming to replace the nutrients and minerals (or the phosphate and sulphur) that are essentially eaten or consumed by animals and plants. Particularly in New Zealand Warwick said, these nutrients are lacking in the soil, and thus the importation of these nutrients and the replacement of the nutrients in soil is necessary. Here, a product called SuperPhosphate is used because the plants need phosphate and sulfur. Lillian had quite a lengthy conversation with Warwick about the situation in Western Sahara, but they also spoke about phosphate, New Zealand’s pastoral farming system, which is fairly distinctive in regards to the rest of the world, and about different methods of farming as well as finite resources and the obligation of finding alternatives - especially given phosphate is one of those finite resources. This is the full interview.

 

Photo credit: Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Skycity fair pay discrepancies w/ Joe Carolan: October 16, 2019

Skycity fair pay discrepancies w/ Joe Carolan: October 16, 2019 Skycity fair pay discrepancies w/ Joe Carolan: October 16, 2019 , 14.09 MB
Wed 16 Oct 2019

Skycity Chairman Rob Cambell is currently attending a “Wellbeing at Work” conference to talk with heads of business about the importance of fair and transparent practices for pay, performance management and promotion. Meanwhile outside the conference, Skycity workers will be picketing his talk over unfair wages for long and unsociable hours. Workers have gone on strike for the past month over not receiving time and a half pay for working late and on weekends. SEA-Unite Skycity Union Convenor Joe Carolan highlighted the two and a half thousand dollar entry fee to the conference, stating that “it's pretty safe to say there won’t be any low paid workers views expressed inside.” William Boyd spoke with Joe about the protest and workers pay troubles. Will started off by asking him why workers were picketing the conference.

I/V w/ Sereana Naepi on the values of The University of Auckland: October 15, 2019

I/V w/ Sereana Naepi on the values of The University of Auckland: October 15, 2019 I/V w/ Sereana Naepi on the values of The University of Auckland: October 15, 2019, 13.16 MB
Tue 15 Oct 2019

Dr Sereana Naepi is currently the Associate Director of All My Relations, an indigenous research centre in Canada. In about a week, Dr Naepi will be returning to the University of Auckland where she helped run the Tuakana programme for 10 years to take up a lectureship position in the Sociology department. Recently, the university has been subject to posters and stickers advertising white supremacist ideology and recruiting for a particular group. The Vice Chancellor's response has been deemed inadequate by students and staff, who have organised a picket and a sit in, and signed an open letter respectively. Dr Naepi wrote a response to these happenings, and took the opportunity to break down the rhetoric used by the University in their response, as well as the university's policy regarding equity and academic speech. Lillian Hanly spoke to her about the article and started by asking what her understanding was of the current situation regarding the presence of white supremacy on campus.

Green Desk with Mitch: Tuesday 15 October

Green Desk with Mitch: Tuesday 15 October Green Desk with Mitch: Tuesday 15 October, 29.05 MB
Tue 15 Oct 2019

This week on Green Desk Mitch speaks to Sophie Barclay and Mandy Patmore about the upcoming exhibition on the Pekapeka Tou Roa - the Longtail Bat.

A Walk around Maungawhau w/ Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority; October 15, 2019

A Walk around Maungawhau w/ Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority; October 15, 2019 A Walk around Maungawhau w/ Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority; October 15, 2019 , 15.3 MB
Tue 15 Oct 2019

Maungawhau is recognised as one of the most well-preserved pre-historic fortifications of its type in the world. Features of the original pā survive, including historic pā tūāpapa (terraces) and rua (pits) around the crater area, but the inadequate track is damaging them.

A new boardwalk is planned for the crater rim at the tihi (summit) of Maungawhau which will help protect its Tūpuna Maunga status.

Oscar Perress talked to Paul Majurey, Chair of the Tūpuna Maunga Authority, and started by asking Majurey to explain the project.

 

The Tuesday Wire; October 15, 2019

The Tuesday Wire; October 15, 2019 The Tuesday Wire; October 15, 2019, 105.75 MB
Tue 15 Oct 2019

Oscar Perress returns to the helm with his imperfect maths to actually put together a full Wire, despite many unfulfiled promises of Minister Hipkins.

All (Bar Board Games) the regular segments return along with a rushed discussion about the DHB and a wonderful piece about the flawed internet rhetoric of the white supremacist stickers on UoA Campus. 

 

A huge thanks to all involved/ 

 

 

 

 

The Big Q: What is the future of US foreign policy under Trump? October 14, 2019

The Big Q: What is the future of US foreign policy under Trump? October 14, 2019 The Big Q: What is the future of US foreign policy under Trump? October 14, 2019, 40.38 MB
Mon 14 Oct 2019

On September 10, 2019, Donald Trump fired his national security advisor John Bolton. Bolton
insisted he resigned. Trump says he doesn’t need a real national security advisor because he is his
own advisor. Given this, what is the future of US foreign policy under Donald Trump? What are the
practical implications of this position? What are the implications of this for foreign policy challenges
the US faces? Doug Becker speaks with Jeffrey Fields, Robert Williams, Peter F. Trumbore, and
Nicholas Rostow.

The Big Q website: www.thebigq.org 

Domestic violence and education w/ Ang Jury: October 14th, 2019

Domestic violence and education w/ Ang Jury: October 14th, 2019 Domestic violence and education w/ Ang Jury: October 14th, 2019, 10.79 MB
Mon 14 Oct 2019

Women’s refuge is calling for primary school education on healthy relationships and deconstructing harmful gender roles to combat domestic violence. Sherry speaks to Chief Executive, Dr Ang Jury on the changes she’d like to see and why it’s so important to start these conversations young.

The Wire with Sherry: October 14, 2019

The Wire with Sherry: October 14, 2019 The Wire with Sherry: October 14, 2019, 105.14 MB
Mon 14 Oct 2019

This week on Monday's wire, Lachlan speaks to Lewis Holden, Chair of NZ Republic on the upcoming royal tour and republicanism in NZ. Southern Cross is back with the latest in Pacific news. Sherry speaks to Women’s Refuge Chief Executive, Dr Ang Jury, on combating domestic violence with education in primary schools. Finally, Lillian wraps it up with our regular chat with Green Party co-leader James Shaw. This week we discuss the goverment surplus, polling, changes to refugee policy and voting age.