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Time for New Zealand to become a republic?: 14 October, 2019

Time for New Zealand to become a republic?: 14 October, 2019 Time for New Zealand to become a republic?: 14 October, 2019, 7.64 MB
Mon 14 Oct 2019

Prince Charles and Camilla are coming to New Zealand in mid-November and their visit will include a trip to Waitangi. The visit has some groups calling for New Zealand to becom a republic and get rid of the Queen as our head of state. Lachlan spoke with Lewis Holden from NZ Republic about the royal visit.

Neutral corner: 11th October, 2019

Neutral corner: 11th October, 2019 Neutral corner: 11th October, 2019, 19.87 MB
Fri 11 Oct 2019

On this episode of Neutral Corner we look at the media coverage of Turkey's ongoing invasion of Northern Syria.

Last Minute Voting with Marguerite Delbet: 11th of October, 2019

Last Minute Voting with Marguerite Delbet: 11th of October, 2019 Last Minute Voting with Marguerite Delbet: 11th of October, 2019, 9.15 MB
Fri 11 Oct 2019

This is the last day where you can both register and vote in your local election. You can still drop off your voting papers tomorrow, Saturday the 12th of October, at a library near you but after that voting is closed. General Manager of Democracy Services Margeurite Delbet joins Laura Kvigstad to give us some more detail on all the ways you can get your final votes in.

What Governments Surplus Means with Brad Olsen: 11th of October, 2019

What Governments Surplus Means with Brad Olsen: 11th of October, 2019 What Governments Surplus Means with Brad Olsen: 11th of October, 2019, 15.11 MB
Fri 11 Oct 2019

This week a big topic in the news has been government 7.5 point five billion dollar surplus. The high surplus has resulted in a great deal of criticism for the government's management of money however Infometics Economist Brad Oslen joined Laura Kvigstad to discuss how the surplus is an opportunity for the government to prioritise their spending. 

Parent Category Visa suggestions w/ Dave Ananth

Parent Category Visa suggestions w/ Dave Ananth Parent Category Visa suggestions w/ Dave Ananth, 15.4 MB
Fri 11 Oct 2019

The Parent Category Visa, which allows migrants to bring over their family members, will be reopened. The previous government closed the category entirely in 2016, however this week it was announced that the category will reopen in February next year - with some changes. Many are criticising the new requirements as discriminatory and favouring the rich.

These include capping the number of visas a year to 1,000 and increasing the financial requirements of the migrant child who must sponsor their parents. While previously a migrant worker would only have to prove an annual income of $65,000 to sponsor one parent, this has been increased to  $106,080 for one parent and $159,120 for two. Or, if you are looking to combine your and your partner’s incomes,  $159,120 for one parent and $212,160 for two. These numbers are based on the median income of  $53,040. 

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway sez the high salary threshold is to help to attract high-skilled migrants to New Zealand.

I spoke to Tax Barrister Dave Ananth about how he would suggest the scheme be changed, such as by introducing temporary visas. He began by dispelling the myth that all migrant parents are interested in Permanent Residency.

 

The Wire with Laura: 11th of October, 2019

The Wire with Laura: 11th of October, 2019 The Wire with Laura: 11th of October, 2019, 106.29 MB
Fri 11 Oct 2019

On this week's Friday Wire, The National Party’s, Erica Stanford, joins Laura Kvigstad to discuss the government's surplus and why National is pointing to the government for the rise in gang activity. 

After that, Bronnie Wilde speaks to Dave Anant about the new requirements of the Parent Category Visa and his suggestions for a different approach. 

Then, Informetrics Economist Brad Olsen joins Laura to discuss the government’s surplus and it's not necessarily a bad thing. 

Next, General Managers for Democracy Services, Margeurite Delbet tells you where you can get your last minute votes in for this year's local elections in Auckland. 

And Finally, Ben Goldson covers Operation Peace Spring in a segment of neutral corner. 

Justin's International Desk: October 10, 2019

Justin's International Desk: October 10, 2019 Justin's International Desk: October 10, 2019, 30.2 MB
Thu 10 Oct 2019

Justin talks to Vincent Martigny, a political science professor at the University of Nice and l'École Polytechnique in Paris, about the life and legacy of former French President Jacques Chirac, who passed away at the end of September.  Chirac was the President of France between 1995 and 2007.  He also served as the Mayor of Paris and the French Prime Minister.

Government Surplus: October 10th 2019

Government Surplus: October 10th 2019 Government Surplus: October 10th 2019, 11.71 MB
Thu 10 Oct 2019

The government has announced that there has been a surplus of 7.5 billion dollars - the biggest budget surplus in a decade, more than double forecasts. Justin talked to Finance Minister Grant Robertson to see what made up the surplus and how the government is going to spend it.

Low Voter Turnout with Lara Greaves: October 10th, 2019

Low Voter Turnout with Lara Greaves: October 10th, 2019 Low Voter Turnout with Lara Greaves: October 10th, 2019, 15.66 MB
Thu 10 Oct 2019

The local elections are in full swing this year, with the predicted voter turnout for this Saturday's local elections heading for an all-time record low. It seems turnout has been slipping every three years, with current estimates for 2019s local elections unlikely to be above 40 per cent. So who’s to blame for this crisis of voter decline? Is it on the voters or do we have an out of date system? Louis spoke with Dr. Lara Greaves, A lecturer in politics & public policy at the University of Auckland, about the current climate surrounding these local elections, as well as solutions for voter certainty in the future.

 

Online Voting with Dr Julienne Molineaux: October 1st, 2019

Online Voting with Dr Julienne Molineaux: October 1st, 2019 Online Voting with Dr Julienne Molineaux: October 1st, 2019, 5.64 MB
Thu 10 Oct 2019

What do we do about our falling voter rates in local elections? Some say we offer chocolate, sasage sizzles or make it a holiday, though, the most common call is to put voting online.

However, Dr Julienne Molineaux, Director of The Policy Observatory, says voting in local elections is far too complex, with too many options and too few clear opinions for voters, thus, online voting won't do much.

Producer Jack Marshall spoke with Dr Molineaux about the problems with local elections and how we might improve them.