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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. 

The Wire with Justin: 10th October 2019

The Wire with Justin: 10th October 2019 The Wire with Justin: 10th October 2019, 42.57 MB
Thu 10 Oct 2019

Justin talks to Finance Minister Grant Robertson about the government's $7 billion surplus.

On International Desk, Justin talks to University of Nice and l'École Polytechnique professor Vincent Martigny about former French President Jacques Chirac, who passed away at the end of last month.

Louis talks to Dr Lara Greaves of Auckland University about the potential low voter turnout at the local elections.

Jack Marshall talks to Dr Julienne Molineaux, the Director of the Policy Observatory, about online voting.

Neighbourhood Watch looks into Extinction Rebellion protests in Australia and the collaspe of White Ribbon Australia.

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.

 

The Wire with Tuwhenuaroa: Wednesday 9th October, 2019

The Wire with Tuwhenuaroa: Wednesday 9th October, 2019 The Wire with Tuwhenuaroa: Wednesday 9th October, 2019, 99.49 MB
Wed 9 Oct 2019

On the show today!

On Dear Science with AUT’s Marcus Jones, it’s Nobel Prize week and we discuss some of the achievements being recognised by the scientific community

Tuwhenuaroa spoke to Owen Lloyd, Chairman of  the Tairawhiti District Māori Council about Tuia 250, and the protests that took place in Gisbourne

William talked to Nation Secretary of the Public Service Association Glenn barclay about the recent announcement of a budget surplus from the government.

Lillian spoke to Saharawi resistance spokesperson Tecber Ahmed Saleh who works for the Ministry of Health in the Saharawi refugee camps about the implications of NZ importing 70 percent of its phosphate from Western Sahara through Morocco

Government Budget Surplus w/ Glenn Barclay: October 9, 2019

Government Budget Surplus w/ Glenn Barclay: October 9, 2019 Government Budget Surplus w/ Glenn Barclay: October 9, 2019, 5.26 MB
Wed 9 Oct 2019

Yesterday the government announced the largest budget surplus in a decade. Finance Minister Grant Robertson stated that their surplus had increased to 7.5 billion dollars. He attributed this to a strong economy that is “outperforming much larger developed countries”. John Milford, chief executive of Wellington Chamber of Commerce stated in an RNZ interview that the surplus was delivered by a strong business community, high employment and a strong GST take. Meanwhile, the National party has rebuked the government's claims, accusing them of “sitting on a stack of money” by not properly supporting underfunded public services. The Public Service Association, New Zealand's largest union, representing a variety of government-employed workers, has stated that this surplus is an indication that more needs to be spent on services and issues, including the housing crisis, hospitals and beneficiaries. William Boyd spoke with PSA National Secretary Glenn Barclay about their recent press release on the announcement. Will started off by quoting both the government and National’s stance on the surplus and asking whether he or the PSA agrees with either.