On Dear Science with AUT’s Allan Blackman we are going to kick off the year looking at some anniversaries, as well as what happens when a science paper is retracted.
We have a chat with Rod Oram that Lillian actually did at the end of last year, just after the government’s big infrastructure announcement. We didn’t get a chance to play it then so will have a listen today, but it’s a good chance to refresh our memories at the start of this big political year of the government's spending intentions prior to the more specific announcement that will be made early this year.
Felix has a piece today on the ever-expanding waitlist for state housing, he talked to Ricardo menendez March from Auckland Action Against Poverty about this ongoing housing crisis.
Felix also spoke with Forest & Bird about their naming of 2020 as the “year of the seabird” and the need for greater protection of our seabirds.
The waiting list for public housing continues to grow as nearly 14,500 households live in motels, on the street, or are close to losing their homes. The government's original target of 6400 state homes is simply not enough to meet the growing demand. Auckland Action against Poverty has called on the government to triple its state housing targets to match. Felix Walton spoke with AAAP Coordinator Ricardo Menendez March.
Forest & Bird declared 2020 to be the year of the seabird. They estimate that up to 14,000 individual seabirds were captured by commercial fishing boats over the past year, many of which are already under threat. Felix Walton spoke with Forest & Bird spokesperson Geoff Keey.
Justin talks to Paul Buchanan, the Director of 36th-Parallel, a geopolitical risk and strategic assessment consultancy, about how the current confrontation between the US and Iran could affect American foregin policy and regional security against terrorism.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has been re-elected for her second term after beating Kaohsing Mayor, Kuomintang's Han Kuo-yu and James Soong of the People First Party. This election has been characterized as a generational divide, between the younger generation's sense of belonging to Taiwan and the older generation's desire to build stronger bonds with China.
Justin talks to Professor Tsai Chia-hung of the National Chengchi University in Taipei on this generational divide and what's next for the Kuomintang, and Professor Alex Tan of Canterbury University on how Tsai's re-election will change cross-strait relations between Taiwan and China.
We are back with our weekly chat with Green party co-leader James Shaw. The Minister attended the climate change conference in Madrid (COP25) in December 2019 and we caught up on criticisms surrounding lack of substantial action and indigenious inclusivity. We also talked about proposed changes to the carbon emissions trading schemes, and the roll out of climate change education in schools.
Next, Sherry talks to Adelaide freelance writer and journalist Jemah Finn on the Australian bushfires and climate change protests.
Finally Deb discusses with Playwright Stanley Makuwe on his new play Black Lover, about a NZ expat who became prime minister of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
Kangaroo Island, off the coast of Adelaide, was temporarily closed over the weekend with almost half of the island burnt through by the Ravine fire (around 170,000 hectares). The Victoria and New South Wales fires have also merged into a mega-blaze.
Since the fires began in September, at least 28 people have died with thousands of homes damaged. According to the WWF, 1.25 billion animals have also perished. Australian prime minister Scott Morrison has been particularly criticised for taking a holiday while the country was struggling with the fires. In total 15 million acres have since been incinerated.
Jemah Finn is a freelancer writer and journalist, currently based in Adelaide, South Australia. Sherry caught up with her to get an update on the Australian bushfires and how the community has been. She also attended the climate change protest in Adelaide on Friday the 10th, which saw almost 3 thousand attending protesting in response to the bush fires.
Black Lover is a new play from Auckland-based Zimbabwean playwright Stanley Makuwe, which looks at the little-known story of Sir Garfield Todd, a New Zealand expat who became prime minister of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) from 1953 - 1958. The play takes it's name - 'black lover' - from a nickname given to Todd by the white minority rulers because of his work advocating for racial equality. The Auckland Theatre Company will hold the world premiere of the show at Q Theatre as part of the Auckland Arts Festival 2020.
Makuwe says he would like all New Zealanders to know the story of Todd, and explains why in this interview.
On January 3, the United States used a drone to kill Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. The Iranian’s retaliated with missile strikes against US military assets in Iraq. Under what legal authority did the US kill Soleimani? Are targeted assassinations legal under international law? Doug Becker discusses the laws of war and the current tensions between the US and Iran with Mark Drumbl, Hannah Garry, and Hamoud Salhi.