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Lillian Hanly has recently finished her Masters, a critical look at the exclusive-ness of the 'Kiwi bloke', and is now the News Director at 95bFM after volunteering since early 2014. In her spare time she'll be catching up on reading all the Noam Chomsky and Charles W. Mills books she wasn't able to in the past 5 five years of tertiary education, trying to make her second documentary film and lifeguarding at Bethells Beach. Ko Te Reo Māori te reo tuatahi a Lillian, he wahine Pākehā nō Aotearoa, Lillian is Pākehā and her first language is Māori. This upbringing highly influences the way she tells stories on the radio.
A Cambridge University team of researchers examined the relationship between trends in physical activity levels over time and mortality risk among adults in middle age and older. Many Kiwis will be shocked to learn that New Zealand is the 13th worst in the world for physical inactivity and the worst in the developed world. Tuwhenuaroa spoke to ExerciseNZ chief executive Richard Beddie about these findings, which he has appalling.
On today's Wire, we cover a range of topics, from Mangrove Mitch's Green Desk about methane emissions by living organisms. to Rahul's interview of Leo Koziol, curator of the Maoei and Pasifika short film program of the NZIFF. We also discuss short-term loan alleged bad practices, and International Desk takes us to Greece, where a new Prime Minister has been elected.
The Commerce Commission is taking Moola, a short-term lender, to the High Court, on allegation of breach of responsible lending practices between 2015 and 2017. Like many others, Moola offers from $100 to $5000 as loans very quickly, but with rates that can go up to 625%. And while none of this is illegale, the lending companies are supposed to research their clients' ability to repay such loans before granting them.
The Commerce Commission was alerted by a referral made by Fincap, and organisation that provides budget advice. Lisa spoke with its CEO, Tim Barnett.
She also had a chat with Robert Choy, of Ngā Tāngata Microfinance, a charitable trust that offers loans free of interest and fees, to help out those who got trapped in the vicious circle of debt.
On Sunday, Greeks were invited to the polling booths for the fourth time in five years, to re-elect their members of parliament. The left leaning Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, a once popular politician who based his entire persona around fighting austerity, was beaten by a centre-right party. Lisa Boudet tells you how and why this happened.
The government is facing criticism over its inaction in bringin in specific protections for those with diverse gender identities. The Human Rights Commission called for changes to the Human Rights Act to include protections for the trans community in their 2008 transgender inquiry, and these have been reinfoced by a recent Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council. Despite this, no changes have been made, and the Government has signalled it is low on their list of priorities, preferring to instead focus on some of the other 194 recommendations made by the Human Rights Commission. Lachlan spoke with Vanisa Dhiru from Gender Equal NZ about the periodic review.
Yesterday the Government announced it would make considerable changes to the way family carers are treated in New Zealand. These include adding partenrs and parents to the group of people eho are paid for care, as well as an increase in payment form the minimum wage. The government indicated it will also repeal Part 4A of the Health and Disability act which barrs family carers from pursuing claims of discrimination in the courts. While groups are pleased with these changes, they are also disappointed the assessment process around who gets paid, and how much, is not changing. Lachlan spoke with Laurie Hilsgen, Chief Executive of Carers NZ about the changes.
Local Government New Zealand met yesterday and voted by a majority of 64% to join forces in calling for a ban on the private sale and use of fireworks. Jemima spoke to Auckland Councillor, Cathy Casey, about the proposed ban and what Local Government New Zealand is hoping to come out of the movement.
Workplace bullying is something that affects everyone, employers and employees alike. In this interview James talks to Natalia D'Souza, one of the editors of 'workplace bullying: a costly business phenomenon', written by Andrea Needham. Andrea sadly passed away in 2009. Before she passed away, a huge amount of research and interviews took place, giving an insight into how workplace bullying develops, how it can be prevented among many other aspects.
This week on the Monday Wire, Lachlan speaks to the Chief Executive of Carers New Zealand, Laurie Hilsgen, about the government's decision to pay family carers more. Southern Cross is back with the latest in Pacific news. Lachlan also speaks to Vanisa Dhiru from Gender Equal New Zealand about the government's inaction on specific protections for gender diverse people. Jemima speaks to Auckland Councillor, Cathy Casey, about Local Government New Zealand's majority vote to ban private fireworks. Finally, we wrap up the show with James who talks to Natalia D'Souza about workplace bullying.