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Laura Kvigstad is a student at the University of Auckland, and fell in love with journalism in her second year of studying. She was born in Taupo but raised in Canada (hence the accent) and every New Years she takes a road trip to discover a new spot. Laura enjoys a good political debate and hearing various perspectives people have on the world.
Recent polling done under the Helen Clark Foundation found the cannabis referendum receives greater support in favour of legalisation when they are informed more on the legislation, contrary to privious polls. Deputy Director of the Helen Clark Foundation, Holly Walker, discusses the results with Laura Kvigstad. Then Executive Director, Ross Bell, joins to discuss why these kinds of surveys have prompted the New Zealand Drug Foundation to hire people to educate the public on the legislation.
Leilani Farha is visiting Aoteroa. Yesterday, she declared the housing crisis a "human rights crisis of significant proportions". Lillian joined us on The Wire today to give a report put together by bFM Wellington correspondent Ryan Mckee.
Z’s app now has an option to offset your carbon count upon purchase. Mary-Margaret spoke to the company’s sustainability representative Gerri Ward about the decision. She also spoke to Generation Zero about the onus being put on consumers:
Lillian reports on the UN housing rights report released about Aotearoa; Mary-Margaret asks Z Energy about their app’s new carbon offsetting option, and then asks Generation Zero about their criticism that this puts an onus on consumers; Sam speaks to Associate Professor Yoram Barak about research concerning suicide rates among older generations in Aotearoa; and Mary-Margaret catches up with Justice Minister Andrew Little about right to silence laws and what reaching a settlement with Moriori means for the future
Pornhub’s 2019 in review showcased that ‘Japanese’ was the most searched term. Whereas ‘Korean,’ ‘Asian,’ and ‘Indian’ showed significant gains in ‘Most Searched for Terms of 2019’. The creatives of theatre show Have you ever been with an asian womxan hope to reclaim the power from being dehumanisised and sexualised as search terms.
Sherry spoke to the cast and creatives. Gemishka and Aiwa are the directors of the show, and Elaine, Aiwa and are the performers. Sherry talked to everyone except for Aiwa who couldnt make it, and they ended up chatting for almost an hour, sharing personal stories experiences and thoughts around sexualisation, fetishisation, porn, and cultural differences with conversations around sex
**We have an unnamed performer who is since unable to participate due to personal reasons and their name has been removed at their request.
Political donations! What the heck is going on. The dodginess continues with every other week RNZ bringing out another story showing the way in which NZ First has been allegedly trying to get around political donation rules - and succeeding. First it was the National Party though with the Simon Bridges and Jami-Lee Ross drama. That particular case was taken to the Serious Fraud Office and 4 individuals related to the party have now been charged in relation to two separate donations of 100,000 dollars. 3 of those people are actually seeking for their names to be revealed. One has now been revealed to be Jami-Lee Ross. NZ First on the other hand has been in the news because what RNZ has seen is a number of documents relating to donations made to the NZ First Foundation, a separate entity to the actual party that has been taking this money and what seems to be the case, using it for things it is not meant to be used for - apparently. However - we don’t know anything yet because this has only just been taken to the Serious Fraud Office, and party leader Winston Peters himself has stated he looks forward to the result of the investigation and is willing to review party policy if needed. The other side of the issue is the seeming pattern becoming clear that shows a number of donations being made, some by the same people and on the same day, of just under the threshold where you are then required to reveal the donor’s name. You may recall the Bridges and Ross recorded phone conversation where Bridges seemed to be instructing Ross to split a larger donation into smaller amounts with the implication being that they would then not need to reveal the names. SO! Back to NZ First. Last week Peters took responsibility for having photos taken of certain journalists who had been involved in the investigation. The photos were then posted on The BFD, a Whale-Oil linked website. This of course invokes in one the memory of Dirty Politics.. It goes on.
So where are we even at with all this. What does it all mean? And why should we be invested in the conversation. Recently, political commentator Dr Bryce Edwards released a column pointing out the silence of both the Labour and Green parties on the matter saying this could be seen as unethical in itself - just to add to it all. Lillian Hanly wanted to talk to Bryce more about this and started by asking how he felt when this all first came about.
Sherry catches up with Dr James Wenley, a Drama lecturer and theatre critic on performance, masculinity, whiteness and Pākehā privilege. We speak about what it means to be a supportive ally, white male fragility, and accessibility to art.
According to James “ as uncomfortable questions thrown up around the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s arrival and non-Māori protestors at Ōwairaka claiming mana whenua status, Pākehā seem to be going through a renewed identity crisis.
Sherry begins by asking James what he means by calling it a post dramatic metatheatrical lecture performance solo,
Last Friday the UN’s Special Rapporteur, Leilani Farha, met with a group of Māori leaders in this sector, who have diverse housing needs and aspirations, with a specific focus on sharing critical insights, experiences and challenges for Māori in achieving adequate housing.
The UN Special Rapporteur is an independent expert appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to examine and report on a country, situation or a specific human rights issue. Leilani Farha is visiting New Zealand for nine days from the 10th until the 19th of February to assess developments in housing in Aotearoa, as well as challenges and gaps in the protection and promotion of the right to adequate housing.
Our news director Lillian Hanley got in touch with Jacqueline paul, a spokesperson & assistant researcher for Nga Wai a Te Tui, who are in hui with Leilani...