HINA is set to release her first single, so Mary-Margaret spoke to her about being part of NZ Music Month during the first socially distanced one. She tells us about deciding to embark on creative professions in Aotearoa, and the importance of funding wananga to foster these opportunities all year long.
Today’s Epidemic Response committee looked into how Covid 19 has impacted those nearing the end of their lives or suffering with serious medical conditions. Strict measures were put in place resulting in many being unable to see those they love at level four. At level three, up to 10 people are now allowed to attend a funeral and visiting those who are near the end of their lives is considered on a case by case basis. We hear from the Cancer Society, Funeral Directors of New Zealand and Hospice New Zealand.
Emalani Case is Kanaka Maoli from Hawai’i’ and currently lecturing in the Department of Pacific Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Emalani is part of a Cancel RIMPAC Aotearoa coalition made up of peace advocates and human rights justice seekers. They are concerned for the welfare of those in Hawai’i due to the Rim of the Pacific International Maritime war exercise that takes place every two years in Hawai’i. It is understood that NZ will be taking part in the exercise this year, as they have before, and will be sending around 300 troops. The coalition has written an open letter to the Prime Minister of Aotearoa requesting the country withdraw from the exercise and not participate. Lillian spoke to Emalani to find out more and started by asking her to explain more about what RIMPAC is.
Lillian reached out to the Minister for Defence to follow up but he was unavailable for an interview, providing this statement instead:
"New Zealand has regularly participated in the US-led RIMPAC exercise since it commenced in 1971. RIMPAC is the largest exercise in the world, and provides a unique training opportunity for the NZDF. It’s a highlight for our personnel to exercise alongside our Indo-Pacific friends and partners as this exercise allows the NZDF to test a wide range of capabilities in a number of scenarios, from disaster response to maritime security operations.
COVID-19 has inevitably impacted the event and I have been advised the US is planning to continue with the exercise in a reduced format.
The NZDF is currently considering whether it is feasible for our personnel to participate and what our participation might look like."
With public submissions having closed on the Electoral (Registration of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill, the Justice Select Committee is now hearing oral submissions. The bill received over 2,500 submissions, and the committee have already heard over 10 hours of the public voicing their opinions over Zoom. This report features a few of the arguments being put forward by the various submitters, as compiled by Bronwyn Wilde.
You can watch the full livestreams yourself on the Justice Committee Facebook page. Or, for more context, listen to the report Bronwyn previously did on the Bill:
Massive Theatre Company, are known for their physical devised theatre performances and free accessible workshops, especially for youth. Sherry Zhang sat in one of the zoom workshops of the Massive Nui Ensemble, which is Massive's training pathway for emerging artists. Sherry spoke to Director of Massive Theatre Compnay, Sam Scott to understand how the theatre community is adapting, and how to keep educating and supporting young people in theatre during rāhui.