It’s nearly been a month since The COVID-19 Public Health Response Act passed in Parliament. "Passed under urgency, the Act enables orders imposing the most profound peacetime restrictions ever made to the rights and personal freedoms of all New Zealanders."
This is a statement from the New Zealand Law Society, who released a press statement last Wednesday, recommending changes to amendments in the legislation, which need additional safeguarding.
The Wire's Producer Louis Laws spoke with Jonathan Orpin-Dowell, a barrister & a member of the NZLS Law Reform Committee, who spoke on the Response Act, & the amendments the Law Society is recommending...
Forest & Bird is calling on Aucklanders to tell their council to reinstate protection for nature in this year’s budget.
The Auckland Council’s ‘Emergency Budget’ more than halves the Environmental Services capital expenditure budget, dropping support for pest control, the kauri dieback programme, and planting, among other things.
Forest & Bird’s Auckland Regional Manager, Nick Beveridge, says “our natural world is in crisis” & “these are things we must act on now”. Producer Louis Laws spoke with him this morning on the Auckland Councils proposal ...
On the Wire today, Louis Laws speaks with Jonathan Orpin-Dowell from the New Zealand Law Society on safeguarding Emergency COVID-19 legislation.
Jemima has been investigating the commercialisation of social and political movements and culture in response to the Black Lives Matter Movement. She speaks to Dr Neal Curtis, a media professor at the University of Auckland, about effect of social media on political movements and social media activism.
Louis talks to Nick Beveridge from Forest and Bird about the cuts made to Auckland Council's funding for Environmental Services.
Sam talks to Meka Whaitiri about the governments intentions regarding to Oranga Tamariki and whether the values of Te Ao Māori ought to be better included in the Ministry's legislation.
Sam provides shares some insights on paralells between the recent report from the Childrens Comissioners and 1988's landmark Puao Te-Ata-Tu which made considerable recommendations for the overhaul of child welfare services in Aotearoa.
Meka Whaitiri of Labour's Maori caucus speaks with Sam about why the government intends to honour the recommendations put forth in 1988's landmark Puao Te-Ata-Tu report thirty two years later as we continue to see the same issues with child welfare services that we had then
Jemima has been looking into the commercialisation of social and political movements and culture in response to the action taken supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. She begins with a discussion with Univeristy of Auckland lecturer, Dr Neal Curtis, about social media as an avenue for activism and what effect it truly has in mobilising a social movement.
In today’s catch up with Minister Little, Mary-Margaret asks about the meaning of “operational matters” and not being able to comment on them, and what he thinks of our modern national security regime in light of revelations that our Secret Service broke into the Czechoslovakian Embassy in the late 80s.
We hear from the senior news editor of The Spectrum, the University of Buffalo’s a student magazine, about what it feels like to be on the ground as New York cautiously lifts some COVID-19 restrictions.
Zoe Kounadis joins us for Neighbourhood Watch once again and explains several significant cuts this week, including ones to childcare and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Splore’s director John Minty discusses the return of the festival, opportunities for local music while our borders are closed, and cultural shifts we might see in terms of festivals after COVID-19.
After another brutal police killing of an unarmed black man, a massive wave of protests has spread across the United States, with solidarity protests also occurring across most of the world. How was George Floyd’s murder representative of a broader set of justices in American life? How might the protests influence change in the United States? David S. Meyer speaks with Dana Fisher and Rashawn Ray.
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Bronwyn Wilde covers for Lillian, speaking to Eugenie Sage about the reopening of bookings for New Zealand's Great Walks over the past few days. Dear Science's Marcus Jones talks about the origins of the COVID-19 virus and mystreious extraterrestrial radio frequencies.
Felix Walton brings us a report about the importance of libraries and their role in the community. News director Jemima Huston speaks to NZ on Air about where the Government funding for arts and music and will go.
And we conclude with a report on yesterday's announcement by Police Commissioner Andrew Coster about the discontinuation of armed police response in Aotearoa.
Never fear, Lillian will be back for next week's show!