Te Kuru Dewes is from Ngāti Porou and Ngāti Rangitihi. He is a multi-media journalist and regional reporter for Te Ao Māori news at Whakaata Māori. Te Kuru lives in Tūranga nui a Kiwa, Gisborne, with his partner Nikau Hindin, an artist. Nikau returned from Hawai’i before the level 4 rāhui was in place but after the measures from the government were in place instructing those returning from overseas to go immediately into isolation. So they have been in isolation for about two weeks now. Te Kuru has been communicating over instagram and other social media platforms the core information about everything going on with Covid19 in Aotearoa right now. Lillian had been following it and what she found useful was the breakdown of all the news going on elsewhere. This can be dangerous of course when there is misinformation circling out there too. But, as a journalist, Te Kuru understands that. He’s trying to do it so people have an effective and consistent source of info. Lillian spoke to Te Kuru and asked why he’s been doing this.
The Arts in Aotearoa are suffering at the moment, which should really come as no surprise. For many artists & live performers alike, they’re going to be out of a job, which is rough when your paycheck comes week to week and gig to gig ...
Producer Louis Laws spoke to Scott Blanks & Tim Batt about the effects that the Covid-19 lockdown has had on the Comedy Industry so far ...
Age Concern NZ is a charitable organisation dedicated to the wellbeing and dignity and respect of elderly people. They exist to help older people get what they need. Stephanie Clare is the Chief Executive overseeing the organisation throughout the whole country. Lillian got in touch with them last week as they were urging people to continue to support our elderly communities at this time...
Age Concern Auckland is concerned that vulnerable older people living alone are putting themselves at risk by venturing out during the Covid-19 lockdown to get groceries, visit the bank or to collect medications. Please remember not to do this. Please where you can, ring someone and ask them to go instead. Or, if you can’t, ring Age Concern and they will organise this for you. Numbers for Auckland are:
Central & West Auckland – 820 0184
South Auckland - 279 4331
North Shore – 489 4975
You can also email Age Concern Auckland on firstname.lastname@example.org
Bauer media's 237 staff were informed yesterday that the magazine publisher was shutting down. A report from Laura Kvigstad explores how this happened and why Bauer media refused the supports offered to it by the government in order to stay afloat.
The Epidemic Response Committee was established in late March to consider and report to the House of Representatives on matters relating to the Government's management of Covid-19. The chairperson is Simon Bridges, leader of Opposition.
Mary-Margaret wanted to find out what cannabis safety during rāhui looks like. Despite cannabis use being common across Aotearoa, clarity around safe use is often lacking. She speaks to Ben Birks of the Drug Foundation, about usage amid a pandemic.
How can we make sense of America above the noise? Rachel Simpson reports on how the US is tackling Covid-19.
With accounts from LA and New York, we look at increased security presence to handle possible civil unrest, strike action and sick-outs amongst essential workers, how the privatised medical system is handling the pandemic, and whether democracy will be available since the future of the presidential election is unclear due to lockdown.