This Wednesday a report of the Resource Management Act (RMA), New Directions for Resource Management in New Zealand, was welcome by the government. This was commissioned by the Environment Minister, David Parker, with the recommendation being to completely scrap the RMA and replace it with two new pieces of legislation, a Natural and Built Environments Act and a Strategic Planning Act. In an effort to understand more about the RMA, producer James Tapp talks to Minister Parker live on air about the RMA and its future.
On Dear Science today with Allan Blackman we discuss the mystery behind body odour, the effects of lithium in drinking water lowering suicide rates, and the ongoing litigation surrounding cancer caused by herbicide glysophatem (otherwise known as Roundup).
Felix, brings us a bit of a follow up on his last week's report on support for international students in New Zealand following a funding announcement made by Minister for Education Chris Hipkins yesterday.
NZ First’s Tracey Martin talks opposition to the $100 million dollar Southland Recovery Package, paid mandatory managed isolation, a code of conduct for MP's, and regional funding to tackle methamphetamine use.
Jessica Hopkins speaks to AAAP about the Government’s announcement to combat debt by strengthening specialist debt solution services. This is followed by an interview with Pam Waugh from the Salvation Army who had a positive reception to the announcement.
This week Jemima Huston and Zoë Larsen Cumming speak to Auckland Central candidates, Labour Representative Helen White and Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick about White's "celebrity" comment. They ask about the candidates' work, the relevance of celebrity in an election and why the Auckland Central seat is always framed as a "cat fight".
Nirvana Haldar brings a piece to the International Desk about the #Dalitlivesmatter movement in India. She speaks Gladson Dungdung, a human rights activist and an author to Adivasi rights in Jharkhand, about the movement.
Hanna Thompson covers the Government cash injection for Family Planning. She speaks to Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter and Family Planning makes a statement on the announcement.
In response to the Black Lives Matter movement, a social media movement for Dalits, or the apparent lower caste individuals of India, began. Nirvana speaks to Gladson Dungdung, a human rights activist and an author to Adivasi rights in Jharkhand. They discuss the structure and history of caste system in India, the grievances faced by Dalits and Adivasi’s and the relevance of #DalitLivesMatter.
Hanna speaks to Julia Anne Genter, Green MP, Minister for Women and Associate Minister for Health on the recently announced cash injection for Family Planning. Hanna also reached out to Family Planning for a Written Statement.
Zoë Larsen Cumming has her weekly chat with the Green Party Co-Leader James Shaw. This week's agenda included the Greens' amendments to the Education and Training Bill, the Equal Pay Amendment Bill, and also the Progressive Home Ownership project officially launched this week by Marama Davidson.
Zoë Larsen Cumming is joined in studio by Pacific Media Watch's contributing editor Sri Krishnamurthi to talk about a documentary called Loimata on waka building, eco-tourism in the Pacific, and Covid 19 in Papua New Guinea.
Ever since the killing of George Floyd, the city of Portland has witnessed consistent protests and civic action demanding police reforms. However, recently, camouflaged federal authorities without identification badges have begun arresting protesters in the city, while the Department of Homeland Security has deployed unmarked SUV’s to detain protesters. The White House has confirmed its order to send federal authorities to Portland and is threatening to send them to other American cities. Local elected officials, including the Mayor of Portland, have demanded that federal agents leave the city. Doug Becker speaks with Jennifer L. Selin, Nadine Strossen, and David S. Meyer about the legal and political implications of this, as well as the implications for democracy and civil liberties.
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