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The Monday Wire with Zoë, Oscar and James; July 13, 2020

The Monday Wire with Zoë, Oscar and James; July 13, 2020 The Monday Wire with Zoë, Oscar and James; July 13, 2020 , 102.58 MB
Mon 13 Jul 2020

This week on The Monday Wire, we have our weekly chat with Green party co-leader James Shaw on The Clean Energy Plan. 

Pacific Media Centre Contributing Editor Sri Krishnamurthi, with the latest in pacific news, from The Phillippines to West Papua.  

95bFM reporter James Tapp brings us a piece on Privacy Law with THe University of Auckland's Gehan Gunasekara. 

And finally, 95bFM Producer Zoë Larsen Cumming interviews the Deputy Executive Director of Programmes at the New Zealand Drug Foundation Ben Birks-Ang regarding a recent boost in funding to drug and alcohol rehabilitation. 

 

A huge thank you to everyone who spoke to us today. 

 

AAAP Calls for Welfare Reform with Brooke Fiafia

AAAP Calls for Welfare Reform with Brooke Fiafia AAAP Calls for Welfare Reform with Brooke Fiafia, 11.83 MB
Fri 10 Jul 2020

Sam speaks with Auckland Action Against Poverty's Brooke Fiafia about the organisation's numerous recommendations to government in their new campaign aiming to lift benefit levels to a liveable rate.

Hemp Farming with Michael Burnett of The Brothers Green: July 09, 2020

Hemp Farming with Michael Burnett of The Brothers Green: July 09, 2020 Hemp Farming with Michael Burnett of The Brothers Green: July 09, 2020, 14.6 MB
Thu 9 Jul 2020

Producer Ollie speaks with Michael Burnett of The Brothers Green on the reaction to their cannabis farm in North Canterbury and the sustainability and environmental benefits of hemp growing in Aotearoa

Monitoring Treatment of Children in Detention Centers w/ Andrew Becroft: July 9 2020

Monitoring Treatment of Children in Detention Centers w/ Andrew Becroft: July 9 2020 Monitoring Treatment of Children in Detention Centers w/ Andrew Becroft: July 9 2020, 22.96 MB
Thu 9 Jul 2020

The extension of the role of Children’s Commissioner makes Andrew Becroft the monitor of treatment of children in secure detention centres. Mary-Margaret spoke to Andrew about the power imbalance that exists between the State and vulnerable children detained without choice. She asked if we can be confident that their rights will be better upheld this way, and about Andrew’s impression of how the law treats the rights of children more generally.

The Wire with Mary-Margaret: July 9, 2020

The Wire with Mary-Margaret: July 9, 2020 The Wire with Mary-Margaret: July 9, 2020, 121.37 MB
Thu 9 Jul 2020

Mary-Margaret speaks to Andrew Becroft about the extension of the role of Children’s Commissioner to monitor of treatment of children in secure detention centres

Emmy Rakete gives us the where and when of their rally demanding that the officers who hurt Nikau Andrews are brought to account

Ollie talks to Michael Burnett from The Brothers Green about hemp, and if they have upheld their responsibility to partner with Ngai Tahu

In Neighbourhood Watch, Zoe updates us on the situation at Melbourne Towers, and the border between Victoria and New South Wales being closed

And Andrew Little joins us to discuss several developments this week, such as the proposed rewriting of the Official Information Act

Neighbourhood Watch: July 09 2020

Neighbourhood Watch: July 09 2020 Neighbourhood Watch: July 09 2020, 10.53 MB
Thu 9 Jul 2020

This week in Neighbourhood Watch, Zoe updates us on the situation at Melbourne Towers, and the border between Victoria and New South Wales being closed

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: July 8, 2020

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: July 8, 2020 Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: July 8, 2020, 28.47 MB
Wed 8 Jul 2020

On Dear Science today with Marcus Jones we touch back on some coronavirus news, we also hear about some concerns being raised about scientists collecting DNA in China, and lastly, scientists are moving to strip offensive names and terms from reports and prizes.

The Big Q: At the crossroads: How can we navigate the right path for the betterment of humanity? July 8, 2020

The Big Q: At the crossroads: How can we navigate the right path for the betterment of humanity? July 8, 2020 The Big Q: At the crossroads: How can we navigate the right path for the betterment of humanity? July 8, 2020, 37.86 MB
Wed 8 Jul 2020

The world is facing multiple crises from climate change to institutional racism to COVOD-19. Maria Armoudian speaks to three preeminent scholars from the fields of anthropology, philosophy, and psychology about the crossroads we are facing as a global community and the ways we can navigate them for the betterment of humanity.

For more stories like these head to www.thebigq.org 

NZ First's Tracey Martin on recent government announcements: July 8, 2020

NZ First's Tracey Martin on recent government announcements: July 8, 2020 NZ First's Tracey Martin on recent government announcements: July 8, 2020, 32.57 MB
Wed 8 Jul 2020

Lillian speaks to the Minister about two government announcements from yesterday, the first being an extension of temporary working visas, and the second being a hold on incoming flights to the country. They also touched on a tool the Minister has been working on during her time in government. Just for some more information around the visa extensions, given this is not Martin’s portfolio she indicated she may not have all the details. Minister Iain Lees-Galloway announced yesterday that the Government is "making immediate short-term changes to visa settings to support temporary migrants already onshore in New Zealand and their employers, while also ensuring New Zealanders needing work are prioritised".

So this means, 

- Extending all existing employer-assisted temporary work visas for people in New Zealand and whose visas are due to expire before the end of 2020 by six months, benefiting around 16,500 workers

- Shifting the stand down by 6 months to February 2021. So this affects migrant workers who are subject to the 12 month stand-down period and were going to have to leave New Zealand this year will now be able to stay for the duration of the extension, and that affects 600 workers. The stand-down period being the amount of time one has to leave the country before applying to come back and work. The government states that, The stand-down period was introduced in 2017 to prevent lower-skilled, lower-paid foreign workers from becoming well settled in New Zealand without a pathway to residence. Just a note here because of the way in which lower-skilled as a term has negative connotations, the Government is continuing to work on a number of changes, which were announced pre-COVID-19. These changes include a different way to define lower-skilled/lower-paid employment and a new process for employer-assisted work visas expected to be fully in place by mid-2021.

- Finally, the last part of the announcement was ensuring New Zealanders needing work continue to be prioritised.

So back to Tracey Martin, Lillian started by asking her how this will work.

 

EDIT: Minister Iain Lees-Galloway's response 08/07/2020:

“Temporary work visas are there to fill temporary gaps in the labour market and that is clear when people apply for temporary visas. Work to residency is only available for more skilled jobs where there is a longer term skills shortage.

“The extension to visas announced yesterday is to give people breathing space to work out what is best for them. The New Zealand labour market is changing as more New Zealanders lose their jobs and as always, immigration is there to fill the gaps in our labour market. As the gaps close, there may be fewer opportunities for temporary migrant workers.

“We value the contribution our migrant communities make to New Zealand and it’s great that many do become residents and citizens. However, like in most countries around the world, temporary immigration is for temporary work opportunities. That’s a choice people make for themselves.

[on the low-skilled issue] “Last year we introduced changes to the employer assisted temporary work visas that includes introducing the use of pay rates as a proxy for skills. In the vast majority of cases higher skilled roles are paid above the median wage so the median wage is being used to assess the skill level, instead of complicated skills assessments under ANZCO.”

Is China's Plague Case a Threat? (Spoiler: No) w/ Helen Petousis-Harris: July 8, 2020

Is China's Plague Case a Threat? (Spoiler: No) w/ Helen Petousis-Harris: July 8, 2020 Is China's Plague Case a Threat? (Spoiler: No) w/ Helen Petousis-Harris: July 8, 2020, 5.55 MB
Wed 8 Jul 2020

Felix Walton speaks to University of Auckland Associate Professor Helen Petousis-Harris about the recent coverage of a case of bubonic plague in China, whether the plague is actually still a threat, and how it capitalizes on Corona-Panic.