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The Monday Wire with Sherry: May 18th, 2020

The Monday Wire with Sherry: May 18th, 2020 The Monday Wire with Sherry: May 18th, 2020 , 103.27 MB
Mon 18 May 2020

On the Wire today:

Zoë Larsen Cumming has a report on Amnesty International’s call for the release of prisoners of conscience. 

Sherry Zhang has her weekly chat with Green party co-leader James Shaw following up on budget announcements, 1.1 billion investment into nature based jobs, climate change, unemployment support and the COVID-19 Public Health Response Act. 

Finally, Southern Cross with Pacific Media Centre contributing editor Sri Krishnamurthi on West Papua, media restrictions in the Phillipines and Hong Kong, and the state of NZ media.

Prisoners of Conscience w/ Sauro Scarpelli: Monday, May 18, 2020

Prisoners of Conscience w/ Sauro Scarpelli: Monday, May 18, 2020 Prisoners of Conscience w/ Sauro Scarpelli: Monday, May 18, 2020, 13.09 MB
Mon 18 May 2020

Zoë Larsen Cumming interviews Deputy Director of Campaigns at Amnesty International about the NGO's call for the immediate release of all prisoners of conscience worldwide during the Covid 19 pandemic.

Limited Tourism Support In The 2020 Budget with Eve Lawrence: 15th of May, 2020

Limited Tourism Support In The 2020 Budget with Eve Lawrence: 15th of May, 2020 Limited Tourism Support In The 2020 Budget with Eve Lawrence: 15th of May, 2020, 9.29 MB
Fri 15 May 2020

Tourism has received a 400 million dollar support package in the 2020 budget, prompting many in the tourism industry to feel disgruntled around the limited amount of financial support for the industry. Eve Lawrence of the Haka Tourism Group was a submitter for the most recent epidemic response committee on tourism. She said the industry needed to be saved before we could think about innovating it. Eve joined Laura Kvigstad to explain the frustration around this small lifeline of spending on tourism. 

The Friday Wire with Laura: 15th of May, 2020

The Friday Wire with Laura: 15th of May, 2020 The Friday Wire with Laura: 15th of May, 2020, 108.93 MB
Fri 15 May 2020

A Friday Wire dedicated exclusively to yesterday's Budget announcement for 2020!
First up Denise Lee fills us in on what the budget means in a National Party perspective.

Next, Terry Baucher and Rod Oram give a semi overview of what this budget means. Baucher speaks from the tax perspective while Oram gives us a general overview from his perspective as an economist…

After that, Tourism has received a 400 million dollar support package. Eve Lawrence of the Haka Tourism Group told us about the frustrations of this small lifeline to tourism.

Then, Brooke Fiafia of Auckland Action Against Poverty discussed welfare spending in this budget...

And then, Producer Louis Laws discusses the increase in defence spending as a result of this budget. He speaks with Minister for Defence, Ron Mark, about this investment.

Finally, we have a report on health spending in the budget from Producer Louis Laws. He particularly looks at the disability support spending, catching up on delays caused by Covid 19 and looks at the nuances of mental health spending.

Funding for the Public Health Sector: Friday the 15th, 2020

Funding for the Public Health Sector: Friday the 15th, 2020 Funding for the Public Health Sector: Friday the 15th, 2020, 6.89 MB
Fri 15 May 2020

Budget 2020 included a large investment for public health, with $5.6 billion to be administered into New Zealand's health sector. 

 

Funding boost for Defence: Friday the 15th, 2020

Funding boost for Defence: Friday the 15th, 2020 Funding boost for Defence: Friday the 15th, 2020, 11.7 MB
Fri 15 May 2020

The New Zealand Defence Force has been provided with a boost - $1.7 billion dollars have been allocated from the 2020 Budget to go towards Defence in Operational & Capital Funding. Producer Louis Laws got in touch with the Minister of Defence, Ron Mark to discuss this investment from the Government.

The 2020 Budget with Terry Baucher and Rod Oram: 15th of May, 2020

The 2020 Budget with Terry Baucher and Rod Oram: 15th of May, 2020 The 2020 Budget with Terry Baucher and Rod Oram: 15th of May, 2020, 23.66 MB
Fri 15 May 2020

Tax expert, Terry Baucher and economist, Rod Oram joined Laura Kvigsrad to give us an overview of what the 2020 budget indicates. Baucher speaks from the tax perspective, as we have seen no changes to our tax system that were not announced prior to the budget being released. Oram gives us a general overview from his perspective as an economist and explains why he has called this budget the 'same old, same old'. 

The Big Q: What psychological challenges do children and young people face amidst the time of COVID-19? May 14, 2020

The Big Q: What psychological challenges do children and young people face amidst the time of COVID-19? May 14, 2020 The Big Q: What psychological challenges do children and young people face amidst the time of COVID-19? May 14, 2020, 19.81 MB
Thu 14 May 2020

What psychological challenges do children and young people face amidst the time of COVID-19? In this podcast, Lillian Ng speaks with Hiran Thabrew and Melanie Woodfield about ways that families can support their children and adolescents.

Meet Aroha the Chatbot: http://tiny.cc./aroha

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

Covid-19 Public Health Response Bill passed under urgency: May 13, 2020

Covid-19 Public Health Response Bill passed under urgency: May 13, 2020 Covid-19 Public Health Response Bill passed under urgency: May 13, 2020, 36.78 MB
Thu 14 May 2020

Today, the government's Public Health Response Bill was passed - but not without controversy. 

Lillian Hanly came across a statement by lawyer and tino rangatiratanga advocate Annette Sykes drawing attention to a specification made for entering houses and marae without a warrant. There was much outrage around this clause and Lillian reached out to a few legal minds to clarify what this meant, but given everything was still being debated in the house, nothing was entirely clear at that point. 

The legislation has since been tweaked, references to police being able to enter marae without a warrant have been removed, and a requirement that only police operate roadblocks were also removed. A two-year limit on the enforcement law has been changed to three months - another key issue of controversy. 

However, the process in which this occured, the questions it raises around the extension of powers, and the speed in which it came about, continues to see criticism. It has even instigated a movement online encouraging people to change their profile pictures on Facebook to an image designed by Ann-Olivia Wehipeihana-Wilson for Whakaaro Factory.

Listen in to find out the stages a Bill normally goes through, why this is going through under urgency, and concerns from legal and political minds Jane Kelsey, Julia Whaipooti and Morgan Godfrey. 

 

Edit: Professor David Williams also responded to Lillian after the show with a written response touching on another aspect of the Bill, he had sent this to both MPs Willie Jackson and Marama Davidson:

“Tēnā kōrua. Ngā mihimihi o te wā ki a kōrua.

I write to you as Chair of the Māori caucus within the Labour Party and Co-Leader of the Green Party. Clearly the COVID-19 Public Health Response Bill will proceed through the House shortly. Nevertheless I find it most upsetting that the National Party is taking the high moral ground on the restrictions of tangihanga, funerals and other religious services to a maximum attendance of 10 people. This is the same National Party that viciously criticised the community checkpoints put in place by iwi/hapū in many parts of the motu recently.

It is hypocritical, to say the least, for Simon Bridges and others in the National Party now to show such concern for Māori wishing to farewell their departed at tangihanga. When the Bill is passed, I do urge both of you to move your parliamentary colleagues towards a modification as soon as possible of the Cabinet decision on the numbers able to attend tangihanga, funerals and other services during alert level 2.”

It does seem an incredible slap in the face for iwi/hapū to have such draconian restrictions imposed on them after all they have done to keep their communities safe during alert levels 4 and 3."

Please note, the government announced this afternoon an increase on the number of people who are able to attend tangihanga and funeral - that number is now 50, if those attending adhere to strict public health measures.

Overseas Investment Act Amendment w/ David Parker: May 14, 2020

Overseas Investment Act Amendment w/ David Parker: May 14, 2020 Overseas Investment Act Amendment w/ David Parker: May 14, 2020, 13.78 MB
Thu 14 May 2020

The Overseas Investment Act regulates foreign direct Investment into NZ. As the economy recovers from the fallout of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the government is amending this act to protect key assets from falling unnecessarily into foreign ownership. Today Olivia spoke to Associate Minister of Finance David Park about this legislative change and also touched on his response to the criticism regarding the Covid-19 Public Health Response Bill. She began by asking what amendments are being made to the Overseas Investment Act.