Unprecedented storms and fires are ravaging communities and destroying lives, all the while revealing power dynamics in society, politics and economics. What are these risks and revelations? What needs to be done? Steve Matthewman and Naomi Zack discuss with Maria Armoudian how disasters reveal hidden social arrangements and power dynamics in society.
Mary-Margaret speaks to Dalton Kelly about how the government’s proposed tourism tax will impact the rural GP network. We have a chat to the green party MP Chloe Swarbrick about Land Information Minister Eujayne sage signing off on the expansion of a chinese water bottling company and Marama Davidsons accusations of systemic racism by the police. Damien speaks to Kaikoura Wildlife Rescue about the red billed gulls that were brutally killed in Kaikoura. Reuben has a chat to lawyer Michael Bott about his accusations that police were effectively acting as private security for the defense industry expo last year in Wellington.
The government has proposed charging tourists a levy of up to $35 on arrival. While Australians and Pacific Islanders would be exempt, it would raise eighty million dollars in the first year. The tax revenue will go towards aiding the pressures on infrastructure from high tourist numbers. Dalton Kelly is the CEO of the Rural GP Network, the organisation calling for an allocation of the tax revenue because of the high demand they experience from tourists. Mary-Margaret started by asking him to tell us how big the network is.
Kelly spoke with Mark Wright, a University of Canterbury College of Business and Law doctoral student, who has worked both as a Crown prosecutor in Auckland and Rotorua, and as a lawyer prosecuting environmental non-compliance cases in Tauranga. He knows his stuff and is currently reviewing the RMA’s sanctioning regime and looking at alternatives on how to reprimand breaches that do not necessarily need to be classed as criminal offences.
On Tuesday, five public service chief executive jobs were filled internally by male candidates. The jobs were not advertised, nor were interviews conducted with the five candidates. The decision has been criticised for creating gender inequality in the job market.
New Director, Lillian Hanly, spoke with the chief executive of The National Council of Women, Gill Greer, to get her perspective on the matter of women working in the public and private sector.
A recent international study published in the science journal, Nature, shows the link between storm-driven ocean swells and the collapse of Antarctic ice shelves.
Angus Coker Grant spoke to university of Otago's Professor Vernon Squire, one of the scientists behind the study and what it means for the environment and the rising sea levels.
Minister for Corrections, Kelvin Davis, has annunced that a 500 bed prison, including a 100 bed mental health unit, in Waikeria will replace the old prison. Jemima spoke with Just Speak spokesperson, Tania Sawicki Mead, about the new government's plans. Just Speak is represents the youth and rangatahi voice in criminal justice conversations.