This week played host to what could well be one of the biggest scandals in New Zealand politics in the last ten years, and likely the biggest political fallout between two politicians of the same party in over thirty, and it’s all due to disgruntled former National MP Jami-Lee Ross. Political editor, Ethan Griffiths, and Maverick, Azaria Howell, fill you in on all the dirty politics.
‘Traitor’, ‘Hero’, ‘War crimes’, ‘Whistle-blowing’, and ‘Free speech’ are all words that are sweeping New Zealand and Australia’s current political and news landscape and, at the heart of it, lies former U.S army intelligence analyst, Chelsea Manning. She's planned two speaking events in NZ and, while a decision has been made on Manning’s NZ Visa, it’s still important for us to deconstruct the debate that surrounded it and ask ourselves some hard questions.
Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter, says that she is ‘ambitious’ about achieving gender equality in the workplace. Earlier this month, she announced the government’s plan for equal gender representation on state sector boards and committees by 2021. Our Editor, Nidha Khan, interviewed Julie about what this means for young women, gender analysis in policy decisions, and more.
Almost half way through his first term in office, it’s becoming clear that Trump simply can’t keep away from controversy, criticism and what now looks to be dissension. Its scary and troubling, yet at the same time, it provokes a ton of political excitement. He’s been all over the news within the last 24 hours, after having a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, where he came out and said that he trusts Russia when they say they didn’t interfere in the US election. Without the jargon and political dilly-dally, what the hell is going on?
Trump’s ‘zero-tolerance’ policy which separated migrant families who illegally crossed the U.S. border was horrifying. It was inhumane and cruel. On top of that, it violated international law that protects children, immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. We spoke to NZ politician Golriz Ghahraman, who has a background in international human rights law, about the policy and the role young New Zealanders play.
This week's Music Haul includes a big show announcement from SIX60, Drax Project, Sons of Zion, SWIDT, and Illbaz, plus news and tunes from Vince Harder, Marissa Nadler, Kimbra and Dawn, and Ryan Prebble.
Grab the nearest pair of headphones you can, hide yourself in a dark corner somewhere, and prepare to transcend all of your responsibilities through the wonder of loud noises in your ears. It's Music Haul time.