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The Week In Element: COP27, Te Urewera, And Make It 16

Podcast: The Element

Each weekday, The Element is sensible of the massive information tales.

This week, we regarded on the legacy of COP 27, the dangers dealing with New Zealand’s treasure trove of fossils, the dispute over historic huts in Te Urewera, why dental care prices a lot, and the way governments go about setting ages for issues like voting.

Whakarongo mai to any episodes you may need missed.


COP27 and the fraught actuality of local weather change negotiations

This 12 months’s UN local weather summit was all the time going to be fraught. 

The situation, for starters, was Egypt: a rustic the place the kind of political protest commonplace amongst local weather activists is not precisely regarded on favourably. Greater than 45,000 delegates turned as much as a rustic housing at the least as many political prisoners.

Representatives of nations in the course of the closure session of the UN Local weather Summit COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Photograph: Getty Photographs

Then there was the geopolitical backdrop: in addition to the invasion of Ukraine, most of the 193 nations on the convention have been ravaged by the financial and social prices of Covid-19, and are participating in what, within the eyes of a lot of the general public, seems a long-winded train in tortured bureaucratese. 

Emile Donovan speaks to Newsroom‘s Rod Oram, who was on the bottom at COP 27.


NZ’s prehistoric previous susceptible to crumbling away

When palaeontologist Dr Nic Rawlence pulled an enormous ice-age moa skeleton out of a South Island swamp, he knew the marks on its pelvis bone would inform the story of the way it died.

The outlet close to the Little Wanganui River mouth the place a landmark fossil was eliminated with an influence software. Photograph: Provided

They have been rip marks from the talons of a Haast’s eagle, which grew to become extinct round 1400.

However he warns Aotearoa is shedding fossils quicker than they are often discovered and preserved, as websites are eroded “in entrance of our eyes”.

A part of the issue, he says, is New Zealand’s small and ageing group {of professional} palaeontologists and newbie ‘rockhounds’, who go fossil searching to construct their very own collections, or promote to museums or personal collectors.

Sharon Brettkelly talks to Rawlence concerning the previous, current and way forward for New Zealand fossils.


The stoush in Te Urewera that is about extra than simply huts

Deep in Te Urewera sit 19 huts tagged for demolition. They’re to get replaced with buildings designed to signify a brand new period within the historical forest, a choice made by Tūhoe management.

Twenty-nine others have already been dismantled and burnt, however a courtroom injunction from Tūhoe iwi members has stopped the remainder of the work.

Sharon Brettkelly speaks to The Hui reporter John Boynton and RNZ‘s Māori information director Jamie Tahana concerning the tensions in Tūhoe.

“The huts have been a manner for whānau to attach with Te Urewera. They is likely to be DOC buildings, however I believe the group and Tūhoe have given them life. It has been their strategy to hunt and have that relationship with the ngahere,” says Boynton.


The inconvenient tooth a few journey to the dentist

When you flip 18, you are by yourself in the case of taking care of your tooth.

Not like different components of the well being system, the Authorities does not subsidise dental look after adults, which means a visit to the dentist can put a severe dent in individuals’s pockets.

Photograph: Getty Photographs

Earlier this month, the Affiliation of Salaried Medical Specialists launched a report that discovered 40 p.c of New Zealanders cannot afford dental care. 

Emile Donovan speaks to ASMS chief govt Sarah Dalton, Dental Affiliation president Erin Collins, and College of Otago professor of dental public well being Jonathan Broadbent about how dental care grew to become such an costly a part of life.


How previous is sufficiently old?

The authorized age to purchase alcohol has flipped and flopped since 1881 – first 16, then as much as 21, then again down to twenty – till we wound up with the place we at the moment are, with 18 years of age.

All this to say, age limits on rights and privileges are dynamic. They modify over time.

Members of Make It 16 after the Supreme Court docket listening to earlier this 12 months. Photograph: Make It 16

With the Supreme Court docket’s ruling that New Zealand’s age restrict on voting is unjustified discrimination sizzling off the presses, Emile Donovan speaks to authorized skilled John Ip and politics professor Richard Shaw about how governments set ages for various civic milestones.


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