The week in detail: from Posie Parker to processed foods

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This week we looked at how co-governance really works, Labour’s track record on climate action, what the new AUKUS nuclear submarine deal means for New Zealand, Posie Parker’s visit to Auckland and the freedom of speech debate, and the damage processed foods do to our lives.

Plus a new edition of our Long Read.

Whakarongo mai for any episodes you may have missed.

Co-management at the coal mine

Newsroom’s Nikki Mandow searched for organizations that operate under a co-governance model and found some been doing it quietly for years. No power grab, no stolen assets.

A mural at Western Springs College – Ngā Puna o Waiōrea. Photo: Nikki Mandow

She hears from administrators of river authorities, municipalities and schools what participation looks like in practice, and asks: does it work?

Assessing Labour’s record on climate action

During the 2017 election campaign, then Labor leader Jacinda Ardern made a bold statement: “We will take climate change seriously. This is the atom-free moment of my generation“.

Labor came to power promising to take climate change seriously – has it? Photo: Getty Images

But nearly six years later, has Labor’s action on climate change while in government lived up to those words?

“I don’t think the action we’ve seen from the government in the last two terms, or in any parliamentary term ever, has been in line with Jacinda Ardern’s proclamation.” Press room says senior political reporter Marc Daalder.

Tom Kitchin speaks with Daalder and climate scientist Professor James Renwick.

Balancing our alliances

In the latest developments, Australia has signed a deal – part of the AUKUS defense pact – with acquire nuclear-powered submarines; and the President of China Xi Jinping has traveled to Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.

Did Aukus leave us uncomfortably on the sidelines? Photo: Getty Images

Press roomSam Sachdeva, national affairs editor, says that for a small nation like New Zealand, the world is becoming increasingly difficult to navigate from a foreign policy perspective.

“We really walk on a thin line, a kind of tightrope between the two countries [China and the US].”

Sarah Robson asks Sachdeva: will there come a time when New Zealand has to take sides?

Parker’s visit raises many questions

Before she arrived last Friday, Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull – aka Posie Parker – was a controversial figure internationally for her claims that transgender women pose a threat to women’s safety, but few New Zealanders knew her name.

That changed when Parker’s rally in Melbourne last week attracted a group of neo-Nazis who gave a “Sieg Heil” salute as they marched past.

Suddenly her name was on everyone’s lips and Parker was greeted with a large organized protest at her rally in Auckland’s Albert Park.

Sharon Brettkelly gets three different reflections on last weekend’s events and what they mean for free speech.

The new food baddie on the block

Nearly 70 percent of packaged foods in our supermarkets are classified as ultra-processed — and in some food categories, nearly all products are.

Photo: Getty Images

They contain a lot of salt, sugar, artificial flavors and colors, ingredients with numbers, not names; and often the methods used to produce them resemble nothing you would do in your kitchen.

Alexia Russell speaks with Consumer NZ writer Belinda Castles and public health doctor Rachael McLean.

The Detail’s Long Read: Jungle Warfare

This is The detail‘s Long Read – an in-depth story read by us every weekend.

A secret Auckland location covered in weeds. Photo: Adrian Malloch/New Zealand Geographic

This week it’s time Jungle warfarewritten by Ellen Rykers and published in the March/April 2023 edition of New Zealand Geographic.

You can find the full article, with photos by Adrian Malloch, here.

Hundreds of pest plant species – many of them escaped from the garden – are rampant in New Zealand’s largest city. Auckland is thought to have more invasive plant species than any other in the world. Now the civilians are fighting back.

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