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Policy Forum Pod
Policy Forum Pod
Policy Forum Pod
The wellbeing economy - lessons for the future
On the final episode of Policy Forum Pod for 2020, Martyn Pearce is joined by Arnagretta Hunter, Sharon Bessell and John Falzon to look back on the year, and our special mini-series on the wellbeing economy. It’ll go down as the year everybody is very happy to see the back of. But what have we learnt from 2020? And what can policymakers do to ensure 2021 is a whole lot better? On our last episode of Policy Forum Pod for the year, Martyn Pearce hosts his final podcast for Policy Forum and is joined by Professor Sharon Bessell, Dr Arnagretta Hunter, and Dr John Falzon to reflect on the conversations we’ve had in our special mini-series on the wellbeing economy. They discuss the importance of an ethic of care, the end of the neoliberal model, the crisis of precariousness, and much more. The team also make some special announcements about the future of the podcast in 2021. John Falzon OAM is Senior Fellow, Inequality and Social Justice at Per Capita. He is also a sociologist, poet, and social justice advocate, and was national CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society from 2006 to 2018. Sharon Bessell is Professor of Public Policy and Director of Gender Equity and Diversity at Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU. Arnagretta Hunter is a cardiologist, physician, and a Senior Clinical Lecturer for ANU Medical School. Martyn Pearce is a presenter for Policy Forum Pod and the Editor of Policy Forum.   Policy Forum Pod is available on Acast, Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, Subscribe on Android or wherever you get your podcasts. We’d love to hear your feedback for this podcast series! Send in your questions, comments, or suggestions for future episodes to You can also Tweet us @APPSPolicyForum or join us on the Facebook group.   See for privacy and opt-out information.
59 min
Cooking the Books with Frances Cook
Cooking the Books with Frances Cook
Newstalk ZB and NZ Herald
The numbers that could let you retire decades earlier
Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the financial independence movement, and whether normal people can give it a try. Hosted by Frances Cook. Financial independence is something you might have seen floating around, and been curious about. On the face of it, it sounds too good to be true. Save and invest hard, and you build up enough investment income that you don't have to work anymore. Surely that's something that's only possible for rich people? It's open to more people than you might think. Here's the maths behind it. The idea is that you work out how much you need in a year to live the life you want. So you might be happy living a very frugal lifestyle, which always makes things easier. Or you might enjoy some of life's nicer trappings, and want to keep them. Whatever that number is, you need a nest egg of 25x that, then the idea is that you can withdraw 4% of it each year, in order to live that lifestyle you like. For the latest podcast episode I talked to financial planner Liz Koh from Enrich Retirement. We discussed whether the maths behind the idea works, the different types of financial independence, and tactics for the average person to get there. If you have a question about this podcast, or question you'd like answered in the next one, come and talk to me about it. I'm on Facebook here Instagram here and Twitter here
29 min
The Mike Hosking Breakfast
The Mike Hosking Breakfast
Newstalk ZB
Mike Hosking: Rio Tinto's relationship with Govt that of a hostage negotiation
I think we can all agree that Tiwai going nowhere is a good thing. But that’s not the real story - or at least it shouldn’t be. Tiwai is a lesson in why this country in parts needs to get its act together. The clue here is the balance of power - no pun intended. Does Tiwai need Southland or New Zealand? No. Does Southland and/or New Zealand need Tiwai? Yes. And in that is the clue as to why they’re not going anywhere. The old “we are off unless you cut us a deal” game has been played before. Last time the National government of the day wrote them a cheque for $30 million and said “that’s that - don’t come back”. They did come back, of course, last year, at which point the government, at least in part, to their credit, told them there was no more money Or was there? In the ensuing months, through the usual nashing of teeth and headline concern around jobs and economic impact on a small region in election year. We finally wound our way to a deal. The deal was with Meridian, their energy supplier. Meridian had, of course, already offered them a deal that was turned down. So obviously the deal that got cut was an improvement on the original offers. Some market analysts suggest its 36 per cent. Imagine if you could trim 36 per cent off your power bill. Meridian, it’s important to note, is government owned. They too can’t afford for Tiwai to bail because what would they do with all that excess power. Power that, by the way, they don’t have the infrastructure to simply fling up country to other punters So yet again, we’ve been found wanting. A region that like all regions should be more than just a place beholden to a large company. A power company that’s beholden to its biggest client. A government that can ill afford the joblessness mess of a major regional bail out. Rio Tinto came to the gun fight with guns - we came again with bows and arrows. Good relationships are symbiotic; they have give and take, they have balance, they have mutual standing. They are not, as we have seen yet again, a hostage negotiation.
2 min
Weekly Economics Podcast
Weekly Economics Podcast
New Economics Foundation
Finding hope during and after the pandemic
Joe Biden has defeated Donald Trump to win the US election. Test results from around the world suggest that a coronavirus vaccine is on the horizon. Over the past month there have been more bright spots than usual in a difficult, painful year. At the same time, with the number of coronavirus deaths at their highest since May, many parts of the country still subject to severe restrictions and unemployment skyrocketing, many of us are hesitant to declare that the worst days are behind us. So, how has this year affected our mental health? How can progressives stay well enough to fight for change? And have we forgotten how to feel hopeful? Ayeisha is joined by researcher and author, Christine Berry and Farzana Khan, executive director and co-founder of Healing Justice London. If you have been affected by anything discussed in this episode, you can contact the Samaritans for free at 116 123 or visit Further reading/watching from this episode: -The Impact of COVID 19 on Disabled Women from Sisters of Frida: -Healing Justice London: -NEON Movement Building Webinar on the History of Mutual Aid -Rebecca Solnit, Hope in the Dark: -Joanna Macy, Active Hope ----- Researched by Margaret Welsh. Produced by Becky Malone. Music by Poddington Bear and Chris Zabriskie under Creative Commons license. Enjoying the show? Tweet us your comments and questions @NEF! The Weekly Economics Podcast is brought to you by the New Economics Foundation. Find out more at
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