In the lead-up to the 2023 election, this 10-part political series hosted by Mark Leishman shines the spotlight on the big issues facing rural communities around New Zealand. Tim McCready provides commentary for today’s guest, ACT Leader David Seymour.
In the lead-up to the 2023 election, this 10-part political series hosted by Mark Leishman shines the spotlight on the big issues facing rural communities around New Zealand. Tim McCready provides commentary for today’s guest, Environment Minister David Parker.
Margo Onishchenko tells Tim McCready about migrating from Russia as a young woman, and her journey to standing as the ACT Party candiate for Maungakiekie.
Once Margo turned 18 she followed her older sister to New Zealand. She trained at Unitec and now works as a civil engineer.
The contrast between Margo’s country of birth and her country of choice has been a significant factor in her decision to enter politics.
Dr Sapna Samant tells Tim McCready about her career in medicine and film-making and the Green Party’s plan to address the increased rates of crime as well as tackling the wealth gap.
After qualifying and practicing as a doctor in India, Sapna migrated to Aotearoa in 2001. She worked and volunteered in various capacities for years before making the call to re-train and re-qualify as a doctor under the New Zealand system.
It was Sapna’s passion for activism, particularly against the Hindu-fascist ideology, that has led her to stand for parliament.
Greg Fleming tells Tim McCready about his career in the charitable sector and his vision for a safer Maungakiekie electorate with thriving schools and businesses.
After training as an accountant and dabbling in a few small business ventures, Greg moved into the not-for-profit space where his passion for the institutions of civil society blosomed.
He’s been CEO of Maxim Institute and Parenting Place as well as the instigator and trustee of a raft of other organisations.
Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan tells Tim McCready about her track record in parliament, and what she loves about Onehunga and the wider Maungakiekie electorate.
Priyanca was elected to parliament on the Labour Party list in 2017 and won the Maungakiekie electorate seat in 2020.
Her role as an electorate MP has coincided with being named a cabinet minister, and she currently holds a number of portfolios including Community and Voluntary Sector, and Disability Issues.
Josephine Bartley is the current Councillor for Maungakiekie-Tāmaki, and Denise Lee was formerly the local MP for the Maungakiekie electorate.
Denise and Jo joined Tim McCready to discuss the role of an electorate MP, and the issues that will be important to consider as we vote for our local Maungakiekie Member of Parliament.
Tim will be interviewing the candidates next, so follow Too Much Talk, and share with your neighbour.
New Zealand’s thriving tourism and export education links with China were heavily impacted during the pandemic years, enduring significant challenges and setbacks. The reopening of borders has seen a remarkable revitalisation of these connections. The return of foreign tourists has been a prominent bright spot for New Zealand’s economy, and there has been a notable increase in study visa approvals, particularly for universities. This panel will share perspectives on the changed landscape, including new strategies adopted to rebuild business, and the inspiring wins and war stories that have emerged along the way, showcasing the resilience and adaptability of the sectors.
- Lisa Li, Managing Director, China Travel Service
- Grant Webster, Chief Executive, Tourism Holdings
- Professor Dawn Freshwater, Vice-Chancellor, University of Auckland
- Dr Wiremu Doherty, Chief Executive, Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi
- Moderator: Tim McCready
This session will uncover the strategies, insights, and innovative approaches that have made Comvita and Fonterra leading names in the industry. Speakers will share the intricacies of navigating and innovating for Chinese market and effectively promoting health and wellness to the region.
- Andy Chen, Regional CEO, APAC, Comvita
- Justin Dai, Vice President Foodservice, Fonterra Greater China
- Moderator: Tim McCready