It is great to see Dita de Boni back online, now writing for TVNZ:
Hi Tweeps. TVNZ is publishing my column – a slightly different beast. 1st up: cuddly pandas vs prickly scientists:http://t.co/xtEWwsMiyV
— Dita De Boni (@KeepingMum) September 22, 2015
We can splash the cash on pandas but we can’t keep NZ scientists in jobs
This week, despite the fact the Government pooh-poohed it every time someone raised concerns, AgResearch went through with what it had foreshadowed for months and laid off 90 people – about a fifth of its research staff.
While AgResearch itself hasn’t said a lot about it, it appears the organisation lost an increasing amount of Government funding for its work – work that aims to enhance the value of the entire agricultural sector to the country.
One thing I have realised about life is that when a company, or a government, really wants to spend money on something, it can always be found. Sadly, our scientists are seen as expendable, especially when the short term demands of the market deem it so.
One of the few writers telling it like it is – Kudos to TVNZ for recognising de Boni’s talents. The second welcome return to the fray is John Campbell:
This is my first podcast in a series for RNZ. An attempt to give a voice to people who don't always get to be heard. https://t.co/Wojsp8tWAZ
— John Campbell (@JohnJCampbell) September 24, 2015
More good stuff:
‘Pay day is broke day’
First Person is a weekly Radio New Zealand podcast series by John Campbell
Nicole is a mother of five. Last week she worked 76 hours, many of them while her children slept. “I’ve got to do it” she says.
She dreams of buying a house and is determined to inspire her children by working her way up. “Every day it’s a struggle to get up. Every day it’s physically draining. But I have to. I have to.”
Telling our real stories – no one does it like Campbell.
Update: Hmmmm – ONE NEWS seems to be strengthening their political coverage:
— 1 NEWS (@1NewsNZ) September 24, 2015