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Seb Rice-Walsh, R1 News Reporter

Creature of the Week - Skates and Rays

Tuesday 31st May 2022 | Nico Penny | R1 News Reporter | nico@r1.co.nz
Seb Rice-Walsh | R1 News Reporter | sebastian@r1.co.nz
Image: Eagle ray. NIWA

Every week, Nico and Seb are joined by local zoologist-in-training Andy Johnston to chat about his creature of the week. This week - skates and rays.

Sea Society and the Vehicles on Beaches Bylaw with Sea Society founder Sian Mair

Tuesday 31st May 2022 | Seb Rice-Walsh | R1 News Reporter | sebastian@r1.co.nz
Image: Sea lion at Aramoana. Wikimedia Commons

The Sea Society campaign to restrict vehicles on beaches in the Clutha region has led to the Vehicles on Beaches Bylaw coming before the Clutha District. R1 News spoke to Sea Society founder Sian Mair about the campaign.

Samoan Language Week - with OSSA President Ma'ole Sei-Ha Faletolu

Tuesday 31st May 2022 | Seb Rice-Walsh | R1 News Reporter | sebastian@r1.co.nz

This week is Samoan Language Week. Seb spoke to OSSA President Ma'ole Sei-Ha Faletolu about the week as a celebration of language, culture and country, especially as Samoa celebrates the 60th anniversary of its independence this year.

 

Feed My Flat: the budget friendly meal kit initiative made for students, by students

Tuesday 24th May 2022 | Seb Rice-Walsh | R1 News Reporter | sebastian@r1.co.nz

Feed My Flat is a non-profit initiative out of the Department of Human Nutrition at the University of Otago, which provides weekly meal kits to students on a budget. For $85 per week, they’ll provide the recipes and ingredients to feed four people for three dinners; thesix-person meal kit which will cost you $130 per week. R1 News reporter Seb Rice-Walsh spoke to Kimberly Ti, Human Nutrition student and one of the people behind Feed My Flat.

First ever image of black hole revealed

Tuesday 24th May 2022 | Seb Rice-Walsh | R1 News Reporter | sebastian@r1.co.nz

Last week, the world caught its first glimpse of the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. Sagittarius A Star is the second black hole to ever be imaged. The feat was accomplished by the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration - a global network of observatories working collectively to observe with black holes. R1 News's Seb Rice-Walsh spoke to University of Otago Astrophysicist Jonathan Squire about black holes and the incredibly difficult task of imaging them.

Creature of the Week: Kākāpō

Tuesday 10th May 2022 | Seb Rice-Walsh | R1 News Reporter | sebastian@r1.co.nz
Image: Amy Doran

This week on Creature of the Week, Seb Rice-Walsh catches up with budding zoologist Andy Johnstone to chat about the dramatic history of the world's largest species of parrot - the kākāpō.

DCC pledges $1 million in plan to upgrade play spaces around Dunedin

Tuesday 3rd May 2022 | Seb Rice-Walsh | R1 News Reporter | sebastian@r1.co.nz

The Dunedin City Council has pledged $1 million to to upgrade play spaces around the city. R1 News's Seb Rice-Walsh speaks to local skater Hannah Prout on the DCC's plan to upgrade a variety of skateboarding infrastructure around Dunedin and what that means for the skating community.  

University of Otago's plan to half carbon emissions by 2030

Tuesday 3rd May 2022 | Seb Rice-Walsh | R1 News Reporter | sebastian@r1.co.nz
Image: University of Otago

Earlier this year, the University of Otago announced its Carbon Zero Programme, which aims to slash the University's carbon emissions in half by 2030. R1 News's Seb Rice-Walsh spoke to Craig Cliff, manager of the Carbon Zero programme, on the University's plan.

Critic Catch-up

Tuesday 26th April 2022 | Nico Penny | R1 News Reporter | nico@r1.co.nz
Seb Rice-Walsh | R1 News Reporter | sebastian@r1.co.nz

We talked to Fox Meyer, Editor of Critic Te Arohi about the newest issue.

Image: Critic Te Arohi

Researchers suggest that 'Long COVID' is a part of the chronic fatigue syndrome family

Tuesday 26th April 2022 | Seb Rice-Walsh | R1 News Reporter | sebastian@r1.co.nz

Seb interviewed Warren Tate, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Otago and world-renowned expert on ME/CFS (Chronic fatigue syndrome). Chronic fatigue syndrome has been neglected by the medical community for years. Now researchers suggest that Long Covid could be a sub-type of ME/CFS. Seb Rice-Walsh speaks to Warren Tate to discuss what this surge in interest in ME/CFS means for people withthe condition and the impact that post-viral illness will have on the medical system.

To donate follow this link: https://alumni.otago.ac.nz/donate/myalgic-encephalitis

Sophia Crestani Street Clean Up

Tuesday 12th April 2022 | Seb Rice-Walsh | R1 News Reporter | sebastian@r1.co.nz

On Friday the 8th of April 2022, hundreds of students took to the streets of North Dunedin with brushes and shovels in hand in honour of student Sophia Crestani, who died at a flat party in 2019 after an overcrowded stairwell collapsed.

This is the fourth annual street clean-up, formed by parties to the Sophia Charter: the University of Otago, the Otago University Students’ Association, the local council and local fire and emergency services.

Seb Rice-Walsh spoke to students at the clean up about what Sophie Crestani’s legacy means to them.

Why is our media negatively portraying climate change mitigation

Tuesday 12th April 2022 | Seb Rice-Walsh | R1 News Reporter | sebastian@r1.co.nz

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has released its latest damning report, warning that if emissions are not curbed by 2025, the world is off to hell in a handbasket. Why, then, are we seeing media-bashing cyclists, underplaying climate-positive amenities like bus networks, and spotlighting the business sector’s reluctance to truly go green?

 

Seb Rice-Walsh spoke to environmental sociologist Kirsty Wild and North & South editor Kirsty Cameron about the state of our media.

Creature of the Week

Tuesday 12th April 2022 | Nico Penny | R1 News Reporter | nico@r1.co.nz
Seb Rice-Walsh | R1 News Reporter | sebastian@r1.co.nz
Photo: Department of Conservation

This week, budding zoologist Andrew Johnstone joins R1 News live in-studio to talk all things the royal albatross, or tōroa: the mysteries of their migration pattern, the conservation efforts in Ōtepoti, and their significance in te ao Māori.This week, budding zoologist Andrew Johnstone joins R1 News live in-studio to talk all things the royal albatross, or tōroa: the mysteries of their migration pattern, the conservation efforts in Ōtepoti, and their significance in te ao Māori.

Creature of the Week: NZ Fur Seals and Sea Lions

Tuesday 5th April 2022 | Seb Rice-Walsh | R1 News Reporter | sebastian@r1.co.nz

Photo: Katherine Clements, DOC NZ website

 

A new segment with a local zoologist in training; Andy Johnston. Seb Rice-Walsh spoke to Andy Johnston about this week’s Creature of the Week - NZ Fur Seals and Sea Lions.

 

North Dunedin Street Clean Up for Sophia Crestan

Tuesday 5th April 2022 | Seb Rice-Walsh | R1 News Reporter | sebastian@r1.co.nz

The North Dunedin Clean Up is an annual event run in memory of Sophia Crestani. The event aims to honour the memory of Sophia Crestani, and honour the Sophia Charter (a multi-agency agreement to improve student safety and well-being in North Dunedin). 


Seb Rice-Walsh spoke to Melissa Lama, President of OUSA, and Megan Prentice, Sophia’s close friend and advocate for student well-being, about what the clean up means to them, as well as the wider student community.