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Haere mai ki te R1 News: Public Interest Journalism, funded through NZ On Air.

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Nico Penny, 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.

Aotearoa's biodiversity in crisis - University of Otago academic fellow Joshua James

Tuesday 24th May 2022 | Nico Penny | R1 News Reporter | nico@r1.co.nz

R1 News speaks to University of Otago academic fellow and research assistant Joshua James on the state of Aotearoa's unique flora and fauna, and the Government's plan to protect and ensure biodiversity.

Students react to in-person lectures at last

Tuesday 3rd May 2022 | Nico Penny | R1 News Reporter | nico@r1.co.nz

With the University of Otago having largely transitioned back into in-person learning, R1 News's Nico Penny asks students how they are finding the shift after spending the first half of the semester learning online due to the Omicron outbreak.

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

NZPA calls for better legal protections for migrant sex-workers in Aotearoa

Tuesday 26th April 2022 | Nico Penny | R1 News Reporter | nico@r1.co.nz

Nico Penny interviewed Dame Catherine Healy (a New Zealand sex workers' rights activist) about repealing Section 19 of the PRA which targets migrant workers. The current legislature affects the safety and legality of migrant workers, which the NZPA seeks to change.
 

Local Legends: Sophie of Rice + Cake

Tuesday 12th April 2022 | Nico Penny | R1 News Reporter | nico@r1.co.nz

This week, Nico Penny caught up with the owner of new Korean restaurant and lunch spot, Rice + Cake.

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.

Local Legends: Micky Little (of Barefoot Blooms)

Tuesday 5th April 2022 | Nico Penny | R1 News Reporter | nico@r1.co.nz

Photo: Barefoot Blooms Instagram

Nico interviewed Micky Little, a local legend and owner of Barefoot Blooms, an environmentally conscious clothing label using upcycled and deadstock fabrics to make one of a kind pieces.