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Athina Koncke, R1 News Reporter

Newly qualified teachers are underpaid nationwide

Wednesday 11th May 2022 | Athina Koncke | R1 News Reporter | athina@r1.co.nz

RNZ released an article regarding newly qualified teachers being severely underpaid in New Zealand and some going months without the correct salary that aligns with their qualifications. Athina talked to Gabby Richardson a newly qualified teacher about her experience entering the teaching workforce.

Single Fin Mingle

Wednesday 11th May 2022 | Athina Koncke | R1 News Reporter | athina@r1.co.nz
Photo: Single Fin Mingle

 

The single Fin Mingle festival is on in Ōtautahi, Christchurch starting May 12th  until the 15th, this festival features a film festival, live music, an art exhibition, surfing competitions, and more.

COVID complicates the road to success for emerging artists

Wednesday 20th April 2022 | Athina Koncke | R1 News Reporter | athina@r1.co.nz

We spoke to emmerging artist Bethany Elsden

With traffic light changes, venue restrictions, and more, artists have to be more fluid in their scheduling more than ever before. Athina Koncke sat down with emerging kiwi artist Bethany Elsden, to understand how COVID has impacted the creative process.

Mind the Gap NZ pushing for a pay transparency regime

Wednesday 6th April 2022 | Athina Koncke | R1 News Reporter | athina@r1.co.nz

The government is considering putting a pay transparency regime in place. Employees will be able to compare their wages to other people working in their sector, with the hopes that they will be able to use this information to be paid fairly.

 

Last year, organisation ‘Mind The Gap NZ’ provided a policy recommendation and course for change on ethnic and gender pay reporting for Aotearoa. The Gender pay gap was 9.1% in the June 2021 quarter, where it has stayed for the past decade, and the gap between a European Male employees and a Pacifika woman is 27%. And Disabled people in Aotearoa face a pay gap of 18%.

 

Athina Koncke spoke to Nina Santos from Mind The Gap

 

Spotlight on Students for Climate Action

Wednesday 6th April 2022 | Athina Koncke | R1 News Reporter | athina@r1.co.nz

Athina Koncke spoke to Kate Bonne (co-president of Students for Climate Action) about student volunteer week and SEA’s thoughts on the government proposed initiative, the Container Return Scheme.

Woof! decides to keep vaccine passes as a condition of entry

Wednesday 6th April 2022 | Athina Koncke | R1 News Reporter | athina@r1.co.nz

Photo: Woof Dunedin, Facebook

 

Vaccine passes are no longer required in Aotearoa as of midnight Monday (4th of April). Without government mandates, few businesses have kept vaccine passes in place. Ōtepoti bar Woof! has decided to keep vaccine passes as a condition of entry. Athina Koncke spoke to Dudley Benson (co-owner of Woof!) about why they made this decision, and what it represents.