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Mind the Gap NZ pushing for a pay transparency regime

Wednesday 6th April 2022 | Athina Koncke | R1 News Reporter |

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 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 |

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.

Local Legends: Micky Little (of Barefoot Blooms)

Tuesday 5th April 2022 | Nico Penny | R1 News Reporter |

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.

Creature of the Week: NZ Fur Seals and Sea Lions

Tuesday 5th April 2022 | Seb Rice-Walsh | R1 News Reporter |

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.