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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.


Rates of anti-Semitism are rising in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

Tuesday 5th April 2022 |

Today is International Day of Conscience, a day which promotes a culture of peace, love and conscience in our cross-cultural communication. A recent study found rising levels of anti-Semitism in the wake oft the COVID-19 pandemic.


To discuss the importance of open-mindedness in cross-cultural communication Nico Penny spoke to Associate Professor Antonie Alm (University of Otago, Global Studies).