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83% of lawyers report mental health suffering from workplace stresses

Thursday 31st March 2022 | Sunaina Born | R1 News Reporter |

The newly-formed Aotearoa Legal Workers' Union has just released a new report that finds that lawyers are suffering under high workloads, stressful subject matter, and bullying by senior staff, with 83% of respondents reporting their mental health deteriorating due to workplace conditions.

Co-President Isabella Lenihan-Ikin talks to Sunaina Born about this report and the unique role of the union.

Media depiction of cyclists does not reflect motorists' role

Thursday 31st March 2022 | Scott Faville | R1 News Reporter |

Cycling is an accessible, environmentally friendly, and increasingly popular way to get from A to B, and cyclists are road users like any car, bus, or truck. However, their rights as road users are increasingly downplayed by media outlets when they report on vehicles impacting cyclists. 

Scott Faville spoke to Kitty Cresswell Riol of cyclist advocacy group, Spokes Dunedin, who says that the way we report cyclist injuries and deaths downplays drivers’ culpability.

Councillor Vandervis takes judicial review to Court of Appeal

Thursday 31st March 2022 | Bonnie Harrison | R1 News Manager |

Photo: Hamish McNeilly, Stuff

Last week, Dunedin City Councillor Lee Vandervis appeared in the Court of Appeal seeking a judicial review of his Council censure, almost three years after it was received.

In 2019, he received a $12 parking ticket after failing to notice that his car park was limited to thirty minutes and overstaying. He complained about this to Council staff, who then lodged a complaint about his conduct to Council, and Vandervis ultimately received a written censure from the CEO of the Council. 

He has since racked up tens of thousands of dollars in legal fees disputing the legitimacy of the censure, taking his case first to the High Court, where he was denied, and now to the Court of Appeal.

R1 News Manager Bonnie Harrison spoke to Senior Lecturer from the Faculty of Law, Marcelo Rodriguez Ferrere, about what this legal challenge means.



New HIV vaccine using RNA technology

Thursday 31st March 2022 | Sunaina Born | R1 News Reporter |

The National Institute of Health has just launched a phase one clinical trial evaluating three experimental HIV vaccines based on a messenger RNA technology. 

The new HIV vaccine is set to follow the same guidelines and science as the Covid-19 vaccine. 

Sunaina Born spoke to Professor Kurt Krause, a virologist at the University of Otago, who is currently looking into HIV research.


R1 News Bulletin - Rāpare Thursday 31st March

Thursday 31st March 2022 | Bonnie Harrison | R1 News Manager |