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New study shows low income solo mums are facing significant food insecurity

Tuesday 12th July 2022 | Amiria Pianta-Price | R1 News Reporter |
Food insecurity is disproportionately affecting solo mums and their families. Image: European Public Health Alliance

A new study out of the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health at the University of Otago has outlined the struggles and experiences of low-income solo mums to provide food for their families. Previous research has shown that 19% of New Zealand children are living in households experiencing severe-to-moderate food security. This study, published in the Journal of The Royal Society of New Zealand, explores the stressful reality of women skipping meals and neglecting their personal health to feed their families.

We spoke to Dr Mavis Duncanson, Senior Lecturer with the Department of Women’s Health at the University of Otago, about the causes and implications of food insecurity, and what needs to be done to prevent it.

Monkeypox detected in Tāmaki Makaurau - what should you expect?

Tuesday 12th July 2022 | Amiria Pianta-Price | R1 News Reporter |
Monkeypox has been detected in Aotearoa. Image: Dotted Yeti/Shutterstock

New Zealand is now one of the 50 countries reporting cases of viral zoonotic disease monkeypox, after a person returning home to Auckland from overseas was diagnosed with the virus. 

We spoke with Kurt Krause, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Otago, to hear more about the public health implications of monkeypox, and how prepared for an outbreak Aotearoa is. 

Critic Kōrero: the tabloid issue

Monday 11th July 2022 | Quintin Jane | R1 News Reporter |

This week on Critic Korero we talk minions, Ōtepoti’s bar scene, and all things clickbait. 

Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick on harm reduction in the face of buy now, pay later service Afterpay being used for booze

Monday 11th July 2022 | Quintin Jane | R1 News Reporter |

Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick. Image: RNZ/Benjamin Brooking

An Auckland liquor store has come under fire after a Facebook post celebrated its introduction of buy now, pay later service Afterpay for alcohol purchases. I spoke with MP Chlöe Swarbrick about her Alcohol (Harm Minimisation) Members Bill, and its relationship to this incident, and Aotaaroa's wider relationship with alcohol.

Otago Mathematics students pen letter to University calling for better support for department

Monday 11th July 2022 | Quintin Jane | R1 News Reporter |
University of Otago. Image: Ulrich Lange/Wikimedia Commons


A group of 14 Otago Mathematics Department alumni have penned an open letter to the University of Otago, expressing their concerns about the lack of support for the Department of Mathematics. I spoke to Louie Bernhardt, signatory and one of the authors, about the concerns and issues in the department that led to the letter being written.