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Students let down once again - Melissa Lama on the exclusion of some students from the cost of living payment

Thursday 23rd June 2022 | Quintin Jane | R1 News Reporter |
Image: Grant Robertson with Budget 2022. Mark Mitchell/NewstalkZB

Some students will be left disappointed that they are ineligible for the cost of living payment - which requires them to have been in taxable employment in the last financial year to be eligible. This means that PhD students on scholarship, who aren’t demonstrating, or those who live solely on the living loan are ineligible. We spoke to OUSA President Melissa Lama about the issue. 

Ewan Mackie (Treble Cone Ski Area Manager & Sustainability Lead) on sustainable skiing practices at Cardrona and Treble Cone.

Tuesday 21st June 2022 | Kaia Kahurangi Jamieson | R1 News Reporter |
Image: Cardrona Skifield/Cardrona

Ski resorts can have a significant environmental impact, a downside which is often overlooked. Over the past few years, Wānaka ski resorts Cardrona and Treble Cone have been working together to offset some of their environmental impacts. The mountains have recently launched a waste reduction initiative, removing all public-facing landfill bins, and a transport emissions reduction plan, providing free public shuttles to access the mountains. Ewan Mackie, Treble Cone Ski Area Manager & Sustainability Lead, joins to discuss sustainable skiing practices and how we can move toward a more environmentally friendly ski industry in Aotearoa. 

Weekly Snow Report with OUSSC

Tuesday 21st June 2022 | Kaia Kahurangi Jamieson | R1 News Reporter |

Peter breaks down the South Island’s snow report and mountain conditions for the week ahead, concluding with his top picks for skiing this weekend.

Off to Market

Friday 17th June 2022 | Amiria Pianta-Price | R1 News Reporter |
Zac Hoffman | R1 News Reporter |

This week on Off To Market, Otago Farmers Market Manager Michele Driscoll tells us what's in season right now, the local produce available at the market, and shares some feast ideas for celebrations this winter. 

Reimagining Housing: Think Outside The Box, a sustainable future for housing, with Dr Crystal Olin (Research Fellow - NZ Centre for Sustainable Cities, University of Otago Wellington)

Friday 17th June 2022 | Amiria Pianta-Price | R1 News Reporter |

International science journal Wellbeing, Space, and Society has recently published findings from University of Otago researchers which indicate that Aotearoa New Zealand needs to increase the diversity and quality of its housing stock to meet the needs of the population and the Government’s 2030 carbon reduction targets.


We spoke with Dr. Crystal Olin from the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities about Aotearoa’s current development style, and how a more sustainable future can be achieved through changing housing, public transport and developing communal spaces.