LISTEN: The Euthanasia Debate & Disability

Euthanasia and the End of Life Choice Bill is a hot topic in New Zealand, but some of the concerns raised by both sides of the argument miss the bigger issues underlying the various factors behind decisions to end one’s life. 

Take a listen to the extended podcast below, or if you prefer a video version, click here.

The Michael Pulman Show is a weekly podcast that discusses social issues and aims to dig deeper into the status quo. Each episode will be posted right here at and is also available on podcast services such as Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

National Fast-Track “Gateway City” Rail Link

$4.2 billion will be invested into transport in and around Auckland over the next three years – but some say that the announcement should have come a long time ago.

Auckland’s city rail link will get a $2.5billion kickstart.

John Key says that the Government will work closely with Auckland City Council to bring forward a business plan and formalise Government funding for public transport in a bid to make Auckland the country’s most liveable city.

Construction of the city’s rail link will begin two years earlier than originally planned, starting in 2018.

The Labour Party have accused John Key of being slow to commit, saying a deal should have been signed with Auckland years ago. Labour also said that National’s lack of ambition has cost jobs and strangled businesses in Auckland, a city that Key claimed as “New Zealand’s gateway”.

Green Party scouting for a disabled teen MP

The Green Party is looking for a young disabled teen to be a representative MP for Youth Parliament.

Mojo Mathers, MP for the Green Party, is looking for a disabled teenager aged between 16-18 to be her youth MP in parliament. According to The Green Party, the disabled teen needs to be passionate about social change, and have an ability to engage with their peers and community.

Mathers says she is looking for someone with a disability to be an adovocate for others.

“I am specifically looking for a young person with a disability as disabled peoples voices are seriously underrepresented in parliament,” Mathers said.

This move shows that on a small level, parliament is open to the voice of the disability community, but the shortage in teenage advocates will be an issue to consider.

Perhaps government could try to bring the disabled into parliament discussion on a level not just for youth.

Nevertheless, it is a start, and a very positive move by the Green Party.

Applications close on September 21st.