Josie Pagani



RNZ Weekend Panel

Josie joined Chris Finlayson and Jim Mora on RNZ's Weekend Panel to discuss Father's Day, the future of the pandemic, and the Auckland Lynmall terror attack.

Kindness must be extended to Afghans

Josie's column in the New Zealand Herald argues, "[T]he Government should agree to a one-off increase to our refugee quota of 1000 Afghan refugees, and back Turkey's offer to the Taliban to run Kabul airport for charter flights to continue evacuations and get aid in. Second, just as the United Kingdom has done, New Zealand needs to double aid to Afghan community organisations now. These are the local people who have made the tough call to stay and distribute food and shelter. They depend on aid."

But the images from Kabul airport are what it looks like when America goes home.

"Clearly the opposite of intervention isn't peace. What happens next time there is the threat of a state-sanctioned genocide? It's possible we'll look back on the humiliating fall of Kabul as the moment when America's decline as a superpower crystallised. This will challenge New Zealand."

Read the whole column.

Covid-19 lockdown and re-settling refugees

Jose joined Phil O'Reilly on Nick Mills' Friday Face-off on Newstalk ZB to talk about possible alert level changes, trust in the government's handling of the latest Covid-19 outbreak, MFAT's halting of resettlement applications for people from Afghanistan and who would win in dancing with the stars Ashley Bloomfield or Michael Baker?

Here's the good stuff:

RNZ Weekend Panel - Olympics

With Jim Mora and Chris Wikaira on RNZ Sunday Morning.

A chat about the Olympics in Tokyo, the All Blacks' new sponsorship deal with British multinational petrochemical company INEOS, and the decision for no action to be taken against Gloriavale by the Labour Inspectorate as workers are deemed volunteers.

Friday Faceoff - The UN staffer, Supermarkets

Friday Faceoff with Nick Mills and Peter Dunne.

The UN staffer from Fiji brought to New Zealand for covid treatment. A commerce commission draft report on how much we are paying for groceries. And U.S. gymnast Simon Biles calling time on the Tokyo Olympics.