Pass the Mic: Season One – Episode 1

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Left to right: Krishna Ogwaro, Dr Sapna Samant and Jhoan Rivas

0:00 – ‘How I got my name’

Krishna Ogwaro had a happy childhood in Uganda but didn’t know her grandfather Francis, who was exiled under Idi Amin. In 2005, Krishna and her grandmother Grace moved to New Zealand to join Francis. Here’s their story – and the story of how Krishna was given the name of a Hindu god.

0:15 – Interview: Mitchell Pham

Mitchell Pham was just 12 years old when he left Vietnam on a journey that would change his life forever. After being rescued from a fishing boat with 66 others, he was taken to a refugee camp in Indonesia and, a year and a half later, arrived in New Zealand.

Now, Mitchell’s the co-founder of his own company – Augen Software, which employs 50 people with offices in New Zealand and Vietnam – and advises the government on issues affecting small businesses. He is also a co-founder and trustee of the Auckland Refugee Family Trust.

0:33 – Community notices and events

0:35 – Panel: Increasing New Zealand’s refugee quota

Pass the Mic co-host Dr Sapna Samant talks to Green Party MP Denise Roche, ACT leader David Seymour and Refugee Trauma Recovery general manager Jeff Thomas. Is New Zealand doing enough to help deal with the world’s largest refugee crisis since World War II? What should it do? What about once people get here?

The show's first panel discussion (left to right): Dr Sapna Samant, ACT leader David Seymour, Refugee Trauma Recovery general manager Jeff Thomas and Green Party MP Denise Roche.
The show’s first panel discussion (left to right): Dr Sapna Samant, ACT leader David Seymour, Refugee Trauma Recovery general manager Jeff Thomas and Green Party MP Denise Roche.

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Originally broadcast 29 September on Wellington Access Radio 783AM

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