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Sounding Off w/ Phil Goff: August 16, 2017

Sounding Off w/ Phil Goff: August 16, 2017 Sounding Off w/ Phil Goff: August 16, 2017, 24.32 MB
Wed 16 Aug 2017

His Worship the Mayor calls in to talk politics, both regional and international. When a city's infrastructure needs update or maintenance, are there other options than bumping up rates?

Can You Adam and Eve It? w/ Rob Bollix: August 16, 2017

Can You Adam and Eve It? w/ Rob Bollix: August 16, 2017 Can You Adam and Eve It? w/ Rob Bollix: August 16, 2017, 23.6 MB
Wed 16 Aug 2017

While almost completely and utterly waylaid by hatred of lazy cod-panto, Rob finds his true north points towards the curious temple of organisms named after popular figures. Which unsurprisingly includes three species of wasp named after the hosts of Top GearKerevata jamesmayi, anyone?

95bFM Breakfast with Mikey Havoc: August 16, 2017

95bFM Breakfast with Mikey Havoc: August 16, 2017 95bFM Breakfast with Mikey Havoc: August 16, 2017, 325.57 MB
Wed 16 Aug 2017

Today on your bFM Breakfast: Rob's got zero 'knees-up' for Mrs. Brown; His Worship tells us what to do if your local cat's eyes look drunk; Clayton applauds the Dion/Laurent approach to suggesting a sustainable future; Sarah'd quite like a Babel fish; and we all get a box of Cricket Pasta. Seriously.

Madman DVD Review w/ Clayton Barnett: August 16, 2017

Madman DVD Review w/ Clayton Barnett: August 16, 2017 Madman DVD Review w/ Clayton Barnett: August 16, 2017, 15.44 MB
Wed 16 Aug 2017

Special-Occasion-Clayton tells Mikey all about the award winning, future-minded doco from Cyril Dion and Mélanie Laurent, Tomorrow (or Demain, in its native French). 'Anti-Leo' in approach, Tomorrow features real-world solutions for very small pieces of the planet's sustainability problem. ...But what would happen if these pieces all came together?

The planet of the vapes

The planet of the vapes The planet of the vapes, 20.3 MB
Wed 16 Aug 2017

Throughout recent years many people have switched from tobacco smoking to electronic cigarettes, or vapes, claiming that it is both far healthier and cheaper than regular tobacco.

Whilst there are many proponents,there are some that strongly oppose vaping.  Last month the Whanganui Council signed off on its new smoke-free policy that now restricts vaping in some public areas, citing health risks such as oral cancer and tobacco gateway effects.

Producer Reuben McLaren interviews population health Professor Chris Bullen and Whanganui Mayor Hamish McDouall and asks them about vaping health effects and what they made of the new vaping ban.

Tracey Martin on extension of Government’s learning support pilot

Tracey Martin on extension of Government’s learning support pilot Tracey Martin on extension of Government’s learning support pilot, 13.81 MB
Wed 16 Aug 2017

Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced last week that a learning support pilot in schools will be expanded to cover 70,000 more children around the country. As part of the pilot extension, 15 Ministry of Education senior staff will be placed as facilitators across 30 Communities of Learning around New Zealand to provide help for students who may need additional learning support. However, critics of the move say it ignores the findings from a recent inquiry into the needs of children who require extra learning help. This week, Ximena chats to Tracey about why the pilot extension isn’t the right solution.  

Dear Science: Tedious telegrams, cancer cures & puzzling pigments

Dear Science: Tedious telegrams, cancer cures & puzzling pigments Dear Science: Tedious telegrams, cancer cures & puzzling pigments, 30.82 MB
Wed 16 Aug 2017

Today in Dear Science, Ximena, Will and Reuben get down to the nitty gritty of some intriguing stories with AUT’s Allan Blackman. Allan takes us back in time to 1858 when Queen Victoria sent the first official transatlantic telegram to US President James Buchanan. We get into the nuts and bolts of the debate around alternative medicine, talking about a new study that finds cancer patients who turn to alternative treatments are 2.5 times more likely to die. Finally, Allan tells us about how art historians may be shocked to find out that a pigment used in analysing the legitimacy of historic artwork may have been incorrectly identified up until now.

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday August 16, 2017

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday August 16, 2017 The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday August 16, 2017, 79.71 MB
Wed 16 Aug 2017

Today on the show, Ximena, Will & Reuben explore the debate around vaping, and whether or not it should be banned from public spaces. AUT’s Allan Blackman joins the team to chat about the first official transatlantic telegram that was sent on this day in 1858, as well as new research that has discovered a pigment used in analysing the legitimacy of historic artwork may have been incorrectly identified up until now. NZ First’s Tracey Martin also comes onto the show to chat about the extension of Government’s learning support pilot in schools.

'A unique way to prepare for death'

'A unique way to prepare for death' 'A unique way to prepare for death', 20.16 MB
Tue 15 Aug 2017


Briar March is a documentary-maker and her latest project is a short musical about a group of elderly who make their own coffins. She joined India in studio to chat about The Coffin Club which you can watch on the Loading Docs website.

Canberra's constitutional citizenship controversy continues

Canberra's constitutional citizenship controversy continues Canberra's constitutional citizenship controversy continues, 12.89 MB
Tue 15 Aug 2017

Australian-New Zealand dual citizenship has caused another stir in Canberra after Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce was revealed to be a New Zealand citizen yesterday.

Under Australian constitution, anyone with dual citizenship cannot stand for federal election.

Joyce says the legal advice he’s received suggests he won’t be disqualified by Australia’s constitution and points out his father moved to Australia in 1947, a year before dual citizenship was created.

Reporter Mack Smith spoke to Anne Twomey, a Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Sydney Law School and asked her whether Barnaby Joyce was really in the clear.