This Monday, Prime Minister Bill English made an assertion that employers are struggling to hire New Zealand workers due to a large numbers failing drug tests in their applications. Although he admitted the evidence was anecdotal, he said it partly helped to justify record immigration numbers. 95bFM’s Adam Jacobson speaks to Council of Trade Unions president Richard Wagstaff about the topic.
A range of disability groups in New Zealand have just recently come together to form what’s called the Access Alliance. The group is pushing for legislation to be introduced that would let people with disabilities participate more actively in society. Ximena speaks to Esther Woodbury from the Disabled Person’s Assembly to hear more about the group and the possible benefits of the legislation they’re pushing for.
It appears a “generational divide” is opening up within the Green Party. Is the younger generation of candidates potentially getting held back, while long-term members are unwilling to step down? 95bFM’s Adam Jacobson speaks with Newshub political journalist Lloyd Burr about the reasons behind the possible chasm that’s forming between the young and the old.
AUT’s Allan Blackman returns this week for Dear Science. He talks to Ximena about the lethal chemical that was used to kill North Korean leader’s estranged brother, NASA’s recent discovery of seven Earth-sized worlds orbiting a nearby star, and also about a new Canadian investigation that’s found Subway “chicken” contains an alarming low amount of, well, actual chicken.
A new survey has revealed New Zealand journalists are working more hours and are under increasing work pressures in the news room. The survey also found that women journalists are getting paid less than men for the same work, despite making up the majority of the workforce. Ximena speaks to leader of the study and head of Massey’s Journalism school, James Hollings, about the research.
The DIGMYIDEA Māori Innovation Challenge is an initiative to bring more diversity to the tech and digital industries across New Zealand. The Challenge aims to bring to light some of the best, young Māori entrepreneurs around, giving them a platform in which to express and develop their business plans. 95bFM’s Adam Jacobson chats with the General Manager Economic Growth at Auckland Tourism Events & Economic Development, Patrick McVeigh, about what the initiative is all about.
Seamus Maguire takes us on a sensory exploration of the way noise is created and used in electronic music. This week we take a look at the music of Microlith, AKA Rhys Celeste, who sadly passed away recently.