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Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news & current affairs show, The Wire. Your hosts Amanda Robinson, Mack Smith, Ximena Smith (no relation), Jogai Bhatt and Tess Barnett focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere, in independent-thinking bFM style. Weekdays 12-1pm on 95bFM.

"Just an absolute nonsense": Maxine Gay on the Warehouse's Red Shirts Community Programme

"Just an absolute nonsense": Maxine Gay on the Warehouse's Red Shirts Community Programme "Just an absolute nonsense": Maxine Gay on the Warehouse's Red Shirts Community Programme, 11.67 MB
Thu 20 Jul 2017

The Warehouse and Ministry for Social Development recently unveiled their Red Shirts in the Community Programme, based on a pilot scheme last year.

Around 1000 young people will spend three weeks working at Warehouses across the country, to gain, in the words of Minister for Social Development, Anne Tolley, "valuable work experience".

However, they will not be paid for their labour, which has prompted criticism from FIRST union.

Producer Ben speaks to FIRST's Retail, Finance and Commerce Secretary Maxine Gay.

Island of despair? Amnesty NZ on Australia's offshore detention policy

Island of despair? Amnesty NZ on Australia's offshore detention policy Island of despair? Amnesty NZ on Australia's offshore detention policy, 7.22 MB
Thu 20 Jul 2017

Amnesty NZ held a protest outside the Australian consulate this week, calling for an end to the country's policy on asylum seekers.

This is based off the findings of Amnesty's 2016 report into the detention centres, Island of Despair, which were rejected by the Australian government.

For more, producer Ben speaks with Amnesty's NZ campaign director, Meg de Ronde.

The Wire with Harry: Thursday July 19th, 2017

The Wire with Harry: Thursday July 20th, 2017 The Wire with Harry: Thursday July 20th, 2017, 94.75 MB
Thu 20 Jul 2017

This Thursday on the Wire, Produer Ben talks to Amnesty International’s Meg de Ronde about their protest outside the Australian consulate last week, and also speaks with FIRST union’s Maxine Gay about the Warehouse’s (controversial) Red Shirts Community Programme. Harry brings you State of the States, talking President Trump's dismal approval rating, and also speaks with leader of the Labour Party Andrew Little on this week's newly released Labour fiscal plan 2017. Stay tuned 'til the end to catch advice corner in tribute to Jogai too.

TOP promises a weekly $200 boost for young adults

TOP promises a weekly $200 boost for young adults TOP promises a weekly $200 boost for young adults, 21.36 MB
Wed 19 Jul 2017

The Opportunities Party has released policy regarding a universal basic income for 18-23 year olds who will receive $200 a week unconditionally. Party leader Gareth Morgan says it is no more controversial than giving over 65's a pension and that people in an affluent society like this are owed a duty of being able to live in dignity. 95bFM producer Reuben McLaren speaks to The Opportunities Party deputy leader, Geoff Simmons, to find out more about this policy.

Making moshpits female-friendly

Making moshpits female-friendly Making moshpits female-friendly, 15.5 MB
Wed 19 Jul 2017

If you’re a music-loving female, then chances are you’ve experienced uncool behaviour at gigs - sexual harassment and douchebags are rife in packed crowds and moshpits. A band trying to change the conversation around this is In Hearts Wake - their new music video for Nomad has got an all female moshpit, highlighting the need to make the gig space safe and friendly for everyone. Ximena catches up with Jake from the band ahead of their trip to New Zealand for an upcoming gig.

If you’re keen to see In Hearts Wake, they are playing at the King's Arms Tavern on August 26th.

Will this year’s election tackle NZ’s criminal justice issues?

Will this year’s election tackle NZ’s criminal justice issues? Will this year’s election tackle NZ’s criminal justice issues?, 5.3 MB
Wed 19 Jul 2017

A criminal justice forum will be happening tomorrow night at Auckland University’s Library Basement. The talk, organised by JustSpeak, aims to critically analyse New Zealand's issues with the criminal justice system, and to hear from politicians about their criminal justice policies going into this year’s election. Jacinda Ardern, Simon O’Connor, Jan Logie, Mahesh Bindra, Damian Light, Geoff Simmons and Elliot Ikilei will all be in attendance, with journalist Paula Penfold hosting the evening. 95bFM producer Will Parsonson speaks to JustSpeak’s chair, Katie Bruce, about what people can expect from the talk taking place tomorrow.

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday July 19, 2017

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday July 19, 2017 The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday July 19, 2017, 114.35 MB
Wed 19 Jul 2017

This week on the show, Ximena & Will are joined by a new producer, Reuben, now that Adam has left us for the world of ~paid~  journalism. They dive deep into a diverse range of topics, including a new youth policy from The Opportunities Party that proposes all 18-23 year-olds receive $200 per week, an upcoming criminal justice election forum happening at Auckland University tomorrow night, and the prospect of making moshpits female-friendly spaces. AUT’s Allan Blackman also rocks by the studio for some hectic Dear Science banter about storing video in DNA, and NZ First’s Tracey Martin lays out the argument for why there should be a referendum on abolishing the Māori seats in parliament.

Is SoundCloud about to evaporate for good?

Is SoundCloud about to evaporate for good? Is SoundCloud about to evaporate for good? , 16.47 MB
Tue 18 Jul 2017

Following on from the Spotify fake artists story last week, this week it is fellow music streaming site SoundCloud that is under the spotlight, with questions over its future coming to the fore. Reporter Sam Smith spoke to Public Address blogger Russell Brown about the future of SoundCloud and the state of music streaming. 

The Wire: Tuesday July 18, 2017

The Wire: Tuesday July 18, 2017 The Wire: Tuesday July 18, 2017 , 104.46 MB
Tue 18 Jul 2017

This week on Tuesday Wire we looked at Metiria Turei's "benefit fraud" allegations, Winston Peters wanting a referendum on the Maori seats, the future of SoundCloud and lots more. 

Politicians quizzed on disability issues

Politicians quizzed on disability issues Politicians quizzed on disability issues, 5.34 MB
Tue 18 Jul 2017

Last week, advocacy organisation The Disabled Persons Assembly held a pre-election forum in Wellington where politicians took questions from voters on their approach to disability policy.

I spoke with Green candidate Teall Crossen who spoke at the debate about what the attendees' major concerns were and the policies their party would implement if in Government.

Andrew Little on Labour's 2017 Fiscal Plan

Andrew Little on Labour's 2017 Fiscal Plan Andrew Little on Labour's 2017 Fiscal Plan, 24.38 MB
Thu 20 Jul 2017

Labour's Andrew Little joins us for our weekly chat. This week, Harry discusses Labour's fiscal plan released this week, unpacking how Labour would spend $17 billion to work for New Zealand.

State of the States with Nick Sawhney

State of the States with Nick Sawhney State of the States with Nick Sawhney, 18.38 MB
Thu 20 Jul 2017

This week on State of the States Harry and Nick talk Trumps dismal 36% approval rating, and yet more legislative failure, this time for TrumpCare, the affordable healthcare act.

Tracey Martin on proposed referendum to abolish Māori seats

Tracey Martin on proposed referendum to abolish Māori seats Tracey Martin on proposed referendum to abolish Māori seats, 20.58 MB
Wed 19 Jul 2017

At New Zealand First's election convention in Auckland on Sunday, Party leader Winston Peters made the promise that if New Zealand First was part of the next government, then they would initiate a referendum about abolishing Māori seats in parliament. This week on the show, Ximena talks to Tracey about the arguments for and against keeping the seats.

Dear Science: Plug my DNA aux cord into your DNA port

Dear Science: Plug my DNA aux cord into your DNA port Dear Science: Plug my DNA aux cord into your DNA port, 28.46 MB
Wed 19 Jul 2017

The nerdy science banter continues on Dear Science this week, even though our dear producer Adam has gone for good over to his big-boy job at Fairfax :( Allan nevertheless ploughs on sans-Adam, telling the Wednesday crew about how the first female to receive a prestigious mathematics award has died; how Harvard scientists have managed to store video inside DNA (and about a band who have released an album on strands of genetic material); and about how the New Zealand team got one silver and three bronze medals in the recent Chemistry Olympiad.  

Marama Fox on the future of the Maori seats

Marama Fox on the future of the Maori seats Marama Fox on the future of the Maori seats , 13.43 MB
Tue 18 Jul 2017

This week Marama talks NZ First's policy of having a referendum on the Maori seats. 

Southern Cross: PNG elections update

Southern Cross: PNG elections update Southern Cross: PNG elections update, 12.84 MB
Mon 17 Jul 2017

AUT Pacific Media Centre's Kendall Hutt speaks with host of The Wire Amanda Jane Robinson about the Papua New Guinea elections that are now underway.

James Shaw on AGM and families package

James Shaw on AGM and families package James Shaw on AGM and families package, 21.29 MB
Mon 17 Jul 2017

Green Party co-leader James Shaw joins Wire host Amanda Jane Robinson to talk about the Party's AGM and proposed families package, and co-leader Metiria Turei's admission of benefit fraud. 

Andrew Bayly on Labour's Family Package

Andrew Bayly on Labour's Family Package Andrew Bayly on Labour's Family Package, 19.96 MB
Fri 14 Jul 2017

Joel talks to National's Andrew Bayly about his thoughts on Labour's recently announced Family Package which removes National's proposed tax cuts and puts the money towards social wellfare programs.

Neighbourhood Watch: If you love a marsupial, let it go

Neighbourhood Watch: If you love a marsupial, let it go Neighbourhood Watch: If you love a marsupial, let it go, 11.49 MB
Fri 14 Jul 2017

New research has proven that exposing the endangered bettong to the wild is increasing its chances of survival and despite its extremely cute appearance, perhaps babying them is not the best way to preserve them.
Also, Australians are calling for a space program, claiming they are in the right position economically and globally to do so, and Tesla is about to build the world's biggest Lithium Ion battery in South Australia.

Andrew Little on Labour's Families Package

Andrew Little on Labour's Families Package Andrew Little on Labour's Families Package, 5.59 MB
Thu 13 Jul 2017

Labour's Andrew Little is back for our weekly chat. This week, Jogai discusses Labour's new Families Package, and comments from National's Steven Joyce calling it a "convoluted spaghetti of entitlements".