Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news & current affairs show, The Wire. Your hosts Amanda Robinson, India Essuah, Ximena Smith, Harry Willis and Joel Thomas focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere, in independent-thinking bFM style. Weekdays 12-1pm on 95bFM.
Annabelle Lee is the executive producer of The Hui, a current affairs programme that has been recognised for its careful reporting of issues that are sensationalised in other newsrooms for the reaction that they will get.
News reports over the past few weeks following the league game between Tonga and Samoa dealt with the game and the following celebrations with heated and aggressive language, almost encouraging certain racist responses through the perpetuation of certain stereotypes. Last week Sam Smith interviewed Ben Ross about those stereotypes, particularly to do with South Auckland.
Today, we hear from Annabelle about her thoughts on the implications of such language and the imbalance in reporting of different people from different reporters. I started by asking her what her response was to the reports of the league game and we spoke extensively about what reporters can do to shift this culture in mainstream newsrooms.
Raukura Turei, of Ngaitai ki Tāmaki and Ngā Rauru is a registered architect who has found her visual art practice a powerful tool to clearly communicate ideas without the constraints found in architecture. Turei is about to launch her first ever solo exhibition in a gallery.
Currently she has a show at Objectspace but at the beginning of next month, her own show, titled Self is her way of giving back to women around her. It offers an intimate reflection of the body, and on our embodied relationships to space and each other. The works are a cathartic meditation saturated in the female form, sitting between self expansion and self obsession.
I spoke with her for quite a long time about how she came to be an artist as well as an architect and how these works came about. If you want to hear the full interview, check out the bcasts on our website. For now, here’s a section from the interview where she tells us about the show at Objectspace, her more recent influences, and the upcoming show.
On the wire today, Allan Blackman tells us how dogs can add years to a human's life, discusses what a head transplant is as opposed to a body transplant, and whether Chuck Norris will win in the courts.
Tracey Martin from NZ First tells us about their position on the newly adjusted CPTPPA and her response to the Green Party's accidental email last week.
The West Coast Regional Council and Buller District Council today granted resource consent for the approximately 150 hectare opencast coal mine, Jen Miller from Forest and Bird tells us why this is a bad idea.
Raukura Turei is an architect and an artist, her first solo exhibition in a gallery, SELF, opens next month. We hear about the show and her influences.
Annabelle Lee is executive producer of The Hui and has a chat with Lillian Hanly about working toward more accurate and empathetic journalism.
The government has announced the establishment of a new department to evaluate the prospects for re-entry of the Pike River mine drift. Up to $23 million dollars over three years has been budgeted to the new department which was announced on the seventh anniversary of the disaster which killed 29 people.
Lucy Austin spoke to the minister responsible for the effort, Andrew Little, and asked him to elaborate on the details of the recovery project and agency.
Awareness of HIV has been on the decline in the last few years despite the numbers of cases actually being on the rise.One woman who is seeking to change that is Lyn Parent who is hosting a seris of events across Auckland in a bid to raise awareness again.
I spoke with Lyn and Steven Petch, an opera singer performing at a couple of her events, about the campaign and started by asking why they felt the issue was so important.
The situation on Manus Island is worsening by the week. The detainees have locked themselves in the center and are refusing to leave, while food and medicine are being denied to them by authorities. Many are calling the situation a humanitarian crisis, with the UN and other international NGOs, shocked at the treatment of the detainees by the Australian Government. The New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is offering to take 150 of the detainees, however, the Australian Government has turned down the offer. Sam Smith spoke to commentator Tracey Barnett about the situation as it stands.
The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards took place last Thursday, and a bunch of really great things happened. SWIDT mesmerized the crowds, TEEKS accepted his award in Te Reo, and Jacinda and Lorde made for what’s being called the defining moment of 2017. A couple of us were lucky enough to witness the whole beautiful mess, because what’s NZ music without bFM? Here’re Jogai and Amanda who were lucky enough to catch up with the most electrifying rap group in the game today, Stoneyhunga’s finest: SWIDT, and New Zealand Music Hall of Fame inductee Sharon O'Neill.
AUT Pacific Media Centres Kendall Hutt stopped by the studio to discuss COP23 negiations and what impact they have in the Pacific, Tongas political Monarchy vs Parliment situation and also the outcome of elections which took place in the Solomon Islands.
This week on Neighbourhood Watch with Nicole Wedding from Radio Adelaide:
The YES campign has won the same sex marriage postal vote, and bills are now being brought into Parliament for discussions. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is asking New Zealand to back off from the Manus Island crisis and spend the proposed humanitarian money elsewhere. And finally, new technology is being tested in Brisbane for a mobile parcel carrying robot.
On todays Dear Science segment, AUT's very own Allan Blackman joins us to talk about how having a canine companion may make us happier. We get into the nitty gritty of recent studies claiming to have performed head transplants on humans (SPOILER ALERT: They are already dead). And finally we talk about how Chuck Norris is sueing the big pharma companies behind gadolinium, a contrasting agent for MRI scans after he claims it effected his wifes health.
Joel had a conversation with James Shaw about his experience at the COP23 talks and what he thinks New Zealand needs to do to reach carbon neutral goals. They also talked about why The Green Party is currently refusing to comment on the situation on Manus Island, despite being extremely vocal about it in the past.
National Party MP Erica Stanford chats to Kelly about her maiden speech and the plans she has for her new constituency, East Coast Bays. They discuss the contentious topics of extending paid parental leave and the addition of GST to online purchases.
Professor Alan Blackman joins us again this Wednesday to discuss a new sunscreen harnessing the power of DNA; the effectiveness of baking soda as a pesticide detergent and a case of scientific disagreement that lead to court.
Tracey Martin from New Zealand First is hopefully finding out her responsibilities as associate minister for education today and is settling into her parliamentary routine. I talked to her to find out the specific method of testing that will replace National Standards, or what will be reinstated as she explains, and her plans for Oranga Tamariki.
The Solomon Islands have been through a political whirlwind as of late, with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare vacating his role following a non confidence vote. Producer Leonard Powell spoke to AUT Media Centres Kendall Hutt to learn more about the situation, and to discuss what the future of politics will look like in the Solomons.