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

Can you tolerate this?

Can you tolerate this? Can you tolerate this?, 14.37 MB
Mon 8 May 2017

95bFM reporter Amanda Jane Robinson speaks with Windham-Campbell prize winning writer Ashleigh Young ahead of next month’s Ockham book awards about her essay collection, Can You Tolerate This?

Reviewing New Zealand's mental health system

Reviewing New Zealand's mental health system Reviewing New Zealand's mental health system, 22.25 MB
Mon 24 Apr 2017

Earlier this month saw the release of the People's Review of Mental Health, an intiative to gather qualitative data about what life is like for people involved in the mental health system. The review then used the data to make a number of recommendations for the Ministry of Health.

Two groups involved in the People's Review were advocacy group Action Station and the Public Service Assocation, producer Ben speaks to spokespeople from each.

 

Negative gearing: Tax-dodge or legitimate practice?

Negative gearing: Tax-dodge or legitimate practice? Negative gearing: Tax-dodge or legitimate practice?, 5.15 MB
Mon 24 Apr 2017

Earlier this year, Revenue Minister Judith Collins announced a planned crackdown on tax-dodging by multinational corporations. Under the plan, various loopholes are to be closed, in order to make it harder for untaxed money to be moved outside of New Zealand. However, there are plenty of other ways for people to reduce their tax bill, such as negative gearing, which went unmentioned by Minister Collins. To gain a greater understanding of what negative gearing is, producer Ben spoke to Deborah Russel, a senior lecturer on taxation for Massey University and electoral candidate for the Labour party.

SOUL to attend UN summit

SOUL to attend UN summit SOUL to attend UN summit, 4.48 MB
Mon 24 Apr 2017

Representatives from the group opposing housing development on sacred land Ihumatao are off to a United Nations summit in New York. Save Our Unique Landscape (SOUL) - the group behind the current occupation of the land - are sending two members to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues next week. Pania Newton and Delwyn Roberts will attend, and have applied o speak at the event. 95bFM reporter Mack Smith spoke to Newton about the issue. 

The Wire with Amanda: Monday April 24, 2017

The Wire with Amanda: Monday April 24, 2017 The Wire with Amanda: Monday April 24, 2017, 113.02 MB
Mon 24 Apr 2017

This week, producer Ben Goldson speaks to representatives of the People's Review of Mental Health and we chat to Green Party co-leader James Shaw about the PACER Plus agreement, the pay equity bill, and spy agency Five Eyes meeting in New Zealand this week. We have AUT Pacific Media Centre Director David Robie as well as AUT PhD student Stephanie Sageo-Tupungu and her husband Kenneth for regular Pacific news segment Southern Cross. We have bFM reporter Mack Smith speaks to SOUL spokesperson Pania Newton about Ihumatao and the upcoming UN summit, producer Ben Goldson speaks to taxation expert and Labour party candidate Deborah Russell and Wire host Amanda Jane Robinson speaks to Windham-Campbell prize winning writer Ashleigh Young ahead of next month's Ockham book awards about her essay collection, Can You Tolerate This?

This Week's Bits: Sunday, 23rd of April, 2017

This Week's Bits: Sunday, 23rd of April, 2017 This Week's Bits: Sunday, 23rd of April, 2017, 14.38 MB
Sun 23 Apr 2017

Hannah Ross gives you the low down of this weeks best bFM news bits.

Dr Debra Wilson on brain fingerprinting

Dr Debra Wilson on brain fingerprinting Dr Debra Wilson on brain fingerprinting, 10.43 MB
Fri 21 Apr 2017

A new brain scanning technique is being developed which could hold potential for crime stopping. Forensics investigators call this Forensic brainwave analysis – or ‘brain fingerprinting” the technology could allow for sci-fi-esque mind reading.

Adam Jacobson spoke to Associate Professor and project researcher Dr Debra Wilson about how exactly brain fingerprinting works

Profile: The Burgerie’s Tony Tay

The Burgerie’s Tony Tay The Burgerie’s Tony Tay, 17.37 MB
Fri 21 Apr 2017

The Burgerie is quickly becoming a vegan staple on Karangahape road. Reporter Joel Thomas talked to Tony Tay, the owner and operator of the Burgerie, about the kindness of the vegan community and the difficulties of juggling business aspirations and family commitments.

James Shaw on Green’s Clean Energy policy

Green Policy Green Policy, 11.71 MB
Fri 21 Apr 2017

Joel Thomas speaks to Green Party co-leader James Shaw about the party’s recently released policy which aims to provide cleaner and more affordable energy to consumers, and make it easier for smaller businesses to be competitive in the energy industry.

Greg Ninnes: Rent prices

Rent Prices Rent Prices, 8.73 MB
Fri 21 Apr 2017

A new report has revealed that rent prices have steadily been rising across the country; with the median rent increasing by $50 a week a week in parts of Auckland. Latest housing bond data collected by the Tenancy Services has revealed over the last 12 months historically affordable areas of the city have seen skyrocketing pricing.

bFM’s Adam Jacobson spoke with Interest.co.nz Property Editor Greg Ninness about what the underlying reasons for this may be; and how we could solve a potential rent cost crisis.

 

James Shaw on PACER Plus agreement, pay equity bill, and Five Eyes

James Shaw on PACER Plus agreement, pay equity bill, and Five Eyes James Shaw on PACER Plus agreement, pay equity bill, and Five Eyes , 5.69 MB
Mon 24 Apr 2017

Green Party co-leader James Shaw joins Wire host Amanda Jane Robinson to talk about the PACER Plus agreement, the pay equity bill, and the Five Eyes spy agency meeting in New Zealand this week. 

Southern Cross: PNG elections

Southern Cross: PNG elections Southern Cross: PNG elections, 6.71 MB
Mon 24 Apr 2017

AUT Pacific Media Centre Director David Robie as well as AUT PhD student Stephanie Sageo-Tupungu and her husband Kenneth speak to Wire host Amanda Jane Robinson about the Papua New Guinea elections, Stephanie's research, and the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day event. 

Neighbourhood Watch: Immigration reform, “Australian values,” and politician property ownership

Neighbourhood Watch: Immigration reform, “Australian values,” and politician property ownership Neighbourhood Watch: Immigration reform, “Australian values,” and politician property ownership, 12.21 MB
Fri 21 Apr 2017

Adam Jacobson speaks to Radio Adelaide’s Nicole Wedding about Australian immigration reform which would drastically reduce immigrants coming into the country, laws requiring immigrants to have “Australian Values,” and the high property ownership rates of Australian politicians.

 

Andrew Little on the People's Mental Health Report and immigration cuts

Andrew Little on the People's Mental Health Report and immigration cuts Andrew Little on the People's Mental Health Report and immigration cuts, 28.94 MB
Thu 20 Apr 2017

Labour's Andrew Little is back for our weekly chat. This week, Jogai discusses concerns highlighted in the People's Mental Health Report and Labour's plans to prevent tens of thousands of immigrants coming into the country. 

Dear Science: Scientific myths, alternative medicine and 13 Reasons Why

Dear Science: Scientific myths, alternative medicine and 13 Reasons Why Dear Science: Scientific myths, alternative medicine and 13 Reasons Why, 18.9 MB
Wed 19 Apr 2017

AUT’s Allan Blackman joins Ximena and Adam for Dear Science - this week we talk through some commonly touted scientific myths, namely that water fluoridation is toxic and that alternative medicine is a thing. We also talk to Allan about a recent Netflix series that has prompted controversy around its treatment of suicide. 

Green Desk: Air pollution and the 'Global Burden of Disease'

Green Desk: Air pollution and the 'Global Burden of Disease' Green Desk: Air pollution and the 'Global Burden of Disease', 11.4 MB
Tue 18 Apr 2017

Professor Valery Feigin talks with Lilly this week about the hidden threat of air pollution. 

Marama Fox on Māori incarceration and gangs

Marama Fox on Māori incarceration and gangs Marama Fox on Māori incarceration and gangs, 11.53 MB
Tue 18 Apr 2017

This week with Māori Party co-leader Marama Fox we discuss the latest Waitangi Tribunal report into Māori incarceration rates and the role gangs have to play in criminal society. 

Andrew Little on Edgecumbe and the Hutt Valley housing initiative

Andrew Little on Edgecumbe and the Hutt Valley housing initiative Andrew Little on Edgecumbe and the Hutt Valley housing initiative, 7.54 MB
Thu 13 Apr 2017

Labour's Andrew Little is back for our weekly chat. This week, we chat about the floods in Edgecumbe and Labour's new housing initiative in Hutt Valley, to build 400 new state and Kiwibuild homes by 2020.

Dear Science: The underwhelming nutrition of cannibalism, the latest snake oil scam & the surprising history of chemical weapons

Dear Science: The underwhelming nutrition of cannibalism, the latest snake oil scam & the surprising history of chemical weapons Dear Science: The underwhelming nutrition of cannibalism, the latest snake oil scam & the surprising history of chemical weapons, 31 MB
Wed 12 Apr 2017

To match the dark and depressing weather this Wednesday, AUT’s Allan Blackman has a series of grisly & disturbing stories for Adam & Ximena. He talks through some research that looks at how prehistoric cannibalism wasn’t actually a very nutritious practice, and he also looks at ‘Te Kiri Gold’, which is the latest snake oil cancer cure desperate cancer sufferers are being scammed into buying. Finally, in light of last week’s chemical attack in Syria, he touches on the history and uses of chemical weapons, which goes back a lot earlier in history than commonly thought.

Green Desk: Manukau Beautification Trust

Green Desk: Manukau Beautification Trust Green Desk: Manukau Beautification Trust, 8.21 MB
Tue 11 Apr 2017

On the Green Desk this week, Lilly speaks with the Manukau Beautification Trust's Lincoln Jefferson and Kate Boneham-Smith about the trust's upcoming projects.