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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.

Disorder in the house with Simon Bridges

Disorder in the house with Simon Bridges Disorder in the house with Simon Bridges, 15.07 MB
Thu 9 Nov 2017

Lachlan spoke with Shadow Leader of the House Simon Bridges about the confusion over the election of Trevor Mallard to speaker. He also spoke with Dr Stephen Winter from the University of Auckland about the role of select committees and what significance the increase in seats from 96 to 108 will have.

the Wire with Harry: Thursday 9th Novermber

the Wire with Harry: Thursday 9th Novermber the Wire with Harry: Thursday 9th Novermber, 101.39 MB
Thu 9 Nov 2017

Today on the show we are joined by National MP Simon Bridges who talks us through all the drama at the opening of our 52nd Government. Lachlan speaks with Steven Winter from Auckland University Politics Department on the week’s events in the house. We are then joined by Dr Liam Martin from the school of cultural and social studies at the University of Victoria, talking about the developments at Waikeria Prison, and Harry speaks with Professor John Hewson on his thoughts that the current global political economic scene is riskier and more unpredictable than any other time since the late 1960s, ahead of his speech at the University of Auckland tomorrow night. Finaly Ben takes us back to this day in history in 1989 when the Berlin Wall met its demise.

 

Mega prison a mega problem

Mega prison a mega problem Mega prison a mega problem, 8.96 MB
Thu 9 Nov 2017

Lachlan spoke with Dr Liam Martin from the Victoria university of Wellington about the proposed "mega prison" that will possibly start construction next year in Waikato. They also discussed the state of prisons in Aotearoa more generally, and why we have such a large prison population.

Tracey Martin on the TPP and the new parliament's early days

Tracey Martin on the TPP and the new parliament's early days Tracey Martin on the TPP and the new parliament's early days, 26.74 MB
Wed 8 Nov 2017

We have Tracey for another week! Tracey is currently in the state opening of parliament I believe but I spoke with her earlier this morning and we talked about the incident in parliament yesterday, and what NZ First is thinking about the TPPA-11

Auckland Art Gallery funding shortfall

Auckland Art Gallery funding shortfall Auckland Art Gallery funding shortfall, 11.97 MB
Wed 8 Nov 2017

The Auckland Art Gallery, Toi o Tamaki, is facing a funding shortage which may see it cutting opening hours or staff next year if the shortfall is not met.

The award winning gallery is currently open every day except for Christmas and attracts around 550,000 visitors annually.

The gallery’s Auckland Council funding has been cut from $12 million in 2012 to $6.9 million annually. Arts patron Dame Jenny Gibbs has called the current grant a disgrace and completely unsustainable.

Reuben McLaren spoke to Chris Brooks, the CEO of Regional Facilities Auckland, of which the Auckland Art Gallery is a division.

What's next for Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe Zimbabwe, 7.86 MB
Wed 8 Nov 2017

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has fired his successor as the country remains in economic turmoil. Reporter Conor Knell speaks with Roland Henwood, a political commentator from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. 

Surf Life Saving Northern Region Needs More Secure Funding

Surf Life Saving Surf Life Saving, 10.36 MB
Wed 8 Nov 2017

Surf Life Saving Northern Region is raising concerns about their capacity to continue providing the service that they do. Matt Williams is the Chief Executive of the organisation and is saying that the service is running like a small business, which is not sustainable. They are hoping central government will get involved. Lillian Hanly spoke with Matt about the issues they are facing.

The Wire with Lillian: Wednesday 8th November

Wednesday Wire Wednesday Wire, 122.57 MB
Wed 8 Nov 2017

On today's wire, Allan Blackman talks to us about Marie Curie on Dear Science. Curie was the first women to win a nobel prize and her research into radioactivity has been influential. 

Conor Knell talks with Roland Henwood about the political situation in Zimbabwe right now.

Tracey Martin from New Zealand First tells us about what happened in Parliament yesterday and the party's plans regarding the TPPA11. 

The Auckland Art Gallery is facing a funding shortage and Chris Brookes, Regional Facilities Auckland CEO tells us more about that.

Surf Life Saving Northern Region is also facing an uncertain future due to unstable funding and Matt Williams, CEO, tells us about the role of a lifeguard.

The Wire with India: Tuesday 7th November 2017

The Wire with India: Tuesday 7th November 2017 The Wire with India: Tuesday 7th November 2017, 73.89 MB
Tue 7 Nov 2017

On today's Wire, India speaks to Oxfam NZ's Executive Director about the Paradise Papers, a huge document leak which reveals how the world’s elite use offshore havens to avoid paying tax.

Dr Jackie Blue from the Human Rights Commission discusses Labour’s changes to paid parental leave and the Equal Pay Act.

On Green Desk with Conor Mercer, we hear about shallow reef systems, and the importance of citizen scientists.

We speak to Greer Rasmussen from Women in Urbanism about the importance of accessibility in Auckland’s transport, and illustrator Toby Morris discusses ethics in cartoons.

Trouble in Paradise: Oxfam NZ on the morals of global tax avoidance

Trouble in Paradise: Oxfam NZ on the morals of global tax avoidance Trouble in Paradise: Oxfam NZ on the morals of global tax avoidance, 11.5 MB
Tue 7 Nov 2017

Development organisation Oxfam says the Paradise Papers are clear evidence of an unjust global system, that allows those with immense wealth to avoid paying their fair share of tax, fuelling poverty and inequality.

The Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) across multiple organisations have been working for months on the Paradise Papers, which include over 13 million documents in total, making it the largest data leak in history.

India speaks to Oxfam New Zealand’s Executive Director Rachael Le Mesurier about the revelations.

 

Southern Cross: COP23, Tonga & Solomon Islands election results

Southern Cross: COP23, Tonga & Solomon Islands election results Southern Cross: COP23, Tonga & Solomon Islands election results, 21.41 MB
Mon 18 Dec 2017

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.  

Neighbourhood Watch: YES campaign wins and deepening tensions between NZ and Australia

Neighbourhood Watch: YES campaign wins and deepening tensions between NZ and Australia Neighbourhood Watch: YES campaign wins and deepening tensions between NZ and Australia, 13.32 MB
Sat 16 Dec 2017

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. 

Dear Science: Genetic sunscreen, pesticide soap & science libel

Dear Science: Genetic sunscreen, pesticide soap & science libel Dear Science: Genetic sunscreen, pesticide soap & science libel, 34.67 MB
Thu 14 Dec 2017

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.

James Shaw on COP23 and refusing to comment on Manus Island

James Shaw on COP23 and refusing to comment on Manus Island James Shaw on COP23 and refusing to comment on Manus Island, 13.21 MB
Mon 20 Nov 2017

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.

Erica Stanford stands up for National

Erica Stanford stands up for National Erica Stanford stands up for National, 27.72 MB
Fri 17 Nov 2017

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. 

Tracey Martin on the government inquiry into abuse of children in State care

Tracey Martin Tracey Martin, 29.54 MB
Wed 15 Nov 2017

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.

Southern Cross: The Solomon Islands situation

Southern Cross: The Solomon Islands situation Southern Cross: The Solomon Islands situation, 12.72 MB
Mon 13 Nov 2017

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. 

Golriz Gharaman on the latest TPP news

Golriz Gharaman on the latest TPP news Golriz Gharaman on the latest TPP news , 14.44 MB
Mon 13 Nov 2017

This week we spoke with Greens trade spokesperson Golriz Gharaman about the latest from the TPP negotiations in Asia and the news the Greens will not support the current version of the agreement. 

Jami-Lee Ross: Turbulent TPP Talks

Jami-Lee Ross: Turbulent TPP Talks Jami-Lee Ross: Turbulent TPP Talks , 34.74 MB
Fri 10 Nov 2017

Today National Party MP chats about the discussions occurring around the TPP agreements in Manila, and Kelly challenges some of National's views on the matter. They then talk about cabinet committees and the first week of a Labour parliament. 

Tracey Martin on the TPP and the new parliament's early days

Tracey Martin on the TPP and the new parliament's early days Tracey Martin on the TPP and the new parliament's early days, 26.74 MB
Wed 8 Nov 2017

We have Tracey for another week! Tracey is currently in the state opening of parliament I believe but I spoke with her earlier this morning and we talked about the incident in parliament yesterday, and what NZ First is thinking about the TPPA-11