Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news & current affairs show, The Wire. Your hosts Jemima Huston, Mary-Margaret Slack, Lillian Hanly, Lachlan Balfour and Laura Kvigstad focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere, in independent-thinking bFM style. Weekdays 12-1pm on 95bFM.
Taiwan’s local election over the weekend brought disastrous results for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party. Out of the 22 elections for the head of the local authorities, the DPP lost a half of their mayorships from 13 to 6 while the opposing Kuomintang doubled their current gain from 6 to 15. Justin looked into what contributed to the result and (spoiler alert) China contributed to a large part to it.
It's pretty much the biggest news story of this Holiday season. A petition has been launched to try and restore the winking eye and beckoning finger of the giant Santa above Farmers on Queen Street. A few years ago, the giant Santa had it's identity threatened when his massive winking eye and subtle winking finger were forcefully removed. Thankfully, Hayden Donnell from the Spinoff has hopes that Santa will wink another wink.
Stewart Sowman-Lund had a chat with Hayden... and things got pretty weird.
This week on the Monday Wire, Jemima speaks to co-leader of the Green Party, James Shaw, about his recent trip to Scott Base in Antarctica. Ella reports for Under the Weather about extreme flash flooding and record cold temperatures. Damian speaks to Danni Wilkinson from Socialist Aotearoa about the diverse reactions to the Pride Board's ban on uniformed police at Pride Parade. Stewart talks to the Spinoff's Hayden Donnell about his petition to get Queen Street's santa restored to it's original glory with its winking eye and beckoning finger.
First, Te Roopu Nahinara, National Party Member Amy Adams speaks with Laura Kvigstad about the lack of participation in the Labour Parties, tertiary fees free scheme. Then they speak on National's written question submission, which is double that of labour when National was first elected into government. Next she tells us about her thoughts on the proposal for internet voting. Finally, she gives us a hot take on feminism.
After that, Grace Watson speaks with AUSA’s welfare vice-president, Luke Kibblewhite, about how well the fees free initiative is affecting students and the barriers that young adults face accessing tertiary education.
Following that, Radio Adelaide’s, Samantha Smith catches us up on all the latest Australian news in Neighbourhood Watch. She tells Laura about the rhetoric around terrorism that has sparked in Australia following the arrest of three alleged terrorists and Prime Minister, Scott Morissons recent inflamatory remarks. Then they speak on migration in Australia and Morisson's recent emphasis on reducing permanent migration in order to combat congestion.
And finally, Auckland Universities Associate Professor, Katherine Smits, discusses what it means to be a feminist linking into some of the challenge aspects surrounding feminist rehtoric. It all gets capped off with Poll Position. Find out what the bFM listeners think about the question: Are you a feminist?
Radio Adelaide’s, Samantha Smith catches us up on all the latest Australian news in Neighbourhood Watch. She tells Laura Kvigstad about the rhetoric around terrorism that has sparked in Australia following the arrest of three alleged terrorists and Prime Minister, Scott Morissons recent inflamatory remarks around the muslim community. Then they speak on migration in Australia and Morisson's recent emphasis on reducing permanent migration in order to combat congestion. Finally, they talk about an Australian convicted drug smuggler, who has served her sentence in Indonesia and the media coverage surround her return to Australia.
95bFM Reporter Oscar Perress talks to Activists Emmy Rākete and Betty Sio about the commercialisation of the Auckland Pride Parade, the place of the New Zealand Police Force in the Parade and what and who Pride is actually about and for.
Rights Now! is an educational tool from the office of the Children’s Commissioner to encourage children to know their rights and have their voice heard.The resource aims to provide “more opportunities for meaningful participation as the more they have, the more confident children and young people feel to express their views – they bring different perspectives, fresh ideas, and genuine concern for the future." Lachlan spoke with Sarah Morris, a senior adviser for the Strategy, Rights & Advice team in the Office of the Children’s Commissioner about Rights Now!
Te Reo Māori was systematically and violently removed from the indigenous people of this country. It’s decline and near extinction was only halted and reversed by major initiatives introduced in the 1970s and 80s, struggles that were led by Māori. In 1972 a petition was presented to Parliament to promote the language. That year, a Māori language day was introduced, and in 1975 this became a Māori language week. In 1978 the first officially bilingual school opened in Rūātoki in Te Urewera. In 1982 the first Kohanga Reo opened in Lower Hutt beginning the Kohanga Reo movement which has been credited with ensuring the next generation held onto the language by immersing young tamariki in the reo. Kura Kaupapa, full immersion schooling, followed. And the first Māori-owned Māori language radio station Te Reo o Pōneke went on air in 1983. In 1985, the Waitangi Tribunal heard the Te Reo Māori claim, which asserted that te reo was a taonga that the Crown was obliged to protect under Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Māori was made an official language of New Zealand under the Maori Language Act 1987.
Every single one of these initiatives was fought for. It did not come easy, it did not come lightly and the resistance it faced was incredibly racist at every point. The systematic removal of the language was a conscious effort by colonisers to enforce assimilation to the English culture that was now the majority. Today, Te Reo Māori has had a resurgence but it remains at risk. Today, unlike in 1984 when Naida Glavish was demoted for saying Kia ora as a national telephone tolls operator and refusing to use only formal English greetings, today we hear Kia ora regularly in both formal and non-formal spaces. We hear it every night on the 6 o clock news. On bFM you’ll hear Ata mārie good morning, as well as ki ngā āhuatanga o Tangaroa i tēnei rā to introduce the surf report. On RadioNZ you hear all reporters signing off saying “ahau” which means I or me. As in, Ko Lillian Hanly ahau. In fact, this was the very reason for multiple BSA complaints against RNZ. So, while it has become commonplace to hear, some people still find it, funnily enough, alarming.
It’s here where our discussion today begins. Broadly speaking, as a broadcaster myself, I believe it is fairly straightforward to acknowledge not only an official language of Aotearoa NZ, but the indigenous language of this country. And, especially, as a Pākehā from this country, acknowledging the history and doing something about it to undo the damage which has been done, and continues to have effects. This is a personal discussion, but our identity as people’s of this country is personal, and is largely informed by the media. Who is it that we choose to be? And how are we going to achieve that.
Guyon Espiner is one of the presenters of Morning Report on Radio NZ. For some time now he has been weaving Te Reo into his work wherever he can. He starts the show with a mihi in the reo, and introduces himself as well. When he first started to do this, he got a lot of slack. People did not like it. At bFM we have also attempted this, and also received some slack. About a month ago, I happened to see Guyon in the supermarket and thought I’d ask whether he was interested in having a conversation on air about it all. In deferring to my tuakana, or older sibling, in the broadcaster scene I wanted to know more about his reasons for learning te reo Māori. Turns out, using te reo on the radio was a secondary priority to his life-long commitment to te ao Māori largely influenced by his family and his hope to communicate with his daughter in Te Reo.
This week for our segment with the Green Party, Jemima spoke MP Chlöe Swarbrick in studio about the Green Party's mental health investigation, the third reading of the Medicinal Cannabis Government Bill, and the Tomorrow's Schools review.
This week the Wire Worry Week is ethical journalism and broadcasting standards. Jemima speaks to Dr Gavin Ellis about what ethical journalism is and whether the Jami-Lee Ross saga was ethically covered by New Zealand journalists. They discuss the treatment of people in power by the media, simplifying news and the status of ethical journalism in New Zealand.
Worry Week this week is about ethical journalism and one of those hot phrases you’d be fortunate to come across if ever took a paper in news media is agenda setting. Agenda Setting is essentially a news agency setting up a framework for what stories we cover and what is outside of scope. At Bfm we have an agenda setting and that is why you don’t hear about the Kardasian and live up to date scores of the Ashes series. Agenda setting has been blamed for bias media with prime examples being in America such FOX News with agenda favouring Republicans whilst others outlets such as The Huffington Post favouring Democrats but I wanted to have a yarn about agenda setting in our own backyard. So I did just that, I had a yarn that spiraled out of topic with AUT’s senior lecturer Greg Treadwell, firstly asking does New Zealand have a problem with bias media.
Under the Weather with Ella Christensen brings you all the climate change and weather news from across the globe every Monday. This week Ella discusses flash flooding in Iraq, drought in Afghanistan and the loss of ice volume in New Zealand's Southern Alps plus more
In 2018, the United States and China have been embroiled in a trade war with each country continuing to raise tariffs placed on goods traded between the two nations. But what exactly are Donald Trump’s tariff policies and what will be their effects? Doug Becker speaks to Iva Bozovic and Lui Hebron about the implications of the US-China trade war.
This week, Oscar talks to Professor Robert Patman about China and the USA's potential expansions in to the Pacific and how our current global trading patterns may perhaps limit a recurrence of military colonisation in the Pacific.