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.
On today's Wire we talk to Green MP Chloe Swarbick about her medicinal cannabis bill, Children's Comissioner Andrew Becroft about reports of racism in the education system and Labour MP Andrew Little about his agenda as the new Justice Minister. Finally there's This Day in History, which takes us back to 1968 for the official launch of Richard Nixon's campaign for president in 1968
Yesterday, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the Schools Trustee Association announced that the report on a survey of children reflected a theme of racism in New Zealand schools. Jemima talked to the Children’s Commissioner, Andrew Becroft, about the survey’s themes and what it means for the future development of education. As well as quickly discussing the government’s new Child Poverty Reduction Bill and the recent announcement of the Royal Commision inquiry into abuse in state care.
Last night, the Geen’s medicinal cannabis bill, presented by Chloe Swarbrick, was voted down in its first reading by 73 votes to 47. The bill went further than the government’s medicinal cannabis bill by allowing those with doctors permission to grow their own cannabis. Despite National saying some MPs would be allowed a conscience vote, all National MPs ended up voting against the bill, along with the entirety of NZ First. Lachlan spoke with Chloe about the bill, first asking her how she was feeling after the bill was voted down.
In December it was reported by Child Poverty Action Group that ethical lending schemes should be a model for adoption nationwide. They referenced Ngā Tangata Microfinance, a not for profit organisation designed as an alternative to the more merciless loan shark type models of lending companies.
Loan sharks often force families into an endless cycle of debt. Ngā Tangata Microfinance on the other hand provide no-interest loans to qualifying clients for family well-being and relief from high interest debt. A report from the organisation says this type of loan has improved people’s well being and reduced stress. It is estimated the loans have saved recipients collectively over a million dollars in interest and other charges. Lillian Hanly speaks with Robert Choy, the Executive Officer of the organisation.
Producer Will speaks to Mike O'Brien from Child Poverty Action Group about labours new child poverty reduction bill. O'Brien discusses the challenges of reducing child poverty, looks at the future of tackling such a large issue and responds to some backlash against the new bill
More than a million New Zealanders are affected by some sort of disability, and for those Kiwis, leading a normal daily life can be a struggle. Work, transports, or technologies can become major obstacles to overcome. Which is why Access Alliance, a gathering of twelve disabled people’s organisations, is calling on party leaders to support the creation of an Accessibility Act, via an open letter which will be handed to disability Minister Carmel Sepuloni on February 1st.
Producer Lisa Boudet asked Aine Kelly-Costello, a New Zealand paralympian, and member of the Access Alliance, to tell us a bit more about the Accessibility Act.
On todays segment of Dear Science with AUT's Allan Blackman, we talk about how x-rays have discovered the inner workings of Picassos art, how dietry supplement may not be as they seem, and how an ameture scientific photographer has managed to snap the first image of a suspended atom using a standard camera.
Today on the Green Desk, Conor caught up with Dr Regina Eisert of the Universit of Canterbury's Gateway Antarctica programme. Reinga has just returned from a summer spent in Antarctica monitoring the patterns of Killer Whales, and shares her experiences of the project.
Tracey Martin talks to Lillian Hanly about the Child Poverty Reduction Bill, the Housing stocktake report, Māori sovereignty and how important a leader is to a political party. We started by talking about how her week has been.
On todays Dear Science, AUT's Allan Blackman talks to us about how asparagus has been found to effect the metabolisation of cancer cells in breast cancer patients. We also talk about Moles, not the skin growth nor the burrowing mammal, but the unit of measurement. Finally we discuss how 2019 will be the year of the periodic table, and Will makes some good suggestions for Allans plans to celebrate the famous chemistry tool.
Green Desk connoisseur Conor Mercer caught up with freshwater advocate for Forest and Bird Annabeth Cohen. They discussed the threat water drainage pumps are creating for our native eel population, as well as some interesting facts about how the slippery creatures breed.
Joel talks to James Shaw for the first time this year. They discussed his trip to Waitangi and how the Labour Party had not yet admitted that Māori sovereignty was never ceded to the crown. They also discussed the inclusion of questions on sexual orientation and gender identity in the 2023 census and the importance of gathering statistics on rainbow communities.
Nicole Wedding from Radio Adelaide chats to Kelly about Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce's personal matters being publicly discussed. They also talk about the effects the ABC secret files have had on the former politicians currently under scrutiny.