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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.

This Week's Bits: Sunday, 5th of November, 2017

This Week's Bits: Sunday, 5th of November, 2017 This Week's Bits: Sunday, 5th of November, 2017, 30.02 MB
Sun 5 Nov 2017

Hannah gives you the low down on the best bFM news bits of the week. 

The Mental Health Road Trip!

The Mental Health Road Trip! The Mental Health Road Trip!, 21.66 MB
Fri 3 Nov 2017

Producer Laura Kvigstad, speaks with the co creator of a new mental health initiative, Kiara Moynihan about their goals to spread awareness of mental health services around New Zealand.

 

Tongan Democracy: Finding Consensus and Overcoming Roadblocks in the Path to a New Tongan Style of Democracy

Tongan Democracy: Finding Consensus and Overcoming Roadblocks in the Path to a New Tongan Style of Democracy Tongan Democracy: Finding Consensus and Overcoming Roadblocks in the Path to a New Tongan Style of Democracy, 22.8 MB
Fri 3 Nov 2017

Producer Conor spoke with Professor Malakai Koloamatangi, from Massey University, about last weeks symposium in Tonga, and the future of democracy building in the pacific kingdom. 

Ports of Auckland: Whats next?

Ports of Auckland: Whats next? Ports of Auckland: Whats next?, 12.03 MB
Thu 2 Nov 2017

The news has come that Auckland City council are to kickstart a project that will see the Ports of Auckland moved. Many might rejoice at this idea, the eye sore of Auckland’s waterfront will finally be removed, and the land can be redeveloped to beautiful green pastures.

These dreams may not become a reality any time soon. The ports of Auckland have preemptively released their 30 year plan, highlighting existing and future projects that will see Auckland’s waterfront transformed in the meantime.

I spoke with Ports of Auckland CEO Tony Gibson to find out what Aucklanders can expect from their port over the next 30 years.

 

"We're not like China" - Geoff Simmons on Labour's Housing Policy

"We're not like China" - Geoff Simmons on Labour's Housing Policy "We're not like China" - Geoff Simmons on Labour's Housing Policy, 5.94 MB
Thu 2 Nov 2017

Lachlan spoke with The Opportunities Party Co-Deputy Leader Geoff Simmons about Labour's latest housing policy announcement on banning foreign buyers and they also discuss the future of TOP.

Labour's cannabis reefer-endum

Labour's cannabis reefer-endum Labour's cannabis reefer-endum, 12.39 MB
Thu 2 Nov 2017

Lachlan spoke with Ross Bell from the New Zealand Drug Foundation about Labour's promised referendum on the legalisation of cannabis and drug policy in Aotearoa more generally.

The Wire with Harry: Thursday 2nd November

The Wire with Harry: Thursday 2nd November The Wire with Harry: Thursday 2nd November, 101.42 MB
Thu 2 Nov 2017

On this week's Wire, we talk to Bryce Edwards and Geoff Simmonds about the new government's plans for foreign house-buyers.

Lachlan speaks to director of the NZ Drug Foundation Ross Bell, about the new government's referendum on Marijuana decriminalisation.

Harry talks to the CEO of the Ports of Auckland, Tony Gibson, about their 30 year plan for Auckland's waterfront.

Auckland University's Dr Stephen Hoadley makes his first appearance on State of the States to talk about the latest from America.

Finally we have This Day in History, which takes us back to 1917 and the Balfour Declaration.

 

 

The Bryce is right: Labour's housing ban

The Bryce is right: Labour's housing ban The Bryce is right: Labour's housing ban , 22.97 MB
Thu 2 Nov 2017

The new Labour-led coalition government is making moves. The govt announced Tuesday plans to amend the Overseas Investment Act (OIA) to classify residential housing as "sensitive", which will effectively ban non-resident foreigners from buying existing homes without breaching major trade agreements. The government are moving as quickly as possible, the ban should come into effect early next year, and It’s a well timed political move coinciding with the potential of Labour signing a TPP agreement late next year.

Not all are impressed with the moves. Criticism if rife of it’s effectiveness to fix the housing crisis. Mike Hosking has said its the move to make to make everyone think youre doing something. But is ths the case?

I spoke earlier with Political commentator Bryce Edwards to analyse what the ban means for Labour and this government.

 

Continuing the Conversation on Sexual Assault and Abuse

Tina Ngata Tina Ngata, 20.91 MB
Wed 1 Nov 2017

Tina Ngata of Ngati Porou is an indigenous and environmental rights advocate. Recently she posted an open letter to Jason Momoa regarding his apology for the joke about rape he made at a Game of Thrones press event in light of the MeToo campaign. Ngata welcomes his apology, but critiques they way statements like these attempt to shut a conversation down, and the way others continue to shut the conversation down once people have apologised instead of continuing to the point where these issues are put on the table and people are made uncomfortable and held accountable for these issues. So Lillian Hanly and Tina had a conversation about it. They also bring the discussions back home to discuss Once Were Warriors and the new film in cinemas called Waru that deals with child abuse.

Manus Island asylum seekers dig in at detention camp

Manus Island asylum seekers dig in at detention camp.mp3 mp3, 20.91 MB
Wed 1 Nov 2017

Yesterday, the Australian run detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, was shut down after PNG's supreme court ruled its existence unconstitutional.

Around 600 asylum seekers are determined to stay in the detention centre, due to fears of violence by locals and police.

There are reports of the refugees filling rubbish bins with rainwater, due to the water supply being cut-off and reports of locals looting the camp.

Producer Reuben McLaren spoke to Amnesty Internatonal's Kate Schuetze, who is currently on Manus Island, to find out more.

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. 

Jami-Lee Ross on the parliamentary prayer and the proposed fuel tax

Jami-Lee Ross on the parliamentary prayer and the proposed fuel tax Jami-Lee Ross on the parliamentary prayer and the proposed fuel tax, 20.11 MB
Fri 24 Nov 2017

We chat with Jami-Lee Ross from National on the proposed regional fuel tax that Labour plans to legislate next year in Auckland. He also talks to Kelly about the parliamentary prayer and why National believes there should have been more dialogue around the changes.

Neighbourhood Watch: Manus Island crisis and eccentric MP's

Neighbourhood Watch: Manus Island crisis and eccentric MP's Neighbourhood Watch: Manus Island crisis and eccentric MP's, 12.22 MB
Fri 24 Nov 2017

Today on Neighbourhood Watch with Nicole Wedding from Radio Adelaide we talk about the increasing humanitarian crisis on Manus Island, the eccentric MP Bob Katter and why the Australian Government is bypassing sitting week. 

State of the States: Net neutrality?

State of the States: Net neutrality? State of the States: Net neutrality?, 14 MB
Thu 23 Nov 2017

Today Nick and Harry are talking the FCC’S moves to change rules on the rights of internet providers. They also touch on the recent revelations of sexual misconduct on Capitol Hill.

Tracey Martin on the CPTPPA and Horse Trading

Tracey Martin Tracey Martin, 22.42 MB
Wed 22 Nov 2017

Tracey tells us what she's been up to this week, explains the 'horse trading' muck up last week and NZ First's stance on the CPTPPA.

Dear Science: Dogs, Dead Heads and Chuck Norris

Dear Science: Dogs, Dead Heads and Chuck Norris Dear Science: Dogs, Dead Heads and Chuck Norris , 28.2 MB
Wed 22 Nov 2017

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.

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.