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Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news & current affairs show, The Wire. Your hosts Reuben McLaren, Conor Mercer, Lillian Hanly, Lachlan Balfour and Kelly Enright focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere, in independent-thinking bFM style. Weekdays 12-1pm on 95bFM.

The Wire with Lachlan: Thursday 24th May

The Wire with Lachlan: Thursday 24th May The Wire with Lachlan: Thursday 24th May, 123.42 MB
Thu 24 May 2018

First up on today’s Wire, Jemima Speaks with Tania Sawicki Mead from JustSpeak about claims that defendants on bail .Neutral corner returns, this week looking at the elections in Venezuela. Andrew Little joins Lachlan for their regular chat where they discuss Waikeria prison and the cannabis referendum. Lachlan speaks with Critic, the Otago Student Magazine, about the recent controversy regarding their menstruation issue. Finally,  This Day in History looks at the 2002 Moscow Treaty about nuclear reduction.

 

Neutral Corner: From the South vs Voice of America

Neutral Corner: From the South vs Voice of America Neutral Corner: From the South vs Voice of America, 5.06 MB
Thu 24 May 2018

In the aftermath of a controversial election for the Presidency of Venezuela, Neutral Corner examines the rival coverage given to the vote by government affiliated broadcaster TeleSUR, and its counterpart in the United States, Voice of America.

This Day in History: 2002

This Day in History: 2002 This Day in History: 2002, 9.25 MB
Thu 24 May 2018

This Day in History goes back to May the 24th, 2002, for the signing of a arms reduction treaty between the Presidents of the Russian Federation and the United States of America

Demand to invest in medicinal cannabis overwhelming

Demand to invest in medicinal cannabis overwhelming Demand to invest in medicinal cannabis overwhelming, 6.36 MB
Wed 23 May 2018

We caught up with managing director of the Hikurangi Cannabis Group Manu Caddie to learn more about how the group is planning to transform the small east coast community of Ruatoria after locals keen to invest in the growth of medicinal cannabis overwhelmed and crashed a crowdfunding page, raising $2 million.

The Wire with Harry: Wednesday 23rd May

The Wire with Harry: Wednesday 23rd May The Wire with Harry: Wednesday 23rd May, 130.15 MB
Wed 23 May 2018

On the show today,

On Dear Science with AUT’s Allan Blackman we talk enantiomers and magnets, and interstellar asteroid and really really hot water.

We speak with NZ First MP Jenny Marcroft, this week unpacking the NZ First wins in the budget and how this affects Maori development.

Tracey Williams of Auckland Council tells us about an art initiative taking submissions of art celebrating 125 years of women's suffrage in NZ

For our Wire Worry week we have Lisa Boudet with a report on ghost homes in New Zealand.

Harry Willis speaks with Manu Caddie from Hikurangi Cannabis company on record numbers of would-be medicinal cannabis investors crashing crowdfunding website Pledgeme raising $2M dollars in east coast districts.

Should we tax the ghost homes of New Zealand?

Should we tax the ghost homes of New Zealand? Should we tax the ghost homes of New Zealand?, 6.85 MB
Wed 23 May 2018

This week's Wire Worry Week theme is Housing Crisis. Today, producer Lisa Boudet looks into Aotearoa's "ghost homes": houses that are left inoccupied by their owners. 

While we wait for the 2018 census data to ba analysed, the previous figures of 2013 showed 185.000 houses in New Zealand had been listed as empty, with about 3/4 having effectively no one living in them at the time the data was collected. Earlier this month, the government announced a $100 million plan to fight homelessness in the country, including $37 milion in temporary motel accomodation.

Now voices, like political activist John Minto's, are rising saying another solution is taxing owners of underutilised houses.

Vancouver, Canada, has chosen this path. Every house that has not been rented for at least 4 months of a given year will be taxed 1% of its assessed value. This year, the city has collected CAN$30 million. 

So, should New Zealand follow in Vancouver's footsteps?

International News: Hong Kong Democracy

Hong Kong Democracy Hong Kong Democracy, 21.71 MB
Tue 22 May 2018

As Hong Kong starts cracking down on pro-democracy and pro-independence activists, the rest of the world stays silent as it attempts to cut trade deals with China. Conor explores how Hong Kong is changing, why Hong Kongers are taking to the street more and more as well as how New Zealanders can best show solidarity with the young people fighting for the same rights we enjoy here in Aotearoa

Can we Kiwi Build it?

Can we Kiwi Build it? Can we Kiwi Build it?, 11.35 MB
Mon 21 May 2018

In this Wire Worry Week: housing. Since last year’s election, Labour have planned to build 100,000 affordable homes for their scheme - Kiwi Build. With this year’s Budget having been announced last Thursday, the government has further detailed how this will be funded. The housing developments will take place over a decade, with the first 30 being constructed now, at the McLennan site in Papakura. Mary-Margaret spoke to Housing Minister Phil Twyford.

The PSA Criticises the Governments Plans to Scrap the Waikato Mega-Prison

The PSA Criticises the Governments Plans to Scrap the Waikato Mega-Prison The PSA Criticises the Governments Plans to Scrap the Waikato Mega-Prison, 3.5 MB
Mon 21 May 2018

Lillian Hanly speaks to Willie Cochrane from the Public service association regarding the governments announcement to scrap the Waikato mega-prison. 

The PSA is the largest corrections union representing 3000 staff at the department of corrections and has criticised the governments announcement stating Waikeria is in "absolute drastic need for upgrading". 

Lillian investigated the claim of the need for more facilities with incarceration rates rising and the prison population swelling to bursting. 

Just Speak Support Government Plans to Scrap the Mega-Prison

Just Speak Support Government Plans to Scrap the Mega-Prison Just Speak Support Government Plans to Scrap the Mega-Prison, 8.41 MB
Mon 21 May 2018

Lucy Austin speaks to Tania Mead from Just Speak, a criminal justice reform advocacy group, about the governments recent plans to scrap the Waikato mega-prison.

 The group had been advocating against the mega-prison since its proposal and the question now is what to do next?

Within the climate of a swelling prison population Tania explores some of the wider issues that need to be addressed to combat this issue. 

 

What are the social implications of storms and disasters?

What are the social implications of storms and disasters? What are the social implications of storms and disasters?, 22.26 MB
Mon 18 Jun 2018

Unprecedented storms and fires are ravaging communities and destroying lives, all the while revealing power dynamics in society, politics and economics. What are these risks and revelations? What needs to be done? Steve Matthewman and Naomi Zack discuss with Maria Armoudian how disasters reveal hidden social arrangements and power dynamics in society.

The Big Q Website: www.thebigq.org 

Chloe Swarbrick on water bottling, police racism & the election access fund

Chloe Swarbrick on water bottling, police racism & the election access fund Chloe Swarbrick on water bottling, police racism & the election access fund, 32.99 MB
Mon 18 Jun 2018

Chloe Swarbrick fills in for James Shaw this week. We discuss Green Co-leader Marama Davidson's recent comments on systemic racism in the New Zealand police force, the Green Party revolt over the government decision to allow the expansion of a foreign owned water bottling operation and we get an update on Chloe's Election Access Fund Bill.

Jami-Lee Ross on David Clark and the Tourism Tax

Jami-Lee Ross on David Clark and the Tourism Tax Jami-Lee Ross on David Clark and the Tourism Tax, 16.34 MB
Fri 15 Jun 2018

This week Jami-Lee Ross chats to Kelly about the leaked recording of David Clark and the consequences he believes should be imposed. They also discuss the recently proposed tourism tax and whether it is necessary.

Neighbourhood Watch: Government apologies and depleting parties

Neighbourhood Watch: Government apologies and depleting parties Neighbourhood Watch: Government apologies and depleting parties, 10.36 MB
Fri 15 Jun 2018

Victims of institutional child abuse will receive a formal apology from the Government this year, following the Royal Commission into the abuse. 

Controversial politician Pauline Hanson’s political party has been dealt a massive blow, after Senator Brian Burston quit her party on Thursday. 

Queensland has updated legislation that previously forced transgender people to divorce before legally changing genders. 

 

A Little bit of Andy with Lachlan

A Little bit of Andy with Lachlan A Little bit of Andy with Lachlan, 27.91 MB
Thu 14 Jun 2018

Andrew Little joined Lachlan for their regular chat. This week they discussed why the three strikes law wasn't repealed, and what this means for future justice reforms.

Are our oceans under threat?

Are our oceans under threat? Are our oceans under threat?, 40.4 MB
Thu 14 Jun 2018

Our fates are tied to the fate of our oceans, which generate half of the world’s oxygen, as well as provide water, food, recreation, culture, and some $24 trillion of the global economy. But ocean life is under threat by multiple stressors — climate change, acidification, plastics, pollution, overfishing, overexploitation, and dead zones.

In this roundtable discussion, top scholars reveal and explain the realities facing our seas and the strides we are making to protect, restore and recover our seas.

The Big Q Website: www.thebigq.org 

Dear Science: water from air, Margaret Brimble & ancient aliens?

Dear Science: water from air, Margaret Brimble & ancient aliens? Dear Science: water from air, Margaret Brimble & ancient aliens?, 13.63 MB
Wed 13 Jun 2018

On todays Dear Science with AUT's Allan Blackman, we discuss the discovery of organic molecules found on Mars, a device that can pull water from desert air and the admission of Professor Margaret Brimble to the Royal Society of London.

Back from the dead? The science and ethics of bringing species back from extinction

Back from the dead? The science and ethics of bringing species back from extinction Back from the dead? The science and ethics of bringing species back from extinction , 30.09 MB
Wed 13 Jun 2018

With mass extinction upon us, some scientists are working on bringing certain species back from the dead. But their ability to do so raises ethical and practical issues. Are we playing God? Could this process go terribly wrong? Should we focus on conservation instead or in tandem with de-extinction? If we do de-extinct some species, which ones should we bring back? Three scientists, Michael Archer, Douglas McAuley, and Susan Haig, all experts in the field of de-extinction, discuss the science, the progress, and the ethical and practical concerns of bringing back to life some of the species that have gone extinct with Maria Armoudian. 

The Big Q Website: www.thebigq.org 

What's really going on with North Korea?

What's really going on with North Korea? What's really going on with North Korea? , 19.48 MB
Tue 12 Jun 2018

What are the realities of the politics of North Korea, and what is the proper response of the US and the international community? Maria Armoudian discusses these issues with Stephan Haggard, Jacques E.C. Hymans, and Charles K. Armstrong.

The Big Q Website: www.thebigq.org 

Green Desk: Trees with Shane Jones

Green Desk June 12th Green Desk June 12th , 13.66 MB
Tue 12 Jun 2018

This week on the greendesk, Producer Jack Marshall speaks with the Minister for Forestry, New Zealand Firsts’ Shane Jones about a new joint venture announced between the crown and two partner organisations. The partnership is the first of many which aims to plant one billion new trees across New Zealand.