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.
Teams from Greenpeace in New Zealand are behind a global operation that has exposed shocking incidents of human trafficking, slavery and abuse at sea aboard international fishing fleets.
Former police detective Tim McKinnel spent years campaigning on behalf of Teina Pora, before turning his attention to trafficking, helping to produce the new report Misery at Sea in conjunction with Greenpeace.
Stewart spoke with him about him what he managed to uncover.
Kelly talked to Professor Tim Bentley from Massey University, about a modern study on the mental health and social safety of people in workplaces. He says in a time where mental health issues are increasing, it's important to put measures into places to combat these. Bentley, along with others, are currently collating data for the study and he tells Kelly about the process.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
This week National Party MP Jami-Lee Ross joins Kelly to chat about the debacle that went down in the House on Wednesday night debating the regional fuel tax bill. They also discuss the softening laws on foreign investors and how National view the government and their promises.
A couple of weeks ago, an open letter to the Government was released by Hamilton sex worker Lisa Lewis calling for an election of a Minister of Prostitution. The letter carried the names of Lewis and 25 others. The letter was also written with the help of conservative group Family First.
Stewart spoke with Dame Catherine Healy, the national coordinator of the New Zealand Prostitutes' Collective, about whether a new minister is something worth looking into.
A town’s plea for mercy for a deported asylum seeker family has gone unheard, as the courts uphold their deportation; world cup coverage by telecommunications company Optus was so bad they had to give the rights back to the television station they bought them from; and the right-wing animosity towards public broadcaster ABC was laid bare at a meeting of Liberal Party members on the weekend.
Our Wire Worry week is sex work. The Swedish model of sex work has been adopted by a number of countries including Ireland quite recently and has been criticised as being unsafe for sex workers. Lachlan spoke with Dame Catherine Healy about the Swedish model and its problems, and why decriminalisation is a better, safer, model.
Scientists say we still have time to address climate change and we've made headway, but we still have a long way to go. What do we need to do to combat climate change, and how worried should we be about global warming? Maria Armoudian speaks with renowned climate scientist Michael E. Mann.
Today on Dear Science, your favorite AUT Professor Allan Blackman discusses why playing Mozart to babies in the womb is the most stimulating option (although we don't know the extent of stimulation or even if it's beneficial) - and how, oddly enough, Shakira and Adele don't seem to have any impact of foetuses.
We also prove - yet again - to flat earthers that their theory is dated, since a Greek physicist already made it clear in 240BC that the earth is, indeed, round.
Finally, we delve into murky waters as Allan hints psychology research experiments are flawed - in the light of new revelations on the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment of 1971.
This week for Wire Worry Week we look into sex work, since it has been 15 years since the Prostitution Reform Act came into effect in June 2003.
Today, our producer Lisa is wondering whether the decriminalisation has led to healthier and safer sex workers. She talks to Otago University Associate Professor of Population Health, Gillian Abel, who has been looking into the health and safety standards in the sex work industry for decades.