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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.

A new minimum wage for a new New Zealand

A new minimum wage for a new New Zealand A new minimum wage for a new New Zealand, 20.36 MB
Wed 25 Oct 2017

Yesterday the Labour-NZ First coalition announced they will be increasing the minimum wage to 20$ per hour by 2021. Currently, the minimum wage sits at $15.75. Unite Union represents more than 7000 workers from the fast food industry to Sky City, most of whom are on minimum wage. They responded positively to this change and Lillian Hanly speaks with Gerard Hair from Unite about what this means.

Wednesday Wire: 25th of October

Wednesday Wire: 25th of October Wednesday Wire: 25th of October, 100.01 MB
Wed 25 Oct 2017

Today on the show Lillian talks to 'Unite' about Labours plans to increase the minimum wage, aswell as discussing the #metoo campaign. Will talks to AUT's Allan Blackman about birds, dogs, and shitty people, as well as talking Marianne Elliot from Action Station about Labours plans to tackle issues in the mental health system.

The urban sanctuary facing an uncertain future

Inner-city 'sanctuary' faces an uncertain future Inner-city 'sanctuary' faces an uncertain future, 24.37 MB
Tue 24 Oct 2017

India visits Sanctuary Gardens Mahi Whenua, a community garden and food forest that faces an uncertain future, as Unitec - the owners of the land - look to create a new housing development.

Community leader highlights importance of Tokelauan language week

Community leader highlights importance of Tokelauan language week Community leader highlights importance of Tokelauan language week, 14.98 MB
Tue 24 Oct 2017

As Tokelau language week kicks off, Mack speaks to Linda Hope, an Auckland minister and advocate for the Tokelauan community in New Zealand. 

Kea steals away with Bird of the Year

Kea steals away with Bird of the Year Kea steals away with Bird of the Year, 9.94 MB
Tue 24 Oct 2017

After the Kea's success in this year's Bird of the Year competition, Mack speaks to Kea Conservation Trust chair Tamsin Orr-Walker about why the Kea finally made the cut. 

The Wire with India: Tuesday October 24, 2017

The Wire with India: Tuesday October 24, 2017 The Wire with India: Tuesday October 24, 2017, 98.94 MB
Tue 24 Oct 2017

On today's wire with India, Mack and Jack, we talk to Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter about Winston Peters' decision and everything that’s happened since.

The Kea has emerged victorious in the Bird of the Year competition, dashing the hopes of kereru fans everywhere. The Kea Conservation trust explains its successful campaign.

On the Green Desk, Jack talks with Shane Lavery about the benefits of fish reserves

We visit a community garden in Mt Albert that volunteers are worried may be developed for housing, and we take a look at Tokelau language week and the state of Tokelauan in New Zealand.

The Greens' role in the new government

The Greens' role in the new government The Greens' role in the new government , 12.69 MB
Tue 24 Oct 2017

India speaks to Julie Anne Genter, who will hold one of the newly announced ministerial spots for the Green Party, and asking about her reaction to last week’s result, and what's happened since.

This Week's Bits: Sunday, 22nd of October, 2017

This Week's Bits: Sunday, 22nd of October, 2017 This Week's Bits: Sunday, 22nd of October, 2017 , 28.53 MB
Sun 22 Oct 2017

Solitary Confinement: A Violation of Human Rights?

Solitary Confinement: A Violation of Human Rights? Solitary Confinement: A Violation of Human Rights?, 22.18 MB
Fri 20 Oct 2017

Producer Laura Kvigstad, spoke with People Against Prison Aotearoa Political Parliamentary Advocacy Coordinator, Kate McIntyre on the recent petition to end solitary confinement in New Zealand.  

Jon on Jacinda

Jon on Jacinda Jon on Jacinda, 21.48 MB
Fri 20 Oct 2017

Producer Conor speaks with Jon Johanson, senior lecturer in the politics department at Victoria University. They discuss the implications of Winston Peter’s coalition decision and what change we can expect in the coming term. 

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. 

Dear Science: Genetic sunscreen, pesticide soap & science libel

Dear Science: Genetic sunscreen, pesticide soap & science libel Dear Science: Genetic sunscreen, pesticide soap & science libel, 34.67 MB
Thu 14 Dec 2017

Professor Alan Blackman joins us again this Wednesday to discuss a new sunscreen harnessing the power of DNA; the effectiveness of baking soda as a pesticide detergent and a case of scientific disagreement that lead to court.

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.

Golriz Gharaman on the latest TPP news

Golriz Gharaman on the latest TPP news Golriz Gharaman on the latest TPP news , 14.44 MB
Mon 13 Nov 2017

This week we spoke with Greens trade spokesperson Golriz Gharaman about the latest from the TPP negotiations in Asia and the news the Greens will not support the current version of the agreement. 

Southern Cross: The Solomon Islands situation

Southern Cross: The Solomon Islands situation Southern Cross: The Solomon Islands situation, 12.72 MB
Mon 13 Nov 2017

The Solomon Islands have been through a political whirlwind as of late, with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare vacating his role following a non confidence vote. Producer Leonard Powell spoke to AUT Media Centres Kendall Hutt to learn more about the situation, and to discuss what the future of politics will look like in the Solomons. 

Jami-Lee Ross: Turbulent TPP Talks

Jami-Lee Ross: Turbulent TPP Talks Jami-Lee Ross: Turbulent TPP Talks , 34.74 MB
Fri 10 Nov 2017

Today National Party MP chats about the discussions occurring around the TPP agreements in Manila, and Kelly challenges some of National's views on the matter. They then talk about cabinet committees and the first week of a Labour parliament. 

Dear Science: Marie Curie

Dear Science: Marie Curie Dear Science: Marie Curie, 30.19 MB
Wed 8 Nov 2017

Professor Alan Blackman joins us again to talk about Marie Curie, the first woman to win a nobel prize for her pioneering work on radiation and xrays.