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Nicky Hager releases new book ‘Hit and Run’

Nicky Hager releases new book ‘Hit and Run’ Nicky Hager releases new book ‘Hit and Run’, 24.45 MB
Thu 23 Mar 2017

Nicky Hager’s latest book, ‘Hit and Run’, was just launched last night.  It’s co-authored by prominent war reporter, Jon Stephenson, and makes the case that 21 civilians, including a three-year-old girl, were killed or injured during a 2010 revenge raid in Afghanistan by the SAS. Ximena speaks to Nicky about some of the claims the book makes and the cagey response from the government so far.

OECD releases NZ environmental performance report

OECD releases NZ environmental performance report OECD releases NZ environmental performance report, 24.75 MB
Thu 23 Mar 2017

The OECD released a report yesterday which looked at the environmental performance of New Zealand. The report provides independent assessments of countries' progress in achieving environmental policy goals, as well as making policy recommendations.  The report warns that New Zealand’s high environmental quality of life is under threat from a lack of long-term planning.The country's growth is starting to show environmental limits, including increased greenhouse gas emissions, freshwater contamination and threats to biodiversity. 95bFM reporter Hannah Ross speaks to Otago University freshwater scientist Marc Schallenberg and Forest and Bird Chief Executive Kevin Hague about the findings of the report.

The Wire with Ximena: Tuesday March 23, 2017

The Wire with Ximena: Tuesday March 23, 2017 The Wire with Ximena: Tuesday March 23, 2017, 47.32 MB
Thu 23 Mar 2017

Check out the full show from Wednesday 23rd March, where Ximena & Adam take a look at corporal punishment, Niki Hargers new book, the recently released OCED report and more. 

The Bachelor NZ: a critical analysis of reality television

The Bachelor NZ: a critical analysis of reality television The Bachelor NZ: a critical analysis of reality television , 14.78 MB
Thu 23 Mar 2017

After a very successful launch in 2015, the Bachelor NZ is back to grace our screens every Sunday and Monday night, and the third season has promised audiences more romantic twists and turns than ever before. In a short space of time, it’s become a reality television staple for most Kiwis; a national institution if you will. Whether you love it, or you hate it, or you love to hate it, the truth is that we just can’t get enough of it. Earlier this week, Jogai spoke to research manager at the institute of culture, discourse, and communication at AUT Dr Philippa Smith, to develop a more critical insight into reality tv, and what exactly makes the Bachelor tick. We started out by asking why the more romantic sub-genres of reality tv tend to resonate with audiences so heavily. 

The Wire with Jogai: Thursday 23rd March, 2017

The Wire with Jogai: Thursday 23rd March, 2017 The Wire with Jogai: Thursday 23rd March, 2017, 48.03 MB
Thu 23 Mar 2017

This week, Jogai and Jess catche up with Manu Caddie from Hikurangi enterprises to learn more about their industrial hemp-growing trial and we speak to Dr Philippa Smith from AUT to gain a more critical understanding of reality television and The Bachelor NZ. Jess also has a report on the government’s plan to oil drill in 35.5% of the North Island’s Maui Dolphin sanctuary, and our news director Ximena Smith has a chat to the CEO of NZTech Graeme Muller about The Internet of Things. Andrew Little also joins us live in studio for our weekly chat. All this and more on the Thursday Wire - check out the full podcast here. 

Secret industrial hemp trial ready for harvest

Secret industrial hemp trial ready for harvest Secret industrial hemp trial ready for harvest, 6.9 MB
Thu 23 Mar 2017

A secret Ruatoria hemp trial planted in December is ready for harvest, and this Friday the community can come smell, touch and smoke the plant, to learn what all the hype is about. In December 2016, Hikurangi Enterprises secured a licence from the Ministry of Health to establish a small trial crop of industrial hemp in Ruatoria for this growing season. The possibilities for industrial hemp include foodstuffs, health products, textiles and as a housing solution. Producer Jess Smith spoke to Manu Caddie from Hikurangi Enterprises this morning, to learn more about the trial, and began by asking about the uses of hemp.

The Internet of Things

The Internet of Things The Internet of Things, 10.58 MB
Thu 23 Mar 2017


The Internet of Things (IoT) is a concept that seems like it's been lifted straight out of a sci-fi movie - think your car communicating with your home to tell your heating to turn on, or light-bulbs that you can control with your smartphone. But this type of connectivity between devices and objects is already increasingly happening around the world, and there's still so much opportunity for governments and businesses to harness the possible benefits of machine-to-machine connection. Our news director Ximena speaks to NZTech CEO Graeme Muller for further details about the Internet of Things, and about a new research project that looks at its potential benefits and risks for the New Zealand economy. 

Maui's dolphin sanctuary opened up for oil drilling

Maui's dolphin sanctuary opened up for oil drilling Maui's dolphin sanctuary opened up for oil drilling, 4.18 MB
Thu 23 Mar 2017

The Government has decided to allow oil drilling in 35.5 percent of the North Island’s Maui dolphin sanctuary, as well as along the shores of picturesque Lake Te Anau and Fiordland National Park. The Green Party announced on Wednesday that this will create major risks for New Zealand’s clean, green tourism brand, as well as putting the already endangered Maui Dolphins at risk. Earlier this week, Producer Jess Smith spoke to Green Party spokesperson Gareth Hughes to find out more about the issue, and began by asking about the government’s announcement yesterday.

Why does Apple not pay tax in New Zealand?

Why does Apple not pay tax in New Zealand? Why does Apple not pay tax in New Zealand? , 11.36 MB
Tue 21 Mar 2017

Reporter Sam Smith takes a look at the murky world of multinational tax avoidance. This comes after a NZ Herald investigation revealed Apple has not paid tax in New Zealand since 2007. 

New report calls for university rehaul

New report calls for university rehaul New report calls for university rehaul, 29.16 MB
Tue 21 Mar 2017

The Productivity Commission has drawn flak over its new recommendations for the tertiary education sector. Mack speaks to chairperson Murray Sherwin and New Zealand Union of Students' Associations President Jonathon Gee.