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This Week's Bits: Sunday, 14th of May, 2017

This Week's Bits: Sunday, 14th of May, 2017 This Week's Bits: Sunday, 14th of May, 2017, 30.22 MB
Sun 14 May 2017

Hannah Ross gives you the low down of this weeks best bFM news bits.

Should the government shift to a variable subsidies model for tertiary education funding?

Should the government shift to a variable subsidies model for tertiary education funding? Should the government shift to a variable subsidies model for tertiary education funding?, 31.11 MB
Fri 12 May 2017

The Productivity Commission has proposed that the government should shift to variable subsidies for tertiary education funding.
95bFM reporter, Kelly Enright spoke to Productivity Commission chief Advisor Kevin Moar about the report. She started by asking what the proposal actually recommends.

bFM’s Joel Thomas also spoke to Jonathan Gee, the president of the New Zealand Union of Students Association, about the problems he has with the proposal. Gee believes variable subsidies will disadvantage lower-income students and imply the sole purpose of tertiary education is to get students into the workplace.

Does the Government’s proposed water standards actually improve swimability?

Does the Government’s proposed water standards actually improve swimability? Does the Government’s proposed water standards actually improve swimability?, 20.61 MB
Fri 12 May 2017

NIWA released a report about whether the Government's proposed water standards actually improve swimability, and how it compares to overseas standards.
The report came after some confusion and public debate about what the swimmable rivers component related to E. coli actually meant. NIWA prepared a technical background paper to inform us, and people in the science community so fact-based conclusions could be made.

bFM's Tess Barnett spoke to Marnie Prickett from the freshwater campaign group, Choose Clean Water, about the report and where their organisation stands on the issue.

 

The Wire with Tess: Friday 12th May, 2017

The Wire with Tess: Friday 12th May, 2017 The Wire with Tess: Friday 12th May, 2017, 78.37 MB
Fri 12 May 2017

This week, we chat to Kevin Moar from the productivity commission about a proposed plan for tertiary subsidies, Joel also chats to Jonathon Gee from the New Zealand Union of Students Associations about the issue. Joel and Tess have their weekly chat with National MP Jami-Lee Ross, this week we discuss Maori run prisons and the DOC funding. Joel spoke to Radio Adelaide's Nicole Wedding for all the latest in Australian news. Lastly, Tess spoke to Marnie Prickett from freshwater campaign group Choose Clean Water about a report released by NIWA about New Zealand's water standards. 

Government rejects Equal Pay Bill

Government rejects Equal Pay Bill Government rejects Equal Pay Bill, 9.77 MB
Thu 11 May 2017

Last night the government voted against a Green Party Bill that was proposed to help reduce the gender pay gap in Aotearoa, which currently stands between 12 and 14 per cent. Wire producer Harry Willis spoke with Green Party Women's Spokesperson Jan Logie about the Bill, beginning with the question of what it actually is and what it hopes to achieve.

Is tax distortion responsible for our housing crisis?

Is tax distortion responsible for our housing crisis? Is tax distortion responsible for our housing crisis?, 25.55 MB
Thu 11 May 2017

New research is claiming that New Zealand has one of the most distorted tax environments for housing of any country in the OECD. Dr. Andrew Coleman, an Affiliate of Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, argues that had tax policy been different, the country might not be seeing the housing crisis currently in effect. bFM reporter Ximena Smith spoke with Dr. Coleman earlier this week, starting with a breakdown of the tax problems we're currently are facing. 

The changing face of Karangahape Road

The changing face of Karangahape Road The changing face of Karangahape Road, 13.99 MB
Thu 11 May 2017

With more retail spaces going up for sale in St Kevin's arcade this week, Karangahape Road continues its spruce up in preparation for the City Rail Link. bFM reporter Harry Willis speaks to St Kevins Arcade alumnus, Search and Destroy's Alison Reid, on why the favourite second-hand clothing store has moved out, and her thoughts on the changing face of K Road. 

The Wire with Jogai: Thursday 11th May, 2017

The Wire with Jogai: Thursday 11th May, 2017 The Wire with Jogai: Thursday 11th May, 2017, 133.88 MB
Thu 11 May 2017

This week, Jogai and Harry chat with Jan Logie about the government rejection of the Green Party’s Equal Pay Amendment Bill, and bFM reporter Katie Doyle has a report on threatened species strategy with Forest and Bird’s Kevin Hackwell. Our news director Ximena Smith catches up with Andrew Coleman to discuss the impacts of tax distortion on our current housing crisis, and Harry chats to owner of Search and Destroy about the changing face of Karangahape Road. Andrew Little is also back for our weekly chat. All this and more on the Thursday Wire - check out the full podcast here.
 

Dear Science: Sharks pt. 2

Dear Science: Sharks pt. 2 2, 37.13 MB
Wed 10 May 2017

Sam Fraser-Baxter is back with us again for Dear Science, covering Allan while he is still away overseas. This week, Sam chats to Ximena about the two sides to the Stewart Island cage diving controversy - locals are arguing the booming cage-diving industry on the island is attracting more sharks and that this will inevitably provoke a shark attack, while cage-diving advocates say there isn’t enough evidence to suggest this is the case. Sam also talks to Ximena about a small French island east of Madagascar, which is also known as the most dangerous place in the world for shark attacks.

 

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday May 10, 2017

The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday May 10, 2017 The Wire with Ximena: Wednesday May 10, 2017, 96.84 MB
Wed 10 May 2017

This week on the Wednesday show, Ximena & Adam hear a series of critical perspectives from a number of different voices, including Greater Auckland’s Matthew Lowrie on recent plans from Auckland Transport, as well as the Pacific Panther Network’s Sina Brown-Davis on the concept of Māori-run prisons. Sam Fraser-Baxter also joins us again this week for Dear Science, following-up on last week with a second round of fascinating shark-related fodder.