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New Auckland traffic data doesn’t tell full story

New Auckland traffic data doesn’t tell full story New Auckland traffic data doesn’t tell full story, 11.21 MB
Wed 15 Mar 2017

New data revealed this morning that Aucklanders spend 4 weeks a year stuck in traffic. The report, released by GPS company TomTom, says Auckland is New Zealand's most congested city and is ranked the 47th worst globally. But Transport Blog’s Matt Lowrie says this data may not be painting the full picture. Producer Adam Jacobson speaks to Matt about the stats and what March may hold for commuters across the Auckland transport network.

Food pricing at a 5 year high

Food pricing at a 5 year high Food pricing at a 5 year high, 12.41 MB
Wed 15 Mar 2017

A report released via Statistics new Zealand shows food pricing at a 5 year high. The Food Price Index shows that food prices have risen 2.2% across the board, with the most significant changes occurring in fresh vegetables, meat and dairy products. Manager of Consumer Pricing Matt Haigh talks with producer Adam Jacobson about the Food Price Index, and if a trend may be occurring.

International News Wrap: Scotland, Turkey, South Korea

International News Wrap: Scotland, Turkey, South Korea International News Wrap: Scotland, Turkey, South Korea , 3.15 MB
Tue 14 Mar 2017

Reporter Sam Smith wraps up what is happening globally news-wise. He takes a look at the possibility of another Scottish independence referendum, the controversial comments made by the Turkish President to the Netherlands, and the impeachment of South Korea's President. 

Let's get ready to rumble: Māori politics in election year

Let's get ready to rumble: Māori politics in election year Let's get ready to rumble: Māori politics in election year , 9.4 MB
Tue 14 Mar 2017

Reporter Sam Smith speaks to TV3's The Hui producer Annabelle Lee about what to expect in Māori politics this election year, and how the media should cover Māori politics. 

Government clamps down on Tokelau spending

Government clamps down on Tokelau spending Government clamps down on Tokelau spending, 19.64 MB
Tue 14 Mar 2017

Tokelau’s latest government is at odds with New Zealand’s administration of the country. Mack speaks to constitutional adviser Tony Angelo and Labour's spokesperson for Pacific Island Affairs, Su'a William Sio about the latest developments. 

Meet Uber's big brother, Greyball

Meet Uber's big brother, Greyball Meet Uber's big brother, Greyball, 16.11 MB
Tue 14 Mar 2017

A New York Times investigation has revealed Uber to be evading the law in cities where its unlicensed. Mack speaks to Auckland University Associate Professor Scott Optican about the legal case it would make in New Zealand. 

The Wire with Mack: Tuesday 14th March, 2017

The Wire with Mack: Tuesday 14th March, 2017 The Wire with Mack: Tuesday 14th March, 2017, 109.87 MB
Tue 14 Mar 2017

Check out the full podcast for this week's Tuesday show, which includes an investigation into New Zealand's reprimand of Tokelau, a look at political developments across the world, an interview with a law professor on what Uber's law dodging means in a New Zealand context, a report on covering Māori politics in election year, and more. 

The future of the NZ SuperFund

The Future of the NZ SuperFund The Future of the NZ SuperFund, 2.59 MB
Mon 13 Mar 2017

Prime Minister Bill English's surprise announcement that National will drop a key policy of the last election drew criticism from across party lines. English claimed increasing life expectancy means, by 2040, retirement at 65 is an luxury New Zealand can no longer afford. bfm producer Ben Goldson speaks to NZ SuperFund's Chief Investment Officer to gain a better understanding of how it all works.

Is Auckland prepared for more extreme weather?

Is Auckland prepared for more extreme weather? Is Auckland prepared for more extreme weather?, 4.47 MB
Mon 13 Mar 2017

Heavy rain last week caused flooding across Auckland, as well as a build-up in sediment at the Ardmore Water Treatment Plant. This led to call by Watercare for Aucklanders to cut back by 20 litres a day or else face untreated water in the grid. Producer Ben Goldson speaks to Watercare Chief Executive Raveem Jaduram.

Taranaki's first suicide prevention refuge

Taranaki's first suicide prevention refuge Taranaki's first suicide prevention refuge, 14.32 MB
Mon 13 Mar 2017

This past Saturday was the official opening of Taranaki Retreat. This service is Taranaki’s first suicide prevention refuge. bFM reporter Amanda Jane Robinson spoke to one of the retreat's founders, Jamie Allen, about the opening.