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Outlaw Ocean: Investigating crime at sea

Outlaw Ocean: Investigating crime at sea Outlaw Ocean: Investigating crime at sea, 30.28 MB
Wed 8 Mar 2017

The open oceans are a violent and lawless place, an area of the globe where human trafficking, illegal fishing operations and deplorable murders occur frequently. “The Outlaw Ocean” series tackles these issues, exploring them in a seven part series published in the New York Times.  

95bFM’s Adam Jacobson speaks with investigative journalist and author of “The Outlaw Ocean”, Ian Urbina, about his troubling reports of crime and violence in international waters.

Watercare responds to criticism over Oratia plant plans

Watercare responds to criticism over Oratia plant plans Watercare responds to criticism over Oratia plant plans, 14.74 MB
Wed 8 Mar 2017

Yesterday we spoke to Titirangi Residents and Ratepayers Association Chair Dr Mels Barton about her group's opposition to the proposed development of the Oratia water treatment plant. Barton also told bFM that those who suggested the two communities were 'pitted against each other' were completely misrepresenting the situation. She said she welcomed the development to Titirangi, but only so long as the publicly owned Exhibition Drive was kept from being sold.

There's some confusion on that final point, as Watercare deny any such plans exist. 95bFM’s Mack Smith speaks to Watercare operations manager Priyan Perera about these issues.

The Wire with Ximena: Monday March 8, 2017

The Wire with Ximena: Monday March 8, 2017 The Wire with Ximena: Monday March 8, 2017, 133.57 MB
Wed 8 Mar 2017

This week on the show, Ximena and Adam celebrate International Women’s Day with guests Carol Beaumont from the National Council for Women and Prue Kapua from the Māori Women’s Welfare League. They also debunk several science myths with AUT’s Allan Blackman for Dear Science, and also chat to investigative reporter Ian Urbina about his work reporting on crime at sea.

 

Should we change the voter age to 16?

Should we change the voter age to 16? Should we change the voter age to 16?, 8.85 MB
Tue 7 Mar 2017

The children's commissioner is proposing we look into the idea of lowering the voter age in New Zealand to 16. Reporter Sam Smith investigates this idea in a special report where he speaks to RockEnrols Laura O'Connell Rapira. 

The hidden controversy in 'Hidden Pacific'

The hidden controversy in 'Hidden Pacific' The hidden controversy in 'Hidden Pacific', 18.78 MB
Tue 7 Mar 2017

Green Party candidate Leilani Tamu explains why the Herald’s latest foray in Pacific coverage highlights a lack of reporting in the area from New Zealand’s media.

The struggle of writing in New Zealand

The struggle of writing in New Zealand The struggle of writing in New Zealand , 5.74 MB
Tue 7 Mar 2017

A new report commissioned by Copyright Licensing NZ has revealed that New Zealand writers are struggling to make a living. The report showed that many writers are having to take on other jobs outside of writing to meat the costs of living. On average, writers in New Zealand earn $13,500, while most spend a majority of their time working in another occupation. Reporter Sam Smith spoke to the head of the New Zealand Society of Authors Jackie Dennis about the situation. 

Titirangi joins Oratia's uproar over Watercare

Titirangi joins Oratia's uproar over Watercare Titirangi joins Oratia's uproar over Watercare, 15.1 MB
Tue 7 Mar 2017

Oratia has been the centre of outrage for residents opposing Watercare's proposed new facility but now Titirangi has voiced the same concerns over the development. Mack speaks with Titirangi Residents and Ratepayers Association Chair Dr Mels Barton about the situation. 

Research offers a new hope for the Maui's dolphin

Research offers a new hope for the Maui's dolphin Research offers a new hope for the Maui's dolphin, 18.82 MB
Tue 7 Mar 2017

A new scientific study involving thermal detection may hold the answers to saving two species of endangered dolphins in New Zealand. Mack speaks to Ocean Life Survey’s Martin Stanley about his new research. 

The Wire with Mack: Tuesday March 7th, 2017

The Wire with Mack: Tuesday March 7th, 2017 The Wire with Mack: Tuesday March 7th, 2017, 97.06 MB
Tue 7 Mar 2017

Check out the full podcast for this week's Tuesday show, where we take a look at the new proposed voting age and speak to the Residents and Ratepayers Association about joining forces against Watercare with the Oratia community, Green candidate Leilani Tamu about the problems with the NZ Herald's latest Pacific coverage, a researcher behind a push for saving Maui's dolphins with thermal detection, and more. 

The Wire with Ximena: Monday March 6, 2017

The Wire with Ximena: Monday March 6, 2017 The Wire with Ximena: Monday March 6, 2017, 121.12 MB
Mon 6 Mar 2017

This week on the show, Ximena, Ben & Tess look into a new group advocating more action around addressing domestic violence in New Zealand and have their fortnightly chat with Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei. New Zealand First leader Winston Peters also joins them for a chat at the end of the show about the party's prospects going into this year's election & about some of key issues in politics at the moment.