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Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news & current affairs show, The Wire. Your hosts Jessica Hopkins, Jemima Huston, Frances Wright, Zazi Hewlett, Justin Wong and Noah Ferguson-Dudding focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere, in independent-thinking bFM style. Weekdays 12-1pm on 95bFM.

The Wire with Jemima: October 19, 2021

The Wire with Jemima: October 19, 2021 The Wire with Jemima: October 19, 2021, 106.72 MB
Tue 19 Oct 2021

This week on the Tuesday Wire, Jemima Huston speaks to Associate Professor Lynn McBain about the potential impact of widespread delta in the community on the primary care sector now that New Zealand’s Covid strategy is suppression.

Jemima catches up with Te Pāti Māori co-leader Debbie Ngarewa Packer about Super Saturday and Aotearoa’s vaccination rate status. . 

Joe Wickins speaks to the Director of CERT New Zealand Rob Pope about Cyber Smart Week.

Jemima talks to Brooke Pao Stanley from Auckland Action Against Poverty about the impact of the latest lockdown on beneficiaries. 

Finally, Joe wraps it up with a conversation with Professor Rachael Taylor from the University of Otago about the benefits of fasting. 

Super Saturday, Māori Vaccination Rates and Politicising the Vaccine: October 19, 2021

Super Saturday, Māori Vaccination Rates and Politicising the Vaccine: October 19, 2021 Super Saturday, Māori Vaccination Rates and Politicising the Vaccine: October 19, 2021, 14.52 MB
Tue 19 Oct 2021

News and Editorial Director Jemima Huston interviews Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer to hear about how the party is responding to the delta outbreak. They discuss the Super Saturday vaccination drive, vaccination rates for Māori and politicising the Covid-19 vaccine. 

The Wire With Jessica: October 18, 2021

The Wire With Jessica: October 18, 2021 The Wire With Jessica: October 18, 2021, 100.52 MB
Mon 18 Oct 2021

This week on the show, Jessica Hopkins speaks to Sanat, a high school student and member of Make it 16 about lowering the voting age, and Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand Chief Executive Ah-Leen Rayner about the impact of COVID-19 on breast cancer diagnoses. 

Producer Louis Macalister talks to Manukau Ward Councillor Efeso Collins about the Super Saturday vaccination event, and the Restaurant Association’s Marisa Bidois about their proposal to the Government for more support for hospitality. 

Christina Huang will also be continuing her regular segment with the Waitematā Local Board. This week she speaks to Chairperson Richard Northey. 

Lowering the Voting Age w/ Sanat from Make it 16

Lowering the Voting Age w/ Sanat from Make it 16 Lowering the Voting Age w/ Sanat from Make it 16, 9.35 MB
Mon 18 Oct 2021

The Government has announced a major review of Aotearoa's electoral laws, and lowering the voting age is one of the main issues being considered.

An independent panel of experts recommended by political parties, universities, youth and Māori organisations, and the law society will be appointed to conduct the review by the 2023 elections. 

The youth-led campaign to Make it 16, has been advocating to lower the voting age to 16 in Aotearoa since 2019.

Jessica Hopkins talks to year 13 student, and Auckland member, Sanat about this announcement, and what the panel should consider in their decision. 

Here is that interview....

The Impact of COVID-19 on Breast Cancer Diagnoses w/ Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand Chief Executive Ah-Leen Rayner

The Impact of COVID-19 on Breast Cancer Diagnoses w/ Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand Chief Executive Ah-Leen Rayner The Impact of COVID-19 on Breast Cancer Diagnoses w/ Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand Chief Executive Ah-Leen Rayner , 6.85 MB
Mon 18 Oct 2021

Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand has recently expressed concerns about the impact of COVID-19 lockdowns on breast cancer diagnoses.

Jessica Hopkins spoke to chief executive Ah-Leen Rayner, who says that there are at least 133 women who don’t know they have breast cancer right now because lockdowns prevented them from getting the mammogram that would have diagnosed them.

Here is that interview...

The Wire with Noah: October 15, 2021

The Wire with Noah: October 15, 2021 The Wire with Noah: October 15, 2021, 103.2 MB
Fri 15 Oct 2021

Another busy Friday Wire:

Noah speaks to Christopher Luxon about local government; Professor Gaven Martin about math in NZ schools; and Emeritus Professor Warren Tate about 'Long Covid' and chronic fatigue.

Ilena speaks to outgoing Childrens' Commissioner Andrew Becroft about the youth justice system, and Auckland Councillor Pippa Coom about tomorrow's Super Saturday vaccine event.

City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: October 15, 2021

City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: October 15, 2021 City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: October 15, 2021, 18.18 MB
Fri 15 Oct 2021

This morning, Ilena had her regular catch up with Pippa Coom. They talked about the Super Saturday national vaccination drive that is happening tomorrow, and how those who are unvaccinated or need another dose can take advantage of the day with its greater accessibility and added incentives. They talked about how those who have had two shots can encourage whānau and friends to be a part of the day.

Pippa also touched on what Auckland’s targeted rates are and how successful they’ve been. Lastly, she spoke about the upcoming, little known, but greatly important Entrust elections and why they matter.

 

Emissions reduction: draft plan weak on nature, says Forest & Bird: October 14, 2021

Emissions reduction: draft plan weak on nature, says Forest & Bird: October 14, 2021 Emissions reduction: draft plan weak on nature, says Forest & Bird: October 14, 2021, 11.53 MB
Thu 14 Oct 2021

Environmental groups and unions have said the government’s discussion document on New Zealand’s plan to become net zero by twenty fifty focuses too much on cutting transport emissions and instead letting agriculture and energy emissions off the hook.

The draft plan to make New Zealand net zero by 2050 includes measures to cut down car travelling and boost the number of EVs.

Forest and Bird said the government hasn’t acted like there is a climate emergency and the plan did not mention much on energy emissions or a nature-based approach.  Justin spoke to their Strategic advisor Geoff Keey.

 

Government emissions reduction plan only outsource emissions - union: October 14, 2021

Government emissions reduction plan only outsource emissions - union: October 14, 2021 Government emissions reduction plan only outsource emissions - union: October 14, 2021, 13.52 MB
Thu 14 Oct 2021

Environmental groups and unions have said the government’s discussion document on New Zealand’s plan to become net zero by twenty fifty focuses too much on cutting transport emissions and instead letting agriculture and energy emissions off the hook.

The draft plan to make New Zealand net zero by 2050 includes measures to cut down car travelling and boost the number of EVs.

First Union has criticised the plan, saying its energy emission reductions relied too much on closing the Marsden Point oil refinery and it only outsources emissions overseas.  Jared Abbott is the union’s secretary for transport, logistics and manufacturing and he spoke to Justin Wong.

 

Labour's Andrew Little: October 14, 2021

Labour's Andrew Little: October 14, 2021 Labour's Andrew Little: October 14, 2021, 21.07 MB
Thu 14 Oct 2021

Justin spoke to Health Minister Andrew Little about how ICU could cope with a Covid-19 surge, the grace period that exempts medicinal cannabis products from new safety standards ending, and the End of Life Choice Act, which could come into force on November 7.

Super Saturday, Māori Vaccination Rates and Politicising the Vaccine: October 19, 2021

Super Saturday, Māori Vaccination Rates and Politicising the Vaccine: October 19, 2021 Super Saturday, Māori Vaccination Rates and Politicising the Vaccine: October 19, 2021, 14.52 MB
Tue 19 Oct 2021

News and Editorial Director Jemima Huston interviews Māori Party co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer to hear about how the party is responding to the delta outbreak. They discuss the Super Saturday vaccination drive, vaccination rates for Māori and politicising the Covid-19 vaccine. 

City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: October 15, 2021

City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: October 15, 2021 City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: October 15, 2021, 18.18 MB
Fri 15 Oct 2021

This morning, Ilena had her regular catch up with Pippa Coom. They talked about the Super Saturday national vaccination drive that is happening tomorrow, and how those who are unvaccinated or need another dose can take advantage of the day with its greater accessibility and added incentives. They talked about how those who have had two shots can encourage whānau and friends to be a part of the day.

Pippa also touched on what Auckland’s targeted rates are and how successful they’ve been. Lastly, she spoke about the upcoming, little known, but greatly important Entrust elections and why they matter.

 

A Review of Local Government w/ Christopher Luxon: October 15, 2021

A Review of Local Government w/ Christopher Luxon: October 15, 2021 A Review of Local Government w/ Christopher Luxon: October 15, 2021, 12.01 MB
Fri 15 Oct 2021

The government has released an interim report on local government in New Zealand and announced a review to take place over the next two years. Noah Ferguson-Dudding spoke to National's Spokesperson for Local Government, Christopher Luxon, about the report and what changes he would like to see to local government structure. They also discussed the interaction of central and local government in Aotearoa, and whether Māori and Iwi leaders should play a larger role.

Justin's International Desk: October 14, 2021

Justin's International Desk: October 14, 2021 Justin's International Desk: October 14, 2021, 16.54 MB
Thu 14 Oct 2021

International Desk reports on the latest cross-strait relations between Taiwan and China, after a record number of Chinese fighter planes entered Taiwan's air defence zone.  Justin spoke to Canterbury University's Professor Alex Tan on what the latest developments mean for the region.

Labour's Andrew Little: October 14, 2021

Labour's Andrew Little: October 14, 2021 Labour's Andrew Little: October 14, 2021, 21.07 MB
Thu 14 Oct 2021

Justin spoke to Health Minister Andrew Little about how ICU could cope with a Covid-19 surge, the grace period that exempts medicinal cannabis products from new safety standards ending, and the End of Life Choice Act, which could come into force on November 7.

ACT's Brooke van Velden on the Vaccine Mandate and the New Covid-19 Treatment Pill: October 13, 2021.

ACT's Brooke van Velden on the Vaccine Mandate and the New Covid-19 Treatment Pill: October 13, 2021. , 20.51 MB
Wed 13 Oct 2021

This week, Zazi speaks to Brooke about the vaccine mandate for teachers and most healthcare workers, as well as the Government signing an advanced purchase agreement for the new Covid-19 treatment pill Molnupiravir.

In the first half, Zazi asks Brooke about whether she believes the vaccine mandate will increase vaccination numbers, whether this mandate will result in workers leaving their place of employment, and whether the tertiary education sector should be included in the madate.

In the second half, Zazi and Brooke talk about ACT's support for the new Covid-19 treatment pill Molnupiravir, the significance of New Zealand being one of the first countries in the world to sign this advanced purchase, as well as the efficiency of Medsafe.

The Future Of Diamonds: Bling built in the lab with Dr Geoff Wilmott: October 12, 2021

The Future Of Diamonds: Bling built in the lab with Dr Geoff Wilmott: October 12, 2021 The Future Of Diamonds: Bling built in the lab with Dr Geoff Wilmott: October 12, 2021, 10.87 MB
Tue 12 Oct 2021

To paraphrase Beyonce - If you like it then you should have put a lab grown ring on it! This week we discuss the rise of synthetic diamonds. Looking at market pressures, the energy consumption of the synthetic process and we get into the science of how diamonds form as carbon under pressure.

The Latest Lockdown Limits w/ Christopher Luxon: October 8, 2021

The Latest Lockdown Limits w/ Christopher Luxon: October 8, 2021 The Latest Lockdown Limits w/ Christopher Luxon: October 8, 2021, 15.44 MB
Fri 8 Oct 2021

Noah Ferguson-Dudding caught up with National MP Christopher Luxon for their weekly chat. They discussed the latest regulations around lockdowns in Auckland, alternative avenues the government could be exploring to deal with Covid-19, and where he sees the country going with the pandemic.

Justin's International Desk: October 7, 2021

Justin's International Desk: October 7, 2021 Justin's International Desk: October 7, 2021, 22.69 MB
Thu 7 Oct 2021

Justin talked to Victoria University's Dr Mona Krewel about the German federal election.  The Social Democrats under Olaf Scholz has won the election and are in coalition talks with the Greens and the liberal FDP party.

Neighbourhood Watch: October 7, 2021

Neighbourhood Watch: October 7, 2021 Neighbourhood Watch: October 7, 2021, 14.65 MB
Thu 7 Oct 2021

Neighbourhood Watch reports on Dominic Perottett becoming the new premier of New South Wales after Gladys Berejiklian resigned after an anti-corruption investigation.