Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news and current affairs show. Your hosts, Rosetta Stone, Milly Smyth, Caeden Tipler, and Jessica Hopkins, focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere in independent-thinking bFM style. Monday-Thursday 12-1pm on 95bFM.
This morning, a convoy of eight trucks crossed Harbour Bridge to provide 100 kilometres of fencing to be donated to farmers affected by the cyclones. This was part of a Farmers Community Connect event, organised by Rapid Relief Team New Zealand, to provide assistance and advice to farmers.
Olivia talked to Director at Rapid Relief Team New Zealand, Danny Blampied, about this initiative, and the support Rapid Relief Team provides more generally.
For our weekly catch up with the Green Party Rawan spoke with Party Co-Leader James Shaw about some of the issues they have recently voiced concerns about.
First off Rawan asked about their push for progress on protection around the Hauraki Gulf. Earlier this week the green party wrote to the incoming government, to call for the progression without delay of the Hauraki Gulf/Tīkapa Moana Marine Protection Bill. James also spoke about the importance of this bill and the need for ocean protection in the Hauraki gulf.
They then discussed the party’s recent petition to save the oil and gas ban, which the new government plans to lift. James spoke about the pressing need for banning oil and gas exploration and what the alternative options are.
Finally Rawan asked about the party’s stance on the new government's changes to the smoke free legislations and what this could mean for New Zealanders.
This Week on Get Action!, Olivia spoke with Hinauri Apa-Fepulea’i, about her team’s Fossil Fuel Non Proliferation Treaty, which calls for the Government to phase out fossil fuel usage and production, as well as preventing new coal, oil, and gas developments.
Hinauri discussed why this treaty is important, the three pillars of the treaty, and where people can go to learn more, and support this cause.
Earlier this week the new National ACT and NZ First government announced that in order to fund Nationals promised tax cuts they will be making changes to the Smoke free Legislation.
This includes revoking the ban on the sale of cigarettes to future generations, reducing nicotine levels and limiting the number of tobacco retailers.
Many organisations have come forward to express their concern about this change including the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation New Zealand.
This morning Rawan spoke with the foundation’s CEO, Letitia Harding about the negative health impacts of this change, National’s claim that the legislation would lead to a growth in the black market and what we need to do to protect Aotearoa’s youth from lung and heart disease.
Elder Abuse is misunderstood, and difficult to spot, with many common forms often going unnoticed. These include psychological and financial abuse, as well as the more talked about physical elder abuse.
Olivia talked to Age Concern New Zealand’s Educator of Elder Abuse and Neglect, Hanny Naus (NAWS?) about this issue. Hanny discussed the means of identifying possible abuse, and what people can do if they do suspect it.
Last year alone, SIXTY THREE deceased organ donors, with support from whānau, donated organs following death, providing lifesaving kidney, liver, lung, heart or pancreas transplants for ONE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY FOUR kiwis.
On Thursday, 30th November, Organ Donation New Zealand and organ donation recipients across the country will come together to say thanks to everyone involved in making organ donation possible.
Lou talked to Sue Garland, Donor Coordinator for Organ Donation New Zealand about this day further.
From November 1st to November 30th, Green Bottle and Auckland Council are running Drink Different, a promotion that encourages the public to participate in a survey about reusing glass bottles in Tāmaki Makaurau.
Beth spoke to Founder and Director of Green Bottle NZ Neil Pollett about Drink Different, and how Green Bottle hopes to inform change in the way that Tāmaki Makaurau thinks about and gets rid of their glass bottles.
Recently, in the cryptocurrency field, we have seen Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, more commonly referred to as CZ, step down and plead guilty to breaking US anti-money laundering laws, as part of a Four Billion US Dollar settlement with the US Department of Justice. He is now currently facing up to 10 years in prison.
Lou talked to Dr Olivier Jutel, Communications Lecturer at the University of Otago, about this further.
This week Allan joins the crew to discuss allegations of manipulated data that supported a major stroke trial and important Alzheimer’s research, new research into the factors that influence decisions made by chess players and a new intravenous needle that softens once in the body.
This week Davide Mercadante joins the team in the studio for Dear Science. Davide talks the group through scientifically backed coaching methods, the genetic advantages of sunflowers and a new study that is looking at how our native language affects how we think.
For their regular catch-up, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Green Party Co-Leader, James Shaw, about whether Aotearoa should be calling for a ceasefire in Gaza and the Auckland Council voting against having indigenous representation in the form of Māori seats, while just under half of New Zealand’s 78 councils voted to have the indigenous representation.
This week Davide joins the crew to discuss the discovery of hidden trees throughout Europe that gives new hope for carbon storage, potentially hazardous litter leaf and the pitfalls of biodegradable bags might not be as good as we thought to recycle organic waste!
The Tuesday Wire team is joined by Davide Mercadante for Dear Science. The team discusses honesty migration drain, the false probability of coin flips and a new enzyme that fights against viruses and mutations.
For our weekly catch-up, News and Editorial Director Jessica Hopkins spoke to Green Party Co-leader James Shaw about New Zealand’s response to recent Israel and Hamas attacks and whether the Green Party believes the international community should do more to support Palestine.
And with election day approaching, they also discussed the importance of voting, and why the Green Party believes you should give their vote to them.