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Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news & current affairs show. Your hosts Joe Wickins, Christina Huang, Stella Huggins, Joe Wickins and Casper McGuire focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere in independent-thinking bFM style. Weekdays 12-1pm on 95bFM.

Arts Funding Cuts w/ Steve Thomas from Arts On Tour NZ: September 23rd, 2022

Arts Funding Cuts w/ Steve Thomas from Arts On Tour NZ: September 23rd, 2022 Arts Funding Cuts w/ Steve Thomas from Arts On Tour NZ: September 23rd, 2022, 19.3 MB
Fri 23 Sep 2022

Various art groups from throughout New Zealand have recently had their funding cut back by Creative NZ, in the midst of the government entities extension of their Kahikatea Scheme.

This includes the Shakespeare globe theatre, an artist residency at the home of painter Colin McCahon, and the Arts On Tour NZ .

The scheme has brought in important new talent for funding, but the letting go of groups who’ve received funding in the ast has raised questions about expanding arts funding.

To learn more, Liam had a chat with Steve Thomas, the artistic director of Arts on Tour, about how they’re planning to adapt.

 

Spying Seals From Space w/ Doctor Michelle LaRue: September 23rd, 2022

Spying Seals From Space w/ Doctor Michelle LaRue: September 23rd, 2022 Spying Seals From Space w/ Doctor Michelle LaRue: September 23rd, 2022, 22.62 MB
Fri 23 Sep 2022

A years-long research project  has recently concluded, providing an understanding of the number of Weddell seals in Antarctica. 

The project involved the usage of satellites, which researchers made public and asked volunteers to count the number of seals in the continent.

In their final report of the findings, researchers discovered that the number of seals was much lower than initially thought.

Liam had a chat with Dr Michelle LaRue, an associate professor of Gateway Antarctica at the University of Canterbury, about the findings.

 

Food Insecurity w/ Rebekah Graham: September 23rd, 2022

Food Insecurity w/ Rebekah Graham: September 23rd, 2022 Food Insecurity w/ Rebekah Graham: September 23rd, 2022, 12.94 MB
Fri 23 Sep 2022

Food insecurity impacts thousands of New Zealand families every week.

However, the myth that people aren’t making the right life choices still exists.

David spoke to Rebekah Graham from Parents of Vision Impaired about the issue.

Ukrainian Language w/ Corinne Seals: 23rd September, 2022

Ukrainian Language w/ Corinne Seals: 23rd September, 2022 Ukrainian Language w/ Corinne Seals: 23rd September, 2022, 21.81 MB
Fri 23 Sep 2022

Vladimir Putin claims Russia and Ukraine are one people, denying the country its own history and culture.

Ukrainian language and culture is seeing a renaissance in the face of Russian aggression.

David spoke to Victoria University of Wellington Applied Linguistics Professor Corinne Seals about how Ukrainians are embracing their own identity. 

The Wire w/ Liam: September 23rd, 2022

The Wire w/ Liam: September 23rd, 2022 The Wire w/ Liam: September 23rd, 2022, 100.45 MB
Fri 23 Sep 2022

Today on the Friday Wire:

Liam spoke to Pippa Coom on their regular City Counselling Segment, chatting about her final report of this council term and the upcoming local elections. 

David spoke to Rebekah Graham from Parents of Vision Impaired about food insecurity amongst some of our country’s poorest people.

Liam also had a chat with Steve Thomas from Arts on Tour about arts funding in Aotearoa New Zealand.

David talked to Corrine Sales from Victoria University of Wellington about the Ukrainian language.

And finally Liam had a chat with the University of Canterbury’s Michelle LaRue about her research using satellites to understand wendell seal populations.

The Wire w/ Joe: September 22, 2022

The Wire w/ Joe: September 22, 2022 The Wire w/ Joe: September 22, 2022, 108.43 MB
Thu 22 Sep 2022

This week on The Wire for Rāpare Thursday!

As per usual, Tuva’a brings us our regular chat with Labour's Andrew Little.

Joe speaks to Mohamed Elkharboutly from Massey University about traditional knowledge being the key to building cyclone-resistant homes in Fiji. Joe also talks to the Chief Executive of Alzheimers NZ, Catherine Hall, about global research indicating concerns in Alzheimers post diagnostic care.

Frances brings us Greendesk! She speaks to CEO Heather Saunderson from Keep New Zealand Beautiful about Clean Up Week.

Joe also speaks to SAFE for Animals CEO Debra Ashton about new data revealing the failure of the international live export trade to protect New Zealand’s animals.

That's us for the Thursday Wire!

 

The Uffindell report w/ Dr Lara Greaves: September 20, 2022

The Uffindell report w/ Dr Lara Greaves: September 20, 2022 The Uffindell report w/ Dr Lara Greaves: September 20, 2022, 15.73 MB
Tue 20 Sep 2022

Newly elected Tauranga MP Sam Uffindell came under scrutiny last month after Stuff revealed he had been involved in a serious assault on a 13-year-old boy when he was a student at King's College. Later, his female flatmate from when he was attending Otago University came forward with allegations of threatening and abusive behaviour.

Uffindell was suspended from caucus while an independent inquiry by Maria Dew KC took place. On Monday, National announced the findings of the investigation: aside from the King's College incident, the other bullying allegations were unsubstantiated.

For her analysis on the affair and how it was handled by National, Christina spoke to political commentator Dr Lara Greaves.

Electoral Engagement w/ Shane Reti: September 20, 2022

Electoral Engagement w/ Shane Reti: September 20, 2022 Electoral Engagement w/ Shane Reti: September 20, 2022, 16.21 MB
Tue 20 Sep 2022

Voting for this year’s local body elections has begun, which is bringing increasing scrutiny to the issue of voter engagement.

Particularly for young people, Maori and Pasifika, but also for the general population, voter participation in local elections is relatively low and on the decline.

In regards to next year’s national election, the Independant Electoral Review Panel has begun seeking public input on potential changes to the electoral system that could benefit New Zealand’s democracy.

For Casper's weekly catch-up with National MP Dr Shane Reti, they discussed this topic of voter engagement as well as what might be expected from this electoral review and which changes he might believe to be useful.

 

Consent Law Reform w/ Layba Zubair: September 20, 2022

Consent Law Reform w/ Layba Zubair: September 20, 2022 Consent Law Reform w/ Layba Zubair: September 20, 2022, 20.46 MB
Tue 20 Sep 2022

Content warning: this next story contains details of rape and sexual assault.

Christina sat down with Layba Zubair to talk about her petition to reform consent laws in Aotearoa, which had received 12,000 signatures by the time it closed and will now head to Parliament.

The Wire w/ Joe: September 19, 2022

The Wire w/ Joe: September 19, 2022 The Wire w/ Joe: September 19, 2022, 108.07 MB
Mon 19 Sep 2022

The Wire for Rāhina Monday!

This week on the show Joe speaks to Ingrid O’Sullivan, a Senior Adviser in Environmental Law at Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington, about turtle bycatch mitigation. He also speaks to Wayne Macpherson from Massey University about how employers can improve workplace flexibility. 

Trishil speaks to Darrin Bull from ADHD New Zealand about the ADHD healthcare improvements.

And Stella and Isla speak with Rebecca Trelease about Reality TV and Audience Psychology for our regular fortnightly segment, Tomorrow's World!

That's us for the Monday Wire!

City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: September 23rd, 2022

City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: September 23rd, 2022 City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: September 23rd, 2022, 14.9 MB
Fri 23 Sep 2022

As we are in the midst of local election voting, councillors are beginning to wrap up their terms with Final Reports. 

Pippa Coom, the councillor for Waitematā and Gulf, has recently released her own report on the achievements she’s made and issues she’s encountered over the past three years.
As a part of their fortnightly chats on City Counselling, Liam and Pippa had a kōrero about the report and what she’s looking to do if re-elected.

They also spoke more broadly about the local elections, as well as ongoing climate strikes happening around the country today.

 

Weekly Catch-Up w/ Andrew Little: September 22, 2022

Weekly Catch-Up w/ Andrew Little: September 22, 2022 Weekly Catch-Up w/ Andrew Little: September 22, 2022, 16.26 MB
Thu 22 Sep 2022

As per usual our regular segment with Andrew Little is back! Here is Tuva’a who spoke to the Health Minister.

The Green Desk: Clean Up Week w/ Heather Saunderson, September 22 2022

The Green Desk: Clean Up Week w/ Heather Saunderson, September 22 2022 The Green Desk: Clean Up Week w/ Heather Saunderson, September 22 2022, 15.31 MB
Thu 22 Sep 2022

This week on The Green Desk, Frances speaks to CEO Heather Saunderson from Keep New Zealand Beautiful about Clean Up Week!

Dear Science w/ Dr Joel Rindelaub: September 20, 2022

Dear Science w/ Dr Joel Rindelaub: September 20, 2022 Dear Science w/ Dr Joel Rindelaub: September 20, 2022, 39.58 MB
Tue 20 Sep 2022

This week on Dear Science, Dr Joel Rindelaub from UoA dropped into the studio to chat about the weird and wacky world of science. On this episode, Joel, Casper and Christina had a yarn about ants and the Cheerio effect, listening to music to test cognitive decline and the prevalence of microplastics all throughout the food chain. Listen back!

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: September 16, 2022

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: September 16, 2022 City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: September 16, 2022, 14.92 MB
Fri 16 Sep 2022

Earlier this week the City Rail Link reached a milestone, breaking through the end of its final tunnel.

The tunnel boring machine created space for the new rail system by breaking through fifteen metres of cement per day. 

The machine was Named after Dame Whina Cooper, the Maori Rights activist who led the hikoi to parliament. 

For this week’s segment of City Counselling, I had a chat with Shane Henderson about the City Rail Link milestone as well as the 2022 Mayoral conservation awards.

 

The Green Desk: Reparation Studio w/ Jessica Jay, September 15 2022

The Green Desk: Reparation Studio w/ Jessica Jay, September 15 2022 The Green Desk: Reparation Studio w/ Jessica Jay, September 15 2022, 30.14 MB
Thu 15 Sep 2022

This week on The Green Desk, Frances catches up with Jess from Reparation Studio to talk about her mahi and vision for the future of fashion in Aotearoa. 

Scrapping the Traffic Light System w/ ACT’s Brooke van Velden: September 14, 2022

Scrapping the Traffic Light System w/ ACT’s Brooke van Velden: September 14, 2022 Scrapping the Traffic Light System w/ ACT’s Brooke van Velden: September 14, 2022, 15.5 MB
Wed 14 Sep 2022

On Monday the government announced the scrapping of the traffic light covid-19 protection framework, as well as the easing of many key restrictions.

Mask wearing will now no longer be required outside of healthcare settings, household contacts don’t need to isolate, and all vaccine mandates will cease at the end of the month.

For Casper's interview with ACT Party deputy leader Brooke van Velden, which he has taken over from Alex, they spoke about this announcement and how it has been received by the ACT Party.

City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: September 9th, 2022

City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: September 9th, 2022 City Counselling w/ Pippa Coom: September 9th, 2022, 18.13 MB
Fri 9 Sep 2022

The White Lady food truck has recently had it’s licence extended by twelve months by the Auckland Council. 

This came after weeks of tension, due to a complaint against the white lady being made by a store that operates nearby it. 

The store complained about rubbish being left on the street, and of drunk customers loitering nearby.

This led to The White Lady having it’s licence restricted, which saw major backlash to the council for punishing struggling local businesses.

Liam had a chat with Auckland City Councillor Pippa Coom about the licence renewal, as well as various other efforts to revitalise the city centre.

 

The Green Desk: Pest Eradication w/ Nick Foster

The Green Desk: Pest Eradication w/ Nick Foster The Green Desk: Pest Eradication w/ Nick Foster, 23.14 MB
Thu 8 Sep 2022

Frances brings us The Green Desk, today speaking to PhD candidate from the University of Otago Nick Foster, about his research on pest eradication.

Youth Crime & GST Sharing Members Bill w/ ACT’s Brooke van Velden: September 7, 2022

Youth Crime & GST Sharing Members Bill w/ ACT’s Brooke van Velden: September 7, 2022 Youth Crime & GST Sharing Members Bill w/ ACT’s Brooke van Velden: September 7, 2022, 25.74 MB
Wed 7 Sep 2022

Today, Alex chatted with ACT’s Brooke van Velden about the Government’s new youth crime strategy and ACT’s call for ankle bracelets on youth offenders, as well as the GST sharing members bill to fund housing infrastructure.