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Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news & current affairs show, The Wire. Your hosts Sherry Zhang, Justin Wong Mary-Margaret Slack, Lillian Hanly, and Laura Kvigstad focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere, in independent-thinking bFM style. Weekdays 12-1pm on 95bFM.

The Wire with Jemima: July 3, 2020

The Wire with Jemima: July 3, 2020 The Wire with Jemima: July 3, 2020, 100.54 MB
Fri 3 Jul 2020

On the Friday Wire, Lillian Hanly follows up her discussion with Minister for Children Tracey Martin about the allegations made against Oranga Tamariki. She speaks to AUT Associate Professor of Law Khylee Quince and the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency Chair Merepeka Raukawa-Tait about their response to Martin's comments on the culture at OT. 

Jemima Huston speaks to National Party MP David Carter about his members bill that aims to repeal the controversial waka-jumping law. The Green Party issues a statement also. 

Sam Denne talks to Ben Wamalili, a University of Canterbury researcher, about the perception of cigarette smoking held by students. 

Minister Tracey Martin on Oranga Tamariki Allegations: Khylee Quince and Merepeka Raukawa-Tait Respond: July 3, 2020

Minister Tracey Martin on Oranga Tamariki Allegations: Khylee Quince and Merepeka Raukawa-Tait Respond: July 3, 2020 Minister Tracey Martin on Oranga Tamariki Allegations: Khylee Quince and Merepeka Raukawa-Tait Respond: July 3, 2020, 16.49 MB
Fri 3 Jul 2020

Lillian Hanly follows up her discussion with Minister for Children Tracey Martin on Wednesday about the allegations made in a Newsroom article regarding workplace culture at Oranga Tamariki. She speaks to AUT Associate Professor of Law Khylee Quince who responds to the interview. Whānau Ora Chair Merepeka Raukawa Tait also discusses her long-standing calls for the resignation of the Children's Minister and the Oranga Tamariki Chief Executive with Lillian. 

National Party Calls for Waka-Jumping Law Repeal: July 3, 2020

National Party Calls for Waka-Jumping Law Repeal: July 3, 2020 National Party Calls for Waka-Jumping Law Repeal: July 3, 2020, 7.35 MB
Fri 3 Jul 2020

National MP David Carter's bill seeking to repeal the 2018 waka-jumping law has been drawn from the Member's Bill ballot this week. Carter is calling on the Green Party for their support in getting the bill across the line. Jemima speaks to Carter about why the National Party believes the waka-jumping law is undemocratic and needs to be repealed. 

Justin's International Desk: 2nd July 2020

Justin's International Desk: 2nd July 2020 Justin's International Desk: 2nd July 2020, 21 MB
Thu 2 Jul 2020

International Desk reports on the details of the national security law imposed in Hong Kong by China.

Sleep Patterns with Psychologist Dan Ford: July 02, 2020

Sleep Patterns with Psychologist Dan Ford: July 02, 2020 Sleep Patterns with Psychologist Dan Ford: July 02, 2020, 11.09 MB
Thu 2 Jul 2020

Producer Ollie Joblin speaks with psychologist Dan Ford on sleeping patterns and if we could benefit from changing the way we sleep

The Wire with Mary-Margaret: July 2, 2020

The Wire with Mary-Margaret: July 2, 2020 The Wire with Mary-Margaret: July 2, 2020, 83.34 MB
Thu 2 Jul 2020

Mary-Margaret speaks to Te Ara Whatu’s Nate Rew about the ecological harm posed by Council’s bid to draw more than double their current water grab from Waikato River each day.

Justin takes us through the 101 of what’s happening in Hong Kong, where several protestors have been arrested after China’s issuing of a new National Security law. 

Andrew Little joins us again today, he tells Mary-Margaret about the New Zealand Criminal Cases Review Commission, the restoration of the right to legal representation in the family court, and making justice systems less homogenous.

In Neighbourhood Watch, Zoe explains where the second wave of COVID-19 is happening in Australia, and we find out where funding for the arts is going at the moment.

And finally, Ollie is helping you feel more rested in his discussion with Psychologist Dan Ford about sleeping patterns

The Green Party's Poverty Plan w/ Child Poverty Action Group: July 1, 2020

The Green Party's Poverty Plan w/ Child Poverty Action Group: July 1, 2020 The Green Party's Poverty Plan w/ Child Poverty Action Group: July 1, 2020, 7.91 MB
Wed 1 Jul 2020

Janet McAllister from CPAG spoke to Felix about the Greens' Poverty Action Plan and what it could do for families in need.

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: July 1, 2020

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: July 1, 2020 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: July 1, 2020, 27.63 MB
Wed 1 Jul 2020

Allan Blackman talks to first-time segment host Felix Walton (how novel!) about the news that the world's second largest Ebola outbreak is finally over, the doctor who pioneered hand-washing, and possible evidence that deep red light could improve declining eyesight.

NZ First's Tracey Martin on Oranga Tamariki allegations: July 1, 2020

NZ First's Tracey Martin on Oranga Tamariki allegations: July 1, 2020 NZ First's Tracey Martin on Oranga Tamariki allegations: July 1, 2020, 41.81 MB
Wed 1 Jul 2020

This morning Lillian spoke with Minister Tracey Martin of NZ First. Originally the proposed discussion was around policy and MMP given Martin has pushed back recently on what she says is a narrative in the media that NZ First is blocking certain policy - she’s asked why there’s less discussion on the policy NZ First tries to get through that also gets blocked. This ended up being a useful discussion about how MMP works and Lillian also asked whether the Minister believed this past government term has been successful.

However, this morning Lillian came across a Newsroom article which follows up on their ongoing investigation into Oranga Tamariki, so I put this to the Minister as well. Today we are going to hear that discussion and either tomorrow or Friday you can hear the rest of the MMP discussion and both will be available on podcast through the bFM website. The article by Newsroom addresses a range of claims made by people currently working for Oranga Tamariki as well as former employees. It addresses claims that describe the agency as ‘plagued with bad practice, bullying and incompetence’, the bullying described is often toward people who don’t toe the company line it says. 

For full transparency, the article blurb is copied here:

“Last week Newsroom revealed details around Oranga Tamariki CEO Grainne Moss’ sudden exit from her previous role at Bupa and asked how, within months of receiving a payout, she had managed to secure a top job in the public service. Influential Māori leaders have been calling for her resignation for more than a year, with the heat turned up again this month after the release of the Children’s Commissioner report into the agency’s uplift practices. In the second part of this investigation we talk to current and former staff from Oranga Tamariki who share serious concerns over a culture in the government agency that they say can put tamariki at risk."

Furthermore, in the article it stated, 'in nearly all the conversations they had, the same issues were brought up no matter where in the country the OT staff were from'. Those issues are:

- Qualified social workers being replaced with unqualified youth or care workers

- Social workers being targeted if they complained

- Doubt over the way caseloads are calculated

- Children being misrepresented in documents going before courts

- Only paying lip service to Te Ao Māori  

- Major issues with staffing at youth justice facilities

This is outlined here because there is not much discussion during the interview of the detail of the allegations.

 

EDIT: Update - Melanie Reid of Newsroom responded to the Minister implying this was a personal attack in an interview on Waatea

Mayor Phil Goff on Auckland's water supply: July 1, 2020

Mayor Phil Goff on Auckland's water supply: July 1, 2020 Mayor Phil Goff on Auckland's water supply: July 1, 2020, 13.45 MB
Wed 1 Jul 2020

Justin Wong spoke to Mayor Phil Goff yesterday afternoon as he was unavailable that morning for the regular Breakfast Show segment. They discuss Auckland’s water issues and the government speeding up the process of the RMA. Justin started by asking what our water situation looks like right now.

The Green Desk w/ Kepa Morgan; July 7, 2020

The Green Desk w/ Kepa Morgan; July 7, 2020 The Green Desk w/ Kepa Morgan; July 7, 2020, 25.18 MB
Tue 7 Jul 2020

This week on The Green Desk, 95bFM reporter Bronwyn Wilde spoke to Kepa Morgan about a Māori approach to understanding and restoring the vitality of ecosystems in Aotearoa. 

Justin's International Desk: 7th July 2020

Justin's International Desk: 7th July 2020 Justin's International Desk: 7th July 2020, 21.16 MB
Tue 7 Jul 2020

International Desk reports on the local and international reaction to Hong Kong's new national security law.

The Big Q: Will Trump continue to limit immigration in light of COVID-19? July 6, 2020

The Big Q: Will Trump continue to limit immigration in light of COVID-19? July 6, 2020 The Big Q: Will Trump continue to limit immigration in light of COVID-19? July 6, 2020, 34.39 MB
Mon 6 Jul 2020

One of the most fundamental features of the Trump Administration is a policy of limiting immigration and reversing previous US policy on work visas, asylum, and deportation. Will Trump continue to limit immigration in light of recent US Supreme Court decisions and the Covid-19 Pandemic? Doug Becker speaks with Peter J. Spiro and Hiroshi Motomura.

For more stories like this head to www.thebigq.org 

The Southern Cross: July 6th, 2020

The Southern Cross: July 6th, 2020 The Southern Cross: July 6th, 2020, 26.35 MB
Mon 6 Jul 2020

On today's Southern Cross, Pacific Media Centre director David Robie, reflecting on his experience as a journalist on Rainbow Warrior, we follow up on domestic violence in PNG, and journalism in West Papua.

'Waka jumping' Bill, RMA reforms and Guaranteed Minimum Income: July 6th, 2020

'Waka jumping' Bill, RMA reforms and Guaranteed Minimum Income: July 6th, 2020 'Waka jumping' Bill, RMA reforms and Guaranteed Minimum Income: July 6th, 2020 , 24.6 MB
Mon 6 Jul 2020

This week Sherry Zhang talks to Green Party co-leader James Shaw, on the Electoral Integrity Amendment Act. This means members of parliament can’t change political parties once they enter parliament, and party leader are able to kick out MP's if they reasonably believe they disproportionately affect the proportion of parliament.

NZ First's Tracey Martin on the difficulties and successes of MMP: July 1, 2020

NZ First's Tracey Martin on the difficulties and successes of MMP: July 1, 2020 NZ First's Tracey Martin on the difficulties and successes of MMP: July 1, 2020, 18.2 MB
Fri 3 Jul 2020

The first part of a longer conversation with NZ First MP Tracey Martin regarding this government term and whether the MMP government has been a success. They discuss major issues that the coalition government has had to respond to and what lessons she will take into a possible next term.

Neighbourhood Watch: July 2, 2020

Neighbourhood Watch: July 2, 2020 Neighbourhood Watch: July 2, 2020, 13.05 MB
Thu 2 Jul 2020

In this week's Neighbourhood Watch, Zoe explains a second wave of COVID-19 happening in Victoria and New South Wales, and we find out where funding for the arts is going at the moment.

Labour's Andrew Little: July 2, 2020

Labour's Andrew Little: July 2, 2020 Labour's Andrew Little: July 2, 2020, 19.17 MB
Thu 2 Jul 2020

Mary-Margaret speaks to the Justice Minister about yesterday’s opening of the New Zealand Criminal Cases Review Commission, and the restoration of the right to legal representation in the family court. They also have a more holistic discussion about making the justice system less 'homogenous', as Andrew describes it.

Justin's International Desk: 2nd July 2020

Justin's International Desk: 2nd July 2020 Justin's International Desk: 2nd July 2020, 21 MB
Thu 2 Jul 2020

International Desk reports on the details of the national security law imposed in Hong Kong by China.

NZ First's Tracey Martin on Oranga Tamariki allegations: July 1, 2020

NZ First's Tracey Martin on Oranga Tamariki allegations: July 1, 2020 NZ First's Tracey Martin on Oranga Tamariki allegations: July 1, 2020, 41.81 MB
Wed 1 Jul 2020

This morning Lillian spoke with Minister Tracey Martin of NZ First. Originally the proposed discussion was around policy and MMP given Martin has pushed back recently on what she says is a narrative in the media that NZ First is blocking certain policy - she’s asked why there’s less discussion on the policy NZ First tries to get through that also gets blocked. This ended up being a useful discussion about how MMP works and Lillian also asked whether the Minister believed this past government term has been successful.

However, this morning Lillian came across a Newsroom article which follows up on their ongoing investigation into Oranga Tamariki, so I put this to the Minister as well. Today we are going to hear that discussion and either tomorrow or Friday you can hear the rest of the MMP discussion and both will be available on podcast through the bFM website. The article by Newsroom addresses a range of claims made by people currently working for Oranga Tamariki as well as former employees. It addresses claims that describe the agency as ‘plagued with bad practice, bullying and incompetence’, the bullying described is often toward people who don’t toe the company line it says. 

For full transparency, the article blurb is copied here:

“Last week Newsroom revealed details around Oranga Tamariki CEO Grainne Moss’ sudden exit from her previous role at Bupa and asked how, within months of receiving a payout, she had managed to secure a top job in the public service. Influential Māori leaders have been calling for her resignation for more than a year, with the heat turned up again this month after the release of the Children’s Commissioner report into the agency’s uplift practices. In the second part of this investigation we talk to current and former staff from Oranga Tamariki who share serious concerns over a culture in the government agency that they say can put tamariki at risk."

Furthermore, in the article it stated, 'in nearly all the conversations they had, the same issues were brought up no matter where in the country the OT staff were from'. Those issues are:

- Qualified social workers being replaced with unqualified youth or care workers

- Social workers being targeted if they complained

- Doubt over the way caseloads are calculated

- Children being misrepresented in documents going before courts

- Only paying lip service to Te Ao Māori  

- Major issues with staffing at youth justice facilities

This is outlined here because there is not much discussion during the interview of the detail of the allegations.

 

EDIT: Update - Melanie Reid of Newsroom responded to the Minister implying this was a personal attack in an interview on Waatea