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Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news and current affairs show. Jessica Hopkins, Castor Chacko, Nicholas Lindstrom, and Caeden Tipler focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere in independent-thinking bFM style. Monday-Thursday 12-1pm on 95bFM.

Fast Track Submissions and Accredited Employer Work Visa updates w/ The Green Party’s Ricardo Menendez: 17th April, 2024

Fast Track Submissions and Accredited Employer Work Visa updates w/ The Green Party’s Ricardo Menendez: 17th April, 2024 Fast Track Submissions and Accredited Employer Work Visa updates w/ The Green Party’s Ricardo Menendez: 17th April, 2024, 16.72 MB
Wed 17 Apr 2024

It has been one month since the government announced the Fast Track Approvals Bill, which has seen widespread criticism from conservationists and the general public, who say the bill is undemocratic and  will push the biodiversity of Aotearoa further into decline. 
As we are in the last week of submissions to the select committee regarding the bill, the Green party have opened up a submissions page on their own website that citizens are welcome to add their signatures to, and published a guide on how to add their own Submissions.
Oto spoke to Greens MP Ricardo Menendez, about submissions for the Fast Track Approvals bill and the current state of the bill since it was announced.
They also had a conversation about the government’s recent changes to the Accredited Employer Work Visa, and what they mean for migrant workers here in Aotearoa.

E tū's Legal Claim against TVNZ’s consultation process w Michael Wood: 17 April, 2024

E tū's Legal Claim against TVNZ’s consultation process w Michael Wood: 17 April, 2024 E tū's Legal Claim against TVNZ’s consultation process w Michael Wood: 17 April, 2024, 14.85 MB
Wed 17 Apr 2024

It’s been one month since TVNZ announced a massive restructuring process, cutting their Sunday and Fair Go current affairs segments and axing 68 jobs in a cost cutting plan that they attributed to a decline in advertisement revenue.
Employees at TVNZ were reportedly only given a few days to review the restructuring proposal after it was announced and offer feedback. E Tu, the union for media workers in Aotearoa, said that both the cuts and the rushed consultation process were unacceptable and violated the collective agreement between TVNZ and their staff, which requires the consultation process for such a massive restructuring to be more comprehensive and to begin at a much earlier stage. As such, E Tu has filed a claim against TVNZ with the Employment Relations Authority, to get TVNZ to go back to the drawing board and consult their staff more effectively.

Oto spoke to Michael Wood, the negotiation specialist at E Tu, to discuss the union’s claim and what it means for the wider media landscape in Aotearoa.

Government hypocrisy on Iran and Israel w/ Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa chair John Minto: 16th April, 2024.

Government hypocrisy on Iran and Israel w/ Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa chair John Minto: 16th April, 2024. , 21.29 MB
Tue 16 Apr 2024

The missile attack launched by Iran on Israel drew responses from a number of Western countries, spreading concern and condemning the actions of Iran’s government. 

The attack followed an airstrike by Israel on the first of April, on Iran’s embassy in Damascus, Syria. 

While international organisations, including New Zealand’s government, were quick to respond to the recent response from Iran, few commented on this earlier attack. Wire host Castor spoke to Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa’s chair John Minto about this and New Zealand’s response to Israel’s actions more broadly.

Conservation efforts and pest eradication w/ The University of Auckland’s Professor James Russell: 16th April, 2024.

Conservation efforts and pest eradication w/ The University of Auckland’s Professor James Russell: 16th April, 2024. , 23.63 MB
Tue 16 Apr 2024

Early in April, the Department of Conservation faced criticisms for spending $500,000 to remove one stoat from Chalky Island in Fiordland. 

Wire host Castor spoke to the University of Auckland’s Professor James Russell, about conservation and pest eradication broadly in Aotearoa, individual community efforts, and this specific case of one nasty stoat. 

The Wire w/ Castor: 16th April, 2024.

The Wire w/ Castor: 16th April, 2024. , 133.96 MB
Tue 16 Apr 2024

For Dear Science this week, Professor Allan Blackman chatted with us about ancient Roman wine, dating a solar flare using polar trees, and the brightest cosmic explosion ever. 

Wire host Castor spoke to the University of Auckland’s Professor James Russell, about conservation and pest eradication in Aotearoa.

He also spoke to Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa’s chair, John Minto, about recent hypocrisy from the government regarding Iran’s recent attack on Israel. 

Producer Sofia spoke to the Chief Executive of the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation New Zealand, Letitia Harding, about the government’s laws and policies for vaping. 

She also spoke to Group Manager Conservation Advocacy and Communications at Forest and Bird, Richard Capie, about job cuts at the Department of Conservation. 

Vaping laws and policies w/ Chief executive of the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation New Zealand, Letitia Harding: 16th April, 2024.

Vaping laws and policies w/ Chief executive of the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation New Zealand, Letitia Harding: 16th April, 2024. , 14.88 MB
Tue 16 Apr 2024

In a recent report card on Aotearoa’s laws and policies for vaping, the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation New Zealand found the government still has significant areas for improvement to address the youth vaping epidemic.

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to Chief Executive, Letitia Harding, about New Zealand’s current laws and policies for vaping, the importance of regulation and restriction, and what measures the Foundation would like to see the government take to better address these. 

Department of Conservation Job Cuts w/ Group Manager Conservation Advocacy and Communications at Forest and Bird, Richard Capie: 16th April, 2024.

Department of Conservation Job Cuts w/ Group Manager Conservation Advocacy and Communications at Forest and Bird, Richard Capie: 16th April, 2024. , 23.91 MB
Tue 16 Apr 2024

Last week, it was announced that 130 jobs at the Department of Conservation will be cut in a proposed restructure. 

These are among the almost 2000 public service job cuts being made to meet the Finance Minister's cost-cutting target of a 6.5 percent reduction in spending.

Additionally, the cuts at DOC were announced the same day as the release of the Our Land 2024 report on Aotearoa’s natural ecosystems and landscapes. 

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to Group Manager of Conservation Advocacy and Communications at Forest and Bird, Richard Capie, about the impacts and significance of these cuts on the environment and the economy, in light of the Fast Track legislation, Our Land 2024, and the cuts to other departments contributing to the protection of Aotearoa’s environment

The Climate-Saving Potential of Wetland Conservation w/ Associate Professor of Environmental Science at The University of Waikato, David Campbell, and Senior Ecologist at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, Olivia Burge: 15 April, 2024

The Climate-Saving Potential of Wetland Conservation w/ Associate Professor of Environmental Science at The University of Waikato, David Campbell, and Senior Ecologist at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, Olivia Burge: 15 April, 2024 The Climate-Saving Potential of Wetland Conservation w/ Associate Professor of Environmental Science at The University of Waikato, David Campbell, and Senior Ecologist at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, Olivia Burge: 15 April, 2024, 22.3 MB
Mon 15 Apr 2024

A recent symposium by the National Wetland Trust has emphasised the critical role of wetlands in carbon absorption and supporting the ecosystem. With New Zealand having lost 90% of its wetlands over the last 150 years, experts have emphasised the need for conservation and restoration efforts.

Producer Ezra spoke to Associate Professor of Environmental Science at The University of Waikato, David Campbell, and Senior Ecologist at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, Olivia Burge, about the climate-saving potential of New Zealand’s wetlands.

The Wire w/ Jessica: 15 April, 2024

The Wire w/ Jessica: 15 April, 2024 The Wire w/ Jessica: 15 April, 2024, 56.09 MB
Mon 15 Apr 2024

For our regular catch-up with the ACT Party, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to MP Simon Court about the government’s plan to address low truancy levels post-COVID-19, and Court’s X post stating he stands with Israel.

She spoke to Professional Teaching Fellow in Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, Dr Brian Marsh, and Senior Lecturer in Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, Dr John Fenaughty, about how the government can improve school attendance rates.

And she reported on Trade Me’s legal action against small business Trade Jobs NZ, speaking to the owner of Trade Jobs NZ, Colleen Getley.

Producer Ezra spoke to Associate Professor of Environmental Science at The University of Waikato, David Campbell, and Senior Ecologist at Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, Olivia Burge, about the climate-saving potential of Wetland Conservation.

Increasing School Attendance w/ Professional Teaching Fellow in Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland Dr Brian Marsh, and Senior Lecturer in Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland Dr John Fenaughty: 24 January, 2024

Increasing School Attendance w/ Professional Teaching Fellow in Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland Dr Brian Marsh, and Senior Lecturer in Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland Dr John Fenaughty: 24 January, 2024 Increasing School Attendance w/ Professional Teaching Fellow in Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland Dr Brian Marsh, and Senior Lecturer in Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland Dr John Fenaughty: 24 January, 2024, 19.65 MB
Mon 15 Apr 2024

Following the government announcing its plan to improve school attendance rates, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to experts in the education sector about their thoughts on the proposal.

First, she spoke to Professional Teaching Fellow in Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, Dr Brian Marsh, about what factors are responsible for low truancy rates in the past few years.

She also spoke to Senior Lecturer in Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, Dr John Fenaughty, about how we can make school a more inclusive space that is safe for LGBTQIA+ students. 

Funding cuts for Disability Caregivers and job cuts at DoC w/ Priyanca Radhakrishnan: 18 April, 2024

Funding cuts for Disability Caregivers and job cuts at DoC w/ Priyanca Radhakrishnan: 18 April, 2024 Funding cuts for Disability Caregivers and job cuts at DoC w/ Priyanca Radhakrishnan: 18 April, 2024, 22.58 MB
Thu 18 Apr 2024

Disability communities have been rallying against a surprise change in purchasing rules in the Ministry of Disabled People Whaikaha. Communities have said the changes will have massive impact, despite no consultation on these changes or a formal announcement. 

The Department of Conversation also recently proposed staffing cuts to meet funding demands. DoC controls a third of Aotearoa’s landmass which is all conservation land. It remains uncertain how job losses in the Ministry could impact conservation land management.

For weekly catch-up with the Labour party Wire Host Caeden spoke to Labour spokesperson for Disability Issues and Conservation Priyanca Rahdakrishnan about both of these issues.

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 16th April, 2024.

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 16th April, 2024. , 36.38 MB
Tue 16 Apr 2024

For Dear Science this week, our expert Professor Allan Blackman chats to us about the taste of ancient Roman wine, dating a solar flare from 1859, and a cosmic blast nicknamed "The BOAT."  

Truancy and ACT’s Pro-Israel Stance w/ ACT’s Simon Court: 15 April 2024

Truancy and ACT’s Pro-Israel Stance w/ ACT’s Simon Court: 15 April 2024 Truancy and ACT’s Pro-Israel Stance w/ ACT’s Simon Court: 15 April 2024, 12.89 MB
Mon 15 Apr 2024

For our weekly interview with the ACT Party, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to MP Simon Court about the government’s proposal to increase student attendance rates and his post on X last week, in which he stated he stands with Israel.

A Proposal to merge South Auckland Local Boards and a new report on Tāmaki Makaurau’s quality of living w/ Lotu Fuli: 11 April, 2024

A Proposal to merge South Auckland Local Boards and a new report on Tāmaki Makaurau’s quality of living w/ Lotu Fuli: 11 April, 2024 A Proposal to merge South Auckland Local Boards and a new report on Tāmaki Makaurau’s quality of living w/ Lotu Fuli: 11 April, 2024, 18.42 MB
Thu 11 Apr 2024

A proposal to merge the Ōtara-Papatoetoe and Māngere-Ōtāhuhu local boards has been met with criticism, with consultation opening at the end of next month.
A new report has also been released on the quality of living in Tāmaki Makaurau with our city receiving mixed results by scoring high on some areas (the environment), and lower on others (education). 

Wire Host Caeden speaks to Counsellor Lotu Fuli about both these topics for City Counselling.

Media and Democracy, Job Cuts at MSD and the Samoan Citizenship Bill w/ Carmel Sepuloni: 11 April, 2024

Media and Democracy, Job Cuts at MSD and the Samoan Citizenship Bill w/ Carmel Sepuloni: 11 April, 2024 Media and Democracy, Job Cuts at MSD and the Samoan Citizenship Bill w/ Carmel Sepuloni: 11 April, 2024, 22.07 MB
Thu 11 Apr 2024

The Ministry of Social Development is not immune to job cuts seen in other public service departments, with MSD calling for voluntary redundancies after cost-saving efforts failed to meet Government targets. For our weekly catch-up with Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni Wire Host Caeden asks her about the impact of cuts at MSD, especially amongst other Government policies disadvantaging beneficiaries.

They also ask about the Samoan Citizenship Bill led by Teanau Tuiono, and the impact of losing independent media giants such as Newshub for democracy.

Get Action! w Advocate Abdul Safi. April 10th, 2024

Get Action! w Advocate Abdul Safi. April 10th, 2024 April 10th, 2024, 14.28 MB
Wed 10 Apr 2024

For this week's Get Action! Sofia spoke to petitioner Abdul Safi and his campaign to place sanctions on Israel amidst genocidal acts that are widely considered war crimes.

If you want to sign this petition, you can find it here: 

https://our.actionstation.org.nz/petitions/its-time-for-new-zealand-to-place-sanctions-on-israel

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 9th April, 2024.

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 9th April, 2024. , 34.93 MB
Tue 9 Apr 2024

For Dear Science this week, we chatted with our expert Professor Allan Blackman about medically implanted, oxygen powered batteries, the recent solar eclipse, and an upcoming star explosion

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 2nd April, 2024.

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 2nd April, 2024. , 30.82 MB
Tue 2 Apr 2024

For Dear Science this week, Wire host Castor speaks to Professor Allan Blackman about 100 year old milk samples found in Antarctica, climate change impacting the Earth's rotation, and song lyrics becoming more repetitive

The vandalisation of the Karangahape Road Rainbow crossing, the end of half-price fares, and Wayne Brown’s relationship with Auckland Tranport w/ Lotu Fuli: 28 March, 2024.

The vandalisation of the Karangahape Road Rainbow crossing, the end of half-price fares, and Wayne Brown’s relationship with Auckland Tranport w/ Lotu Fuli: 28 March, 2024. , 15.65 MB
Thu 28 Mar 2024

For City Counselling this week, Wire host Caeden spoke with Counsellor Lotu Fuli about the early morning vandalisation of the Rainbow Crossing on Karangahape Road.

They also ask about the end of half-price fares for under 25s, and the relationship Wayne Brown, as well as Auckland Council more generally, has with Auckland Transport.

Get Action! w Susan Maiava, Co-founder of Fair & Good

Get Action! Modern Slavery Legislation w Susan Maiava Co-founder of Fair & Good Get Action! Modern Slavery Legislation w Susan Maiava Co-founder of Fair & Good, 14.86 MB
Wed 27 Mar 2024

It is estimated that 50 million people worldwide are currently involved in some form of slavery. Many of those who have been enslaved for their labour, and work as child labourers, produce goods that we import and consume on a regular basis here in Aotearoa. 

Currently, there is no existing legislation in Aotearoa that requires companies to disclose the source of their goods, or to ensure that their products are being ethically produced; giving them free rein to indulge in modern slavery in order to cut their production costs. 

Producer Oto spoke to Dr Susan Maiava, Co-Founder of the ethical directory Fair & Good who have created a petition and open letter urging the government to introduce modern slavery legislation.