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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 Friday Wire with Laura: 29th of May, 2020

The Friday Wire with Laura: 29th of May, 2020 The Friday Wire with Laura: 29th of May, 2020, 103.4 MB
Fri 29 May 2020

Today on the show, Denise Lee from the National Party is back & joins Laura to discuss all that National Party news.

Next, Producer Louis speaks with Isabella Lenihin-Ikin from the New Zealand Union of Students Associations about Student Accommodation...

After that, Laura speaks with Internet NZ’s chief executive, Jordan Carter about the recent announcement from the government to create a legal framework to censor objectionable material online… 

& Sam speaks to music helps - a charity which provides support to musicians and workers in the music industry about what challenges Covid-19 has brought for the industry.

 

Censoring Objectionable Material Online with Jordan Carter: 29th of May, 2020

Censoring Objectionable Material Online with Jordan Carter: 29th of May, 2020 Censoring Objectionable Material Online with Jordan Carter: 29th of May, 2020, 18.46 MB
Fri 29 May 2020

Internet NZ’s chief executive, Jordan Carter joined Laura Kvigstad to discuss the recent bill from the government to create a legal framework to censor objectionable material online. Carter explains the good and the bad in the bill from his perspective. 

Free employment support from public libraries: May 28, 2020

Free employment support from public libraries: May 28, 2020 Free employment support from public libraries: May 28, 2020, 4.15 MB
Thu 28 May 2020

Stats NZ has just announced Job numbers fell by a record 37,500 in April 2020 this is a record drop. Philip Miles is the Digital Services Lead at Auckland Libraries who have a number of services available to support people in looking for, preparing for and applying for jobs.

You can find more information here

The Thursday Wire: May 28, 2020

The Thursday Wire: May 28, 2020 The Thursday Wire: May 28, 2020, 105.13 MB
Thu 28 May 2020

We have Andrew Little of course today, and we have a big ol chat touching on a range of issues but mainly the benefit announcement which has been dubbed as creating a two-tier welfare system.

Mary-Margaret brings us a little report on the governments very recent freshwater announcement this morning

We have Neighbourhood Watch of course and Zoe talks us through what’s happening for Reconciliation Week this week and the government overcompensating for job losses

Justin gives us a brief update on Hong Kong.

Finally we hear from the Auckland City Library regarding resources for those seeking employment.

Justin's International Desk: May 28, 2020

International Desk Update: May 28, 2020 International Desk Update: May 28, 2020, 3.48 MB
Thu 28 May 2020

Justin brings us an update on the happenings in Hong Kong this week. 

The Wire with Lillian: May 27, 2020

The Wire with Lillian: May 27, 2020 The Wire with Lillian: May 27, 2020, 103.5 MB
Wed 27 May 2020

On Dear Science with Marcus Jones talking about Covid-19 vaccines, the Space X launch and asteroid’s hitting earth.

We have NZ First back on the show today, but we hear from Mark Patterson the Agricultural and Primary Industry spokesperson. We talk about the budget, latest polling numbers, the NZ First Foundation and goverment reviews into government responses of Covid-19.

We hear from the Disability Rights Commissioner on how shovel ready projects should be taking accessibility into account.

And lastly, Lillian Hanly is finishing up her time here as News Director, she makes that announcement on the show today.

Haere rā, 95bFM

Haere rā, 95bFM Haere rā, 95bFM, 7.1 MB
Wed 27 May 2020

A little farewell from Lillian as she finishes up in the News and Editorial Director position. 

 

Photo credit: Charlotte Muru-Lanning

City Counselling w/ Cr Tracy Mulholland; 26 May, 2020

City Counselling w/ Cr Tracy Mulholland; 26 May, 2020 City Counselling w/ Cr Tracy Mulholland; 26 May, 2020, 17.12 MB
Tue 26 May 2020

This week on City Counselling, we talk to Cr Tracy Mulholland about engagement, engagement, engagement with a side of the Auckland Council Budget and rates. Tune into find out more! 

 

A New Turn for New Zealand Media?: May 26 2020

A New Turn for New Zealand Media?: May 26 2020 A New Turn for New Zealand Media?: May 26 2020, 21.61 MB
Tue 26 May 2020

Stuff has been bought by CEO for a dollar from Australia's Nine while Mediaworks announced it will cut 130 jobs.  Justin talked to AUT's Greg Treadwell about their effects on the future of New Zealand media.

Justin's International Desk: 26th May 2020

Justin's International Desk: 26th May 2020 Justin's International Desk: 26th May 2020, 24.92 MB
Tue 26 May 2020

Justin talks about the situation in Hong Kong, as Beijing proposed imposing national security laws that could damage the city's autonomy.

Labour's Andrew Little: July 9 2020

Labour's Andrew Little: July 9 2020 Labour's Andrew Little: July 9 2020, 24.52 MB
Thu 9 Jul 2020

This week, Mary-Margaret and Andrew discussed the proposed rewriting of the Official Information Act, the extension of the role of Children’s Commissioner to monitor the treatment of children in secure detention centres, and whether or not advocacy by an American lobby group is ‘interference in another country's electoral process'.

Neighbourhood Watch: July 09 2020

Neighbourhood Watch: July 09 2020 Neighbourhood Watch: July 09 2020, 10.53 MB
Thu 9 Jul 2020

This week in Neighbourhood Watch, Zoe updates us on the situation at Melbourne Towers, and the border between Victoria and New South Wales being closed

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: July 8, 2020

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: July 8, 2020 Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: July 8, 2020, 28.47 MB
Wed 8 Jul 2020

On Dear Science today with Marcus Jones we touch back on some coronavirus news, we also hear about some concerns being raised about scientists collecting DNA in China, and lastly, scientists are moving to strip offensive names and terms from reports and prizes.

The Big Q: At the crossroads: How can we navigate the right path for the betterment of humanity? July 8, 2020

The Big Q: At the crossroads: How can we navigate the right path for the betterment of humanity? July 8, 2020 The Big Q: At the crossroads: How can we navigate the right path for the betterment of humanity? July 8, 2020, 37.86 MB
Wed 8 Jul 2020

The world is facing multiple crises from climate change to institutional racism to COVOD-19. Maria Armoudian speaks to three preeminent scholars from the fields of anthropology, philosophy, and psychology about the crossroads we are facing as a global community and the ways we can navigate them for the betterment of humanity.

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

NZ First's Tracey Martin on recent government announcements: July 8, 2020

NZ First's Tracey Martin on recent government announcements: July 8, 2020 NZ First's Tracey Martin on recent government announcements: July 8, 2020, 32.57 MB
Wed 8 Jul 2020

Lillian speaks to the Minister about two government announcements from yesterday, the first being an extension of temporary working visas, and the second being a hold on incoming flights to the country. They also touched on a tool the Minister has been working on during her time in government. Just for some more information around the visa extensions, given this is not Martin’s portfolio she indicated she may not have all the details. Minister Iain Lees-Galloway announced yesterday that the Government is "making immediate short-term changes to visa settings to support temporary migrants already onshore in New Zealand and their employers, while also ensuring New Zealanders needing work are prioritised".

So this means, 

- Extending all existing employer-assisted temporary work visas for people in New Zealand and whose visas are due to expire before the end of 2020 by six months, benefiting around 16,500 workers

- Shifting the stand down by 6 months to February 2021. So this affects migrant workers who are subject to the 12 month stand-down period and were going to have to leave New Zealand this year will now be able to stay for the duration of the extension, and that affects 600 workers. The stand-down period being the amount of time one has to leave the country before applying to come back and work. The government states that, The stand-down period was introduced in 2017 to prevent lower-skilled, lower-paid foreign workers from becoming well settled in New Zealand without a pathway to residence. Just a note here because of the way in which lower-skilled as a term has negative connotations, the Government is continuing to work on a number of changes, which were announced pre-COVID-19. These changes include a different way to define lower-skilled/lower-paid employment and a new process for employer-assisted work visas expected to be fully in place by mid-2021.

- Finally, the last part of the announcement was ensuring New Zealanders needing work continue to be prioritised.

So back to Tracey Martin, Lillian started by asking her how this will work.

 

EDIT: Minister Iain Lees-Galloway's response 08/07/2020:

“Temporary work visas are there to fill temporary gaps in the labour market and that is clear when people apply for temporary visas. Work to residency is only available for more skilled jobs where there is a longer term skills shortage.

“The extension to visas announced yesterday is to give people breathing space to work out what is best for them. The New Zealand labour market is changing as more New Zealanders lose their jobs and as always, immigration is there to fill the gaps in our labour market. As the gaps close, there may be fewer opportunities for temporary migrant workers.

“We value the contribution our migrant communities make to New Zealand and it’s great that many do become residents and citizens. However, like in most countries around the world, temporary immigration is for temporary work opportunities. That’s a choice people make for themselves.

[on the low-skilled issue] “Last year we introduced changes to the employer assisted temporary work visas that includes introducing the use of pay rates as a proxy for skills. In the vast majority of cases higher skilled roles are paid above the median wage so the median wage is being used to assess the skill level, instead of complicated skills assessments under ANZCO.”

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 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.

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