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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.

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.

The Wire with Sherry: 25th of 2020

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Mon 25 May 2020

This week on the Wire: 

Green party co-leader James Shaw responds to criticims from the climate change commission regarding the budget in adequetly adressing climate change concerns. 

Southern Cross segment continues with Pacific Media Centre contributing editor Sri Krishnamurthi on the arrest of Papua New Guinea president, New Caledonia pro-independence movement, sale of stuff and NZ media.  

James Tapp speaks to Cornwall Park director Michael Ayrton on road restrictions in the park. 

James provides a report on the relaxing of building resource consents and Resource Management Act. 

Cornwall Parks Road Restrictions w/ Michael Ayron : May 25th, 2020

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Mon 25 May 2020

Over level 4, 3 and 2, Cornwall park has had their road access restricted, with only elderly, those with disabilities and those with young children still allowed to use the restricted roads. With these closures, the park has seen a positive response, with members of the public able to safely social distance. James talks to Cornwall parks director, Michael Aryton, about how the park has found lockdown.

The Four Day Work Week with Jarrod Haar and Andrew Barnes: 22nd of May, 2020

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Fri 22 May 2020

The four day work week rhetoric has popped up with Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern saying a shift to this structure of work may help the economy… Professor of Human Resource Management, Jarrod Haar and 'achitect of the four day work week' Andrew Barnes join Laura Kvigstad to discuss how four day work weeks function. 

 

Simon Bridges Leadership Challenge with Grant Duncan and Peter Dunne: 22nd of May, 2020

Simon Bridges Leadership Challenge with Grant Duncan and Peter Dunne: 22nd of May, 2020 Simon Bridges Leadership Challenge with Grant Duncan and Peter Dunne: 22nd of May, 2020, 34.35 MB
Fri 22 May 2020

The National Party was amongst their caucus meeting to decide whether there would be a change of leadership at the time of this Wire. Former Politician, Peter Dunne, and Associate Professor in Politics, Grant Duncan joined Laura Kvigstad to discuss the leadership challenges for the National Party and what this could mean for our political landscape with an election on the horizon 

Hospitality During and After Lockdown w/ Chloe Ann King

Hospitality During and After Lockdown w/ Chloe Ann King Hospitality During and After Lockdown w/ Chloe Ann King, 30.46 MB
Fri 22 May 2020

Sam talks to Chloe Ann King, an advocate for hospitality workers, about the lockdown's impact on workers and what may lay ahead. 

The Wire with Laura: 22nd of May, 2020

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Fri 22 May 2020

On this weeks Friday Wire...

The four day work week rhetoric has popped up with Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern saying a shift to this structure of work may help the economy… Professor of Human Resource Management, Jarrod Haar and 'achitect of the four day work week' Andrew Barnes join Laura Kvigstad to discuss how four day work weeks function. 

 

After that, Sam Denne speaks with Advocate for Hospitality Worker's Rights, Chloe Anne King on how hospitality as an industry has had to shift with the pandemic and some of the issues in terms of worker exploitation that are more apparent at this time. 

Finally, the National Party was amongst their caucus meeting to decide whether there would be a change of leadership. Former Politician, Peter Dunne, and Associate Professor in Politics, Grant Duncan joined Laura to discuss the leadership challenges for the National Party and what this could mean for our political landscape with an election on the horizon. 

 

Simon Bridges' Bad Day, Felix Reports: 20 May, 2020

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Wed 20 May 2020

Felix brings us a report on the National party following their poll result from yesterday and the impact this could have on Simon Bridges, who seems to be having a pretty rough day.

The Wire with Lillian: May 20, 2020

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Wed 20 May 2020

On Dear Science with Allan Blackman we talk about how moisture damages paintings, how the North magnetic pole is moving, and how runny liquid actually is.

Lillian speaks with Child Poverty Action Group about research released this morning regarding how difficult it is to get out of entrenched poverty.

Felix brings us a report on the National party following their poll result from yesterday and the impact this could have on leader Simon Bridges

And we are finally returning to the Blood Phosphate investigation to get yet another perspective on the matter. This time we hear from the Fertiliser Council.

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

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.”

Dear Science w/ Marcus Jones: July 8, 2020

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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

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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 

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 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. 

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