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

Pop Music and Queerness in Aotearoa w/ Jason Parker: February 14th 2024

Pop Music and Queerness in Aotearoa w/ Jason Parker: February 14th 2024 Pop Music and Queerness in Aotearoa w/ Jason Parker: February 14th 2024, 16.23 MB
Wed 14 Feb 2024

Queer musicians have a unique relationship with pop music, especially here in Aotearoa, where the queer pop music scene is thriving. 

Musician Jason Parker, who has just released his first EP, "How To Be Lonely", is producing the "Little Gay In" , a live showcase to celebrate queer music and build the community. Olivia talked to Jason about his personal experience with pop music, the history of queer pop music, and the importance of queer music events.

Get Action! The Welfare System's Relationship Regulations w/ Vanessa Cole: February 14th, 2024

Get Action! The Welfare System's Relationship Regulations w/ Vanessa Cole: February 14th, 2024 Get Action! The Welfare System's Relationship Regulations w/ Vanessa Cole: February 14th, 2024, 16.29 MB
Wed 14 Feb 2024

Our welfare system has regulations surrounding relationships, which can greatly impact the amount of welfare entitlement they receive. A person's benefits can be greatly reduced if they are in a relationship, which includes casual dating. 

Many have criticised these regulations, saying it prevents people from entering relationships due to fears of losing their benefits, and risks trapping people in unsafe relationships due to forced financial dependence. Olivia spoke to Fairer Future spokesperson, and ActionStation campaigner, Vanessa Cole, about the issues with these regulations, and the action the government should take.

The Wire w/ Jessica: 14 February, 2023

The Wire w/ Jessica: 14 February, 2023 The Wire w/ Jessica: 14 February, 2023, 49.02 MB
Wed 14 Feb 2024

For our regular catch-up with the Green Party, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to co-leader, James Shaw, about the government’s plans to increase benefit sanctions and Israel’s ground invasion of Rafah.

She talked to Local Government New Zealand President and Selwyn District Council Mayor, Sam Broughton, about the government re-introducing referendums on Māori wards.

And she spoke to Medical Oncologist, Dr George Laking, about an initiative taking cancer services into marae and other community settings.

News teamer Faith spoke to Tertiary Education Union organiser, Drew Mayhem, about union members at Yoobee College of Creative Innovation striking yesterday.

Producer Olivia spoke to musician Jason Parker about the relationship between pop music and queerness in Aotearoa, and his event, the “Little Gay In”.

And for Get Action! this week, she spoke to Fairer Future spokesperson, Vanessa Cole, about our welfare system’s restrictive relationship regulations.

Pre-Sentencing Cultural Background Reports w Action Against Poverty Coordinator Brooke Pao Stanely: 13 February, 2024

Pre-Sentencing Cultural Background Reports w Action Against Poverty Coordinator Brooke Pao Stanely: 13 February, 2024 Pre-Sentencing Cultural Background Reports w Action Against Poverty Coordinator Brooke Pao Stanely: 13 February, 2024, 8.62 MB
Tue 13 Feb 2024

The government's decision to remove funding for pre-sentencing cultural background reports has faced criticism from advocates, particularly for how it could impact Maaori and Pasifika.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Action Against Poverty Coordinator, Brooke Stanely Pao, about their recommendations for how the government could better reduce crime in Aotearoa.

The Wire w/ Jessica: 13 February, 2024

The Wire w/ Jessica: 13 February, 2024 The Wire w/ Jessica: 13 February, 2024, 51.12 MB
Tue 13 Feb 2024

For Dear Science this week Dr Cushla McGoverin chats about new developments with 3D printing and the human brain, coral reef biodiversity, and Scorpions.

MP James Meager is taking over from Dr Shane Reti for our weekly catch-up with the National Party. This week News and Editorial Director Jessica Hopkins spoke to Meager about the government scrapping the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax and funding for pre-sentencing cultural reports.

She also spoke to Action Against Poverty Coordinator Brooke Pao Stanely about cultural reports.

Producer Sofia spoke to head farmer at OMG farm Jake Clarke about the impact of western farming practices on soil fertility.

And she talked to Senior transport planner at Arup, a collective of engineers and consultants, Tiffany Robinson, about urban design and indigenous wisdom.

Waitangi Day w/ Takutai Kemp: Rāhina February 12, 2024

Waitangi Day w/ Takutai Kemp: Rāhina February 12, 2024 Waitangi Day w/ Takutai Kemp: Rāhina February 12, 2024, 18.21 MB
Mon 12 Feb 2024

For our weekly catch up with Te Pati Māori, Takutai Kemp and Rosetta had a kōrero about Waitangi day and how last week unfolded. They spoke about how the government was received at Waitangi, Rawiri Waititi’s repeated call for the establishment of a Māori parliament during his speech, and Te Pati Māori entering Waitangi alongside the Kiingitanga rather than other opposition parties. Rosetta and Takutai also caught up on the events at Rātana a couple of weeks ago and David Seymours comments about the day.

ACT’s Presence at Waitangi and the Treaty Principles Bill w/ ACT’s Simon Court: 12 February, 2023

ACT’s Presence at Waitangi and the Treaty Principles Bill w/ ACT’s Simon Court: 12 February, 2023 ACT’s Presence at Waitangi and the Treaty Principles Bill w/ ACT’s Simon Court: 12 February, 2023, 16.71 MB
Mon 12 Feb 2024

For our weekly catch-up with the ACT Party, Jess asked MP Simon Court about how ACT was received at Waitangi, after Seymour and other members of government were reportedly drowned out with booing and a protest Waiata. 

At Waitangi, Prime Minister Christopher Luxon said National would not support ACT’s Treaty Principles bill past its first reading. Jess asked Court about his thoughts on this.

Benefits of Teaching Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science Equally w/ Amanda Black: Rāhina February 12, 2024

Benefits of Teaching Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science Equally w/ Amanda Black: Rāhina February 12, 2024 Benefits of Teaching Indigenous Knowledge and Western Science Equally w/ Amanda Black: Rāhina February 12, 2024 , 23.71 MB
Mon 12 Feb 2024

Two Aotearoa researchers are arguing that indigenous knowledge and western science need to be taught alongside each other in a recently published paper in Science journal titled “Teach Indigenous knowledge alongside science”. Amanda Black, co-director of Bioprotection Aotearoa and Professor at Lincoln University and Jason Tylianakis, professor of ecology at University of Canterbury, are the two lead authors of the paper. They argue that while indigenous knowledge and science are not interchangeable, they are equally as important to be taught in their own rights, and are equally as important on a global scale when discussing climate policy. The paper also discusses the misinformed common attitude towards indigenous knowledge as less valuable or inferior to western science. 

Rosetta spoke to Amanda Black about the paper further.

Waitangi w/ Professional Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland Law School, Eru Kapa-Kingi (Te Aupōuri, Ngāpuhi, Waikato-Tainui, and Te Whānau-ā-Apanui): 12 February, 2024

Waitangi w/ Professional Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland Law School, Eru Kapa-Kingi (Te Aupōuri, Ngāpuhi, Waikato-Tainui, and Te Whānau-ā-Apanui): 12 February, 2024 Waitangi w/ Professional Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland Law School, Eru Kapa-Kingi (Te Aupōuri, Ngāpuhi, Waikato-Tainui, and Te Whānau-ā-Apanui): 12 February, 2024, 12.98 MB
Mon 12 Feb 2024

Following the largest turnout at Waitangi commemorations in modern history, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Professional Teaching Fellow at the University of Auckland Law School, Eru Kapa-Kingi (Te Aupōuri, Ngāpuhi, Waikato-Tainui, and Te Whānau-ā-Apanui), about his impression of what went down and how members of government were received. 

Outdated legislation preventing gay, bisexual, and takatāpui men from donating blood w/ The University of Auckland's Peter Saxton: 8 February, 2024

Outdated legislation preventing gay, bisexual, and takatāpui men from donating blood w/ The University of Auckland's Peter Saxton: 8 February, 2024 Outdated legislation preventing gay, bisexual, and takatāpui men from donating blood w/ The University of Auckland's Peter Saxton: 8 February, 2024, 14.57 MB
Thu 8 Feb 2024

A community report published by SPOTS, the Sex and Prevention of Transmission Study, argues that legislation preventing gay men from donating blood in Aotearoa is outdated and should change.

New Zealand law currently prevents men who have had sex with other men in the last three months from donating blood, unlike other countries such as Canada or the United Kingdom. 

Producer Castor spoke to HIV Prevention researcher at the University of Auckland’s School of Population Health and one of the report’s authors, Peter Saxton, about the current legislation and what change could mean.

Dear Science w/ Alan Blackman : 20 February, 2024

Dear Science w/ Alan Blackman : 20 February, 2024 Dear Science w/ Alan Blackman : 20 February, 2024, 19.5 MB
Tue 20 Feb 2024

This week on Dear Science, Alan brings us some interesting food news - from why blueberries aren't really blue to "meaty rice". Also, Alan and The Wire team attempt to take you to lower frequencies as we discover that lower voices might be the key to social standing. All here on Dear Science, thanks to MOTAT!

City Counselling w/ Lotu Fuli: 15 February, 2024

City Counselling w/ Lotu Fuli: 15 February, 2024 City Counselling w/ Lotu Fuli: 15 February, 2024, 8.88 MB
Thu 15 Feb 2024

The National Party has scrapped the Regional Fuel Tax and Mayor Wayne Brown has ordered that all work by Auckland Transport on projects funded by the tax is to be stopped.

Beth spoke to Counsellor for Manukau, Lotu Fuli, about Wayne Brown’s decision, and to what extent these projects were integral to the future of the city.

Increasing Benefit Sanctions and Israel’s Ground Invasion of Rafah w/ Green Party Co-Leader, James Shaw: 14 February, 2024

Increasing Benefit Sanctions and Israel’s Ground Invasion of Rafah w/ Green Party Co-Leader, James Shaw: 14 February, 2024 Increasing Benefit Sanctions and Israel’s Ground Invasion of Rafah w/ Green Party Co-Leader, James Shaw: 14 February, 2024, 8.78 MB
Wed 14 Feb 2024

For our weekly catch-up, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Green Party Co-Leader James Shaw about the government’s plans to increase benefit sanctions and decrease the rate at which benefits increase annually.

They also discussed Israel’s ground invasion of Gaza and Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters meeting with Israel's Ambassador to New Zealand.

Dear Science w/ Dr Cushla McGoverin: 13 February, 2024

Dear Science w/ Dr Cushla McGoverin: 13 February, 2024 Dear Science w/ Dr Cushla McGoverin: 13 February, 2024, 7.46 MB
Tue 13 Feb 2024

For Dear Science this week Dr Cushla McGoverin chats about news developments with 3D printing and the human brain, coral reef biodiversity, and Scorpions.

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 8 February, 2024

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 8 February, 2024 City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 8 February, 2024, 6.76 MB
Thu 8 Feb 2024

The government has made its stance clear on the future of usage of Te Reo Māori in the public sector. Beth spoke to Counsellor for Waitakere, Shane Henderson, about this decision and whether it affects Auckland Council in its operations.

 

Get Action! w/ Common Grace Aotearoa Co-Director, Kate Day: 7 February, 2024

Get Action! w/ Common Grace Aotearoa Co-Director, Kate Day: 7 February, 2024 Get Action! w/ Common Grace Aotearoa Co-Director, Kate Day: 7 February, 2024, 6 MB
Wed 7 Feb 2024

For Get Action! The segment where we talk to people campaigning for a fairer future, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Common Grace Aotearoa Co-Director, Kate Day, who is calling on the Electricity Authority to better protect families struggling with power prices.

Get Action! w/ Paid Placements Aotearoa Founder, Bex Howells: 31 January, 2024

Get Action! w/ Paid Placements Aotearoa Founder, Bex Howells: 31 January, 2024 Get Action! w/ Paid Placements Aotearoa Founder, Bex Howells: 31 January, 2024, 6.38 MB
Wed 31 Jan 2024

For Get Action! this week News and Editorial Director Jessica Hopkins spoke to community organiser and advocate in healthcare, education, and social work, and founder of Paid Placements Aotearoa, Bex Howells.

They discussed Howells’ petition that has almost 5000 signatures, calling on the government to address long-term workforce shortages by funding student placements. 

She started off the interview asking Howells why this issue is important.

Dear Science! w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 23 January, 2024

Dear Science! w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 23 January, 2024 Dear Science! w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 23 January, 2024, 38.28 MB
Tue 23 Jan 2024

Professor Allan Blackman is back in the studio for another week of Dear Science. The team discuss needleless insulin, C02 production from bottom trawling, and what it means when a dog wags their tail (hint: it is not just happy). 

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 19 December, 2023

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 19 December, 2023 Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 19 December, 2023, 54.67 MB
Tue 19 Dec 2023

For the last Tuesday Wire of the year, the team is joined by Allan Blackman for Dear Science. They discuss the biggest science stories of this year including a debunked super conductivity paper, Chat GPT, and how science helped exonerate a convicted murderer.

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 14 December, 2023

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 14 December, 2023 City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 14 December, 2023, 10.78 MB
Thu 14 Dec 2023

Auckland Council has made the decision not to support the building of a second Waitematā harbour crossing, which would cost $56 billion dollars and involve the construction of two underwater tunnels and light rail connecting the North Shore to the CBD.

And in the past 12 months, Auckland Council has spent $7.4 million on recruitment.

Beth spoke to Counsellor for Waitakere Shane Henderson about these decisions.