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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 Wednesday Wire: July 1, 2020

The Wednesday Wire: July 1, 2020 The Wednesday Wire: July 1, 2020, 108.58 MB
Wed 1 Jul 2020

On Dear Science today with Allan Blackman we are talking about Ebola, the doctor who discovered the power of washing your hands, and how to possibly improve declining eyesight.

We have NZ First’s Tracey Martin on the show today where we discuss her response to the latest allegations against Oranga Tamariki.

Felix speaks to Child Poverty Action Group to get their thoughts on the Green Party’s Poverty Action plan.

And we have Justin Wong guest appearing on the show today, he has spoken with Mayor Phil Goff about the drought in Auckland and how the government is speeding up the RMA process.

City Counselling w/ Cr Tracy Mulholland; 30 June, 2020

City Counselling w/ Cr Tracy Mulholland; 30 June, 2020 City Counselling w/ Cr Tracy Mulholland; 30 June, 2020, 23.93 MB
Tue 30 Jun 2020

This week, 95bFM reporter Oscar Perress spoke to Cr Tracy Mulholland about the Value for Money Committee and Shovel Ready Infrastructure. 

Justin's International Desk: 30th June 2020

Justin's International Desk: 30th June 2020 Justin's International Desk: 30th June 2020, 23.49 MB
Tue 30 Jun 2020

International Desk reports on the sacking of Shadow Education Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey in the UK for retweeting an article containing "antisemitic conspiracy theories", and allegations of antisemitism within the Labour Party.

The Tuesday Wire with Justin: 30th June 2020

The Tuesday Wire with Justin: 30th June 2020 The Tuesday Wire with Justin: 30th June 2020, 107.27 MB
Tue 30 Jun 2020

International Desk reports on a new antisemitism row in the UK Labour Party, after shadow Education Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey was sacked for retweeting an article containing "antisemitic conspiracy theories".

On Green Desk, Bronnie talked to Tessa Clarke about her app Olio to reduce food waste.

Oscar caught up with Auckland Councillor Tracy Mulholland on City Counselling to discuss water, infrastructure projects and the Value for Money Committee.

The Southern Cross: June 29th, 2020

The Southern Cross: June 29th, 2020 The Southern Cross: June 29th, 2020, 22.53 MB
Mon 29 Jun 2020

On Southern Cross today, Pacific Media Watch contributing editor Sri Krishnamurthi and director David Robie. Trigger warning: domestic violence and abuse. We speak about the death of Jenelyn Kennedy in PNG, and the media coverage and response of community. We also speak on the Cook islands looking to ban a political editor looking into travel perks. 

Tracking Whale Migration From Space w/ Travis Horton: June 29, 2020

Tracking Whale Migration From Space w/ Travis Horton: June 29, 2020 Tracking Whale Migration From Space w/ Travis Horton: June 29, 2020, 34.23 MB
Mon 29 Jun 2020

A new international study led by a University of Canterbury professor has discovered Paikeha Humpback Whales stick to old migration patterns despite ocean changes associated with climate change. To find out more, Zoë Larsen Cumming chatted to the lead scientist on the project, Travis Horton. 

Scammer Education Campaign w/ Natalie Vincent

Scammer Education Campaign w/ Natalie Vincent Scammer Education Campaign w/ Natalie Vincent, 13.62 MB
Mon 29 Jun 2020

Recently the Commerce Commission and the Financial Markets Authority have announced they will start a campaign to help try and combat as well as educate the Pacifica community on scams. While it is known scamming is causing numerous problems, they feel they are still only seeing the surface, as many scams are unreported as they are started by people who are close and trusted. After this announcement, the child poverty action group has shown their support, however it wants to see more education. To understand the situation, I talked to Natalie Vincent from Nga Tangata Micro finance, and started off by asking what forms scamming can take.

The Monday Wire with Sherry: June 29th, 2020

The Monday Wire with Sherry: June 29th, 2020 The Monday Wire with Sherry: June 29th, 2020, 106.05 MB
Mon 29 Jun 2020

Today on the wire:

Weekly chat with Green party co-leader James Shaw on prisoner voting rights, ammendments to RMA and Green party's poverty action plan. 

Southern Cross: Pacific Media Centre Contributing editor Sri Krishnamurthi and director David Robie on domestic violence in PNG, and journalism in the Cook Islands. 

Zoë interviews scientist Travis Horton who has been tracking whale migration from space. 

Producer James Tapp talks to Natalie Vincent from Ngā Tāngata Microfinance about scams and the campaign starting in the Pacific community to get education on the move

Human Rights Commission Prism Report: June 26, 2020

Human Rights Commission Prism Report: June 26, 2020 Human Rights Commission Prism Report: June 26, 2020, 14.17 MB
Fri 26 Jun 2020

The Human Rights Commission has released their "Prism" Report which deatils the six human rights issues related to people of diverse sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics. Sherry speaks to the report's author Taine Polkinghorne about the details of the HRC's findings. 

National and the Greens on the "End" of Auckland Light Rail Proposals: June 26, 2020

National and the Greens on the "End" of Auckland Light Rail Proposals: June 26, 2020 National and the Greens on the "End" of Auckland Light Rail Proposals: June 26, 2020, 12.06 MB
Fri 26 Jun 2020

Jemima reports on the government's decision to end it's discussions of the proposed two track light rail network in Auckland. Justin gets National Party Transport Spokesperson Chris Bishop's thought on the call and Jemima talks to Green Party Transport Spokesperson Julie Anne Genter about why her party is welcoming the decision. 

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 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.

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.

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.

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