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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.

Halal Kiwi Pro-Palestine Advocacy w/ Founder Mohammed Soliman: Monday 13 May, 2024

Halal Kiwi Pro-Palestine Advocacy w/ Founder Mohammed Soliman: Monday 13 May, 2024 Halal Kiwi Pro-Palestine Advocacy w/ Founder Mohammed Soliman: Monday 13 May, 2024, 6.35 MB
Tue 14 May 2024

Halal Kiwi, an app that helps people find halal foods and products in New Zealand, has been called anti-Semitic by the ACT Party for creating a pro-Palestine boycott list.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Halal Kiwi founder, Mohammed Soliman, about ACT’s claim.

She started off the interview by asking Soliman about the intention behind their initiative to help Halal Kiwi users boycott pro-Israel and pro-Zionist businesses.

Nurse Shortages and Te Aka Whai Ora w/ the National Party’s Katie Nimon: 14th May, 2024.

Nurse Shortages and Te Aka Whai Ora w/ the National Party’s Katie Nimon: 14th May, 2024. , 24.34 MB
Tue 14 May 2024

On May 9th the New Zealand Nurses organisation held a national day of action 2024, with rallies across the country calling for increased public health funding. While the government has introduced measures to increase the number of nurses in Aotearoa, staffing shortages are still frequent in wards across the country. 

Additionally, there are worries that the recently scrapped Te Aka Whai Ora could impact the already struggling sector, taking focus away from those who need health support most and potentially increasing the workload for frontline health workers. 

In our weekly catchup with the National party, Wire host Castor spoke to Katie Nimon about the government’s approach to public health policy and how the disestablishment of Te Aka Whai Ora could affect the health sector. 

Nursing Shortages and Poor Health Funding w/ NZNO President Anne Daniels: Tuesday 14 May, 2024

Nursing Shortages and Poor Health Funding w/ NZNO President Anne Daniels: Tuesday 14 May, 2024 Nursing Shortages and Poor Health Funding w/ NZNO President Anne Daniels: Tuesday 14 May, 2024, 19.79 MB
Tue 14 May 2024

On 9 May the New Zealand Nurses organisation held a national day of action 2024, with rallies across the country calling for increased public health funding.

While the government has introduced measures to increase the number of nurses in Aotearoa, staffing shortages are still frequent in wards across the country. 

Additionally, there are worries that the recently scrapped Te Aka Whai Ora could impact the already struggling sector, taking focus away from those who need health support most and potentially increasing the workload for frontline health workers. 

Wire Host Castor spoke to the president of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation, Anne Daniels, about nursing shortages and low health funding in Aotearoa from a frontline perspective.

The Wire w/ Castor: 14th May 2024.

The Wire w/ Castor: 14th May 2024. , 102.2 MB
Tue 14 May 2024

For Dear Science this week, Professor Allan Blackman chatted to us about Beethoven’s deafness, the first ever vaccination, and researchers mapping a small part of the human brain. 

Wire host Castor spoke to the National Party’s Katie Nimon about nursing shortages in light of rallies last week and how the disestablishment of Te Aka Whai Ora could affect the health sector. 

He also spoke to New Zealand Nurses Organisation president Anne Daniels about these health issues from a frontline worker perspective. 

Producer Sofia spoke to Public Service Association Assistant Secretary Fleur Fitzsimons about the 325 job cuts to the Accident Compensation Corporation. 

She also spoke to Professor of Disability Studies and Inclusive Education Missy Morton at the University of Auckland about a new report from the Education Hub about how schools and early childhood centres are failing neurodivergent children.

Schools and early childhood centres failing neurodivergent children w/ Professor Missy Morton: 14th May, 2024

Schools and early childhood centres failing neurodivergent children w/ Professor Missy Morton: 14th May, 2024 Schools and early childhood centres failing neurodivergent children w/ Professor Missy Morton: 14th May, 2024, 22.04 MB
Tue 14 May 2024

On May 13th, the Education Hub - a non-profit organisation that connects teachers with education research - released a report on neurodivergent children in schools and early childhood centres. 

Gathering testimonies from 2,400 people, the report found that 15-20 percent of the population is neurodivergent, meaning they have conditions including autism, ADHD, dyslexia and anxiety.

Although the school system is supposedly inclusive, the Education Hub says schools and early childhood centres are failing neurodivergent children.

In response, it has called for more funding and a law change regarding specialist provisions or supports for children with special educational needs.

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to Professor of Disability Studies and Inclusive Education Missy Morton at the University of Auckland about the report, and what support for teachers, neurodivergent children, and the families of these children should look like. 

Proposed job cuts to the Accident Compensation Corporation w/ Public Service Association Assistant Secretary, Fleur Fitzsimons: 14th May, 2024

Proposed job cuts to the Accident Compensation Corporation w/ Public Service Association Assistant Secretary, Fleur Fitzsimons: 14th May, 2024 Proposed job cuts to the Accident Compensation Corporation w/ Public Service Association Assistant Secretary, Fleur Fitzsimons: 14th May, 2024, 15.27 MB
Tue 14 May 2024

As a part of the coalition government’s cost saving measures, there are 325 proposed job cuts at the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC).

ACC says client-facing teams will not be affected, although, roles in the areas of prevention of sexual violence, road safety and workplace safety are on the chopping block. 

The job cuts equate to a proposed 9 percent reduction of ACC’s total workforce.

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to Public Service Association Assistant Secretary, Fleur Fitzsimons about the cuts to roles dealing with sexual violence prevention and the overall impacts these cuts to ACC will have on New Zealanders. 

School Lunches, Power Shortages, Pro-Palestine Boycotts, and Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill w/ ACT's Simon Court: Monday 13 May, 2024

School Lunches, Power Shortages, Pro-Palestine Boycotts, and Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill w/ ACT's Simon Court: Monday 13 May, 2024 School Lunches, Power Shortages, Pro-Palestine Boycotts, and Anti-Trans Bathroom Bill w/ ACT's Simon Court: Monday 13 May, 2024, 15.14 MB
Mon 13 May 2024

Last week, the government announced the Ka Ora Ka Ako, Health School Lunches Programme, would receive $478 million dollars in funding in the government’s upcoming annual Budget, to keep the programme running for the next two years, but at a lower cost.

We also saw Transpower, Aotearoa's national grid operator, warning of possible insufficient power generation to meet households' demand on Friday.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to MP Simon Court about this as well as comments on boycotting pro-Israel businesses, and NZ First introducing a bill that would ban transgender people from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity.

Pro-Palestine Boycotts w/ Alternative Jewish Voices Co-Founder, Dr Marilyn Garson: Monday 13 May, 2024

Pro-Palestine Boycotts w/ Alternative Jewish Voices Co-Founder, Dr Marilyn Garson: Monday 13 May, 2024 Pro-Palestine Boycotts w/ Alternative Jewish Voices Co-Founder, Dr Marilyn Garson: Monday 13 May, 2024, 8.08 MB
Mon 13 May 2024

Amid global boycott movements in support of Palestine amid Israel's ongoing war on Gaza which has killed more than 34,000 people News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Alternative Jewish Voices Co-Founder, Dr Marilyn Garson, about the conflation of Judaism and Zionism and how this has come up in boycotting movements.

Brain Tumour Support NZ "No Going Back" Campaign w/ Sarah Verran: Monday 13 May, 2024

Brain Tumour Support NZ "No Going Back" Campaign w/ Sarah Verran: Monday 13 May, 2024 Brain Tumour Support NZ "No Going Back" Campaign w/ Sarah Verran: Monday 13 May, 2024, 10.36 MB
Mon 13 May 2024

Brain Tumour Support NZ is a charitable trust established in 2019 to promote awareness for brain tumour diagnoses in New Zealand. During their "Make May Better" month, Brain Tumour Support NZ has launched the “No Going Back” fundraising platform where participants can embark on fundraising challenges to support brain tumour patients and their families.

Producer Ezra spoke to Chief Executive at Brain Tumour Support NZ, Sarah Verran, about their newly launched campaigns, the importance of brain tumour awareness and the incredible work the charity is involved in.

The Wire w/ Jessica: Monday 13 May, 2024

The Wire w/ Jessica: Monday 13 May, 2024 The Wire w/ Jessica: Monday 13 May, 2024, 111.06 MB
Mon 13 May 2024

For our regular interview with the ACT Party, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to MP Simon Court, about the government continuing the Ka Ora Ka Ako, Healthy School Lunches Programme, power shortages across the country, his comments on boycotting pro-Israel and Zionist businesses, and NZ First introducing a bill that would ban transgender people from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity.

She also spoke to Halal Kiwi founder, Mohammed Soliman, about the intention behind their initiative boycotting pro-Israel and Zionist businesses and Co-Founder of Alternative Jewish Voices, Dr Marilyn Garson, on pro-Palestine boycotting movements and ACT MP Simon Court’s comments on the topic.

She spoke to Aida Oryantal, from Voice of Iranians, about Iranian hip hop artist Toomaj Salehi, who has recently been sentenced to death by the Islamic Republic regime, and many others facing brutal oppression and human rights abuses in Iran.

Producer Ezra spoke to Chief Executive of Brain Tumour Support NZ, Sarah Verran, about their newly launched fundraising platform “No Going Back” which marks the start of their awareness month campaign “Make May Better”.

Selling our Airport Shares and the Long Term Plan w/ Lotu Fuli: 23 May, 2024

Selling our Airport Shares and the Long Term Plan w/ Lotu Fuli: 23 May, 2024 Selling our Airport Shares and the Long Term Plan w/ Lotu Fuli: 23 May, 2024, 15.61 MB
Thu 23 May 2024

Last week Auckland Council passed their hotly contested long-term plan, after huge debate and community engagement. 

Councillor Lotu Fuli attempted to amend the plan to not include the sale of Council’s airport shares but was defeated. She also reached headlines for excluding the independent Māori voices on Council from voting on this amendment. 

Wire Host Caeden asked Councillor Fuli about the long term plan, and the controversy surrounding her amendment for City Counselling. Here is that interview.

New Caledonia’s civil unrest and the Government’s comments on welfare w/ Carmel Sepuloni: 23 May, 2024

New Caledonia’s civil unrest and the Government’s comments on welfare w/ Carmel Sepuloni: 23 May, 2024 New Caledonia’s civil unrest and the Government’s comments on welfare w/ Carmel Sepuloni: 23 May, 2024, 16.75 MB
Thu 23 May 2024

Labour Deputy Leader Carmel Sepuloni has come out against Louise Upston’s comments on welfare, calling her out for leaving out context or blatantly lying about facts.

Some of Minister Upston’s comments include conflating those who are on Job Seeker who are “work ready” and those who are on it for health conditions, as well as stating that young people who go on the benefit could stay on it for 24 years without mentioning this only applies to 0.5% of people. 

For our weekly catch-up with the Labour Party Wire Host Caeden asks about National’s comments on welfare, as well as the civil unrest we are currently seeing in New Caledonia.

They started by asking about her comparison between what National is doing to benefits today to what Ruth Richardson did 30 years ago.

Dear Science w/ Doctor Cushla McGoverin: 21st May, 2024.

Dear Science w/ Doctor Cushla McGoverin: 21st May, 2024. , 37.79 MB
Tue 21 May 2024

This week on Dear Science, our expert Dr Cushla McGoverin spoke to us about synthetic fungus-based leather, origami-like structures using DNA, and the colouring on rodents' teeth

Charter Schools and Fast Track Approvals Bill concerns w/ ACT’s Simon Court: Monday 20 May, 2024

Charter Schools and Fast Track Approvals Bill concerns w/ ACT’s Simon Court: Monday 20 May, 2024 Charter Schools and Fast Track Approvals Bill concerns w/ ACT’s Simon Court: Monday 20 May, 2024, 8.77 MB
Mon 20 May 2024

Last week ACT Party Leader, David Seymour, announced 153 million dollars in funding for the establishment of 50 charter schools. This covers 15 brand new schools and the conversion of 35 state schools. 

Between 2011 and 2017 less than 20 charter schools were open in Aotearoa, before they were disestablished by the Labour government in 2018. Seymour himself has said that previously the schools were both difficult to establish and run. 

For our weekly interview with the ACT Party, Producer Evie spoke to MP Simon Court about what will be different this time, and why the party thinks these schools are the best option. 

They also talked about some recent conflicts of interests that have arisen surrounding the already contested Fast Track approvals bill.

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 14th May, 2024.

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 14th May, 2024. , 33.99 MB
Tue 14 May 2024

For Dear Science this week, Professor Allan Blackman chatted to us about the cause for Beethoven's deafness, the first recorded vaccination, and researchers mapping a small part of the brain

Auckland Port Announcement and will Auckland Council call for a ceasefire in Gaza? w/ Lotu Fuli: 9 May, 2024

Auckland Port Announcement and will Auckland Council call for a ceasefire in Gaza? w/ Lotu Fuli: 9 May, 2024 Auckland Port Announcement and will Auckland Council call for a ceasefire in Gaza? w/ Lotu Fuli: 9 May, 2024, 15.45 MB
Thu 9 May 2024

For City Counselling this week Caeden speaks to Lotu Fuli about yesterday’s Auckland port announcement.

Under a new plan, the port would stay under Council control despite Mayor Wayne Brown previously investigating a 35-year lease for the port. 

The plan also includes returning Captain Cook Wharf and Marsden Wharf to Auckland Council, as well as increasing public access to Bledisloe Wharf.

Caeden also asked about Whanganui Council passing a motion calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. 

They started by asking her to explain yesterday’s Port of Auckland announcement.

Celebrity Treasure Island Rumours and the end of election day voter enrolment w/ Carmel Sepuloni: 9 May, 2024

Celebrity Treasure Island Rumours and the end of election day voter enrolment w/ Carmel Sepuloni: 9 May, 2024 Celebrity Treasure Island Rumours and the end of election day voter enrolment w/ Carmel Sepuloni: 9 May, 2024, 11.92 MB
Thu 9 May 2024

On Wednesday Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni dominated political headlines with news that she is believed to be a contestant on this year's season of Celebrity Treasure Island. 

The last MP to compete on a reality TV show was David Seymour, who competed on Dancing with the Stars in 2018. This appearance resulted in a now infamous video of Seymour twerking in 80s getup.

Last years Celebrity Treasure Island also drew headlines for including famous political figures, notably Tame Iti. 

Political news this week has also included an announcement from Paul Goldsmith that the Government is looking at stopping election day voter enrolment due to the administrative burden.

Caeden asked about both these topics for our weekly catch-up with Carmel Sepuloni. They started by asking if she would appear in Celebrity Treasure Island.

Get Action! Coalition for the Safety of Women and Children and AVA Anti-Violence Action's Petition for Stalking Legislation w Leonie Morris: 8 May, 2024

Get Action! Coalition for the Safety of Women and Children and AVA Anti-Violence Action's Petition for Stalking Legislation w Leonie Morris: 8 May, 2024 Get Action! Coalition for the Safety of Women and Children and AVA Anti-Violence Action's Petition for Stalking Legislation w Leonie Morris: 8 May, 2024, 12.21 MB
Wed 8 May 2024

On the 19th of December 2022, Farzana Yaqubi, a 21 year old law student at AUT, was murdered by a man who had been repeatedly stalking her and sending her threatening messages on social media. In the months leading up to her murder, Farzana made multiple police reports with evidence of her experienced stalking, urging law enforcement to intervene. However, her reports were effectively disregarded and treated as low priority, as there are no official laws in Aotearoa that criminalise stalking.

Farzana’s murder triggered a call to the government from numerous women’s rights advocates across the motu to come up with more effective legislation to criminalise stalking and establish more effective preventative measures in law enforcement.

For this week’s Get Action! Oto spoke to Leonie Morris from the Auckland Women’s Centre, to discuss a petition calling for the official criminalisation of stalking.

If you're interested, you can sign the petition here:

https://our.actionstation.org.nz/petitions/protect-women-make-stalking-illegal-1

Dear Science w/ Doctor Cushla McGoverin: 7th May, 2024.

Dear Science w/ Doctor Cushla McGoverin: 7th May, 2024. , 33.44 MB
Tue 7 May 2024

For Dear Science this week Doctor Cushla McGoverin chatted to us about an orangutan treating its own injury, beluga whales changing the shape of their foreheads, and the development of skin burn healing bandages from plant based materials. 

Council’s stance on the Palestine protests and the end of half price fares w/ Shane Henderson: 2 May, 2024

Council’s stance on the Palestine protests and the end of half price fares w/ Shane Henderson: 2 May, 2024 Council’s stance on the Palestine protests and the end of half price fares w/ Shane Henderson: 2 May, 2024, 15.11 MB
Thu 2 May 2024

Weekly Palestine protests have taken place in Britomart since last October, and an action in support of Palestine with several hundred students took place at the University of Auckland last night.

For City Counselling this week, Wire Host Caeden asked Councillor Shane Henderson for his stance on the Palestine protests, as well as Council’s view more generally.

They also ask about the community impacts of half priced public transport for under 25s, which ended on May 1st.