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Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news & current affairs show. Your hosts Joe Wickins, Casper McGuire, Emilia Sullivan, Stella Huggins, and Liam Hansen focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere in independent-thinking bFM style. Weekdays 12-1pm on 95bFM.

Bus Driver and Contractor Protections w/ NZCTU's Melissa Ansell-Bridges: 15 March, 2023

Bus Driver and Contractor Protections w/ NZCTU's Melissa Ansell-Bridges: 15 March, 2023 Bus Driver and Contractor Protections w/ NZCTU's Melissa Ansell-Bridges: 15 March, 2023, 23.68 MB
Wed 15 Mar 2023

Increasing violence towards Auckland’s bus drivers has prompted several union groups to issue statements demanding better working safety protections for drivers. 

Arno spoke to Melissa Ansell-Bridges, secretary of the NZCTU, the council of trade unions, to find out more about the issue. 

Arno also spoke to Melissa to find out more about improving contractor positions in Aotearoa. The New Zealand Council of Trade Unions is calling for better employment protections for contractors, many of whom earn below minimum wage for hours worked. This follows a landmark win where Uber drivers became classified as employees instead of contractors last year.

Arno started on the first topic by asking what Auckland bus drivers are concerned about.

The Wire with Jessica: 15 March, 2023

The Wire with Jessica: 15 March, 2023 The Wire with Jessica: 15 March, 2023, 106.55 MB
Wed 15 Mar 2023

Emilia chatted with Green Party co-leader James Shaw about Chris Hipkins’ so-called policy bonfire, the debate around mitigation and adaptation policies, and the importance of amplifying the youth voice in politics for their first weekly catch-up this year.

News & Editorial Director Jessica Hopkins speak to Mark Potter, President of Te Riu Roa, the New Zealand Education Institute, acting president of Te Wehengarua, the Post Primary Teachers' Association, Chris Abercrombie, and Maddy, an intermediate teacher, about teachers striking for better pay and conditions.

Producer Arno Cronje speaks to Good Samaritans Aotearoa New Zealand chairman Tony Robinson about his organisation and how it is helping post-Cyclone.

And Melissa Ansell-Bridges, the National Secretary of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions, on both protections for bus drivers and contract workers

School Teacher Strikes w/ the New Zealand Educational Institute and the Post Primary Teachers’ Association: 15 March, 2023

School Teacher Strikes w/ the New Zealand Educational Institute and the Post Primary Teachers’ Association: 15 March, 2023 School Teacher Strikes w/ the New Zealand Educational Institute and the Post Primary Teachers’ Association: 15 March, 2023, 35.51 MB
Wed 15 Mar 2023

As many as 50,000 kaiako and tumuaki (teachers and principals) will go on strike tomorrow for better conditions and to improve public education for tamariki.

This is the education sector’s biggest industrial action since 2019. 

Most schools and kura will close on Thursday due to the strikes, and nationwide protest marches are planned.

The strikes have been organised by the New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI), representing primary and kindergarten teachers, and the Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA), representing secondary school teachers.

First, News & Editorial Director Jessica Hopkins spoke to Mark Potter, President of the New Zealand Education Institute. I started off our interview discussing why kindergarten and primary staff are striking.

Then she spoke to the acting president of Te Wehengarua, the Post Primary Teachers' Association, Chris Abercrombie. To begin, I asked about why secondary staff are striking. 

Lastly, she spoke to Maddy, an intermediate teacher, about why she is striking. I started by asking Maddy about her background in teaching. 

The Tuesday Wire w/ Milly : March 14, 2023

The Tuesday Wire w/ Milly : March 14, 2023 The Tuesday Wire w/ Milly : March 14, 2023 , 101.47 MB
Tue 14 Mar 2023

Welcome to the Tuesday Wire! 

This week on the show:

  • Milly and Beth are joined in the studio for Dear Science with Allan Blackman 
  • Milly speaks to the National Party’s Shane Reti regarding the proposed changes to the build-to-rent policy, and Nationals housing plans. 
  • Beth speaks with Al Yates, the CEO of Ecotricity, New Zealand’s first climate-positive electricity company. 
  • Milly speaks to Chanelle Duley from the University of Auckland's faculty of economics regarding the collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank.
  • Milly speaks to Lokesh Padhye from the University of Auckland's faculty of Environmental Engineering regarding the proposed ban of PFA use in makeup. 

 

Silicon Valley Bank Collapses w/ Chanelle Duley : March 14, 2023

Silicon Valley Bank Collapses w/ Chanelle Duley : March 14, 2023 Silicon Valley Bank Collapses w/ Chanelle Duley : March 14, 2023 , 10.7 MB
Tue 14 Mar 2023

This week on the Tuesday Wire, Milly spoke to Chanelle Duley from the University of Auckland's Faculty of Economics regarding the collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank, exploring what caused it, the flow on effects, especially in the tech sector, and the effects that this might have on our banks here in New Zealand. 

Proposed PFA Use Ban w/ Lokesh Padhye : March 14th, 2023

Proposed PFA Use Ban w/ Lokesh Padhye : March 14th, 2023 Proposed PFA Use Ban w/ Lokesh Padhye : March 14th, 2023, 8.88 MB
Tue 14 Mar 2023

This week on the Tuesday Wire, Milly speaks to Lokesh Padhye from the University of Auckland's faculty of Environmental Engineering regarding the proposed ban on the use of PFAs in makeup products. Milly explores what PFAs are, why they are harmful to us and the environment, and what we can do as citizens of Aotearoa to combat their use. 

Ecotricity w/ Al Yates: March 14th, 2023

Ecotricity w/ Al Yates: March 14th, 2023 Ecotricity w/ Al Yates: March 14th, 2023, 8.27 MB
Tue 14 Mar 2023

The average New Zealander emits over 6 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, and 1.4 tonnes of this comes from electricity usage. Ecotricity has become the first energy company in Aotearoa to become climate positive certified. In today's Wire Beth spoke to the co-founder and CEO of Ecotricity Al Yates about the company.

Build-to-rent and Housing Policy w/ Shane Reti: March 14th, 2023

Build-to-rent and Housing Policy w/ Shane Reti: March 14th, 2023 Build-to-rent and Housing Policy w/ Shane Reti: March 14th, 2023, 12.35 MB
Tue 14 Mar 2023

This week on the Tuesday Wire, Milly has her weekly catch-up with the National Party's Dr Shane Reti, and speaks to him about Housing Minister Chris Bishop's most recent speech delivered last week. In the speech, Chris Bishop revealed a number of changes regarding legislation and policy to do with the current build-to-rent scheme, including changes to the Overseas Investment Act and to the Income Tax Act. Dr Shane Reti and Milly discuss the current issues to do with housing and the party's plans to help ease the pressure on the housing market. 

Why the World’s Other Humanitarian Crises Don’t See the Same Response as Ukraine w/ Ritesh Shah: 13 March, 2023

Why the World’s Other Humanitarian Crises Don’t See the Same Response as Ukraine w/ Ritesh Shah: 13 March, 2023 Why the World’s Other Humanitarian Crises Don’t See the Same Response as Ukraine w/ Ritesh Shah: 13 March, 2023 , 14.84 MB
Mon 13 Mar 2023

 

Why don't the world's other humanitarian crises see the same response as Ukraine? As beautiful as the response has been, why is there a discrepancy with people from other countries seeking refuge? 

 

Daniel asked this question to Ritesh Shah, a senior lecturer at the University of Auckland. His research bridges several disciplines — including sociology, politics, international relations, and anthropology. 

 

Why not to be a Stoic w/ Neil Durrant: 13 March, 2023

Why not to be a Stoic w/ Neil Durrant: 13 March, 2023 Why not to be a Stoic w/ Neil Durrant: 13 March, 2023, 11.68 MB
Mon 13 Mar 2023

For an ancient philosophy, Stoicism is doing quite well in our times. On Instagram stoic quotes are abundant. You can find quotes like:

“We suffer more in imagination than in reality.” 

Daniel spoke with philosopher Neil Durrant about his article on why we shouldn't be stoic but should listen to Philosopher Nietzsche instead. 

 

Daniel started by asking him: What is stoicism?

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 23 March, 2023

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 23 March, 2023 City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 23 March, 2023 , 8.87 MB
Thu 23 Mar 2023

For this week's City Counselling segment Simon spoke with Waitakare Councillor Shane Henderson. Shane has been out in the community discussing the budget and getting feedback on the proposed cuts from residents in Waitakere. Simon started by asking Shane how the feeling is in the Waitakere community towards the budget.

The Newest IPCC Report w/ The Green Party’s James Shaw: 22 March, 2023

The Newest IPCC Report w/ The Green Party’s James Shaw: 22 March, 2023 The Newest IPCC Report w/ The Green Party’s James Shaw: 22 March, 2023, 7.45 MB
Wed 22 Mar 2023

In this week’s chat with the co-leader of the Green Party, Emilia spoke with James Shaw about this week’s report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shows we only have a small window remaining to avoid the planet warming 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, and how his party thinks our progress on emissions reductions has gone. 

Dear Science w/ Joel Rindelaub : March 21, 2023

Dear Science w/ Joel Rindelaub : March 21, 2023 Dear Science w/ Joel Rindelaub : March 21, 2023, 27.08 MB
Tue 21 Mar 2023

This week on Dear Science Joel brings the listeners a fungi special, making a better name for fungi than the hit TV series The Last of Us has. From being forest farmers, food sources and carbon soakers, to in our everyday medicines keeping us alive, Joel delves in to the special world of fungi and all they have to offer!

Labour’s 'Policy Bonfire' w/ The Green Party’s James Shaw: 15 March, 2023

Labour’s 'Policy Bonfire' w/ The Green Party’s James Shaw: 15 March, 2023 Labour’s 'Policy Bonfire' w/ The Green Party’s James Shaw: 15 March, 2023, 12.42 MB
Wed 15 Mar 2023

In their first weekly interview of this year, Emilia Sullivan chats with Green Party co-leader James Shaw about Chris Hipkins’ so-called policy bonfire, the debate around mitigation and adaptation policies, and the importance of amplifying the youth voice in politics.

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: March 14, 2023

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: March 14, 2023 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: March 14, 2023, 30.39 MB
Tue 14 Mar 2023

This week on Dear Science, Beth and Milly talk to Allan Blackman about all things cutting-edge. New research reveals that too much of a good thing can be bad, with scientists proving that oxygen in high amounts can cause cell damage. A new discovery in the world of insulin has shown that the medicine used to treat type one diabetes could be made even more effective, and finally, scientists edge closer to a new room temperature superconductor - however not without some doubts. 

DF Cyclone Support and Political Neutrality w/ Andrew Little: March 9, 2023

DF Cyclone Support and Political Neutrality w/ Andrew Little: March 9, 2023 DF Cyclone Support and Political Neutrality w/ Andrew Little: March 9, 2023, 19.28 MB
Thu 9 Mar 2023

This week on the Thursday Wire's weekly catch-up with Labour's Andrew Little, Spike asks about the Defence Force's ongoing support for regions affected by Cyclone Gabrielle, and public servants' political neutrality code of conduct. 

Dear Science w/ Joel Rindelaub : March 7, 2023

Dear Science w/ Joel Rindelaub : March 7, 2023 Dear Science w/ Joel Rindelaub : March 7, 2023 , 22.84 MB
Tue 7 Mar 2023

This week on Dear Science Milly and Beth are joined by Joel Rindelaub the day after his birthday to talk all things science! Sleep masks are proven to work in a study exploring human sensitivity to light, then it's out to space where the James Webb telescope has made some more puzzling discoveries: this time it's galaxies that are far bigger than we thought they would be, and finally finishing off with the fact than anyone can be good at maths, we just need good teachers + tutors + working hard. 

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: March 2, 2023

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: March 2, 2023 City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: March 2, 2023, 16.18 MB
Thu 2 Mar 2023

Simon speaks to Councillor Shane Henderson about the damage to the communities on the west coast as well as why he described the upcoming Auckland City Budget as the most important in 10 years. 

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman : 28th February, 2023

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman : 28th February, 2023 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman : 28th February, 2023, 32.73 MB
Tue 28 Feb 2023

This week for Dear Science, Milly and Beth are joined by Allan Blackman in the studio to talk about the controversial Theraputic Products Bill, which passed in a landslide vote in parliment however, has been met with thousands of submissions against. Allan also shares some fantastic news about a 19-month-old whose life has been saved by a revolutionary genetic intervention, as well as an exciting prospect of medicines being able to counteract poisoning by smoke inhalation.

Tomorrow's World w/ environmental scientist Elliot Stevens: 27 February, 2023

Tomorrow's World w/ environmental scientist Elliot Stevens: 27 February, 2023 Tomorrow's World w/ environmental scientist Elliot Stevens: 27 February, 2023, 6.17 MB
Mon 27 Feb 2023

When you think of the word 'slash', the guitarist of Guns and Roses may come to mind. Today we are talking about a different type of slash. However, coincidently Slash did release a song last year titled 'The River Is Rising', which is what our slash has to do with. Slash is the name of the forest waste and excess timbre left from harvests.

Isla and Stella chatted with environmental scientist Elliot Stevens about the future direction of slash and catchment management following the events of cyclone Gabrielle which saw slash washed up in flood waters.