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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.

Calls to ban direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicine in Aotearoa w/ Associate Professor of Medical Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland, David Menkes: 28th May, 2024.

Calls to ban direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicine in Aotearoa w/ Associate Professor of Medical Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland, David Menkes: 28th May, 2024. , 27.12 MB
Tue 28 May 2024

The United States and New Zealand are the only high-income countries that allow unrestricted direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicines, which directs advertising towards consumers rather than medical professionals.

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to Associate Professor of Medical Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland, David Menkes, about concerns researchers have raised about direct-to-consumer advertising and how to address them. 

She started the interview asking him how direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicines operates in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Open letter calling to criminalise stalking w/ Associate Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, Carrie Leonetti: 28th May, 2024

Open letter calling to criminalise stalking w/ Associate Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, Carrie Leonetti: 28th May, 2024 Open letter calling to criminalise stalking w/ Associate Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, Carrie Leonetti: 28th May, 2024, 18.39 MB
Tue 28 May 2024

An urgent open letter has called on the Minister of Justice, the Honourable Paul Goldsmith, to amend the Crimes act to include the act of stalking. 

Producer Ezra spoke to co-director of the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law Practice and Policy at the University of Auckland, Carrie Leonetti, about why criminalising stalking will help prevent innocent people from living in fear.

Waikeria Prison and Corrections funding w/ the National Party’s Katie Nimon: 28th May, 2024.

Waikeria Prison and Corrections funding w/ the National Party’s Katie Nimon: 28th May, 2024. , 20.25 MB
Tue 28 May 2024

Earlier this May the government announced plans to revisit a development at Waikeria Prison in Waikato. Originally proposed under the 2017 Labour government, the plan to add new beds was delayed due to COVID 19 complications. 

Corrections Minister Mark Mitchell sez the development will continue past Labour’s initial plan, with an overwhelming message from the National party that the prison population should and will increase. In our weekly catchup with the National Party’s Katie Nimon, Wire host Castor asked about the prison development and Corrections funding in advance of this week’s budget announcements.

The current government’s approach to crime and punishment w/ People Against Prisons press spokesperson Emmy Rākete: 28th May, 2024.

The current government’s approach to crime and punishment w/ People Against Prisons press spokesperson Emmy Rākete: 28th May, 2024. , 17.36 MB
Tue 28 May 2024

This weekend, People Against Prisons Aotearoa organised a protest against the planned development at Waikeria Prison, calling out existing space in prisons, excessive spending on prisons during cuts across government departments, and the ineffectiveness of prisons broadly.

Wire host Castor spoke to People Against Prisons Aotearoa’s Press Spokesperson, Emmy Rākete about the development and the government’s approach to crime and punishment.

The Wire w/ Castor: 28th May, 2024.

The Wire w/ Castor: 28th May, 2024. , 108.88 MB
Tue 28 May 2024

For Dear Science this week, Professor Allan Blackman chatted to us about reconstructing the genomes of extinct moa, a protein folding prediction programme, and a discovery forcing us to rewrite chemistry textbooks. 

Wire host Castor spoke to the National Party’s Katie Nimon about the Waikeria prison development and funding for corrections in advance of this week’s budget announcements. 

He also spoke to People Against Prisons’ Emmy Rākete about these developments and the government’s approach to crime more broadly. 

Producer Sofia spoke to Associate Professor of Medical Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland, David Menkes, about concerns over direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription medicine in Aotearoa. 

And Producer Ezra spoke to co-director of the New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law Practice and Policy at the University of Auckland, Carrie Leonetti, about how Aotearoa needs to criminalise stalking.

South-versed 24: Diasporisms w/ Iokapeta Magele Suamasi, 27 May 2024

South-versed 24: Diasporisms w/ Iokapeta Magele Suamasi, 27 May 2024 South-versed 24: Diasporisms w/ Iokapeta Magele Suamasi, 27 May 2024, 12.34 MB
Mon 27 May 2024

A South Auckland-based art exhibition opened last week at the Mangere Arts Centre, featuring the works of 10 contemporary Aotearoa artists with Tāgata Pācifica and Tāgata Ahia heritage.

Producer Ezra spoke to the Co-Curator from I-M.S Arts, Iokapeta Magele-Suamasi, about the importance of the “South-Versed” exhibition for recognising South-Auckland-connected talent.

Vaping Study in New Zealand's most Deprived Areas w/ Matthew Hobbs: 27 May, 2024

Vaping Study in New Zealand's most Deprived Areas w/ Matthew Hobs: 27 May, 2024 Vaping Study in New Zealand's most Deprived Areas w/ Matthew Hobs: 27 May, 2024, 6.57 MB
Mon 27 May 2024

Recently, a University of Canterbury study, ‘investigating the spatial and temporal variation of vape retailer provision in New Zealand: A cross-sectional and nationwide study,’ published in the peer-reviewed journal, Social Science and Medicine, shows that most vape retailers reside in the country’s most deprived areas.

News and Editorial Director, Joel, spoke to Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Canterbury, and head of the study, Matthew Hobbs, about the findings of this study, and what this means for these communities.

Charter Schools for Neurodivergent and/or Disabled Students w/ Jude MacArthur: 27 May, 2024

Charter Schools for Neurodivergent and/or Disabled Students w/ Jude MacArthur: 27 May, 2024 Charter Schools for Neurodivergent and/or Disabled Students w/ Jude MacArthur: 27 May, 2024, 10.27 MB
Mon 27 May 2024

$153m has been allocated in the 2024 budget to establish Charter Schools in Aotearoa by the coalition government, after being previously shut down by the last Labour Government in 2018, to establish 50 new charter schools.

This system of education has come under controversy by many, over concerns these schools can allocate funding however they see fit with almost total discretion, teach any curriculum they want to, and are not required to hire teachers with adequate teaching certificates, unlike schools in the public sector.

News and Editorial Director, Joel, spoke to Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Auckland, Jude MacArthur, about the concern with Charter Schools specifically assisting students who have a disability and/or are neurodivergent.

The Wire w/ Joel: 27 May, 2024

The Wire w/ Joel: 27 May, 2024 The Wire w/ Joel: 27 May, 2024, 123.37 MB
Mon 27 May 2024

For our weekly catchup with the ACT Party's Simon Court, producer Evie spoke to Simon about mining and comments he made on X, formally Twitter, about the University of Canterbury pro-Palestine encampment.

She also spoke with Spokesperson for Students for Justice in Palestine Canterbury, Matt, about the University of Canterbury encampment.

For our weekly catchup with, Te Pāti Māori's Takutai Kemp, News and Editorial Director, Joel, spoke to Takutai about Māori wards and Kāinga Ora.

They spoke to Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Canterbury, Matthew Hobbs, about a study he led that demonstrates that most vape retailers are in the country’s most deprived areas.

They also spoke to Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Auckland, Jude MacArthur, about the concern with charter schools and assisting students who have a disability and/or are neurodivergent.

Producer Ezra spoke to Senior Lecturer of Education at the University of Auckland, Dr Analosa Veukiso-Ulugia about the soaring Pokie machine profits in South Auckland.

And he also spoke to Curator of I-M.S Arts, Iokapeta Magele-Suamasi, about her “South-Versed” exhibition and its exploration of diaspora for Tagata Pasifika and Tagata Ahia in Aotearoa.

University of Canterbury Pro-Palestine Encampment w/ Spokesperson for Students for Justice in Palestine Canterbury, Matt: 27 May, 2024

University of Canterbury Pro-Palestine Encampment w/ Spokesperson for Students for Justice in Palestine Canterbury, Matt: 27 May, 2024 University of Canterbury Pro-Palestine Encampment w/ Spokesperson for Students for Justice in Palestine Canterbury, Matt: 27 May, 2024 , 6.85 MB
Mon 27 May 2024

Last week the Students for Justice in Palestine Canterbury set up a pro-Palestinian encampment on campus. The police were called on the peaceful protest, but students remained for 27 hours, before an agreement was reached with the University. 

Producer Evie spoke to Matt, the spokesperson for Students for Justice in Palestine Canterbury about the encampment, the group's demands and their response to the comments made by ACT’s Simon Court.

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 11th June, 2024.

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 11th June, 2024. , 37.69 MB
Tue 11 Jun 2024

For Dear Science this week our expert Professor Allan Blackman spoke to us about a genome in a tiny fern, a paper retracted about Alzheimers, and a study on success and failure

Get Action! Say NO to Youth Offender Boot Camps w Clara Donne: 5 June, 2024

Get Action! Say NO to Youth Offender Boot Camps w Clara Donne: 5 June, 2024 Get Action! Say NO to Youth Offender Boot Camps w Clara Donne: 5 June, 2024, 16.05 MB
Wed 5 Jun 2024

One of the coalition government’s promises during the general election was to introduce Military-style boot camps for young offenders, as part of their purported commitment to crack down on crime in Aotearoa. 

So far, the government seems to be on track to upholding this promise, and announced earlier in March that the first Youth-Offender boot camps would be set up around this time of the year. 

However, a number of critics have come forward in opposition to the government’s plans for youth-offender bootcamps, claiming that when they were first implemented in 2009 under the John Key government, they failed to improve outcomes and reduce recidivism for troubled youth.

For this week’s Get Action! Oto spoke to Clara Donne, President of the Criminological Society at Otago University, who’s started a petition calling for the government to roll back it’s plans to re-establish Youth Offender Camps.

Dear Science w/ Doctor Cushla McGoverin: 4th June, 2024.

Dear Science w/ Doctor Cushla McGoverin: 4th June, 2024. , 31.47 MB
Tue 4 Jun 2024

For Dear Science this week our expert Dr Cushla McGoverin spoke to us about microbes in the baths of Bath, genetically isolated trout due to metal pollution, and new information from the James Webb Space Telescope.

The draft Auckland Regional Land Transport Plan and Auckland council's hopes for the budget w/ Shane Henderson: 30th May, 2024.

The draft Auckland Regional Land Transport Plan and Auckland council's hopes for the budget w/ Shane Henderson: 30th May, 2024. , 14.33 MB
Thu 30 May 2024

In late May, Auckland council unveiled their Draft Auckland Regional Land Transport Plan. While the plan is due to be submitted at the start of August, Auckland residents can submit feedback until the 17th of June. 

The plan goes over the council’s approach to funding and enacting policies to improve the city’s transport networks over the next decade, including the prioritisation of trains, buses, and cycleways over car based travel. 

Additionally, later today the government is due to announce this year’s budget, which follows cuts to the regional fuel tax leaving a hole in council funding. 

In our weekly catchup with Auckland Council, temporary Wire host Castor spoke to counsellor Shane Henderson about the Regional Land Transport Plan and the council’s hopes for the upcoming budget announcement.

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 28th March, 2024.

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 28th March, 2024. , 41.52 MB
Tue 28 May 2024

For Dear Science this week, Professor Allan Blackman spoke to us about reconstructing the genome of the little bush moa, a protein folding prediction programme, and a new discovery regarding promethium

Māori Wards and Kāinga Ora w/ Te Pāti Māori’s Takutai Kemp: 27 May, 2024

Māori Wards and Kāinga Ora w/ Te Pāti Māori’s Takutai Kemp: 27 May, 2024 Māori Wards and Kāinga Ora w/ Te Pāti Māori’s Takutai Kemp: 27 May, 2024, 8.02 MB
Mon 27 May 2024

For our regular catch up, News and Editorial Director, Joel, spoke to Te Pāti Māori's Takutai Kemp about The Local Government (Electoral Legislation and Māori Constituencies) Amendment Bill passing its first reading Parliament, which would allow local governments to vote on Māori wards that were implimented without voting the public and a review into Kāinga Ora that would allow the Government to purchase property from government agency.

Mining and UC Pro-Palestine Encampment w ACT's Simon Court: May 27, 2024

Mining and UC Pro-Palestine Encampment w ACT's Simon Court: May 27, 2024 Mining and UC Pro-Palestine Encampment w ACT's Simon Court: May 27, 2024, 10.38 MB
Mon 27 May 2024

Last week NZ First’s Shane Jones unveiled the government's draft mineral act, supported by the ACT party’s Simon Court. 

The proposal would mean an increase in mining, including in areas of conservation land. As well as the government projecting 2000 new jobs for miners and increasing mining revenue by $1 billion by 2035. 

For our weekly catch up with the ACT Party, Producer Evie talked to Simon Court about this proposal and some of the concerns that have arisen following its announcement. 

She also talked to him about some comments he made on X about a Pro-Palestinian encampment at the University of Canterbury.

 

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.

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.

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