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.
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.
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.
Yesterday union members at Yoobee College of Creative Innovation campuses across the motu went on strike for four and a half hours after failed collective agreement negotiations that have been going on since September 2022.
News teamer Faith spoke to Tertiary Education Union organiser, Drew Mayhem, about why their members took strike action.
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.
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.
For our weekly catch-up, New and Editorial Director spoke to Te Pati Māori's Takutai Kemp about the government increasing benefit sanctions as well as the government announcing new support for Ukraine and the Prime Ministers of New Zealand, Australia, and Canada issuing a joint statement urging Israel against a military operation in Rafah.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).