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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.

Get Action! The Welfare System's Relationship Regulations w/ Vanessa Cole: February 14th, 2024

Get Action! The Welfare System's Relationship Regulations w/ Vanessa Cole: February 14th, 2024 Get Action! The Welfare System's Relationship Regulations w/ Vanessa Cole: February 14th, 2024, 16.29 MB
Wed 14 Feb 2024

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.

The Wire w/ Jessica: 14 February, 2023

The Wire w/ Jessica: 14 February, 2023 The Wire w/ Jessica: 14 February, 2023, 49.02 MB
Wed 14 Feb 2024

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.

Union members strike at Yoobee w/ Tertiary Education Union organiser, Drew Mayhem: 14 February, 2024

Union members strike at Yoobee w/ Tertiary Education Union organiser, Drew Mayhem: 14 February, 2024 Union members strike at Yoobee w/ Tertiary Education Union organiser, Drew Mayhem: 14 February, 2024, 2.38 MB
Wed 14 Feb 2024

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.

Cancer Services in Marae and Community Settings w/ Dr George Laking: 14 February, 2024

Cancer Services in Marae and Community Settings w/ Dr George Laking: 14 February, 2024 Cancer Services in Marae and Community Settings w/ Dr George Laking: 14 February, 2024 , 9.74 MB
Wed 14 Feb 2024

Cancer is close to taking over from heart disease as New Zealand’s number one killer.

In response to this, a new initiative is aiming to take cancer services out of hospitals into marae and other community settings.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Medical Oncologist, Dr George Laking, about this.

Government Re-Introducing Referendums on Māori Wards w/ Local Government New Zealand President and Selwyn District Council Mayor, Sam Broughton: 14 February, 2024

Government Re-Introducing Referendums on Māori Wards w/ Local Government New Zealand President and Selwyn District Council Mayor, Sam Broughton: 14 February, 2024 Government Re-Introducing Referendums on Māori Wards w/ Local Government New Zealand President and Selwyn District Council Mayor, Sam Broughton: 14 February, 2024, 313.66 KB
Wed 14 Feb 2024

The coalition government plans to make Māori wards go through a referendum process.

Previously, Māori wards could be overturned with a referendum - but this rule did not apply to any other wards.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Local Government New Zealand President and Selwyn District Council Mayor, Sam Broughton, about their opposition to this.

Pre-Sentencing Cultural Background Reports w Action Against Poverty Coordinator Brooke Pao Stanely: 13 February, 2024

Pre-Sentencing Cultural Background Reports w Action Against Poverty Coordinator Brooke Pao Stanely: 13 February, 2024 Pre-Sentencing Cultural Background Reports w Action Against Poverty Coordinator Brooke Pao Stanely: 13 February, 2024, 8.62 MB
Tue 13 Feb 2024

The government's decision to remove funding for pre-sentencing cultural background reports has faced criticism from advocates, particularly for how it could impact Maaori and Pasifika.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Action Against Poverty Coordinator, Brooke Stanely Pao, about their recommendations for how the government could better reduce crime in Aotearoa.

The Wire w/ Jessica: 13 February, 2024

The Wire w/ Jessica: 13 February, 2024 The Wire w/ Jessica: 13 February, 2024, 51.12 MB
Tue 13 Feb 2024

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.

Designing Cities Through Indigenous Wisdom w Tiffany Robinson: February 13, 2024

Designing Cities Through Indigenous Wisdom w Tiffany Robinson: February 13, 2024 Designing Cities Through Indigenous Wisdom w Tiffany Robinson: February 13, 2024, 22.23 MB
Tue 13 Feb 2024

In 2018, Women in Urbanism Aotearoa conducted a survey that found more than 75% of women experienced harassment while using public transport, cycling, or walking. 

The survey is being conducted once again, and this time is paired with workshops aimed at better understanding Wāhine Māori experiences in a western framework.

ARUP, a collective organisation of engineers and designers, are heading the research project to see what urban space and transport systems might look like planned from a Te Ao Māori perspective.

Sofia spoke to Senior Transport Planner at ARUP Tiffany Robinson about the project.

Regenerative Farming on Symonds Street w Jake Clarke: 13 February, 2024

Regenerative Farming on Symonds Street w Jake Clarke: 13 February, 2024 Regenerative Farming on Symonds Street w Jake Clarke: 13 February, 2024, 19.08 MB
Tue 13 Feb 2024

Wedged in between a city-rail link office and an empty building is a netball-sized green sanctuary; otherwise known as OMG: the Organic Market Garden farm.

Charity organisation For The Love of Bees revitalised the small block of land into a regenerative farm that provides vegetables for over 40 families alongside hosting bee-friendly workshops.

The garden is an outlier in the way its farming benefits the soil and ecosystem in stark comparison to western practice, which are the leading cause of soil degradation.

Sofia spoke to Head Farmer Jake Clarke about the garden and its nourishment of both soil and community

Waitangi Day w/ Takutai Kemp: Rāhina February 12, 2024

Waitangi Day w/ Takutai Kemp: Rāhina February 12, 2024 Waitangi Day w/ Takutai Kemp: Rāhina February 12, 2024, 18.21 MB
Mon 12 Feb 2024

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.

Ukrainian Aid, and Israel Ground Offensive in Rafah w/ ACT’s Simon Court: 26 February, 2024

Ukrainian Aid, and Israel Ground Offensive in Rafah w/ ACT’s Simon Court: 26 February, 2024 Ukrainian Aid, and Israel Ground Offensive in Rafah w/ ACT’s Simon Court: 26 February, 2024, 21.52 MB
Tue 27 Feb 2024

Benefit Sanctions, Ukrainian Aid, and Israel Ground Offensive in Rafah w/ Te Pāti Māori’s Takutai Kemp: 26 February, 2024

Benefit Sanctions, Ukrainian Aid, and Israel Ground Offensive in Rafah w/ Te Pāti Māori’s Takutai Kemp: 26 February, 2024 Benefit Sanctions, Ukrainian Aid, and Israel Ground Offensive in Rafah w/ Te Pāti Māori’s Takutai Kemp: 26 February, 2024, 12.68 MB
Mon 26 Feb 2024

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.

Dear Science w/ Alan Blackman : 20 February, 2024

Dear Science w/ Alan Blackman : 20 February, 2024 Dear Science w/ Alan Blackman : 20 February, 2024, 19.5 MB
Tue 20 Feb 2024

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!

City Counselling w/ Lotu Fuli: 15 February, 2024

City Counselling w/ Lotu Fuli: 15 February, 2024 City Counselling w/ Lotu Fuli: 15 February, 2024, 8.88 MB
Thu 15 Feb 2024

The National Party has scrapped the Regional Fuel Tax and Mayor Wayne Brown has ordered that all work by Auckland Transport on projects funded by the tax is to be stopped.

Beth spoke to Counsellor for Manukau, Lotu Fuli, about Wayne Brown’s decision, and to what extent these projects were integral to the future of the city.

Increasing Benefit Sanctions and Israel’s Ground Invasion of Rafah w/ Green Party Co-Leader, James Shaw: 14 February, 2024

Increasing Benefit Sanctions and Israel’s Ground Invasion of Rafah w/ Green Party Co-Leader, James Shaw: 14 February, 2024 Increasing Benefit Sanctions and Israel’s Ground Invasion of Rafah w/ Green Party Co-Leader, James Shaw: 14 February, 2024, 8.78 MB
Wed 14 Feb 2024

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.

Dear Science w/ Dr Cushla McGoverin: 13 February, 2024

Dear Science w/ Dr Cushla McGoverin: 13 February, 2024 Dear Science w/ Dr Cushla McGoverin: 13 February, 2024, 7.46 MB
Tue 13 Feb 2024

For Dear Science this week Dr Cushla McGoverin chats about news developments with 3D printing and the human brain, coral reef biodiversity, and Scorpions.

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 8 February, 2024

City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 8 February, 2024 City Counselling w/ Shane Henderson: 8 February, 2024, 6.76 MB
Thu 8 Feb 2024

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.

 

Get Action! w/ Common Grace Aotearoa Co-Director, Kate Day: 7 February, 2024

Get Action! w/ Common Grace Aotearoa Co-Director, Kate Day: 7 February, 2024 Get Action! w/ Common Grace Aotearoa Co-Director, Kate Day: 7 February, 2024, 6 MB
Wed 7 Feb 2024

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.

Get Action! w/ Paid Placements Aotearoa Founder, Bex Howells: 31 January, 2024

Get Action! w/ Paid Placements Aotearoa Founder, Bex Howells: 31 January, 2024 Get Action! w/ Paid Placements Aotearoa Founder, Bex Howells: 31 January, 2024, 6.38 MB
Wed 31 Jan 2024

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.

Dear Science! w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 23 January, 2024

Dear Science! w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 23 January, 2024 Dear Science! w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 23 January, 2024, 38.28 MB
Tue 23 Jan 2024

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).