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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.

Changes to Free Flu Vaccine Eligibility w/ Associate Professor in Hauora Māori at the University of Otago, Dr Esther Willing: 8 April, 2024

Changes to Free Flu Vaccine Eligibility w/ Associate Professor in Hauora Māori at the University of Otago, Dr Esther Willing: 8 April, 2024 Changes to Free Flu Vaccine Eligibility w/ Associate Professor in Hauora Māori at the University of Otago, Dr Esther Willing: 8 April, 2024, 4.18 MB
Mon 8 Apr 2024

The flu vaccine will no longer be free for children under 12 or Māori and Pacific people aged 55 to 64.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Associate Professor in Hauora Māori at the University of Otago, Dr Esther Willing, about the impact this will have on the health of our communities, particularly children, Māori, and Pasifika.

She started the interview by asking Willing what her reaction is to this change in eligibility.

Karangahape Road Rainbow Crossing Vandalism w/ OutLine's Jenn Tamati: April 4, 2024

Karangahape Road Rainbow Crossing Vandalism w/ OutLine's Jenn Tamati: April 4, 2024 Karangahape Road Rainbow Crossing Vandalism w/ OutLine's Jenn Tamati: April 4, 2024, 12.02 MB
Thu 4 Apr 2024

Producer Jasmine Gray spoke to OutLine’s volunteer coordinator, Jenn Tamati, about their perspective on how Aotearoa’s rainbow communities are feeling a week on from the vandalism of Karangahape Road's rainbow crossing, one of the most recent acts in increasingly visible hate crimes against our LGBTQIA+ whānau in Aotearoa.

For support visit OutLine.

To sign up to the rainbow support collective workshops Jenn mentioned, fill in one of the forms below.

Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland

Ōtautahi

Online workshop in May

Online workshop in June 

Government Targeting Truancy and Re-Introducing Charter Schools w/ New Zealand Education Institute President, Mark Potter, New Zealand Education Institute President, Mark Potter: 4 April, 2024

Government Targeting Truancy and Re-Introducing Charter Schools w/ New Zealand Education Institute President, Mark Potter, New Zealand Education Institute President, Mark Potter: 4 April, 2024 Government Targeting Truancy and Re-Introducing Charter Schools w/ New Zealand Education Institute President, Mark Potter, New Zealand Education Institute President, Mark Potter: 4 April, 2024, 4.4 MB
Thu 4 Apr 2024

Associate Education Minister, David Seymour, has announced the creation of an establishment board to re-open Charter Schools by 2025.

The government is also set to announce plans to increase school attendance, but has not yet said if this will include fining parents for truancy, which the ACT Party campaigned on during the election.

First, news teamer Fath spoke to New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association President, Chris Abercrombie, about their response to the government's plans for the education sector. 

Faith also spoke to New Zealand Education Institute President, Mark Potter.

She started off the interview by asking Potter how he thinks the government could address truancy in schools. 

The Wire w/ Nicholas: April 10, 2024

The Wire w/ Nicholas: April 10, 2024 The Wire w/ Nicholas: April 10, 2024, 95.38 MB
Thu 4 Apr 2024

This week on the Wednesday Wire;

Nicholas spoke to Green Party MP Ricardo Menéndez March about Winston Peter’s speech at the UN General Assembly as well as public sector job cuts

He also spoke to Professor Rita Krishnamurthi about new research into the prevalence of dementia in Aotearoa

And he spoke to Dr Kelly Garton of Health Coalition Aotearoa about associate health minister David Seymour using outdated advice to justify defunding school lunch programs

For GetAction! Sofia spoke to Abdul Safi  about a petition to place sanctions on Israel

Oto spoke to Dr Thomas Gregory from the University of Auckland, to talk about the use of A.I in military conflicts

Progress Toward Life-saving Treatment for Aotearoa's Deadliest Breast Cancer w/ Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ Ah-Leen Rayner

Progress Toward Life-saving Treatment for Aotearoa's Deadliest Breast Cancer w/ Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ Ah-Leen Rayner Progress Toward Life-saving Treatment for Aotearoa's Deadliest Breast Cancer w/ Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Foundation NZ Ah-Leen Rayner, 12.2 MB
Thu 4 Apr 2024

Kiwis battling the deadliest form of breast cancer, are a step closer to gaining access to life-saving treatment. There are currently no funded treatment options for triple-negative breast cancer, but hope is on the horizon with Pharmac recommending funding for drug, Keytruda. Producer Jasmine Gray spoke to Breast Cancer Foundation Chief Executive, Ah-Leen Rayner, about the path to rollout for patients in Aotearoa. 

 

The Wire w/ Nicholas: April 3, 2024

The Wire w/ Nicholas: April 3, 2024 The Wire w/ Nicholas: April 3, 2024, 99.31 MB
Wed 3 Apr 2024

This week on the Wednesday Wire:

Nicholas spoke to Green Party MP Ricardo Menéndez March about the Fast Track Approval Legislation and the IMF’s recommendations regarding New Zealand’s tax system.

He also spoke to Dr Kevin E Trenberth about why we shouldn’t rely on geo-engineering as a solution to combat climate change.

Sofia spoke to Research fellow Marnie Prickett  about public health concerns regarding the in-process fast-track approval bill

Oto spoke to Professor Giovanni Russello, the head of the school of computer science at the University of Auckland and a lecturer in cybersecurity, to discuss the state of cybersecurity in Aotearoa, and possible steps that can be taken to improve it. 

Finally, Sofia spoke to Dr Jude Ball joins us to talk about the impending introduction of even MORE oral nicotine and tobacco products

Why hacking planet Earth will not save us from ourselves w/ Dr Kevin Trenberth: April 3, 2024

Why hacking planet Earth will not save us from ourselves w/ Dr Kevin Trenberth: April 3, 2024 Why hacking planet Earth will not save us from ourselves w/ Dr Kevin Trenberth: April 3, 2024, 25.37 MB
Wed 3 Apr 2024

Climate change is a problem that hangs perpetually over the head of humankind.

In an effort to find a solution to this existential issue, some scientists have proposed using geoengineering to “hack” the climate.

Possible geoengineering proposals include injecting sea salt into clouds to increase their brightness and using giant space parasols to block the sun.

However, geoengineering has its critics. 

Dr Kevin E Trenberth discussed the pitfalls of geoengineering in his recent newsroom article Hacking planet Earth will not save us from ourselves 

In the article Dr Trenberth uses this fable to display ethical problems around who gets to control a hacked climate.

“Once upon a time in an idyllic country, near a small town and a farming community, a rope hung out of the sky. One pull on the rope changed the weather from fine and sunny to cloudy and rainy, and the next pull changed it back. For many years the people cooperated; the farmers used the rains to help grow crops, and the townspeople enjoyed the sunny periods. But there came a time when the townspeople protested the rain and wanted more sunshine. The farmers were concerned about their crops. And so arguments broke out, with a person from the town pulling on the rope, followed quickly by a farmer pulling it again, and they pulled and pulled and . . . broke the rope.”

Nicholas spoke to Dr Trenberth about his article and the implications of pursuing geoengineering as a solution to climate change

The State of Our Cybersecurity w Giovanni Russello: April 3, 2024

The State of Our Cybersecurity w Giovanni Russello: April 3, 2024 The State of Our Cybersecurity w Giovanni Russello: April 3, 2024, 17.1 MB
Wed 3 Apr 2024

In August 2021, New Zealand’s intelligence agency was hit with a cyberattack carried out by a group allegedly backed by the government of China, part of a series of attacks that also hit government offices in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.

However, the parliament data breach wasn’t the only cyberattack to happen here in Aotearoa. More than 100 staff members were the victim of cybercrime in 2023 alone, disrupting the operations of more than than a third of businesses nationwide. The repeated string of cyberattacks across the country has created discourse surrounding the vulnerability of cybersecurity systems in New Zealand.

Oto spoke to Professor Giovanni Russello, the head of the school of computer science at the University of Auckland and a lecturer in cybersecurity, to discuss the state of cybersecurity in Aotearoa, and possible steps that can be taken to improve it.

Māori and Pasifika study space at Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland w/ National Co-President for the Tertiary Education Union, Dr Julie Douglas: 2nd April, 2024

Māori and Pasifika study space at Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland w/ National Co-President for the Tertiary Education Union, Dr Julie Douglas: 2nd April, 2024 Māori and Pasifika study space at Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland w/ National Co-President for the Tertiary Education Union, Dr Julie Douglas: 2nd April, 2024, 12.64 MB
Tue 2 Apr 2024

A Māori and Pasifika study space at Waipapa Taumata Rau, the University of Auckland, has engendered wide discourse about safe spaces in universities. 

Commentary has included ACT MP Dr Parmjeet Parmar saying the space is a form of segregation, and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters saying it is comparable to the Ku Klux Klan and apartheid in South Africa. 

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to Dr Julie Douglas, the National Co-President for the Tertiary Education Union, about this commentary and the importance of these spaces for these tauira.

Nationwide climate strike on Friday 5th April w/ Sophora from Fridays for Future Tāmaki Makaurau: 2nd April, 2024.

Nationwide climate strike on Friday 5th April w/ Sophora from Fridays for Future Tāmaki Makaurau: 2nd April, 2024. , 13.2 MB
Tue 2 Apr 2024

A nationwide climate strike organised by a coalition of organisations including Fridays for Future, School Strike 4 Climate, and Toitū te Tiriti is happening this Friday April 5th.

The strike is demanding the coalition government to slow down the Fast Track Approvals Bill, keep the ban on oil and gas, uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi, protect land and moana, and more. 

It will also stand in solidarity with the call to free Palestine, demanding an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories and calling for the New Zealand government to provide emergency humanitarian visas to Palestinians with family in Aotearoa. 

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to one of the organisers of the Tāmaki Makaurau strike, Sophora from Fridays for Future, about these demands, youth-led activism, and how people can get involved. 

Funding cuts for Disability Caregivers and job cuts at DoC w/ Priyanca Radhakrishnan: 18 April, 2024

Funding cuts for Disability Caregivers and job cuts at DoC w/ Priyanca Radhakrishnan: 18 April, 2024 Funding cuts for Disability Caregivers and job cuts at DoC w/ Priyanca Radhakrishnan: 18 April, 2024, 22.58 MB
Thu 18 Apr 2024

Disability communities have been rallying against a surprise change in purchasing rules in the Ministry of Disabled People Whaikaha. Communities have said the changes will have massive impact, despite no consultation on these changes or a formal announcement. 

The Department of Conversation also recently proposed staffing cuts to meet funding demands. DoC controls a third of Aotearoa’s landmass which is all conservation land. It remains uncertain how job losses in the Ministry could impact conservation land management.

For weekly catch-up with the Labour party Wire Host Caeden spoke to Labour spokesperson for Disability Issues and Conservation Priyanca Rahdakrishnan about both of these issues.

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 16th April, 2024.

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 16th April, 2024. , 36.38 MB
Tue 16 Apr 2024

For Dear Science this week, our expert Professor Allan Blackman chats to us about the taste of ancient Roman wine, dating a solar flare from 1859, and a cosmic blast nicknamed "The BOAT."  

Truancy and ACT’s Pro-Israel Stance w/ ACT’s Simon Court: 15 April 2024

Truancy and ACT’s Pro-Israel Stance w/ ACT’s Simon Court: 15 April 2024 Truancy and ACT’s Pro-Israel Stance w/ ACT’s Simon Court: 15 April 2024, 12.89 MB
Mon 15 Apr 2024

For our weekly interview with the ACT Party, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to MP Simon Court about the government’s proposal to increase student attendance rates and his post on X last week, in which he stated he stands with Israel.

A Proposal to merge South Auckland Local Boards and a new report on Tāmaki Makaurau’s quality of living w/ Lotu Fuli: 11 April, 2024

A Proposal to merge South Auckland Local Boards and a new report on Tāmaki Makaurau’s quality of living w/ Lotu Fuli: 11 April, 2024 A Proposal to merge South Auckland Local Boards and a new report on Tāmaki Makaurau’s quality of living w/ Lotu Fuli: 11 April, 2024, 18.42 MB
Thu 11 Apr 2024

A proposal to merge the Ōtara-Papatoetoe and Māngere-Ōtāhuhu local boards has been met with criticism, with consultation opening at the end of next month.
A new report has also been released on the quality of living in Tāmaki Makaurau with our city receiving mixed results by scoring high on some areas (the environment), and lower on others (education). 

Wire Host Caeden speaks to Counsellor Lotu Fuli about both these topics for City Counselling.

Media and Democracy, Job Cuts at MSD and the Samoan Citizenship Bill w/ Carmel Sepuloni: 11 April, 2024

Media and Democracy, Job Cuts at MSD and the Samoan Citizenship Bill w/ Carmel Sepuloni: 11 April, 2024 Media and Democracy, Job Cuts at MSD and the Samoan Citizenship Bill w/ Carmel Sepuloni: 11 April, 2024, 22.07 MB
Thu 11 Apr 2024

The Ministry of Social Development is not immune to job cuts seen in other public service departments, with MSD calling for voluntary redundancies after cost-saving efforts failed to meet Government targets. For our weekly catch-up with Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni Wire Host Caeden asks her about the impact of cuts at MSD, especially amongst other Government policies disadvantaging beneficiaries.

They also ask about the Samoan Citizenship Bill led by Teanau Tuiono, and the impact of losing independent media giants such as Newshub for democracy.

Get Action! w Advocate Abdul Safi. April 10th, 2024

Get Action! w Advocate Abdul Safi. April 10th, 2024 April 10th, 2024, 14.28 MB
Wed 10 Apr 2024

For this week's Get Action! Sofia spoke to petitioner Abdul Safi and his campaign to place sanctions on Israel amidst genocidal acts that are widely considered war crimes.

If you want to sign this petition, you can find it here: 

https://our.actionstation.org.nz/petitions/its-time-for-new-zealand-to-place-sanctions-on-israel

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 9th April, 2024.

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 9th April, 2024. , 34.93 MB
Tue 9 Apr 2024

For Dear Science this week, we chatted with our expert Professor Allan Blackman about medically implanted, oxygen powered batteries, the recent solar eclipse, and an upcoming star explosion

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 2nd April, 2024.

Dear Science w/ Professor Allan Blackman: 2nd April, 2024. , 30.82 MB
Tue 2 Apr 2024

For Dear Science this week, Wire host Castor speaks to Professor Allan Blackman about 100 year old milk samples found in Antarctica, climate change impacting the Earth's rotation, and song lyrics becoming more repetitive

The vandalisation of the Karangahape Road Rainbow crossing, the end of half-price fares, and Wayne Brown’s relationship with Auckland Tranport w/ Lotu Fuli: 28 March, 2024.

The vandalisation of the Karangahape Road Rainbow crossing, the end of half-price fares, and Wayne Brown’s relationship with Auckland Tranport w/ Lotu Fuli: 28 March, 2024. , 15.65 MB
Thu 28 Mar 2024

For City Counselling this week, Wire host Caeden spoke with Counsellor Lotu Fuli about the early morning vandalisation of the Rainbow Crossing on Karangahape Road.

They also ask about the end of half-price fares for under 25s, and the relationship Wayne Brown, as well as Auckland Council more generally, has with Auckland Transport.

Get Action! w Susan Maiava, Co-founder of Fair & Good

Get Action! Modern Slavery Legislation w Susan Maiava Co-founder of Fair & Good Get Action! Modern Slavery Legislation w Susan Maiava Co-founder of Fair & Good, 14.86 MB
Wed 27 Mar 2024

It is estimated that 50 million people worldwide are currently involved in some form of slavery. Many of those who have been enslaved for their labour, and work as child labourers, produce goods that we import and consume on a regular basis here in Aotearoa. 

Currently, there is no existing legislation in Aotearoa that requires companies to disclose the source of their goods, or to ensure that their products are being ethically produced; giving them free rein to indulge in modern slavery in order to cut their production costs. 

Producer Oto spoke to Dr Susan Maiava, Co-Founder of the ethical directory Fair & Good who have created a petition and open letter urging the government to introduce modern slavery legislation.