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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.

Māori wards and the government's relationship with the Waitangi Tribunal w/ the National Party’s Katie Nimon: 21st May, 2024.

Māori wards and the government's relationship with the Waitangi Tribunal w/ the National Party’s Katie Nimon: 21st May, 2024. , 25.37 MB
Tue 21 May 2024

The Waitangi Tribunal recently found the government’s plans to reinstate a rule requiring all Māori wards to go to a local referendum, is not in line with the government’s obligations under Te Tiriti.

Introduced in 2001, the required referendum was cited by many as a significant barrier to Māori representation in local government. Before 2021, there were three councils with Māori wards or constituencies. After the requirement was removed in 2021, 34 territories and 7 regional councils have Māori wards or constituencies, increasing Māori representation and strengthening the overall decision making process.

This Māori wards legislation follows a slew of similar legislation surrounding Māori representation and the role of Te Tiriti in politics, with the current government continuing to remove protections and ignore advice or summons from the Tribunal.

In our weekly catchup with the National Party’s Katie Nimon, Wire host Castor asked about the Māori ward legislation and the government’s relationship with the Waitangi Tribunal.

The Wire w/ Castor: 21st May 2024.

The Wire w/ Castor: 21st May 2024. , 103.63 MB
Tue 21 May 2024

For Dear Science this week, Dr Cushla McGoverin chatted to us about synthetic leather made of mushrooms, DNA origami, and the colour of rodent teeth. 

Wire host Castor spoke to the National Party’s Katie Nimon about the government’s recent decisions surrounding Māori wards and the future of the Waitangi Tribunal.  

Producer Sofia spoke to Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at Te Kāhui Tika Tangata, the Human Rights Commission, Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo, about a report the Commission jointly released with KPMG last week, ‘Counting the Cost: Estimating the economic cost of workplace bullying and harassment on New Zealand employers’.

She also spoke to co-Tumuaki of Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa, the Māori Law Society, Tai Ahu (Waikato, Ngāti Kahu (Te Paatu)), about tikanga Māori being taught in law schools regarding King Counsel’s Gary Judd recent filing of a complaint over incoming compulsory teaching.

The economic costs of workplace harassment and bullying on employers w/ Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission, Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo: 21st May, 2024

The economic costs of workplace harassment and bullying on employers w/ Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission, Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo: 21st May, 2024 The economic costs of workplace harassment and bullying on employers w/ Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission, Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo: 21st May, 2024, 28.93 MB
Tue 21 May 2024

Last week, Te Kāhui Tika Tangata, the Human Rights Commission, jointly released a report with KPMG titled, ‘Counting the Cost: Estimating the economic cost of workplace bullying and harassment on New Zealand employers’. 

The report estimates the cost of bullying and harassment to employers in Aotearoa at around $1.5 billion a year, which is considered conservative as its estimate does not include all potential costs.

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission, Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo, about the report and the importance of addressing bullying and harassment in the workplace.

Compulsory teaching of tikanga Māori in the legal curriculum w/ co-Tumuaki at Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa, the Māori Law Society, Tai Ahu (Waikato, Ngāti Kahu (Te Paatu)): 21st May, 2024.

Compulsory teaching of tikanga Māori in the legal curriculum w/ co-Tumuaki at Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa, the Māori Law Society, Tai Ahu (Waikato, Ngāti Kahu (Te Paatu)): 21st May, 2024. , 24.77 MB
Tue 21 May 2024

From January 1, 2025, the New Zealand Council of Legal Education has plans to make teaching tikanga Māori and te ao Māori compulsory in the legal curriculum for students, meaning all core law courses will have a compulsory tikanga Māori component.

On the 7th of May, King’s Counsel Gary Judd filed a complaint to the Government’s Regulations Review Committee over this move, claiming that tikanga didn’t fall under “proper law subjects”.

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to co-Tumuaki at Te Hunga Rōia Māori o Aotearoa, the Māori Law Society, Tai Ahu (Waikato, Ngāti Kahu (Te Paatu)), about these changes to the legal curriculum and the role of tikanga Māori in law.

Fuel poverty w/ Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, Jodi Garner

Fuel Poverty w Jodi Gardner 20 May, 2024 Fuel Poverty w Jodi Gardner 20 May, 2024, 16.18 MB
Mon 20 May 2024

Hundreds of thousands of Kiwis may not be able to heat their homes adequately this winter according to recent findings of fuel poverty in New Zealand.

Producer Ezra spoke to Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, Jodi Gardner about the impact of fuel poverty this coming winter and the steps needed to move forward.

Global similarities in Cultural Music and Language w/ Senior Research Fellow of Psychology at the University of Auckland, Dr Patrick Savage

Global similarities in Cultural Music and Language w/ Senior Research Fellow of Psychology at the University of Auckland, Dr Patrick Savage Global similarities in Cultural Music and Language w/ Senior Research Fellow of Psychology at the University of Auckland, Dr Patrick Savage, 16.38 MB
Mon 20 May 2024

Seventy-five researchers from across the globe recorded traditional music and speech in their native language for a recent cross-cultural study comparing global rhythm and pitch patterns.

Producer Ezra spoke to Senior Research Fellow of Psychology at the University of Auckland, Dr Patrick Savage about his involvement in this cross-cultural study.

New Zealand First’s Bathroom Bill w/ NZ Parents and Guardians of Transgender and Gender Diverse Children Coordinator, Sharyn Forsyth, and trans activist and nonbinary person, Wren: Monday 20 May, 2024

New Zealand First’s Bathroom Bill w/ NZ Parents and Guardians of Transgender and Gender Diverse Children Coordinator, Sharyn Forsyth, and trans activist and nonbinary person, Wren: Monday 20 May, 2024 New Zealand First’s Bathroom Bill w/ NZ Parents and Guardians of Transgender and Gender Diverse Children Coordinator, Sharyn Forsyth, and trans activist and nonbinary person, Wren: Monday 20 May, 2024, 14.45 MB
Mon 20 May 2024

The New Zealand First Party has introduced a member's bill that would ban or even fine people for using a bathroom that does not correspond with the sex they were assigned at birth.

In a statement, New Zealand First said it will "stop the growing trend" of mixed-sex bathrooms.

First, former News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, speaks to NZ Parents and Guardians of Transgender and Gender Diverse Children Coordinator, Sharyn Forsyth (she/her) about the proposed bill and the prevalence of anti-trans rhetoric in Aotearoa.

She also spoke to Wren (they/them) a non-binary person, parent to a transgender child, and trans activist, about the impact this bill would have on both transgender and cisgender people as well as Facebook messages sent to Wren by a profile claiming to be NZ First MP Tanya Unkovich, suggesting transgender people are quote "mentally ill" and "need to go to the hospital for brain checks". Unkovich has stated the profile who sent these messages is impersonating her.

The Wire w/ Joel, 20 May, 2024

The Wire w/ Joel, 20 May, 2024 The Wire w/ Joel, 20 May, 2024, 110.78 MB
Mon 20 May 2024

For our regular catch-up with the ACT Party, Evie speaks to Simon Court about the Party’s funding for Charter Schools and new concerns surrounding the Fast Track Approvals Bill.

Former News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, speaks to NZ Parents and Guardians of Transgender and Gender Diverse Children Coordinator, Sharyn Forsyth (she/her), and Wren (they/them) a non-binary person, parent to a transgender child, and trans activist, about New Zealand First's bill which would ban people from using the designated bathroom that correlates with their gender identity.

Ezra speaks to Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, Jodi Gardner about the pressing issue of fuel poverty in New Zealand.

and he speaks to Professor of Psychology at the University of Auckland, Dr Patrick Savage about his involvement in a global study on traditional rhythms and pitches.

Hospice Awareness Week w CE Wayne Naylor - May 16, 2024

Hospice Awareness Week w CE Wayne Naylor - May 16, 2024 Hospice Awareness Week w CE Wayne Naylor - May 16, 2024, 18.42 MB
Thu 16 May 2024

This week is Hospice Awareness Week in Aotearoa, a campaign aimed at opening the conversation around Hospice care and services. Producer Jasmine Gray spoke to Wayne Naylor, Chief Executive of Hospice New Zealand, also known as Te Kahu Pairuri o Aotearoa, about Hospice Care, breaking the stigma, and how to support their kaupapa.

 

To learn more and support Hospice New Zealand, head to https://www.hospice.org.nz/

The Wire w/ Caeden: 16 May, 2024

The Wire w/ Caeden: 16 May, 2024 The Wire w/ Caeden: 16 May, 2024, 129.99 MB
Thu 16 May 2024

For our weekly catch-up with the Labour Party, Caeden spoke to Shanan Halbert about New Zealand First’s proposed Bathrooms Bill.

For City Counselling Caeden speaks to Shane Henderson about continued flood recovery and new public transport funding in council’s Long Term Plan.

They speak to Dr Lida Ayoubi and Dr Andrew Geddis about the Karen Chhour/Waitangi Tribunal case.

And they speak to Dr Neal Curtis about the origins of the term ‘woke’.

Jasmine speaks with Chief Executive of Hospice New Zealand, Wayne Naylor, about Hospice Awareness Week, which is taking place this week.

Congestion charges, Fast Track Legislation, and Airport Shares w/ Councillor Shane Henderson: 13 June, 2024

Congestion charges, Fast Track Legislation, and Airport Shares w/ Councillor Shane Henderson: 13 June, 2024 Congestion charges, Fast Track Legislation, and Airport Shares w/ Councillor Shane Henderson: 13 June, 2024, 15.15 MB
Thu 13 Jun 2024

A lot has been happening in local government recently from Auckland Council discussing Congestion Charges to Wellington Council selling their Airport shares. National’s controversial Fast Track legislation may also impact local government’s control and capacity.

For City Counselling Wire Host Caeden talk about these topics with Councillor Shane Henderson.

How MPs take advantage of accommodation supplements and what the budget means for young people w/ Labour’s Arena Williams: 13 June, 2024

How MPs take advantage of accommodation supplements and what the budget means for young people w/ Labour’s Arena Williams: 13 June, 2024 How MPs take advantage of accommodation supplements and what the budget means for young people w/ Labour’s Arena Williams: 13 June, 2024, 20.9 MB
Thu 13 Jun 2024

23 MPs made the news last weekend for using their accommodation supplement to rent back their own homes. The accommodation supplement is an entitlement for out-of-Wellington-based MPs to have the place they stay when in Wellington covered under their employment. In some cases MPs used the supplement to pay off the mortgage of a second or third home.

Other recent political news includes the opposition to the proposed fast track legislation, and criticism of how the recently announced budget will negatively impact already marginalised groups. Caeden chat about all these topics with Labour’s Arena Williams for our weekly catch-up with the Labour Party.

They started by asking if she thinks it’s ok for MP’s to be enabled to become multiple homeowners as a result of the supplement they claim?

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

Budget 2024 and how the opposition can advocate for Palestinians in Aotearoa w/ Labour's Carmel Sepuloni: 6 June, 2024

Budget 2024 and how the opposition can advocate for Palestinians in Aotearoa w/ Labour's Carmel Sepuloni: 6 June, 2024 Budget 2024 and how the opposition can advocate for Palestinians in Aotearoa w/ Labour's Carmel Sepuloni: 6 June, 2024, 7.08 MB
Thu 6 Jun 2024

Last week the Government released the 2024-2025 budgets. Although there were no huge surprises, it’s drawn significant criticism for leaving behind many already marginalised communities. 

Protests for Palestine are also continuing across the motu, as many including New Zealanders with whānau stuck in Gaza demand special visa pathways to bring their loved ones to safety. 

This week Wire Host Caeden has a kōrero with Labour Deputy Leader Carmel Sepuloni about the budget, and what more the opposition can be doing to support Palestinians and Palestinian Kiwis.

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

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.

 

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.