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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.

New Zealand’s Privacy Laws w/ Associate Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Auckland and convenor of the NZ Privacy Foundation’s surveillance working group, Gehan Gunasekara: 7 February, 2024

New Zealand’s Privacy Laws w/ Associate Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Auckland and convenor of the NZ Privacy Foundation’s surveillance working group, Gehan Gunasekara: 7 February, 2024 New Zealand’s Privacy Laws w/ Associate Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Auckland and convenor of the NZ Privacy Foundation’s surveillance working group, Gehan Gunasekara: 7 February, 2024, 8.36 MB
Wed 7 Feb 2024

When it comes to our privacy laws in Aotearoa, according to experts, we may be lacking behind.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Associate Professor of Commercial Law at the University of Auckland and convenor of the NZ Privacy Foundation’s surveillance working group, Gehan Gunasekara, about why he believes we need to pressure politicians to keep our privacy laws current, especially concerning children.

She started off the interview by asking Gunasekara about his work with the Privacy Foundation’s surveillance working group.

Waitangi Reflections w/ Action Station Director Kassie Hartendorp (Ngāti Raukawa): 7 February, 2024

Waitangi Reflections w/ Action Station Director Kassie Hartendorp (Ngāti Raukawa): 7 February, 2024 Waitangi Reflections w/ Action Station Director Kassie Hartendorp (Ngāti Raukawa): 7 February, 2024, 8.34 MB
Wed 7 Feb 2024

The largest hikoi protest to Waitangi Grounds in modern history took place this Waitangi, with thousands gathering to voice their concerns about the new government’s proposed policies, including a referendum on the principles of Te Tiriti, ending co-governance, and removing Te Reo from the names of public services.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Action Station Director Kassie Hartendorp (Ngāti Raukawa), about what this significant show of solidarity against their policies means for the government and her reflections of the day.

What NZ Aid will mean for Gaza w/ John Minto: Rāhina February 5, 2024

What NZ Aid will mean for Gaza w/ John Minto: Rāhina February 5, 2024 What NZ Aid will mean for Gaza w/ John Minto: Rāhina February 5, 2024, 22.32 MB
Mon 5 Feb 2024

The government has recently announced a 5 million dollar aid programme for Palestinians in Gaza through UNICEF and World Food Programme. This comes as funding to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees is still halted from New Zealand, as the organisation is under investigation for staff involved in the October 7th Hamas attacks. Prior to halting this funding, New Zealand was contributing 1 million dollars annually to UNRWA, and with this new aid, the government has contributed a total of 15 million dollars since October through UNICEF, WFP, International Committee for Red Cross, to civilian humanitarian aid.

Several Palestinian advocacy groups in Aotearoa have been highly critical of the decision to cut UNRWA funding due to its direct link to civilians in Gaza. UNRWA has also stated that due to suspended funding from the UK and USA, they may be forced to cease operating in the Middle East by the end of the month. UNRWA not only runs schools and refugee camps across Gaza and The West Bank, but also Syria, Lebanon and Jordan. 

Rosetta spoke to John Minto, Chair of Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa, about what the New Zealand government aid will mean, the importance of UNRWA, and issues that Palestinian advocacy groups in Aotearoa are noticing with media coverage of the situation in Gaza.

Forest and Bird Codemns Government's Fast-Tracking w/ Richard Capie: Rāhina February 5, 2024

Forest and Bird Codemns Government's Fast-Tracking w/ Richard Capie: Rāhina February 5, 2024 Forest and Bird Codemns Government's Fast-Tracking w/ Richard Capie: Rāhina February 5, 2024, 20.96 MB
Mon 5 Feb 2024

As part of its 100 day plan, the government is currently processing reforms to resource management, and one of these changes is introducing what it calls a “fast-track consenting one-stop shop regime” for speeding up infrastructure developments. The plan forms part of the New Zealand First and National coalition agreement, with Minister for Resource Management Act reform Chris Bishop and Minister for Regional Development Shane Jones at the forefront of this movement. They argue that the current frameworks that infrastructure developments are operating under are inefficient and costly, as current consenting processes cost infrastructure projects 1.3 billion dollars every year. However many groups have been highly critical of how a widespread fast tracking approach could cost our environment and place the power of big infrastructure decisions in the hands of cabinet ministers. 

Rosetta spoke to Forest and Bird General Manager of Conservation Advocacy Richard Capie about his concerns with the policy, and how he feels infrastructure planning needs to change moving forward.

Migrant Workers disproportionately affected by employment law reforms w/ Georgia Dansey: Rāhina February 5, 2024

Migrant Workers disproportionately affected by employment law reforms w/ Georgia Dansey: Rāhina February 5, 2024 Migrant Workers disproportionately affected by employment law reforms w/ Georgia Dansey: Rāhina February 5, 2024 , 12.9 MB
Mon 5 Feb 2024

In December of 2023, the government passed legislation to fully reinstate 90-day trials for employers, which was campaigned for by both National and ACT in the lead up to the election. The policy means that employees can be dismissed within 90 days of starting work without a given reason. Migrant workers are proving to be disproportionately affected by reforms in the employment sector. Just in the past week, A group of ten migrant workers, previously employed by S.E.A.L. Security have been made redundant months into their three-year employment agreement, after paying up to 70,000 dollars to secure employment in Aotearoa. Etū, one of the largest worker advocacy groups and unions in the country, has expressed serious concern about what new policies in the employement sector will mean for these workers.

Rosetta spoke to Director at Etū Georgie Dansey about what 90-day trials and the repeal of Fair Pay Agreements will mean for our most vulnerable Migrant Workers.

Pacific representation in Government and the mood at Rātana w/ Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni: 1 February, 2024

Pacific representation in Government and the mood at Rātana w/ Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni: 1 February, 2024 Pacific representation in Government and the mood at Rātana w/ Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni: 1 February, 2024, 13.55 MB
Thu 1 Feb 2024

For our weekly catch-up with Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni, Caeden asked about the mood at Rātana and the expected mood at Waitangi, as well as the lack of MPs from the Pacific in this government. 

Neighbours Aotearoa and fostering communities w/ Lucette Hindin: 1 February, 2024

Neighbours Aotearoa and fostering communities w/ Lucette Hindin: 1 February, 2024 Neighbours Aotearoa and fostering communities w/ Lucette Hindin: 1 February, 2024, 9.6 MB
Thu 1 Feb 2024

Neighbours Aotearoa is a community organisation that promotes fostering connections between neighbours and strengthening communities. 

While the organisation operates all year round, Neighbours Aotearoa is particularly focused on the month of March, where they encourage people to get out and engage with their community. 

Producer Castor spoke to Lucette Hindin, a Lead Connector for Neighbours Aotearoa, about the benefits of community and their upcoming March initiative.

The influence of the tobacco industry on New Zealand Politics w/ Professor Janet Hoek: 1 February, 2024

The influence of the tobacco industry on New Zealand Politics w/ Professor Janet Hoek: 1 February, 2024 The influence of the tobacco industry on New Zealand Politics w/ Professor Janet Hoek: 1 February, 2024, 14.55 MB
Thu 1 Feb 2024

Following coalition talks late last year, the new National led coalition government has proposed repealing anti-smoking legislation. In their statements and arguments supporting this position, they have repeatedly used common talking points from the tobacco industry. 

A report released today by the Public Health Community Centre Aotearoa has highlighted this connection, and calls for our leading politicians to be more transparent about any connections they might have to the tobacco industry

Producer Castor spoke to the University of Otago’s Professor Janet Hoek about the influence of the tobacco industry on politics in Aotearoa.

Aotearoa New Zealand’s international law obligations to Palestine w/ Dr Treasa Dunworth and John Minto: 1 February, 2024

Aotearoa New Zealand’s international law obligations to Palestine w/ Dr Treasa Dunworth and John Minto: 1 February, 2024 Aotearoa New Zealand’s international law obligations to Palestine w/ Dr Treasa Dunworth and John Minto: 1 February, 2024, 35.56 MB
Thu 1 Feb 2024

The Wire is starting a new segment focused on deep diving into global human rights issues from Aotearoa to the world.

For the first edition Caeden focused on Aotearoa’s international law obligations to Palestine following the International Court of Justice ruling. First they spoke to University of Auckland Lecturer and International Law Expert Dr Treasa Dunworth. 

They then spoke to Palestine Solidarity Network’s John Minto.

Thursday Wire w/ Caeden: 1 February, 2024

Thursday Wire w/ Caeden: 1 February, 2024 Thursday Wire w/ Caeden: 1 February, 2024, 132.27 MB
Thu 1 Feb 2024

For our weekly catch-up with the Labour Party, Caeden spoke to Deputy Leader Carmel Sepuloni about Rātana and Pacific representation in government.

They also spoke to University of Auckland Lecturer Dr Treasa Dunworth and Palestine Solidairty Network’s John Minto about New Zealand’s obligation following the International Court of Justice ruling on Israel-Palestine.

Castor spoke to Lucette Hindin, a Lead Connector for Neighbours Aotearoa, about their yearly community initiative.

He also spoke to Professor Janet Hoek from the University of Otago about the influence of the tobacco industry on New Zealand politics.

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).