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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.

Dunedin Study Enters Mid-Life Era w Professor Moana Theodore

Dunedin Study Enters Mid-Life Phase w Professor Moana Theodore Dunedin Study Enters Mid-Life Phase w Professor Moana Theodore, 19.02 MB
Wed 27 Mar 2024

The infamous Dunedin Study is preparing for its next phase of life.

The study, which has followed over 1000 babies since 1973 is now entering it’s ‘mid-life’ period as members reach the ripe age of 52.

Producer Sofia Kent spoke with Auckland Uni Alumni and Study Director Professor Moana Theodore about the longitudinal study and what mid-life might show us.

Whaikaha, Ministry for Disabled People, funding changes w/ Labour Party Spokesperson for Disability Issues, Priyanca Radhakrishnan: 26th March 2024

Whaikaha, Ministry for Disabled People, funding changes w/ Labour Party Spokesperson for Disability Issues, Priyanca Radhakrishnan: 26th March 2024 Whaikaha, Ministry for Disabled People, funding changes w/ Labour Party Spokesperson for Disability Issues, Priyanca Radhakrishnan: 26th March 2024, 12.92 MB
Tue 26 Mar 2024

Last week, on Monday 18th March, Whaikaha - the Ministry for Disabled People announced that it was making changes to its Purchasing Rules and Equipment and Modification Services. 

These changes mean that people can no longer use disability funding for expenses that provide respite, self-care services for carers and whānau, gifts for volunteers providing support, and overseas and domestic travel costs. 

The changes came into effect the same day they were announced. 

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to Labour MP and Spokesperson for Disability Issues, Priyanca Radhakrishnan, about these changes and the implications they will have for disabled communities and whānau. 

CBD oil as a natural treatment for endometriosis pain relief w/ Co-Founder of the Cannabis Clinic, Dr Waseem Alzaher: 26th March, 2024

CBD oil as a natural treatment for endometriosis pain relief w/ Co-Founder of the Cannabis Clinic, Dr Waseem Alzaher: 26th March, 2024 CBD oil as a natural treatment for endometriosis pain relief w/ Co-Founder of the Cannabis Clinic, Dr Waseem Alzaher: 26th March, 2024, 23.72 MB
Tue 26 Mar 2024

World Endometriosis Day is coming up this week on the 28th of March. 

Endometriosis is a disease in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus, causing severe pain in the pelvis. 

Endometriosis is hard to diagnose and there is currently no cure. 

However, international studies have shown that CBD oil is a promising natural treatment for endometriosis pain relief. 

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to the CEO of the Green Leaf Group and Co-founder of the Cannabis Clinic, Dr. Waseem Alzaher, about the effectiveness of existing treatments and the use of cannabis to relieve pain.

Proposed vaping legislation and changes to disability funding eligibility w/ National’s James Meager: 26th March 2024.

Proposed vaping legislation and changes to disability funding eligibility w/ National’s James Meager: 26th March 2024. , 18.5 MB
Tue 26 Mar 2024

Associate Health Minister Casey Costello announced a batch of legislation aimed at reducing the prevalence of vaping amongst young people. These changes include a ban on disposable vapes and increased fines for those selling vapes to underaged buyers. 

Additionally, recent changes around disability funding eligibility have been criticised by many for removing access to essential services or leisure activities. 

Wire host Castor spoke to James Meager about the new vaping legislation and the possible consequences for young people, along with the funding criteria changes and how they might affect disabled people and their carers. 

Long COVID risk with Professor Michael Baker: 26th March, 2024.

Long COVID risk with Professor Michael Baker: 26th March, 2024. , 13.51 MB
Tue 26 Mar 2024

Long COVID is a condition that continues to affect people after they contract COVID 19 with a wide range of symptoms. A new Public Health Expert meeting has called for urgent preventative action against long COVID, suggesting it will have long term financial and human costs. 

Wire host Castor spoke to the University of Otago’s Professor Michael Baker about Long COVID and how we can respond to it.

The Wire w/ Castor - 26th March 2024.

The Wire with Castor: 26th March 2024. , 120.1 MB
Tue 26 Mar 2024

For Dear Science this week, Doctor Cushla McGoverin spoke to Wire host Castor about newly identified marine species, preservation of brain tissue, and genetically modified cow’s milk. 

Castor also spoke to the National Party’s James Meager about the proposed vaping legislation and the changes to disability funding eligibility. 

He also spoke to the University of Otago’s Professor Michael Baker about long COVID and its implications. 

Producer Sofia spoke to the Co-founder of the Cannabis Clinic, Dr. Waseem Alzaher, about endometriosis treatments and using cannabis as pain relief in light of World Endometriosis Day this week. 

She also spoke to Labour Party MP and Spokesperson for Disability Issues, Priyanca Radhakrishnan, about the Whaikaha, Ministry for Disabled People, funding changes and the implications they will have for disabled communities and whānau. 

Rise in Opioid Use Among Older Adult and Post-Surgery Patients w/ Pharmacy Lecturer Dr Jay Gong, and Clinical Pharmacist, Hoda Fahmy: 25 March 2024

Rise in Opioid Use Among Older Adult and Post-Surgery Patients w/ Pharmacy Lecturer Dr Jay Gong, and Clinical Pharmacist, Hoda Fahmy: 25 March 2024 Rise in Opioid Use Among Older Adult and Post-Surgery Patients w/ Pharmacy Lecturer Dr Jay Gong, and Clinical Pharmacist, Hoda Fahmy: 25 March 2024, 23.54 MB
Mon 25 Mar 2024

Research from the University of Auckland highlights a rise in the prescription and use of opioids in New Zealand, particularly among post-surgery and older adult patients.

Producer Ezra spoke to Pharmacy Lecturer Dr Jay Gong, and Clinical Pharmacist, Hoda Fahmy, from the University of Auckland, about the research and its implications on older adult and post-surgery patients.

The Wire w/ Jessica: 25 October, 2025

The Wire w/ Jessica: 25 October, 2025 The Wire w/ Jessica: 25 October, 2025, 87.16 MB
Mon 25 Mar 2024

For their regular catch-up News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to ACT’s Simon Court about youth vaping, public sector cuts, and calls for the government to create a special humanitarian visa for Palestinians in Gaza with family connections to New Zealand.

She also spoke to Co-Founder of Vape-Free Kids NZ, Marnie Wilton, and Associate Professor at the University of Auckland Bioengineering Institute, Kelly Burrowes, about how effective they believe the government’s new measures to reduce youth vaping will be.

Producer Ezra spoke to Pharmacy Lecturer Dr Jay Gong, and Clinical Pharmacist, Hoda Fahmy, from the University of Auckland, about a rise in opioid misuse among older adult and post-surgery patients.

Does the Government’s ‘Crackdown’ Youth Vaping Go Far Enough? w/ Co-Founder of Vape-Free Kids NZ, Marnie Wilton, and Associate Professor at the University of Auckland Bioengineering Institute, Kelly Burrowes: 25 March, 2024

Does the Government’s ‘Crackdown’ Youth Vaping Go Far Enough? w/ Co-Founder of Vape-Free Kids NZ, Marnie Wilton, and Associate Professor at the University of Auckland Bioengineering Institute, Kelly Burrowes: 25 March, 2024 Does the Government’s ‘Crackdown’ Youth Vaping Go Far Enough? w/ Co-Founder of Vape-Free Kids NZ, Marnie Wilton, and Associate Professor at the University of Auckland Bioengineering Institute, Kelly Burrowes: 25 March, 2024, 13.7 MB
Mon 25 Mar 2024

Last week, the government announced a complete ban on disposable vapes and higher fines for vape retailers and individuals caught selling to under-18-year-olds, as part of its ‘crackdown’ on youth vaping.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Co-Founder of Vape-Free Kids NZ, Marnie Wilton, about how effective she believes these measures will be in stopping youth vaping.

She also asked Associate Professor at the University of Auckland Bioengineering Institute, Kelly Burrowes, for her thoughts on the government’s crackdown.

She started off the interview asking what impact Burrowes thinks the recently announced measures will have on reducing vaping among young people?

Thursday Wire w/ Caeden: 21 March, 2024

Thursday Wire w/ Caeden: 21 March, 2024 Thursday Wire w/ Caeden: 21 March, 2024, 94.61 MB
Thu 21 Mar 2024

For our weekly catch-up with the Labour Party Caeden chats with Labour spokesperson for Education and Women Jan Tinetti about Winston Peters recent comments on co-governance, the students at Freyberg High School, and Grant Robertson’s valedictory speech.

They also also chat with Auckland Councillor Shane Henderson about public transport in Tāmaki Makaurau and Auckland’s last cost cutting budget for City Counselling.

Jasmine speaks to Professor Margaret Mutu about the path to a constitution of indigenous rights for Māori in Aotearoa.

She also speaks to Dr Pippa McKelvie-Sebileau about the emergence of more international research in support of free school lunches, and what this means for government research and action ahead of the proposed funding axe.

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.