Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news & current affairs show, The Wire. Your hosts Sherry Zhang, Justin Wong Mary-Margaret Slack, Lillian Hanly, and Laura Kvigstad focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere, in independent-thinking bFM style. Weekdays 12-1pm on 95bFM.
Forest & Bird is calling on Aucklanders to tell their council to reinstate protection for nature in this year’s budget.
The Auckland Council’s ‘Emergency Budget’ more than halves the Environmental Services capital expenditure budget, dropping support for pest control, the kauri dieback programme, and planting, among other things.
Forest & Bird’s Auckland Regional Manager, Nick Beveridge, says “our natural world is in crisis” & “these are things we must act on now”. Producer Louis Laws spoke with him this morning on the Auckland Councils proposal ...
On the Wire today, Louis Laws speaks with Jonathan Orpin-Dowell from the New Zealand Law Society on safeguarding Emergency COVID-19 legislation.
Jemima has been investigating the commercialisation of social and political movements and culture in response to the Black Lives Matter Movement. She speaks to Dr Neal Curtis, a media professor at the University of Auckland, about effect of social media on political movements and social media activism.
Louis talks to Nick Beveridge from Forest and Bird about the cuts made to Auckland Council's funding for Environmental Services.
Sam talks to Meka Whaitiri about the governments intentions regarding to Oranga Tamariki and whether the values of Te Ao Māori ought to be better included in the Ministry's legislation.
Sam provides shares some insights on paralells between the recent report from the Childrens Comissioners and 1988's landmark Puao Te-Ata-Tu which made considerable recommendations for the overhaul of child welfare services in Aotearoa.
Meka Whaitiri of Labour's Maori caucus speaks with Sam about why the government intends to honour the recommendations put forth in 1988's landmark Puao Te-Ata-Tu report thirty two years later as we continue to see the same issues with child welfare services that we had then
Jemima has been looking into the commercialisation of social and political movements and culture in response to the action taken supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. She begins with a discussion with Univeristy of Auckland lecturer, Dr Neal Curtis, about social media as an avenue for activism and what effect it truly has in mobilising a social movement.
In today’s catch up with Minister Little, Mary-Margaret asks about the meaning of “operational matters” and not being able to comment on them, and what he thinks of our modern national security regime in light of revelations that our Secret Service broke into the Czechoslovakian Embassy in the late 80s.
We hear from the senior news editor of The Spectrum, the University of Buffalo’s a student magazine, about what it feels like to be on the ground as New York cautiously lifts some COVID-19 restrictions.
Zoe Kounadis joins us for Neighbourhood Watch once again and explains several significant cuts this week, including ones to childcare and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Splore’s director John Minty discusses the return of the festival, opportunities for local music while our borders are closed, and cultural shifts we might see in terms of festivals after COVID-19.
Bronwyn Wilde covers for Lillian, speaking to Eugenie Sage about the reopening of bookings for New Zealand's Great Walks over the past few days. Dear Science's Marcus Jones talks about the origins of the COVID-19 virus and mystreious extraterrestrial radio frequencies.
Felix Walton brings us a report about the importance of libraries and their role in the community. News director Jemima Huston speaks to NZ on Air about where the Government funding for arts and music and will go.
And we conclude with a report on yesterday's announcement by Police Commissioner Andrew Coster about the discontinuation of armed police response in Aotearoa.
Never fear, Lillian will be back for next week's show!
With the world returning to something resembling "normal," it feels appropriate to acknowledge a part of our communities that we don't often get to talk about. Felix Walton reports on the ways that libraries are helping people find jobs and access important information.
On the 23rd of March, under alert level 2, the Department of Conservation closed its hut and campsite bookings, and back-country huts closed under alert level three. However the Department has now announced that bookings for the Great Walks will reopen between the 9-11th of June, with the exception of the Milford and Routeburn tracks which are still undergoing storm repairs. Booking for all other DOC huts and campsites will repen on the 25th of June.
Bronwyn spoke to Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage about the reopening, differential pricing for international trampers, and general conservation current events in the wake of COVID-19.
The Government’s budget announcement last month included a $175 million dollar recovery package for New Zealand’s arts and music industries. NZ On Air recieved $7.1 million for their New Music Programmes. Jemima speaks with the Head of Music for New Zealand On Air, David Riddler, about the funding boost and why government support for the music industry is important.
One of the most fundamental features of the Trump Administration is a policy of limiting immigration and reversing previous US policy on work visas, asylum, and deportation. Will Trump continue to limit immigration in light of recent US Supreme Court decisions and the Covid-19 Pandemic? Doug Becker speaks with Peter J. Spiro and Hiroshi Motomura.
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On today's Southern Cross, Pacific Media Centre director David Robie, reflecting on his experience as a journalist on Rainbow Warrior, we follow up on domestic violence in PNG, and journalism in West Papua.
This week Sherry Zhang talks to Green Party co-leader James Shaw, on the Electoral Integrity Amendment Act. This means members of parliament can’t change political parties once they enter parliament, and party leader are able to kick out MP's if they reasonably believe they disproportionately affect the proportion of parliament.
The first part of a longer conversation with NZ First MP Tracey Martin regarding this government term and whether the MMP government has been a success. They discuss major issues that the coalition government has had to respond to and what lessons she will take into a possible next term.
Mary-Margaret speaks to the Justice Minister about yesterday’s opening of the New Zealand Criminal Cases Review Commission, and the restoration of the right to legal representation in the family court. They also have a more holistic discussion about making the justice system less 'homogenous', as Andrew describes it.