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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 on the Emergency Budget: Friday, the 12th of June

Forest & Bird on the Emergency Budget: Friday, the 12th of June Forest & Bird on the Emergency Budget: Friday, the 12th of June, 7.1 MB
Fri 12 Jun 2020

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 ...

 

The Wire with Jemima: June 12, 2020

The Wire with Jemima: June 12, 2020 The Wire with Jemima: June 12, 2020, 99.61 MB
Fri 12 Jun 2020

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 Denne on Child Welfare History

Sam Denne on Child Welfare History Sam Denne on Child Welfare History, 10.43 MB
Fri 12 Jun 2020

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 on Oranga Tamariki Reform

Meka Whaitiri on Oranga Tamariki Reform Meka Whaitiri on Oranga Tamariki Reform, 12.82 MB
Fri 12 Jun 2020

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

Commercialising Social Movements: the effect of social media activism: June 12, 2020

Commercialising Social Movements: the effect of social media activism: June 12, 2020 Commercialising Social Movements: the effect of social media activism: June 12, 2020, 5.57 MB
Fri 12 Jun 2020

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. 

 

The Wire with Mary-Margaret: June 11, 2020

The Wire with Mary-Margaret: June 11, 2020 The Wire with Mary-Margaret: June 11, 2020, 129.29 MB
Thu 11 Jun 2020

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.

The Wire with Bronwyn: June 10, 2020

The Wire with Bronwyn: June 10, 2020 The Wire with Bronwyn: June 10, 2020, 91.25 MB
Wed 10 Jun 2020

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!

Let's Talk About Libraries! Felix Reports: 10 June, 2020

Let's Talk About Libraries! Felix Reports: 10 June, 2020 Let's Talk About Libraries! Felix Reports: 10 June, 2020, 4.65 MB
Wed 10 Jun 2020

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.

Reopening the Great Walks with Minister Eugenie Sage: June 10, 2020

Reopening the Great Walks with Minister Eugenie Sage: June 10, 2020 Reopening the Great Walks with Minister Eugenie Sage: June 10, 2020, 23.83 MB
Wed 10 Jun 2020

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 Recovery Package for the Arts w/ NZ On Air: June 10, 2020

The Government Recovery Package for the Arts w/ NZ On Air: June 10, 2020 The Government Recovery Package for the Arts w/ NZ On Air: June 10, 2020, 8.63 MB
Wed 10 Jun 2020

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. 

 

Justin's International Desk: 7th July 2020

Justin's International Desk: 7th July 2020 Justin's International Desk: 7th July 2020, 21.16 MB
Tue 7 Jul 2020

International Desk reports on the local and international reaction to Hong Kong's new national security law.

The Green Desk w/ Kepa Morgan; July 7, 2020

The Green Desk w/ Kepa Morgan; July 7, 2020 The Green Desk w/ Kepa Morgan; July 7, 2020, 25.18 MB
Tue 7 Jul 2020

This week on The Green Desk, 95bFM reporter Bronwyn Wilde spoke to Kepa Morgan about a Māori approach to understanding and restoring the vitality of ecosystems in Aotearoa. 

The Big Q: Will Trump continue to limit immigration in light of COVID-19? July 6, 2020

The Big Q: Will Trump continue to limit immigration in light of COVID-19? July 6, 2020 The Big Q: Will Trump continue to limit immigration in light of COVID-19? July 6, 2020, 34.39 MB
Mon 6 Jul 2020

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.

For more stories like this head to www.thebigq.org 

The Southern Cross: July 6th, 2020

The Southern Cross: July 6th, 2020 The Southern Cross: July 6th, 2020, 26.35 MB
Mon 6 Jul 2020

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.

'Waka jumping' Bill, RMA reforms and Guaranteed Minimum Income: July 6th, 2020

'Waka jumping' Bill, RMA reforms and Guaranteed Minimum Income: July 6th, 2020 'Waka jumping' Bill, RMA reforms and Guaranteed Minimum Income: July 6th, 2020 , 24.6 MB
Mon 6 Jul 2020

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.

NZ First's Tracey Martin on the difficulties and successes of MMP: July 1, 2020

NZ First's Tracey Martin on the difficulties and successes of MMP: July 1, 2020 NZ First's Tracey Martin on the difficulties and successes of MMP: July 1, 2020, 18.2 MB
Fri 3 Jul 2020

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.

Justin's International Desk: 2nd July 2020

Justin's International Desk: 2nd July 2020 Justin's International Desk: 2nd July 2020, 21 MB
Thu 2 Jul 2020

International Desk reports on the details of the national security law imposed in Hong Kong by China.

Neighbourhood Watch: July 2, 2020

Neighbourhood Watch: July 2, 2020 Neighbourhood Watch: July 2, 2020, 13.05 MB
Thu 2 Jul 2020

In this week's Neighbourhood Watch, Zoe explains a second wave of COVID-19 happening in Victoria and New South Wales, and we find out where funding for the arts is going at the moment.

Labour's Andrew Little: July 2, 2020

Labour's Andrew Little: July 2, 2020 Labour's Andrew Little: July 2, 2020, 19.17 MB
Thu 2 Jul 2020

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.

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: July 1, 2020

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: July 1, 2020 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: July 1, 2020, 27.63 MB
Wed 1 Jul 2020

Allan Blackman talks to first-time segment host Felix Walton (how novel!) about the news that the world's second largest Ebola outbreak is finally over, the doctor who pioneered hand-washing, and possible evidence that deep red light could improve declining eyesight.