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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.

Impending expiry of National Science Challenges w/ Professor Troy Baisden: 19th March 2024

Impending expiry of National Science Challenges w/ Professor Troy Baisden: 19th March 2024 Impending expiry of National Science Challenges w/ Professor Troy Baisden: 19th March 2024 , 13.08 MB
Tue 19 Mar 2024

National Science Challenges were established in 2014 with the aim to tackle New Zealand’s biggest science-based issues and opportunities. 

They are funded through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. 

The challenges have invested over $680 million dollars of funding over ten years, however, they are due to expire at the end of June this year. 

Producer Sofia Roger Williams spoke to Co-President of the New Zealand Association of Scientists and honorary professor at the University of Auckland School of Environment, Professor Troy Baisden, about the impending expiry, the significance of this loss, and the future of science research funding in Aotearoa. 

The Wire w/ Castor: 19th March 2024.

The Wire w/ Castor: 19th March 2024. , 85.24 MB
Tue 19 Mar 2024

For Dear Science this week, Professor Alan Blackman chatted to us about daylight savings, handwriting for students, and a strange development for ladybugs. 

Wire host Castor spoke to CEO of SAFE, Debra Ashton, about the organisation and their recent petition against the potential repeal of the Live Export ban. 

Castor also spoke to Dr Rob Beaglehole, a spokesperson for the New Zealand Dental Association about sugary drinks in schools going into world oral health day.

Producer Sofia spoke to haka expert and University of Auckland Professional Teaching Fellow of Māori Studies, Paora Sharples, about political expression through haka. 

Sofia also spoke to Co-President of the New Zealand Association of Scientists, Professor Troy Baisden, about the impending expiry of National Science Challenges and the future of science research funding. 

Homeowner Rates Increases w/ ACT’s Simon Court: 18 March, 2024

Homeowner Rates Increases w/ ACT’s Simon Court: 18 March, 2024 Homeowner Rates Increases w/ ACT’s Simon Court: 18 March, 2024, 8.63 MB
Mon 18 Mar 2024

Homeowners across the motu are facing an average rates rise of 15 percent in the next year.

Councils say they need to balance the need for investment with affordable rates increases, but that budgetary pressures have reached a “tipping point”.

For their weekly interview, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to ACT’s Simon Court about their party’s stance on investing in local infrastructure, amid the government reducing funding for public transport.

Winston Peters Comparing Co-Governance to Nazi Germany w/ Jewish New Zealander and Dayenu Co-Founder Justine Sachs: 18 March, 2024

Winston Peters Comparing Co-Governance to Nazi Germany w/ Jewish New Zealander and Dayenu Co-Founder Justine Sachs: 18 March, 2024 Winston Peters Comparing Co-Governance to Nazi Germany w/ Jewish New Zealander and Dayenu Co-Founder Justine Sachs: 18 March, 2024, 6.7 MB
Mon 18 Mar 2024

During his State of the Nation speech in Palmerston North this weekend, Winston Peters compared co-governance in Aotearoa to Nazi Germany.

In a statement, Dayenu: New Zealand Jews Against Occupation, called the Deputy Prime Minister's comments anti-Māori and anti-Semitic.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Jewish New Zealander and Dayenu Co-Founder Justine Sachs, about what she believes the consequences are of a statement like this coming from a senior politician like Peters.

The Government’s Transport Plan w/ The Future is Rail Spokesperson, Suraya Sidhu: 18 March, 2024

The Government’s Transport Plan w/ The Future is Rail Spokesperson, Suraya Sidhu: 18 March, 2024 The Government’s Transport Plan w/ The Future is Rail Spokesperson, Suraya Sidhu: 18 March, 2024, 5.08 MB
Mon 18 Mar 2024

Earlier this month, the government outlined its plans for transport, including scrapping free public transport for children and half-price fares for young people under 25 by the end of next month.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to advocacy group, The Future is Rail Spokesperson, Suraya Sidhu Singh, about their opposition to this, as well as a collective protest action happening tomorrow, calling on the government to centre transport in planning and funding.

She started off the interview asking Singh for their thoughts on the government’s transport plans.

Auckland Rubbish Collection shifting to Fortnightly w/ General Manager of Waste Management at Auckland Council, Parul Sood: 18 March, 2024

Auckland Rubbish Collection Change w Parul Sood 18 March, 2024.mp3 mp3, 9.49 MB
Mon 18 Mar 2024

Auckland Council has proposed a change from weekly to fortnightly rubbish collections in its Waste Management Plan 2024.

Ezra spoke to the General Manager of Waste Management at Auckland Council, Parul Sood about how the proposal will affect Aucklanders, particularly those with large households.

The Wire w/ Jessica: 18 March, 2023

The Wire w/ Jessica: 18 March, 2023 The Wire w/ Jessica: 18 March, 2023, 37.02 MB
Mon 18 Mar 2024

For their regular catch-up, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, speaks to ACT’s Simon Court about rates increases facing home-owners across the country and investment in public transport infrastructure.

She also speaks to Jewish New Zealander and Co-Founder of Dayenu: New Zealand Jews Against Occupation, Justine Sachs, about Winston Peters comments comparing co-governance in Aotearoa to Nazi Germany. 

And she speaks to The Future is Rail Spokesperson, Suraya Sidhu Singh, about their opposition to the government’s plans for transport.

The Wire w/ Caeden: Thursday 14 March, 2024

The Wire w/ Caeden: Thursday 14 March, 2024 The Wire w/ Caeden: Thursday 14 March, 2024, 104.81 MB
Thu 14 Mar 2024

For our weekly catch-up with the Labour Party, Caeden speaks to Labour spokesperson for Education and Women Jan Tinneti.

For City Counselling they speak to Auckland Councillor Lotu Fuli about feminist cities.

And they also speak to E Tū negotiation specialist Michael Wood about the job losses at TVNZ.

Jessica spoke to World Vision New Zealand’s Head of Advocacy and Justice, Rebekah Armstrong, about their report on the rising cost of basic food items in Aotearoa.

And Jasmine speaks to Dr. Hayden McRobbie from Te Whatu Ora and Sharon Pihema from the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation about Youth Vaping Culture in Aotearoa and the efficacy of current prevention initiatives.

Fast tracking consent for environmental harm w/ Genevieve Toop: 7 March, 2024

Fast tracking consent for environmental harm w/ Genevieve Toop: 7 March, 2024 Fast tracking consent for environmental harm w/ Genevieve Toop: 7 March, 2024, 13.11 MB
Thu 14 Mar 2024

The Government is introducing a new bill to Parliament today aiming to fast track consent processes for economic activities such as farming and mining. 

Caeden talks about the bill with Greenpeace Spokesperson Genevieve Toop while she was outside Parliament protesting it going ahead.

The potential defunding of Ka Ora Ka Ako w/ Co-chair of Health Coalition Aotearoa, Professor Lisa Te Morenga: March 13, 2023

The potential defunding of Ka Ora Ka Ako w/ Co-chair of Health Coalition Aotearoa, Professor Lisa Te Morenga: March 13, 2023 The potential defunding of Ka Ora Ka Ako w/ Co-chair of Health Coalition Aotearoa, Professor Lisa Te Morenga: March 13, 2023, 24.67 MB
Wed 13 Mar 2024

Associate Education Minister and ACT Party Leader David Seymour has indicated that Ka Ora, Ka Ako Healthy School Lunches Programme is under review as the government puts together their new budget.

Ka Ora Ka Ako was introduced under the Labour Government in 2019. The programme currently provides lunches for 220,000 students at a cost to the Government of around $325 million a year.

Seymour has claimed that there is no hard evidence that the programme positively affects academic performance, a claim that is disputed by Health Coalition Aotearoa.

A petition has been launched by the Health Coalition Aotearoa, to advocate for the government to continue supporting the programme.

Nicholas spoke to Co-chair of the coalition Professor Lisa Te Morenga about the programme's benefits, as well as their new petition.

https://our.actionstation.org.nz/petitions/save-healthy-free-school-lunches

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.

Dear Science w/ Doctor Cushla McGoverin: 26th March, 2024.

Dear Science w/ Doctor Cushla McGoverin: 26th March, 2024. , 26.1 MB
Tue 26 Mar 2024

This week on Dear Science, Wire host Castor chats with Doctor Cushla McGoverin about an ancient penguin on WoRMS' top ten newly identified marine species, preserved brain tissue, and genetically modified cows milk producing insulin