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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.

The Bicycle Boon with Anae Brown from T. White's Bikes: August 26, 2020

The Bicycle Boon with Anae Brown from T. White's Bikes: August 26, 2020 White's Bikes: August 26, 2020, 17.18 MB
Wed 26 Aug 2020

Opening a new business in the midst of a pandemic might sound like a bad idea - unless you're in the bicycle business, which has seen ridership boom throughout the lockdowns.

T. White's is an independent, secondhand bike shop on Symonds Street specialising in repairing pre-loved bikes. And next week, after over a decade in the business they are opening a second shop in New Lynn.

Over the past decades, small owner-operator stores have closed down as 'big box' stores took over. Somehow, T. White's thrived. Producer Jack Marshall chats with Anae Brown from the shop about how the bicycle journey started.

 

Freedom of Expression and Trans-Exclusionary Feminism with MP Tracey Martin and Ahi Wī-Hongi

Freedom of Expression and Trans-Exclusionary Feminism with MP Tracey Martin and Ahi Wī-Hongi Freedom of Expression and Trans-Exclusionary Feminism with MP Tracey Martin and Ahi Wī-Hongi, 41.61 MB
Wed 26 Aug 2020

This piece arose from a conversation with Tracey Martin last week, where Bronwyn asked the Minster how she felt about a post of hers being shared on a Facebook group that advocates against transgender rights. What followed was a discussion of freedom of expression and when it can be reasonably limited. After that interview, Bronwyn spoke to Ahi Wī-Hongi from Gender Minorities Aotearoa to get a fuller picture of the issue, and whether it is even appropriate to call such groups feminists. 

 

Pandemic Productivity w/ Mental Health Foundation

Pandemic Productivity w/ Mental Health Foundation Pandemic Productivity w/ Mental Health Foundation, 9.48 MB
Tue 25 Aug 2020

Much has been said about maintaining productivity levels during lockdown. Hanna spoke to Shaun Robinson, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation, about the impact of this rhetoric on people's mental health amidst already increased mental distress from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Wire with Jemima: August 25, 2020

The Wire with Jemima: August 25, 2020 The Wire with Jemima: August 25, 2020, 98.7 MB
Tue 25 Aug 2020

On the Wire today Jemima speaks to the Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft about child offending system in Aotearoa and changing the age of criminal responsibility from 10 years old to 14. 

Make It 16 is a group seeking to lower the voting age to 16 in New Zealand. Jemima speaks to member Thomas Pope Kerr about Make It 16's high court case claiming that the current voting age is discriminatory. 

With 20% of households in some areas of South Auckland without power, Jemima talks to Tania Pouwhare, the Social Intrapreneur at Auckland Council's Southern and Western Institutes. They discuss why internet access is important and how digital infrastructure might be used to rebuild the economy in South Auckland. 

Hanna looks into the pressure to be productive during lockdown. She speaks to Shaun Robinson, the Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation about productivity and mental health during the pandemic. 

The Children's Commissioner on Child Offending: August 25, 2020

The Children's Commissioner on Child Offending: August 25, 2020 The Children's Commissioner on Child Offending: August 25, 2020, 11.31 MB
Tue 25 Aug 2020

In a report released yesterday, the Children's Commission called for changes to be made to the child offending system. Jemima Huston speaks to Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft about New Zealand's child offending system and why it isn't working. They also discuss why he believes the age of criminal responsibility should be changed from 10 years old to 14. 

Internet Access and Rebuilding a Digital Infrastructure in South Auckland: August 25, 2020

Internet Access and Rebuilding a Digital Infrastructure in South Auckland: August 25, 2020 Internet Access and Rebuilding a Digital Infrastructure in South Auckland: August 25, 2020, 8.58 MB
Tue 25 Aug 2020

One in five households in some areas of South Auckland do not have internet access. Jemima Huston speaks to Tania Pouwhare, the Social Intrapreneur at Auckland Council's Southern and Western Institutes. They discuss why internet access is important and how digital infrastructure might be used to rebuild the economy in South Auckland. 

Lowering the Voting Age w/ Make It 16: August 25, 2020

Lowering the Voting Age w/ Make It 16: August 25, 2020 Lowering the Voting Age w/ Make It 16: August 25, 2020, 4.62 MB
Tue 25 Aug 2020

Make It 16 is a group seeking to lower the voting age to 16 in New Zealand. Jemima Huston speaks to Make It 16 member Thomas Pope Kerr about why the voting age should be lowered. They also talk about the group's case at the High Court claiming that the current voting age is discriminatory. 

The Green Party Update w/ Minister James Shaw: August 24, 2020

The Green Party Update w/ Minister James Shaw: August 24, 2020 The Green Party Update w/ Minister James Shaw: August 24, 2020, 21.34 MB
Mon 24 Aug 2020

This week during her weekly chat with the Green Party co-leader James Shaw, Zoë Larsen Cumming asks about the Green's opinion on National's border policy, the extension of paid sick leave, support for students who don't qualify for the wage subsidy, and Iwi-led check points. 

The Wire with Zoë: Monday, August 24, 2020

The Wire with Zoë: Monday, August 24, 2020 The Wire with Zoë: Monday, August 24, 2020, 103.85 MB
Mon 24 Aug 2020

Today on the Wire with Zoë Larsen Cumming: 

Zoë has her weekly chat with Green Party co-leader James Shaw on National's border policy announcement, the Green's call for paid sick leave extensions, student support during Covid 19, and Iwi-lead lockdown check points. 

Producer Aneeka Moheed brings a piece on the economic effects of Covid 19 on small businesses, talking to Bestie Cafe, Mercury Plaza and an AUT economist. 

Zoë interviews the principal of Aorere College Greg Pierce on reports of students in low decile high schools having to choose between continuing their studies or dropping out to support their families who were financially burdened by the Covid 19 lockdowns. 

Finally, Zoë interviews University of Warwick astrophysics professor and exo-planet hunter Dr. Daniel Bayliss on an asteroid heading towards the planet. 

Asteroids and Astrophysics w/ Dr. Daniel Bayliss: August 24, 2020

Asteroids and Astrophysics w/ Dr. Daniel Bayliss: August 24, 2020 Daniel Bayliss: August 24, 2020, 11.98 MB
Mon 24 Aug 2020

Zoë Larsen Cumming interviews University of Warwick astrophysics professor and exo-planet hunter Dr. Daniel Bayliss on an asteroid which NASA says is heading our way. They also touch base on what's happening in the astrophysics community with regard to the Covid 19 pandemic. 

The Opportunities Party on Local Economy Policy: September 18 2020

The Opportunities Party on Local Economy policy: September 18 2020 The Opportunities Party on Local Economy policy: September 18 2020, 19.92 MB
Fri 18 Sep 2020

The Opportunities Party leader Geoff Simmons spoke with Mary-Margaret Slack on his party's policy around Local Economy

A Conversation on Innovation in Our Agricultural Sector w/ Mark Ross + Sarah Smuts Kennedy; September 18, 2020

A Conversation on Innovation in Our Agricultural Sector w/ Mark Ross + Sarah Smuts Kennedy; September 18, 2020 A Conversation on Innovation in Our Agricultural Sector w/ Mark Ross + Sarah Smuts Kennedy; September 18, 2020, 14.6 MB
Fri 18 Sep 2020

 We take a look at innovation in agriculture to assess our agricultural future, and see different models for agriculture and innovation that could both be core to the next term and government. A huge thank you to both Mark Ross of Agcarm and Sarah Smuts-Kennedy of For The Love of Bees for providing their ideas and information to us. 

Streaming Towards Community w/ Ōtara Waterways and Lake Trust; September 18, 2020

Streaming Towards Community w/ Ōtara Waterways and Lake Trust; September 18, 2020 Streaming Towards Community w/ Ōtara Waterways and Lake Trust; September 18, 2020, 16.27 MB
Fri 18 Sep 2020

This week in the Community Garden, we talk to Ihaia of the Ōtara Waterways and Lake Trust about clearing a way in Ōtara's water ways to facilitate community growth and education. 

Labour's Andrew Little: September 17th 2020

Labour's Andrew Little: September 17th 2020 Labour's Andrew Little: September 17th 2020, 23.55 MB
Thu 17 Sep 2020

Justin spoke to Justice Minister Andrew Little on the Pike River Mine, rent freezes, a Chinese database that contained contact details of prominent New Zealanders, and a Labour Party policy to give government contracters the living wage if elected.

Neighbourhood Watch: September 17th, 2020

Neighbourhood Watch: September 17th, 2020 Neighbourhood Watch: September 17th, 2020, 22.6 MB
Thu 17 Sep 2020

Justin and Zoe talked about a campaign for the federal government to buy the rights of the aboriginal flag design, the Victoria government being sued over the legality of the Melbourne curfew, and a failed rocket launch in South Australia.

Labour's Rail Policy: 17th September 2020

Labour's Rail Policy: 17th September 2020 Labour's Rail Policy: 17th September 2020, 31.23 MB
Thu 17 Sep 2020

Justin spoke to Labour's transport spokesperson Phil Twyford on the party's stance on rail.

The Future of the Events Industry: 17th September 2020

The Future of the Events Industry: 17th September 2020 The Future of the Events Industry: 17th September 2020, 30.9 MB
Thu 17 Sep 2020

James Tapp spoke to Trust Arena CEO Mark Gosling about the prospects of the events industry and what support it needs from the government.

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: September 16, 2020

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: September 16, 2020 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: September 16, 2020, 31.78 MB
Wed 16 Sep 2020

On this week's thrilling episode of Dear Science, Bronnie speaks with Allan about the possibility of life on Venus, ice-cold hummingbirds, and a study that looks into a link between Panadol and increased risk-taking behaviour.

Minimum Wage and Economic Recovery w/ Rod Oram: September 15, 2020

Minimum Wage and Economic Recovery w/ Rod Oram: September 15, 2020 Minimum Wage and Economic Recovery w/ Rod Oram: September 15, 2020, 19.33 MB
Tue 15 Sep 2020

As the country faces both an economic crisis and an election, political parties on both of the aisle have very different proposals in mind when it comes to the minimum wage. Moreover, each party claims its respective approach is necessary for Aotearoa's economic recovery. 

Hanna spoke to Rod Oram, business journalist and political commentator, about whether low wages are necessary to sustain the economy.

The Māori Party on Local Economy Policy: September 15, 2020

The Māori Party on Local Economy Policy: September 15, 2020 The Māori Party on Local Economy Policy: September 15, 2020, 8.54 MB
Tue 15 Sep 2020

For 95bFM's election coverage this year, Jemima Huston speaks to Māori Party co-leader John Tamihere about the local economy policy issues. They discuss how a new government should approach the Covid-19 economic recovery and tackle Māori unemployment rates.