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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 proposed closure of Newshub w/ Dr Gavin Ellis and Associate Professor of Journalism at Massey University, James Hollings: 5th March, 2024

Impending proposed closure of Newshub w/ Dr Gavin Ellis and Associate Professor of Journalism at Massey University, James Hollings: 5th March, 2024 Impending proposed closure of Newshub w/ Dr Gavin Ellis and Associate Professor of Journalism at Massey University, James Hollings: 5th March, 2024, 34.42 MB
Tue 5 Mar 2024

Last week, Warner Brothers Discovery announced a major downsizing of its operations in New Zealand, including a proposed closure of all platforms of the newsroom at Newshub at the end of June this year. 

The closure would result in the loss of approximately 300 jobs across the company.

Koi Tū: the Centre for Informed Futures, a think tank at the University of Auckland, is expediting the production of a media policy position paper which will set out factors to address to ensure the survival of journalism in Aotearoa. 

Producer, Sofia Roger Williams, spoke to the leader of the project, honorary research fellow, Dr Gavin Ellis, about the impending proposed closure, concerns about the future of journalism in Aotearoa, and how he thinks we can ensure its survival.

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, also spoke to Head of Journalism at Massey University, Associate Professor James Hollings about the closure of Newshub. 

The Government and Media's Response to Israel's War in Gaza w/ Justice for Palestine Co-Convenor, Samira Zaiton, and Co-Founder of Alternative Jewish Voices, Mariyln Garson: 4 March, 2024

The Government and Media's Response to Israel's War in Gaza w/ Justice for Palestine Co-Convenor, Samira Zaiton, and Co-Founder of Alternative Jewish Voices, Mariyln Garson: 4 March, 2024 The Government and Media's Response to Israel's War in Gaza w/ Justice for Palestine Co-Convenor, Samira Zaiton, and Co-Founder of Alternative Jewish Voices, Mariyln Garson: 4 March, 2024, 21.27 MB
Tue 5 Mar 2024

Following the government designating Hamas in its entirety as a terrorist organisation last week, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to representatives of the Jewish and Palestinians communities here in Aotearoa about this decision.

First, she spoke to Justice for Palestine Co-Convenor, Samira Zaiton, about their calls for the government to condemn Israel for its actions in Gaza..

She also spoke to the Co-Founder of Alternative Jewish Voices, Mariyln Garson, about her reaction to the government’s decision and concerns about misinformation about what is happening in Gaza and the occupied West Bank being spread in New Zealand.

Please note, when Marliyn discusses Simon Court’s interview on 95bFM, she is referencing our interview with him which aired last week.

Launching of the MethaneSAT satellite w/ Spacecraft Mission Operations Director at Te Pūnaha Ātea, the Space Institute at the University of Auckland, Chris Jackson: 5th March, 2024

Launching of the MethaneSAT satellite w/ Spacecraft Mission Operations Director at Te Pūnaha Ātea, the Space Institute at the University of Auckland, Chris Jackson: 5th March, 2024 Launching of the MethaneSAT satellite w/ Spacecraft Mission Operations Director at Te Pūnaha Ātea, the Space Institute at the University of Auckland, Chris Jackson: 5th March, 2024, 12.21 MB
Tue 5 Mar 2024

MethaneSAT, a global initiative to track and reduce methane emissions, is launching today. 

Although primarily funded by the US Environmental Defence Fund, the satellite is the first government funded space mission in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

The US side of the project will focus on measuring and identifying methane leaks from oil and gas production, while scientists in New Zealand will use the satellite to study global emissions from agriculture. 

Producer, Sofia Roger Williams, spoke to Spacecraft Mission Operations Director at Te Pūnaha Ātea, the Space Institute at the University of Auckland, Chris Jackson, about the launch, New Zealand’s role, and how the data gathered can help us make global and local recommendations to reduce methane emissions. 

Te Aka Whai Ora and Smokefree legislation repeal w/ National’s James Meager: 5th March, 2024

Te Aka Whai Ora and Smokefree legislation repeal w/ National’s James Meager: 5th March, 2024. , 20.86 MB
Tue 5 Mar 2024

In our weekly interview with National’s James Meager, Wire host Castor began with last week’s announcement of the disestablishment of Te Aka Whai Ora. 

Te Aka Whai Ora, or the Māori Health Authority, was established to address several Māori health issues, including overrepresentation in the health system and underrepresentation in the workforce. Castor asked James about why it was disestablished and the replacements that the National party might offer. 

Castor and James also talked about the smokefree legislation repeal, which was also introduced in the last few weeks. The repeal has been met with backlash from opposition parties and public protests, with many arguing it follows arguments from within the tobacco industry. The two discussed the repeal and these possible links, as well as National’s continual commitment to Smokefree 2025. 

Increasing qualification rates among Pasifika tradies w/ Director of BCITO Greg Durkin: 1st March, 2024.

Increasing qualification rates amongst Pasifika tradies w/ Director of BCITO Greg Durkin: 1st March, 2024. , 9.57 MB
Tue 5 Mar 2024

BCITO, or the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation, is calling for more Pasifika learners to start apprenticeships due to low qualification rates in the industry. The organisation is aiming to increase these rates through offering apprenticeships, and therefore create new opportunities further down the line.

Wire host Castor spoke to BCITO director Greg Durkin about the campaign and the benefits it offers to Pasifika tradies. 

Revocation of Salient Magazine and ASPA’s press pass w/ Ethan Rogacion: 5th March, 2024.

Revocation of Salient Magazine and ASPA’s press pass w/ Ethan Rogacion: 5th March, 2024. , 10.68 MB
Tue 5 Mar 2024

Yesterday Salient Magazine, the University of Victoria’s student magazine, released a statement discussing the revocation of Salient’s parliamentary press pass. Salient had held the press pass on behalf of the Aotearoa Student Press Association, or ASPA. 

As such, revoking this pass for Salient affects student magazines across the country, including the University of Auckland’s Craccum magazine. 

Wire host Castor spoke to one of Salient’s news co-editors, Ethan Rogacion, about the revocation and what it means for student journalism.

The Wire w/ Castor: 5th March 2024.

The Wire w/ Castor: 5th March 2024. , 119.16 MB
Tue 5 Mar 2024

For Dear Science, Wire host Castor chatted with Dr Cushla McGoverin about tortoise migration in the Galápagos.

Then, for our weekly catch-up with National’s James Meager, he asked about the disestablishment of Te Aka Whai Ora and the repeal of Labour’s smokefree legislation. 

He also spoke to the director of the Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation (BCITO), Greg Durkin, about qualification rates among Pasifika tradies. 

Finally, Castor spoke to news co-editor from the University of Victoria’s Salient magazine, Ethan Rogacion, about their recently revoked parliamentary press pass.

Producer Sofia spoke to honorary research fellow, Dr Gavin Ellis, from the University of Auckland’s think tank, Koi Tū, about the impending proposed closure of Newshub. News and Editorial Director Jessica Hopkins also spoke to Head of Journalism at Massey University, Associate Professor James Hollings, about this.

She also spoke to Spacecraft Mission Operations Director at the University of Auckland, Chris Jackson, about the launch of the satellite, MethaneSAT. 

The Government’s Proposed Gang Patch Ban w/ Associate Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, Carrie Leonetti: 4 March, 2024

The Government’s Proposed Gang Patch Ban w/ Associate Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, Carrie Leonetti: 4 March, 2024 The Government’s Proposed Gang Patch Ban w/ Associate Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, Carrie Leonetti: 4 March, 2024, 8.89 MB
Mon 4 Mar 2024

The government’s proposed gang patch bill has drawn significant attention as it progresses through the legislative process. If passed, the contentious policy would ban gang patches in public spaces and provide police with more powers to disperse the congregation of gang members.

Producer Ezra chatted to Associate Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, Carrie Leonetti, about the legality and enforceability of this bill and potential discriminatory implications.

The Wire w/ Jessica: 4 March, 2024

The Wire w/ Jessica: 4 March, 2024 The Wire w/ Jessica: 4 March, 2024, 51.92 MB
Mon 4 Mar 2024

For our regular catch-up with ACT’s Simon Court, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, discussed the government making weapons including semi-automatic rifles more widely available, and designating Hamas in its entirety as a terrorist organisation.

She also spoke to Justice for Palestine Co-Convenor, Samira Zaiton, and Co-Founder of Alternative Jewish Voices, Marilyn Garson, about the government’s stance on Hamas and how the media has covered Israel’s war in Gaza.

Producer Ezra interviwed Associate Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, Carrie Leonetti, about the government’s proposed gang patch ban.

NewsHub Closure w/ Head of Journalism at AUT Greg Treadwell: 29 February, 2024

NewsHub Closure w/ Head of Journalism at AUT Greg Treadwell: 29 February, 2024 NewsHub Closure w/ Head of Journalism at AUT Greg Treadwell: 29 February, 2024, 6.61 MB
Thu 29 Feb 2024

Yesterday, Newshub, one of Aotearoa's largest commercial newsrooms, announced it is shutting down.

Up to three hundred people, including journalists and support staff, are expected to lose their jobs

News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to Senior Lecturer Communication Studies and Head of Journalism at AUT, Greg Treadwell, about what this indicates about the state of journalism in Aotearoa.

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.

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.

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

Youth Vaping, Public Sector Cuts, and Special Visa Category for Palestinians w/ ACT’s Simon Court: 25 March, 2024

Youth Vaping, Public Sector Cuts, and Special Visa Category for Palestinians w/ ACT’s Simon Court: 25 March, 2024 Youth Vaping, Public Sector Cuts, and Special Visa Category for Palestinians w/ ACT’s Simon Court: 25 March, 2024, 9.4 MB
Mon 25 Mar 2024

For their weekly interview, News and Editorial Director, Jessica Hopkins, spoke to ACT’s Simon Court about the government’s new measures aimed at reducing youth vaping, significant cuts to the Ministries for Primary Industries and Health as directed by the government, and calls from more than 30 organisations, including World Vision, Save the Children, and Greenpeace, for the government to create a special humanitarian visa for Palestinians in Gaza with family connections to New Zealand.

The students at Freyberg High School and Grant Robertson’s valedictory speech w/ Jan Tinetti: 21 March, 2024

The students at Freyberg High School and Grant Robertson’s valedictory speech w/ Jan Tinetti: 21 March, 2024 The students at Freyberg High School and Grant Robertson’s valedictory speech w/ Jan Tinetti: 21 March, 2024, 13.98 MB
Thu 21 Mar 2024

For our weekly catch-up with the Labour Party Caeden spoke to Labour Party spokesperson for Education and Women Jan Tinetti. They asked about Winston Peter’s comments comparing co-governance with Nazi Germany, the response to the Freyberg High School students performing a haka against David Seymour, and Grant Robertson’s valedictory speech yesterday.