Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news & current affairs show, The Wire. Your hosts Amanda Robinson, India Essuah, Ximena Smith, Harry Willis and Joel Thomas focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere, in independent-thinking bFM style. Weekdays 12-1pm on 95bFM.
Surprisingly strong MDMA has hit NZ shores. Some might rejoice at this news, but it’s cause for concern, according to Wendy Allison, Director of Know Your Stuff; An organisation aimed at drug use testing and harm reduction at events and festivals nationwide. With the progam now in it’s third summer season of drug testing, I caught up with Allison to talk about what the organisation is all about, how they operate, and the risks with stronger drugs hitting our summer festivals.
Recent research has shown New Zealanders are the most wasteful people in the developed world, producing 3.86kg of waste per capita per day. The problem is set to get worse with China refusing to take much of the low grade plastic is has previously disposed of for us. I spoke with Jo Knight from Zero Waste NZ about waste in Aotearoa and what we need to do to produce less of it. I began by asking her why we produce so much waste.
Surf Life Saving New Zealand is warning that if its current levels of funding are not increased their ability to protect those in the water will be seriously undermined. They have had to move volunteers from two busy Auckland beaches to patrol more dangerous areas in recent days and are calling on central government to give them the finances they need to adequately patrol the beaches they need to. Lachlan spoke to Matt Warren from life saving New Zealand about their funding issues and what he’d like see done to fix them.
This Day in History takes us from the end of 1973 Arab-Israeli War, through the Camp David Accords, the invasion of Lebanon, the First Intifada, the Oslo Accords, the Second Intifada and Operation Cast Lead.
Forest and Bird have released a report on an attempted cover up of New Zealand's fisheries. The report highlights a string of incidents on fishing vessels where unwanted mammals and birds have been caught in nets and lines, resulting in countless deaths of dolphins, sealions and albatross. There have been attempts from fishing groups to ask for permission to not release images of these incidents, in fear that they may tarnish the reputation of New Zealands fishing and fish exports. Producer Will spoke with Forest and Bird chief executive Kevin Hague about what their report unconvered.
On The Wire today we have Dear Science with Allan Blackman who tells us about amalgam fillings, trace elements and chromium, and fake rainbow water.
Tracey Martin is back at work so we hear about the last stretch in the government's first 100 days.
Producer Will Parsonson talks to CEO Kevin Hague from Forest and Bird regarding their report that highlights a cover up attempt from NZ Fisheries.
Finally, we hear from Dr. Kalama O Ka Aina from Hawaii who talks us through what happened after the false missile alert earlier this week and discusses why nuclear war is only a threat because of America's occupation of their land.
Norwegian oil companies have been given the all clear by the Oslo District court to drill on Arctic land despite protests.
Greenpeace NZ are describing the decision as disappointing, but still see positives in the movement to prevent future oil fracking.
Greenpeace Campaigner, Amanda Larsson said the neglection of Norway's action on the environment is unsatisfactory but adds that the move away from heavy petrol consuming vehicles will shed new light on a safer environment.
95bFM reporter Mark Casson speaks to Larson about her thoughts on the issue.
Today on Dear Science with AUT's Allan Blackman, we talk about potentially poisonous fillings, whether chromium is a trace element, and finally we talk about a new type if water which is said to be infused with rainbows... Sounds legit.
Chlöe came in studio to have a chat about spending her summer in Spain, reading Bernie Sanders book, upcoming politics in 2018, and what her thoughts are on The National Party's bill which would enforce compulsory second language teaching in school.
We wrap up this year of Dear Science with AUT's Allan Blackman and some day drinking in the studio. Also on the menu: talks about the late soviet military officer who saved us from nuclear war, whether or not you should water down your whisky (spoiler alert: yes), the consequences of handing the responsibility of a university research to the wrong people, and how the gold of the ring on your finger came about. Finally, we mention all the great scientists who unfortunately passed away in 2017.
AUT Pacific Media Centres Kendall Hutt stopped by the studio to discuss COP23 negiations and what impact they have in the Pacific, Tongas political Monarchy vs Parliment situation and also the outcome of elections which took place in the Solomon Islands.
This week on Neighbourhood Watch with Nicole Wedding from Radio Adelaide:
The YES campign has won the same sex marriage postal vote, and bills are now being brought into Parliament for discussions. Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is asking New Zealand to back off from the Manus Island crisis and spend the proposed humanitarian money elsewhere. And finally, new technology is being tested in Brisbane for a mobile parcel carrying robot.
Today on Neighbourhood Watch with Nicole Wedding from Radio Adelaide we chat about Barnaby Joyce who continues to show animosity toward New Zealand after their offer to take 150 Manus Island refugees. We also discuss the Royal Commission's research into child sexual abuse in institutions and how it is still relevant today.
For our final National Party chat of 2017, we talk to Denise Lee about the $5 billion families package that is being urgently rushed through Parliament. We also look back on the year and chat about some of the things National is proud of.