Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news & current affairs show, The Wire. Your hosts Reuben McLaren, Conor Mercer, Lillian Hanly, Lachlan Balfour and Kelly Enright focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere, in independent-thinking bFM style. Weekdays 12-1pm on 95bFM.
Mary-Margaret speaks to Dalton Kelly about how the government’s proposed tourism tax will impact the rural GP network. We have a chat to the green party MP Chloe Swarbrick about Land Information Minister Eujayne sage signing off on the expansion of a chinese water bottling company and Marama Davidsons accusations of systemic racism by the police. Damien speaks to Kaikoura Wildlife Rescue about the red billed gulls that were brutally killed in Kaikoura. Reuben has a chat to lawyer Michael Bott about his accusations that police were effectively acting as private security for the defense industry expo last year in Wellington.
The government has proposed charging tourists a levy of up to $35 on arrival. While Australians and Pacific Islanders would be exempt, it would raise eighty million dollars in the first year. The tax revenue will go towards aiding the pressures on infrastructure from high tourist numbers. Dalton Kelly is the CEO of the Rural GP Network, the organisation calling for an allocation of the tax revenue because of the high demand they experience from tourists. Mary-Margaret started by asking him to tell us how big the network is.
Kelly spoke with Mark Wright, a University of Canterbury College of Business and Law doctoral student, who has worked both as a Crown prosecutor in Auckland and Rotorua, and as a lawyer prosecuting environmental non-compliance cases in Tauranga. He knows his stuff and is currently reviewing the RMA’s sanctioning regime and looking at alternatives on how to reprimand breaches that do not necessarily need to be classed as criminal offences.
On Tuesday, five public service chief executive jobs were filled internally by male candidates. The jobs were not advertised, nor were interviews conducted with the five candidates. The decision has been criticised for creating gender inequality in the job market.
New Director, Lillian Hanly, spoke with the chief executive of The National Council of Women, Gill Greer, to get her perspective on the matter of women working in the public and private sector.
A recent international study published in the science journal, Nature, shows the link between storm-driven ocean swells and the collapse of Antarctic ice shelves.
Angus Coker Grant spoke to university of Otago's Professor Vernon Squire, one of the scientists behind the study and what it means for the environment and the rising sea levels.
First up on today’s Wire, Jemima speaks with Tania Sawicki Mead from Justspeak about the Government’s plans for a new 500 bed prison at Waikeria. Neutral corner returns on the summit between Kim Jong un and Donald Trump. Andrew Little joins Lachlan for their regular chat where they discuss the three strikes law. Jemima speaks with Chris Farrelly from the Auckland CIty Mission about their new detox beds. Finally, This Day in History looks at the end of the Falklands War.
Minister for Corrections, Kelvin Davis, has annunced that a 500 bed prison, including a 100 bed mental health unit, in Waikeria will replace the old prison. Jemima spoke with Just Speak spokesperson, Tania Sawicki Mead, about the new government's plans. Just Speak is represents the youth and rangatahi voice in criminal justice conversations.
The science of tipping points: what do they mean for our planet and our ecosystems on land and in water? What causes these sudden changes and how can society be better prepared for such events? Maria Armoudian discusses the phenomenon that is tipping points with Peter Ward, Simon Thrush, and George Perry.
Unprecedented storms and fires are ravaging communities and destroying lives, all the while revealing power dynamics in society, politics and economics. What are these risks and revelations? What needs to be done? Steve Matthewman and Naomi Zack discuss with Maria Armoudian how disasters reveal hidden social arrangements and power dynamics in society.
Chloe Swarbrick fills in for James Shaw this week. We discuss Green Co-leader Marama Davidson's recent comments on systemic racism in the New Zealand police force, the Green Party revolt over the government decision to allow the expansion of a foreign owned water bottling operation and we get an update on Chloe's Election Access Fund Bill.
This week Jami-Lee Ross chats to Kelly about the leaked recording of David Clark and the consequences he believes should be imposed. They also discuss the recently proposed tourism tax and whether it is necessary.
Our fates are tied to the fate of our oceans, which generate half of the world’s oxygen, as well as provide water, food, recreation, culture, and some $24 trillion of the global economy. But ocean life is under threat by multiple stressors — climate change, acidification, plastics, pollution, overfishing, overexploitation, and dead zones.
In this roundtable discussion, top scholars reveal and explain the realities facing our seas and the strides we are making to protect, restore and recover our seas.
On todays Dear Science with AUT's Allan Blackman, we discuss the discovery of organic molecules found on Mars, a device that can pull water from desert air and the admission of Professor Margaret Brimble to the Royal Society of London.
With mass extinction upon us, some scientists are working on bringing certain species back from the dead. But their ability to do so raises ethical and practical issues. Are we playing God? Could this process go terribly wrong? Should we focus on conservation instead or in tandem with de-extinction? If we do de-extinct some species, which ones should we bring back? Three scientists, Michael Archer, Douglas McAuley, and Susan Haig, all experts in the field of de-extinction, discuss the science, the progress, and the ethical and practical concerns of bringing back to life some of the species that have gone extinct with Maria Armoudian.
What are the realities of the politics of North Korea, and what is the proper response of the US and the international community? Maria Armoudian discusses these issues with Stephan Haggard, Jacques E.C. Hymans, and Charles K. Armstrong.