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.
The government has announced the establishment of a new department to evaluate the prospects for re-entry of the Pike River mine drift. Up to $23 million dollars over three years has been budgeted to the new department which was announced on the seventh anniversary of the disaster which killed 29 people.
Lucy Austin spoke to the minister responsible for the effort, Andrew Little, and asked him to elaborate on the details of the recovery project and agency.
Awareness of HIV has been on the decline in the last few years despite the numbers of cases actually being on the rise.One woman who is seeking to change that is Lyn Parent who is hosting a seris of events across Auckland in a bid to raise awareness again.
I spoke with Lyn and Steven Petch, an opera singer performing at a couple of her events, about the campaign and started by asking why they felt the issue was so important.
Producer Leonard Powell spoke to Kristina Cavit from The Kindness Institute to discuss how it began and operates. Kristina discusses mental health in Aotearoa, and in particular the work that The Kindness Institute does with Rangatahi to enhance wellbeing and mindfulness.
Joel, Sam, and Leonard took on The Wire on Monday the 20th of November. In the show, Sam had a chat about latest new on Manus island with commentator Tracey Barnett. Joel talked to Green Party member James Shaw about his time at the COP23 Conference, and why the party is abstaining from commenting on Manus Island.For the Pacific News segment Southern Cross, Leonard talked to Kendall Hutt about COP23 as well as the outcome of the elections in the Solomon Islands and Tonga. Producer Leonard also spoke with Kristina Cavit from the Kindness Institute about the work they do with Rangatahi in Aotearoa. Finally, we recapped the NZ Music Awards as we looked at interviews by Jogai, Amanda, and Sarah.
The situation on Manus Island is worsening by the week. The detainees have locked themselves in the center and are refusing to leave, while food and medicine are being denied to them by authorities. Many are calling the situation a humanitarian crisis, with the UN and other international NGOs, shocked at the treatment of the detainees by the Australian Government. The New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is offering to take 150 of the detainees, however, the Australian Government has turned down the offer. Sam Smith spoke to commentator Tracey Barnett about the situation as it stands.
The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards took place last Thursday, and a bunch of really great things happened. SWIDT mesmerized the crowds, TEEKS accepted his award in Te Reo, and Jacinda and Lorde made for what’s being called the defining moment of 2017. A couple of us were lucky enough to witness the whole beautiful mess, because what’s NZ music without bFM? Here’re Jogai and Amanda who were lucky enough to catch up with the most electrifying rap group in the game today, Stoneyhunga’s finest: SWIDT, and New Zealand Music Hall of Fame inductee Sharon O'Neill.
Yesterday's Tongan election saw a decisive victory, for the previously governing Democratic Party. Professor at Massey University, Malakai Kaloamatangi, joins us on the phone from Tonga where he has been working as an international observer. He shares his thoughts on the election, and what we might expect to see once the new Parliament has formed.
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.
Professor Alan Blackman joins us again this Wednesday to discuss a new sunscreen harnessing the power of DNA; the effectiveness of baking soda as a pesticide detergent and a case of scientific disagreement that lead to court.
Joel had a conversation with James Shaw about his experience at the COP23 talks and what he thinks New Zealand needs to do to reach carbon neutral goals. They also talked about why The Green Party is currently refusing to comment on the situation on Manus Island, despite being extremely vocal about it in the past.
National Party MP Erica Stanford chats to Kelly about her maiden speech and the plans she has for her new constituency, East Coast Bays. They discuss the contentious topics of extending paid parental leave and the addition of GST to online purchases.
Tracey Martin from New Zealand First is hopefully finding out her responsibilities as associate minister for education today and is settling into her parliamentary routine. I talked to her to find out the specific method of testing that will replace National Standards, or what will be reinstated as she explains, and her plans for Oranga Tamariki.
The Solomon Islands have been through a political whirlwind as of late, with Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare vacating his role following a non confidence vote. Producer Leonard Powell spoke to AUT Media Centres Kendall Hutt to learn more about the situation, and to discuss what the future of politics will look like in the Solomons.
Today National Party MP chats about the discussions occurring around the TPP agreements in Manila, and Kelly challenges some of National's views on the matter. They then talk about cabinet committees and the first week of a Labour parliament.