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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.

The Wire with Reuben: Monday 18th of June

The Wire with Reuben: Monday 18th of June The Wire with Reuben: Monday 18th of June, 123.95 MB
Mon 18 Jun 2018

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.

Taonga Levy

Taonga Levy Taonga Levy, 16.91 MB
Mon 18 Jun 2018

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.

The Wire with Kelly: Friday 15 June

The Wire with Kelly: Friday 15 June The Wire with Kelly: Friday 15 June , 104.42 MB
Fri 15 Jun 2018

Are we doing enough to curb drug driving?

Are we doing enough to curb drug driving? Are we doing enough to curb drug driving?, 17.18 MB
Fri 15 Jun 2018

New figures released by the AA show that drug-impaired drivers are the cause of more fatal accidents on our roads than drink drivers.

It is understood to be the first time in recorded history that the stats have gone this way.

And, while cannabis is highly reflected in the research, meth and even prescription drugs are also to blame for some of New Zealand’s high road toll.

Stewart had a chat with AA spokesperson Dylan Thomsen about the news, asking him what the figures show us and whether it's surprising. 

Is it 'Wright' for RMA breaches to be criminal?

Is it 'Wright' for RMA breaches to be criminal? Is it 'Wright' for RMA breaches to be criminal?, 13.58 MB
Fri 15 Jun 2018

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.

A Woman's Work: Gender Inequality In The Workplace

A Woman's Work: Gender Inequality In The Workplace A Woman's Work: Gender Inequality In The Workplace, 6.93 MB
Fri 15 Jun 2018

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.

 

Dooms Day On The Rise

Dooms Day On The Rise Dooms Day On The Rise , 9.61 MB
Fri 15 Jun 2018

 

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.

 

The Wire with Lachlan: Thursday 14th June

The Wire with Lachlan: Thursday 14th June The Wire with Lachlan: Thursday 14th June, 128.8 MB
Thu 14 Jun 2018

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.

Just Speaking about Waikeria Prison

Just Speaking about Waikeria Prison Just Speaking about Waikeria Prison, 7.12 MB
Thu 14 Jun 2018

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. 

Neutral Corner: Summit in Singapore

Neutral Corner: Summit in Singapore Neutral Corner: Summit in Singapore, 19.51 MB
Thu 14 Jun 2018

Neutral Corner examines the meeting between American President Donald Trump and Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un.

What are tipping points and what do they mean for our ecosystems?

What are tipping points and what do they mean for our ecosystems? What are tipping points and what do they mean for our ecosystems? , 43.7 MB
Tue 19 Jun 2018

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.

The Big Q Website: www.thebigq.org 

What are the social implications of storms and disasters?

What are the social implications of storms and disasters? What are the social implications of storms and disasters?, 22.26 MB
Mon 18 Jun 2018

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.

The Big Q Website: www.thebigq.org 

Chloe Swarbrick on water bottling, police racism & the election access fund

Chloe Swarbrick on water bottling, police racism & the election access fund Chloe Swarbrick on water bottling, police racism & the election access fund, 32.99 MB
Mon 18 Jun 2018

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.

Jami-Lee Ross on David Clark and the Tourism Tax

Jami-Lee Ross on David Clark and the Tourism Tax Jami-Lee Ross on David Clark and the Tourism Tax, 16.34 MB
Fri 15 Jun 2018

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.

Neighbourhood Watch: Government apologies and depleting parties

Neighbourhood Watch: Government apologies and depleting parties Neighbourhood Watch: Government apologies and depleting parties, 10.36 MB
Fri 15 Jun 2018

Victims of institutional child abuse will receive a formal apology from the Government this year, following the Royal Commission into the abuse. 

Controversial politician Pauline Hanson’s political party has been dealt a massive blow, after Senator Brian Burston quit her party on Thursday. 

Queensland has updated legislation that previously forced transgender people to divorce before legally changing genders. 

 

A Little bit of Andy with Lachlan

A Little bit of Andy with Lachlan A Little bit of Andy with Lachlan, 27.91 MB
Thu 14 Jun 2018

Andrew Little joined Lachlan for their regular chat. This week they discussed why the three strikes law wasn't repealed, and what this means for future justice reforms.

Are our oceans under threat?

Are our oceans under threat? Are our oceans under threat?, 40.4 MB
Thu 14 Jun 2018

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.

The Big Q Website: www.thebigq.org 

Dear Science: water from air, Margaret Brimble & ancient aliens?

Dear Science: water from air, Margaret Brimble & ancient aliens? Dear Science: water from air, Margaret Brimble & ancient aliens?, 13.63 MB
Wed 13 Jun 2018

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.

Back from the dead? The science and ethics of bringing species back from extinction

Back from the dead? The science and ethics of bringing species back from extinction Back from the dead? The science and ethics of bringing species back from extinction , 30.09 MB
Wed 13 Jun 2018

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. 

The Big Q Website: www.thebigq.org 

What's really going on with North Korea?

What's really going on with North Korea? What's really going on with North Korea? , 19.48 MB
Tue 12 Jun 2018

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.

The Big Q Website: www.thebigq.org