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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.

Wide-scale Wellington train strikes

Wide-scale Wellington train strikes Wide-scale Wellington train strikes, 21.41 MB
Thu 14 Dec 2017

Train workers in Wellington will strike for 24 hours starting early Thursday morning, over longstanding contract conditions.

This will be the largest industrial action taken on the railways of Wellington since 1994 and up to 30,000 rail passengers are likely to be effected.

This is not the first strike in recent times over this issue, with a two hour strike having taken place in during October this year.

Rail and Maritime Transport Union General Secretary, Wayne Butson, told Radio New Zealand that industrial action was the only alternative after months of negotiations..

Reuben McLaren spoke to Wayne Butson to find out more.

 

Malakai Kaloamatangi Speaks On Yesterday's Tongan Election

Malakai Kaloamatangi Speaks On Yesterday's Tongan Election Malakai Kaloamatangi Speaks On Yesterday's Tongan Election, 20.33 MB
Fri 17 Nov 2017

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.

James is Shaw New Zealand will be a leader in fighting climate change

James is Shaw New Zealand will be a leader in fighting climate change James is Shaw New Zealand will be a leader in fighting climate change, 14.59 MB
Fri 17 Nov 2017

Producer Conor talks to Green Party Leader James Shaw about what he's currently doing in Germany at the COP3 event, and why he believes New Zealand has something to offer to the fight against climate change as a small but developed country. 

Louisa Wall on Marriage Equality

Louisa Wall on Marriage Equality Louisa Wall on Marriage Equality, 30.17 MB
Thu 16 Nov 2017

Yesterday was an historic day for Australia. The postal survey vote for marriage equality returned an overwhelming 61% yes vote, so now a bill can make its way through the senate and Australia can experience marriage reform, something new Zealand achieved four years ago. I spoke earlier with Labour MP Louisa Wall who wrote the New Zealand bill, about marriage equality, and the road thus far in both New Zealand and Australia.

 

Healthy homes with Woodhouse

Healthy homes with Woodhouse Healthy homes with Woodhouse, 8.27 MB
Thu 16 Nov 2017

Labour has announced it will be pushing through its Healthy Homes Bill to put stricter regulations on landlords. Lachlan spoke with National's Housing Spokesperson Michael Woodhouse about the bill and why his party won't be supporting it.

The Wire with Harry: Thursday 16th October

The Wire with Harry: Thursday 16th October The Wire with Harry: Thursday 16th October, 111.86 MB
Thu 16 Nov 2017

On this week's Wire, Harry talks to Labour MP Louisa Wall about the Australian Marriage Equality referendum.

Lachlan talks to National MP Michael Woodhouse about the new government's Healthy Homes Bill.

Lachland also has a piece on a report into New Zealand's compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, talking to Children's Comissioner Andrew Beecroft, Jeni Cartwright from Child Poverty Action Group and the Human Rights Comission's David Rutherford.

Finally we have This Day in History, which takes us back to 1989, and the end of the Seperate Amenities Act in Aparthied South Africa.

Children's rights in Aotearoa

Children's rights in Aotearoa Children's rights in Aotearoa, 12.63 MB
Thu 16 Nov 2017

Lachlan spoke with Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft, Jeni Catrwright from the Child Poverty Action Group, and David Rutherford from the Human Rights Commission about whether New Zealand is meeting its obligations unde the UN COnvention on the Rights of the Child.

The Wire with Lillian: Wednesday 15th November

Wednesday Wire Wednesday Wire, 105.73 MB
Wed 15 Nov 2017

On the Wednesday Wire today,

For Dear Science, Allan Blackman talks with us about DNA Sunscreen, how to get rid of pesticides from your fruit, and "fake news" allegations in science journals.  

Producer Will Parsonson talks to Rick Zwaan, spokesperson for the ‘Peoples review of renting report’, about amendments to be made to the poor conditions of rental properties.

Tracey Martin of NZ First talks to Lillian Hanly about what will replace National Standards and the Government inquiry into children who were abused while in state care.

Producer Reuben McLaren speaks to the General Secretary of the Rail and Maritime Transport Union, Wayne Butson, regarding the wide scale industrial action being taken by Rail Workers in Wellington tomorrow.

Renters to hit a home-run

Renters to hit a home-run Renters to hit a home-run, 10.68 MB
Wed 15 Nov 2017

Producer Will speaks to action stations Rick Zwaan about the upcoming debates on the proposed healthy homes bill. The bill includes suggestions made by the Peoples Review of Renting, which housing minister Phil Twyford has made a commitment to upholding. 

'Labour are hypocritical on the TPP'- It's Our Future

'Labour are hypocritical on the TPP'- It's Our Future 'Labour are hypocritical on the TPP'- It's Our Future, 17.58 MB
Tue 14 Nov 2017

It was touch and go for the TPP over the weekend but the trade agreement survived talks with world leaders at the APEC summit in Vietnam over the weekend.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she’s pleased with the progress the government has made on the deal and claims it is now very different from the original TPP 12.

But its new name, the Comprehensive, Progressive Trans-pacific Partnership or CPTPP, hasn’t won over oppositionists including the Council of Trade Unions and even the Green Party.

Reuben McLaren spoke to It’s Our Future Coordinator, Stephen Parry, about the current version of the trade agreement.

Neighbourhood Watch: YES campaign wins and deepening tensions between NZ and Australia

Neighbourhood Watch: YES campaign wins and deepening tensions between NZ and Australia Neighbourhood Watch: YES campaign wins and deepening tensions between NZ and Australia, 13.32 MB
Sat 16 Dec 2017

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. 

Dear Science: Genetic sunscreen, pesticide soap & science libel

Dear Science: Genetic sunscreen, pesticide soap & science libel Dear Science: Genetic sunscreen, pesticide soap & science libel, 34.67 MB
Thu 14 Dec 2017

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.

Erica Stanford stands up for National

Erica Stanford stands up for National Erica Stanford stands up for National, 27.72 MB
Fri 17 Nov 2017

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 on the government inquiry into abuse of children in State care

Tracey Martin Tracey Martin, 29.54 MB
Wed 15 Nov 2017

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.

Golriz Gharaman on the latest TPP news

Golriz Gharaman on the latest TPP news Golriz Gharaman on the latest TPP news , 14.44 MB
Mon 13 Nov 2017

This week we spoke with Greens trade spokesperson Golriz Gharaman about the latest from the TPP negotiations in Asia and the news the Greens will not support the current version of the agreement. 

Southern Cross: The Solomon Islands situation

Southern Cross: The Solomon Islands situation Southern Cross: The Solomon Islands situation, 12.72 MB
Mon 13 Nov 2017

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. 

Jami-Lee Ross: Turbulent TPP Talks

Jami-Lee Ross: Turbulent TPP Talks Jami-Lee Ross: Turbulent TPP Talks , 34.74 MB
Fri 10 Nov 2017

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. 

Dear Science: Marie Curie

Dear Science: Marie Curie Dear Science: Marie Curie, 30.19 MB
Wed 8 Nov 2017

Professor Alan Blackman joins us again to talk about Marie Curie, the first woman to win a nobel prize for her pioneering work on radiation and xrays.

Tracey Martin on the TPP and the new parliament's early days

Tracey Martin on the TPP and the new parliament's early days Tracey Martin on the TPP and the new parliament's early days, 26.74 MB
Wed 8 Nov 2017

We have Tracey for another week! Tracey is currently in the state opening of parliament I believe but I spoke with her earlier this morning and we talked about the incident in parliament yesterday, and what NZ First is thinking about the TPPA-11

Green Desk: Warmer reefs

Green Desk: Warmer reefs Green Desk: Warmer reefs, 14.16 MB
Tue 7 Nov 2017

This week on the Green Desk, Conor Mercer speaks to Auckland University's Mark Costello about new research into the effect of ocean warming on reefs.