Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news & current affairs show, The Wire. Your hosts Jemima Huston, Mary-Margaret Slack, Lillian Hanly, Lachlan Balfour and Laura Kvigstad focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere, in independent-thinking bFM style. Weekdays 12-1pm on 95bFM.
A group of Chinese construction workers who came to New Zealand through an overseas employment agency have been left broke and jobless after spending upwards of $40,000 on agency fees. They were refused a visa extension after they were lied to about how much they would earn and how long they could stay. Felix Walton spoke with Unite Union's Mike Treen who is trying to help the workers.
With many indications this week that the Ihumātao dispute might be coming to an end with an agreement on how to move forward on the horizon, Lillian touches on the latest announcements which indicate a more detailed plan is not far off at all. Thank you to One News for the live stream.
On Dear Science with AUT's Marcus Jones we are talking about a new virus that is spreading at an alarming rate, ozone-depleting gases that are heating up the Arctic, and an "agricultural revolution" in the UK.
Lillian speaks with Wellington councillor Fleur Fitzsimons about the city’s housing project that will see nurses and teachers in affordable homes.
Felix speaks with Unite Union's Mike Treen about a group of Chinese workers who were left jobless after their overseas employment agency lied to them about their visas.
And Lillian gives a mini update as to what is happening at Ihumātao with an agreement very close on the horizon.
Two years ago after a historic equal pay settlement ended long term pay discrimination against home support workers, many complain they face a new struggle against shortened hours, irregular job security and inadequate resources. Chris talked to Kerry Davies of the Public Service Association to find more about these workers' working conditions.
Justin talks to University of Sydney's Graeme Gill and University of Melbounre's William Partlett about the constitutional changes proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the fallout from the resignation of Prime Minister Dimitry Merdvedev and his cabinet.
More than 200 people over China, South Korea, Japan and Thailand have been infected by a new type of coronavrius, which 4 have been killed. Justin talks with Siouxie Wiles of Auckland University to find out more about coronaviruses and how is this new virus different to SARS and MERS.
Louis talks to Hugh Pavletich, the co-author of the Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, about the increasing unaffordability of the housing market.
Justin discusses the proposed constitutional changes in Russia and the fallout from the resignation of Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev's government with Professors Graeme Gill of Sydney University and the University of Melbourne's William Partlett.
Chris talks to Kerry Davies of the PSA on the working conditions of home support workers.
Justin also talked to Siouxsie Wiles of Auckland University about the pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan.
On the Monday Wire, we have our weekly chat with Green party co-leader James Shaw, on the emissions trading scheme and housing crisis. Senior researcher at the Institute for Governance and Public Policy at Victoria University Dr Mike Joy critiques the proposed Emissions Trading Scheme Bill and environmental policies. We talk to genderqueer clown and theatre performer Ania Upstill on the performance of gender identities, and have Citizen's Commission on Human Rights New Zealand director Mike Feriss, speaking about a recent report released by the UN urging investigation into torture at Lake Alice, a former psychiatric hospital.
Dr Mike Joy is Senior researcher at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria Unversity, specialising in the management of ecosystems. Mike responds to some of the criticisms Sherry brought up with Green party co-leader James Shaw regarding Geoff Bertram's submission against the Bill, and begins by giving some context to the ETS Bill.
Ania Upstill is a genderqueer clown, and theatre performer touring their show from Austin Texas to Auckland next month. Sherry talks to them on their experience as a gender queer performer, clowning as a way of breaking down and having fun with the performance of identities, and the best ways to have conversations to support our non-binary and queer community.
Sherry begins by asking them to explain their show Transhumance:
Transhumance will be on at Q theatre as part of Auckland Pride’s festival, opening on the 7th of February.
Following the US drone strike that killed an Iranian general in Iraq and Iran shooting down a Ukrainian passenger airliner, international concerns over security and legality have arisen, while in Iran, protests against the government’s response to the attack on the airliner have intensified. What are the international and local responses to the tensions between the US and Iran? How did we reach this point of crisis? How do these attacks threaten peace and stability in the Middle East? Doug Becker speaks with Nader Hashemi, Asli Ü. Bâli, and Nayereh Tohidi.
This week Sherry continues the discussion on the Emissions Trading Scheme with Green Party co-leader James Shaw. He responds to some criticisms brought up by Sherry from economist Geoff Bertram on the proposed ETS Bill. Secondly, they also discusses the public housing crisis and the lack of affordable homes.
But first, Sherry begins by asking James to respond to Geoff’s critisms regarding the lack of transparency in the proposed ETS bill.
The National Party's Denise Lee joins host, Laura Kvigstad. This week they chat about the concerns of the politicisation of the police and the recent debate that has sparked around the rising minimum wage.
On January 3, the United States used a drone to kill Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. The Iranian’s retaliated with missile strikes against US military assets in Iraq. Under what legal authority did the US kill Soleimani? Are targeted assassinations legal under international law? Doug Becker discusses the laws of war and the current tensions between the US and Iran with Mark Drumbl, Hannah Garry, and Hamoud Salhi.
We are back with our weekly chat with Green party co-leader James Shaw. The Minister attended the climate change conference in Madrid (COP25) in December 2019 and we caught up on criticisms surrounding lack of substantial action and indigenious inclusivity. We also talked about proposed changes to the carbon emissions trading schemes, and the roll out of climate change education in schools.
For the last wire of the year, National MP, Denise Lee joins us to recap her year in National. She tells us about the highs and lows of the year and lets us know what she's looking forward to as we head into the election year, 2020.
Today on Dear Science Allan talks about a new discovery of the lowest point on land, storing data with DNA on everyday objects and Ransomeware damaging not only the functionality of Ukrainian servers but effecting the ability to produce medicine by a Pharmaceutical company.