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.
Local elections are coming up fast and and an increasing number of candidates are becoming affiliated with central parties. Research from Auckland University of Technology shows that since Auckland became amalgamated, more candidates are opting to affiliate themselves with Labour, the Greens, and National than ever before. Research also shows these candidates are doing better than those running as independents. Lachlan spoke with lead researcher Dr Karen Webster about the research.
Recent reports have come out suggesting a correlation between poor housing and respiratory infections amongst young children. In response, Child Poverty Action Group is calling for housing WoF's as prevention for illness.
Jeni Carwright from the Child Poverty Action Group tells us more about how housing WoF's could prevent life long health complications for young children.
Bronwyn spoke to researcher Jude Ball, from the dept. Of public health at the University of Otago about the decline in cannabis youth among youth. The research shows between 2001 and 2012 a decline from 38 percent to 23 percent in lifetime cannabis use in teens.
Wednesday the 14th of August was the 7th International Day of Justice for Victims of Japanese Military Sexual Slavery- but what does this really mean? Deb Rawson speaks with Rebekah Juang, spokesperson for community group Korean New Zealanders for a Better Future, about how the historical context continues into present day, and why victims are still seeking closure.
The Census 2018 review is out, and it’s pretty clear things didn’t go so well. In fact, the head of Stats NZ Liz MacPherson resigned because of it. The review showed there were problems with the approach and it has meant the response rate was significantly low. Polly Atatoa Carr is an Associate Professor at the University of Waikato, working in Population Studies. Atatoa Carr believes the response rate of 68% for Māori and 65% for Pasifika people’s will lead to new inequities in the development and monitoring of policy and programmes for those communities. Lillian Hanly spoke with Atatoa Carr to find out more and started by asking why Census 2018 became such a mess.
The labour party have been subject to seven formal complaints, and up to twelve general complaints regarding a labour staffer who works around parliament. No disciplinary action was taken by the party when these complaints were looked into in March, and Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has since admitted the party did not handle the complaints as well as they could have.
Sherry spoke to University of Auckland Employment law professor Dr Bill hodge to understand where a political party falls under employment law and why investigations have been kept internally so far.
The Fox River debacle has been slowly and steadily coming to an end. You may remember the severe flooding that occurred in the Southland region which caused the river to overflow, and a landfill to flood. This meant that all that rubbish was then strewn along the river for kilometres. What followed was tension between national and local government. Local government said they didn’t have enough money to clean it up, national government said the local government's hadn’t planned well enough. And during this time, there weren’t enough hands on board to do the literal clean up. In the end, volunteers took it into their own hands, along with the NZ Defence Force and DOC. Because there was also a race against the Spring rains which might make the damage worse. And, more generally, DOC director general Lou Sanson said that climate change will make this sort of disaster a lot more likely. Finally, two days ago it was announced that protecting the river from future rubbish spills could cost the Westland District Council up to 2.8 million dollars. So, Rachel Simpson spoke with Eugenie Sage, the Minister for Conservation, and started by asking why so many people volunteered to help out.
At Green Desk today, Reporter Oscar Perress talks to Dr Mike Joy about fossil fuels, his upcoming talk at Auckland University of Technology, and the biophysical limits to Aotearoa's food and environmental future. A big thank you for joining us!
This week Green Party co-leader James Shaw speaks to Jemima about the report on the failings of the 2018 online census and the Government's Chief Statistician resigning. They also discuss the recent $4.5 million grant funding for clean, green transport and prisoner voting rights.
This week on the Southern Cross, Pacific Media Watch contributing editor Michael Andrew talks to the Wire team about the Pacific Islands Forum, Australia's failure to commit to Pacific climate emergency strategies, support for West Papua and the condemnation of Indonesia, and Tonga considering a ban on Facebook to stop royal slander.
The National Party's Denise Lee joins Laura Kvigstad this week to discuss Simon Bridges commentary around Ihumatoa that suggests the occupants need to "go home". Then, they have a chat around National's stance on coal following the Pacific Forum that platformed issues of climate change heavily. Finally, they round by talking about the 2018 census and whether the lack of engagement comes from an apathetic public or whether the blame rests solely on poor planning by the government.