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.
For Board Games, we start to meet the Waitematā candidates of Communities and Residents. This week, we meet Sarah Trotman and Josh Doubtfire to talk about who they are and what their Waitematā local election campaigns will look like.
Host Olivia talked to the incredibly insightful Jean Te Huia about the child welfare system and how it's structure disproportionately affects Māori. They discussed the history of the child welfare system and also talked about some recommendations for its reform. Olivia began by asking what the origin of Aotearoa's child welfare system was?
New Zealand is one of very few countries that allows advertising of prescription medicine to consumers. Doctors groups have been pushing for years for the government to enact changesto the law to ban the practice. Lachlan spoke with Richard Medlicott, medical director of the Royal New Zealand college of general practitioners about why there is a need for the ban.
This week on the Monday Wire, Lachlan speaks to Cosmo Jeffery from the Howard League about the prisoner voting ban. Southern Cross is back with the latest from across the Pacific. Jemima talks to Green Party co-leader James Shaw about the changes to the Misuse of Drugs Act, the Abortion Legislation Bill and waste minimisation. Finally, Lachlan wraps it up with an interview with Richard Medlicott from the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners about advertising prescription drugs in New Zealand.
The Waitangi Tribunal today released its report on the ban on prisoner voting, saying it disproportionately affected Maori and the government should act urgently to repeal it before the next election. This follows a recent Supreme Court decision saying the ban was inconsistent with the Bill of Rights Act. Lachlan spoke with Cosmo Jeffrey from The Howard League NZ about the ban, and why it needs to be overturned.
Producer Bronwyn Wilde spoke to Don Carson from Forest Owners Association. This interview arose out of an earlier interview last month with a representative from 50 Shades of Green - a group of farmers who are concerned about the Billion Trees program encouraging investors to buy up prime farmland in order to plant trees and reap the carbon credits. The main takeaway from that initial interview was that 50 Shades of Green wanted those billion trees to be native, and planted on marginal land.
Don Carson heard this interview and got in contact to defend pines and forestry as the solution to sequester our carbon in the short term, and supply jobs for farmers who will be forced to change their lifestyles.
He began by telling us what he sees as the weaknesses of the 50 Shades of Green campaign.
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 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.
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.
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.