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.
The government is planning on introducing new speed limits around schools, and more changes as part of their ‘Road to Zero’ Road Safety Strategy. Deb Rawson spoke with Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter about these proposed changes, and what they mean for the public.
The National Party’s, Chris Penk, joins host, Laura Kvigstad to keep us up to date on all the national news. This week they discuss the National Party's concerns around governments' infrastructure spendings. Then, they chat about the foreign donations bill and the draft bill for the cannabis referendum.
Next, Producer Rachel Simpson speaks with Minister of Health David Clark on the Cancer Control Agency.
After that, the Commerce Commission released its report into fuel prices. Producer Murray Dennett speaks with Commerce Commission Chair, Anna Rawlings on the report's conclusion.
Then, Rachel speaks with Terry Bellamak, Abortion Law Reform Association New Zealand National president NHS Report on Women’s Health and it’s recommendations.
And Finally, in another segment of neutral corner, Benjamin J Goldson looks at the media treatment of the recent NATO summit and some hot mic comments about Trump.
Britain’s National Health Service, also known as the NHS, has released a report on the state of women’s health in the UK.
The report recommends measures the NZ Ministry of Health should consider when implementing the pending abortion law reform legislation.
Rachel Simpson spoke to ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa president Terry Bellamak about how to meaningfully incorporate women's rights into the healthcare system. They discuss issues with accessiblity, privatised healthcare, and what the NHS report suggests for women's health in the future.
Justin talks to security analyst Paul Buchannan about the reasons why France intervened in West Africa, and why Paris is less likely to face a similar situation in the Sahel as the US faced in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Lillian Hanly is looking into the importing of what has been called 'blood phospate' from Western Sahara, occupied by Morocco. There have been three parts broadcast already, this is the fourth. So, to recap a little:
Around 170,000 Saharawi people were forced out of their own land when Morocco invaded in 1975, today they live as refugees separated by a constructed wall and littered with mines. Western Sahara is rich in resources, and it is understood Morocco is taking advantage of this. One particular resource that is being mined without the consent of the Saharawi people is phosphate. Two of the three remaining companies in the world to buy this disputed phosphate from Morocco are NZ companies. Australia, Canada, America - all have pulled out of this trade in the hope that the referendum, called for in 1991, can take place. So the Saharawi people can choose their independece. in Part IIII we hear from two different people in Aotearoa with solutions as to how we could use less phosphate - and therefore not rely on a trade that extracts the resource from a country where human rights abuses are taking place.
Kay Baxter is from the Koanga Institute. They have long worked to save heritage food plants, including vegetable seeds and fruit trees as well as being leading practitioners, researchers and teachers of bio-intensive gardening and nutrient dense food production. Now, they are also encouraging a shift to 'regenerative' farming, rather than 'degenerative' - a process which requires major nourishment of soil through fertiliser products. You can find some simple explainers on regeneration here. Kay indicates that pastoral farming has had a huge effect on the way the eco system is connected, leading to poor soil health.
Clare Bradley is the research co-ordinator at Agrisea, a company that works with seaweed to provide nutrients to the agriculture sector. When Lillian first contacted Agrisea, Clare said "farmers in NZ are being oversold Phosphorous products, in-fact over 50% of NZ Dairy Farms tested are over the “target range” for Olsen P (a measurement of plant available P)". So, in actual fact, we might not even need to be important that much phosphate? One of the reasons given by one of the NZ companies that does so was that NZ requires so much phosphate it is harder to source it from places other than Morocco/ Western Sahara - because theirs is the largest supply in the world. Lillian wanted to understand how seaweed could act as a supplement, as well as what other benefits seaweed brings to the world.
Both Kay and Clare disagree with the sourcing of phosphate from Morocco, but also see the solutions to our ever worsening environmental and climate issues in more research, and the understanding of how our ecology worked before the links were broken. Lillian spoke with both of them to understand the movement that is very much occuring of its own accord to shift away from this reliance on phosphate.
This is Part IIII in a series, you can listen to the others here:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.