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Pastoral Care with Minister Hipkins: October 17, 2019

Pastoral Care with Minister Hipkins: October 17, 2019 Pastoral Care with Minister Hipkins: October 17, 2019, 12.61 MB
Thu 17 Oct 2019

Sherry asks Education Minister Chris Hipkins about amendments made to Pastoral Care laws for students in Halls of Residence.

Tau Henare talking about the IMSB: October 16, 2019

Tau Henare talking about the IMSB: October 16, 2019 Tau Henare talking about the IMSB: October 16, 2019, 5.67 MB
Wed 16 Oct 2019

Tuwhenuaroa talks to Tau Henare about his appointment to the Independent Maori Statutory Board, and some changes he’d like to see in Local government.

The Wire with Lillian: October 16, 2019

The Wire with Lillian: October 16, 2019 The Wire with Lillian: October 16, 2019, 112.29 MB
Wed 16 Oct 2019

On The Wire today!

Dear Science with AUT’s Allan Blackman, we’re talking the Nobel Prize in chemistry, Saturn’s many moons, and how good walking fast is for you.

Tuwhenuaroa talks to Tau Henare about his appointment to the Independent Māori Statutory Board, and some changes he’d like to see in Local government. 

Will talks to SkyCity Union Convenor Joe Carolan over fair pay strikes by SkyCity workers

Lillian continues her investigation into phosphate imports from Western Sahara, today she hears from a spokesperson at Ballance Agri-Nutrients, one of the NZ companies that import that phosphate.

The 95bFM Top Ten: Wednesday October16, 2019

The 95bFM Top Ten: Wednesday October16, 2019 The 95bFM Top Ten: Wednesday October16, 2019, 214.73 MB
Wed 16 Oct 2019

Key words: 'Mayceys', 'GloHearts', 'cancelled', 'sour', 'Lou', 'Fraser', "Happy Birthday Millie"

'Blood phosphate' at what cost? Part II - Ballance Agri-Nutrients responds: October 16, 2019

'Blood phosphate' at what cost? Part II - Ballance Agri-Nutrients responds: October 16, 2019 'Blood phosphate' at what cost? Part II - Ballance Agri-Nutrients responds: October 16, 2019, 16.88 MB
Wed 16 Oct 2019

Phosphate. Fertiliser. Farming. Western Sahara. Morocco. And New Zealand. What is it that brings these things together? 

Last week we played an interview with Saharawi resistance spokesperson Tecber Ahmed Saleh. Tecber was in New Zealand the past two weeks touring the country to try and educate people on her country’s situation. Tecber was born in one of the longest-standing refugee camps in the Western Sahara, formed after Tecber's country was occupied by Morocco in the 1970s and the Saharawi people were forced into the desert. Currently, the issue of governance is going through the United Nations - but this has taken years and is not yet resolved. Since 1991, there has been a UN-administered ceasefire that stopped the fighting between the Algerian-backed Polisario Front and the Moroccan government over who should govern the area known as Western Sahara. There is a referendum pending here that the Sahrawis people are waiting on. In fact, the NZ Council of Trade Unions called on the United Nations on Tuesday this week to organise, without further delays, a self-determination referendum for the people of Western Sahara. Furthermore, it called on New Zealand companies to “halt imports of phosphates from the occupied areas of Western Sahara until the legal status of the Territory is determined and the Saharawi people are allowed to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination in accordance with relevant UN resolutions and Peace Plan of 1991.”

While in New Zealand, Tecber spoke with Lillian Hanly about the desperate situation in the refugee camps in the mean time and the link to the New Zealand companies who import phosphate partly extracted from the Western Sahara, through Morocco. If you want to hear this full interview check it out in the bCasts. But back to phosphate. 

Ballance Agri-Nutrients and Ravensdown are two companies in New Zealand that provide fertiliser to the country’s farmers. Part of the ingredients required to make the fertiliser Ballance-Agri Nutrients and Ravensdown provide is phosphate. Tecber indicated that these two companies are two of the last companies, and therefore New Zealand is the last country external to Morocco that continue to trade with Morocco despite the governing dispute. After having spoken to Tecber Lillian contacted both Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients to find out more.  

Ravendsown responded with a written statement and more information, Lillian is following up with them on whether they can do an interview and that information will be covered next week. Their position is ultimately that they are in compliance with the UN framework around dealing with non-self governing territories, they say they are acting legally.

Ballance Agri-Nutrients also responded and Lillian conducted an interview with them. Warwick Catto is the Science Strategy Manager at Ballance Agri-Nutrients, a farmer owned cooperative that alongside Ravensdown provide fertiliser products. Part of Warwick’s role as Science Strategy Manager means he is involved in discussions around the Zero Carbon Bill and freshwater policies in order to ensure the company itself is complying with these new legislations, as well as looking to the future and innovative ways of reducing their carbon footprint for example. Warwick told Lillian that phosphate is one of 14 essential elements that living things use, calcium phosphate for example helps to make bones and teeth. Fertiliser products are necessary in any kind of farming to replace the nutrients and minerals (or the phosphate and sulphur) that are essentially eaten or consumed by animals and plants. Particularly in New Zealand Warwick said, these nutrients are lacking in the soil, and thus the importation of these nutrients and the replacement of the nutrients in soil is necessary. Here, a product called SuperPhosphate is used because the plants need phosphate and sulfur. Lillian had quite a lengthy conversation with Warwick about the situation in Western Sahara, but also New Zealand’s pastoral farming system, which is fairly distinctive in regards to the rest of the world, they also spoke about different methods of farming as well as finite resources and the obligation of finding alternatives - especially given phosphate is one of those finite resources. If you are interested in this you can find the full chat online here. For the show today though, Lillian focused on Ballance Agri-Nutrients' relationship to the Western Sahara.

NOTE: The same day as this was broadcasted, Radio NZ published a piece on the issue as well. A government official for Western Sahara stated they are close to initiating court action against New Zealand. Kamal Fadel is the Australia and New Zealand representative for Polisario, the United Nations-recognised independence movement for Western Sahara. Fadel says the Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara was internationally disagreed with and New Zealand's purchase of phosphate from them, was at odds with this. "At the moment New Zealand companies are part of the problem, not the solution, because their involvement provides money to the Moroccans to buy arms and tools to oppress our people. It gives them moral support that they have a right to be in Western Sahara which they don't have ... It's a de facto recognition of Morocco's involvement."

Photo credit: The Atlantic

Freak the Sheep: October 16th, 2019

Freak the Sheep: October 16th, 2019 Freak the Sheep: October 16th, 2019, 220.99 MB
Wed 16 Oct 2019

We're back to our regular scheduled programming on Freak The Sheep, with hot hot tunes, and a bloody Live and Direct ayeee! We have tei. up in the studio for a cheeky wee interview, as well as some live tunes performed in the bFM lounge. Plus, check out some new tracks by Ultraviolet, Azure, Karl Steven, and Filthy Pout! ~ ~ ~

NZoA Music Presents Live and Direct: tei.

NZoA Music Presents Live and Direct: tei. , 31.46 MB
Wed 16 Oct 2019

We're back with more Live and Direct goodness, and we have tei. up on the show for this week. We have a nice wee chat about new tracks, representation within the industry, as well as a sneak preview of what's to come at Garden of Celebration this Saturday. Check out their live performance of these track as well: Ba$ic, Conversations In My Head, and Python. Big ups to NZ On Air Music ayyy... ~ ~ ~

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: October 16th, 2019

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: October 16th, 2019 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: October 16th, 2019, 22.15 MB
Wed 16 Oct 2019

On Dear Science with AUT’s Allan Blackman, we talk about the nobel prize in chemistry, Saturn’s many moons, and how good walking is for you

95bFM Breakfast with Rachel: October 16, 2019

95bFM Breakfast with Rachel: October 16, 2019 95bFM Breakfast with Rachel: October 16, 2019, 311.62 MB
Wed 16 Oct 2019

Today on your bFM Breakfast: The sun has come out, just for Breakfast; Rob talks cakes, dog food and bells; the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, dials in to catch up with Rachel; we've got a snippet of Danielle's chat with Zane 2000 to give you a taster for Long Player; and Natural Ange is back in the studio after three long weeks to cure all your ailments. What a lovely Wednesday.

The Mind Trench w/ Rob Bollix: October 16, 2019

The Mind Trench w/ Rob Bollix: October 16, 2019 The Mind Trench w/ Rob Bollix: October 16, 2019, 16.61 MB
Wed 16 Oct 2019

Rob's talking about the Pavlovian theory this morning, something he's not a huge fan of. From dog food to bells, this marketing technique is one that Rob reckons is just stink. Tune in to find out more about this classic conditioning.