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95bFM Mayoral Debate: October 4th, 2019

95bFM Mayoral Debate: October 4th, 2019 95bFM Mayoral Debate: October 4th, 2019, 103.6 MB
Fri 4 Oct 2019

This week's Friday Wire concludes this year's local election coverage with a debate between Phil Goff, Ted Johnston, and Brendan Bruce Maddern. 

Host, Laura Kvigstad, navigates the subjects of transport, housing, and the environment getting each to express what they plan to do if elected. 

And if you missed out, Thursday, the 3rd of October, hosted a similar panel with Craig Lord, Peter Vaughan, and Tadgh Stopford.

'Blood phosphate' from Western Sahara - at what cost? Part I - I/V w/ Tecber Ahmed Saleh: October 4, 2019

'Blood phosphate' from Western Sahara - at what cost? Part I - I/V w/ Tecber Ahmed Saleh: October 4, 2019 'Blood phosphate' from Western Sahara - at what cost? Part I - I/V w/ Tecber Ahmed Saleh: October 4, 2019, 18.4 MB
Fri 4 Oct 2019

Tecber Ahmed Saleh is a Saharawi resistance spokesperson. 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. Tecber now works for the Ministry of Health in Algeria, doing what she can to make life better for those in the refugee camps, as well as educate people internationally about the Sahrawis fight for autonomy in their own land. Human rights abuses and media harassment have been reported on since the early 2000s.

Currently, Tecber is in Aotearoa New Zealand. She is here to educate the last remaining country external to Morocco who continues to import phosphate from the Western Sahara on the implications of this action. Since 2012, a number of countries have stopped importing the natural resource following the increasing awareness of the violations this has on international legal principles relating to non-self-governing territories. That increasing awareness has also seen direct appeals to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who visited a Western Sahara Refugee Camp in 2008 as the then President of the Union of Socialist Youth.

New Zealand gets 70% of its phosphate from Tecber's country. The two companies involved are Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients, both who publicly assert they are acting legally. In researching this piece, I reached out to both of them for a response. 

Tecber joined me in studio the day after flying in to Aotearoa to tell me her story and appeal to New Zealand to diversify their phosphate sources and find alternatives to exploiting the resources of an occupied land. 

 

Photo credit: The Daily Blog

95bFM Mayoral Debate: October 3, 2019

95bFM Mayoral Debate: October 3, 2019 95bFM Mayoral Debate: October 3, 2019, 106.09 MB
Thu 3 Oct 2019

Join Thursday Wire host Stewart Sowman-Lund for the first of two 95bFM Mayoral Debates. Today, Craig Lord, Peter Vaughan and Tadgh Stopford tell you why they should be the next mayor of the Auckland Supercity. They talk about transport, housing, and the environment - plus respond to listener texts. 

Live animal export review ignores 99% of exported farmed animals: October 2, 2019

Live animal export review ignores 99% of exported farmed animals: October 2, 2019 Live animal export review ignores 99% of exported farmed animals: October 2, 2019, 8.24 MB
Wed 2 Oct 2019

A Cabinet paper from the Agriculture Minister’s office on the then proposed review of the live export trade was released last week. The paper proposes five options, which include the Minister’s preferred option of a conditional ban, and a complete prohibition of the trade of live animal exports. The paper shows the scope of the review will only include the export of cows, deer, sheep and goats for breeding which SAFE NZ saysber  ignores 99% of animals suffering in the live export industry. Tuwhenuaroa  spoke to SAFE’s Campaigns Officer Mona Oliver about the review, and began bye asking her what the details of the review were.

Daylight savings - Is it time to get rid of it?: October 2, 2019

Daylight savings - Is it time to get rid of it?: October 2, 2019 Daylight savings - Is it time to get rid of it?: October 2, 2019, 13.47 MB
Wed 2 Oct 2019

A movement to abolish daylight saving time has been gaining traction this week with a lobby group being established to abolish what they describe as a “mandatory hangover”. Tuwhenuaroa spoke to the chief executive and founder of Take Back The Clocks, Louis Houlbrooke, about his plan, and began by asking who he was.

Weapons Expo Cancellation w/ Valerie Morse; October 2 2019

Weapons Expo Cancellation w/ Valerie Morse; October 2 2019 Weapons Expo Cancellation w/ Valerie Morse; October 2 2019, 7.44 MB
Wed 2 Oct 2019

The New Zealand Defense Industry Association have announced that they will not be holding their annual Weapons Expo in 2019. Chairman Andrew Ford stated that it had been cancelled for a number of reasons, including "the safety of delegates, guests and community in the face of aggressive protest action". This comes after years of peace groups protesting against the military expo, with many protesters arrested during previous years actions against it. These groups are claiming that it acts as a platform for arms dealers to “cash in” on lucrative military contracts.The expo’s principal sponsor is Lockheed Martin, one of the world's largest arms company and a manufacturer of nuclear weapons. One group, Auckland Peace Action stated that while the organisers try to camouflage the event as respectable, it is hard to hide the reality of “shameless war profiteering”. William spoke with Peace Action member Valerie Morse about the cancellation and previous years protests. Will started off by asking Valerie to clarify what the weapons expo is, what it's sponsors are and what Peace Action’s problems are with it.

Māori taonga is being returned to Kaipara: October 2, 2019

Māori taonga is being returned to Kaipara: October 2, 2019 Māori taonga is being returned to Kaipara: October 2, 2019, 11.44 MB
Wed 2 Oct 2019

A collection of Māori taonga, collected by Andrew Rintoul before 1913, will return from Auckland Museum to the Kaipara on 12 October to be housed at The Kauri Museum. Tuwhenuaroa speaks to The Kauri Museum General Manager and Collection Manager Curator Dr. Tracey Wedge about the collection, and began by asking her why it was so important.

The Wire with Lillian: October 2, 2019

The Wire with Lillian: October 2, 2019 The Wire with Lillian: October 2, 2019, 107.62 MB
Wed 2 Oct 2019

On Dear Science with AUT’s Allan Blackman, we talk epilepsy medication, chemistry reducing carbon footprint and opposing research results. We also touch on the current status of the measles outbreak. 

Will speaks to Auckland Peace Action spokesperson Valerie Morse about the cancelling of the Weapons Expo.

Tu speaks to SAFE NZ about reforming New Zealand’s policies on live animal exports.

Tu also speaks to Dr Tracey Wedge from the Kauri Museum in the Kaipara District about returning a collection of Māori taonga home.

Amd finally, Tu talks to the founder of the Take Back The Clocks lobby group about why we should abolish daylight savings. Is there really any point to this? 

Drug Testing w / Wendy Allison: October 1, 2019

Drug Testing w / Wendy Allison: October 1, 2019 Drug Testing w / Wendy Allison: October 1, 2019, 6.72 MB
Tue 1 Oct 2019

Law and Order Spokesperson for New Zealand First Darroch Ball, does not support drug checking as a harm reduction strategy and is currently blocking a clarification of the Misuse of Drugs Act that would allow the service to be implemented nationally. To find out more, Olivia Holdsworth spoke to KnowYourStuffNZ’s Managing Director, Wendy Allison and began by asking why is drug testing important?

Regional Banking Hubs w / Roger Beaumont and Shane Jones: October 1, 2019

Regional Banking Hubs w / Roger Beaumont and Shane Jones: October 1, 2019 Regional Banking Hubs w / Roger Beaumont and Shane Jones: October 1, 2019, 9.85 MB
Tue 1 Oct 2019

Bank branches are continuing to close in rural New Zealand, making it difficult for communities to access in person banking services. In response to this, a unique partnership of six New Zealand banks will trial a new approach to providing banking services in these small regional communities. Olivia Holdsworth spoke to New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Roger Beaumont and  Minister for Regional Economic Development Shane Jones to find out more about the pilot. She began by asking what is a banking hub.