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Catalonia's Independence Flashpoint

Catalonia's Independence Flashpoint Catalonia's Independence Flashpoint , 6.21 MB
Mon 2 Oct 2017

Catalan went to the polls yesterday to vote in their referendum to become independent from Spain. However things did not go to plan as the Spanish Government tried everything to stop the vote from happening. Sam Smith filed this report on what went down. 

Te Reo for Teens

Te Reo for Teens Te Reo for Teens, 4.76 MB
Fri 29 Sep 2017

Kelly chats to Wellington Girls' College principal Julia Davidson about the recent changes to curriculum, where from next year it will be compulsory for Year 9 students to learn Te Reo for 6 months. They chat about the benefits of this change, and how it will be implemented. 

Neighbourhood Watch: Channel 7 under scrutiny and Tony Abbott is not a Macklemore fan

Neighbourhood Watch: Channel 7 under scrutiny and Tony Abbott is not a Macklemore fan Neighbourhood Watch: Channel 7 under scrutiny and Tony Abbott is not a Macklemore fan, 8.56 MB
Fri 29 Sep 2017

Today on Neighbourhood Watch with Nicole Wedding from radio Adelaide, Channel 7 is under public scrutiny after dismissing an employee very shortly after she made sexual assault complaints. Former PM Tony Abbott does not think Macklemore should play 'same love' at the NRL Final as it might "politicise" sport. Finally, a multi-million dollar deradicalisation helpline set up by the Australian government 2 months ago has only recieved 5 phone calls. 

We moved a Zoo!

We moved a Zoo! We moved a Zoo!, 11.72 MB
Fri 29 Sep 2017

The Orangutans at Auckland Zoo are being moved down to Christchurch while Auckland Zoo develops the Southeast Asian section of the zoo. Producer Laura spoke with Auckland Zoo Director, Jonathan Wilcken, exploring how the zoo will be changing through the development. She then spoke with the Zoo’s Primate Team Leader to understand how the primates are being cared for prior to the transition

This Week's Bits: Sunday, 1st of October, 2017

This Week's Bits: Sunday, 1st of October, 2017 This Week's Bits: Sunday, 1st of October, 2017, 29.05 MB
Fri 29 Sep 2017

Hannah Ross gives you the low down of the best bFM news bits of the week. 

"This tool isn't perfect": Dr James MacLaurin on ACC

"This tool isn't perfect": Dr James MacLaurin on ACC "This tool isn't perfect": Dr James MacLaurin on ACC, 8.52 MB
Thu 28 Sep 2017

A decision by the Accident Compensation Corporation to use computer-based risk prediction models has a group of experts at Otago University concerned. 95bFM talks to one of them, Dr James MacLaurin:

Auckland Transport Goes off the Rails

Auckland Transport Goes Off the Rails Auckland Transport Goes Off the Rails, 15.71 MB
Thu 28 Sep 2017

Lachlan spoke with John Kerr from the Railways and Maritime Union to discuss the strike by their members on Wednesday and the union's campaign against the removal of train managers.

The Wire with Harry: Thursday 28th September

The Wire with Harry: Thursday 28th September The Wire with Harry: Thursday 28th September, 105.88 MB
Thu 28 Sep 2017

Our election coverage is over but we’ll still have some post-election analysis for you as well as other news. We speak with Labour Deputy Leader Kelvin Davis on NZ First negotiations and Labour’s Maori Caucus, and dissect Winston Peters’  latest speech to the media. Moving on from the election we’re also discussing the Railway and Maritime Transport Union’s protest yesterday with organiser John Kerr. We’re then talking to  Dr James Maclaurin from the University of Otago about ACC’s use of artificial intelligence. Finally State of the States is back where we discuss what’s going on in America this week.

 

Should religion be in state schools?

Should Religion be in State Schools? Should Religion be in State Schools?, 18.98 MB
Wed 27 Sep 2017

The Education Act allows for public state schools to hold religious lessons for up to 20 hours a year. This is particularly common in primary schools, and it is claimed that they predominantly focus of Christianity.

Secular Education Network spokesperson Tanya Jacob told Radio New Zealand that there are cases where parents would be shocked and disgusted and that often they just go along with it because they don't want their child to be singled out, adding that it is Christian indoctrination.

Earlier this year in May, SEN filed a case with the human rights tribunal claiming that religious favoritism is prohibited under the Bill of Rights Act.

Producer Reuben McLaren spoke to Peter Harrison of the SEN to find out what exactly they are campaigning for.

Kiwis going blind

Kiwis Going Blind Kiwis Going Blind, 22.36 MB
Wed 27 Sep 2017

New Zealand's flightless icon is also turning into a blind one.

An article in New Scientist has found three kiwi in a South Island forest are completely blind and several others have severe sight problems.

95bFM reporter Mark Casson spoke to Te Papa's curator of vertebrates, Alan Tennyson who is downplaying concerns the blindness could affect their survival rates. Mark then spoke to Forest and Bird's Kevin hague who said the noctural native birds appear to be doing just fine, despite the lack of sight.