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Houses or slums?

Houses or slums? Houses or slums? , 16.51 MB
Tue 20 Jun 2017

Questions are being raised about the state of Auckland's boarding houses after a Nation investigation revealed substandard living conditions in two houses in Papatoetoe and Otahuhu. These particular boarding houses had windows missing, were damp and smelled of excrement. This follows the death of a baby boy just days after being born in a boarding house in Favona last month. Labour are saying that slum boarding houses have got to stop and are proposing a warrant of fitness for boarding houses. Reporter Sam Smith spoke to the Salvation Army's Major Campbell Roberts to discuss the state of Auckland's boarding houses and what needs to be done about them.

Maori Land Services bill gets a red rating

Maori Land Services bill gets a red rating Maori Land Services bill gets a red rating , 16.25 MB
Tue 20 Jun 2017

A damning Treasury report is raising questions about the delivery of Te Ururoa Flavell's proposed Māori Land Service bill. Treasury gave the bill a ‘red' rating which Labour Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri says indicates major issues exist with the project. The bill would provide for a range of services to be available to Maori land owners including dispute resolution services and owner decision making services. Wire reporter Mack Smith spoke to Whaitiri about the problems Labour has with the bill.

Women bosses are expected to be nice

Women bosses are expected to be nice Women bosses are expected to be nice, 10.09 MB
Tue 20 Jun 2017

A study into how gender affects our expectations in the workplace has turned up some worrying results.

The Massey University PhD research shows male managers are praised for caring about their employees, while women managers are just expected to do so.

Study author Dr Jane Hurst says these expectations are usually unconscious, and most people believe they treat their managers the same regardless of gender.

Dr Hurst spoke to Wire producer Daniel Walker.

World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day World Refugee Day, 9.42 MB
Tue 20 Jun 2017

It’s World Refugee Day, and attention’s being called back to how many people from war-torn countries we’re letting into New Zealand.

Protesters are gathering in Wellington to once again call on the government to double our refugee quota.

They’re targeting individual MPs - because they want the quota issue to be a conscience vote in parliament.

Doing our Bit campaigner Murdoch Stephens spoke to Wire producer Daniel Walker about their gathering.

"Making housing look more affordable than it really is": Phil Twyford on the Housing Affordability Measure

"Making housing look more affordable than it really is": Phil Twyford on the Housing Affordability Measure "Making housing look more affordable than it really is": Phil Twyford on the Housing Affordability Measure, 8.85 MB
Mon 19 Jun 2017

This year saw the unveling of the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment's Housing Affordability Measure, around two years after it was due.

However, the Reserve Bank is unhappy with it, having expressed doubts about the interest rate upon which the measure is based.

For more, bFM producer Ben spoke to Labour's spokesperson for housing, Phil Twyford

The fight for pay equity

The fight for pay equity The fight for pay equity, 5.39 MB
Mon 19 Jun 2017

Despite a settlement between the government and care workers, people in the mental health sector will not get a pay rise on July 1st.

Workers representatives have lodged a claim with the Employment Relations Authority in protest.

For more, producer Ben spoke to E Tu's assistant national secretary, John Ryall.

Grenfell Tower tragedy

Grenfell Tower tragedy Grenfell Tower tragedy, 15.55 MB
Mon 19 Jun 2017

The Grenfell Tower fire occurred on the 14th of June 2017 at a 24-storey high tower block of public housing flats in North Kensington, west London, England. bFM reporter Amanda Jane Robinson looks into what happened and the risk of something similar occuring in New Zealand. 

Child well-being in New Zealand: Are we doing enough?

Child well-being in New Zealand: Are we doing enough? Child well-being in New Zealand: Are we doing enough?, 7.04 MB
Mon 19 Jun 2017

New Zealand's poor showing in Unicef's 14th Innocenti report card was most notable in the category of "health and well-being"

For more, bFM producer Ben spoke to the presdient of the psychological society, Quentin Abraham.

 

The Wire with Amanda: Monday 19th June 2017

The Wire with Amanda: Monday 19th June 2017 The Wire with Amanda: Monday 19th June 2017, 87.16 MB
Mon 19 Jun 2017

This week on The Wire we speak to Green Party co-leader James Shaw about Labour's immigration policy and whether the Greens are becoming too centrist. AUT Pacific Media Centre's Kendall Hutt speaks with two Papua New Guinea students Stephanie and Kenneth about the upcoming Papua New Guinea elections. bFM producer Ben Goldson speaks to Labour's spokesperson for housing, Phil Twyford, about MBIE's Housing Affortability Measure and to E Tu's assistant national secretary, John Ryall about the fight for pay equity in the mental health center. Ben also speaks to President of the Psychological Society, Quentin Abraham, about New Zealand's poor showing in Unicef's 14th Innocenti report. Amanda looks at what happened in the Grenfell Tower fire and if something similar could happen in New Zealand. 

Can we save the Maui dolphin?

Can we save the Maui dolphin? Can we save the Maui dolphin?, 15.87 MB
Fri 16 Jun 2017

The World Wildlife Foundation are running a campaign encouraging people to take on a challenge involving the number 63 to fundraise to save the Maui Dolphins. People all over New Zealand are backing this initiative without any hesitation. Wire host, Tess Barnett, chats to WWF's David Tong about the initiative, and she also speaks to a number of businesses and an artist from Auckland who are doing their part to support the campaign with their own individual fundraisers.