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Who's telling 'porkies' now?

Who's telling 'porkies' now? Who's telling 'porkies' now?, 36.71 MB
Tue 18 Jul 2017

We speak to lawyer Graeme Edgeler about The Taxpayers' Union 'invoicing' Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei, saying she must pay back the "money she stole from taxpayers", before she can have any credibility as a Member of Parliament. They put the figure at $57,000 but Edgeler says that number doesn't add up.

The statment is referring to Turei's admission that when she was a solo mum in the early 90's she lied to WINZ about her living situation so that her benefit wouldn't get cut. 

We then speak to the Executive Director of The Taxpayers Union about Edgeler’s concerns with the figures, and our own calculations which showed the figure to be much lower.

Is SoundCloud about to evaporate for good?

Is SoundCloud about to evaporate for good? Is SoundCloud about to evaporate for good? , 16.47 MB
Tue 18 Jul 2017

Following on from the Spotify fake artists story last week, this week it is fellow music streaming site SoundCloud that is under the spotlight, with questions over its future coming to the fore. Reporter Sam Smith spoke to Public Address blogger Russell Brown about the future of SoundCloud and the state of music streaming. 

The Wire: Tuesday July 18, 2017

The Wire: Tuesday July 18, 2017 The Wire: Tuesday July 18, 2017 , 104.46 MB
Tue 18 Jul 2017

This week on Tuesday Wire we looked at Metiria Turei's "benefit fraud" allegations, Winston Peters wanting a referendum on the Maori seats, the future of SoundCloud and lots more. 

The Wire with Amanda: Monday 17th July, 2017

The Wire with Amanda: Monday 17th July, 2017 The Wire with Amanda: Monday 17th July, 2017, 117.4 MB
Mon 17 Jul 2017

This Monday on The Wire, producer Jack Marshall speaks with Tertiary Education Union organiser Shaun Scott about the recently proposed staff cuts at Otago University. Amanda chats to Green Party co-leader James Shaw about the Party's AGM and families package announcement. Pacific Media Centre's Kendall Hutt gives us an update on the Papua New Guinea elections for Southern Cross. And Jack talks to Dr Simon Pollard about education, bugs, and junk science. 

Otago University looks to get rid of staff

Otago University is getting rid of staff Otago University is getting rid of staff, 17.34 MB
Mon 17 Jul 2017

Otago University is looking to cut around 200 jobs. Producer Jack Marshall spoke to Tertiary Education Union organiser Shaun Scott talking about the proposed staff cuts at Otago University and how this might effect the students and staff. 

Science Simon talks bugs, pseudo science and bad jokes

Science Simon talks bugs, pseudo science and bad jokes Science Simon talks bugs, pseudo science and bad jokes, 51.61 MB
Mon 17 Jul 2017

Science? Bees? Killer insects taking over cockroaches to grow their children inside of? Look no further than Science Simon! Producer Jack Marshall has a yarn with Dr Simon Pollard from the University of Canterbury about fake science, his love of bugs and teaching, and even throws in a couple bad jokes into the mix.

This Week's Bits: Sunday, 16th of July, 2017

This Week's Bits: Sunday, 16th of July, 2017 This Week's Bits: Sunday, 16th of July, 2017, 38.09 MB
Sun 16 Jul 2017

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

Ice Ice Broken

Ice Ice Broken Ice Ice Broken , 14.9 MB
Fri 14 Jul 2017

Producer Kelly Enright and reporter Laura Kvigstad talked to Andrew Mackintosh and Nancy Bertler, both from the Antarctic Research Centre. They explain the implications that the one trillion tonne iceberg that calved off the Anarctic Peninsula will have on us, and speculate upon the fate of the remaining Larsen C Ice Shelf. 

State of Science

State of Science State of Science, 9.61 MB
Fri 14 Jul 2017

As the face of journalism changes, media mergers cut jobs and more news organisations maximize clicks, science journalism which can be costly both in time and funds is suffering.  In this report Producer Jack Marshall speaks with Dr Doug Ashwell, Associate Head of School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, and Peter Griffin the Director of the Science Media Centre. We also delve deeper into the future of New Zealand's science journalism.

Gonorrhoea Vaccine

Gonorrhoea Vaccine Gonorrhoea Vaccine, 9.23 MB
Fri 14 Jul 2017

With more than 1 million sexually transmitted infections (STIs) acquired every day worldwide, there would be huge impacts for potential effective medical treatments. This makes the study by Dr Helen Petousis-Harris all the more powerful with hope for a vaccine in the pipeline. Drug resistance, especially for gonorrhoea, is a major threat to reducing the impact of STI's worldwide. Producer Jack spoke to Dr Petousis-Harris about what her team’s study has found.