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Government clamps down on Tokelau spending

Government clamps down on Tokelau spending Government clamps down on Tokelau spending, 19.64 MB
Tue 14 Mar 2017

Tokelau’s latest government is at odds with New Zealand’s administration of the country. Mack speaks to constitutional adviser Tony Angelo and Labour's spokesperson for Pacific Island Affairs, Su'a William Sio about the latest developments. 

Meet Uber's big brother, Greyball

Meet Uber's big brother, Greyball Meet Uber's big brother, Greyball, 16.11 MB
Tue 14 Mar 2017

A New York Times investigation has revealed Uber to be evading the law in cities where its unlicensed. Mack speaks to Auckland University Associate Professor Scott Optican about the legal case it would make in New Zealand. 

The Wire with Mack: Tuesday 14th March, 2017

The Wire with Mack: Tuesday 14th March, 2017 The Wire with Mack: Tuesday 14th March, 2017, 109.87 MB
Tue 14 Mar 2017

Check out the full podcast for this week's Tuesday show, which includes an investigation into New Zealand's reprimand of Tokelau, a look at political developments across the world, an interview with a law professor on what Uber's law dodging means in a New Zealand context, a report on covering Māori politics in election year, and more. 

The future of the NZ SuperFund

The Future of the NZ SuperFund The Future of the NZ SuperFund, 2.59 MB
Mon 13 Mar 2017

Prime Minister Bill English's surprise announcement that National will drop a key policy of the last election drew criticism from across party lines. English claimed increasing life expectancy means, by 2040, retirement at 65 is an luxury New Zealand can no longer afford. bfm producer Ben Goldson speaks to NZ SuperFund's Chief Investment Officer to gain a better understanding of how it all works.

Is Auckland prepared for more extreme weather?

Is Auckland prepared for more extreme weather? Is Auckland prepared for more extreme weather?, 4.47 MB
Mon 13 Mar 2017

Heavy rain last week caused flooding across Auckland, as well as a build-up in sediment at the Ardmore Water Treatment Plant. This led to call by Watercare for Aucklanders to cut back by 20 litres a day or else face untreated water in the grid. Producer Ben Goldson speaks to Watercare Chief Executive Raveem Jaduram.

Taranaki's first suicide prevention refuge

Taranaki's first suicide prevention refuge Taranaki's first suicide prevention refuge, 14.32 MB
Mon 13 Mar 2017

This past Saturday was the official opening of Taranaki Retreat. This service is Taranaki’s first suicide prevention refuge. bFM reporter Amanda Jane Robinson spoke to one of the retreat's founders, Jamie Allen, about the opening.

Not the nanny: unconscious bias and that viral BBC video

Not the nanny: unconscious bias and that viral BBC video Not the nanny: unconscious bias and that viral BBC video, 7.49 MB
Mon 13 Mar 2017

International Relations professor Robert Kelly's BBC interview about South Korea was interrupted when his two small children showed up. His wife rushed in and ushered the children out of the room. However, many people and some media outlets assumed that Professor Kelly's wife, Jung-a Kim, was the nanny. The assumption has sparked a wider discussion about interracial couples and media representation of Asian women. bFM reporter Amanda Jane Robinson spoke to author MiMi Aye, who tweeted about some of these assumptions and is part of an interracial family. 

The Wire with Amanda: 13th March 2017

The Wire with Amanda: 13th March 2017 The Wire with Amanda: 13th March 2017, 101.61 MB
Mon 13 Mar 2017

95bFM reporter Amanda Jane Robinson and producer Ben Goldson look at the aftermath of this weekend's wild weather and the New Zealand SuperFund. We have our weekly chat with the Green Party, this week talking to co-leader James Shaw about abortion law reform and the possibility of shortening prison sentences if people in prison pass literacy tests. We also bring back our long-lost Pacific news segment, Southern Cross. We also look at the opening of new suicide prevention support refuge, Taranaki Retreat. And finally, we look at the racial bias behind assumptions in a viral BBC video. 

The battle against rape culture using education

The battle against rape culture using education The battle against rape culture using education, 20.15 MB
Fri 10 Mar 2017

A group of students organising a protest against rape culture received online threats of violence forcing them to change their protest location.  The protests follow an incident involving facebook comments from students about having sex with drunk and unconscious girls.  The protests are focused on the broader issue of normalisation of rape culture in New Zealand, and will take place on Monday where the students will march through Civic Square in Wellington.  95bFM reporter, Tess Barnett, spoke to Korowai Tumanako clinician, Russell Smith, who helped start a high school programme that teaches sex and consent, about the situation.

Poetry Collective 'Waxed Poetic Revival': Mohamed Hassan

Poetry Collective 'Waxed Poetic Revival': Mohamed Hassan Poetry Collective 'Waxed Poetic Revival': Mohamed Hassan, 6.48 MB
Fri 10 Mar 2017

Poetry Collective ‘Waxed Poetic Revival’ is holding a music and poetry show this Saturday night.  The show is called ‘LIGHT’, 95bFM host, Amanda, spoke to poet and co-founder of ‘Waxed Poetic Revival’, Mohamed Hassan, about what’s in store.