India Essuah and producers Mack Smith and Sam Smith bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show, including the Green Desk with Lilly Peacocke, plus a weekly chat with Māori Party's co-leader, Marama Fox.
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India Essuah is about to finally wrap up her sociology and film studies degree, having taken time off to try out food writing halfway through. She started volunteering at 95bFM earlier this year and likes news because you always leave a shift having learnt about something... new. Other interests include watching Mad Men, knitting, and snacking.
Wire host Joel Thomas spoke to Radio Adelaide’s Nicole Wedding about the latest in Australian news. She discussed Medicare card details being sold on the dark web, the problem with people using drones to photograph whale migration, and Australian cricketers who have found themselves out of a job after a failed agreement with Cricket Australia.
The television landscape in New Zealand is changing faster and faster every year. For more than 40 years journalists have written about convergence of our media, and it seems we have reached peak, with internet and television becoming one. With the Sky and Vodafone merger appeal being withdrawn from the high court, it seems an impending monopoly of television in New Zealand has been put on hold. For now. Harry talks with news and technology writer Bill Bennett about whether this is the case, and about the state of New Zealand television in 2017.
This week, Jogai, Harry, and Reuben chat to news and technology writer Bill Bennett about the current state of television in New Zealand, and Reuben has a special report on decriminalising drugs and legalising cannabis with executive director of the NZ Drug Foundation, Ross Bell. 95bFM reporter Adel Abied speaks to Lisa McLaren about the Zero Carbon Act, and Harry catches up with pop music commentator and columnist Miriama Aoake about gender diversity in the electronic music scene, and Labour Leader Andrew Little is back for our weekly chat. All this and more on the Thursday Wire - check out the full podcast here.
It’s no secret that women and minorities are under-represented in the music industry. With the release of the Northern Bass line up last week, this severe lack of representation became even more evident with the festival announcing a total of four acts for its female lineup. Wire Producer Harry caught up with pop music commentator and columnist, Miriama Aoake, to learn more about the music scene in New Zealand, and how we can provide more accessability and exposure for the women and minority communities involved.
With many countries pushing for progressive cannabis reform, there are calls for New Zealand to follow suit. The New Zealand Drug Foundation has released policy outlining the need to decriminalise all drugs, legalise cannabis, and regulate its market. They argue that current laws are outdated and make criminals out of drug users, when instead drug use should be treated as a health issue. Producer Reuben McLaren spoke to Ross Bell, the Executive Director of the New Zealand Drug Foundation to learn more, starting with a question regarding their proposed model.
A controversial water treatment plant is being proposed for a section of native bush just outside of the Titirangi township. The original plan had the plant situated in Oratia, with Watercare stating 12 houses would be required to be removed. However, a successful protest from the community has stalled this proposal, with Watercare now considering an alternative site - a four hectare patch of land which barriers Exhibition Drive, Woodlands Park Road and Manuka Road. Local residents voiced their concerns in early June by placing placards on trees with words such as "Watercare, don't chop me down”. On the Green Desk yesterday, Lily Peacocke spoke with the Titirangi Residents and Ratepayers Association, Dr Mels Barton, regarding this contentious issue, but residents are saying she represents only a small section of the Titirangi community. To illuminate an alternative perspective, 95bFM reporter Adam Jacobson speaks with the Titirangi Protection Group’s president, Simon Kitson.
The Auckland DHB is calling for more people to be immunised against the mumps disease after a spike in cases this year. More than 130 instances have been reported so far, compared with only 35 in 2016. 95bFM reporter Adam Jacobson speaks with Auckland DHB Clinical Director, Dr Julia Peters, about why the disease has spread across Auckland so quickly.
The 2017 Parliamentary Drug Law Symposium kicked off today in Wellington, bringing together a range of international and domestic speakers to talk about how better drug laws can be developed for the 21st Century. An increasing number of countries around the world are shifting their stance towards controlling drugs, away from a prohibitive approach and towards law & policy that promotes health and wellbeing. One of the speakers at the Symposium is Professor of Criminology at Durham University, Fiona Measham, who is also the Director of a non-profit in the UK that provides drug safety testing, as well as welfare and harm reduction services at nightclubs and festivals. 95bFM reporter Pearl Little catches up with Fiona to find out a little more about her work.
Check out the full podcast for this week's Tuesday show, where we speak to Marama Fox about the Māori Party's partnership with the One Pacific party, Assistant Health Minister Peter Dunne about getting drug testing legalised in music festivals, and more. We also have a full report on the implications for Al Jazeera being caught up in the Qatar Crisis, a falling out between the Arab states.