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Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news & current affairs show, The Wire. Your hosts Sherry Zhang, Justin Wong Mary-Margaret Slack, Lillian Hanly, and Laura Kvigstad focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere, in independent-thinking bFM style. Weekdays 12-1pm on 95bFM.

The Thursday Wire

The Thursday Wire The Thursday Wire, 106.11 MB
Thu 9 Apr 2020

On the show today, we start with a mihi to Huirangi Waikerepuru - a stalwart of Aotearoa and tino rangatiratanga, and champion of Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga. Lillian had only just heard not long before the show started and was left a little speechless at the loss.

We will hear from Labour’s Andrew Little once again about what’s on the table in his review of Hate Speech Law and Electoral Registration for Prisoners.

Rachel interviewed Dr Paul Taillon from the University of Auckland about the labour crisis in the United States.

Mary-Margaret also catches up with Radio Adelaide’s Zoe Kounadis about there still not being a lockdown in Australia, and this week’s historic quashing of convictions against George Pell.

We have our updates from the Epidemic Response Committee meeting today where a large focus has been placed on the data being released - with new data having been released from MSD, and the announcement of weekly data coming from them with a breakdown of what benefits and subsidies are being provided.

Lillian speaks with NZ First deputy leader Fletcher Tabuteau and we touch base on the overseas New Zealanders and also the Epidemic Response Committee of which he is a member.

State of the States w/ Dr Paul Taillon: April 9th, 2020

State of the States w/ Dr Paul Taillon: April 9th, 2020 State of the States w/ Dr Paul Taillon: April 9th, 2020, 20.09 MB
Thu 9 Apr 2020

And now for State of the States...

In breaking news, Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the US presidential race. Lillian Hanly recaps his campaign.

But, with the democratic primary being muted compared to the pandemic, a movement beyond Bernie Sanders appears to be happening.

With the number of strikes rapidly growing across the United States, COVID-19 is turning out to be an unprecedented labour crisis.

Rachel Simpson speaks to Dr Paul Taillon, a senior history lecturer at the University of Auckland. He specialises in working people and the labour movement in the United States and has written on gender, race and unionism in the States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They speak about the increase in worker solidarity despite push back from corporates and the government, how grassroots strikes are organised, and whether a general strike may be imminent.

The Wednesday Wire: April 8, 2020

The Wednesday Wire: April 8, 2020 The Wednesday Wire: April 8, 2020, 103.59 MB
Wed 8 Apr 2020

On Dear Science with Allan Blackman we discuss the age of whale sharks, Belgian beer going off and the Covid19 5G conspiracy theory.

We have our regular Epidemic Response Committee notes, written by Israa Zafiri, and today the Committee is hearing from industries that have been hit hard by the pandemic and the consequential lockdown

Producer Corey Fuimaono follows up on his story about Salient FM shutting down, this week interviewing co-editors Kirsty Frame and Rachel Trow. 

Lillian spoke to Fenix Humanitarian Legal Aid executive director Amanda Munoz De Toro about what is happening in the refugee camp of Moria on the Greek Island of Lesvos with the impending possibility of a Covid19 outbreak inside the camp. 

Salient FM's Demise Part II: April 8, 2020

Salient FM's Demise Part II: April 8, 2020 Salient FM's Demise Part II: April 8, 2020, 16.23 MB
Wed 8 Apr 2020

Producer Corey Fuimaono follows up on his story about Salient FM shutting down, this week interviewing co-editors Kirsty Frame and Rachel Trow. As more drama unraveled, serious questions must now be asked of their owner and principal funder.

Justin's International Desk: 7th April 2020

Justin's International Desk: 7th April 2020 Justin's International Desk: 7th April 2020, 8.37 MB
Tue 7 Apr 2020

Justin talks to Trade Minister David Parker about how Covid-19 could affect New Zealand's food export industry and free trade agreement negotiations with other countries.

Drugs (not?) combating Covid-19: 7th April 2020

Drugs (not?) combating Covid-19: 7th April 2020 Drugs (not?) combating Covid-19: 7th April 2020, 7.54 MB
Tue 7 Apr 2020

United States President Donald Trump claimed quinine and hydroxycholoroquine are effective in combating Covid-19. Producer Ollie Joblin reports on some advice from actual Doctor's as to whether that is the case.

City Counselling w/ Cr Richard Hills; 7 April, 2020

City Counselling w/ Cr Richard Hills; 7 April, 2020 City Counselling w/ Cr Richard Hills; 7 April, 2020, 19.19 MB
Tue 7 Apr 2020

This week on City Counselling, Oscar Perress talks to Cr Richard Hills, the Councillor for the North Shore Ward + the chair of the environment and climate change committee. Together they talked about the restructure of council and his roles in response to Covid 19, Waste management and Shovel ready infrastructure. A huge thank you to the team at Auckland council, namely Conor Lavery and Richard Hills, and to Louis Laws for all his technical support.

The Tuesday Wire: 7th April 2020

The Tuesday Wire: 7th April 2020 The Tuesday Wire: 7th April 2020, 101.48 MB
Tue 7 Apr 2020

Producer Ollie Joblin reports whether quinine and hydroxycholoroquine are effective in combating Covid-19, as claimed by United States President Donald Trump.

We have today’s notes from the Epidemic Response Committee

Bronnie speaks to Debbie Ngarewa-Packer of Ngāti Ruanui and Kevin Hague from Forest and Bird about the court of appeal decision to quash the consent granted to mine iron sands off the Taranaki coast

Justin talks to Trade Minister David Parker about the future for New Zealand’s exports and trade post Covid-19 on International Desk.

Oscar Perress talked to Auckland councillor Richard Hills about what’s happening at our local council for City Counselling

Human Rights and Dignity in Government-Provided Detention w/ Janet Anderson-Bidois: April 6, 2020

Human Rights and Dignity in Government-Provided Detention w/ Janet Anderson-Bidois: April 6, 2020 Human Rights and Dignity in Government-Provided Detention w/ Janet Anderson-Bidois: April 6, 2020, 10.76 MB
Mon 6 Apr 2020

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission has called upon the Government to respect the rights of those being held in detention in its response to Covid-19. People detained by the authorities have a heightened risk of infection due to living in close proximity to one another and because of their limited capacity to take precautionary measures. Zoë Larsen Cumming spoke to the Chief Legal advisor at the Human Rights Commission Janet Anderson-Bidois about implications of the new restrictions on those already in detention, and how their human dignity can be respected and maintained.

The Monday Wire: April 6, 2020

The Monday Wire: April 6, 2020 The Monday Wire: April 6, 2020, 103.36 MB
Mon 6 Apr 2020

A little update on what stores can actually operate at this time.

Sherry talks with Green Party co-leader James Shaw on economic support for businesses and a green recovery plan after COVID19.   

Zoë Larsen Cumming interviews the Chief Legal Advisor to the New Zealand Human Rights Commission about the implications of the Covid19 restrictions on those in government provided detention. 

James Tapp goes over the first three epidemic response committee meetings, looking at the key points which are regularly getting discussed and put under the lens by MPs

Southern Cross segment as is on as usual with Sri Krishnamurthi on COVID19 response in the Pacific, the closure of Bauer media, and Cyclone Henry affecting the Soloman Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji. 

Finally, Lillian spoke with a journalist from Māori TV who has been communicating through social media personally, not through his role as a reporter, to his community the key information about Covid19 at this time. They touch on how much is too much news consumption and how to look after our wellbeing at this time.

NZ First: April 9, 2020

NZ First: April 9, 2020 NZ First: April 9, 2020, 18.69 MB
Thu 9 Apr 2020

We have Deputy Leader of NZ First Fletcher Tabuteau with us today. Normally we have this chat on a Wednesday but we haven’t been able to lock that in for quite a while. There’ll be time for a proper catch up at some point but he pandemic kei te haere - we are in the middle of a pandemic so that's where we start.

Labour's Andrew Little: April 9, 2020

Labour's Andrew Little: April 9, 2020 Labour's Andrew Little: April 9, 2020, 6.75 MB
Thu 9 Apr 2020

Before our rāhui, the Minister of Justice had started accepting submissions on amendments to the Electoral Registration Bill - which he says is a form of voter suppression against prisoners. He also had started a review of our Hate Speech laws. Mary-Margaret asked him more about these reforms today, and what their progression looks like when Parliament has been suspended. She started by asking, though, about the role that legalising abortion last month played in being able to declare it an essential service during rāhui.

State of the States w/ Dr Paul Taillon: April 9th, 2020

State of the States w/ Dr Paul Taillon: April 9th, 2020 State of the States w/ Dr Paul Taillon: April 9th, 2020, 20.09 MB
Thu 9 Apr 2020

And now for State of the States...

In breaking news, Bernie Sanders has dropped out of the US presidential race. Lillian Hanly recaps his campaign.

But, with the democratic primary being muted compared to the pandemic, a movement beyond Bernie Sanders appears to be happening.

With the number of strikes rapidly growing across the United States, COVID-19 is turning out to be an unprecedented labour crisis.

Rachel Simpson speaks to Dr Paul Taillon, a senior history lecturer at the University of Auckland. He specialises in working people and the labour movement in the United States and has written on gender, race and unionism in the States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They speak about the increase in worker solidarity despite push back from corporates and the government, how grassroots strikes are organised, and whether a general strike may be imminent.

Epidemic Response Committee Notes: April 9th, 2020

Epidemic Response Committee Notes: April 9th, 2020 Epidemic Response Committee Notes: April 9th, 2020, 3.25 MB
Thu 9 Apr 2020

Today marked the sixth Epidemic Response Committee meeting. Lillian recaps the main points covered, as reported by James Tapp.

The Epidemic Response Committee was established in late March to consider and report to the House of Representatives on matters relating to the Government's management of Covid-19. The chairperson is Simon Bridges, leader of Opposition.

The next commitee meeting is scheduled for 10am Tuesday morning next week. 

Neighbourhood Watch: April 9, 2020

Neighbourhood Watch: April 9, 2020 Neighbourhood Watch: April 9, 2020, 2.22 MB
Thu 9 Apr 2020

This week in Neighbourhood Watch, Mary-Margaret asked Zoe if the Australian Government has gotten any closer to clearer social policy as a response to COVID-19. She also asked about the public’s response to the High Court’s decision to quash convictions against George Pell. The cardinal, who was sentenced to six years in prison for five guilty charges relating to sexual assault against children, was released from prison yesterday. Please note that, although this interview does not detail assault, it makes reference to issues that may be disturbing for some listeners.

Epidemic Response Committee Notes: April 8th, 2020

Epidemic Response Committee Notes: April 8th, 2020 Epidemic Response Committee Notes: April 8th, 2020, 5.34 MB
Wed 8 Apr 2020

Today marked the fifth Epidemic Response Committee meeting. Lillian recaps the main points covered, as reported by Israa Zafiri.

The Epidemic Response Committee was established in late March to consider and report to the House of Representatives on matters relating to the Government's management of Covid-19. The chairperson is Simon Bridges, leader of Opposition.

The next commitee meeting is scheduled for 10am tomorrow morning. 

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: April 8, 2020

Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: April 8, 2020 Dear Science w/ Allan Blackman: April 8, 2020, 28.86 MB
Wed 8 Apr 2020

On Dear Science with Allan Blackman today, we discuss the age of whale sharks, Belgian beer going off and the Covid19 5G conspiracy theory.

Epidemic Response Committee Notes: April 7th, 2020

Epidemic Response Committee Notes: April 7th, 2020 Epidemic Response Committee Notes: April 7th, 2020, 4.89 MB
Tue 7 Apr 2020

Today marked the fourth Epidemic Response Committee meeting. Lillian recaps the main points covered, as reported by Laura Kvigstad. 

The committee heard from Otago University professor and epidemiologist Sir David Skegg and Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield. Minister of Health David Clark also addressed the committee, beginning with an apology for his repeated breaches of the rāhui.

The Epidemic Response Committee was established in late March to consider and report to the House of Representatives on matters relating to the Government's management of Covid-19. The chairperson is Simon Bridges, leader of Opposition.

The next commitee meeting is scheduled for 10am tomorrow morning. 

The Green Desk: A Court of Appeal victory for Taranaki iron sands with Debbie Ngarewa-Packer and Kevin Hague: April 7, 2020

The Green Desk: A Court of Appeal victory for Taranaki iron sands with Debbie Ngarewa-Packer and Kevin Hague: April 7, 2020 The Green Desk: A Court of Appeal victory for Taranaki iron sands with Debbie Ngarewa-Packer and Kevin Hague: April 7, 2020, 19.88 MB
Tue 7 Apr 2020

In August 2017, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) granted Trans-Tasman Resources (TTR) a consent to carry out iron ore extraction from the sand beds in the Exclusive Economic Zone off the South Taranaki coast.  Iwi and environmental groups successfully appealed the granting of consent in the High Court, however the matter was appealed to the Court of Appeal.  On Friday the Court released its judgment, coming to the same conclusion as the High Court but on completely different reasoning. 

First, Bronnie speaks to Debbie Ngarewa-Packer, the chief executive of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Ruanui who have been part of a long battle of court cases and protests against the mining activity. She began by telling us how she was feeling having reached the end of what has been a very long journey.

The Court of Appeal also heard from many other groups representing environmental and fishing interests. In the latter half of this clip, Bronnie interviews the chief executive of Forest & Bird, Kevin Hague, about why they also opposed the granting of the consent from an environmental perspective.

 

Week One of the Epidemic Response Committee: April 6th, 2020

Week One of the Epidemic Response Committee: April 6th, 2020 Week One of the Epidemic Response Committee: April 6th, 2020, 15.78 MB
Mon 6 Apr 2020

.Over the past week we have seen the first three meetings taking place of the epidemic response committee. These committee meetings are not necessarily something that are usually a large public focus, however this seems to have over FIVE HUNDRED people watching each time they meet. James Tapp has gone over these first meetings, having read the transcripts of the first two and watched the third one, providing a summary of key points covered. James starts us off by going over what the point of the committee is. As mentioned near the end, here is the link to the police guidlelines:

https://www.police.govt.nz/sites/default/files/publications/operational-policing-guidelines-04-04-2020.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0o0WWohFoFvaxadrdvanxTnAP--7hQzExdP6F5b5cI2HU3bugUEu9iY4c