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.
Justin Wong spoke to former National MP and head of the government's Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group Chester Borrows about the Armed Police trials, after Radio New Zealand and Newshub found it did not consult Maori and were not used to tackle seious crime.
The Green Party of Aotearoa is working on an inquiry group into Student Accommodation, a sector of tertiary education that is unfairly under-regulated for students, & this has been exposed more than ever amongst the Covid-19 pandemic.
Producer Louis Laws got in touch with Isabella Leninhin-Ikin, President of the New Zealand Union of Students Associations, who talks about NZUSAs stance, & also her own personal experience in a hall of residence.
Internet NZ’s chief executive, Jordan Carter joined Laura Kvigstad to discuss the recent bill from the government to create a legal framework to censor objectionable material online. Carter explains the good and the bad in the bill from his perspective.
Stats NZ has just announced Job numbers fell by a record 37,500 in April 2020 this is a record drop. Philip Miles is the Digital Services Lead at Auckland Libraries who have a number of services available to support people in looking for, preparing for and applying for jobs.
The National Party's Denise Lee joins Laura Kvigstad for their final chat on the wire. This week they discuss the caucus reshuffle, government recent freshwater legislation and Paul Goldsmiths' recent comments that money spent on benefits will increase. Denise and Laura then go into a chat on whether the National party believes that someone who is on the benefit deserves to live a life of dignity.
On Neighbourhood Watch this week Zoe talks us through what is happening for Reconciliation Week in Te Whenua Moemoeā or Australia, including the explosion of an area of sacred land for a mine, we also touch on the amount of money borrowed by the government which was double what was needed and how that money will not be redistributed to other people in need.
We have NZ First back on the show this week, but Fletcher Tabuteau was unavailable, Mark Patterson was keen to speak with us though. He is the party’s agricultural and primary industry spokesperson and touches on biosecurity too. We spoke about governmental reviews following the Covid-19 crisis, the Budget announcements and the latest poll numbers, but Lillian started by asking whether he had much to do in his responsibilities with keeping our imports and exports moving early on in the Covid-19 lockdown.
This week Sherry Zhang talks to Green Party co-leader James Shaw on criticisms brought up Dr Rod Carr from the Climate Change Commission, regarding concerns that the budget does not adress climate change concerns adequetly. Greenpeace has also been outspoken in the lack of climate change mitigation projects. James also talks on how NZ is looking in regards to reducing carbon emissions, and meeting the 2015 Paris Agreement and the Zero Carbon Bill.
Why have so many human rights campaigns, such as Free Tibet and the Falun Gong, failed in China? Why have others such as better environmental protection and HIV/Aids care fared better? What have the costs been on political movements with the more successful campaigns? What activism can work in the authoritarian country? Maria Armoudian speaks with Stephen Noakes.
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