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.
Mary-Margaret speaks to Te Ara Whatu’s Nate Rew about the ecological harm posed by Council’s bid to draw more than double their current water grab from Waikato River each day.
Justin takes us through the 101 of what’s happening in Hong Kong, where several protestors have been arrested after China’s issuing of a new National Security law.
Andrew Little joins us again today, he tells Mary-Margaret about the New Zealand Criminal Cases Review Commission, the restoration of the right to legal representation in the family court, and making justice systems less homogenous.
In Neighbourhood Watch, Zoe explains where the second wave of COVID-19 is happening in Australia, and we find out where funding for the arts is going at the moment.
And finally, Ollie is helping you feel more rested in his discussion with Psychologist Dan Ford about sleeping patterns
Justin Wong spoke to Mayor Phil Goff yesterday afternoon as he was unavailable that morning for the regular Breakfast Show segment. They discuss Auckland’s water issues and the government speeding up the process of the RMA. Justin started by asking what our water situation looks like right now.
This morning Lillian spoke with Minister Tracey Martin of NZ First. Originally the proposed discussion was around policy and MMP given Martin has pushed back recently on what she says is a narrative in the media that NZ First is blocking certain policy - she’s asked why there’s less discussion on the policy NZ First tries to get through that also gets blocked. This ended up being a useful discussion about how MMP works and Lillian also asked whether the Minister believed this past government term has been successful.
However, this morning Lillian came across a Newsroom article which follows up on their ongoing investigation into Oranga Tamariki, so I put this to the Minister as well. Today we are going to hear that discussion and either tomorrow or Friday you can hear the rest of the MMP discussion and both will be available on podcast through the bFM website. The article by Newsroom addresses a range of claims made by people currently working for Oranga Tamariki as well as former employees. It addresses claims that describe the agency as ‘plagued with bad practice, bullying and incompetence’, the bullying described is often toward people who don’t toe the company line it says.
For full transparency, the article blurb is copied here:
“Last week Newsroom revealed details around Oranga Tamariki CEO Grainne Moss’ sudden exit from her previous role at Bupa and asked how, within months of receiving a payout, she had managed to secure a top job in the public service. Influential Māori leaders have been calling for her resignation for more than a year, with the heat turned up again this month after the release of the Children’s Commissioner report into the agency’s uplift practices. In the second part of this investigation we talk to current and former staff from Oranga Tamariki who share serious concerns over a culture in the government agency that they say can put tamariki at risk."
Furthermore, in the article it stated, 'in nearly all the conversations they had, the same issues were brought up no matter where in the country the OT staff were from'. Those issues are:
- Qualified social workers being replaced with unqualified youth or care workers
- Social workers being targeted if they complained
- Doubt over the way caseloads are calculated
- Children being misrepresented in documents going before courts
- Only paying lip service to Te Ao Māori
- Major issues with staffing at youth justice facilities
This is outlined here because there is not much discussion during the interview of the detail of the allegations.
International Desk reports on the sacking of Shadow Education Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey in the UK for retweeting an article containing "antisemitic conspiracy theories", and allegations of antisemitism within the Labour Party.
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of people all over the world. The sense of powerlessness and the fear of infection has alienated people regardless of political situations. But in areas of conflict or military and political occupation, populations are even more at risk. One of these areas is the contested provinces of Kashmir and Jammu. Doug Becker speaks to Mona Bhan about what life is like here during a global pandemic.
For more stories like this head to www.thebigq.org
This week on Monday Wire, Zoe and the Green Party co-leader James Shaw discuss the Green's stance on the newly introduced quarantine fees for returning New Zealanders, the new roadside drug testing bill and the Green's Poverty Action Plan.
Justin spoke to Justice Minister Andrew Little about the concerns of returning New Zealanders on charging for managed isolation, the banking sector implementing living wage to its lowest-paid contractors, proposed laws to protect migrant workers, and how the extradition process works even without a treaty.
This week Bronwyn spoke to Tracey about the party’s opposition to the $100 million Southland Recovery Package, especially in the context fo the Tiwai Aluminium Smelter. We also talked abut a number of issues that are topical in Parliament at the moment, such as paid mandatory managed isolation and code of conduct for MPs. Lastly, we spoke about the government's $20 million in regional funding to tackle methamphetamine use and what that means for families and children.
In response to the Black Lives Matter movement, a social media movement for Dalits, or the apparent lower caste individuals of India, began. Nirvana speaks to Gladson Dungdung, a human rights activist and an author to Adivasi rights in Jharkhand. They discuss the structure and history of caste system in India, the grievances faced by Dalits and Adivasi’s and the relevance of #DalitLivesMatter.
Zoë Larsen Cumming has her weekly chat with the Green Party Co-Leader James Shaw. This week's agenda included the Greens' amendments to the Education and Training Bill, the Equal Pay Amendment Bill, and also the Progressive Home Ownership project officially launched this week by Marama Davidson.
Ever since the killing of George Floyd, the city of Portland has witnessed consistent protests and civic action demanding police reforms. However, recently, camouflaged federal authorities without identification badges have begun arresting protesters in the city, while the Department of Homeland Security has deployed unmarked SUV’s to detain protesters. The White House has confirmed its order to send federal authorities to Portland and is threatening to send them to other American cities. Local elected officials, including the Mayor of Portland, have demanded that federal agents leave the city. Doug Becker speaks with Jennifer L. Selin, Nadine Strossen, and David S. Meyer about the legal and political implications of this, as well as the implications for democracy and civil liberties.
For more stories like this head to www.thebigq.org
Justin spoke to Justice Minister Andrew Little about parliament's working culture, the situation on managed isolation, the progress on treaty settlement with Te Whakatotea iwi, and guidelines on advertising for the upcoming referendums.