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Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news & current affairs show. Your hosts Joe Wickins, Christina Huang, Stella Huggins, Joe Wickins and Casper McGuire focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere in independent-thinking bFM style. Weekdays 12-1pm on 95bFM.

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Cost Of Living and Health w/ Dr Stephen Child: August 12th, 2022

It’s not breaking news that the Cost-of-Living has been messed up across the country.  However, new reports are showing the affects the financial difficulties are having on our physical and emotional health. The Southern Cross's most recent Healthy Futures Report has shown direct links through several measures, such as people having difficulty sleeping, feeling more stressed, and having more difficulty affording health care. To learn more Liam spoke to Chief Medical Officer of Southern Cross Insurance Arm Doctor Stephen Child.

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Aug 11
Inter-Regional Rail Inquiry w/ Paul Callister: August 12th, 2022

A new inquiry has recently been opened by the Transport and Infrastructure Committee, asking for submissions on how to improve inter-regional rail in Aotearoa.  The committee is particularly trying to understand how best to implement sustainable practices, and how to revitalise trains between big cities. This comes after months of campaigning by Save our Trains, an organisation set up after minter-regional rail was minimised and plans to shift the trains to tourist transporters. To understand what the new inquiry means, Liam spoke to Paul Callister from Save our Trains.  

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Aug 11
Keeping The Crown Hotel Loud w/ Taylor McGregor: 12th August, 2022

Earlier this week saw a march in the Octagon of Otepoti Dunedin, advocating for the safety of the Crown Hotel  The music venue has been at risk due to plans for a housing developer to build a new residential area nearby, banning the Crown Hotel from making the noise it needs to. To learn more, Liam spoke to bFM’s own Taylor McGregor, also from Save Our Venues, about the venue and the issues of the new development.  

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Aug 11
The Wire w/ Stella: 11 August

Welcome to The Thursday Wire! Today, Stella speaks to Vice President of the Auckland Branch, Genna Hawkins Boulton from Thursdays in Black about their open letter to the Department of Corrections. She also speaks to Eugenie Sage from The Green Party on their call to ban bottom trawling on seamounts. Finally, Stella speaks to Associate Professor Grant Searchfield on his recently published Tinnitus research. Tuva’a has his weekly catch up with Andrew Little, and Frances brings us Greendesk, speaking with Predator Free Rakiura's Project Director, Campbell Leckie. And that's it for The Thursday Wire.  

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Aug 10
Promising Tinnitus Research w/ Grant Searchfield

A study from the University of Auckland, led by audiologist Grant Searchfield, has had encouraging results regarding mitigating the condition. Stella spoke to Associate Professor Searchfield about the findings.   

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Aug 10
Bottom Trawling on All Seamounts w/ Eugenie Sage

The Green Party is calling for bottom trawling on seamounts to stop, following a 'white paper' from Sealord which the party calls greenwashing. Stella spoke to the party’s ocean and fisheries spokesperson, Eugenie Sage, on the matter.   

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Aug 10
Thursdays In Black's Open Letter to the Department of Corrections w/ Genna Hawkins Boulton

Thursdays In Black is a student-led grassroots campaign, working towards a world without rape and sexual violence. Last week they published an open letter in response to a decision by the Department of Corrections (which you can find on @thursdaysinblackuoa on Instagram), that allowed a convicted rapist on home detention to attend classes on campus at the University of Auckland, without consultation with the university. Stella spoke to Vice President of the Auckland Branch, Genna Hawkins Boulton, about the letter.   

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Aug 10
The Representation of Women in Sports Media w/ Toni Bruce: August 10, 2022

The Commonwealth Games wrapped up earlier this week, boasting the largest women’s sports programme in the competition's history. But with this expanded roster of sports for women to compete in, how can the sports media get their representations of female athletes correct?  Emilia Sullivan spoke to Toni Bruce, a Professor of Sociology of Sport and Sports Media at the University of Auckland.  

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Aug 09
The Wire w/ Emilia: August 10, 2022

On this week's episode of The Wire for Raapa, Wednesday! Alex speaks to Brooke van Velden in his weekly chat with the ACT Party deputy leader. Emilia talks to disinformation expert Byron Clark about the media’s role in the Parliament Occupation earlier this year. Emilia chats with our European correspondent Cameron Adams about Ukraine, Greece’s spying scandal and Dominos pizza leaving the Italian market. And she also chats to Toni Bruce from the University of Auckland about the representation of women in sports media. And Joe speaks with Dr Dalila Gharbaoui from the University of Canterbury about communities in the Pacific who have been impacted by climate change needing the option to stay with dignity. That's us for the Wednesday Wire! We'll see you next week.

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Aug 09
Communities in the Pacific Impacted by Climate Change w/ Dr Dalila Gharbaoui: August 10, 2022

While it’s true that some people in the Pacific are choosing to, or are forced, to leave their homes and land because of climate change, others are staying, sez Dr Dalila Gharbaoui, a researcher at the University of Canterbury.    Dr Gharbaoui’s research looks at understanding the whole picture and raising awareness on the impacts of climate change, as well as what we need to do for the future survival of our planet.  Joe spoke with Dr Gharbaoui about her work, looking at the neglected category of people that are either “trapped” or not willing to move to adapt to climate change in the Pacific.

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Aug 09
Eurovision w/ Cameron Adams: August 20, 2022

On this week's installation of Eurovision, Emilia Sullivan chatted with our European Correspondent Cameron Adams about Ukraine, Domino’s Pizza leaving the Italian market, and more.  

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Aug 09
The Media's Role in the Parliament Occupation w/ Byron C Clark: August 10, 2022

Parliament grounds have been cleared, and the grass will regrow, but the disinformation networks behind the protests remain. This is how disinformation researcher Byron Clark described the aftermath of March’s parliament occupation. In a new journal article, Clark reflects on the media’s role in the occupation, from far-right networks such as Counterspin, to mainstream platforms such as Newsroom and Newstalk ZB, and urges journalists not to ignore disinformation networks, but to investigate them and analyse the role they are playing in our contemporary ‘post-truth’ world. Emilia spoke to Byron Clark about his article, which is linked below https://ojs.aut.ac.nz/pacific-journalism-review/article/view/1248/1580  

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Aug 09
The Wire w/ Casper: August 9, 2022

This week on the Tuesday Wire Casper spoke to Dr. Shane Reti from the National party and Zoe Hawke from E Tipu E Rea about Welfare policy the National party’s young jobseeker plan. Emily spoke to Dr. Roshini Peiris-John from the University of Auckland about the challenges faced by Asian New Zealanders in accessing health services. As well as Massey University marine biologist Dr Karen Stockin about the link between climate change and the movement of whales.

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Aug 08
Ocean Warming Impacting Whales w/ Dr. Karen Stockin: August 9, 2022

A new study shows that rising sea temperatures are pushing sperm and blue whales into Southern waters.  The research, which is the collaborative effort of four universities, including The University of Canterbury and Massey university, suggests impacts on ecosystems and tourism could be significant.  Emily spoke with Massey University marine ecologist and research co-lead Dr Karen Stockin.

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Aug 08
National's Welfare Plan w/ Dr. Shane Reti: August 9, 2022

Over the weekend the National party announced their latest policy plan to shift young people off of the jobseeker’s benefit. The policy includes the provision of dedicated job coaches to beneficiaries, a thousand-dollar bonus for young jobseekers who enter into and stay in work for a full year, as well as potential sanctions for those who fail to follow their prescribed plan. For Casper'[s weekly chat with National party MP Dr. Shane Reti, he asked him about the policy, how it proposes to help young beneficiaries and how exactly it might function.

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Aug 08
Asian Health Inequities w/ Dr. Roshini Peiris-John: August 9, 2022

Emily spoke with Co-Director of The University Of Auckland’s centre for Asian and ethnic Minority health research Dr. Roshini Peiris-John about the challenges faced by Asian New Zealanders in accessing health services.

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Aug 08
Rangatahi Welfare Policy w/ Zoe Hawke: August 9, 2022

To discuss welfare policy for rangatahi on a wider level, in response to not just the National party’s recently announced plan but welfare proposals from across the political spectrum, Casper spoke with Zoe Hawke from E Tipu E Rea.  

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Aug 08
The Wire w/ Joe: August 8, 2022

This week on The Wire for Rāhina Monday! Joe speaks to Steven Agnew, a senior Lecturer from the University of Canterbury about ending persistent disparities for Pasifika students in regards to literacy skills. He also speaks to Katie Pickles, a Professor of History from the Univeristy of Canterbury, about Jane Goodall joining Barbie’s ‘inspiring women’ series and how this ties in with Barbie being an antithesis of feminism given the company’s controversial representation of women. Liam will be chats to Michelle Johnstone from the Amalgamated Workers Union about dangerous housing conditions for migrant workers, as well as Rober Patman from the University of Otago about the United States Senate passing a major democrat climate and health package.  Tomorrow’s World is back! Isla and Stella speak to Keoni Mahelona from Te Pūnaha Matatini about using machine learning to revitalise Te Reo Māori. That's us for the Monday Wire!

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Aug 07
Pasifika Literacy Disparities w/ Stephen Agnew: August 8, 2022

An analysis of ten years of data has found low English literacy rates in Pasifika students are a key predictor of exclusion from school. The findings of this study highlighted the importance of literacy on educational outcomes and the possibility that greater investment in support for Pasifika students in order to end persisent disparities for students. Joe spoke to Stephen Agnew, a Senior Lecturer of Economics at the University of Canterbury, on the matter.  

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Aug 07
Barbie and the Antithesis of Feminism w/ Katie Pickles: August 8, 2022

Barbie has released a series of dolls which honours historical and contemporary heroines, such as conservation activist and animal behaviour expert Jane Goodall, aviator Amelia Earhart, NASA mathematician and physicist Katherine Johnson and artist and political activist Frida Kahlo. However, can this be seen as the appropriation of heroic women of substance as plastic Barbies? A brand synonymous with the objectification of women.  Joe spoke to Katie Pickles, a Professor of History from the Univeristy of Canterbury, about Barbie’s ‘inspiring women’ series and how this could be an Antithesis of Feminism given the company’s controversial representation of women.  

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Aug 07
Economic Package passed through US Senate w/ Robert Patman: August 8, 2022

Democrats in the United States have passed their long standing economic package through the senate this morning. The seven hundred and forty billion dollar package will fund efforts to curb climate change, provide reforms to health systems, and raise taxes on major corporations. This package, however, is a far cry from the initial three trillion dollar domestic fund President Joe Biden envisioned when he first came into office due to several notable compromises.  Liam spoke to professor Robert Patman from the University of Otago about the fund.  

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Aug 07
Dangerous Housing Conditions for Migrant Workers w/ Michelle Johnstone: August 8, 2022

New reports show migrant horticulture workers are enduring dire housing conditions, seeing upwards of six men a week in a single motel room that are each charged 150 a week. The accommodation has been detrimental to the workers physical health, with one worker reporting his illness wasn’t taken seriously unless it required hospitalisation. The Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner has recently investigated the conditions, calling it blatant economic exploitation.  To learn more, Liam spoke to Michelle Johnstone from the Amalgamated Workers Union about the conditions.  

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Aug 07
Greenwash lecture protests w/Adam Currie

Protesters disrupted a Z energy lecture yesterday, hosted by Auckland University. They accused the event, entitled “transition to a low-carbon future”, of greenwashing, and the university of giving a platform to one of New Zealand’s biggest carbon producers. David spoke with protest organiser Adam Currie about what happened.

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Aug 04
Restoring Citizenship Removed By Citizenship (Western Samoa) Act 1982 Bill w/ Teanau Tuiono

Teanau Tuiono’s bill launched today would strike an anti-Pacific racist law from the country’s books. The Restoring Citizenship Removed By Citizenship (Western Samoa) Act 1982 Bill would restore the right to citizenship for people from Western Samoa who were born between 1924 and 1949, as had been promised to them. David spoke with Teanau Tuiono about the bill.

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Aug 04
Fuel Price Freefall w/Basil Sharp

Rejoice! While fuel prices have yet to return to pre 2022 levels, it has freefallen down to an average of $2.70 a litre at the pumps in Auckland.  For example, yesterday afternoon saw prices fluctuate across the country with Waitomo on Tinakori Road in Wellington charging $2.59 a litre; Caltex on Newton Road in Auckland charging $2.65; and in Christchurch, Waitomo on Fitzgerald Avenue charging $2.47. Further drops are expected on the horizon, in part due to the crude oil stock price falling from 110USD to around 96 USD over the past week. Another factor could be the fuel tax excise, which has been extended to January. To learn more, Trishil spoke to Economics Professor Basil Sharp about the trends and contributing factors to the fall in prices.

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Aug 04
City Counselling w/Shane Henderson: August 5th 2022

Auckland Council's recent planning committee meeting took place last night.  The focus was on mass housing reforms, which could see rates of housing re-intensification rise across Tamaki Makaurau.  To learn more about the decisions made, Trishil took over the segment from Liam this week and spoke with councillor Shane Henderson on our regular City Counselling segment. The conversation touched on the pay rise for bus drivers in Auckland in a measure to combat staff shortages.  

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Aug 04
The Wire w/Casper McGuire

This week on the Friday Wire...  David speaks to Green Party MP Teanau Tuiono talking about Restoring the West Samoa Citizenship Removed By Citizenship Act 1982 Bill Trishil speaks to Shane Henderson for our regular City Counselling segment discussing the Planning Committee meeting on housing and a pay rise for Auckland bus drivers to address staff shortage David also speaks to Adam Currie, a protest organiser speaking on the Greenwash lecture protests Trishil also speaks to Professor Basil Sharpe on the falling fuel prices observed across the country this week.

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Aug 04
Vaccinating Against Monkeypox in Aotearoa w/ Joe Rich

New Zealand sexual health service, The Burnett Foundation, and Dr Peter Saxton from the University of Auckland submitted a letter to the government yesterday, urging them to vaccinate vulnerable communities against monkeypox now. Stella spoke to Joe Rich, Chief Executive of the Burnett Foundation, about the content of the letter.  

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Aug 03
The Wire w/ Stella: 4 August

Welcome to the Thursday Wire! This week on the show… Tuva’a has his weekly catch up with Andrew Little. Stella speaks to the head writer of Shortland Street, Jessica Joy Wood, about Shortland Street’s creative involvement with the campaign to recruit nurses. Frances brings us Greendesk, speaking with Gabrielle Feather, a PhD student at the University of Tasmania about climate anxiety. Stella speaks to Dr Nick Cradock-Henry from Manaaki Whenua about the government’s National Adaptation Plan. Stella speaks to Joe Rich, chief executive of the Burnett Foundation, about their call to the government for vulnerable populations to be vaccinated against monkeypox.

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Aug 03
The National Adaptation Plan w/ Dr Nick Cradock-Henry

The government released our first National Adaptation Plan yesterday, which details how kiwis could respond to climate change. Stella spoke to Dr Nick Cradock-Henry, Lead Scientist of social and ecological resilience at manaaki Whenua, about the NAP.  

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Aug 03