The Wednesday Wire
Obama's State of the Union Address01/22/15
US President Barack Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address this week to a congress heavily dominated by Republican lawmakers, as a result of November’s midterm election. Looking at the past, Obama said that although he had made difficult...
Neighbourhood Watch with Catherine Zengerer
We crossed live to our Australian correspondent Catherine Zengerer to discuss journalists reporting on asylum seeker policies, Tony Abbott struggling to prove his leadership and former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks being declared 'innocent' by...
Gareth Hughes on student debt
Students are borrowing more, with the Statistics New Zealand reporting a 22.5% increase in the amount borrowed in the last six years. The average student loan sits at 24 thousand dollars. And there’s currently no real incentive to pay it off in a...
Heavy talk about light rail
Auckland's Transport Agency has announced it is investigating the introduction of a light rail network along major arterial routes. Mount Eden Road, Dominion Road, Sandringham Road, and Manukau Road have been cited as the most likely routes. The...
Te Tiriti o Waitangi - The Basics!
In the lead-up to Waitangi Day, we will be featuring a series of interviews on Te Tiriti o Waitangi and what it means today. In the first of the series, Dr Te Kawehau Hoskins from the University of Auckland's Te Puna Wananga explains the basics - what...
Nick Smith: Red Tape and the RMA
Environment Minister Nick Smith announced yesterday that the government will undertake a major overhaul of the Resource Management Act. He has outlined a list of priorities which he says will dramatically cut the costs of building new homes, and spur...
David Shearer on the Pōhutukawa 6
We've been following Auckland Transport's plans to remove six pōhutukawa along Great North Road to make way for motorway upgrades associated with the $70 million Waterview connection. The plan is opposed by the Waitematā Local Board, as well as...
A Grim Situation on Manus Island
The Australian government says that a week-long protest at its Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea has been "broken". But asylum seekers remain on mass hunger strike and there are increasing reports of attempted suicide and self harm....
Employers unhappy with school leavers
School leavers moving into their first jobs are not up to scratch, according to an employer survey. The survey was completed by the Employers and Manufacturers Association. Chief executive Kim Campbell says school leavers have lacked basic workplace...
"There's no substitute for the real thing"
Figures have been released showing that since the introduction of firearm video simulators in police training, training with live ammunition has dropped significantly. The Police Association have raised concerns that officers are not getting enough...
Taxi Regulations Review
Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss has announced a review will be undertaken into regulations surrounding small passenger services. This comes following tension between The New Zealand Taxi Federation and new kid on the block, Uber. The Taxi...
Labour cautious on RMA changes
Environment Minister Nick Smith will tonight give his long awaited announcement on the reform of the Resource Management Act. The reform was blocked from progressing in Parliament last year because of its proposals to strengthen economic development...
New findings on the fate of Easter Island’s indigenous population
Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui, is famous for its 887 monumental statues, called moai, created by the early Rapa Nui people. A new study has been published in the American periodical Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and makes the...
What does hacking have to do with health care?
Health Hackathon: Solving Self-care is a workshop that’s going to be taking place on a weekend in early February at the University of Auckland’s Tamaki Innovation Campus. It’s designed to enable attendees from various backgrounds to collaboratively...
Sleeping Rough In Down Town Auckland
The number of people sleeping rough in down town Auckland has doubled since last year, according to a count made by Auckland City Mission. ACM says the main factors behind the dramatic rise is a lack of affordable accommodation and the governments...
Locked Out of Auckland's Housing Market
The annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey has ranked Auckland the 9th least affordable major housing market in the world. Auckland City Mission chief executive Diane Robertson isn't surprised. She deals with people every day...
Health In Focus - 19 January 2015
New research by a team of US scientists could lead to the first new antibiotics in decades. The team has developed a totally new approach to growing the bacteria which yield antibiotics, and they are already getting results. One antibiotic developed...
Stopping the Toothfish Bandits
A group of illegal fishing vessels has evaded the New Zealand Navy's HMNZS Wellington in the Southern Ocean. The fishing vessels are poaching valuable toothfish - protected under the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources....
It's Good to be a DHB Boss
It's good to be a District Health Board boss. Figures from the State Services Commission show big increases in DHB chief executive pay. It's a marked contrast to the DHBs' strict limits on pay increases for those on the front lines of the medical...
Zero Tolerance for Speeding an Abysmal Failure?
bFM reporter Courtney Evans speaks to New Zealand First Mp Ron Mark about why specifically he wants the Police Minister to apologise for the so-called “zero tolerance” speed limit over the summer break, which he believes was a failure.
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