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The New Zealand Wars: A Brief History

7/31/2014
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95bFM Reporter Jordan Bond speaks with author Matthew Wright about his book 'The New Zealand Wars: A Brief History'.

Duration: 00:10:47


No Front Line: NZ and the Vietnam War

7/30/2014
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This year is the 50th anniversary of New Zealand’s military involvement in the Vietnam War. The conflict was New Zealand’s longest and most controversial military engagement of the twentieth century. Claire Hall, author of the book No Front Line, says we still don’t understand the legacy of the war but it played a crucial role in developing New Zealand’s national identity. Wire Host Ben Leonard spoke to Mrs. Hall about the history of the Vietnam War and New Zealand’s involvement.

Duration: 00:13:07


Maori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell on Jamie Whyte's claims of Maori pr

7/30/2014
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In a recent speech ACT leader Jamie Whyte said that Maori are legally privileged in New Zealand today. Dr Whyte said that one of ACT's core principles has always been that the law should be “colour blind” and should treat everybody equally. Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell sez Dr Whyte is vying for the "redneck sector of the voting community", and there is "no doubt that there is an element of racism in those comments". Wire host Ben Leonard spoke to Mr Flavell for his perspective on...

Duration: 00:10:13


Dear Science with Peter Griffin

7/30/2014
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Peter Griffin on Dear Science discusses the Kiwi company Rocket Lab announcing its latest light weight rocket invention, explains interesting new research of human impact in Antarctica, and tells us about Science in society strategy.

Duration: 00:06:35


Who is to blame for NZ's polluted rivers?

7/30/2014
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The Green Party has announced that its number one environmental priority for this election is making our rivers clean enough to swim in again. The Green Party is trying to blame the cause on the farmer’s rural runoff, while the farmers are pointing the finger at urban runoff. Wire producer, Haylee Clarke spoke to Federated Farmers' environment spokesperson, Ian McKenzie on this issue, Green Party water spokesperson, Eugenie Sage on this issue.

Duration: 00:12:16


The Green Desk - 29 July 2014

7/29/2014
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The seabed had a big win recently when the Environmental Projection Authority declined Trans Transman Resources' bid to mine ironsand on the west coast. Kiwis Against Seabed Mining (KASM) played a significant role in galvanising community opposition to the mining proposal. On the Green Desk today Simon talks to Phil McCabe, chairman of KASM about a great affirmation of people power and the upcoming High Court appeal against the decision.

Duration: 00:13:13


Should Prisoners Have the Right to Vote?

7/29/2014
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Prior to 2010, prisoners with a sentence of less than three years were allowed to vote. In 2010, National and Act changed this law so now no prisoners have that right. bFM reporters, Sara and Lillian, asked all the parties whether they think prisoners should have the right to vote and if the law should be changed. The National Party refused to comment because the legislation is currently being challenged in the Courts. United Future's Peter Dunne stated that the party has not yet taken a...

Duration: 00:10:28


Voting from the Other Side of the Ditch; The Expatriate Party

7/29/2014
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The Expatriate Party of New Zealand is a new political party aiming to be a voice for kiwis living overseas. They say New Zealanders are completely unrepresented overseas, and that the New Zealand Government seems disinterested in expat matters. The Expatriate Party want to change this. Gary Farrow talked live to the party’s spokesperson Grant Cheesman and their first candidate, Vicky Rose about what the party is trying to achieve, and how they would do this.

Duration: 00:14:03


The Context of Colin Craig's Twitter Statement

7/29/2014
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Conservative Party leader Colin Craig made a tweet two years ago, which was widely retweeted last weekend: "It's just not intelligent to pretend that homosexual relationships are normal." bFM News asked him whether he still stood by this statement.

Duration: 00:02:01


Child Labour in Bolivia

7/28/2014
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Bolivia has recently lowered the legal minimum working age to just 10 years old. That's the lowest legal working age in the world. 95bFM reporter Nick Bond spoke to Jo Becker, Human Rights Watch's Children's Advocacy Director, about the new law, the reasons put forward in favour of it, and what she thinks Bolivia should be doing instead.

Duration: 00:12:10


Health In Focus - 28 July 2014

7/28/2014
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Smoking in New Zealand is declining, but 463,000 New Zealanders still smoke. Pippa Grierson from the Science Media Centre gives the facts on smoking, tobacco, and why it makes your skin age.

Duration: 00:06:38


Youth Voting

7/28/2014
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Voter turnout is declining, and young voters in particular are switching off politics. 95bFM reporters Alice Gatland and Lillian Hanly spoke to students about what issues would inspire them to cast a vote in September's election. Meanwhile, Wire producer Haylee Clarke investigated the Electoral Commission's campaign to encourage New Zealanders to vote. She spoke to campaign participant Stacey Bollond and Chief Electoral Officer Robert Peden about why youth aren't voting, and what should be...

Duration: 00:16:53


Minor Parties in MMP

7/28/2014
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Minor parties and coalition deals are an important part of New Zealand's MMP electoral system. But what are the rules? Are coalition deals sufficiently transparent? And does the tail wag the dog? Madeleine Farman spoke to Massey University's Politics and Public Policy Associate Professor Grant Duncan to find out.

Duration: 00:11:33


What are Maori Seats and Why Do They Exist?

7/25/2014
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New Zealand is made up of 63 general electorates and 7 Maori seats. But what are Maori seats, why do they exist and why are there only 7 of them? Anna Bracewell-Worrall spoke to Robert Peden, Chief Electoral officer at the electoral commission, to clear up some of these questions.

Duration: 00:14:21


Neighbourhood Watch with Catherine Zengerer

7/25/2014
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This week, we spoke to our Australian correspondent Catherine Zengerer on MH17, with memorials being held across the country for the 37 Australian victims in the crash. Catherine also spoke about domestic violence services across Australia facing funding cuts.

Duration: 00:12:49


New Research says Suicide is 'not a selfish act'

7/25/2014
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A new study done by mental health charity SANE Australia and the University of New England found that many who have attempted to take their own life claim that suicide is not a selfish act. They interviewed 31 people across Australia who had attempted to take their own life, and were asked about their experience, the support that was available to them, whether they talked to family and friends about their attempt, and what helped or slowed recovery. Wire producer George Freeman spoke to SANE...

Duration: 00:08:26


Gareth Hughes Hugely Into Solar Schools

7/25/2014
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The Green Party yesterday announced the latest element of their energy policy. The policy is a scheme to install solar panels to 500 schools over five years. The policy would cost $20 million, and the Greens say it’ll result in annual savings of $ 1.64m (exclusive of GST) over the 25-year lifespan of the panels installed. Anna Bracewell-Worrall spoke to Green MP Gareth Hughes on the policy.

Duration: 00:05:53


Celebrity Culture

7/24/2014
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In light of the upcoming election, we’ve been investigating voter apathy. Perhaps the largest, self-perpetuating attention grab these days is celebrity. With this in mind, we decided to investigate the nature of celebrity culture, and why we care, with Emeritus Professor Dr Graeme Turner, Founding Director of the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland.

Duration: 00:14:04


Humans of Remuera

7/24/2014
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bFM reporter Sylvia and Chlöe speak live with the founders of the Humans of Remuera Facebook page, on why stereotyping is sometimes okay and sometimes necessary.

Duration: 00:06:23


State of the States - July 24, 2014

7/24/2014
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In this week's State of the States with Jason Leopold, he and Chlöe speak Palestine/Israel and the US media's terrible coverage of it (including their pulling reporters off of covering the crisis because they were deemed to be too sympathetic to Palestinians), alongside MH17.

Duration: 00:16:56

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