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531pi has served our Pacific communities since 1993 with a blend of news, views, information and talk back - all combined with a music mix you'll hear nowhere else. During the day, our programmes cater to first and second generation Pacific migrants. After 6 pm, our nine community language programmes serve a different Pacific island each night.
 
After 33 years behind the Newstalk ZB microphone, Leighton can’t give it up completely. There were so many requests to continue his opinionated commentary that the prospect of podcasting was born. So, without restriction, Leighton continues to serve up on everything you want to hear about and some things you don’t. Stand by to be enlightened, educated and enraged!
 
Listen back to features and interviews from 95bFM's daily news & current affairs show, The Wire. Your hosts Jessica Hopkins, Jemima Huston, Frances Wright, Zazi Hewlett, Justin Wong and Noah Ferguson-Dudding focus on the issues of Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere, in independent-thinking bFM style. Weekdays 12-1pm on 95bFM.
 
From nine to noon every weekday, Kathryn Ryan talks to the people driving the news - in New Zealand and around the world. Delve beneath the headlines to find out the real story, listen to Nine to Noon's expert commentators and reviewers and catch up with the latest lifestyle trends on this award-winning programme.
 
Open your mind to the world with New Zealand’s number one breakfast radio show. Without question, as New Zealand’s number one talk host, Mike Hosking sets the day’s agenda. The sharpest voice and mind in the business, Mike drives strong opinion, delivers the best talent, and always leaves you wanting more. The Mike Hosking Breakfast always cuts through and delivers the best daily on Newstalk ZB.
 
At The Drive Thru (formerly known as The Egonomist); your premier source for rants, raves and arguments on topics from Politics to News to Social Trends, with a focus on New Zealand but with an eye to the world. Each week Dan and Dave will bring you new episodes. Sometimes deep and philosophical, sometimes filth and vitriol, we aim to be a voice of informed malcontent.
 
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Later this month the James Webb Space Telescope will be shot into space, and when it reaches its destination - approximately 1.5 million kilometres from Earth - the massive telescope will slowly unfurl to its full size. All going to plan, it will allow us to see further into the Universe than anything else ever built, succeeding the Hubble telescop…
 
Tony Ward began his quest for a better criminal rehabilitation model when he was appointed as the inaugural director of the Kia Marama treatment programme for child sex offenders at Christchurch's Rolleston Prison in 1989. His experience there changed the way he thought about people who commit offences, and how best to help them find other ways to …
 
A strain of Hindu nationalism, Hindutva, has grown in global prominence since 2014 under Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's BJP party. Now tensions are rising in the Indian community, both here and internationally, between those supporting Hindutva, and those concerned it promotes racism and Islamophobia.…
 
Life to a large extent was coming back to some level of normalcy in India after the country witnessed a deadly second wave earlier this year. But with a new variant of COVID-19, Omicron, being reported all around the world last week and now also in India, everyone is sitting up in their chair to enquire about what the deal is with this variant. The…
 
NASA's James Webb Telescope is a large infrared telescope and is designed to be the 'premier observatory of the next decade'. It's main purpose is to study every phase in the history of our Universe, ranging from the Big Bang, to the possibility of life on planets like Earth, to the evolution of our own Solar System. Matthew Greenhouse is a Project…
 
After almost four months in lockdown, Auckland has been granted the 'red' light to reopen bars and pubs along with the rest of the hospitality sector. Auckland's streets are humming, young and old have come out to play as lockdown ends and the new traffic light system begins. The music is loud, the feeling is relief and the refreshing cool drinks a…
 
Unvaccinated people across Germany will soon be excluded from nonessential stores, restaurants and sports and cultural venues, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Thursday, and parliament will consider a general vaccine mandate as part of efforts to curb coronavirus infections. Merkel announced the measures after a meeting with federal and state lea…
 
Japan says it has retracted a ban on new incoming international flight bookings to defend against the new variant of the coronavirus only a day after the policy was announced, following criticisms that it was an overreaction. The transport ministry on Wednesday issued a request to international airlines to stop taking new reservations for flights c…
 
Christopher Luxon’s first few days will be seen as a reasonable success, but we’re yet to see which policy directions National will take under his leadership, particularly with climate. Business commentator Rod Oram told Heather du Plessis-Allan Luxon should speak with Paul Polman, his old boss at Unilever. “Getting Polman here, who is a very serio…
 
The Black Caps' 2nd test against India is not off to a good start. The first session in Mumbai was delayed due to a wet outfield, but now Kane Williamson has been ruled out with an elbow injury, which may extend once the team returns home. The WTA has become the first professional sporting organisation to take a stand against the Chinese government…
 
A Northland businessman says the region's seeing booking cancellations due to checkpoints. Police will keep Northland's borders in place with iwi support when Auckland's border opens. In November the Government changed Covid laws to grant iwi organisations power to close roads and public places to stop vehicles. Northland businessman Grant Harnish …
 
The IOC has had a second video call with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai. IOC President Thomas Bach says that Peng has reconfirmed that she is safe and well, despite the “difficult situation” she is in. However, the IOC isn't releasing the transcript of the conversation. Sydney Morning Herald North Asia correspondent Eryk Bagshaw told Heather du P…
 
Meghan Markle has won her court battle against the Mail on Sunday. The Court of Appeal upheld the decision that Markle had a “reasonable expectation of privacy” over a letter written to her father that was published by the tabloid. LA Correspondent Sean Mandell told Heather du Plessis-Allan she had anticipated the letter would be leaked and had tak…
 
Iwi will be able to stop cars travelling into Northland. The Government changed Covid laws on November 20 to grant iwi organisations power to close roads and public places to stop vehicles. Police will be maintaining checkpoints for cars travelling into Northland after Auckland's border reopens on December 15. Act Party leader David Seymour told He…
 
The Government passed a law on November 20 giving iwi organisations in Northland the right to stop vehicles travelling to the region. The checkpoints will be under police supervision when the Auckland border opens on December 15. New National leader Christopher Luxon has been up in Auckland visiting restaurants on the Auckland Viaduct. He questione…
 
When Justice Brett Kavanaugh was facing tough questions during his 2018 confirmation battle about his views on the Supreme Court's abortion rulings. he returned time and time again to the importance of precedent and their "precedent on precedent." Speaking more broadly, Kavanaugh at the time described the circumstances that the justices overturn pr…
 
Pints are pouring and cocktails are being sipped on Auckland's waterfront. Hospitality businesses dusted off tables and opened their doors this morning after 107 days in lockdown. Venues have a 100 person cap under the Red Traffic Light Setting and patrons have to show their My Vaccine Pass. HeadQuarters bar owner Leo Molloy told Heather du Plessis…
 
Simon Bridges has revealed he dropped out of the race for National party leader because he didn't have the numbers. Bridges, who has previously held the top job, made an eleventh-hour decision to back Christopher Luxon before Tuesday's caucus meeting. He's since picked up the finance portfolio under Luxon's new reign. Bridges told Heather du Plessi…
 
Did it take anyone else by surprise to hear the Police Commissioner reveal the Government’s made it legal for iwi up north to stop your car? Yeah, me too. So I checked it out. Turns out, they did change the law. Two weeks ago, on November 20 — a Saturday — they inserted a new bit into the Covid-19 Health Response Act granting the power to “close ro…
 
At the end of each week, Mike Hosking takes you through the big-ticket items and lets you know what he makes of it all. The National Party. 7/10. "No contested vote and a good start for a new team. They end the week in better shape than they began it." Christopher Luxon. 7/10. "Said the right stuff and said it well. Big job ahead, but if first impr…
 
Kate Hawkesby and Tim Wilson join Mike Hosking to wrap the week that was. The three discuss whether Hosking and Hawkesby should do a Christmas album. Mike Hosking has come under fire for yesterday saying he doesn't like Fiji, as they opened up for the first time in 20 months. And Kate feels ripped off after Mike's first visit to the hairdresser kno…
 
Whether you know and love Motorsport or not you'll likely be aware of one of the biggest races of the year happening this weekend. It's Bathurst on Sunday. Although the cup is already safely tucked away for Shane van Gisbergen, it won't dim the 1000 kilometre, 161 lap, seven-hour event. Under different circumstances, kiwi Motorsport champ Greg Murp…
 
A lawyer for the assistant director on the movie Rust says she was told by her client "since the very first day" that Alec Baldwin did not pull the trigger on the gun that shot Halyna Hutchins dead. Lisa Torraco, told ABC News, that Baldwin's claim in his interview with George Stephanopoulos that he didn't pull the trigger was supported by assistan…
 
Wedding venues can reopen in Auckland under Red Light settings - but business is still hard to come by. Annette Simpkins, the owner of West Auckland's Kumeu Valley Estate wedding venue, told Mike Hosking she only has four events between now and Christmas. “The whole Christmas market has completely vanished. Probably about $200,000 down for the Chri…
 
Felt a bit sorry for Geoff White these past couple of days. He is the head of Trade Aid in New Zealand. He was forlorn over the growing reality of what he called mass consumerism. It's bad, and there we were heading into Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas shopping and Boxing Day sales, and all he was seeing was mass consumerism. It's the old arg…
 
Taranaki-based clinical animal behaviourist Mat Ward specialises in positive reinforcement training, for new pups and throughout their life. It's never too late to teach an old dog a new trick, says Mat, who has even taught a dog to fly a plane. His new book is What Dogs Want, illustrated by Rupert Fawcett. Mat tells Kathryn here he explores the ke…
 
The new traffic light system puts more responsibilities on businesses to enforce vaccine mandates and rules around proof of vaccine passes. Employsure Employment Relations Specialist Maddie McKenzie told Kate Hawkesby the feedback is mixed. "Employers are concerned they're losing some of their best employees because of the vaccine mandates." She sa…
 
A funding boost for intensive care facilities is being seen as a start. The Government's earmarked 100 million dollars from the Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund to accelerate ICU projects and another 544 million for operational funding, for costs like staffing. Waitakere Hospital will also get 65 million dollars for a new intensive care unit, tw…
 
How have we survived 107 days of lockdown Auckland? 188 if you add in last year's locked down days too... amazing. So, as we finish the alert level system and head into the traffic lights today, I'm actually putting a stop light on the old alarm now for a few weeks. This is my last show for the year. We worked through the lockdowns again this year …
 
A High Court ruling that Immigration New Zealand was wrong to stop processing refugee visa applications due to Covid border restruction has given hope to a group of 70 Afghan nationals trying to get here. But there are now concerns that MFAT, which has been facilitating emergency flights out of Afghanistan, is about to shut down for summer, and may…
 
On the dawn on the new Traffic Light System, comes new freedoms, especially for Aucklanders, who have been in lockdown for 107 days. Waiheke island has been off-limits for visitors during lockdown, with non-residents banned. But this morning, they're welcoming people back with open arms. Waiheke local board chairperson Cath Handley told Kate Hawkes…
 
Signs business leaders are becoming more aware of social issues outside the workplace. The Institute of Directors have released their sentiment report, looking into the mood of board directors. 50-percent believe CEOs should be speaking out on social issues such as climate change and mental health. Chief Executive Kirsten Patterson said it shows ti…
 
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