Laura Kvigstad and producer Louis Laws bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show, including Neighbourhood Watch with Radio Adelaide's Zoe Kounadis, This Day in History with Ben Goldson and a chat with National Party MP Denise Lee.
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Laura Kvigstad is a student at the University of Auckland, and fell in love with journalism in her second year of studying. She was born in Taupo but raised in Canada (hence the accent) and every New Years she takes a road trip to discover a new spot. Laura enjoys a good political debate and hearing various perspectives people have on the world.
Wellington City Council has announced a major project with a private developer to provide affordable housing in the city for nurses and teachers. It's understood this is the first of its kind here in New Zealand, but the rental cap type model is certainly not new in the rest of the world, but the Council and partner developer The Wellington Company have announced more projects in the future that will continue the concept. Wellington councillor Fleur Fitzsimons is in charge of the portfolio and Lillian Hanly speaks to her to find out more about the Council's hopes for 'rent stabilisation' in Wellington.
A group of Chinese construction workers who came to New Zealand through an overseas employment agency have been left broke and jobless after spending upwards of $40,000 on agency fees. They were refused a visa extension after they were lied to about how much they would earn and how long they could stay. Felix Walton spoke with Unite Union's Mike Treen who is trying to help the workers.
With many indications this week that the Ihumātao dispute might be coming to an end with an agreement on how to move forward on the horizon, Lillian touches on the latest announcements which indicate a more detailed plan is not far off at all. Thank you to One News for the live stream.
On Dear Science with AUT's Marcus Jones we are talking about a new virus that is spreading at an alarming rate, ozone-depleting gases that are heating up the Arctic, and an "agricultural revolution" in the UK.
Lillian speaks with Wellington councillor Fleur Fitzsimons about the city’s housing project that will see nurses and teachers in affordable homes.
Felix speaks with Unite Union's Mike Treen about a group of Chinese workers who were left jobless after their overseas employment agency lied to them about their visas.
And Lillian gives a mini update as to what is happening at Ihumātao with an agreement very close on the horizon.
Justin talks to University of Sydney's Graeme Gill and University of Melbounre's William Partlett about the constitutional changes proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the fallout from the resignation of Prime Minister Dimitry Merdvedev and his cabinet.
More than 200 people over China, South Korea, Japan and Thailand have been infected by a new type of coronavrius, which 4 have been killed. Justin talks with Siouxie Wiles of Auckland University to find out more about coronaviruses and how is this new virus different to SARS and MERS.
Louis talks to Hugh Pavletich, the co-author of the Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey, about the increasing unaffordability of the housing market.
Justin discusses the proposed constitutional changes in Russia and the fallout from the resignation of Prime Minister Dimitry Medvedev's government with Professors Graeme Gill of Sydney University and the University of Melbourne's William Partlett.
Chris talks to Kerry Davies of the PSA on the working conditions of home support workers.
Justin also talked to Siouxsie Wiles of Auckland University about the pneumonia outbreak in Wuhan.
Two years ago after a historic equal pay settlement ended long term pay discrimination against home support workers, many complain they face a new struggle against shortened hours, irregular job security and inadequate resources. Chris talked to Kerry Davies of the Public Service Association to find more about these workers' working conditions.
Following the US drone strike that killed an Iranian general in Iraq and Iran shooting down a Ukrainian passenger airliner, international concerns over security and legality have arisen, while in Iran, protests against the government’s response to the attack on the airliner have intensified. What are the international and local responses to the tensions between the US and Iran? How did we reach this point of crisis? How do these attacks threaten peace and stability in the Middle East? Doug Becker speaks with Nader Hashemi, Asli Ü. Bâli, and Nayereh Tohidi.
On the Monday Wire, we have our weekly chat with Green party co-leader James Shaw, on the emissions trading scheme and housing crisis. Senior researcher at the Institute for Governance and Public Policy at Victoria University Dr Mike Joy critiques the proposed Emissions Trading Scheme Bill and environmental policies. We talk to genderqueer clown and theatre performer Ania Upstill on the performance of gender identities, and have Citizen's Commission on Human Rights New Zealand director Mike Feriss, speaking about a recent report released by the UN urging investigation into torture at Lake Alice, a former psychiatric hospital.