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.
Justin and Conor discuss the result of the general election in the Republic of Ireland, after left-wing republican party, Sinn Fienn broke a center right duopoly of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail, whom have ruled for almost a century.
Justin talked to Paul Thompson, the Chief Executive of Radio New Zealand, to talk about the decision to move classical music station Concert FM to the AM frequency, in order to set up a new youth-oriented station.
Justin started by asking the direction of the new youth station.
Justin talked with Matthew Tukaki, Executive Director of the New Zealand Maori Council, about Maori interests in public media reforms, after the government announced last week a new entity will merge Radio New Zealand and TVNZ.
Last Wednesday a judgement was dismissed by the high court of Justice surrounding the Accommodation Provider Targeted Rate which was Introduced in 2017 to help benefit tourism in Auckland. The APTR is charged to hotels, motels and AirBnB that are rented for 28 days or more, with a change in rate depending on the number of days rented. This rate combined with money from rate payers is helping fund events such as the women's rugby world cup and the NZ fashion week. James started off by asking Auckland mayor, Phil Goff, how the Targeted Rate works.
On the Show today, Lillian speaks to Te Ara whatu spokesperson Haylee Koroi on raids on Wet'suwet'en clan terriroties, in Canada.
Sherry speaks to Green Party co-leader James Shaw on Jacinda’s annnnouncement at BGO on increased HIV funding and support, and broader questions of mental health, homelessness and conversion therapy in the LGBTQ+ community.
James Tapp talks with Auckland Mayor, Phil Goff about the Accommodation Provider Targeted rate.
And finally Sherry catches up with journalist Jess Fu on her article on RNZ responding to racism and xenophobia chinese community from the coronavirus.
Haylee Koroi is from Te Tai Tokerau, of Pukepoto and Utakura descent. She is a member of Te Ara Whatu, an indigenous youth climate action group made up of young people around the Pacific working toward climate justice. Te Ara Whatu released a statement of solidarity this weekend with the Wet'suwet'en nation in Great Turtle Island, or Canada. Wet'suwet'en land protectors have been occupying their territory in protest of a pipeline that will cut directly through it. All five Wet'suwet'en Clans have opposed pipelines on their territories. On the 6th February the Royal Canadian Mounted Police moved onto the territory carrying out a raid on the unarmed land defenders. 6 unarmed people were arrested that morning, and a further 20 people have been arrested since. Lillian Hanly spoke with Haylee from Te Ara Whatu to find out more about what is going on. Firstly though, Lillian asked how Te Ara Whatu experienced attending COP25 the climate conference for leaders around the world.
Journalist Jess Fu wrote a piece for RNZ responding to the racisms and xenophobia expeirenced by the New Zealand- Chinese community. Sherry discusses with Jess the questionable framing of Chinese people by New Zealand Media, and ways to better support and fight back against ignorance.
In December an unexpected volcanic eruption on White Island in New Zealand killed twenty-one people, while in the Philippines, the eruption of Taal Volcano caused thousands of people to flee the area. With Climate Change, will volcanic eruptions become more frequent moving forward? Maria Armoudian discusses the science and chemistry of volcanoes with Jihong Cole-Dai, Charles B. Connor, and Ivan Savov.
In its annual survey of top CEO pay issued last week, The New Zealand Herald showed the average earnings of CEO’s jumped 12 percent last year to $1,750,141 compared with a 2.4 percent rise for average New Zealanders.
As several researchers, including the University of Auckland’s Tim Hazeldine, have pointed out, the trend of overpaying CEOs “lacks any obvious empirical justification in terms of general improvements in marketing, productivity, and profitability.”
Rachel Simpson talks to Peter Malcolm, who is the Secretary General of Closing the Gap NZ. They talked about how to keep up the pressure on the government, corporates and CEOs during the upcoming election year.