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.
The Wire is 95bFM's long-running daily bastion of news, current affairs and views through the bFM lens.
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.
The current benefits system is from a different time, harking back to times of World Wars and the Great Depression. The most common recipient of the benefit is no longer a male Pākehā war hero, but rather solo mothers, and disproportionately mothers who are Māori, Pasifika or have disabilities. These women are subjected to intrusive investigations, probing questions, regulations that keep them from seeking work, and policies that keep them from pursuing meaningful relationships.
95bFM reporter Rachel Simpson spoke to Georgie Craw, executive officer of Child Poverty Action Group. The group recently released a briefing paper calling for the government to take urgent action on the benefits system, which was delivered to the Prime Minister’s electoral office, along with a petition signed by 8,000 people.
Sherry speaks with National co-ordinator of School Strike 4 Climate, Sophie Handford, ahead of their third protest on the 27th of September. She asks Sophie on the movement’s demands, and changes after criticisms following the last protest for alienating pacifika voices due to the timing with polyfest. Sophie also discusses the implications on local body elections with the increased awareness of the climate crisis. Sherry begin by asking Sophie to outline what’s new with the upcoming protest.
On the Wire today: Professor Jim Mann joins us to discuss food advertising and whether the government needs to bring in more regulations. Southern Cross is back discussing all the news across the Pacific. Sherry chats with Sophie Handford, national convenor for School Strike for Climate. Finally, Green Party Co-Leader James Shaw has his regular chat with Jemima, this week discussing emissions from business and the climate crisis risk assessment.
Are some green solutions unhelpful for the environment or, worse, do they actually harm it? In her book Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution, journalist Heather Rogers explores whether ‘green’ products such as carbon offsets, organic food, biofuels, and eco-friendly cars work in offsetting the effects of climate change. Maria Armoudian spoke to Rogers about whether earth-friendly products can save the planet.
New Zealand has one of the higest rates of obesity in the world - but how much does advertising have to do with it? A health expert is calling for greater government regulations around how food is advertised, especially to children. Lachlan spoke with Professor Jim Mann from the University of Otago about advertising, the difficulty around food and social media and what the government can do to help people make more informed decisions around their diet.