Lachlan Balfour and producers Ben Goldson and Jemima Huston bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show, including our U.S. news feature State of the States with a correspondent from WNYU News, a look at This Day in History, as well as a regular chat with Labour Minister Andrew Little.
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Lachlan Balfour is a law and arts student who's been at bFM since mid-2017. When he's not reading cases you can find him tweeting about British politics, prison reform and complaining about public transport.
Former South Korean president Lee Myung Bak has been jailed for 15 years for receiving bribes from some of the country’s (and the world’s) largest companies, including Samsung. Justin looks into what role these companies play in South Korea and the relations they have with the administration.
The Auckland Women’s Centre hosted a forum last week celebrating the mahi of Maori women. The guest speakers discussed the various impacts of colonialism, systematic racism and Western feminism on Maori women. Olivia spoke to the centre’s manager, Leonie Morris, about the centre and their role, but first she went to the forum to hear what guest speaker Leonie Pihama had to say.
The government has announced extra funding will be available to attract over 850 additional teachers yesterday. It includes the introduction of up to 230 grants of 10,000 dollars to encourage schools to employ more teaching graduates. Justin talked to Michael Cabral-Tarry, the CHairperson of the Auckland Regional Committee of the NZ Post Primary Teachers’ Association. He started by asking the current situation of teachers in New Zealand.
This week on the Monday Wire, Jemima talks with Green-Party co-leader James Shaw about rising fuel prices and legalising drug testing. Our regular segment, the Southern Cross, covers the internationally acclaimed human rights film on Paga Hill that was banned from a Papua New Guinea festival and Papua New Guinea Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, response to backlash against his purchase of 40 Maseratis. Justin reports on the Government's plan to bring teachers from overseas to solve the country's teacher shortage and asks Michael Calbral-Tarry from the NZ Post Primary Teachers' Association about this issue. Damian follows up on the Green Party's call for legal drug testing with Nathan Brown from the New Zealand Drug Foundation. Finally, Damian speaks with campaigner, Sophie Schroder, about Greenpeace launching a series of training workshops to prepare for the arrival of oil giant, OMV.
The Green Party are calling for legislation which would legalise drug testing for contents before the summer festival season begins. Producer Damian Rowe spoke to drug demand reduction manager for the NZ Drug Foundation, Nathan Brown to get NZ Drug Foundation's perspective on the move.
Over the weekend Greenpeace launched a series of workshops and trainings which includes boarding boats with professional climbers in preparation for the arrival of oil company OMV. Producer Damian Rowe spoke to Greenpeace campaigner Sophie Schroder about the activities over the weekend and futher events.
Marc Jacobson has been working to take the world to 100% renewable energy by 2050 which he argues can slow down climate change and reverse some of the damage. Maria Armoudian spoke to Jacobson, who is also co-founder of the Solutions Project, about his ongoing work to counter climate change.
For wire worry week we focus on cultural appropriation. The haka party incident in 1979 saw conflict come to a head with protestors confronting University of Auckland engineering students over their practice of donning grass skirts, brown face and performing fake Haka as part of capping day celebrations. The confrontation is seen as a pinnacle moment of activism causing change in our country's history but is a story not often told from the activists experience. Hone Harawira was part of the protest that day, Jenn spoke to him on the incident, what lead to it and the challenges New Zealand still faces today.