Stewart Sowman and producers Olivia Holdsworth and Grace Watson bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show as well as a regular chat with Labour Minister Andrew Little.
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Stewart Sowman-Lund is in his final year of a Law and Arts degree, and a radio reporter for Newstalk ZB. He’s been at 95bFM since 2017, and has spent much of his time covering entertainment news despite being told not to. When not giving his opinion on something, he’ll most likely be found drinking coffee.
Things are moving forward in bold steps for the land disputes in Ihumatao, the Stonefields Historic Reserve which was confiscated from Maori in 1863.
With Fletcher’s plan to develop housing units on 32 hectares of land, which is part of the rare cultural heritage landscape in Ihumatao, a petition was made against that move.
Now, Following the powerful and moving hikoi through Wellington streets on March the 12th to present their petition to Government, The Save Our Unique Landscape Campaign, the SOUL movement, will take the near 19,000-strong petition to Auckland Council on April the 9th, outside of Aotea Square.
Louis talks with SOUL co-founder and social activist Qiane Matata-Sipu, about the movement and their petition.
In the wake of the Christchurch terror attack, New Zealand is making fast changes to its firearm legislation. The first reading of the Arms Amendment Act passed on Tuesday, and today MPs are hearing oral submissions for the government’s gun law reforms from Gun City's David Tipple, the Federation of Islamic Associations NZ and firearms legal experts. Olivia Holdsworth spoke to Otago University public health researcher Dr Hera Cook, who is one half of the pair who released a five-page fact sheet on firearms law and policy in New Zealand from a public health point of view. Olivia began by asking what the implications of our current gun laws on public health are.
A recent article in the New Zealand Medical Journal looked at children’s views on junk food marketing, including advertising, what nutritional information should be provided, and how healthy food is promoted. Now, The New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) led Consensus Statement on Sugary Drinks is calling for a change to how food marketing to children is monitored. Stewart Sowman-Lund spoke to NZDA sugary drinks spokesperson Dr Rob Beaglehole, and started by asking him what the article actually tells us about advertising.
The New Zealand Bar Association came out supporting the semi-automatic firearm ban. Council member of the association Josh McBride says what is needed now is immediate changes to the underlying legislation to ensure that all military specification assault rifles are prohibited, irrespective of their configuration or aesthetics. Josh has prepared a discussion paper and submission to the Government on behalf of the bar association saying assault rifles have no legitimate civilian use. Josh believes they should never have been allowed in to NZ. He believes previous legislation and regulations failed to adequately restrict the importation and sale of these types of rifles and ammunition, ones which are characterised by the use of intermediate cartridges to reduce recoil and enable rapid firing. Gautami Sithambaram spoke with Josh to find out more and started by asking how these semi-automatic weapons came to be in NZ in the first place.
Sherry Zhang speaks to directors, Julie Zhu and Nahyeon Lee, of the short film Myth of the Model Minority. Firstly, Julie discusses the representation of Asian New Zealanders, and the direction she hopes conversations around migrants and diaspora communities shift to. Then, Nahyeon dicusses the token minority, assimilation and Dominion road as a safe space for ethnic minorities.
Amro Mohamed is a solicitor and volunteers for the Human Rights Foundation. Together they worked on a project regarding relationships between Muslim communities and government agencies. Lillian Hanly spoke with him following the Islamophobic terror attacks in Christchurch.
Since the attacks the Human Rights Foundation has created a website where any instances of islamophobic discrimination can be recorded and reported, just head to the website reportislamophobia.nz, as well as this the 1737 helpline is still available for anyone needing support.