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.
On the show today Lachlan speaks to Robin Wilson Whiting from First Union about unfair wages in retail. Jemima talks to Green Party co-leader James Shaw about the party's new Strengthening Democracy Bill. Oscar speaks to Catherine Delahunty of West Papua Action Auckland about unethical imports of kwila wood. Jemima wraps it up with Worry Week by talking to AUSA Engagement Officer Emily McDonald about university orientation and student engagement.
Official figures show almost 18,000 retail workers are on minimum wage, currently $16.50 an hour. FIgures also show 67 percent of retail workers see it as their career. First Union is fighting for the living wage through their worth it campaign, arguing retail is valuable work that often goes unnoticed. The campaign has included negotiations with employers, public information campaigns, and picketing. Lachlan spoke with Robin Wilson Whiting of First Union about retail workers’ wages and their recent picket of a supermarket, first asking her what conditions were like for retail workers currently.
Our Wire Worry Week is University Orientation so with the University of Auckland starting back this week Jemima spoke to Auckland University Students Association Engagement Officer, Emily McDonald, about orientation at UoA. They discuss what AUSA has in store for students this week and what a membership with AUSA gets for you.
Veteran activist John Minto will be walking the last North Island kilometre of his ‘Walk for Palestine’ today. Taking a life long stance on activism, John is walking to build awareness and support for the Palestinian struggle. He has walked over 1700 kilometres from Cape Reinga to Wellington since the 14th of December, and this next leg of his journey will take him onto the South Island, where he encourages supporters to join him. Louis spoke with John on why he’s behind this crisis as well as the journey he’s made so far...
Fireworks may arguably be a strange occurrence in the history of Aotearoa. Since their introduction in colonial times and the traditions of Guy Fawke, which has little to no relevancy at all for New Zealanders, the notion has become something of a explosive display in celebration on public holidays & in private use. But the dangers & risks to others are abundant. Especially pets. So the Auckland City Council is lobbying for a ban on private sales, in which a public consultation found 80% of the 8000 submissions were in favour of the ban. Ila Christianson spoke with Auckland City Councillor Cathy Casey, who is petitioning for the vote about her stance on the ban.
Wellington Zoo euthanised four Baboons on Saturday the 23rd of February. The baboons were said to be acting agressively towards one another and the zoo responded in a way that they believed was humane. In response, Speak Up for Animals New Zealand is calling for a boycott, saying the deaths were needless as they could have been placed in a sanctuary that aids in rehabilitation of baboons. Sonja Burmudez from Speak Up for Animals New Zealand, spoke to Laura Kvigstad on the matter.
The full podcast for the Thursday Wire of the 28th of February, 2019. Guests include; National Party Environment Spokesperson Scott Simpson, Associate Professor Kathleen Quinlivan, Minister of Justice Andrew Little and Kevin Tso of Victim Support. This Day in History also returns to 1991.