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.
The Wire is 95bFM's long-running daily bastion of news, current affairs and views through the bFM lens.
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.
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.
The Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill has been deferred. The Bill is necessary to improve ease of identification for members of the transgender and nonbinary communities. Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin sez it has been deferred due to "problems caused by the select committee process." The Green Party is disappointed with the delay and MP Jan Logie says they are working hard to ensure the Bill is passed soon. Isabella Holdsworth spoke briefly with Logie and started by asking why the bill was deferred.
To start the show off, we have a quick recap on Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s speech to the business community this morning at Eden Park
Then we discuss poor housing conditions through the lense of the government's recent announcement of a plan and a schedule for healthier homes, and the coincidental release of a report on the cost of unhealthy dwellings.
Lillian Hanly talks to our correspondent in Europe, Mary-Margaret Slack about the latest Brexit developments.
We keep it international and we head to Cuba for a report on this weekend’s vote on a new Constitution for the island.
On the Green Desk this week: Mitchell talks to Puna Wano-Bryant about the recently formed role of Kaitiaki Whenua Ranger under Te Kahui o Taranaki
This week, Lillian Hanly speaks to Mary-Margaret Slack about the latest developments on Brexit, which ironically seem much similar to the latest developments last month. They touch on Prime Minister Theresa May’s hope for a winning vote on the same withdrawal agreement she has previously laid out, the EU’s suggestion of a a 2021 Brexit and Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn’s relenting to consider a second referendum on Brexit itself.
Lillian Hanly went along to the Breakfast with the Finance Minister at Eden Park this morning. Grant Robertson gave a speech outlining NZ's economic position and where the government wants to go with that in the long term. Lillian gives a recap of the speech and reflects on conversations around a possible Capital Gains Tax.
Cubans were invited to vote on a new Constitution, the first since 1976.
While heavy support for the text, which enshrines communism despite offering a few liberal reforms, is to be expected, the almost year-long campaign has given a voice to dissidents, and shown Cubans are not as united as they used to be.
At the time of the recording, the results had not come in. Official results show that 86% of the voters have supported the new Constitution.
Lisa Boudet brings us an overview of the Healthy Homes Standards released by the government this week, and a report on the financial cost of poor housing conditions in New Zealand. Mayor Phil Goff chatted about these issues with Mikey on Breakfast the same morning, so this audio is included, as well as a brief interview with Dr Lynn Riggs who co-authored the research.
Amnesty International has released a new report that shows a worrying increase in legislation targeting human rights groups, impacting on their ability to carry out their work. Lachlan spoke with Tony Blackett, Executive Director of Amnesty International New Zealand, about the report.