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.
With a non-binding referendum on legalising cannabis approaching, Patrick Gower has explored its place in New Zealand in a new documentary. He spoke to Mary-Margaret about the need for debate, and what is standing in the way. Mary-Margaret also asked the Drug Foundation's Ross Bell about public hesitations, and the presence of misinformation.
Justin recaps a turbulent week in British politics, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson prorogued Parliament last Friday, rouge government MPs forcing through a bill blocking no-deal Brexit and Johnson failing to push for a general election in October.
The government’s KiwiBuild housing programme was officially reset yesterday, by new Housing Minister Megan Woods. The target of 100,000 houses over a decade is gone - replaced with a target to simply build as many houses as possible, as quickly as possible. Buyers of KiwiBuild studios and one-bedrooms now only having to commit to living in the house for one year rather than three, before they can sell it. And, there’s a commitment of 400-million dollars to a progressive home ownership scheme - something which was in the Green Party's confidence and supply agreement, but which we don’t have a lot of information on just yet.
National’s Housing Spokesperson Judith Collins has been very critical of the policy since its inception. Host Stewart Sowman-Lund spoke with her this morning to get her reaction to the reset… and started by asking her if she feels any better about KiwiBuild after the reset.
It's a packed Thursday Wire this week! Host Stewart Sowman-Lund is joined in studio by Deb, Mary-Margaret and Justin. This week:
Newshub’s Patrick Gower has a new doco coming out… all about weed. He talks to Mary-Margaret first up.
Then, staying on the topic… Ross Bell from the Drug Foundation is here.
After that, National’s Judith Collins breaks down the KiwiBuild reset from an Opposition perspective.
Then, Internal Affairs has been providing funding to anti-abortion charities’ counselling services through their Community Organisations Grants scheme. Deb chats to Terry Bellamak, National President of ALRANZ Abortion Rights Aotearoa.
Plus - Brexit is crumbling… even more than thought possible. Justin explains what is happening in the UK.
And finally… Neighbourhood Watch catches us up on Aussie news from the last week.
All that plus another Poll Position and texter feedback. It's The Thursday Wire and it's wired!
Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand and former Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, has given her support to a YES vote in the upcoming cannabis referendum. Today, the Helen Clark Foundation has released a report outlining the reasons for legalising and decriminalising cannabis. The Foundation is an independent, non-partisan, public policy think tank from Aotearoa and aims to contribute to policy debates on how to achieve a more inclusive, sustainable and peaceful society. The report’s release comes in the lead up to the referendum set for next year on whether to decriminalise cannabis and Clark has spoken about the need for informed debate around this issue. Lillian Hanly spoke with her and started by asking her to explain the findings of the report.
Recent scrutiny surrounding foreign political donations have flared after revelations that the National party received one hundred and fifty thousand dollars as a gift from Chinese Billionaire Lang Lin. Lin is an prominent figure in the Chinese horse racing industry and mad the donation through the Inner Mongolian Ride Horse Industry Group. This large sum has lead to fears over foreign influence on New Zealand’s political system. While the cap for overseas donations are supposedly set at fifteen hundred dollars, Lin managed to skirt these laws by donating through a New Zealand based company. Some, such as Victoria University's Dr Simon Chapple have called for an outright ban on foreign donations, as well as a cap on domestic ones. William Boyd spoke with Dr Lara Greaves from the Politics department at the University of Auckland about the laws on donating and the unequal amount gifted to right-leaning parties. William started off by asking Dr Greaves to clarify what the current laws are over foreign donation.
On the wire for the 4th of September we talked with AUT’s Allan Blackman on Dear Science about a controversial study linking fluoride to a lower IQ, as well as Pluto potentially becoming a planet once again!
Helen Clark spoke to us about the report released by the Helen Clark Foundation today around the decriminalisation of cannabis and voting yes in the 2020 referendum.
William Boyd spoke to Dr Lara Greaves about recent scrutiny on foreign political donations.
And finally Tu spoke to Philanthropy NZ Chief Exec Sue McCabe about severe government underfunding of essential social services.
Over the past month there have been further developments in Sudan as the peaceful protests have resulted in political change. Isabella spoke with Sudanese-American activist Wafa Elamin about what to expect from the new power-sharing arrangement, the potential impact of democratic Sudan and the role of the Sudanese diaspora. She began by asking Wafa what the current state of Sudanese politics is.
Nick Smale and Noel Watson of The West Auckland Licensing Trusts Action Group join us to discuss the local body elections and their requests that the Waitakere and Portage Licensing Trusts hold a vote at the 2019 local body elections. The vote would decide if The Trusts should keep or lose their monopoly rights.