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.
Manukau ward councillor Efeso Collins and other South Auckland community members are calling for a return of youth worker funding after an increase in gang violence. Funding cuts to crime prevention programmes have left youth in the area severely lacking in mentors able to give them a healthy direction in life. Councillor Collins spoke to reporter William Boyd about the lack of support and the negative effects that has had on South Auckland. William started off by asking what youth workers do to help.
On Dear Science with AUT’s Marcus Jones we talk deforestation in Brazil as the Amazon fires continue, harnessing solar energy and optimism and life expectancy
We have Fletcher Tabuteau, deputy leader of the NZ First party this week talking about National’s economic policy document, the commerce commission's report on fuel prices and the forthcoming Infrastructure Commission
William Boyd is joining us as a Wire producer on Wednesdays and his first piece is speaking to councillor Efeso Collins about the need for youth workers in South Auckland
Finally, Tuwhenuaroa spoke to the head of the Mental Health Foundation Shaun Robinson about the most recent chief coroner’s report regarding NZ’s high suicide rates
Justin talked to Hamilton Mayor Andrew King about a new rail service from Hamilton to Auckland, which the government has announced last week that it has approved funding. The rail service will start mid-2020.
Justin talks about the fires at the Amazon, as the fallout from it could permenantly change the local ecosystem and accelerate global climate change. Even though local politics did not start the fire themselves, they played a huge part in why the fire is getting worse.
DeRay Mckesson is one of the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement. He is also known for his work to end police violence, founding the Campaign Zero police reform movement. Recently, he wrote a book called, On the Other Side of Freedom and is in New Zealand at the moment for events with TEDx Christchurch, Word Christchurch & Verb Wellington. Lillian Hanly got to speak with him before these events and they had a conversation about the power of naming or defining, the commercialisation of activism and hope. Lillian starts by asking DeRay to introduce himself.
95bFM reporter Oscar Perress was lucky enough to talk to The Green Party's Chlöe Swarbrick this morning about the expansion of the Piki mental health pilot programme. He started by asking to bring us up to speed on what Piki is and what form it currently takes.