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.
On May 29, teachers will be staging New Zealand’s largest ever strike as the pay dispute with the Ministry of Education continues. We spoke with Linda Stewart, President of the New Zealand Education Institute, about why the government’s current offer is insufficient. Teachers and principals are concerned about more than just a real pay increase, and Linda addresses these issues during the discussion. We began by asking her what makes this strike different from those done previously.
The government has announced 200 million dollars of funding for the housing first initiative in an effort to tackle homelessness. Housing first aims to house long-term homeless people and provide them with a permanent residence. The programme has, until now, been funded by local government. The 200 million will be rolled out over 4 years, with roughly half going towards existing projects and the other half to new developments. Lachlan spoke with Ricardo Menendez-March from Auckland Action Against Poverty about the funding announcement.
Two weeks ago the Auckland University Students Association held a hui called "Zero Tolerance?" to discuss racism, dicrimination, harassment and bullying at the University of Auckland. AUSA promised that a week from the hui there would be a plan in place to tackle these issues. I spoke to AUSA Education Vice President, George Barton, about whether this promise has been kept and how the University will actively address discrimination and racism on campus.
This week on the Monday Wire, Jemima speaks to Education Vice President for the Auckland University Students Association, George Barton, about the Zero Tolerance hui and what action has been taken since. Southern Cross is back with a report on all the elections going on in the Asia-Pacific region right now. Izzy speaks to Linda Stewart from the New Zealand Education Institute about New Zealand's largest strike. Finally, Lachlan talks to Ricardo Menendez March from Auckland Action Against Pverty about extra funding for Housing First.
The government yesterday introduced the highly anticipated Zero Carbon Bill to parliament. The much-anticipated piece of legislation sets targets that could mean huge changes to New Zealand's agriculture sector.
It commits a "split target" – aiming to reduce all greenhouse gas emissions, aside from methane from our farming sector, to net zero by 2050.
Sid, a Core Team Lead at Generation Zero working on the Zero Carbon Act Campaign, joined host Stewart Sowman-Lund this morning to talk about his reaction to the government’s announcement.
Grace speaks to Gerard Hehir, Unite Union's national secretary, about the result of the Postal Worker's Union's case against NZ Post, which saw the practice of forcing employees of being avaiable for overtime, even if they did not end up being asked to work, banned.