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 The Wire for Thursday the 6th of June, we present you a large range of topics for your listening and learning;
For Neighbourhood Watch, we were joined by Zoe Kounadis from Radio Adelaide to talk about the federal police raids on media broadcasters and also talk about the Reserve Bank cutting interest rates to a historic low.
95bFM reporter Isla Christensen also had the chance to talk to exhibition curator Todd Dixon about MOTAT’s new science exhibition.
Child Poverty Action Group Economic spokesperson Susan St John joins Olivia to talk about the shortcomings of the budget in terms of supporting low income families.
Producer Rahul talks to Dr Victoria Plekhanova a taxation expert from Massey University about a digital services tax in New Zealand.
And finally, Olivia talks to scientist Justin Chalker about new research discovering sulfur polymers as environmentally friendly plastic alternatives.
New research has just been released looking into the potential for developing environmentally friendly plastic alternatives. And it looks like the answers are lying with sulfur polymers! Olivia Holdsworth spoke to scientist Dr Justin Chalker about this research and began by asking what prompted this study.
The government has proposed a digital services tax to collect tax from multinational companies based offshore but doing digital business in New Zealand. Rahul Makam talks with Massey University tax expert Dr Victoria Plekhanova to find out more.
Auckland’s MOTAT has recently opened a new science exhibition called Mighty Small Mighty Bright. bFM reporter Isla Christensen went to check out the new exhibition and talk to exhibition curator Todd Dixon about the display of future technologies.
Olivia spoke to Child Poverty Action Group economic spokesperson Susan St John about the shortcomings of the budget in terms of supporting low income families and began by asking if she thinks the budget has done enough for children in poverty.
Tama Waipara is the festival director of the inaugural Tairāwhiti Arts Festival. His background is in music, and he came to work at the Auckland Arts Festival as programme manager for Māori and Pacific programs and then eventually senior programmer. Now he wants to bring an Arts Festival to the East Coast. He grew up in Opotiki, so this opportunity is to build a festival from the ground up in a place he calls home. Lillian Hanly speaks to Tama about the festival and starts by talking about creating the kaupapa for the festival, which Tama said was the first step.
Last week Lillian was invited to her first iftar dinner by the owners of the Turkish cafe in Grey Lynn she visits weekly, Coffee & Durum. Hassan and Darya opened the cafe in 2016 and have since hosted public iftar dinners three years running. This year, after the terror attacks in Christchurch, there was an added layer of connection. Lillian talks to some of the other regulars who attended the dinner and explores the open-hearted kaupapa through which Hassan and Darya run the cafe.
Dear Science with AUT’s Marcus Jones talks about CRISPR baby life expectancies, multiple conclusions reached from one data set, and the UK being coal free for the past 16 days!
Ramadan came to an end this week and Lillian went to her first iftar dinner last week at her local cafe, we hear a report from her on the owners of the cafe and the customers who have been generously welcomed into the space.
Tama Waipara is the festival director for the new Tairāwhiti Arts Festival, Lillian speaks to him about the kaupapa behind it.