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.
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.
Science is no longer cool, according to Chris Mooney. This could have huge consequences for the world, which needs science to help resolve many crises facing us today. But people are paying less attention and giving less credence to science and scientists due in part to politics, mainstream media, religion, and anti-intellectualism. How did we get so far off the scientific track, and what should we do now? Maria Armoudian speaks to Mooney, the co-author of “Unscientific America: How scientific illiteracy threatens our future”.
This week on the Monday Wire, Jemima speaks to Green Party co-leader James Shaw about the party's recent media controversies and how the party is responding to them. Southern Cross is back with the latest in Pacific news. Lachlan speaks to Professor Janine Hayward about local government voter turnout and what needs to be done about it. Jemima wraps it up with a chat with Children's Commissioner, Andrew Becroft, about the government child and youth wellbeing strategy and the need for more schools to adopt anti-bullying programmes.
Last week the government announced their overarching child and youth wellbeing strategy, which sets out a shared understanding of what's important for the wellbeing of young New Zealanders. Jemima spoke to Childrens Commissioner, Andrew Becroft, about the strategy and how it will be implemented practically. They also discussed the Commissioner's call for all schools to introduce anti-bullying programmes.
Auckland Action Against Poverty has raised red flags after lobbying efforts from several tobacco companies in New Zealand.
In an email addressed to Auckland Action Against Poverty tobacco giant, Philip Morris, reached out for a meeting saying “Philip Morris strongly supports the Government’s focus on encouraging people to switch to less harmful products and is working towards exiting the cigarette market in NZ. In particular, Philip Morris is working to address the high rates of women smokers.”
Auckland Action Against Poverty is now urging the government to regulate the lobbying efforts of the tobacco industry. Co-Ordinator of AAAP, Ricardo Menendez March joins Laura Kvigstad to discuss the lobbying efforts he’s seen occur by the tobacco industry.
We have reached out to Philip Morris for comment and will be retouching on this issue next week.
Justice Minister Andrew Little pops by for his weekly chat. He speaks to Stewart about liquor trading laws, after a bill passed last night under urgency allowing licensed venues to stay open late for the Rugby World Cup. Plus, foreign donations- should they be allowed?