Lachlan Balfour and producers Ben Goldson and Jemima Huston bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show, including our U.S. news feature State of the States with a correspondent from WNYU News, a look at This Day in History, as well as a regular chat with Labour Minister Andrew Little.
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Lachlan Balfour is a law and arts student who's been at bFM since mid-2017. When he's not reading cases you can find him tweeting about British politics, prison reform and complaining about public transport.
The number of suicide attempt and threat related calls has increased by 50% over the past 5 years. Many feel police are ill equipped to de dealing with these situations, but that extra training will do little to help. Lachlan spoke with Shaun Robinson from the Mental Health Foundation about the rise in suicide related call-outs and why this is a worrying trend.
With unprecedented global warming, wealth disparities and peak everything, there is no question that we need to act now to meet the power, heating and transportation needs of growing populations, and to do so sustainably, equitably and democratically. What are the obstacles? What are the possible solutions? How do we build resilient communities? Steve Matthewman, Prue Taylor, Julie MacArthur and Manuel Vallee discuss these questions with Maria Armoudian.
Rawinia Higgins is the Deputy Vice Chancellor Maori at Victoria University and the newly appointed Chair of Te Taura Whiri i Te Reo Maori - the Maori language commission. Jennifer-Rose Tamati spoke to her about the state of Te Reo in the country and what role the commission has in 2018. She first asked how she was feeling about her new role.
Will fills in hosting duties on todays show as Lillian heads off to Europe. Despite the lack of mature leadership the show still continues on with AUT's Allan Blackman joining us for Dear Science. We talk flouride, smart New Caledonian crows and scorching hot nights. Jennifer-Rose talks to the newly appointed chair of the Maori Language Commission about the future of Te Reo. Darashpreet talks to Louise Green from the New Zealand Educational Institute about planned primary school teacher strikes. And finally, Lisa talks to Barrister Catriona MacLennan about MSD debt recovery.
In international news this week, a new study has been released saying that farm murders are down in South Africa, contrary to the rhetoric spread by conservative and far right commentators overseas. Conor looks into this and other problems surrounding South Africa's violent crime rate to work out what's true and what is simply ideological dogma
The government last night announced five principles that are crucial in New Zealand for achieving pay equity. They are: freedom from bias and discrimination, transparency and accessibility, acknowledging the relationship between paid and unpaid work, sustainability, and participation and engagement. Mary-Margaret spoke to the Council of Trade Unions vice-president Rachel Mackintosh about how this will help to close the gender pay gap. She started by asking her to explain some of the more specific principles.
From July 1st, anyone convicted of two or more drink-driving offences within five years, or any first time offenders caught driving more than 3 point 2 times the legal alcohol limit will be subject to an alcohol interlock sentence. This is a device that prevents people who are intoxicated from driving. Laura Kvigstad spoke with The CEO of No One Ever Stands Alone, Leah Abrams, on the matter, asking what her thoughts were on the recent change.