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.
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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.
Lillian Hanly went along to the Breakfast with the Finance Minister at Eden Park this morning. Grant Robertson gave a speech outlining NZ's economic position and where the government wants to go with that in the long term. Lillian gives a recap of the speech and reflects on conversations around a possible Capital Gains Tax.
Cubans were invited to vote on a new Constitution, the first since 1976.
While heavy support for the text, which enshrines communism despite offering a few liberal reforms, is to be expected, the almost year-long campaign has given a voice to dissidents, and shown Cubans are not as united as they used to be.
At the time of the recording, the results had not come in. Official results show that 86% of the voters have supported the new Constitution.
Amnesty International has released a new report that shows a worrying increase in legislation targeting human rights groups, impacting on their ability to carry out their work. Lachlan spoke with Tony Blackett, Executive Director of Amnesty International New Zealand, about the report.
The Government has announced new regulations for rental homes. They go further than the changes implemented by the previous government which largely relied on self reporting from tenants. Lachlan spoke to Sam Archer from the New Zealand Green Building council about the changes
Ngā Tangata Microfinance is an organisation that offers no interest and no fee small loans to New Zealanders with a vision to build a more equitable society for people on low incomes. Jemima spoke to Executive Officer of Ngā Tangata Microfinance about unsafe credit can cost more for people than money itself. Robert explains that no interest loans greatly improve client's well being and make a huge difference to how they spend their money.
This week on the Monday Wire, Jemima speaks to Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson about the new healthy homes minimum standards announced by the government as well as the National Party's new environment policy. Lachlan talks to Sam Archer from the New Zealand Green Building Council about their thoughts on the new minimum standards for rental homes. Jemima discusses high interest loans and unsafe credit with Robert Choy from Ngā Tangata Microfinance. Lachlan speaks to Tony Blackett from Amnesty International New Zealand about the global crackdown on human rights organisations.
Scientists are finding more and more evidence that human behaviour is not rational, not conscious, and maybe completely programmed without our rational thinking. How does the unconscious mind and biological predispositions effect political outcomes and prejudice biases? Maria Armoudian speaks with Guillermo Jiménez and Shankar Vedantam.
The Working Tax Group released their final report on Thursday, examining the structure, fairness and balance of New Zealand’s tax system. The report lays out a clear plan for the future of tax reforms, as well as recommendations ensure taxation in Aotearoa is fair and enhances the wellbeing of all New Zealanders. For the next few months, we should expect to see the government commence in discussion and have numerous consultations between each party alike. Louis spoke with Stuart Nash, Minister of Revenue, on the report, as well as the pressing issues facing tax reforms in the country.
Climate change is real, and if we don’t act now then we’re going to be in a lot of trouble. With the earths surface temperature getting hotter, the global sea levels rising, the issue is simply being accelerated day by day. So what are we going to do about it?
The school strike for climate is a movement solely supported by high school students & university students alike, looking to tackle this issue in Aotearoa head on.
Already the group has been campaigning for recognition from the government, with the strikes happening nationwide on the 15th of March. Raven Maeder, one of the organisers of the group, talked to me about how the movement started, and the impact that it is having across the country...