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.
Pippa Coom again joined me, last week before I believe we both headed down to the climate strike down in Aotea Square. We talked about the upcoming elections among other things. Coom has been selected to stand as Councillor for the Waitemata & Gulf ward, so I started by asking what this role is, what does the councillor do and what the difference between that and her current role is.
New Zealand has a chief Justice. Dame Sian Elias has retired after 20 years in the job, passing the baton to Helen Winkelmann. Winkelmann is an esteemed judge with a long legal career beginning in 1985. The SUpreme Court is New Zealand’s highest court since its establishment in 2004 and the Chief Justice sits atop it. ALthough their opinion does not count for more than other judges of the supreme court - outside of this the chief justice has a lot to do in the development of New Zealand’s judicial system. Lachlan spoke with Associate professor Khylee Quince about the role of the chief justice, and what Winkelmann will bring to the role.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has officially launched the H2 Taranaki Roadmap, a plan set to make Taranaki a leader in hydrogen production. However, Climate Justice Taranaki is concerned that the plan is a distraction that allows New Zealand to keep the fossil fuel industry afloat despite the global climate crisis. Jemima speaks to Climate Justice Taranaki Researcher, Catherine Cheung, about the new plan and whether it is good news or bad news.
This week on the Monday Wire, we formally respond to the terror attacks on the Muslim community in Christchurch last Friday. Jemima reports on the School Strike for Climate Action rallies that went on across the country last week. Jemima speaks to Catherine Cheung about the new Hydrogen Roadmap for Taranaki. Lachlan talks to AUT Associate Professor, Khylee Quince, about the new Chief Justice of New Zealand, Helen Winkelmann.
In 2001 there were over 40 groups, operating in 28 countries, who were challenging state authority and often using targeted violence to make political change. The terrorism label has been affixed to these groups but what exactly is terrorism and where does it fall on the continuum of political violence? Political scientist Richard Dekmejian talks to Maria Armoudian about the concept of terrorism.