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.
This week on the Monday Wire, Jemima speaks to Green Party co-leader James Shaw about the Emissions Trading Scheme, climate policy in the Pacific and the cannabis referendum. Southern Cross is back with the latest in Pacific news. Lachlan talks to Dr Ang Jury from Women's Refuge about the government's recent sexual and family violence funding. Jemima waps it up with Hayley Coles from the new Aotearoa Legal Workers Union to discuss what the union has planned for the legal profession.
Planet Earth has faced five mass extinctions in its lifetime. Now we may be facing the sixth. What have we learned from the previous mass extinctions that can help us avoid a total collapse? Can humanity rescue the planet that it has imperiled? Maria Armoudian talks to Annalee Newitz and Elizabeth Kolbert about how we can avoid a sixth mass extinction.
The government has announced a $320 million funding boost for sexual and family violence support services in what is the biggest funding announcement of its kind. Around one million New Zealanders experience sexual or family violence each year and Jacinda Ardern has made it a priority of the so called ‘wellbeing budget’.
Lachlan spoke with head of the Women’s Refuge Dr Ang Jury about the announcement, finding out about its effects on both her organisation and violence rates in general.
Sisonke MSimang is a writer and anti-racism activist, though on her Twitter it states, writer, mama, and bear. Of South African whakapapa, her work is focussed on race, gender and democracy. Born and raised in exile as the daughter of freedom fighters working to bring down apartheid in South Africa, the government had labelled her father as a terrorist. Currently living in Perth Australia, Sisonke is in Tāmaki Makaurau this week for the Auckland Writers Festival speaking tomorrow at Aotea Center on her book Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home. Lillian Hanly spoke with Sisonke about terrorism and freedom fighting, national identity, racism, privilege, the importance of stories and the concept of home. Sisonke starts by explaining her book and why she wrote it.
Drug driving is an issue that the Aotearoa is yet to get a grasp on. While drug impairment resulted in seventy-one deaths on our roads last year, it has been acknowledged by both the minister of police & minister of transportation that there is no “clear linear relationship” between the presence of a drug and potential impairment. This does not only concern currently illegal drugs, it includes prescription medication, as there is no line drawn in the sand as to how we regulate driving under any of these substances, & with the referendum on cannabis legalisation approaching, its time to speak up fast. So a public consultation into safety testing for drug driving has been launched by the government, hoping to conclude on the 28th of June to get a general consensus on the public opinion. I spoke with Fiona Hutton, Senior Lecturer at the School of Social and Cultural Studies at Victoria university of Wellington, to discuss this issue around testing drug driving.
An investigation by the Privacy Commissioner has revealed Ministry of Social Development employees have spied on beneficiaries suspected of being in an undeclared relationship. Olivia Holdsworth spoke to Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson Ricardo Menendez to find out more about the implications of the report and began by asking about the report itself.