India Essuah and producers Mack Smith and Sam Smith bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show, including the Green Desk with Lilly Peacocke, plus a weekly chat with Māori Party's co-leader, Marama Fox.
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India Essuah is about to finally wrap up her sociology and film studies degree, having taken time off to try out food writing halfway through. She started volunteering at 95bFM earlier this year and likes news because you always leave a shift having learnt about something... new. Other interests include watching Mad Men, knitting, and snacking.
Alongside producers Jack and Kelly, Joel tackles a science fueled Friday Wire. He interviews National MP Andrew Bayly about Labour's recently announced family package, and talks to Radio Adilaide's Nicole Wedding about the latest in Australian news. Kelly airs a report about a trillion tone iceberg which has recently broken off into the Antarctic Ocean, and Jack airs his reports on the state of science journalism, and a breakthrough in gonorrhea prevention.
Yesterday, ACT party leader David Seymour announced a proposal to increase a limit on student loan borrowing, in response to rent pricing reaching extortionately high levels, with rent increasing by 45% since 2006.The New Zealand Union of Students’ Association have said there is more than meets the eye with these proposals, so producer Harry chatted with their president Johnathon Gee to find out more.
The government is failing to meet its treaty obligations in regards to health. A recent paper by Heather Came and Keith Tudor called “Unravelling the Whāriki of Crown Māori and health infrastructure” reveals these shortcomings. producer Lucy spoke with author of the paper and senior lecturer at AUT, Heather Came, to really find out a bit more about why they did this paper and the significance it holds.
As an election year comes into its final stretch, the conversation around immigration policy rears it’s head once again. One consideration which tends to be forgotten in the debate is the fairness of immigration legislation. 95bFM Reporter Adam Jacobson spoke with David Hall, the editor of Fair Borders - Migration Policy in the Twenty-First Century; a book which aims to examine various angles on the theme of fair immigration.
Andrew Little has announced a new policy that would increase funding to social housing through winter. This increase is intended to target those households with children which have previously been growing up in cold, damp home environments, leading to sickness and further issues. Producer Will spoke to Frank Hogan, the housing issues spokesperson for Child Poverty Action group, asking him what effect poor housing standards have on children.
Last week it was announced that the production of Mana magazine would be put on hold indefinitely by its owner, Mana Productions, who says at this stage they do not intend to continue publishing it. For the past three years, the magazine’s license has been held by Kōwhai Media - who employed journalist Leonie Hayden as its editor - but this month the license returned to Mana Productions. Producer India spoke with former editor Leonie Hayden about the importance of Mana magazine, Kōwhai’s unsuccessful bid to buy the title and her new project with The Spinoff.
Adam takes over the reigns for this Wednesday's show, where - along with producers WIll and India - they explore a myriad of stories. Producer Will explores the impact of Labour’s housing policy on child poverty and poor housing environment. Adam was joined by Tracy Martin from NZ First to discuss Green Party accusations of racist immigration policy. AUT’s Allan Blackman joins them once again to talk about “potentially” toxic nanoparticles found in baby formula, a creationist who sued the Grand Canyon, and more. And finally, producer India spoke with Mana Magazine's former editor - Leonie Hayden - regarding the publications being placed on indefinite hold by its owner.
The Australia West Papua Association is pushing for action from Australia, authoring an open letter to Julie Bishop asking for her party to put pressure on the Indonesian government after around 150 Papuans have been arrested for peaceful protest with reports that both abuse and torture have occurred. Reporter Jack Marshall spoke with Joe Collins, a spokesperson from the Australian West Papua Association and began by asking what these arrests highlight in West Papua.