Lillilan Hanly and producers Lisa Boudet and Leah Garcia-Purves bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show, including Dear Science with AUT Chemistry professor Allan Blackman and our regular chat with Tracey Martin from New Zealand First.
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Lillian Hanly has recently finished her Masters, a wannabe exposé on John Key, and is now the News Director at bFM after volunteering since early 2014. In her spare time she'll be catching up on reading all the Noam Chomsky and Charles W. Mills books she wasn't able to in the past 5 five years of tertiary education, trying to make her second documentary film and lifeguarding at Bethells Beach. Ko Te Reo Māori te reo tuatahi a Lillian, he wahine Pākehā nō Aotearoa, Lillian is Pākehā and her first language is Māori. This upbringing highly influences the way she tells stories on the radio.
The government has announced a new funding round for the Chinese Poll Tax Heritage Trust fund. The Trust distributes up to one hundred and fifty thousand dollars of grants a year to support the awareness of Chinese New Zealanders' history, language and culture and the contributions of early Chinese settlers. bFM reporter Justin Wong spoke with the chairperson of the trust Kai Luey about the history of Chinese NZers, some of the work the trust has done in the past, and would it would like to support in the future. Luey sez the grant will teach New Zealanders about the history of Chinese settlers in New Zealand. Justin started by asking Luey to explain who the first Chinese settlers were.
On the Monday Wire we had co-leader of the Green Party, James Shaw talking about the establishment of the new Māori freshwater forum Te Kāhui Māori Wai. We had our regular live segment Southern Cross with a guest appearance from Mike Treen of Unite Union. Damian Rowe speaks to Direct Animal Action’s Dierdre Sims about the new Tegel factory. Bailley Verry chats to tax advisor Terry Baucher about the new bed tax for Air BnB. And Justin Wong looks into the Poll Tax and raising awareness of the history of Chinese settlers in NZ with Kai Luey, Chairperson of the Poll Tax Heritage Trust.
Auckland Concil has introduced the controversial "Bed Tax" which increases rates of Auckland homeowners renting their homes out online with services like Airbnb. Bailley speaks to tax expert Terry Baucher about how the tax works and what it means for homeowners and tourism.
Is reality show ruining society? Or is it just entertainment. It’s showing no signs of slowing down, with the popularity of shows like the Bachelor and Love Island seemingly on the rise. Kelly Enright had a talk with AUT academic Professor Thomas Owen about the potential downsides to the genre. And to present a balanced argument we invited Jane Yee, the host of The Real Pod, a podcast about reality TV produced by the Spinoff, to chat with Stewart Sowman-Lund about why it’s such good entertainment.
On Wednesday, the Tertiary Education Union held a teach-in event at the University of Auckland about the efforts of the Vice-Chancellor to silence student and staff debate on campus. The event was pre-planned and the space for the event was booked yet the University security still called police to come and sit in on the event. Producer Stewart Sowman-Lund had a talk with Sandra Grey, the National President of the Tertiary Education Union, about the presence of the police.
A recent study has found children are exposed to alcohol advertising on average 4.5 times per day in Aotearoa. The industry self-regulates their advertising, something critics say is ineffective and the government needs to get involved. Lachlan spoke with lead author of the Study Tim Chambers from Otago University.
Oscar talked to Filipo Levi, the community liason manager of South Auckland Middle School, one of the charter schools under the Villa Education Trust, about religious education in New Zealand and the structure, freedom and legitimacy of charter and character schools.
On Dear Science with AUT's Allan Blackman, we talk about a newly discovered underground lake on Mars, a defrosted 42,000 year-old worm, and how statistics can help us figure out who wrote which Beatles song.