Laura Kvigstad and producer Louis Laws bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show, including Neighbourhood Watch with Radio Adelaide's Zoe Kounadis, This Day in History with Ben Goldson and a chat with National Party MP Denise Lee.
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Laura Kvigstad is a student at the University of Auckland, and fell in love with journalism in her second year of studying. She was born in Taupo but raised in Canada (hence the accent) and every New Years she takes a road trip to discover a new spot. Laura enjoys a good political debate and hearing various perspectives people have on the world.
Yesterday morning the Government announced a new financial support for people who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19. Those eligible will receive a 12-week period of payments of $490 a week for full time workers, and $250 for part time. Auckland Action Against Poverty has welcomed this towards a step towards individualised benefits, but has deeper concerns. The relief payment, which is almost double that of the weekly payments under the main benefit, create what they call a "two-tier welfare system" – drawing an arbitrary distinction between 'deserving' and 'undeserving' welfare recipients.
Bronwyn brings you a report on the new financial support, speaking in particular to Brooke Fiafia, a spokesperson from AAAP who elaborates on their concerns.
Stuff has been bought by CEO for a dollar from Australia's Nine while Mediaworks announced it will cut 130 jobs. Justin talked to AUT's Greg Treadwell about their effects on the future of New Zealand media.
Green party co-leader James Shaw responds to criticims from the climate change commission regarding the budget in adequetly adressing climate change concerns.
Southern Cross segment continues with Pacific Media Centre contributing editor Sri Krishnamurthi on the arrest of Papua New Guinea president, New Caledonia pro-independence movement, sale of stuff and NZ media.
James Tapp speaks to Cornwall Park director Michael Ayrton on road restrictions in the park.
James provides a report on the relaxing of building resource consents and Resource Management Act.
Over level 4, 3 and 2, Cornwall park has had their road access restricted, with only elderly, those with disabilities and those with young children still allowed to use the restricted roads. With these closures, the park has seen a positive response, with members of the public able to safely social distance. James talks to Cornwall parks director, Michael Aryton, about how the park has found lockdown.
Why have so many human rights campaigns, such as Free Tibet and the Falun Gong, failed in China? Why have others such as better environmental protection and HIV/Aids care fared better? What have the costs been on political movements with the more successful campaigns? What activism can work in the authoritarian country? Maria Armoudian speaks with Stephen Noakes.
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The four day work week rhetoric has popped up with Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern saying a shift to this structure of work may help the economy… Professor of Human Resource Management, Jarrod Haar and 'achitect of the four day work week' Andrew Barnes join Laura Kvigstad to discuss how four day work weeks function.
After that, Sam Denne speaks with Advocate for Hospitality Worker's Rights, Chloe Anne King on how hospitality as an industry has had to shift with the pandemic and some of the issues in terms of worker exploitation that are more apparent at this time.
Finally, the National Party was amongst their caucus meeting to decide whether there would be a change of leadership. Former Politician, Peter Dunne, and Associate Professor in Politics, Grant Duncan joined Laura to discuss the leadership challenges for the National Party and what this could mean for our political landscape with an election on the horizon.