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.
The Wire is 95bFM's long-running daily bastion of news, current affairs and views through the bFM lens.
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.
Izzy Holdsworth reports on the impact that the Alert Level 4 will have on those at risk of domestic violence. She spoke with Holly Carrington, policy advisor from the domestic violence charity Shine and Susan Barker, a spokesperson from Women's Refuge.
On Dear Science with Allan Blackman we talk about exponential increase, king penguins vanishing and the edge of the milkyway.
Felix gives us a rundown of what the Alert Level 4 means for us when it comes into effect tonight and I will add in a few other notes to get your head around.
Lillian speaks with Retail NZ about what will happen to non-essential retail services
And Izzy has spoken to Holly Carrington, the policy advisor for domestic abuse charity SHINE, and Susan Barker, the spokesperson from Women’s Refuge, about those in lock down who are facing domestic violence situations and how the community can help.
With the government moving New Zealand to Alert Level 4 tonight, Felix Walton prepared a short run-down of what to expect. Before we hear that though, let’s first hear again from the Prime Minister as to why we have to go into this alert stage.
News Director Lillian Hanly gives a rundown of the Prime Minister's announcement yesterday which outlined the government's plan to take the country from alert level 3 to alert level 4 over 48 hours and what this means. Lillian also indicates how the news will work for the next four weeks. Stay tuned!
This week on the Wire, Producer James Tapp talks to Phil Twyford about the new train going between Auckland and Hamilton.
Sherry Zhang brings you the Southern Cross segment with contributing editor Sri Krishnamurthi. This week focusing on the the effect COVID-19 has on the Pacific, specifically with the first death in Guam and lack of transparence in Papua New Guinea.
James Tapp chats to Professor Julian Heyes, the Head of School of Food and Advanced Technology at Massey university about more details surrounding the organics bill
Zoe Larsen Cumming talks to journalist and war crimes investigator, Julie Webb-Pullman, about the situation in Gaza and how the coronavirus is exacerbating the already present issues. Zoe then talks to the national chair of Palestine Solidarity Network Aotearoa, John Minto, about what can be done to help mitigate COVID-19’s effect in Gaza on an international level.
A couple weeks ago Transport minister, Phil Twyford announced a new train between Auckland and Christchurch, which will start in August. With 4 services each day, 2 to Auckland to 2 to Hamilton, it will be able to get 300 people to and from each day. This system will eventually work along with the rapid rail if it is successful, linking the two cities. James starts off by asking Phil how long this project has been in the making. At the end James also covers what precautions Auckland Transport is taking surrounding public transport and Covid-19.
In part of James Tapp's investigation into the organics bill, James talks to Julian Heyes, the head of school of food and advanced technology. Julian is a professor of postharvest technology. Last week James talked to Andrea Braakhuis, an academic researcher in nutrition at the University of Auckland, which gave him insight into the nutritional value of organics. By talking to Julian, James wants to find out about the differences between conventional and organic farming, as well as what sort of regulations could come into play from a farming perspective. While James asks a number of the same questions to both interviewees, both gave varying answers focusing on different areas. James starts off by asking Julian what defines a product as organic.
The National Party's Denise Lee joins Laura Kvigstad to discuss the recent criticism Simon Bridges has received for his handling of issues related to covid 19. After that, they chat about why National is calling for better transparency on the criteria for school closures. Finally, they chat about National's calls for biotech in the attempts to make Aotearoa predator-free.
Then, Salient FM down in Wellington has closed it's doors, switching in favour of podcasting, which appears to be an audio supplement of the magazine, rather than a mix of student volunteers producing a variety of programming. Corey Fuimaono speaks with former Salient FM co-manager Nav Nair and VUWSA President Geo Robrigado, making sense of what has been an unexpected demise.
Salient Co-Editors Rachel Trow & Kirsty Frame wished 95bFM to publish a response to Corey's piece, which you can read here.
Finally, As a part of a larger segment, bFM news is looking at how certain industries are being impacted by covid 19 and what advice experts may have to offer. This week Laura Kvigstad looks into how the sex work industry is being impacted. She speaks with Catherine Healy of the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective about the current state of the industry. Catherine is calling for sex workers to reach out to Winz now as the industry is expected to be hit quite hard.