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.
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 the following response:
"Salient FM being shut down was NOT a condition of our contract, nor was it something that we had any control over. The decision to close FM was made before our interview for this role. Any statement that the CEO has made that insinuates that this was a collaborative decision is entirely false. The decision was made before our contracts began and we were explicitly told by the VUWSA CEO Matt Tucker that it was dead, he had cut it, and there was nothing we could do. Matt's question that he posed to us in the interview was "FM is dead, what are your alternatives?" Since securing this job, all FM equipment has been removed, and we have yet to receive access to our budget from Matt Tucker, hence we have not been able to offer any broadcast and very limited podcast material, produced largely on our own personal equipment. We are working profusely to make sure that Salient remains editorially independent from VUWSA, including the VUWSA CEO. This is an ongoing situation that we are working tirelessly to solve without compromising the quality of our media that our readers expect."
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.
A New Zealand-based Samoan chief has been found guilty of 10 charges of human trafficking and 13 charges in dealing in slaves.
This is the first guilty verdict on a human trafficking and slavery case in New Zealand. But with many exploitative migrant worker schemes flying under the radar because of the legal and social danger for victims if they speak out, it is certainly not the first occurrence.
Climate change has been the hot topic that’s been on everyone’s minds and tongues. Theater maker Amber Liberté takes this discussion to the stage. “Our Modern Earth (Is a F*cking Mess)” is a piece of theatre and dance that indulges in the discourse of climate change through the eons that have passed by. The play goes through a visual transformative journey through the use of organic material (like leaves and branches) to more man-made or mechanical material (like plastic). With supporting entities like Generation Zero, the play attempts to make its audience members question the rapid nature of climate change.
This production will unfortunately not go ahead due to COVID-19, but will later be adapted into a film.
Mary-Margaret has her weekly catch up with Radio Adelaide’s Zoe Kounadis and learns about how it feels to be on the ground in Australia where COVID is present but there’s been little government response; she also chats with Labour’s Andrew Little once again, who recaps the legalisation of abortion that passed last night, as well as the government’s COVID package announcement this week; Rachel reports on the first case of human trafficking and slavery to reach conviction in New Zealand; and Nirvana brings us her interview with choreographer Amber Liberte whose Basement show about climate change is about to begin.
Covid-19 is on everyone's mind, but it is also important to remember that the climate crisis has not gone away. Izzy spoke with Dewy Sacayan from the youth-led climate action group Generation Zero about similarities between Covid-19 and the Climate Crisis and how there is an opportunity to act on transitioning to a low-carbon economy. She began by asking Dewy why Generation Zero thinks the government should be taking climate action alongside their action on Covid-19 and what it should look like.
Hanna Thompson spoke to Ben Rosamund, a union organiser, researcher, and community activist with Organise Aotearoa, who wrote an article on solidarity in the time of coronavirus. They spoke about the need for a strong collective response to the pandemic, through community organising, and a government response that strengthens public institutions like healthcare and welfare, and that takes care of our most vulnerable.