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.
Essential workers have been the backbone for New Zealand during the Covid-19 pandemic. They are on the frontlines every day, risking their own health in doing so. Yet for many of these workers, their jobs are based on a low-wage income, barely earning enough to live on.
Producer Louis Laws talks with the Green Party's Workplace Relations spokesperson, Jan Logie, as well as the Council of Trade Union's President, Richard Wagstaff, on the government implementing a fair pay agreement.
HINA is set to release her first single, so Mary-Margaret spoke to her about being part of NZ Music Month during the first socially distanced one. She tells us about deciding to embark on creative professions in Aotearoa, and the importance of funding wananga to foster these opportunities all year long.
Justice Minister Andrew Little joins us to discuss topics from a trans tasman bubble, transparency in legal advice to government about the lockdown, and engaging with the cannabis referendum; upcoming musician HINA tells Mary-Margaret about the importance of New Zealand Music Month to her, and why we should fund wananga and creative opportunities all year long; in Neighbourhood Watch we cross to Zoe Kounadis about Scott Morrison’s last week during COVID, including a significant idea shared with our own PM; Mary-Margaret has some questions about the fast tracking of shovel ready projects in a bill which some urban planners have queeries about, concerning public input; Jackie Clark is hosting a socially distanced fundraiser for her organisation the Aunties; and we hear todays Epidemic Response Commitee notes.
Today’s Epidemic Response committee looked into how Covid 19 has impacted those nearing the end of their lives or suffering with serious medical conditions. Strict measures were put in place resulting in many being unable to see those they love at level four. At level three, up to 10 people are now allowed to attend a funeral and visiting those who are near the end of their lives is considered on a case by case basis. We hear from the Cancer Society, Funeral Directors of New Zealand and Hospice New Zealand.
Emalani Case is Kanaka Maoli from Hawai’i’ and currently lecturing in the Department of Pacific Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. Emalani is part of a Cancel RIMPAC Aotearoa coalition made up of peace advocates and human rights justice seekers. They are concerned for the welfare of those in Hawai’i due to the Rim of the Pacific International Maritime war exercise that takes place every two years in Hawai’i. It is understood that NZ will be taking part in the exercise this year, as they have before, and will be sending around 300 troops. The coalition has written an open letter to the Prime Minister of Aotearoa requesting the country withdraw from the exercise and not participate. Lillian spoke to Emalani to find out more and started by asking her to explain more about what RIMPAC is.
Lillian reached out to the Minister for Defence to follow up but he was unavailable for an interview, providing this statement instead:
"New Zealand has regularly participated in the US-led RIMPAC exercise since it commenced in 1971. RIMPAC is the largest exercise in the world, and provides a unique training opportunity for the NZDF. It’s a highlight for our personnel to exercise alongside our Indo-Pacific friends and partners as this exercise allows the NZDF to test a wide range of capabilities in a number of scenarios, from disaster response to maritime security operations.
COVID-19 has inevitably impacted the event and I have been advised the US is planning to continue with the exercise in a reduced format.
The NZDF is currently considering whether it is feasible for our personnel to participate and what our participation might look like."