Stewart Sowman and producers Olivia Holdsworth and Grace Watson bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show as well as a regular chat with Labour Minister Andrew Little.
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Stewart Sowman-Lund is in his final year of a Law and Arts degree, and a radio reporter for Newstalk ZB. He’s been at 95bFM since 2017, and has spent much of his time covering entertainment news despite being told not to. When not giving his opinion on something, he’ll most likely be found drinking coffee.
Lillian spoke with John Knox who was the UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights and the Environment about the recent UN Human Rights Committee decision to deport a Kiribati national back to their country despite the impact of climate change on their human rights.
Sam spoke with Jono Drew, a researcher from Otago University about the carbon emissions from different types of food and how we can inform consumers of this information.
We have Neighbourhood Watch as usual, Zoe tells us about financial grants from MPs to sports clubs they have a relationship with
And finally Sam speaks with Ann Brower from University of Canterbury about the gender pay gap in Academia
This week it was announced that Ioane Teitiota lost his case in the UN’s Human Rights Committee. Teitiota claimed refugee status saying climate change had affected his right to life, asking not to be deported to Kiribati. New Zealand had given this ruling originally, so this decision has upheld the original ruling. In looking into the news, Lillian saw a Twitter thread by John Knox, a Professor of International Law and the former UN Special Raportuer on Human Rights and the Environment. This role was established in 2012, and has a particular focus on people who are affected by the climate emergency. Knox had found some of the reporting on the issue misleading, particularly regarding the use of the term 'climate refugee', saying "the Human Rights Committee is a body of independent experts mandated to oversee compliance with the Int’l Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) ... one of its tasks is to consider complaints from individuals alleging violations of the Covenant. The definition it uses for refugees is not one that includes people fleeing climate effects". However, this case has been reported as hugely significant for what it might mean in the future as it recognises that the conditions from the climate could very well change and directly impact a persons right to life. Knox states that "under the ICCPR even those who aren’t “refugees” have the right not to be returned to a country if doing so would cause a risk of irreparable harm to their rights to life (art. 6) or to be free from torture or cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment (art. 7)". Lillian got in touch with him to understand more about why this is indeed a landmark case and what it could mean in the future. They started by discussing the role of a UN Special Raportuer.
NOTE: 95bFM is trying to get in touch with Ioane Teitiota.
Wellington City Council has announced a major project with a private developer to provide affordable housing in the city for nurses and teachers. It's understood this is the first of its kind here in New Zealand, but the rental cap type model is certainly not new in the rest of the world, but the Council and partner developer The Wellington Company have announced more projects in the future that will continue the concept. Wellington councillor Fleur Fitzsimons is in charge of the portfolio and Lillian Hanly speaks to her to find out more about the Council's hopes for 'rent stabilisation' in Wellington.
A group of Chinese construction workers who came to New Zealand through an overseas employment agency have been left broke and jobless after spending upwards of $40,000 on agency fees. They were refused a visa extension after they were lied to about how much they would earn and how long they could stay. Felix Walton spoke with Unite Union's Mike Treen who is trying to help the workers.
With many indications this week that the Ihumātao dispute might be coming to an end with an agreement on how to move forward on the horizon, Lillian touches on the latest announcements which indicate a more detailed plan is not far off at all. Thank you to One News for the live stream.
On Dear Science with AUT's Marcus Jones we are talking about a new virus that is spreading at an alarming rate, ozone-depleting gases that are heating up the Arctic, and an "agricultural revolution" in the UK.
Lillian speaks with Wellington councillor Fleur Fitzsimons about the city’s housing project that will see nurses and teachers in affordable homes.
Felix speaks with Unite Union's Mike Treen about a group of Chinese workers who were left jobless after their overseas employment agency lied to them about their visas.
And Lillian gives a mini update as to what is happening at Ihumātao with an agreement very close on the horizon.
Justin talks to University of Sydney's Graeme Gill and University of Melbounre's William Partlett about the constitutional changes proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and the fallout from the resignation of Prime Minister Dimitry Merdvedev and his cabinet.
More than 200 people over China, South Korea, Japan and Thailand have been infected by a new type of coronavrius, which 4 have been killed. Justin talks with Siouxie Wiles of Auckland University to find out more about coronaviruses and how is this new virus different to SARS and MERS.