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University drop-out and hospitality aficionado Harry Willis has been working at bFM since early 2017. When he’s not pouring your wine he’s reading up on international and local politics, watching film and amateurly photographing things.
The government has announced the establishment of a new department to evaluate the prospects for re-entry of the Pike River mine drift. Up to $23 million dollars over three years has been budgeted to the new department which was announced on the seventh anniversary of the disaster which killed 29 people.
Lucy Austin spoke to the minister responsible for the effort, Andrew Little, and asked him to elaborate on the details of the recovery project and agency.
Awareness of HIV has been on the decline in the last few years despite the numbers of cases actually being on the rise.One woman who is seeking to change that is Lyn Parent who is hosting a seris of events across Auckland in a bid to raise awareness again.
I spoke with Lyn and Steven Petch, an opera singer performing at a couple of her events, about the campaign and started by asking why they felt the issue was so important.
The situation on Manus Island is worsening by the week. The detainees have locked themselves in the center and are refusing to leave, while food and medicine are being denied to them by authorities. Many are calling the situation a humanitarian crisis, with the UN and other international NGOs, shocked at the treatment of the detainees by the Australian Government. The New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is offering to take 150 of the detainees, however, the Australian Government has turned down the offer. Sam Smith spoke to commentator Tracey Barnett about the situation as it stands.
The Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards took place last Thursday, and a bunch of really great things happened. SWIDT mesmerized the crowds, TEEKS accepted his award in Te Reo, and Jacinda and Lorde made for what’s being called the defining moment of 2017. A couple of us were lucky enough to witness the whole beautiful mess, because what’s NZ music without bFM? Here’re Jogai and Amanda who were lucky enough to catch up with the most electrifying rap group in the game today, Stoneyhunga’s finest: SWIDT, and New Zealand Music Hall of Fame inductee Sharon O'Neill.
Producer Leonard Powell spoke to Kristina Cavit from The Kindness Institute to discuss how it began and operates. Kristina discusses mental health in Aotearoa, and in particular the work that The Kindness Institute does with Rangatahi to enhance wellbeing and mindfulness.
Joel, Sam, and Leonard took on The Wire on Monday the 20th of November. In the show, Sam had a chat about latest new on Manus island with commentator Tracey Barnett. Joel talked to Green Party member James Shaw about his time at the COP23 Conference, and why the party is abstaining from commenting on Manus Island.For the Pacific News segment Southern Cross, Leonard talked to Kendall Hutt about COP23 as well as the outcome of the elections in the Solomon Islands and Tonga. Producer Leonard also spoke with Kristina Cavit from the Kindness Institute about the work they do with Rangatahi in Aotearoa. Finally, we recapped the NZ Music Awards as we looked at interviews by Jogai, Amanda, and Sarah.
Yesterday's Tongan election saw a decisive victory, for the previously governing Democratic Party. Professor at Massey University, Malakai Kaloamatangi, joins us on the phone from Tonga where he has been working as an international observer. He shares his thoughts on the election, and what we might expect to see once the new Parliament has formed.
Producer Conor talks to Green Party Leader James Shaw about what he's currently doing in Germany at the COP3 event, and why he believes New Zealand has something to offer to the fight against climate change as a small but developed country.
Yesterday was an historic day for Australia. The postal survey vote for marriage equality returned an overwhelming 61% yes vote, so now a bill can make its way through the senate and Australia can experience marriage reform, something new Zealand achieved four years ago. I spoke earlier with Labour MP Louisa Wall who wrote the New Zealand bill, about marriage equality, and the road thus far in both New Zealand and Australia.