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.
The government’s budget for 2019 was announced yesterday afternoon by minister of finance Grant Robertson, who delivered the publication. The focus seems to be on vulnerable communities, Kiwi’s well-being, among other priorities, with a trajectory towards social issues such as mental health, addiction, and poverty in the budgets financial forecast. While this is good to see in many ways, it can’t be said that everyone will be happy about these economic decisions. Now for someone with a very low understanding of economics, Louis had the pleasure of speaking with Shamubeel Eaqub; an experienced independent economist & commentator, who made economics very easy for Louis. Here he is, breaking down the budget.
Yesterday Sherry went down to the teachers strike in Aotea Sqaure, to talk to some of the teachers involved in the protest. She gives us the highlights of her favourite signs and asks the teachers what they hope to change after the strikes. It will be interesting to see if and how this is reflected in the budget. This is the third strike from primary school teachers, and the first one involving secondary school teachers. Sherry gives us an overview of the protests so far.
Host Stewart chats to Labour Minister Andrew Little. This week, it’s all budget - whose heads should roll for the supposed leak, which portfolios are getting a good investment, and has Labour had to sell out to New Zealand First. Have a listen.
The government has accepted 38 out of 40 of the recommendations made by the mental health and addiction inquiry report. Olivia Holdsworth spoke to NZ Union of Students' Associations National President James Ranstead about how recommendations and began by asking how the union feels about about the government’s response to the mental health and addiction inquiry.
Stewart speaks to technology commentator, Paul Brislen, about how the hack that enabled the National Party to access budget details early could have occured. They also discuss how National was able to leak Budget details without anyone in the government knowing.
Another angle to this whole budget debacle is the PR side. Who is responsible for the blunder, or at least, who has to take the fall. Former political PR person Ben Thomas knows a lot about all of that, Stewart Sowman-Lund spoke to him and asked him just how bad this all is for the government.