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.
Many women are arriving at retirement with less savings than men and inequity issues like these require new, forward thinking solutions. Care credits are just one of the many ideas the Commission for Financial Capability is exploring in its three-yearly Review of Retirement Income Policies to help improve the wellbeing of people on their road to retirement. To find out more about care credits and the review in general, Olivia Holdsworth spoke to Interim Retirement Commissioner Peter Cordtz and began by asking what exactly is the Review of Retirement Income Policies.
The current benefits system is from a different time, harking back to times of World Wars and the Great Depression. The most common recipient of the benefit is no longer a male Pākehā war hero, but rather solo mothers, and disproportionately mothers who are Māori, Pasifika or have disabilities. These women are subjected to intrusive investigations, probing questions, regulations that keep them from seeking work, and policies that keep them from pursuing meaningful relationships.
95bFM reporter Rachel Simpson spoke to Georgie Craw, executive officer of Child Poverty Action Group. The group recently released a briefing paper calling for the government to take urgent action on the benefits system, which was delivered to the Prime Minister’s electoral office, along with a petition signed by 8,000 people.
Are some green solutions unhelpful for the environment or, worse, do they actually harm it? In her book Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution, journalist Heather Rogers explores whether ‘green’ products such as carbon offsets, organic food, biofuels, and eco-friendly cars work in offsetting the effects of climate change. Maria Armoudian spoke to Rogers about whether earth-friendly products can save the planet.
Sherry speaks with National co-ordinator of School Strike 4 Climate, Sophie Handford, ahead of their third protest on the 27th of September. She asks Sophie on the movement’s demands, and changes after criticisms following the last protest for alienating pacifika voices due to the timing with polyfest. Sophie also discusses the implications on local body elections with the increased awareness of the climate crisis. Sherry begin by asking Sophie to outline what’s new with the upcoming protest.
On the Wire today: Professor Jim Mann joins us to discuss food advertising and whether the government needs to bring in more regulations. Southern Cross is back discussing all the news across the Pacific. Sherry chats with Sophie Handford, national convenor for School Strike for Climate. Finally, Green Party Co-Leader James Shaw has his regular chat with Jemima, this week discussing emissions from business and the climate crisis risk assessment.
New Zealand has one of the higest rates of obesity in the world - but how much does advertising have to do with it? A health expert is calling for greater government regulations around how food is advertised, especially to children. Lachlan spoke with Professor Jim Mann from the University of Otago about advertising, the difficulty around food and social media and what the government can do to help people make more informed decisions around their diet.