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 New Zealand Defense Industry Association have announced that they will not be holding their annual Weapons Expo in 2019. Chairman Andrew Ford stated that it had been cancelled for a number of reasons, including "the safety of delegates, guests and community in the face of aggressive protest action". This comes after years of peace groups protesting against the military expo, with many protesters arrested during previous years actions against it. These groups are claiming that it acts as a platform for arms dealers to “cash in” on lucrative military contracts.The expo’s principal sponsor is Lockheed Martin, one of the world's largest arms company and a manufacturer of nuclear weapons. One group, Auckland Peace Action stated that while the organisers try to camouflage the event as respectable, it is hard to hide the reality of “shameless war profiteering”. William spoke with Peace Action member Valerie Morse about the cancellation and previous years protests. Will started off by asking Valerie to clarify what the weapons expo is, what it's sponsors are and what Peace Action’s problems are with it.
A collection of Māori taonga, collected by Andrew Rintoul before 1913, will return from Auckland Museum to the Kaipara on 12 October to be housed at The Kauri Museum. Tuwhenuaroa speaks to The Kauri Museum General Manager and Collection Manager Curator Dr. Tracey Wedge about the collection, and began by asking her why it was so important.
A Cabinet paper from the Agriculture Minister’s office on the then proposed review of the live export trade was released last week. The paper proposes five options, which include the Minister’s preferred option of a conditional ban, and a complete prohibition of the trade of live animal exports. The paper shows the scope of the review will only include the export of cows, deer, sheep and goats for breeding which SAFE NZ saysber ignores 99% of animals suffering in the live export industry. Tuwhenuaroa spoke to SAFE’s Campaigns Officer Mona Oliver about the review, and began bye asking her what the details of the review were.
A movement to abolish daylight saving time has been gaining traction this week with a lobby group being established to abolish what they describe as a “mandatory hangover”. Tuwhenuaroa spoke to the chief executive and founder of Take Back The Clocks, Louis Houlbrooke, about his plan, and began by asking who he was.
Law and Order Spokesperson for New Zealand First Darroch Ball, does not support drug checking as a harm reduction strategy and is currently blocking a clarification of the Misuse of Drugs Act that would allow the service to be implemented nationally. To find out more, Olivia Holdsworth spoke to KnowYourStuffNZ’s Managing Director, Wendy Allison and began by asking why is drug testing important?
Bank branches are continuing to close in rural New Zealand, making it difficult for communities to access in person banking services. In response to this, a unique partnership of six New Zealand banks will trial a new approach to providing banking services in these small regional communities. Olivia Holdsworth spoke to New Zealand Bankers’ Association chief executive Roger Beaumont and Minister for Regional Economic Development Shane Jones to find out more about the pilot. She began by asking what is a banking hub.