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.
The Wire is 95bFM's long-running daily bastion of news, current affairs and views through the bFM lens.
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.
ACT Party leader David Seymour has had a busy couple of weeks. Firstly, he has been the sole voice of opposition out of all 120 MPs to the government’s gun law reform legislation, which passed its final reading last night. He says it’s not because he’s against changes to our gun laws - but because he doesn’t think there has been enough time to accurately discuss the nuances of what is a very technical bill. But, Mr Seymour has also been in the media’s focus because of his End of Life Choice Bill. The Bill passed it’s first reading at the end of 2017, before going to select committee. Just this week, the justice select committee has reported back on the Bill, making only minor suggestions for how it should progress. Something which Mr Seymour has welcomed. Host Stewart Sowman-Lund spoke to David about both of these issues in some depth - and started by talking about guns. Is he really just against the parliamentary process that has seen this Bill become a law in less than two weeks?
On Dear Science today with AUT’s Marcus Jones we are talking about nutrition and cancer risk, plastic bags, and really old ice.
Lillian speaks with Anjum Rahman of the Islamic Women’s Council of NZ
Sherry talks to Emma Ng, curator and writer of Old Asian New Asian, a book on where conversations should head to around the framing of Asian-New Zealanders. We didn't manage to play all the audio clips due to the sound quality, but we will be following up with Emma.
AND we will be ACTUALLY be returning to our Economic Anxiety feature with Rod Oram this week which we haven’t been able to play, so we are up to part 5 now!
This week, Sherry attended and recorded Emma Ng's talk at Elam School of fine Arts. However due to the Audio quality, we could not play the clips and will be following up with her. Emma published Old Asian, New Asian in 2017, on anti-asian sentiment in New Zealand.
Sherry also responds to some texts from last weeks segment on Julie Zhu and Nahyeon's short film Myth of the Minority and Asian representation.
The full show podcast for the Tuesday Wire of the 9th of April. Featuring The Community Garden, Board Games and both Desks; Green and International. A big thank you to every one who talked and contributed to the show.
Despite efforts to preserve endangered animals, trafficking has increased in some parts of the world by an estimated 5000% according to conservationists and the poaching is pushing some animals to the very brink of extinction. In 2014, 46 countries signed the London Declaration which was set up to work towards ending wildlife trafficking through law enforcement and cross-country cooperation. Wildlife trafficking is a multi-billion-dollar industry that has reportedly helped fund Al-Qaeda-related groups. What is the scope of the problem? What should be done about it? Maria Armoudian speaks with David Wilkie, Tanya Wyatt, and Marc Bekoff.
The Hamilton City Council has voted to reimplement a bylaw that restricts the solicitation of sex on the city’s streets. The bylaw has been in place for the last 10 years and imposes a $20,000 fine on those sex workers who contravene the law. By their own admission, the Council are on shaky legal ground and possibly going against the decriminalisation of sex work that occured in 2003. Lachlan spoke with Catherine Healy from the New Zealand Prostitutes collective about the bylaw
The environment court has declined a permanent protection order for a centuries old kauri name Awhiawhi by locals and iwi. It’s the latest in a series of battles over the tree in attempts to stop it being felled for development that have included multiple occupations, judicial reviews, and petitions. Lachlan spoke with local resident and one of the campaigns leaders WInnie Charlesworth about the environment court’s decision.
This week on the Monday Wire Jemima speaks to Green Party co-leader James Shaw about the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment's report on climate change. Michael Andrew is in studio for Southern Cross to talk about the latest in Pacific news. Lachlan speaks to Dame Catherine Healy about a Hamilton bylaw that prohibits soliciting sex work on the city's streets. He also speaks with Winnie Charlesworth about the environment Court's decision to decline a permanent protection order for a centuries old Kauri. I talk with Maire Leadbeater from West Papua Action Auckland about the humanitarian crisis in Nduga.