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.
Justin talks to Vincent Martigny, a political science professor at the University of Nice and l'École Polytechnique in Paris, about the life and legacy of former French President Jacques Chirac, who passed away at the end of September. Chirac was the President of France between 1995 and 2007. He also served as the Mayor of Paris and the French Prime Minister.
The government has announced that there has been a surplus of 7.5 billion dollars - the biggest budget surplus in a decade, more than double forecasts. Justin talked to Finance Minister Grant Robertson to see what made up the surplus and how the government is going to spend it.
The local elections are in full swing this year, with the predicted voter turnout for this Saturday's local elections heading for an all-time record low. It seems turnout has been slipping every three years, with current estimates for 2019s local elections unlikely to be above 40 per cent. So who’s to blame for this crisis of voter decline? Is it on the voters or do we have an out of date system? Louis spoke with Dr. Lara Greaves, A lecturer in politics & public policy at the University of Auckland, about the current climate surrounding these local elections, as well as solutions for voter certainty in the future.
What do we do about our falling voter rates in local elections? Some say we offer chocolate, sasage sizzles or make it a holiday, though, the most common call is to put voting online.
However, Dr Julienne Molineaux, Director of The Policy Observatory, says voting in local elections is far too complex, with too many options and too few clear opinions for voters, thus, online voting won't do much.
Producer Jack Marshall spoke with Dr Molineaux about the problems with local elections and how we might improve them.
Yesterday the government announced the largest budget surplus in a decade. Finance Minister Grant Robertson stated that their surplus had increased to 7.5 billion dollars. He attributed this to a strong economy that is “outperforming much larger developed countries”. John Milford, chief executive of Wellington Chamber of Commerce stated in an RNZ interview that the surplus was delivered by a strong business community, high employment and a strong GST take. Meanwhile, the National party has rebuked the government's claims, accusing them of “sitting on a stack of money” by not properly supporting underfunded public services. The Public Service Association, New Zealand's largest union, representing a variety of government-employed workers, has stated that this surplus is an indication that more needs to be spent on services and issues, including the housing crisis, hospitals and beneficiaries. William Boyd spoke with PSA National Secretary Glenn Barclay about their recent press release on the announcement. Will started off by quoting both the government and National’s stance on the surplus and asking whether he or the PSA agrees with either.
2019 marks the 250th anniversary of when Captain James Cook arrived in Aotearoa. Tuia 250, is commemorating the first onshore meetings between Māori – the tangata whenua of Aotearoa New Zealand – and Pākehā in 1769–70. The commerations have been met with mixed responses, taking place at the arrival of the Endeavour yesterday. Tuwhenuaroa spoke to Owen Lloyd, Chairman of the Tairawhiti District Māori Council, who has a deep connection to te Tairawhiti on both his Pakeha and Maori side. He has very different views to those expressed by many maori in the mainstream media, so I began the interview by asking him about his own personal take on the Tuia 250 commemorations, and about the response of protestors like his colleague Marise Lant.
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Tuwhenuaroa spoke to Owen Lloyd, Chairman of the Tairawhiti District Māori Council about Tuia 250, and the protests that took place in Gisbourne
William talked to Nation Secretary of the Public Service Association Glenn barclay about the recent announcement of a budget surplus from the government.
Lillian spoke to Saharawi resistance spokesperson Tecber Ahmed Saleh who works for the Ministry of Health in the Saharawi refugee camps about the implications of NZ importing 70 percent of its phosphate from Western Sahara through Morocco