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.
The Fox River debacle has been slowly and steadily coming to an end. You may remember the severe flooding that occurred in the Southland region which caused the river to overflow, and a landfill to flood. This meant that all that rubbish was then strewn along the river for kilometres. What followed was tension between national and local government. Local government said they didn’t have enough money to clean it up, national government said the local government's hadn’t planned well enough. And during this time, there weren’t enough hands on board to do the literal clean up. In the end, volunteers took it into their own hands, along with the NZ Defence Force and DOC. Because there was also a race against the Spring rains which might make the damage worse. And, more generally, DOC director general Lou Sanson said that climate change will make this sort of disaster a lot more likely. Finally, two days ago it was announced that protecting the river from future rubbish spills could cost the Westland District Council up to 2.8 million dollars. So, Rachel Simpson spoke with Eugenie Sage, the Minister for Conservation, and started by asking why so many people volunteered to help out.
For Board Games, we start to meet the Waitematā candidates of Communities and Residents. This week, we meet Sarah Trotman and Josh Doubtfire to talk about who they are and what their Waitematā local election campaigns will look like.
Host Olivia talked to the incredibly insightful Jean Te Huia about the child welfare system and how it's structure disproportionately affects Māori. They discussed the history of the child welfare system and also talked about some recommendations for its reform. Olivia began by asking what the origin of Aotearoa's child welfare system was?
This week on the Monday Wire, Lachlan speaks to Cosmo Jeffery from the Howard League about the prisoner voting ban. Southern Cross is back with the latest from across the Pacific. Jemima talks to Green Party co-leader James Shaw about the changes to the Misuse of Drugs Act, the Abortion Legislation Bill and waste minimisation. Finally, Lachlan wraps it up with an interview with Richard Medlicott from the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners about advertising prescription drugs in New Zealand.
On the heels of more mass shootings in the United States, we examine the mindset, the trends, and changes of a globally connected rightwing movement, then turn to solutions to the growing animosity between identity groups.
The Waitangi Tribunal today released its report on the ban on prisoner voting, saying it disproportionately affected Maori and the government should act urgently to repeal it before the next election. This follows a recent Supreme Court decision saying the ban was inconsistent with the Bill of Rights Act. Lachlan spoke with Cosmo Jeffrey from The Howard League NZ about the ban, and why it needs to be overturned.
New Zealand is one of very few countries that allows advertising of prescription medicine to consumers. Doctors groups have been pushing for years for the government to enact changesto the law to ban the practice. Lachlan spoke with Richard Medlicott, medical director of the Royal New Zealand college of general practitioners about why there is a need for the ban.