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.
Food poverty & child malnutrition is a problematic issue facing Aotearoa, with more than one hundred & sixty thousand Kiwi kids not getting enough adequate food. The ministry of health recently published a report, the household food insecurities among New Zealand child health survey, which found that children in food-insecure households had poorer parent-rated health status, poorer nutrition, as well as reported higher rates of psychological and parenting stress, as well as poorer self-rated health status. Now the strain seems to be on those families living on a low-income budget, where a low-wage economy, alongside very low levels of welfare support, is fuelling this crisis of food poverty. So what is going to be done about this by the Ministry of Health? Louis caught up Dr Sarah Gerritsen of the University of Auckland's faculty of medical & health sciences, who spoke to me on the prevalence of food poverty’s impact, on families in Aotearoa.
Sexual violence and abuse can result in a range of symptoms. Moving through daily and doing what some may consider the mundane can trigger those who have been through sexual trauma. Dental surgeon, Sharonne Zaks has found the experience of receiving dental care can be triggering for those who have been through sexual trauma. She is working to change the process of how people with sexual trauma receive dental care, in her own practice and for others as well. She speaks with 95bFM about how dental work can put patients in spaces where they feel powerless and result in a triggering experience for those who have gone through sexual trauma. She tells us how she works to empower her patients and the important role a dentist can play in this recovery from trauma.
If you are interested in finding out more about Sharonne's work you can find videos for survivors of sexual trauma that can guide them through getting trauma-informed care here. You can also find videos for dentists, that give suggestions on how to provide trauma-informed care here. In addition, if you have any questions, you can reach out to Sharonne directly on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shocking statistics show almost 9000 Kiwi children and teens needed dental work under general anaesthetic last year for largely preventable conditions. It came at a cost of around 22 million dollars and has put a strain on the hospital system as operating theatres were often booked up. So, is this something that can be prevented? Or is it this where New Zealand is, and we just need to deal with it. Host Stewart Sowman-Lund spoke to Dr Bill O’Connor, President of the NZ Dental Association - and started by asking him if he was shocked by that figure of 9000 children.
Professor Jonathan Waters from the University of Otago has concluded that Dunedin was hit by a high magnitude earthquake around 1000 years. His unique method of measuring historic coastal earthquakes compares the genetic properties of uplifted kelp populations.This research bears domestic and international implications for detecting previously unknown locations that are prone to earthquakes.
Sherry completes her final piece on Indonesia and brings the issue back home to question New Zealand's waste management with Environment Minister Eugenie Sage.
Sherry visits Bantar Gebang: South East Asia’s largest landfill and talks to Resa Boenard, the founder of BGBJ, the school on the landfill to discuss waste managment. In part one, Sherry talks to the trash-pickers of Bantar Gebang, and the dangerous work often undertaken to provide for their families. In part two, she interviews the women and children of the three thousand families who live on the landfill, and Resa shares the importance of education for the kids.
Sherry begins by asking Resa on the imminent closure of the landfill as it reaches maximum capacity, with no long term solution in place. You can find out more and support BGBJ by visiting their website. The hostel on site is open to hosting volunteers to help out with lessons.
The organisations of Shakti, the Khadija Leadership Network and Auckland Peace Action have come together to host Let’s Deal With It: A Trans-Tasman Conference Towards Racial Equity. The beginnings of this event came out of the terror attacks in Christchurch. The groups say they want to create a safe platform to establish an open dialogue between Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand to help build a society free of prejudice, racism and hate-based crime. The one-day conference focuses on 'creating awareness of the democratic and political processes, promoting active citizenship, encouraging active citizenship within the context of multicultural dialogue and promoting the self-development of refugee and migrant communities'. Tayyaba Khan is from the Khadija Leadership Network, and Arisha Chandra and Mengzhu Fu are both from Shakti. They are all involved in planning the conference and they joined Lillian Hanly this morning to speak more about what they hope to come of it. Lillian started by asking how the conference came about.
The event is on this Friday the 14th, at the Mt Eden War Memorial Hall from 8-5pm. If you can't make it, it will be livestreamed, so you can find that on the Shakti, Auckland Peace Action and Khadija Leadership Network social media. The panels will also be filmed and available online, you can also get involved in the conversation online if you can’t be there in person.
Bronwyn Wilde talks to Breanna Ward about Cycling to Save Our Coastlines. Earlier this year, Bre and her friend Tess cycled the length of the North Island, doing beach clean-ups, signing cafes up to RefillNZ and speaking to schools about protecting our coastlines. We talked to Bre about the challenges of her journey, why she did it, and what individuals can do to reduce their plastic waste.