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.
Last week Aramco, Saudi Arabia's oil company, was listed on the Riyadh exchange. The move has been many years in the making, but has not come without its fair share of changes. Exclusively listing on their national exchange, unmet valuation targets and a smaller amount of shares available have all changed how the company will now perform, as well as global pressures surrounding the climate emergency. James talked to Rod Oram, a business and political commentator, about what this could mean not only for Saudi Arabia, but how they and their economy is viewed by the rest of the world.
The National party has rolled a series of new proposals aimed at dealing with violent gangs, if they were to win the 2020 election. They’ve said they want to take a much stronger stance than the current government, promising new laws ranging from banning gang patches to revoking parole for those associated with gangs to the setting up of a new task force, modelled after a prolific New South Wales unit called “Strike Force Raptor”. This is apparently only the beginning of a broader “gang action plan” that National has promised to release by next year. Meanwhile Corrections minister Kelvin Davis called the document a "mishmash of reheated ideas", stating that the focus should be on anyone who breaks the law rather than specific groups. University of Auckland Criminologist Dr Ron Kramer said the proposals were "transparently pathetic", "overblown propaganda", and that they provide no substantive impact on crime. William Boyd spoke with Manukau ward councillor Efeso Collins, who has been outspoken in the past about opening up conversation with gangs as opposed to cracking down on them. William started off by asking him for his input on the new proposals.
The NZ First party has been in the news recently following reports on the New Zealand First Foundation that has allegedly channelled donations through to the political party. Party Leader Winston Peters has maintained the legality of the process, however Andrew Geddis, law professor at Otago University, says whether that is legal or not - there needs to be a discuss about whether it should be legal. Andrew studied in the US and during that time became interested in the relationship between money and politics. When he returned to Aotearoa he made that one of his central areas of research, looking at electoral law generally, and how those laws govern how money can be used to influence elections. Lillian Hanly wanted to speak to Andrew about what is happening with NZ First, but started by touching on money and politics in the US and whether NZ is heading the same way.
While many of us were enjoying a sunday sleep-in, a group of Greenpeace protestors occupied an OMV exploration vessel in protest of ocean drilling. The last of the protestors were removed by police on Tuesday morning, after 50 hours onboard. This is the most recent in a string of protests against the Austrian Oil and Gas company OMV. Felix Walton spoke with Greenpeace NZ's lead climate campaigner Amanda Larsson.
In this interview, 95bFM reporter Dhan-nun(@FreedomOfCommon) spoke with Waterfront 2029's Spokeperson Michael Goldwater. They're an organisation campaigning for the moving of Auckland’s container and used car Port to Whangarei. Waterfront2029 grew out of Stop Stealing our harbour which successfully prevented port expansion in the past like wharf extensions to Devonport and concrete bases for the america’s cup. I started off asking about Waterfront2029, their history and what their current activities are.
A few days ago Justice Minister Andrew Little announced plans to change the law on prisoner voting rights in time for the 2020 election, to allow prisoners serving sentences of three years or under to vote.
Deb Rawson discusses this shift in policy with law Professor Edward Willis from the University of Auckland, and then later with Arthur Taylor, a former prisoner who sued the Attorney-General for the right of prisoners to vote.