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.
Fireworks may arguably be a strange occurrence in the history of Aotearoa. Since their introduction in colonial times and the traditions of Guy Fawke, which has little to no relevancy at all for New Zealanders, the notion has become something of a explosive display in celebration on public holidays & in private use. But the dangers & risks to others are abundant. Especially pets. So the Auckland City Council is lobbying for a ban on private sales, in which a public consultation found 80% of the 8000 submissions were in favour of the ban. Ila Christianson spoke with Auckland City Councillor Cathy Casey, who is petitioning for the vote about her stance on the ban.
Wellington Zoo euthanised four Baboons on Saturday the 23rd of February. The baboons were said to be acting agressively towards one another and the zoo responded in a way that they believed was humane. In response, Speak Up for Animals New Zealand is calling for a boycott, saying the deaths were needless as they could have been placed in a sanctuary that aids in rehabilitation of baboons. Sonja Burmudez from Speak Up for Animals New Zealand, spoke to Laura Kvigstad on the matter.
The full podcast for the Thursday Wire of the 28th of February, 2019. Guests include; National Party Environment Spokesperson Scott Simpson, Associate Professor Kathleen Quinlivan, Minister of Justice Andrew Little and Kevin Tso of Victim Support. This Day in History also returns to 1991.
The Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill has been deferred. The Bill is necessary to improve ease of identification for members of the transgender and nonbinary communities. Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin sez it has been deferred due to "problems caused by the select committee process." The Green Party is disappointed with the delay and MP Jan Logie says they are working hard to ensure the Bill is passed soon. Isabella Holdsworth spoke briefly with Logie and started by asking why the bill was deferred.
Lillian Hanly went along to the Breakfast with the Finance Minister at Eden Park this morning. Grant Robertson gave a speech outlining NZ's economic position and where the government wants to go with that in the long term. Lillian gives a recap of the speech and reflects on conversations around a possible Capital Gains Tax.