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.
Liam Finnagan is finishing up his masters in international relations, and is leaving to spend a year in China in the next month. Sherry talks to him on Ann Marie Brady, the history of China NZ relations, and if there is growing tensions between the two countries.
Its a tricky space to navigate, and it’s important to remember when critising foreign governments and their values, that there is the chinese state that has questionable stances on human rights. And there are the migrants and diapsora communities in New Zealand: wanting to connect and often just seeking a better life for their family. Open, respectful discussions, are the productive way forward when navigating the space.
Sherry speaks to Carl, a member of loop group, a community recyling group specialising in rejigging up old bikes. Carl talks about corporate responsibility and reducing consumption. Sherry begin by asking him what loop groop does?
Sherry has looking into a few community recycling groups on their views on New Zealand’s processes with waste managment, and if more could be done after coming back her trip in Indonesia. You can listen to her three prt segment on Banter Gebang, South East Asia’s largest landfill and home to over three thousand families: One, Two and Three.
Craft Homes is a is a company committed to building sustainable homes that are conscious of the environment as well as people’s health. Toby Tilsey is the director and believes in better quality, and more energy efficient homes. Lillian Hanly spoke with him about the issues they are hoping to combat with these types of homes.
In the interview, Toby mentions he doesn't know the financial cost for New Zealand from Asthma so Lillian looked up some of the stats. These figures are available on the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation NZ website. One of the key things to know is that asthma and respiratory diseases are two of the leading causes of sickness and death in New Zealand. Over 597,000 people take medication for asthma − it affects one in eight adults and one in seven children (Source: New Zealand Health Survey). Large numbers of children are still being admitted to hospital with asthma, there were 3,050 admissions in 2017, and some of these will have had a potentially life-threatening attack (Barnard & Zhang, 2018). 77 people die from asthma each year, that's just over 1 person per week. By far the highest number of people being admitted to hospital with asthma are Māori, Pasifika peoples and people living in the most deprived areas. The cost of asthma to the nation is over $1 billion per year (Barnard & Zhang, 2018).
Sherry talks to WasteMINZ Organic Materials Sector Group Chair, Chris Purchas, on greenwashing. WasteMINZ have recently released a new set of guidelines for businesses and consumers on the advertising of compostable products and packaging. She also asks Chris's views on the response from countries against the offshore shipping of New Zealand recyling.
The WasteMINZ report recommends products to not state ‘planet friendly’ or ‘eco-safe,’ with pictures of happy seals and polar bears, if not backed up by science, or following an established standard.
The term biodegradable is one of the most mis-used phrases, and companies cannot claim something is biodegradable in landfills as no reliable standards currently exist to measure this. Similarly with degradable, as “the length of time they take to break down can be hundreds or thousands of years and can result in microplastics, which enter the food chain and are harmful to all animals and humans.”
The full show podcast for The Tuesday Wire for the 18th of June, 2019.
We had the privilige to wander into the Community Garden to learn about the Walking summit with Living Streets Aotearoa. At the Green Desk, we talk bottle drives and deposits. We revisit Sudan to provide an update on the recent ongoings there and finally we discuss the Capitol Cinema 'closure'.
In the Community Garden, we discuss walking in Aotearoa and the upcoming walking summit this week in Auckland. We had the privilige of talking to Gay Richards, of Living Streets Aotearoa, to hear their thoughts on it all, and what they'd like to see in the future.
After months of peaceful protests that led to the ousting of president of thirty years Omar Al Bashir, Sudan is on the brink of civil war. Why, and can it be avoided? Our producer Lisa Boudet reports for the International Desk.
Recently The Capitol cinema on Dominion Road closed down. Not long after that news broke, it was announced Rialto Distribution was going to buy the cinema, so it would stay open. Daniel Pickstone is a film nerd and also works for Monterey Cinema group as a programmer. The Monterey Cinema group is owned by Kelly Rogers and David Ross, the pair who started Rialto Cinemas. Since then, they have sold Rialto but retain five cinemas throughout New Zealand and remain the owners of Rialto Distribution. Lillian Hanly spoke with Daniel about the importance of cinema and started by asking why The Capitol closed down.