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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.
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Isaac Ottley and Wednesday Davis are part of the Fossil Free University of Auckland group here on campus. It is part of the wider 350 movement looking to unite people around climate change solutions. 350 Aotearoa hopes to grow climate action in NZ. Fossil Free UoA formed in 2015 with 350s support and their aim is to have the University completely divest from fossil fuels. Newsroom reported this week that coal-fired generated energy from Genesis Energy’s Huntly station was the highest in the December quarter in more than five years. Genesis said “conditions in the market were “unprecedented” given the unusually low lake inflows for that time of the year and reduced production from the Pohokura gas field”. Essentially, tight gas supplies last year and NZ’s reliance on the flexibility of Genesis to run it’s dual fuel units when required, meant they had to burn a lot more coal than usual. Isaac is the President of Fossil Free UoA, and Wednesday is the Treasurer. Their campaign has been going on for a while, and Lillian Hanly wasn’t entirely sure what the group did behind the scenes of public demonstrations at the university calling for divestment but had also heard there had been some movement within the University’s Council in looking into this issue. Lillian spoke with Isaac and Wednesday to find out more, they talked extensively about the wider issue regarding divestment and fossil fuels themselves.
Oxfam released their annual report on inequality this week. This study has been criticised for its limited reach and unreliable calculation methods, the study itself remains controversial, yet the issue it raises, increasing gaps of inequality, is hardly disputeed, and seems to only be getting worse. Rachael Le Mesurier is the executive director for Oxfam NZ, and Lillian Hanly got in touch with her to speak more about inequality and the possibilities of combating this.
For Dear Science it’s the international year of the periodic table, and we look at desalination methods which might have the opposite effect on some water, as well as a handy trick to help memorise things.
We hear from Fossil Free University of Auckland about their ongoing struggle to get the University to divest from fossil fuels.
And we speak to Oxfam about their latest, controversial, report regarding widening gaps of inequality
Stewart catches up with our European Correspondent Mary-Margaret Slack. This week,Theresa May has faced a vote of no confidence, has been working to prepare a new Brexit deal - and Jacinda Ardern is over in the UK too.
Last night, Newshub broadcast an ‘exclusive’ interview with the ringleader of the notorious Roast Busters, a group of teens who boasted about having sex with drunk girls. Now, the ringleader Joseph Parker has said he’s not the monster he was made out to be and is making amends. But do we care? Should we care? And what’s more, it appears he’s also trying to launch a music career at the same time.
Stewart spoke to Fiona McNamara from the Sexual Abuse Prevention Network, and started by asking her for her reaction to last night's story.
Last week it was confirmed that major media player Stuff is up for sale. Nine Media CEO Hugh Marks has confirmed that a sale process for Stuff - which includes a number of regional newspapers and other assets - would begin in the coming months. Duncan Grieve, founder of The Spinoff, is a media commentator, and spoke with Stewart Sowman-Lund this morning. Stewart started by asking him whether he’s surprised by the news.
The first commission meeting of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) took place this week with a number of issues discussed including the expanding of the deal. Jemima speaks to Minister of Trade and Export Growth David Parker about the CPTPP and what an expansion could mean for New Zealand.
This week on the Monday Wire Jemima speaks to Chlöe Swarbrick about the impact of the housing crisis on youth mental health. bFM reporter Oscar Perress speaks to Ricardo Menendez March from Auckland Action Againt Poverty about the Ministry of Social Development's recent report. Lachlan speaks with Minister of Police Stuart Nash about police pursuit procedure and bFM reporter Bevan Tucker speaks to People Against Prisons Aotearoa for their opinion on the topic. Chloe Ann King and Jessica Buchanan talk about Raise the Bar, a new hospitality workers union as part of a larger report on the conditions of hospitality coming in later weeks. Jemima talks to Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker about changes to the CPTPP. Finally, we have a chat about Auckland Anniversary Day and what that's all about.