Laura Kvigstad and producer Louis Laws bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show, including Neighbourhood Watch with Radio Adelaide's Zoe Kounadis, This Day in History with Ben Goldson and a chat with National Party MP Denise Lee.
The Wire is 95bFM's long-running daily bastion of news, current affairs and views through the bFM lens.
Laura Kvigstad is a student at the University of Auckland, and fell in love with journalism in her second year of studying. She was born in Taupo but raised in Canada (hence the accent) and every New Years she takes a road trip to discover a new spot. Laura enjoys a good political debate and hearing various perspectives people have on the world.
A recent briefing by the New Zealand Disability Support Network highlighted a $574 million annual shortfall in funding to the disability sector. They also estimaste that 15,000 people with disabilities are missing out on services entirely. Felix Walton spoke with Trish Grant from IHC New Zealand about how this shortfall affects the families of people with intellectual disabilities.
The State Sector Act 1988 is set to be repealed and replaced with the new Public Service Act. On Monday State Services Minister Chris Hipkins announced that current law is now unable to support the operation of modern public services. The new Act will provide public services with more flexibility, allow for greater cooperation between agencies and establish principles for an apolitical service. Supporters of the Bill include the Public Service Association, as Union members throughout the public sector have been contributing feedback on certain issues leading up to its introduction. PSA National Secretary Glenn Barclay emphasized the importance of recognising that public servants should have the same rights as the average citizen. William Boyd spoke with Mr Barclay about the introduction and implications of the new bill. Will started off by asking him what new changes are being presented.
Dear Science is back for another week, this week we are chatting about Moons, Carbon and Wind with Marcus Jones from AUT
Producer Will talks with PSA Union about a Bill Introduced by government yesterday that seeks to replace the State Sector Act 1988 with the Public Service Act
We have a piece from 95bFM reporter Rachel Simpson, who spoke with Karen Fletcher, Health & Safety Organiser of the Rail & Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) on lack of access to toilets for women in trades
Felix speaks with IHC New Zealand regarding recent reports of severe lack of funding for people living with disabilities
And finaly Harry recaps the weeks news surrounding NZ first, In lieu of our weekly chat with Fletcher Tabuteau.
Community Housing Aotearoa is an incorporated society made up of the non-profit community housing providers across Aotearoa. There are more than 90 providers across the country working locally to deliver housing solutions for families who face affordability challenges, from homelessness to providing pathways into homeownership. Oscar Peress spoke to the Deputy Chief Executive Chris Glaudell of the organisation to find out more about what they do that sets them apart from government. Oscar started by asking what a not-for-profit housing provider is.
Protests sprung up last week on Owairaka maunga as the Tupuna Maunga Authority began to carry out their integrated management plan which has been in place since 2016. The plan includes the restoration of native fauna on the maunga, as well as many other initiatives to protect the 14 maunga in Tāmaki Makaurau including for example stopping private vehicles from reaching the summit of Maungawhau. The plan for the maunga also includes the felling of exotic trees which a number of people have raised issue with. Tuwhenuaroa Natanahira spoke with Paul Majurey, Chair of the Tupuna Maunga Authority to find out more.
Just a clarification for people who might not know what the Tupuna Maunga Authority is:
"The Tūpuna Maunga o Tāmaki Makaurau Authority (Maunga Authority) is the statutory authority established under the Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Collective Redress Act to co-govern the Tūpuna Maunga.
The Maunga Authority is comprised of equal representatives from Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau and Auckland Council, together with Crown (non-voting) representation."
This morning it was announced the government is in talks with Auckland Council about loaning money so that Council could buy the land back from Fletcher. Listen here for a little recap as well as statements from Mayor Phil Goff's office and the Finance Minister Grant Robertson who is overseeing the discussions.
Male infertility is a serious issue in Australia and Aotearoa and there is currently no medical solution besides ‘getting healthy’ to solve it. It is an issue that isn’t discussed enough throughout society and is responsible for 50% of infertility in couples. This week on Green Desk Mitch speaks to Ateronon founder Sam Hunter about the Tomato Pill. Sam has been on a mission to create the first ever naturally occurring male fertility pill which was based off the information and statistics about the benefits of the mediterrenean diet. He has since developed the tomato pill which has enhanced the bioavailability of the lycopene in tomatoes to increase grade A sperm in men by up to nearly 50%. To begin, Mitch asks Sam what gives the tomato the ability to help with male infertility.
The Disability Support Network has released its briefing paper in preparation for the 2020 budget and has identified worrying shortfalls in funding. They estimate there is a gap in funding of at least 514 million dollars to provide care and support to those who are entitled to it. The report also shed light on the large number of people missing out on services, with up to 15,000 people and their families not having access to disability supports . lachlan spoke with Dr Garth Bennie, Chief Executive of the Disability Support Network, about the briefing paper.
The 2018 showed that the percentage of people not born in New Zealand was 27.4%, an increase from 25.2% in Census 2013. The biggest increase in ethnic group is the Asian population.The Superdiversity Institute for Law, Policy and Business released a report on the cultural and language barriers the Chinese community experience through the litigation process in senior courts, difficulties matching interpreters with clients and discrimination felt by Asian lawyers.
Sherry spoke to Lawyer and Author of the report, Mai Chen, on her findings and recommendations to address this issue. She begins by asking Mai on the background to the report.