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.
95bFM is aiming to speak to every mayoral candidate ahead of next month’s local elections. Next week, I’ll be speaking with incumbent Mayor Phil Goff… But today, something a little different. Fiona, possibly with no last name, is a wildcard candidate represented by comedian Tom Sainsbury, acting as her campaign manager. Host Stewart Sowman-Lund spoke to Tom this morning, and started by asking him what inspired Fiona to run for mayor.
Cotton On workers walked off the job on Monday to protest the company's refusal to pay them the living wage. Members of FIRST Union picketed outside the clothing store on Queen Street in Auckland’s CBD. Union members have been attempting to negotiate a pay increase since april this year however they’ve stated that the latest offer they’ve received was “worse than the first”. Cotton on themselves have stated on their website that they are committed towards paying a living wage, however workers in their retail and distribution centers are currently paid under that. Jared Abbott, FIRST Union Secretary for Transport, Logistics and Manufacturing has stated that Cotton On is duping customers with false claims of ethical employment practices. He has also highlighted a severe pay inequity for Pasifika and Maori staff compared to Pākehā workers. William Boyd spoke with Jared about the situation at Cotton On for its employees. William started off by asking him how Monday’s strike went.
For Green Desk, Mitch Fuller and Sherry Zhang talk to Hexacycle’s founder Neil Birrell about how maggots can close the loop on our existing and linear waste cycles and how insects might be part of the future of animal and human consumption.
For decades, dairy farming has been damaging New Zealand’s environment, and new legislation aiming to protect our rivers and wetlands is coming into action. However, some groups have been wary of these changes, believing it will negatively impact the industry and its economic contributions. In response, a study was commissioned by Forest & Bird, Greenpeace, and Fish and Game to understand the economic impacts of this new freshwater legislation (if any)! To find out more about the legislation and report, Olivia Holdsworth spoke to Forest & Bird’s Annabeth Cohen and began by asking why we even need freshwater legislation in the first place.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced plans last week to make the teaching of New Zealand history compulsory in schools. Reporter Felix Walton spoke to University of Auckland senior history lecturer Dr Aroha Harris to find out more, and started by asking whether New Zealanders know much about NZ history.
Known to get drunk on berries, fall out of trees, and hang around humans, Kererū have become something of a New Zealand icon. They are also the only bird left in New Zealand that can distribute large seeds, and their disappearance would be a disaster for our native forests.
Rachel Simpson spoke to Victoria University biological science lecturer Stephen Hartley about the Great Kererū Count, the largest citizen science project in New Zealand.