Lillian Hanly and producer Sherry Zhang bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show, including Dear Sciencethanks toMOTATwith AUT Chemistry professor Allan Blackman or Marcus Jones and our regular chat with Fletcher Tabuteau from New Zealand First.
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Lillian Hanly has recently finished her Masters, a critical look at the exclusive-ness of the 'Kiwi bloke', and is now the News Director at 95bFM after volunteering since early 2014. In her spare time she'll be catching up on reading all the Noam Chomsky and Charles W. Mills books she wasn't able to in the past 5 five years of tertiary education, trying to make her second documentary film and lifeguarding at Bethells Beach. Ko Te Reo Māori te reo tuatahi a Lillian, he wahine Pākehā nō Aotearoa, Lillian is Pākehā and her first language is Māori. This upbringing highly influences the way she tells stories on the radio.
The Green Party of Aotearoa is working on an inquiry group into Student Accommodation, a sector of tertiary education that is unfairly under-regulated for students, & this has been exposed more than ever amongst the Covid-19 pandemic.
Producer Louis Laws got in touch with Isabella Leninhin-Ikin, President of the New Zealand Union of Students Associations, who talks about NZUSAs stance, & also her own personal experience in a hall of residence.
Stats NZ has just announced Job numbers fell by a record 37,500 in April 2020 this is a record drop. Philip Miles is the Digital Services Lead at Auckland Libraries who have a number of services available to support people in looking for, preparing for and applying for jobs.
On Dear Science with Marcus Jones talking about Covid-19 vaccines, the Space X launch and asteroid’s hitting earth.
We have NZ First back on the show today, but we hear from Mark Patterson the Agricultural and Primary Industry spokesperson. We talk about the budget, latest polling numbers, the NZ First Foundation and goverment reviews into government responses of Covid-19.
We hear from the Disability Rights Commissioner on how shovel ready projects should be taking accessibility into account.
And lastly, Lillian Hanly is finishing up her time here as News Director, she makes that announcement on the show today.
Yesterday morning the Government announced a new financial support for people who have lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19. Those eligible will receive a 12-week period of payments of $490 a week for full time workers, and $250 for part time. Auckland Action Against Poverty has welcomed this towards a step towards individualised benefits, but has deeper concerns. The relief payment, which is almost double that of the weekly payments under the main benefit, create what they call a "two-tier welfare system" – drawing an arbitrary distinction between 'deserving' and 'undeserving' welfare recipients.
Bronwyn brings you a report on the new financial support, speaking in particular to Brooke Fiafia, a spokesperson from AAAP who elaborates on their concerns.