Lachlan Balfour and producers Ben Goldson and Jemima Huston bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show, including our U.S. news feature State of the States with a correspondent from WNYU News, a look at This Day in History, 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.
Lachlan Balfour is a law and arts student who's been at bFM since mid-2017. When he's not reading cases you can find him tweeting about British politics, prison reform and complaining about public transport.
Ironsands Offshore Mining limited have controversially been granted permission for mining exploration at the west coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary. A home for Maui dolphins and the rare southern right whales. Producer Damian Rowe spoke to Greenpeace director, Russell Norman who is opposed to the mining exploration within the sanctuary.
Co-leader of the Green Party, Marama Davidson, gave Jemima an update on Green Party issues. They talked about Green Party's opinion on the nurse's strike last week, the government's plan to buydefence force aircrafts and the mining exploration in the Taranaki Marine sanctuary.
KiwiRail recently signed the CEO Climate Change statement despite its plans to replace the current fleet of EF class electric locomotives with DL class diesel trains. Producer Damian Rowe spoke to Rail and Maritime Transport Union general Secretary, Wayne Butson about the issue
Hacking, fake news, and paid trolls have become more common over the last few years, with many internal and external forces attempting to corrupt, or at least influence, both information online and what makes the news. Chris Tenove and Jennifer Forestal discuss whether these phenomena are destroying democracy with Maria Armoudian.
Over the weekend 14 translocated kōkako were released on Mount Pirongia. The birds have been released after the intensive conservation efforts of the Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society. Jemima spoke with the Chair of this soceity, Claire St Pierre, about the conservation effort and the release.
First up on the Wire, Jemima spoke with co-leader of the Green Party, Marama Davidson, who gives us an update on the party. Damian then speaks to Russel Norman about permitted mining exploration at the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary. Bailley spoke to LGNZ president Dave Cull about decentralisation in local government. Damian then heard from the Rail and Maritime Transport Union general secretary, Wayne Butson, about replacing electric locomotives with diesel trains. Finally, Jemima speaks with Claire St Pierre about the release of kōkako on Mount Pirongia.
Single-use plastic straws are steadily getting banned due to their impact on our seas and coastline. But some people, such as those living with disabilities need these straws in their day-to-day life. Angus Coker Grant spoke to Dr. Esther Woodbury from Disabled Persons Assembly about the alternatives and including people with disabilities in the conversation.
Kath's Devine Cakes in Warkworth refused to serve a same sex couple due to their beliefs. Laura Kvigstad conducts a report and brings the subject to the room to discuss with Kelly, Jen and the help of our brilliant bFM listeners.