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.
This morning the government announced its new plans to boost funding and pour more resources into battling New Zealands homelessness crisis. The plan piggybacks of successful programmes overseas and look to first introduce homeless people to Housing before they are supported with other issues. Producer Will Parsonson speaks to Ricardo Menendez- March from auckland action against poverty, unpacking this new funding boost.
On today's Wire, Lachlan speaks with Professor Claudia Geiringer about the electoral integrity amendment bill. Neutral corner returns where Ben takes us through the reaction to Korean armistice talks. Jemima speak with Miles Ferris, President of Te Akatea, the Māori principals’ association about biases against Māori in the education system. Andrew Little joins Lachlan for their regular chat where they discuss his recent visit with Ngāti Maru and the visit by Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s. Finally, this day is history looks at police violence during the Birmingham Alabama marches in 1963.
Early this year, the Ministry of Education advised the government that a major step must be taken to accelerate Māori achievement. This step would address an unconscious bias against Māori students in schools. Jemima spoke with Myles Ferris, the President of Te Akatea, the Māori Principals Association, about this bias. They discussed what needs to happen to ensure Māori students feel valued and achieve well at school.
As part of Labour’s coalition deal with NZ First they promised to support the so called ‘waka jumping’ bill. The bill would allow a party leader to expel an MP if believe the MP has acted in a way to distort political party proportionality and have the support of 2/3rds of MPs. The bill has been roundly criticised as going against the Bill of Rights Act and seen as undemocratic. Lachlan spoke with Professor Claudia Geiringer from Victoria University about the bill and the problems around it.
In the aftermath of a meeting between the leaders of the two Koreas, Neutral Corner looks at the coverage given to this historic meeting by Fox News and China Global Television Network, with a cold open by North Korea's state broadcaster.
Next year will be the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook's arrival and a number of events are being organised to celebrate this. Glenis Philib-Barbara nō Te Tai Rawhiti is helping to complexify the arrival narrative and offer more educational based events. Lillian Hanly spoke with her about her work to include recognition of the region’s pre-European history, and that using the word ‘discovered’ when it comes to Cook and Aotearoa is not something she gels with.
Living life as an infinite game, that is something Niki Harré explores in her new book The Infinite Game. She looks at our society (are people pawns or participants?) and ourselves (what kind of player would you like to be?) to offer a uniquely different vision of how we might live well together. Maria Armoudian explores the concept of the infinite game with Harré.