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 week on the Monday Wire Jemima speaks to Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick for our segment with the Greens about the party's mental health investigation, the third reading of the Medicinal Cannabis Government Bill and Tomorrow's Schools. Ella reports for Under the Weather about flash flooding in Iraq, drought in Afghanistan and the loss of ice volume in the New Zealand southern alps. Worry Week this week is ethical journalism and broadcasting standards. Jemima speaks to Dr Gavin Ellis, former Editor-in-Chief of the New Zealand Herald, about whether the coverage of the Jami-Lee Ross case was ethical journalisma and Damian talks to AUT senior lecturer Greg Treadwell about agenda setting and media bias in the New Zealand context.
First, Te Roopu Nahinara, National Party Member Amy Adams, speaks with us on the National Party walking out of paliament, the landcorp tax submissions to the tax working group and the allegations of harrasment in Maggie Barry's office.
Then, Grace speaks with Doctor Barbara Grant, associate professor at the University of Auckland about political and academic freedom in relation to the Anne-Marie Brady case.
Following that, Therapeutic Care Worker, Jordan Henare on the Maori representation of Santa at the Nelson Santa Parade.
Then, Chris Widdup from the Outlook for Someday about opportunities in sustainability filmmaking.
And finally, we close off wire worry week with a report on New Zealand’s nuclear free history.
Lillian talks with co-director of Outlook for Someday, Chris Widdop, about The Outlook for Someday sustainability film challenge for young people under the age of 24. Someday Stories is separate to the young filmmaker competition, for people aged between 24 and 29. Lillian Hanly was a Someday Story filmmaker during 2018.
This week saw controversy sparked out of the Nelson Santa Parade when a Non-Traditional Santa was represented this year.
This year’s Santa wore a red korowai, held a taiaha and was Maori.
People from Nelson having a variety of opinions, some said that Santa has always been a jolly white man in a red suit and it was distressing for children to be confronted with this representation. The comment section around these stories left space for many to leave racist remarks resulting in the comment sections being disabled for a stuff article on the topic. The Nelson Deputy mayor Paul Matheson also remarked that he found the commentary on the matter to be “ quite sick”.
Nelson Council’s decision for this year’s Santa also received a great deal of support for leaning into multiculturalism, and giving the space for Maori representation in what is typically an eurocentric image.
Therapeutic Care Worker, Jordan Henare who works with children and youth in New Zealand joined Laura Kvigstad to discuss what the it meant to see Maori representation in an image that is dominated by European ideals.
In the theme of militarization of the pacific for wire worry week, Friday wire took a different angle with it, look at New Zealand's resistance to nuclear militarization in the pacific across history. Laura Kvigstad reports the key factors that culminated to the attack on the rainbow warrior before it set out to on an an anti-nuclear mission.
First up on the Wire, we have worry week, where Oscar talked today to Professor Robert Patman about international relations and militarisation of the pacific. Then in a back to back double dosage of Oscar, he’s have harvested another great group to chat to in The Community garden, this week talking to Everybody Eats. After that, Andrew Little joins Lachlan for their regular chat, this week discussing potential future referenda and a meeting with the US intelligence services. Finally on This Day in History, Ben graces the air waves to discuss the ‘Blood in the Water’ water polo match of 1956.
This week, Oscar talks to Professor Robert Patman about China and the USA's potential expansions in to the Pacific and how our current global trading patterns may perhaps limit a recurrence of military colonisation in the Pacific.