Mack Smith and producer Sam Smith bring you bFM's daily News & Current Affairs show, including the Green Desk with Lilly Peacocke, plus a weekly chat with Māori Party's co-leader, Marama Fox.
The Wire is 95bFM's long-running daily bastion of News, Current Affairs and views through the bFM lens.
Mack Smith is studying journalism at AUT and started volunteering at 95bFM near the end of 2016. A pro-gamer retiree, he now spends his time contemplating real-world applications of HBO's The Newsroom.
The Māori Women’s Development has partnered up with Ākina to promote Māori social enterprise up north and along the east coast in Te Tai Tokerau and Tairaawhiti. bFM's Jogai Bhatt caught up with the former’s project manager Kaye-Maree Dunn to learn a little more.
Most of us have probably heard of Bitcoin, but we might not all specifically know what it is or how it actually works. A new local company called MyBitcoinSaver aims to change that, by providing Kiwis with a platform through which they can easily buy and save their own Bitcoin. Our News Director Ximena caught up with the company's co-founder Sam Blackmore yesterday to chat about what Bitcoin is and the ins and outs of how it works.
This week, Jogai and Jess look at the University of Auckland's staff strike, and the Māori Women's Development Inc. about promoting social enterprise for Māori. Jess also catches up with Predator Free New Zealand to learn more about their partnership with the Holiday Parks Association, and bFM's news director Ximena Smith chats with the co-founder of MyBitcoinSaver Sam Blackmore about their exciting new venture. Andrew Little is also back for our weekly chat. All this and more on the Thursday Wire - check out the full podcast here.
A 15,000 strong petition was presented to parliament yesterday, calling on the government to place a moratorium on freshwater exports. But Environment Minister Nick Smith has rejected the petition, saying it was a farce and was irrelevant to the important discussion on better managing New Zealand’s freshwater resources. Producer Adam Jacobson speaks to the Minister to further understand why he flat-out rejected the petition.
New data revealed this morning that Aucklanders spend 4 weeks a year stuck in traffic. The report, released by GPS company TomTom, says Auckland is New Zealand's most congested city and is ranked the 47th worst globally. But Transport Blog’s Matt Lowrie says this data may not be painting the full picture. Producer Adam Jacobson speaks to Matt about the stats and what March may hold for commuters across the Auckland transport network.
A report released via Statistics new Zealand shows food pricing at a 5 year high. The Food Price Index shows that food prices have risen 2.2% across the board, with the most significant changes occurring in fresh vegetables, meat and dairy products. Manager of Consumer Pricing Matt Haigh talks with producer Adam Jacobson about the Food Price Index, and if a trend may be occurring.
Do you know what your neighbourhood looked like 100 years ago, and can you envisage your neighbourhood in 100 years from now? Those are the questions an upcoming documentary, Now & Then, is asking. Made by local filmmaker, Ursula Williams, the film takes looks at artist John Radford & his alter ego Ron, who together are making and selling 256 highly detailed miniature replicas of early 1900’s suburban bay villas for a major sculptural installation and participatory performance, Graft. Fixated on the destruction of inner city domestic architecture, the work comprises two hillside precincts from his imagined suburban oblivion. Williams joins Ximena in the studio to tell her more about Radford's work & and about how her film will examine it.
This week, Ximena and Adam chat to Environment Minister Nick Smith about his rejection of a freshwater export petition, look into Auckland's traffic woes, and speak to an up-and-coming local filmmaker about her latest project, Now and Then. AUT's Allan Blackman also stops by for Dear Science to chat about a groundbreaking chemist who passed away this week, as well as how Australia is considering banning unvaccinated children from childcare centres and preschools.
A New York Times investigation has revealed Uber to be evading the law in cities where its unlicensed. Mack speaks to Auckland University Associate Professor Scott Optican about the legal case it would make in New Zealand.
Check out the full podcast for this week's Tuesday show, which includes an investigation into New Zealand's reprimand of Tokelau, a look at political developments across the world, an interview with a law professor on what Uber's law dodging means in a New Zealand context, a report on covering Māori politics in election year, and more.