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.
Check out the full podcast for this week's Friday show, where we take a look at rape culture and the situation Wellington, we talk to National MP Jami-Lee Ross about superannuation and the domestice violence leave bill, we have Radio Adelaide's Nicole Wedding for the latest in Australian news, poet Mohamed Hassan talking about his upcoming poetry collective's show, and lastly Labour leader Andrew Little is live in the studio talking about superannuation, the Working Futures Plan, housing and getting more young people to vote.
Teachers from primary and secondary schools are calling out the Education Minister for massively overstating school funding increases and playing Trump-style politics with children's education. The NZEI and PPTA called a press conference yesterday to challenge the outgoing minister to explain herself. Parata has claimed that school funding has increased by 35 per cent under a National government, when it's only really increased by 2.3 per cent. Producer Jess Smith speaks to the President of NZEI Lynda Stuart to learn more, starting with the question of what claims were actually made.
Co-leader of the New Zealand Green Party James Shaw joins us in studio to discuss the contentious topics ruling this year's general elections. From superannuation and housing, to Nick Smith's proposal for "swimmable" rivers, Shaw covers it all in a chat with bFM reporter Jogai Bhatt.
The ongoing issue of rape culture in New Zealand has been brought to light following misogynistic comments made online by two male students of Wellington College. Big Buddy, an organisation that mentors fatherless boys, believes that for boys to understand consent, they must be taught by male role models in their lives. Producer Jess Smith speaks to the organisation's CEO Richard Aston to learn more about this issue.
The Classics is an upcoming solo painting exhibition which explores the relationships between the current political climate, bans on the media, the increasing rigidity on freedom of expression, and heightened bureaucracy. Artist Jimmy James Kouratoras communicates these ideas through the portraiture paintings of 19th century cinema figures. bFM reporter Adam Jacobson speaks to Jimmy about the exhibition, and how he brought the idea into reality.
The open oceans are a violent and lawless place, an area of the globe where human trafficking, illegal fishing operations and deplorable murders occur frequently. “The Outlaw Ocean” series tackles these issues, exploring them in a seven part series published in the New York Times.
95bFM’s Adam Jacobson speaks with investigative journalist and author of “The Outlaw Ocean”, Ian Urbina, about his troubling reports of crime and violence in international waters.
Yesterday we spoke to Titirangi Residents and Ratepayers Association Chair Dr Mels Barton about her group's opposition to the proposed development of the Oratia water treatment plant. Barton also told bFM that those who suggested the two communities were 'pitted against each other' were completely misrepresenting the situation. She said she welcomed the development to Titirangi, but only so long as the publicly owned Exhibition Drive was kept from being sold.
There's some confusion on that final point, as Watercare deny any such plans exist. 95bFM’s Mack Smith speaks to Watercare operations manager Priyan Perera about these issues.
This week on the show, Ximena and Adam celebrate International Women’s Day with guests Carol Beaumont from the National Council for Women and Prue Kapua from the Māori Women’s Welfare League. They also debunk several science myths with AUT’s Allan Blackman for Dear Science, and also chat to investigative reporter Ian Urbina about his work reporting on crime at sea.
Today is International Women’s Day 2017. This year’s theme is #BeBoldForChange, where women, men and nonbinary people are being called on to take bold action in forging a more gender inclusive world. Carol Beaumont from the National Council for Women and Prue Kapua from the Māori Women’s Welfare League join us in the studio to talk about what constitutes bold change, what areas action is most needed in, as well as current barriers for change.
The children's commissioner is proposing we look into the idea of lowering the voter age in New Zealand to 16. Reporter Sam Smith investigates this idea in a special report where he speaks to RockEnrols Laura O'Connell Rapira.