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.
79-year-old Fang Ruzhen immigrated to Auckland to help raise her grandchildren. Fifteen years on English is still a foreign language, but she has found community with other elderly Chinese expats on her weekly bus rides to the Asian supermarkets of East Auckland. Filmmaker Julie Zhu is set to make a documentary about this community through the Loading Docs program. bFM reporter Amanda Jane Robinson talked with Julie about the project.
The World Health Organisation released a list of antibiotic resistant pathogens on Tuesday. These pathogens are in need of research for new treatments however here in New Zealand we are lucky enough to be safe from most of these bacteria’s for now. bFM reporter Tess Barnett spoke with a senior lecturer in Otago’s department of Microbiology and Immunology, Dr James Ussher, about what these pathogens are and where this list places New Zealanders
This week, Amanda and Tess looked at the controversy surrounding the Auckland University European Students Association including interviews with the Association's President and a student protestor. We had our weekly chat to Radio Adelaide's Nicole Wedding for Neighbourhood Watch, and our weekly discussion with National MP Jami-Lee Ross. We also looked at New Zealand's standing in the world of antibiotic resistant pathogens, new documentary East Meets East exploring the community of elderly Chinese expats who take weekly bus rides to the Asian supermarkets of East Auckland.
Despite saying they are open to all university students with an interest in European culture, the ‘Auckland University European Students Association’ has been accused of promoting white supremacy through its imagery and slogans online. bFM reporter Amanda Jane Robinson spoke to the President of the European Students Association, who does not wish to be named due to safety concerns. Since the interview, the Association have released a statement saying they are disbanding as a university club and withdrawing their application to be affiliated with the Auckland University Students Association. Amanda also spoke to Justine, a student protesting the group, about the withdrawal.
Lucy and Maha join us in the bFM studio to discuss their new TVNZ miniseries So This Happened. Each episode outlines an individual experience, and all with a comedic element. But for the most part, the series deals with quite poignant issues women must face in their day-to-day lives. bFM reporter Jogai Bhatt spoke with them to learn more.
This week, Jogai and Jess look at Lucy Zee and Maha Albadrawi's new miniseries So This Happened, bFM's Joel Thomas has a report on the state of TVNZ, and our news director Ximena Smith covers AUSA's controversial new group, the European Students Association. Producer Jess Smith also looks at Oxfam's Taps Off Day, and Andrew Little is back for our weekly chat.
A controversial new group called the Auckland University European Students Association raised a number of red flags since its emergence this week. Despite saying they are open to all university students with an interest in European culture, the group has been accused by some as one that promotes white supremacy. bFM's news director Ximena Smith spoke to the president of AUSA to learn more.
We investigate the role of state funded television in local communities, and whether TVNZ requires immediate reform in order to cater to the current media climate. bFM reporter Joel Thomas speaks to a series of media critics and commentators to learn more.
Oxfam has introduced a new intiative called Taps Off Day, encouraging New Zealanders to around the country to go a whole day wihout turning their taps on. The brand new project, kicking off on March 22nd, hopes to provide easy access to clean water for our Pacific neighbours. bFM reporter Jess Smith speaks to Oxfam New Zealand's executive director Rachael Le Mesurier to learn more.
This Monday, Prime Minister Bill English made an assertion that employers are struggling to hire New Zealand workers due to a large numbers failing drug tests in their applications. Although he admitted the evidence was anecdotal, he said it partly helped to justify record immigration numbers. 95bFM’s Adam Jacobson speaks to Council of Trade Unions president Richard Wagstaff about the topic.