Joel Thomas and producers Sam Smith and Jack Marshall bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show, including our Pacific news feature Southern Cross with AUT Pacific Media Centre's Kendall Hutt, and political commentary with Green Party co-leaders, Metiria Turei and James Shaw.
The Wire is 95bFM's long-running daily bastion of news, current affairs and views through the bFM lens.
Joel Thomas is an Auckland based writer and photographer with a Bachelor's degree majoring in Writing for Screen. When he's not at bFM, Joel is working on various scripts, writing articles and reviews for NZ Musician magazine, photographing for outfits such as Vice and making music with his band No Sky.
This week on the Tuesday Wire, we talk to Damien Light, leader of the now disbanded United Future party, citizens campaign group It's Our Future about the new TPP agreement and animal advocacy group SAFE about bobby calf deaths in the dairy industry. On the Green Desk we look at new research into the brain activity of marine mammals in deep water and Lucy Austin has a report on the role members of parliament play in New Zealand.
What is the role of an MP and what do they actually do? It was brought to our attention this week that we actually know very little about what the people who represent us actually do. We sought to clarify this by speaking to electorate MP Michael Wood and list MP Paul Goldsmith who gave us an incite into their day to day duties.
Joel, Sam, and Leonard tackle The Wire for Monday the 13th of November. We heard from Talking Auckland blogger and south Auckland resident Ben Ross about the negative media response to Tongan rugby league supporters celebrating their victory over the weekend. We chatted to Green Party member Golriz Gharaman about the Transpacific partnership. For the Pacific News segment Southern Cross, Leonard talked with AUT Pacific Media Centre’s Kendall Hutt about the Solomon Islands which are currently without a Prime Minister. We spoke to poet and author Michele Leggott about her new book Vanishing Points. Finally, News Director Lillian Hanly spoke to Hamish Taverner, People First NZ member and former National Chairperson who won the Leadership award at the Attitude awards last week.
Michele Leggott is an Auckland based poet and English professor who has spent the last several years living with blindness. Joel Thomas spoke with Leggott about her recent book, Vanishing Points, which captures and preserves snapshots of moments and memory.
Today on the Wire, we deliver you a packed full Friday show of news and political commentary:
First up, producer Conor caught up with Professor Jane Kelsey from the University of Auckland Law Department. Kelsey updated us on the recent developments in negotiations of the TPP, and discussed possible motivations for states to pursue or reject the deal. National Party MP Jami-Lee Ross chats about the discussions occurring around the TPP agreements in Manila, and Kelly challenges some of National's views on the matter. They then talk about cabinet committees and the first week of a Labour parliament. Producer Laura talks with Rail and Maritime Transport Union Spokesperson, John Kerr, about a petition to Auckland Transport on the cutting of staff on trains and buses. Today on Neighbourhood Watch with Nicole Wedding from Radio Adelaide: Australian Labor MP Sam Dastyari was ambushed in a pub and attacked with racist comments. The Victorian disability minister urgently intervened to remove a man with a profound intellectual disability from prison. And finally, further controversy around the legislation of same-sex marriage. Producer Laura then talks with the Sustainability Manager at Reclaim, Peter Ralph, about recycling week and the efforts to raise awareness around the importance of recycling.