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.
Last week it was announced that Auckland is now a UNESCO city of music, joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The Creative Cities Network was started in 2004 to promote social, economic and cultural development among cities who have identified creativity as a strategic factor and enabler for sustainable urban development. Auckland will join the 180 members from 72 countries around the world covering seven creative fields and becomes just the 31st city of music. Sam Smith spoke to Recorded Music NZ’s Mark Roach about the news and what it means for the local music scene.
Rohan Evans is the owner and operator of the music venue The Wine Cellar which has become a staple first-gig venue in the Auckland music scene. As living costs are rising and venues in Auckland are closing down, the music scene has run into problems with audience participation, venue shortages, and gentrification affecting artists. Joel Thomas talked to Rohan about these issues, and how they contributes to the cyclical boom and bust nature of the Auckland Music Scene.
Leonard Powell speaks to John Greet from the Te Karanga Trust about the evolution of the Trust over the past decade, and the effect that music workshops are having for different communities and cultures around Auckland.
The Wire with host Joel Thomas, and producers Leonard Powell and Sam Smith. Joel chatted to Green Party member Marama Davidson about the Parihaka Bill, and the High Court’s decision on the previous Government’s climate change action. For the Pacific News segment Southern Cross, Joel talked with AUT Pacific Media Centre’s Kendall Hutt about the ongoing situation on Manus Island. Producer Leonard Powell spoke to John Greet from the Te Karanga Trust to discuss how the trust operates, and how its music workshops are providing important outlets for youth. Joel had a chat to Rohan Evans, the owner and operator of the live music venue The Wine Cellar about the state of Auckland’s music scene. Also, Producer Sam Smith talked to Mark Roach from Recorded Music NZ about Auckland becoming a UNESCO city of music.
The new Labour-led coalition government is making moves. The govt announced Tuesday plans to amend the Overseas Investment Act (OIA) to classify residential housing as "sensitive", which will effectively ban non-resident foreigners from buying existing homes without breaching major trade agreements. The government are moving as quickly as possible, the ban should come into effect early next year, and It’s a well timed political move coinciding with the potential of Labour signing a TPP agreement late next year.
Not all are impressed with the moves. Criticism if rife of it’s effectiveness to fix the housing crisis. Mike Hosking has said its the move to make to make everyone think youre doing something. But is ths the case?
I spoke earlier with Political commentator Bryce Edwards to analyse what the ban means for Labour and this government.
The news has come that Auckland City council are to kickstart a project that will see the Ports of Auckland moved. Many might rejoice at this idea, the eye sore of Auckland’s waterfront will finally be removed, and the land can be redeveloped to beautiful green pastures.
These dreams may not become a reality any time soon. The ports of Auckland have preemptively released their 30 year plan, highlighting existing and future projects that will see Auckland’s waterfront transformed in the meantime.
I spoke with Ports of Auckland CEO Tony Gibson to find out what Aucklanders can expect from their port over the next 30 years.