Reuben McLaren and producers Lucy Austin and Mary-Margaret Slack bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show, including our Pacific news feature Southern Crosswith AUT Pacific Media Centre's Jean Bell, and political commentary with someone from the Green Party, (usually) James Shaw.
The Wire is 95bFM's long-running daily bastion of news, current affairs and views through the bFM lens.
Reuben is studying a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Anthropology. He's very much politically minded, but this doesn't mean you'll ever hear his opinions on air. He's often found polishing his shoes and dressed like he's about to go sailing.
Auckland Mayor Phill Goff’s proposed a 10c levy on every litre of petrol to pay for significant changes to transport has been backed by Labour. The first reading of the regional fuel tax bill happened in Parliament at the end of March, and it will now move to a select committee. Mary-Margaret talked to councillor Richard Hills about what this tax will do for our transport system, and where Mayor Goff’s goal for a fuel tax came from.
Reuben McLaren speaks to newly elected Green Party co-lear Marama Davidson about what her leadership will mean for the party, how the Greens will hold the government to account and what is to be made from Immigration New Zealand’s alleged racial profiling.
Lucy Austin finds out about New Zealand's prospects with Brexit on the horizon and what it could mean for trade and our economy. She has a chat to trade, finance and economic development minister David Parker.
It’s Wire Worry Week and we’re focussing on public transport. Mary-Margaret speaks to Auckland Councillor Richard Hills about the regional fuel tax and what it will do for the transport system.
Lastly, we have The Southern Cross with Jean Bell in studio where we’ll get a run down on the big stories from the Asia pacific Region.
Reuben McLaren has a chat to the new Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson about what her leadership will mean for the party, how the Greens will hold the government to account and what is to be made from Immigration New Zealand’s alleged racial profiling.
Producer Will talks to director of Auckland secondary school center Sharon Fernee about the increasing issues being faced by Activity schools in regards to mental health issues. The schools act as a place where students who are seen to be at risk or have learning difficulties can go to get more support, but as Fernee says, the support being supplied is becoming hard to undertake.
Kelly chatted to Duncan Greive, founder and managing editor of The Spinoff, about the progression of his crowdfunding campaign to support longform investigative journalism in new Zealand. He tells us why this kind of journalism is of critical importance.
The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights released their concluding observations on the rights of New Zealanders. In it, they recommend legislative change that incorporates more rights and focusing on ensuring the BORA and Treaty of Waitangi are considered more in legislation. Lachlan spoke with Edwina Hughes from Peace Movement Aotearoa about the report.
With the suprise dismissal of White House National Security Advisor HR McMaster, and the acension of John Bolton to the role, Neutral Corner contrasts the coverage given by Bolton's former employer, Fox News, and by PressTV, owned by one of the countries the former UN ambassador has labelled as a major enemy of the USA, the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern recently said she believes Aotearoa will become a republic in her lifetime. However, when John Key was Prime Minister he said it was unlikely this would happen. Lachlan spoke with Savage from New Zealand Republic about the chances of it happening, and what form it would take.