Joel Thomas and producers Sam Smith and Leonard Powell 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 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.
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.
In the last week, RNZ has come under fire for its use of Te Reo with Don Brash among others annoyed by its presence on national radio, and television. Brash says he doesn’t understand the language, says it has no value to him, and that it is being rammed down peoples throats. Other people like media commentator John Drinnan say RNZ does not have a strategy for its use of Te Reo, with no reason given as to why it is being used and what is being said. The Monday Wire team were joined for a live panel discussion on the use of Te Reo in the media by news director Lillian Hanly, Morning Glory host Geneva Alexander-Marsters, and former Wire producer Atereano Mateariki.
Producer Leonard Powell caught up with Sam Dowdall who's travelling the country cutting men's hair and helping men open up about mental health while sitting in the barber chair, as this is something that's often obscured by ideas of masculinity. He's known as the Barter Barber and is trying to do something about a problem that he along with so many others have seen first hand.
This Saturday, Save Our Unique Landscape or SOUL have organized a hikoi along K Road. The event, Te Karanga a Hape Hikoi aims to raise awareness about the group’s campaign to save Ihumatao in Mangere from development, while symbolically connect Ihumatao with K Road through the shared story of Hape. They hope the Hikoi will alert their struggle to more people in the CBD who might not be aware of Ihumatao and the planned Fletcher development there. Sam Smith spoke to SOUL member Rebecca Hobbs about the event and what they hope to achieve from it.
Hannah Ross gives us the best of the weeks 95bFM news bits. This week we looked into the reporting of tongan rugby league supporters from the game last week, we also looked into Papua New Guinea's Manus Island more and 95bfm news teamer Lisa Boudet proved some great interviewing skills with an interview with Phil Twyford.
Producer Laura Kvigstad speaks with Wendy Preston of Mixit on the recent book launch of ‘It’s All of Us’. She then speaks with multiple organisations around refugees and the struggles faced with integration into New Zealand.
Producer Conor spoke with Mark Jennings, formerly of Media Works, on the People's Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media. Mark served as a panelist on the commission, and travelled to various parts of the country to engage in discussion with concerned individuals.
Today on Neighbourhood Watch with Nicole Wedding from Radio Adelaide we look at the legalisation of euthenasia in Victoria. We also discuss the sexual harassment allegations made against TV host Don Burke, and Nicole informs us of a surprising move from Triple J.
In a new segment highlighting the lead up to Christmas, the Friday Wire team explore different cultures and religions, and how each one marks and celebrates the closing of the year. This week we looked at the origins of the Diwali festival, and how it is celebrated in New Zealand!