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.
Kelly talked to performer and writer Frith Horan who is in the process, with her co-writer Ava, of devising a light-hearted piece for the Fringe Festival. The two insanely talented performers are wanting to take a poke at what people see as ‘cool’ and the constant conformity they have viewed and experienced in our culture. Frith starts by explaining her background as a performer:
‘Cool Behaviour’ will be showing at the Vault at Q Theatre from the 22-24 feb at 8.30pm. You can find tickets at aucklandfringe.co.nz and you’re sure to leave with a smile on your face.
Producer Laura Kvigstad, speaks with President of the New Zealand Educational Institute, Lynda Stuart, on the future of education in New Zealand. Stuart touches on rising costs for parents, the technological influences on education and the importance of bringing more teachers into the pression.
Two iwi who settled Treaty breaches with the crown in the 1990s have received a combined $370 million in further payment due to clauses in the agreements. Waikato Tainui and Ngai Tahu were paid the money in December last year due to relativity clauses that mean they get a portion of future settlements over the $1 billion fiscal envelope set in the 1990s. Lachlan spoke with Treaty Negotiations minister Andrew Little about the payments.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is reportedly a done deal, again. The rebranded Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership is due to be signed in Chile on 8 March. Labour and NZ First are confident in changes, and have spent this most part of this morning defending their decision to flip from their pre election stance and sign. Meanwhile James Shaw released a statement that greens still will not sign. I chatted today with TPP critic Professor Jane Kelsey of the University of Auckland Law School to unpack what changes are in the new agreement, and just how hard our government is pushing for their demands.
We’re starting off Wire Worry Week with education. Today we discuss the merits of a Bachelor of Arts degree and its relevance in 2018. Lachlan spoke with Massey University’s Richard Shaw about BAs and how useful the degree is. He began by asking him about the degree being seen as not having a clear career path and what the positives of it are.