Lachlan Balfour and producers Ben Goldson and Jemima Huston bring you bFM's daily news & current affairs show, including our U.S. news feature State of the States with a correspondent from WNYU News, a look at This Day in History, as well as a regular chat with Labour Minister Andrew Little.
The Wire is 95bFM's long-running daily bastion of news, current affairs and views through the bFM lens.
Lachlan Balfour is a law and arts student who's been at bFM since mid-2017. When he's not reading cases you can find him tweeting about British politics, prison reform and complaining about public transport.
Graham Rowe, a 61 year old man, has been convicted three times of non-consensually taking photographs of young women and girls. On one of the occasions, he was issued a trespass notice by police. A few weeks ago, his conviction for taking photos of two underage girls wearing bikinis at beach, was quashed. His lawyer said that “if they didn’t want to be snapped, they shouldn’t have worn bikinis”. Mary-Margaret spoke to Gill Greer, President of National Women’s Council, about the problematic precedent this sets, and the wider right to respect within society.
On the International Desk, Conor looks at the recent airstrikes on Gaza and the geo-political consequences of this flare in the Israel-Palestine conflict. We talk with Senior Lecturer on Security Studies at Massey University Dr. Negar Partow about the political consequences of these actions within Israel as well as in relation to the current Iran-Saudi regional proxy war
Hacking, fake news, and paid trolls have become more common over the last few years, with many internal and external forces attempting to corrupt, or at least influence, both information online and what makes the news. Chris Tenove and Jennifer Forestal discuss whether these phenomena are destroying democracy with Maria Armoudian.
Ironsands Offshore Mining limited have controversially been granted permission for mining exploration at the west coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary. A home for Maui dolphins and the rare southern right whales. Producer Damian Rowe spoke to Greenpeace director, Russell Norman who is opposed to the mining exploration within the sanctuary.
Co-leader of the Green Party, Marama Davidson, gave Jemima an update on Green Party issues. They talked about Green Party's opinion on the nurse's strike last week, the government's plan to buydefence force aircrafts and the mining exploration in the Taranaki Marine sanctuary.
KiwiRail recently signed the CEO Climate Change statement despite its plans to replace the current fleet of EF class electric locomotives with DL class diesel trains. Producer Damian Rowe spoke to Rail and Maritime Transport Union general Secretary, Wayne Butson about the issue
Over the weekend 14 translocated kōkako were released on Mount Pirongia. The birds have been released after the intensive conservation efforts of the Pirongia Te Aroaro o Kahu Restoration Society. Jemima spoke with the Chair of this soceity, Claire St Pierre, about the conservation effort and the release.
First up on the Wire, Jemima spoke with co-leader of the Green Party, Marama Davidson, who gives us an update on the party. Damian then speaks to Russel Norman about permitted mining exploration at the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary. Bailley spoke to LGNZ president Dave Cull about decentralisation in local government. Damian then heard from the Rail and Maritime Transport Union general secretary, Wayne Butson, about replacing electric locomotives with diesel trains. Finally, Jemima speaks with Claire St Pierre about the release of kōkako on Mount Pirongia.