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.
First, Te Roopu Nahinara, National Party Member Amy Adams, speaks with us on the National Party walking out of paliament, the landcorp tax submissions to the tax working group and the allegations of harrasment in Maggie Barry's office.
Then, Grace speaks with Doctor Barbara Grant, associate professor at the University of Auckland about political and academic freedom in relation to the Anne-Marie Brady case.
Following that, Therapeutic Care Worker, Jordan Henare on the Maori representation of Santa at the Nelson Santa Parade.
Then, Chris Widdup from the Outlook for Someday about opportunities in sustainability filmmaking.
And finally, we close off wire worry week with a report on New Zealand’s nuclear free history.
This week, Oscar talks to Professor Robert Patman about China and the USA's potential expansions in to the Pacific and how our current global trading patterns may perhaps limit a recurrence of military colonisation in the Pacific.
First up on the Wire, we have worry week, where Oscar talked today to Professor Robert Patman about international relations and militarisation of the pacific. Then in a back to back double dosage of Oscar, he’s have harvested another great group to chat to in The Community garden, this week talking to Everybody Eats. After that, Andrew Little joins Lachlan for their regular chat, this week discussing potential future referenda and a meeting with the US intelligence services. Finally on This Day in History, Ben graces the air waves to discuss the ‘Blood in the Water’ water polo match of 1956.
Kate McIntyre is a spokesperson for Organise Aotearoa, a new party for liberation and socialism in Aotearoa. They have organised a March for Reproductive Rights that is happening today in Wellington as part of a demand for the choice based reform to abortion laws, as well as a wider conversation for women’s rights more generally. The current law is from 1977 where the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act allowed for abortions to be signed off by two GPs in instances where incest or foetal impairment was involved, or if continuing the pregnancy would significantly danger their health or mental health. Organise Aotearoa say the result of this is people having to lie and jump through hoops to receive an abortion. What the group wants is a choice-based model stating ‘Just as nobody should be denied the right to continue a pregnancy if they wish to, they also shouldn’t be pressured to continue a pregnancy against their will’. Lillian Hanly spoke to Kate to find out more about their demands and started by asking where this conversation came from for the group.
Burnt cars, tear gas, and calls for Emmanuel Macron's resignation: the French are at it again with the protest. This time, it is the Gilets Jaunes (literaly "Yellow Jackets") fighting for social justice. And if it all stemmed online because of a hike in petrol prices due to new taxation, the movement has managed to gain momentum, asking now for more purchasing power and better lives. The revolt has been compared to the events of May 1968, but is France's uprising worse than usual? Or is it just the same feeling of being fed up of being taken for fools?