Joel Thomas and producers Sam Smith and Jack Marshall 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 Green Party co-leaders, Metiria Turei and 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.
As per usual, the Māori seats are throwing up a lot of interest this election with star candidates, royal endorsements and the possibility of a much-loved candidate being voted out. Reporter Sam Smith reviewed the battle for the Māori seats with the Hui producer Annabelle Lee.
On todays show we have Sam Smith captaining our discussions into our election focused coverage on the problems of liveability in New Zealand. We delve into child poverty and transportation with New Zealand First's Tracey Martin. As per usual we get our minds blown by AUT's Allan Blackman talking about the IG-Nobel prize as well as how we avoided nuclear destruction during the cold war.
Conversations about immigration have more often than not been about 'quality immigrants' this election, with some people getting tired and hurt by this rhetoric. Lillian Hanly speaks to a NZ born Chinese woman, and a Chinese immigrant about the effects of such discussions.
Many of the topics that have been most prominent this election are closely linked to issues of family violence.
To understand the issues in this area and how, and if, they're being addressed by political policy, India spoke to Dr Ang Jury, the Chief Executive of Women's Refuge. She then spoke to Jackie Clark who runs the support and advocacy organisation The Aunties.
On our coverage on the lead up to election day we are focusing on a different issue each week. This week we are taking a look at liveability.
Producer Lucy Austin talked to Aucklanders about their views on livability.
Reuben McLaren also had a chat with Moira Lawler from Lifewise charitable trust to get an overview of New Zealand's livability conditions. Lifewise is community social development organisation that work with families, the elderly and children with disabilities, and also deals with social issues such as homelessness.
On the Wire with Kelly for Rāmere, the 15th Mahuru:
Kelly talked with Stephens Mills from UMR research on the volatility and accuracy of polling in New Zealand.
She then chats with MP for Te Roopu Nahinara, the National Party, Jami-Lee Ross on the topic of health. They begin by discussing collective health spending over the past 9 years and National's vision should they be re-elected.
On Neighbourhood Watch this week: Nicole Wedding from Radio Adelaide is chatting to us about Rebel Wilson's recent win of a defamation case, the same sex postal vote, and changes to Australian media laws.
Laura and Conor chat with Ross Bell from the NZ Drug Foundation, and Abe Gray from The Opportunities Party. We discuss drug reform in New Zealand and the current election debate surrounding the issue.