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A recently-recovered perpetual student, Ximena has somehow found time to host The Wire, juggling it with her day job as bFM's News & Editorial Director. Ximena loves a bit of the latest media, politics and technology news, but is up for reporting on anything & everything that might pique her interest or tickle her fancy.
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.
This week AUT's Allan Blackman joins us again to discuss this year's Ig Nobel prizes, how scientists are hoping to create a new periodic element and the death of Stanislav Petrov, they man who saved us all from nuclear war.
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.