Leighton Smith Show
8:30AM - 12PM weekdays
LEIGHTON SMITH SHOW
What makes New Zealand’s number one morning talk show successful? Freedom of opinion.
Taxi driver, law school drop-out, businessman, father, husband, and leading broadcaster – Leighton Smith has lived a life less ordinary.
His highly-charged talk programme encourages critical debate, analysis and views from around the country and the world.
Judged by his peers as New Zealand’s best talkback presenter*, Leighton showcases the issues that matter.
The show covers the latest breaking and developing news and delivers on all the interviews that matter most.
The Leighton Smith show is the smart, direct and credible home of daytime talk.
*2016 New Zealand Radio Awards
Peters: 'You shouldn't throw your political weight around in this environment'
Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters says he hasn't thought yet about whether or not he is enjoying his new role. Talking to Leighton Smith in studio, Peters says...
Woman instructed to care for her ill mum during nurses strike
An Auckland woman with no nursing experience is being instructed to drive two hours to care for her ill mother while nurses go on strike. A 24-hour nationwide strike...
Dr Jordan B Peterson on new book ’12 Rules of Life’
Dr. Jordan B Peterson is a Professor of Psychology, a clinical psychologist, a public speaker, and a creator of Self Authoring. He talks to Leighton Smith about...
House meth-testing decision 'cause for concern'
A homeowners' advocate is extremely concerned about the Government's about-turn on meth contamination. Chief science advisor Sir Peter Gluckman says there's no...
King's College student speaks with Leighton Smith from inside lockdown
Auckland's King's College and Otahuhu College are in lockdown while police search for an individual. Armed police have been seen entering Otahuhu College. Otahuhu...
Simon Bridges: Fuel tax 'unnecessary'
National's leader has promised to repeal the proposed regional fuel tax if his party wins the next election. Simon Bridges made the pledge in a speech to business...
Father protesting at judges' homes says it's a last resort
A group who've protesting outside judges' homes, calling themselves Families 4 Justice, say it's their last resort. The group includes fathers who've either been...
Seymour: Banning oil exploration will hurt the environment
Act Party leader David Seymour says the government's decision to ban new oil and gas exploration in New Zealand will actually harm the environment. The government...
Mt Eden businesses angry over proposed bus lanes
There are claims by Mt Eden business owners that they've been misled by Auckland Transport over proposed bus lanes. Around 150 residents and business owners attended...
Bridges: Labour doesn't have a 'hope in Hades' of achieving KiwiBuild goals
The Government doesn't have a "hope in Hades" of achieving its Kiwibuild policy. That's according to new National Party leader Simon Bridges. The Government aims...
Auckland intermediate school defends social media ban
An Auckland intermediate's defending its social media-free policy. Kowhai Intermediate in Kingsland wants parents to ban their kids from social media both at school...
Allyson Gofton: Simple reasons why charities reject tomato donations
Too many tinned tomatoes are driving charities bananas. People are being urged not to donate the canned goods, and at least one Auckland charity has banned donations...
'Work for Dole' doubts raised as employer struggles getting workers to show up
Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones is advocating a work-for-the-dole scheme, but Just Water chief executive Tony Falkenstein is having trouble getting...
Ghahraman accused of hypocrisy over defence of Rwandan genociders
A challenge to Golriz Ghahraman from the former Labour staffer accusing her of being a Genocide denier. The Green MP has come under fire for defending war criminals...
Watch: Convince Leighton - Climate Change
Young people from various political persuasions try to sway ZB's morning talkback host round to their way of political thinking. In this fourth episode Leighton...
Focus: Convince Leighton - Education
Young people from various political persuasions try to sway ZB's morning talkback host round to their way of political thinking. In this third episode Leighton...
Watch: Convince Leighton - Housing
Young people from various political persuasions try to sway ZB's morning talkback host round to their way of political thinking. In this second episode Leighton...
Watch: Convince Leighton - Legalising Cannabis
Leighton Smith is the radio host with controversial opinions. So we've pitted him against some of New Zealand's feistiest young political minds for the ultimate...
Watch: PM Bill English joins Leighton Smith
Prime Minister Bill English spoke to Leighton Smith about the big issues of the election campaign - the economy, tax and immigration. WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW...
Leighton Smith: Poll shows mainstream media have had it wrong
Leighton Smith gives his take on the latest Herald-ZB-Kantar TNS poll, which shows Bill English is well ahead of Jacinda Ardern as the most capable leader. LISTEN...
Leighton Smith: Putting young offenders in bootcamps will give them structure
For those kids who need rectification in their lives, what is the one thing that is missing? Structure. And how would they get better structure than a bootcamp in...
Leighton Smith: Metiria Turei, gone by dinnertime
Leighton Smith says he considers himself to be a failure - "I wanted Metiria Turei to stay". SEE ALSO: Metiria Turei resigns as Green co-leader LISTEN TO LEIGHTON'S...
Leighton Smith: James Shaw - you're a fool
Leighton Smith says James Shaw's latest comments "stunned" him. Shaw, the Green co-leader, believes opinions around Metiria Turei's actions are "moulded by prejudice."...
Leighton Smith: I want Metiria Turei to stay - it will destroy the Green Party
Leighton Smith explains why he wants Metiria Turei to stay on as the co-leader of the Green Party. SEE ALSO: James Shaw: 'I shouldn't have to be dealing with this' LISTEN...
'I think anyone would be nervous': Metiria Turei meets with WINZ investigators
Metiria Turei is still digging in her heels after meeting with government fraud investigators. The Green Party co-leader has fronted up to the Ministry of Social...
Bill English in studio with Leighton Smith
Prime Minister Bill English was in studio with Leighton to discuss the political agenda of the week.
English: Drugs are illegal and should stay that way
Bill English says the fact that drugs are already illegal justifies them staying that way. It comes as a two-day symposium on the issue of decriminalisation finishes...
Prime Minister Bill English LIVE with Leighton Smith
Prime Minister Bill English talks to Leighton Smith live in studio at 10am to discuss the week's political agenda. THIS LIVESTREAM HAS NOW ENDED. Full video up...
Leighton Smith: Teaching tech in schools will see other subject slip
Leighton thinks that teaching digital literacy in schools can lead to a society that could be dangerous. Do you agree with Leighton?
'50/50' chance of Team NZ winning America's Cup
Emirates Team New Zealand are set to challenge America's Cup holders Oracle Team USA, after beating Artemis in the challenger finals this morning. The first race...