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
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...
Leighton speaks with John Ford about his book 'From The Driver's Seat'
Leighton Smith is joined in studio by his friend John Ford, who's published a new book, From the Driver's Seat, about his life as an ambulance officer, and later...
Leighton Smith: Trump's climate decision 'a victory for common sense'
Newstalk ZB's Leighton Smith reacts to US President Donald Trump pulling the US out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Smith says Trump's announcement is a "victory...
Rodd & Gunn Managing Director talks NZ retail success
LISTEN ABOVE: Leighton Smith talks NZ business and retail success with Mike Beagley, Managing Director of Rodd & Gunn.
'I had severe depression - and counselling helped improve that'
On Friday morning, Leighton Smith took a call from Ellen - a university student studying languages - who expressed concern with the reduction of mental health counselling...
'My husband's in prison for murder, but I want a child - why should I be punished?'
The debate over whether prison inmates should be allowed to father a child has stepped up a notch. Labour MP Trevor Mallard has put before Parliament, on behalf...
Michael Boggs talks with Leighton Smith on NZME-Fairfax merger no-go
NZME CEO Michael Boggs spoke to Leighton Smith this morning on the declined NZME-Fairfax merger.
Michael Doran: Was Donald Trump bugged by Obama Administration?
Michael Doran is an American expert on the international politics of the Middle East and worked in the White House from 2005-2007. He spoke to Leighton about whether...
Muriel Newman: RMA reforms give iwi too much power
The NZ Centre for Political Research recently published an open letter about the lack of discussion around the new provisions in the Resource Management Act. The...
Stephen Franks: RMA changes 'slipped in' without discussion
Leighton Smith spoke to Stephen Franks, a former ACT MP and lawyer, after he was quoted in a recent open letter by the NZ Centre for Political Research about the...
WATCH: PM Bill English joins Leighton Smith in studio
The Prime Minister is taking an optimistic view to the chance of building trade ties with the USA. Securing a free trade deal was part of the Government's new trade...
LIVE: PM Bill English in studio with Leighton Smith
Prime Minister Bill English joins Leighton Smith in the Newstalk ZB studio for an hour-long chat from 10am. NOTE: This livestream has now ended. The full interview...