Leighton Smith Show
8:30a.m. - 12p.m. 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
Leighton Smith: Kids do not belong in the workplace
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was the annual speaker at the keynote summit recently. What on earth even is that? She told her audience there needs to be a culture...
Leighton Smith: Men also had to struggle for voting rights
You have heard lots of things about women going places. But you go back to when women got the vote, we were the first in the world which I think is a major milestone. But...
Leighton Smith: Wrong type of people coming to NZ
Now to those of you who have berated me over the government policy allowing more people into the country. I agree with those people who have been harassing me with...
Leighton Smith: Homeless count an exercise in exhibitionism
The Mayor of Auckland is trying to show how compassionate he is. He is going out tonight with a bunch of others, up to 1000 people or so, and they're going to go...
Leighton Smith: The media have overblown Hurricane Florence
Hurricane Florence is, of course, getting all of the world news coverage. Florence is interesting to me. Here is why. Over a period of time now we have watched...
Leighton Smith: $10k payout to murderer shows liberalism is a mental disorder
A convicted murderer has received a government payout after he was held too long in solitary confinement at an Auckland prison. You and I are paying this murderer,...
Chris Trotter on free speech, Jacinda Ardern and NZ political values
Political analyst and commentator Chris Trotter spoke to Leighton Smith in a wide-ranging interview this morning, covering issues such as free speech, Universities,...
Leighton Smith: Councils should forget cycle lanes and get back to basics
This morning we found out, thanks to the taxpayers union, that there are almost 5000 people in this country working for councils and earning more than $100,000 a...
Leighton Smith: We need to push back on climate change hoax
The story in the news today about Wellington council discussing climate change. This is a feel good group think little get together, as they are all are. It is...
Leighton Smith: Green Party MP is a waste of space
As for the Nigel Farage protest last night, I have some correspondence on it. “Golriz Ghahraman is an idiot and a disgrace”, that is the opening line. "She ignores...
Leighton Smith: PM's baby is interfering with her job
The PM is going to cost us money, is that a big deal? In the greater scheme of things, No. Is it hypocritical? I would suggest it is, but that isn’t the point. The...
Leighton Smith: US abortion Bill shows self-discipline is irrelevant to liberals
The California abortion pill story you may be aware of this morning. I saw it over the weekend and I thought I wouldn't talk about it because it's California and...
Leighton Smith: Women with power don't run the world better
Anyone who thinks the world would be run any better, or anything would be run any better if it was all governed by women is loose between the ears. That’s not a...
Leighton Smith: NZ deprived of balanced news coverage of American politics
The population of New Zealand continues to be deprived of any sort of balance with regard to American politics and Trump. What you get in the media here is, if...
Leighton Smith: New Business Council just a bunch of social justice warriors
Jacinda Ardern announced yesterday, that she is setting up a Business Advisory Council to ensure the Government knows what businesses want. Basically, she has given...
Leighton Smith: PC BS the real problem for our police force
We’re told that we’re going to have 1800 new cops. All districts across the country will be getting substantial numbers of increase. Really? Why the optimism of...
Leighton Smith: Plastic bag ban is taking away our freedom
The reason I am talking about plastic bags, again this morning, is because it is a very important matter and to me, it keeps growing in importance. It's about how...
What NZ has to know about growing Asia conflict
Are we close to seeing Asia break out in war? That's the topic Associate Professor at ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs Brendan Taylor discusses in...
Leighton Smith: Ben Stokes case a lesson in pre-judging people
The Ben Stokes story is an interesting one to me for a particular reason, and nothing to do with cricket. Everything to do with crime, being charged, going to court,...
Leighton Smith: It's time to start grading teachers again
Teachers come in various shapes and sizes. The argument goes that you can't grade teachers because, well, it's too difficult, that's the argument, it's too difficult. Can...
Leighton Smith: Why is Brash accused of hate speech but not Seymour?
Last week, the Vice-Chancellor of Massey University was talking about Don Brash. She was patently performing a service to herself, not anyone else just herself,...
Leighton Smith: Climate change has nothing to do with California fires
Let me turn your attention to what is happening in California, where daily and nightly we are being regaled with stories and videos from the massive fires. This...
Leighton Smith: MP's call to reclaim 'most offensive word' ridiculous
There was a story on TV last night about the most objectionable word on the broadcasting control list. We are issued with lists of words that are unacceptable,...
Don Brash blocked from speaking at Massey University
Massey University has cancelled a Don Brash speaking event over safety and security concerns. The former politician and Hobson's Pledge founder was booked to speak...
Leighton Smith: You can't have a country without borders
There has been a discussion, which has been ongoing for some time now, about borders or borderless situations. It started either between the American southern border...
Leighton Smith: Why is the Prime Minister afraid of free speech?
Why did the owner of the Powerstation, having agreed to hire the venue out, suddenly change his or her mind and by reports get very excited and exasperated about...
"Down's Syndrome people are amazing"
People with Down’s Syndrome and those in their inner circles remain upset by Shortland Street’s unfolding storyline. The soap opera has copped controversy after...
Expat on Zimbabwe: 'The beautiful farms have gone, it is a wasteland'
African expats in New Zealand are waiting on tenterhooks for the results of the Zimbabwean election. It is the first democratic vote in Zimbabwe without Robert...
Praise for new school programme teaching students about consent
A new school based programme aimed at educating young people about consent and healthy relationships is set to be rolled out nationwide. ACC is pouring just over...
Simon Bridges explains smaller class size policy
Simon Bridges admits his promise of smaller class sizes may not mean fewer students per classroom. The National leader announced a new policy to reduce the teacher-student...