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: President Trump right to ban Jim Acosta
The President rightly gets to choose who asks a question, and he doesn’t need to call on Acosta. Let Acosta sit in the front row stewing and call on all of the...
Leighton Smith: Cycleways a disgrace and waste of time
On the cycle lanes, I saw an e-scooter. There was one of the new e-scooters on the cycle lanes. And what is wrong with that you are asking? Nothing, but it is not...
Leighton Smith: Better than expected result for Republicans
"This is a better result than what a lot of people said it would be. The number of seats gained in the Senate by the Republicans is not to be scoffed at." Listen...
Leighton Smith: Our hospitals prove we aren't a first world country
It comes as something of a surprise to hear that Starship Children's Hospital is included in the report of hospitals which are beyond their life expectancy and 'not...
Michael Bassett - 'Bridges should never have asked for inquiry'
Michael Bassett is a former Labour Party member and cabinet minister. He joined Leighton Smith this morning to discuss the issue everyone is talking about, Jami-Lee...
Leighton Smith: Govt fuel tax an obscenity beyond description
I wish I had a list of every time a politician blamed the fuel companies, all the while wacking on more taxes and GST. It is one of the greatest cons of all time,...
Climate Change - Ten years to save the planet
This is the video which Leighton Smith was talking about on the show this morning.
Holocaust survivor recounts harrowing experience in concentration camp
Holocaust survivor Bob Narev joined Leighton Smith to discuss his harrowing time spent in a Nazi concentration camp and his latest venture helping elderly Holocaust...
Battle over Kavanaugh a 'reflection of America’s culture war'
A decision is to be made in the next few days on whether Brett Kavanuagh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Over the last few weeks, America has been captivated...
Leighton Smith: The PM's extra costs are adding up
The Prime Minister's comments with regards to the PR exercise in New York, she had no idea how much it cost. Flying the plane up and down to the Pacific, she didn't know...
Leighton Smith: Mood of the Boardroom CEOs are pathetic
Now, for those who took part in the NZ Herald's Mood of the Boardroom, I have only got one thing to say to you, did you ask for it? Did you ask for what you're...
Sexual abuse counsellor raises doubts over Christine Ford’s story
The credibility of Christine Ford is under the spotlight as the FBI begin an investigation into Judge Kavanaugh. Ford's inability to pinpoint when the alleged assault...
ZB's first traffic reporter reflects on 45 year long career
Peter Everatt - a name that means plenty to some, but some will have little clue of his long and strong history with Newstalk ZB. Everatt has been part of the ZB...
'Baby Neve and Clarke overshadowing PM' - Former Labour party member
Michael Bassett is a former Labour Party member and cabinet minister. He joined Leighton Smith this morning in a wide ranging interview discussing Jacinda Ardern...
Leighton Smith: Auckland Transport is forcing us out of our cars
Let's talk about the people involved with transport in Auckland. Auckland Transport, for instance, hate cars, hate you behind the wheel and want you out of them. I...
Leighton Smith: Merv Smith was a superstar before radio had any
Yesterday evening, we were at home and the phone rang and it was the station. The news was that Merv Smith had died. Now there are a heck of a lot of people around...
Leighton Smith: What is 'compassionate and robust' about our government?
So the Prime Minister wants to develop a compassionate government. What do you think that means? Different things for different people. Different strokes for different...
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...