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
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...
Psychologist: Growing issue of child violence at school starts in the home
Child psychologist Sara Chatwin says a NZEI report by the primary teachers union, that says 41 percent of senior teachers were subjected to violence last year, is...
What happens when Niva walks out on the weather
There was a brief moment of silence on the radio this morning after a slight whoopsie courtesy of Niva Retimanu. The veteran newsreader walked out of the newsreader's...
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...