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Police response times in Australia’s Northern Territory have gotten worse. A domestic violence inquest has heard that police response times have increased in the past year, more than doubling over the previous five. NT Police Commissioner Michael Murphy revealed that between 2022 and 2023, the number of hours spent on domestic violence cases increa…
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Local councils want a new approach to move decision making away from central government and back into communities. Local Government New Zealand is proposing city and regional deals, a system which would see councils team up with the government on specific projects. Whanganui Mayor Andrew Tripe told Mike Hosking that it will give more control to loc…
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The death of Iran's President isn't expected to have immediate impacts internationally. President Ebrahim Raisi and the foreign minister have been confirmed dead by state media after a helicopter crash near the Azerbaijan border. Iran has announced five days of public mourning. Otago University international relations professor Robert Patman told M…
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Immediate changes are in store for Kainga Ora, in light of a critical independent review. It found the public housing agency needs significant savings to become financially viable. Housing Minister Chris Bishop's indicated a total refresh of the board but rules out a mass sell-off of state houses. Community Housing Aotearoa Deputy CEO, Chris Glaude…
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A sellout crowd is certain as it's just one day til Wellington Phoenix chants ring out across the city. The nix are playing the Melbourne Victory at a packed Cake Tin. Excitement's been building up in the capital about the A-League semifinal clash, as the team goes into the second leg on a nil-all aggregate score, at home. Weekend Sport host Jason …
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King Charles has been attending garden parties as he returns to public duties. The monarch returned to work in late April, about two months after it was announced he was being treated for cancer. UK correspondent Vincent McAviney told Mike Hosking that he appeared in good spirits at the garden parties this past week. He says hundreds of people are …
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The Workplace Relations and Safety Minister's being urged to address the huge cost of workplace bullying. A report by the Human Rights Commission and KPMG has found the cost of bullying and harassment to employers is about $1.5 billion a year. Equal Opportunities Commissioner Saunoamaali'i Karanina Sumeo told Mike Hosking that Minister Brooke van V…
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Federated Farmers says most farmers are looking at Fonterra's change in strategy with cautious optimism. The dairy giant's signalled its intent to divest well-known brands such as Anchor and overseas brands Fonterra Oceania and Fonterra Sri Lanka. It wants to focus on producing ingredients and selling them to consumers and other businesses. Federat…
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After months of goading, Donald Trump has his wish. Joe Biden has finally agreed to presidential debates, but on a different schedule. He released a video on social media earlier today saying that he’s ready to debate, and that Trump is available on Wednesdays, referring to the day that Trump’s hush money trial is not in session. US Correspondent M…
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Hundreds of appointments and surgeries have been cancelled as junior doctors begin another strike. They’re continuing to fight for better pay and work conditions. More than 2000 doctors walked off the job at 7am for the second time in two weeks, the strike planned to last two days. Sarah Dalton, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Med…
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There's a small silver lining for regional councils amid slowing local economic growth. The March Infometrics Monitor reveals economic activity has increased just 0.2% over a year, the slowest growth since the first Covid-19 lockdown. Building consents have dropped almost 60% in the Tasman District and fell around 25% for all regions. Tasman Distri…
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Labour's anticipating many Kiwi police officers will take up New South Wales' incentivised offer. The state is 1500 officers short and has announced it'll fast-track New Zealand officers as recruits. Training requirements will be shortened and Kiwis with at least seven years' experience can keep their current rank, up to senior constable. Labour's …
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With any promise there’s always an element of wiggle room, misinterpretation, or perhaps reversing out at high speed. Although I have huge admiration for anyone who keeps their word and sticks to a promise verbatim, the coalition government’s promise of tax cuts isn’t a promise I’m happy for them to keep. Anyone who only heard that promise in the r…
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A UK study has found that obesity jabs could reduce health risks. Researchers looked at semaglutide, otherwise known as Wegovy and Ozempic, and found that the weekly shots could reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes. It was found to benefit cardiovascular health even if the user didn’t lose much weight. UK Correspondent Gavin Grey told Roman…
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If you feel as though you’ve been living in some kind of whack job, futuristic Netflix series when it comes to this country’s deplorable attitude to crime and our increasingly farcical judicial system you were probably suitably blown away by yesterday’s announcement by Police Commissioner Andrew Coster. Finally, there is good news. Finally, there’s…
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It's thought the Christchurch Call's refresh is in-line with technology's rapid evolution. The call —designed to battle online extremism and hate content— is becoming a foundation. Taxpayer funding ends in July. Dame Jacinda Ardern will become patron, rather than New Zealand's special envoy. Gorilla Tech Chief Executive Paul Spain told Roman Traver…
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Some police officers are sceptical about the Government's new crackdown on gangs. The Police Minister and Police Commissioner have announced the establishment of a new National Gang Unit. It'll have around 30 people and up to seven ring-fenced officers in each police district. Police Association President Chris Cahill told Roman Travers that if it …
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There are concerns the Government's charter schools plan could be a political football. Associate Education Minister David Seymour's announced more than $150 million to set up 15 new charter schools in the next four years and convert 35 state school in the next two. Massey University's John O'Neill told Roman Travers that since the last government'…
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Australia’s federal budget is due today. With gross debt predicted to rise above $1 trillion by 2026, Treasurer Jim Chalmers is walking a tightrope between offering cost-of-living relief without fuelling inflation. Repayments on Government debt have become the fastest growing expense in the budget, and Dr Chalmers is facing calls to continue cuttin…
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All Blacks Captain Sam Cane has announced his retirement from the international stage. From next year he’ll take up a three-year contract with Suntory in Japan, where he spent this season’s sabbatical. Elliott Smith, Newstalk ZB’s rugby commentator, told Mike Hosking that it isn’t quite the bombshell people are calling it, but it is still earlier t…
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There are calls for the government to better regulate salt content in our processed foods. Research from Otago and Auckland universities reveals about two thirds of packaged foods on supermarket shelves exceed the World Health Organisation benchmark. Stroke Foundation General Manager Jess Winchester says one fifth of New Zealanders already have hig…
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It's thought a Court of Appeal decision finding the Waitangi Tribunal could summon ACT MP Karen Chhour doesn't set a precedent for future cases. The decision overturned a High Court ruling which found the Children's Minister did not have to front with her reasoning for removing Section 7AA from the Oranga Tamariki Act. Massey University Law Profess…
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New teachers across the country are not being set up to succeed, according to the Education Review Office (ERO). Two thirds of principals are reporting new teachers coming into the role are unprepared, and a third of new primary teachers claim they are unprepared to teach science. The ERO is calling for more to be done. Ruth Shinoda, Head of ERO’s …
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A new proposal could see protest groups in the UK banned in a similar way to terrorist organisations. Extracts of an upcoming report show recommendations will be made for a new category proscribing “extreme protest groups”, defining these as those which routinely use criminal tactics to try to achieve their aims. Protest groups such as Just Stop Oi…
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In the A-League semi-finals, the Wellington Phoenix had a nil-all draw against the Melbourne Victory. The Phoenix return home this Saturday for the second leg of the semi. The Warriors suffered another loss, going down 38-18 to the Roosters in Sydney. The game brought on injury concerns as Shaun Johnson left the field in the second half. And, Aimee…
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Big changes are coming to parking in Auckland’s CBD. Auckland CBD residents and visitors will be stung with new 24-hour parking charges covering overnight, at weekends and on public holidays from July – as Auckland Transport seeks to collect more money. Heart of the City CEO Viv Beck tells Mike Hosking news of the parking charges is out of the blue…
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Unlike the US, the UK is not withholding arms to Israel. Foreign Secretary David Cameron said that their position is not comparable with that of the US, since the UK is not a large state-to-state arms supplier to Israel. However, they don’t support a large-scale invasion of Rafah unless there is a plan to protect civilians in place. UK Corresponden…
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There's doubts a potential raising of the international visitor levy will impact tourism numbers. Overseas visitors pay $35 collected through visa applications, which is evenly split between conservation and tourism. Speaking at the TRENZ conference, Tourism Minister Matt Doocey says that advice he's received shows it would have to rise to about $4…
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Archives New Zealand's shutting down its digital archiving programme. It's part of an initiative to digitise historically significant images and documents. But the agency says it's been unable to secure further funding, and it will have to cut at least three jobs. Historian Paul Moon told Mike Hosking that this is important work and should remain. …
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A potential power outage is looming in the chilly air. Many parts of the country have seen temperatures dropping below zero with an early season cold snap. Electricity grid operator Transpower's warning households to limit power use between 7 and 9 Friday morning where possible. It suggests turning off lights and heaters and delaying use of applian…
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Another pro-Palestine encampment was cleared by Police, resulting in the arrest of 33 protestors. Hundreds of police stormed the grounds at Washington’s George Washington University early this morning, using pepper spray to clear the encampment. This came just hours before city officials were due to appear before Congress to justify their actions, …
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Air New Zealand's reliability has fallen, and it's trailing Jetstar in figures for last month as it grapples with engine problems. Only 77% of its domestic flights arrived within 15 minutes of scheduled times last month, down from 88% in January. Jetstar reported no domestic cancellations last month and almost 79% of flights were on time. Aviation …
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A Wellington City Councillor says the fight isn't over to remove the heritage listing from derelict buildings. RMA Minister Chris Bishop has signed off on the council's housing recommendations, unlocking the potential for up-zoning across the city. But an amendment to de-list 10 buildings to allow for demolition wasn't approved due to legal constra…
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A public health academic says David Seymour's claims he can reduce funding for the school lunch programme while delivering the same results is a big call to make. The Associate Health Minister's unveiled a slimmed down version of the programme he says will save $107 million a year. He says they'll reduce costs by bulk buying and serving simple item…
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Israeli tanks have now entered Rafah, taking control of the border. Yesterday saw Hamas agree to a ceasefire proposal, but Israel believes the terms do not go far enough and as such, are continuing their mission. Despite this, a delegation is being sent to negotiate, trying to reach an agreement. Former Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem Fleur Hassan-Nahoum…
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There are lessons to be learned from the Auditor-General's review of last year's election. The report's found the final check of the official election results was done within a few hours on the day it was announced. The rushed assessment failed to identify multiple errors. It also recommends improvements to controls, quality assurance, recruitment,…
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More coal's being burned to keep up with energy demand. The Gas Industry Company has revealed there was a 12.5% reduction in gas production last year. It's also found nearly 30% less gas was produced in the first three months of this year than projected. Energy Minister Simeon Brown says it's because the last Government's disincentivised gas produc…
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An Australian pilot operating in international waters was forced to take evasive action. A Chinese military jet detonated flares close to the Navy helicopter as it flew above the Yellow Sea near South Korea. The Defence Department has described the actions of the Chinese Air Force plane as “unsafe and unprofessional”. Australian Correspondent Donna…
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The OECD is pointing to an economic hangover in our economy in its biennial report. It's advising the Government to gradually get the books back into surplus, with economic growth still sluggish and productivity waning. The OECD also supports cutting government spending but warns of unintended consequences from doing so. Independent economist Camer…
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The Government's throwing $1.9 billion at Corrections with a pledge to restore law and order. It will add more than 800 extra beds at Waikeria Prison and recruit 685 more frontline Corrections staff. Criminal defence lawyer John Munro says more beds will result in more people in prison. He told Mike Hosking that we need to be careful we don't end u…
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