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New Zealand is committing to working more closely with the United States. The countries have agreed to work more closely with each other and common allies like Australia, in areas like defence and intelligence. New Zealand's joining the US in financially supporting two initiatives in the Pacific to the tune of $16.4 million. Massey University defen…
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The Minister for Space has been working on our space image over in the US. Judith Collins spoke yesterday morning at the Space Symposium as New Zealand’s first Space Minister, putting us on the global stage. She told Mike Hosking that Rocket Lab has done an incredible job at putting New Zealand on the American space map with the work Peter Beck has…
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There’s concerns the Government's tenancy changes won't affect rent prices. A Bill being introduced to Parliament will bring back 90-day no-cause terminations for periodic tenancies. Labour removed them last term. Housing Minister Chris Bishop believes it'll push down rents. Aspire Property Management managing director Mike Atkinson told Mike Hoski…
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The US state of Arizona is close to joining Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas in imposing a strict abortion ban. Arizona's conservative Supreme Court has decided an abortion law —first introduced 160 years ago— is now enforceable. US correspondent Mitch McCann told Mike Hosking that abortions are currently legal until 15 weeks of pregnancy. But he says…
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Ikea seems to be looking "big picture" as it enters the New Zealand market. The Swedish furniture giant is looking for a "people and culture manager", ahead of its opening at Auckland's Sylvia Park in late 2025. The successful manager will first be tasked with recruiting 400 people. First Retail Group managing director Chris Wilkinson told Mike Hos…
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Health advocates say enforcement officers are needed to clamp down on the illegal vape trade. Reports suggest that the sale of vaping products that don't meet regulation is widespread. Asthma Foundation Chief Executive Letitia Harding told Mike Hosking that retailers selling illegal vaping products need more than a slap on the wrist. She says penal…
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The mainstream media industry is shrinking, and television is leading the way out. Newshub has confirmed its closing on July 5th, while TVNZ is cutting four of major programmes. Media and Communications Minister Melissa Lee says the global market is facing the same difficulties. She's written a cabinet paper on the media sector but hasn't disclosed…
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European football fans may be seeing increased security at this week’s Champions League games. A pro-IS media channel has published several images calling for attacks at the stadiums hosting the quarterfinals. UEFA said it was aware of the threats, but the London, Madrid, and Paris games would go ahead as planned, and Ministers in Spain and France …
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The Official Cash Rate is likely to remain unchanged for at least the next few months. Most economists expect the Reserve bank to keep the Official Cash Rate unchanged at 5.5% when it comes up for review at 2pm. It's remained unchanged since May last year. Jarden Investment Strategist John Carran says it's 50-50 whether the Reserve Bank cuts the OC…
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Rideshare company Ola is hitting the brakes in New Zealand. The Uber rival told Auckland customers they won't be able to book future rides from Friday but can still access their app until it shuts down next month. But First Union is worried the loss will give Ola's main rival Uber more control of the gig economy. Strategic project coordinator Anita…
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Winston Peters has pulled no punches over the need for a two-state solution in Gaza. The Foreign Affairs Minister has reiterated his calls for an immediate ceasefire at the UN General Assembly in New York. He says the two-state solution is the only blueprint for peace, but Israel's seizing of Palestinian territory imperils that. Otago University in…
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A looming financial issue is being highlighted as the country works towards its next emissions budget. The Climate Commission is recommending greenhouse gas is limited by 134-million tonnes between 2036 and 2040. But Victoria University Adjunct Professor Adrian Macey told Mike Hosking that there's still a massive issue if we are going to meet our P…
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An education expert says the Government's plan to improve students' learning has been successful overseas. Christopher Luxon's unveiled nine Government targets for delivery by 2030. They include increasing student attendance and getting more students to the expected curriculum level. New Zealand Initiative Education Research Fellow Michael Johnston…
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The Government has brought in immediate changes to the Accredited Employer Work Visa. There will now be an English language requirement for low skilled jobs, while fast-tracking will be removed for construction and the franchisee category will be disestablished. Owner and Principal Consultant at Into NZ Katy Armstrong tells Mike Hosking the Governm…
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A new law in Scotland, designed to prevent hate crimes is being targeted by Neo-Nazi and far-right agitators. The groups are making vexatious complaints en masse in an attempt to overwhelm police systems. UK & Europe correspondent Gavin Grey tells Mike Hosking the definition of a hate crime is wide ranging, and an inundated system makes policing th…
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The Warriors showed their potential over the weekend, beating the Rabbitohs in an impressive 34-4 win. Andrew Alderson updates Mike Hosking on how the team looked. Meanwhile, the Sevens held at Hong Kong stadium for the last time. And, a man known as the ‘hardest geezer’ has run the length of Africa. Russ Cook covered 16,300km as the first person t…
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AN OIA has revealed police abandoned almost 60 percent of cases reported to them last year. Of 962,521 emergency calls, 572,037 were abandoned. In 2023, reports were up 50 percent from 2019 and of cases reported, 179,957 were closed without any investigation at all. Police Association President Chris Cahill tells Mike Hosking that online reporting …
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The deaths of UK aid workers from an Israeli air strike has reignited debate in the UK over the level of support, military aid, and weapons they’re providing Israel. Over 600 legal experts, including three former Supreme Court Justices, have come forward in an open letter calling on the Government to end the sale of weapons to Israel. They say that…
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There’s been a breakthrough in the rules governing whether people who've been scammed are eligible for compensation. The banking sector has launched a review around victim reimbursement. This comes after consumer protection criticism and the threat of regulatory intervention from the government. Consumer NZ boss Jon Duffy told Mike Hosking that alt…
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A Northland mayor is hailing the new law that requires Māori wards to be put to referendum as a win for democracy. The coalition Government is introducing a bill allowing communities to petition for binding polls on Māori ward decisions. It reverses legislation from the previous Government that ensured councils would not have wards overturned throu…
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ASB Bank is sending the message their predicted infrastructure bill isn't an impossible figure. The bank's new research suggests a trillion dollars will be needed over 30 years. ASB's Senior Economist Mark Smith says it's a huge number and we need to tap into as many funding sources as possible. He says there needs to be greater alignment between p…
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Bosses are finding Gen Z to be something of a nightmare. They’ve found that they have poor work ethic, miss meetings, and even ditch the company on their first day of work. In contrast, Gen Z workers say their employers don’t understand them. Angela Lim, Clearhead CEO, told Mike Hosking that there’s been a distinct cultural shift, boundaries blurri…
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Students are learning more about our history but less about our place in the world. An Education Review Office report finds schools have been working hard to implement the new Aotearoa Histories Curriculum. It's being taught in three quarters of all schools up to and including Year 10, but to varying degrees. Education Evaluation Centre Head Ruth S…
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New Zealand's electric vehicle sales have taken another plunge. In March, just over 9% of new passenger cars were EVs, falling from about 27% for all of 2023. Drive Electric Chair Kirstin Corson told Mike Hosking she hasn't written it off, but the market has certainly stalled after losing the clean car discount. She says it's disappointing to see n…
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A disability charity's launching an urgent appeal that it faces closure after more than 20 years. StarJam provides music and dance workshops for young people with disabilities, designed to foster inclusion and wellbeing. It's trying to raise $100,000 to keep the doors open to its 800 members. CEO Gilli Sinclair told Mike Hosking that they've been h…
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Finland's gun policy is under scrutiny after a school shooting north of Helsinki. A 12-year-old boy has been detained after the shooting that left one dead and two others, all aged 12, seriously wounded. Finland's education minister says that once the government has a complete picture, they're considering if further measures are needed to protect s…
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The ripple effect of Covid era policy choices are being highlighted as the country's meat industry takes a hit. Silver Fern Farms is reporting a $24 million plus loss for the 2023 financial year compared to it's $189 million profit the previous year. Meat Industry Association Head of Strategy Jason Krupp told Mike Hosking that it's very much an ind…
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The attack at Wairarapa Hospital is being seen as an example of the increasing violence being seen around the country's Emergency Departments. A visitor was struck with a machete on Saturday night, suffering a fractured skull. An incident team's reviewing what happened as a 62-year-old faces charges. Association of Salaried Medical Specialists Exec…
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Why use one plane when two will do? The Australian Energy Minister has defended the use of two separate Royal Australian Airforce jets to fly himself and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to a clean energy announcement in NSW. The announcement involved detailing a $1 billion programme to support solar panels, Albanese calling it one of the most signi…
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The UK is taking harsher measures to hold social media giants to account. Media regulator ‘OFCOM’, the Office of Communications, plans to issue orders to social media firms that will unlock a child’s account if it’s suspected it played a role in their death or suicide. Failure to comply could see the company fined up to 10% of its global revenue. S…
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There’s a view that the Government's latest action plan is much more ambitious than the 100 Day Plan. The Government's laid out its check list, to be completed before June 30th. The plan features promises like restoring three strikes, creating an attendance plan, and implementing tax relief. Political Commentator Brigitte Morten told Mike Hosking t…
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FIRST WITH YESTERDAY'S NEWS (highlights from the long weekend on Newstalk ZB) Happy April 1st, Suckers!/Segregation Is a Word with a Bit of Baggage/Congratulations, Canes... I Suppose/Smoking Like an Alien/Not All Crypto Is Out to Get You See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.Door Newstalk ZB
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There are fears nothing has been done to prevent another Loafers Lodge tragedy. An investigation into boarding house facilities was initiated after last year's fire killed five people. It's found only half the 37 buildings inspected had adequate smoke detectors. Wellington City Missioner Murray Edridge told Mike Hosking that more needs to be done. …
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National's promise to keep tax cuts is being criticised. Finance Minister Nicola Willis has delivered the Budget Policy Statement and reaffirmed the party's commitment to tax relief. Willis says she's been humbled by how much recent forecasts have deteriorated. Labour Party Finance spokesperson Barbara Edmonds told Mike Hosking that instead of focu…
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Challenging behaviours in New Zealand classrooms are at critical levels. Over the last 20 years student behaviour has been among the worst in the OECD but new research shows it's worsened over the past two. Education Review Office research has found a quarter of principals have seen students physically harm others and steal property at least every …
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A new trial to treat depression has been given the green light in New Zealand. Ketamine has been used as a treatment around the world in recent years, the drug showing short-term benefits. Otago University is running the trial, combining liquid, slower-release ketamine with psychotherapy in an effort to achieve long term results. The trial is eight…
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The Government will today unveil its economic plan for how its priorities will be delivered in the Budget Policy Statement. Finance Minister Nicola Willis will give the speech at one this afternoon. ASB’s Chief Economist Nick Tuffley told Mike Hosking that it’s a bit too early for them to have the hard and fast numbers, and today is more about sett…
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A search and rescue effort continues after a bridge collapse in Baltimore. A fully laden container ship rammed into one of the supports and the bridge crumpled into the water below. Those on board the ship had time to raise the alarm and the bridge was closed. At least six people remain unaccounted for. Those missing are believed to be construction…
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An expert says allegations of Chinese cyber-attacks in New Zealand have been at a lower level than our allies. Spy agency the GCSB has tied targeting of our Parliamentary entities in August 2021 to Chinese state-sponsored group APT40. China's ambassador to New Zealand has labelled the accusations groundless and irresponsible. International Relation…
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Millions of Australians are looking for a second job as the cost of living continues to bite. A survey by comparison website Finder has found that 32% of respondents, totalling approximately 6.7 million people, felt financially pressured to work more than one job. Australian Correspondent Lesley Yeomans told Mike Hosking that there are jobs availab…
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