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Australia is taking a firm stance on vaping. The sale of vapes will be restricted to pharmacies from next week, as the Greens agree to pass a proposed ban. However, the Government has agreed to water down restrictions that would have required adults to obtain a prescription. Australia Correspondent Donna Demaio told Mike Hosking that this has spark…
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Scott Robertson’s All Blacks squad has been announced, with Scott Barrett taking the captaincy. He’s taking over the duties from Sam Cane, with Ardie Savea and Jordie Barrett sharing the vice-captaincy. Rugby Commentator Tony Johnson told Mike Hosking that he doubts there’ll be any drastic changes right off the bat. He said that if they’re going to…
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The Cancer Society says yesterday was a momentous day but there's still a bit of uncertainty around Pharmac's funding boost. The Government's committed $604 million, taken in advance from next year's Budget. It will cover the funding for 54 new medicines, including 26 cancer treatments. Cancer Society chief executive Rachael Hart told Mike Hosking …
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Auckland will soon have Police on the beat 24/7. Community Beat Teams will be based in major centres, with 63 officers in Auckland, 17 in Wellington and 10 in Christchurch. It's the Police and Government's newest plan to crackdown on crime rates. Police Minister Mark Mitchell told Mike Hosking “We want to make sure that we have a safe city – not on…
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King Charles will likely skip New Zealand during his upcoming tour to the South Pacific. According to The Mirror, he and Queen Camilla are set to visit Australia and Samoa - but have dropped New Zealand. The visit was never officially announced - just rumoured to be on the agenda. UK Correspondent Gavin Grey told Mike Hosking “His Majesty is said t…
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I think we got enough out of Nicola Willis on the programme Friday to know that today, cabinet’s gonna sign off this money for Pharmac to solve the cancer problem. The big outworking of this is - I hope they've learned their lesson. This government has a couple of problems. The biggest one is the mess they inherited. We are going to spend at least …
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The Blues dominated the Chiefs on Saturday night to take the 2024 Super Rugby title at Eden Park - beating the visitors 41-10. Caleb Clarke scored a hattrick as Akira Ioane and AJ Lam got a try each. It's the first time they've won the competition in more than two decades. Newstalk ZB Sports Anchor, Andrew Alderson, told Mike Hosking “I thought it …
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The Government’s expected to announce a $600 million boost in funding for Pharmac today. If approved, it would bump the medicine budget up 40 percent - and cover the 13 cancer drugs the Government initially promised, and more. Patient Voice Aotearoa Chair, Malcolm Mulholland, told Mike Hosking “From our perspective – this was always going to be the…
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Labour’s lead in the UK election is holding steady as the Tories deal with a scandal. The party has admitted that their campaign head, Tony Lee, placed bets on the timing of the vote, allegedly just days before Sunak went public. The BBC revealed that Tory candidate Laura Sanders, wife of Lee, is also being investigated by Britain’s Gambling Commis…
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New Zealand's officially out of a technical recession but may not be out of the woods. Stats NZ figures show GDP rose 0.2% in the three months to March and the same amount for the year. However, per capita GDP decreased by 0.3%. Infometrics Chief Economist Brad Olsen told Mike Hosking that the numbers are not looking promising for Q2. He said that …
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Tomorrow’s Super Rugby Final is set to be an intense match. The Blues face off against the Chiefs at a sold-out Eden Park, kicking off just after 7pm. ZB’s Rugby Commentator Elliott Smith told Mike Hosking that the Chiefs have come out of nowhere in the last couple weeks. The Blues were expected to face the Hurricanes in the finals, the Chiefs ente…
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A Northland business leader says the large power outage will significantly impact business. Widespread power outages began yesterday morning when a transmission tower toppled at Glorit, northwest of Auckland. NorthPower says supply has since been restored to the majority of Northland. Top Energy is showing 61 customers in Bay of Islands still witho…
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Freight operators are thrilled they can deliver goods to Northland a lot faster from next week. State Highway 1 over the Brynderwyns will reopen to two-way traffic from 11.59pm next Wednesday, just in time for Matariki weekend. The Transport Agency says additional space has been created so crews can work on repairs without lengthy closures. James S…
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We'll know later today whether New Zealand was in a technical recession last financial quarter. Gross Domestic Product figures for the three months to March are released later this morning. ASB is forecasting a 0.1% rise. Senior economist Kim Mundy told Mike Hosking that they're not expecting another recession, but neither are they expecting strong…
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There's a renewed call for Boeing to be prosecuted after being grilled in the US Senate over its recent safety issues. US Justice officials have until July 7th to decide if it lays criminal charges. Family members of the 346 victims of two separate crashes involving Boeing planes five years ago were also at the hearing. US Correspondent Katherine F…
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Dolphin advocates are celebrating SailGP's decision to move next year's event from Christchurch. SailGP announced the 2025 edition wouldn't return to Lyttelton Harbour, which has hosted for the last two years. In this year's event, the first day of racing was controversially cancelled due to a Hector's Dolphin spotting. Maui and Hector's Dolphin De…
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Dozens of migrants have been rescued from a sinking ship in the Mediterranean. German aid group RESQSHIP said it picked up 51 people from a sinking wooden boat, including two unconscious people, and found ten bodies trapped in the lower deck. A second ship sank nearby, and 64 people total are still missing from the vessels. Europe Correspondent Gav…
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Maintenance on ageing Interislander ferries is seen as a short-term solution by the Maritime Union. Estimated annual maintenance costs to keep KiwiRail’s three ageing Interislander ferries running could almost double to $65 million by next year, and keeping the ferries afloat will be an “ongoing battle”. A previous assessment of the fleet’s conditi…
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There’s hopes an improved vaccine against an infectious disease running rife through New Zealand cattle could ease costs for farmers. The Ministry for Primary Industries is backing a project which aims to develop a modified vaccine against Bovine Viral Diarrhoea. It impacts about 80% of our dairy and beef herds and costs the industry more than $190…
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A victims' advocate says new measures to address court backlogs are doable if all players in the system play their part. The Chief District Court Judge has introduced maximum waiting times based on the seriousness of the crime. For the least serious category —where there's no risk of prison— the aim is six months. Independent victims' advocate Ruth…
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Following his visit to New Zealand, the Chinese Premier has begun his visit to Australia. Li Qiang was greeted by hundreds of supporters and protestors upon his arrival in Canberra on Sunday, receiving a ceremonial welcome at Parliament House. Australian Correspondent Donna Demaio told Mike Hosking that there has been talks of better military commu…
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The Government's changed its tune on transgender people participating in community sports. A policy in the New Zealand First-National Coalition agreement threatened to withhold public funding if sports bodies didn't separate trans athletes from grassroots competitions. After feedback from Sport New Zealand, Sport and Recreation Minister Chris Bisho…
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The Government promises “granny flats” of 60 square metres or less will be easier to build after planning changes that will force councils to permit small dwellings on rural and residential zones without resource consent. Making it easier to build granny flats was part of NZ First’s coalition agreement with National. NZ First leader Winston Peters,…
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This weekend's Super Rugby semifinals have raised a few eyebrows over their smaller-than expected attendance numbers. ZB sports reporter Andrew Alderson suspects this is because these Super Rugby matches had to compete with this weekend's Warriors' clash. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
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The Princess of Wales has returned to the public eye for King's Birthday celebrations, making her first public appearance this year. Kate faced wild internet speculation on her whereabouts earlier this year before revealing she's undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. She was pictured smiling, sitting alongside her three children in a carria…
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One teachers' union is concerned abut the recommended changes to teaching standards in a new report. The Ministerial Advisory Group reviewing English and maths learning has recommended annual 'checkpoint' tests for students. It also recommends children be encouraged to write by hand as much as possible for their first three years at school - and cu…
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Christopher Luxon is on the ground in Japan, but his business delegation won't be touching down for another day. The Prime Minister's plane has broken down yet again, this time while refuelling in Papua New Guinea. Luxon's been forced to fly commercial to Tokyo, while the business leaders, officials and others in his delegation are travelling to Br…
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Britain’s Labour Party has launched its manifesto. It said on Thursday that it would be “pro-business” and prioritise “wealth creation”. Among the party’s flagship pledges is the creation of a new publicly owned energy company, a ban on awarding new North Sea oil and gas licences, and reducing medical wait times. UK Correspondent Vincent McAviney t…
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It’s a big weekend in sports as the Super Rugby semifinals kick off tonight. The Blues and the Brumbies are facing off at Eden Park tonight, the Hurricanes and the Chiefs going head-to-head in Wellington’s Sky Stadium tomorrow afternoon. Sports Commentator Sam Ackerman told Mike Hosking that if he could only watch one of the matches, he’d take the …
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There’s been push back against the Government's plan to scrap around the clock speed limits outside schools. The Coalition's reversing speed limit reductions implemented over the past four years under the previous Government. The draft report wants speed limits in place at the start and end of each school day as opposed to the current 24-7 system. …
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The Government's ditching plans to make gender pay gap reporting compulsory. The Labour Government pledged it would require companies with more than 250 workers to publish a pay gap report. But acting Minister for Women Louise Upston's instead developing a tool for businesses to calculate pay gaps voluntarily. Mind the Gap Co-Founder Dellwyn Stuart…
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FIRST WITH YESTERDAY'S NEWS (highlights from Thursday on Newstalk ZB) And for All Of Us/Where Have Our Tourists Gone?/The Pitfalls of Being a Creep/When Your Phone Is Smarter Than You/Who Doesn't Love Pumpkin Soup? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.Newstalk ZB
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Yesterday saw another historic ruling in the United States, as Hunter Biden was found guilty in his federal gun trial. The conviction makes him the first child of a sitting President to be found guilty of a crime. He was convicted of three gun offences for lying about drug use while illegally buying and possessing a gun in 2018. US Correspondent Ka…
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There's an expectation New Zealanders will continue to file out of the country in high numbers. The latest figures from Stats NZ show more than 130,000 people left the country in the year to April, the highest number on record. Among those were a record 81,200 NZ citizens. ASB Senior Economist Mark Smith told Mike Hosking that we are moving in the …
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There’s a belief that there's a problem with the New Zealand electricity business model, not just the new disclosure rules. Gentailers —companies that both generate and sell electricity— are required to disclose the price they use internally to sell power to their retail arms. But NZIER research found the new disclosure rules don't provide enough i…
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It's thought New Zealanders' faith in rural banks is dwindling. The Government's requested for the Finance and Expenditure and Primary Production select committees to lead a joint inquiry into rural banking. Rural Women NZ says their communities are facing a range of problems including banking competition and customer service. Chief Executive Gabri…
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FIRST WITH YESTERDAY'S NEWS (highlights from Wednesday on Newstalk ZB) Will Prices Really Meet the Market?/Why the Ambulance Never Comes/Farming Doesn't Damage the Climate After All/Why Can't We Keep Windscreens Ice-Free?/That Very Common Debate We All Have Every Winter See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
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Unemployment is hitting the UK hard. It’s unexpectedly risen to its highest level for two and a half years, climbing to 4.4% in the three months to April. On the other hand, wage growth has remained strong and is outstripping inflation, having increased at an annual rate of 2.9%. UK Correspondent Gavin Grey told Mike Hosking the other striking figu…
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Police have already received tips on the back of the $80 thousand reward offered in the case of the Phillips children. The now eight, nine, and ten year olds, along with their father Tom Phillips, have been missing since 2021. They're believed to be in western Waikato, near or in Marokopa. Police have given two weeks for the reward to be claimed an…
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The Government's decision to work with farmers to price their emissions by 2030 is being welcomed by the industry. A law change will stop farming being charged through the Emissions Trading Scheme, which offsets credits against emitting. It was a fallback option if partnership group He Waka Eka Noa didn't find an alternative for agriculture. Meat I…
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A fuel retailer's applauding the Commerce Commission for raising awareness about prices at the pump ahead of the removal of Auckland's fuel tax. The commission's calling out retailers who lag in dropping prices at the pump, saying it's costing motorists millions each year. It says it's a timely reminder, with the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax being re…
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A council in Australia’s New South Wales is displeased after being ordered to repay millions of dollars. The NSW Government has ordered the Hornsby Shire council to repay $36 million as after six years, it still has yet to develop and build a park. Hornsby Mayor Philip Ruddock, a former federal minister, has accused the government of looking to sav…
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The cost of building a new home's starting to stabilise. Figures from QV CostBuilder show the average cost to build a three-bedroom home in main centres has risen by 1.8% for the year, and 0.3% this quarter. It compares to an annual average increase of nearly 5% last December, and nearly 10% last June. Newstalk ZB’s Resident Builder Pete Wolfkamp t…
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A political scientist says the allegations that Census data has been misused by a political party would be very concerning if true. The Prime Minister's announced the Public Service Commission will undertake an independent investigation amid allegations surrounding Te Pāti Māori and Manurewa Marae. It relates to the misuse of Census data and Covid-…
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It's expected China will try to sweeten the pot for New Zealand. Chinese Premier Li Qiang will arrive in Wellington this week, the first such visit since 2017. International relations expert Geoffrey Miller told Mike Hosking that expects he'll want to cover business, education, and likely New Zealand's position on AUKUS. He says tempting offers wil…
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The Government will remove the 2018 ban on petroleum exploration beyond onshore Taranaki. The decision's being labelled a 'backwards step' by environmentalist groups. Energy Resources Aotearoa Chief Executive, John Carnegie, told Mike Hosking “In New Zealand, the ironic thing is coal has been a balancing energy fuel.” Carnegie said “There’s plenty …
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British TV presenter Michael Mosley has been found dead on the Greek Island of Symi after disappearing while on holiday last week. The 67-year-old healthy living advocate, had been a prominent face on TV in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. His body was found as teams were searching the coastline with cameras, and searchers were approaching a cav…
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FIRST WITH YESTERDAY'S NEWS (highlights from the weekend on Newstalk ZB) So Jack Will Never Win/Warriors Definitely Win/Famous Last Words/Shane Jones Seems to Hate the Environment/Cleaning Up Everest Is an Uphill Battle See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.Newstalk ZB
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