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I wonder whether Greta Thunberg has been burnt by her moment in the sun. Small time young climate crusader makes huge splash onto international stage, gets lauded across the globe and becomes a big star and icon for young people. And then, well, what happens next? Swiping and sniping at world leaders is nothing new, she had a few goes at Trump. But…
 
Low satisfaction levels for the new MIQ booking system. It had its first run at the start of last week, and will be in action again this evening In a Grounded Kiwis survey about 900 respondents gave the new system an overall rating of 3 point 6 out of 10. A quarter of them say they had technical difficulties. AUT computer scientist Ken Johnson told…
 
There's concern that outcomes for New Zealanders living with dementia are going downhill, fast. Alzheimers NZ's Dementia Economic Impact Report shows dementia among Māori, Pasifika and Asian communities will more than double by 2050. It also estimates dementia will cost us nearly six-billion dollars a year by then too -- and one in four Kiwis will …
 
One-way quarantine free travel for seasonal workers from a handful of Pacific countries, starts next week. Workers from Vanuatu will begin arriving on Monday, and Samoan and Tongan workers the following Tuesday. They'll have to have a vaccine dose before they come, self-isolate and be tested on day zero and five. Agriculture Minister Damien O'Conno…
 
It's a common talkback thought: The South Island is paying more than its fair share by staying at higher alert levels when there hasn't been a community case of Covid-19 in the mainland in almost a year. That was Andy's main point when he phone the show, and he figured the reason Marcus disagreed with him was that Marcus lives in Auckland... but Ma…
 
Sir John Key’s piece yesterday was so good it ran front-page across two rival news websites. If you haven’t read it, look it up. It’s refreshing. You can’t argue with common sense, and it was so fortifying to see someone being ambitious for our country, someone being sensible and forward-thinking and optimistic, someone not bogged down with fear an…
 
With Mental Health Awareness Week kicking off today businesses are being told to take note. The event aims to get more Kiwis talking about how they feel in the hopes to raise awareness and combat the mental health crisis. Randstad New Zealand Director Katherine Swan told Kate Hawkesby workplaces should make the most of it, especially with what rese…
 
Support for the views of Sir John Key. Some have labelled the former Prime Minister's assessment of the Government's Covid-19 response as naive and out of touch. But an outspoken critic of the Government's Covid response is backing Key's views. Auckland University Emeritus Professor of Medicine Des Gorman told Kate Hawkesby the Government is relyin…
 
Germany's center-left Social Democrats were locked in a very close race Sunday with outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right bloc, which is heading toward its worst-ever result in the country's parliamentary election, projections showed. Top officials from both parties said they hope to lead Germany's next government and have their c…
 
The European Union announced plans Thursday to require the smartphone industry to adopt a uniform charging cord for mobile devices, a push that could eliminate the all-too-familiar experience of rummaging through a drawer full of tangled cables to find the right one. The European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, proposed legislation that would…
 
Waka Nathan has passed away at aged 81. The former All Black was credited with saving Maori rugby when he coached them after his playing career ended. He suffered with dementia in his later life. The America's Cup drama continues. Mark Dunphy wants to provide money for Auckland to host again, but Grant Dalton and Team New Zealand have ceased all co…
 
The tourism and hospitality industries are facing a major work shortage. But they will not let that bring them down. The Government has made it clear to them they won't be able to rely on immigration to solve their problems. Industry leaders are getting together in November to carve out a plan forward. Go with Tourism programme director Matt Stento…
 
Former All Black Waka Nathan has passed away aged 81. He was a crucial part of Auckland's Ranfurly Shield success up to 1963 and went on to play 37 tests for the All Blacks. After his playing days had ended, he coached the New Zealand Maori side and is credited with saving Maori rugby in New Zealand. Former All Black and teammate Chris Laidlaw join…
 
Employers are being put in a difficult situation over Covid-19 vaccinations. An employment lawyer says that workers may be able to sue if the jab is made mandatory. He's calling for the government to lay out a clear policy on this so employers can be sure the law is on their side. Edwin Morrison told Heather du Plessis Allan employers could also be…
 
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday announced that the state has put out a revised rule which follows a "symptom-based approach" to quarantining students, meaning asymptomatic children exposed to Covid-19 in classrooms could be sent back to school by parents. "If somebody is symptomatic, of course they stay home. If there's a close contact, but …
 
Trying to get across the ditch has pushed some to extreme measures. Some people are spending huge amounts of money to get back to Australia with reports a family of three booked a private charter plane to Brisbane. Inflight Charters says the news has generated about 20 calls and 15 emails from people wanting to do the same. Charter Manager Paul Ast…
 
ExportNZ says Zespri kiwifruit that tested positive for Covid-19 was likely infected in China. The positive result came during routine sample testing by Chinese officials, but all further tests have since come back negative. The fruit was packed in the Bay of Plenty in May and shipped from Tauranga in August, where there was no Covid-19 community t…
 
The Government's being accused of putting a positive gloss on mental health progress. A review into the implementation of the 2019 Budget $1.9 billion mental health and addiction package says funded initiatives are on track for completion. But it also signalled room for improvement including around mental health infrastructure and retaining a quali…
 
It's like a fleet of helicopters flying overhead. That's how people have described the sound of new vineyard frost fans in Masterton. Matahiwi Estate has installed nine new duel blade frost fans, sparking the creation of the Matahiwi Frost Fan Action Group. Member Erica Kinder told Heather Du Plessis-Allan the fans are unbearable. “So there’s a big…
 
There’s been a lot of coverage today about the poor state of our health system. And the fact that we simply don’t have enough ICU capacity to cope with the kinds of Covid outbreaks we will eventually have to deal with once it properly takes hold in the community. If you’re worried about the health system, and I am, then get a jab. This is the singl…
 
The All Blacks are playing arguably their fiercest rivals this weekend; the Springboks. This will be the first time the two teams have met since the 2019 World Cup, where the All Blacks won their pool game, but South Africa took home the trophy. The Boks come to the game after back-to-back losses to the Wallabies, can they bounce back? South Africa…
 
Now we've accepted we're going to have to learn to live with Covid-19, can we please have a clear plan? Listening to the PM and Chris Hipkins and the good Doctor this week, I sense they realise this last lockdown needs to be just that, the last lockdown. We were scared at the beginning, and we've been cowed into compliance over the past couple of y…
 
Retail chain Farmers has told Auckland office staff to go back to the office in Level Three, or be reduced to 80 percent pay. At the same time, the Government line is that if people can work from home at Level Three, they should. First Union organiser Ben Peterson joined Tim Dower. LISTEN ABOVEעל ידי Newstalk ZB
 
People are losing out on money paid for holiday accommodation they can't use in lockdown. Consumer New Zealand has been receiving up to 15 Covid-19 related accommodation complaints a week during Alert Levels Three and Four. Many are from people who can't get refunds for booked accommodation. Spokesperson Gemma Rasmussen told Tim Dower people should…
 
A coroner wants a harder line from the Ministry of Transport on the issue of drunk boating. Sue Johnson has released her findings on the death of a Southland man who died in a jet boat accident in 2019. The Jet boat driver would have been well over the legal blood alcohol limit if he was behind the wheel of a car, but there is no equivalent legal r…
 
We might need to brace ourselves for a few problems with supermarket bread supply. With workers striking at one of our biggest bread suppliers, George Western. Mark Bosomworth general manager of the banking division at George Western Foods says it will only affect north of Taupo. He also said they’re disappointed the union has taken this approach. …
 
New Zealand could see less cows and milk in the next decade. Fonterra is predicting the total amount of milk supply in New Zealand is likely to decline. And, the climate change commission report says dairy cattle numbers could also fall by 13 per cent by 2030. Fonterra Boss Miles Hurrell says forcing farmers to decrease herds would be outrageous ..…
 
Three Waters protesters made their voices heard today in Nelson as the council gave feedback on the proposed reforms. But the protest quickly went awry with grey haired citizens being escorted out of the council building by police. A response, Neville Male, who was behind the protest described as a complete overreaction. The three waters reform ref…
 
A former Government virus modeller claims the latest official forecast of possible Covid deaths is overcooked. Te Punaha Matatini research suggests 7000 people would die of Covid in a year, with an 80% vaccination rate. Its modelling suggests having 90% vaccine coverage of everyone five and older would see about 500 hospitalisations, and 50 deaths …
 
I don’t even want to start guessing why the PM released that doomsday model this afternoon. But whatever her motivations, I am not in the slightest convinced by the numbers. According to the model – designed by Shaun Hendy – even if we get 80% of us vaccinated, we will still see 7000 deaths a year from covid. That’s 135 a week. That will scare the …
 
I’m feeling for the events industry this morning, another industry left in a holding pattern by the Government, playing a waiting game of will we, won’t we. It’s a familiar game by now for South Islanders and everyone outside of Auckland, and for many hospitality outlets still. Level 2 is still not Level 1. There’s still a big difference. And if yo…
 
It seems more and more young people are expecting parents to help buy their first home. But yet young people often still struggle when it comes to financial literacy. 20 percent of those aged between 16 and 24 think Kiwisaver balances can only ever go up in value. That's according to research out by BetterSaver, which also found half of that age br…
 
A new programme will help prepare police with the various skills they need. The Government is investing $45 million in frontline officer safety - instead of arming police. It includes $15 million for a Tactical Response Model and expansion of the frontline skills course. Former Justice Advisory Group member Chester Borrows, himself a former officer…
 
Nine MIQ spots have been set aside specifically for the Climate Change Minister James Shaw's trip to Glasgow. The Prime Minister confirmed yesterday that the slots had to be specially arranged, after they failed to secure them in Monday's room release. The National Party have questioned whether Shaw needs to take such a large entourage, considering…
 
Did the government ask Pfizer to delay its vaccine shipments while a leaked document from the Ministry of Health shows that the ministry was expecting all Pfizer vaccines to be delivered by September? Chris Bishop thinks so, revealing a plan leaked to National that showed all doses would arrive by the end of September. But Chris Hipkins says that t…
 
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