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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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The Super Rugby Pacific quarterfinals are kicking off this weekend. The Hurricanes are still sitting at the top of the table, just ahead of the Blues on a points differential. The Chiefs are starting the action, facing off against the Reds tonight at 7pm. Sports Commentator Tony Johnson told Mike Hosking that the season is heading towards a pretty …
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It's a much-needed record funding boost in pothole prevention. The Transport Agency's confirmed it'll put just over $2 billion into prevention on state highways, and nearly $2 billion for local roads. It'll cover resealing, rehabilitation, and drainage maintenance, with more than 62,000 holes recorded last year. Infrastructure New Zealand chief exe…
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A concerning healthcare trend finds more Kiwis unable to access specialist care, leaving GPs to manage cases without extra resources. Otago University has found between 2018 and 2022, the risk of being declined referred specialist services increased significantly, by 5.2%. General Practice New Zealand chair Bryan Betty told Mike Hosking that the th…
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Third time’s a charm for Boeing as its first manned ship takes off to space. Previous launch attempts had been called off due to system and machinery failures. Two veteran NASA astronauts are riding aboard the Starliner capsule, on a journey to the International Space Station. US correspondent Katherine Firkin told Mike Hosking that it's a much-nee…
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The Early Childhood Sector is welcoming the Ministry of Regulation review. Regulation Minister David Seymour's saying affordability, access, and regulation will be tackled in the review. In six months, a report will be sent back with recommendations for Cabinet on rules that could be removed or changed. Early Childhood New Zealand Chief Executive K…
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The allegations against Te Pāti Māori need to be handled with sensitivity. It's been alleged information collected at Auckland's Manurewa Marae was used to help the party's election campaign, something Te Pāti Māori denies. Stats NZ has appointed an investigator, Police have received a complaint, and the Privacy Commissioner's considering what to d…
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There's hopes the holiday law changes will benefit Kiwi businesses. The Government's drafting legislation and will put it out for consultation in September. It includes proposing moving annual leave from an entitlement system to an accrual system and linking sick leave to hours worked. Business Canterbury CEO Leeann Watson told Mike Hosking that th…
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The Christchurch Council is being urged to back the bid for a South Island NRL team. It’s said the team could bring in $50 million in revenue for the city each year. The call’s come from South Island NRL Bid ltd, led by Canterbury Rugby League Chairman Tony Kidd, and is a rival bid to David Moffett’s South Island Kea. Adam Blair, former Warriors pl…
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UK police are still unable to find the parents they say abandoned three babies across East London across seven years. DNA testing shows newborn Baby Elsa —found in a park earlier this year— is the sibling of two others found similarly in 2017 and 2019. UK correspondent Gavin Grey told Mike Hosking that a judge has made allowances because of the cas…
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More people are getting mental health support in primary care, but not as many are accessing specialist services. A Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission report shows more people are receiving community-based care. But access to specialist services dropped from 3.8% of people in 2018 and 19 to 3.4% in 2022 and 23. Mental Health Foundation Chief Ex…
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The T20 World Cup is coming up soon, and New Zealand has been put out in the back paddock with no games in the United States. The Super Rugby quarterfinals have been set after a tense weekend of matches. The Blues are on top of the board, and the final looks to be between them, the Hurricanes, or the Chiefs. Andrew Alderson wrapped the long weekend…
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Police Minister Mark Mitchell says there’s been a drop in respect for police over the past six to seven years and they have become “punching bags” - and he wants to fix it. Speaking to Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking about a large boy racer event in Levin on the weekend - in which two police officers were hurt - Mitchell said police had been overwhelmed…
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The Prime Minister will be doing what he can to steer clear of Fiji's domestic political issues while there. Christopher Luxon's visiting Fiji and Niue this week, his first visit to the region as PM. The Fiji trip will have a significant trade and economic focus and includes a meeting with the country's Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka. Otago Univers…
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The Finance Minister is defending the time it's going to take to get the Government's books back in the black. Nicola Willis says a surplus is expected in 2027-28. Labour's Finance Spokesperson, Barbara Edmonds, told Mike Hosking that Willis isn't delivering the direction she promised. She said that they’re borrowing way more than Labour would’ve a…
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The Cancer Society says some patients won't have a year to wait for National to make good on their promise. Over the next four years the government is spending $6.5 billion to boost hospital and primary care. Finance Minister Nicola Willis says she's disappointed it couldn't include funding for 13 new cancer drugs, despite promising it pre-election…
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A civil war has been sparked after a vote at NZ Rugby’s headquarters saw Proposal Two passed. It passed with a majority, 69 votes for and 21 against. New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association CEO Rob Nichols claims the game could now be in an even worse position than before. He said that Proposal One, which adopted more of the recommendations from the…
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Today sees a crucial vote take place for New Zealand Rugby. A Special General Meeting is taking place, in which the union will vote on the new governance structure. The proposed changes follow the review last year that found the current model not fit for purpose. ZB’s Rugby Commentator Elliott Smith told Mike Hosking that he doesn’t think they’ll r…
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There are concerns that another rise in power bills could be the straw that breaks the camel's back. The Commerce Commission is proposing increased revenue limits for Transpower and 16 local lines companies to help cover rising demands of the national grid. Electric bills would increase by an average $15 a month from April and $5 a month over the f…
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Finance Minister Nicola Willis will unveil the final shape of the tax cuts promised to New Zealanders in the Budget today as well as how the Government will pay for them. The contents of the Budget will be revealed by Willis in Parliament at 2pm. Deloitte Tax Partner Robyn Walker says there won't be any major tax shocks in today's Budget. She told …
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Donald Trump's hush money trial is nearing its end, with jurors retiring to deliberate. The former US president is facing 34 felony charges of falsifying business records relating to a hush money payment to an adult film star before the 2016 election. US correspondent Dan Mitchinson says it's a win-win situation for Trump. He told Mike Hosking that…
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Interest rate sentiment might have turned, but people are uncertain about the future of house prices and whether it's a good time to buy. A new ASB survey's found more people expect interest rates to fall rather than lift in the coming year. Senior Economist Kim Mundy says uncertainty is still high, and the economic outlook isn't very strong. She s…
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Pope Francis has apologised after he was quoted using a derogatory term about gay men. It's alleged the Pope made the remark during a closed-door meeting with bishops in Rome last week. They were reportedly discussing whether gay men should be admitted to Catholic seminaries, where priests are trained. Europe correspondent Gavin Grey told Mike Hosk…
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David Seymour is urging students to stay in school tomorrow and not join protests across the country. Toitu Te Tiriti is urging Māori to strike countrywide across the New Zealand on Budget Day as a demonstration against a Government assault on Tangata Whenua and Te Tiriti. Multiple hikoi are planned, including rolling road blockages in Auckland and…
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The News Publishers Association remains optimistic the Fair Digital News Bargaining Bill will go through. A Select Committee's recommended the bill not be passed in its current form. The bill would force social media giants to pay for using news media. Media and Communications Minister Paul Goldsmith says they've not made a decision and it's still …
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Nelson-based fuel company NPD has remained 100% Kiwi owned. The company left the hands of the founding family, selling a majority of the shares. One Kiwi in particular now owns the company, current CEO and longtime employee, Barry Sheridan. Sheridan told Mike Hosking that their goal is to bring the most competitive fuel prices they can as they expa…
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A public transport advocate believes we're paying the price for a lack of investment in trains. Only 22.5% of Wairarapa trains arrived within five minutes of being on schedule in April. It's a slight improvement from February, which had only around 5% of trains within target. Jon Reeves from the Public Transport Users Association told Mike Hosking …
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A struggle to staff the country's radiation oncology services is turning more cancer patients to private care. RNZ is reporting that a service caring for patients in five regions across the North Island is not allowed to recruit the staff it needs, despite recommendations from Te Whatu Ora. Cancer Society Co-Director Kate Gregory told Mike Hosking …
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- Charles Leclerc’s first win since July 2022 - Max Verstappen started and finished the race sixth for Red Bull - Early crash took out Sergio Perez, Kevin Magnussen and Nico Hulkenberg Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc won the restarted Monaco Grand Prix from pole position today for his first Formula 1 victory in nearly two years. Leclerc was on pole …
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The secondary teachers union says the Government's pre-Budget teacher recruitment announcement is a good start but it needs to ramp up. Education Minister Erica Stanford's announced a 53-million dollar package to train and recruit 1500 teachers over four years. It includes establishing 1200 places for aspiring teachers to learn on the job. PPTA Pre…
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