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Air New Zealand's turbulent relationship with Auckland Airport is taking another turn. The national carrier is demanding an inquiry into the airport's spending, claiming it will push up airfares to five times the current rate by 2032. Cath O’Brien, Executive Director on the Board of Airline Representatives, told Mike Hosking that the airport has a …
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A tribute from one Pacific leader to another. 49 yearold Green Party MP and former Auckland Councillor Efeso Collins collapsed and died at a charity event yesterday morning. Pasifika Medical Association Board Director Sir Colin Tukuitonga told Mike Hosking that he picked up the causes that other people perhaps wouldn't. He says that includes young …
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The Children's Minister says she's prioritising frontline staff investment in Oranga Tamariki. Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has released a report detailing two thousand complaints and enquiries he's witnessed in the past four years. He concluded work is inconsistent across the country, with some parts showing an alarming "absence of discipline" Mi…
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It seems the path has been cleared for a multi-million-dollar film studio in Hawke's Bay. Number Eight Studios has received resource consent from Hastings District Council for its 400-hectare facility in the coastal township of Te Awanga. Despite having been five years since the first proposal, project leader Tony Keddy says it's been worth the wai…
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Labour's Grant Robertson is retiring from Parliament next month and will become Otago University's Vice-Chancellor in July. The 15-year MP was Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in the Labour Government. He says the time is right for new challenges. Political Commentator Brigitte Morten told Mike Hosking that the writing was on the wall whe…
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There's no silver bullet when it comes to improving our physical activity levels. Health New Zealand's latest review of the state of our health has found one in three adults carries enough weight to affect their health. Exercise New Zealand Chief Executive Richard Beddie says we're one of the worst in the western world when it comes to being active…
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High mortgage rates are continuing to pressure the housing market as the year starts with slow January sales. CoreLogic data shows there were more than 3,100 sales last month, up just 2% on the same time last year. It's the slowest start to a year since 1983. Chief Property Economist Kelvin Davidson says a slowdown in the Auckland market has also h…
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A taskforce is proposing a crackdown on drugs and alcohol in the Australian parliament. Australian Senator Perin Davey admitted to having a couple glasses of wine before a senate hearing, where she was seen slurring her words. Australian Correspondent Donna Demaio told Mike Hosking that this isn't the first time an Aussie politician has been caught…
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Lack of resources are being blamed for St John's move to pull some ambulances off the road. The service is aiming to rein in costs for when a worker is sick or goes on leave. Health commentator Ian Powell told Mike Hosking that it comes down to having enough staff, and funding isn't matching the increase in health demand. He says this is not just a…
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Labour's defending its work in the benefit space when in government, saying it takes time for change to occur. Social Development Minister Louise Upston's announced a ramp up of work check-ins for jobseekers, with sanctions for those who don't meet obligations, starting in June. Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni told Mike Hos…
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The British and American ambassadors to Russia have laid flowers at a memorial to Alexei Navalny in Moscow. The Russian opposition leader died after collapsing following a walk in his Arctic prison, over the weekend. Meanwhile, G-7 foreign ministers have met in Munich to discuss ideas to punish Russia for his death. Europe correspondent Gavin Grey …
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Scepticism over whether handing over speed camera duties will reduce fatal speed-related crashes. NZTA is taking over the job from Police, with plans to increase the number from 150 to around 800, as part of a high-tech development of the network. It's estimated to process around three million infringements annually by 2030. But road safety campaig…
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Prime Minister Chris Luxon gave a somewhat grim outlook of the economy during his State of the Nation speech in Auckland yesterday, but he still has support. Luxon says the state of the nation is fragile, and says the problems the country faces won't be fixed in 100 days .. or 100 days after that .. but his Government is getting to work. Newstalk Z…
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The migration boom is easing ever so slightly. Latest Stats NZ figures show annual net migration reached just under 126,000 in the year to December. That's down 6.3% on the record high for the year to November. The net migration gain is still one of the largest recorded, equivalent to the population of Taranaki. Westpac Senior Economist Michael Gor…
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Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been labelled "unrealistic" as concerns rise for Gazan city Rafah. International relations expert Geoffrey Miller told Mike Hosking that Netanyahu seems to be in a fantasy land. He says he seems to think the 1.5-million Palestinians sheltering in Rafah can all go to a small village on the coast seven k…
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The nurses union wants the new Health Minister to intervene on delays to payouts. Te Whatu Ora owes nearly two billion dollars to nurses after failing to meet Holiday Act requirements, and its only paid roughly $250,000 back. The union says the rest of the money, owed from 2010 onwards, has been pushed back. Nurses Organisation President Kerri Nuku…
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David Seymour's preparing to take a harder line on the parents of chronically absent kids. As the Associate Education Minister, Seymour's been tasked with tackling increasing levels of absenteeism in schools across the country. Regular attendance is classed as being in school more than 90-percent of a term. He says he's investigating whether the po…
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The Salvation Army says lifting people off benefits and into jobs is easier said than done. The Government's looking to change benefit legislation that would see income support rise only with the rate of inflation. Under Labour benefits rose with wage growth each year, which generally rises faster than inflation. Salvation Army Head of Social Servi…
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Fletcher Building's poor results are believed to be indicative of wider pain in the construction sector. The company's half-year financial results painted a dire picture, with a $120-million net loss. Chief Executive Ross Taylor announced his resignation yesterday alongside Chair Bruce Hassall. Combined Building Supplies Co-op Chair Carl Taylor tol…
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More privacy concerns for supermarket customers. It's been revealed that Woolworths will collect personal data like images, audio recordings, and license plate numbers when people sign up to their Everyday Reward cards. Privacy Commissioner Michael Webster says businesses need to be transparent with what they're collecting from people and what's do…
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Israel is facing pressure from various countries around their ground offensive in the southern Gaza city of Rafah. A raft of western allies, including New Zealand, is pleading with Israel not to escalate matters. CBS correspondent Linda Gradstein told Mike Hosking that the United States has made it clear to Israel that their forces shouldn't go int…
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The results of decades of under-investment in Auckland infrastructure are becoming clear. Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown's demanding Auckland Transport stop all projects that were funded by the Regional Fuel Tax. The tax is being scrapped late June, and the mayor says it'll leave a $1.2-billion gap in transport funding over four years. Trains were also…
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The possibility of future rate hikes remains uncertain. Despite ANZ shifting its forecast to predict two more rate hikes, there are economists saying that the Reserve Bank has no need. ASB Chief Economist Nick Tuffley told Mike Hosking that there is a growing chance that the Reserve Bank will get impatient and lift interest rates. However, he said,…
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Victorian fire authorities are that warning today may pose the greatest fire risk in four years. Melbourne correspondent Donna Demaio told Mike Hosking that there’s a catastrophic bushfire danger rating for parts of the state, with high winds, heat, and the potential for dry lightning likely. She says it's going to reach 40 degrees plus, and the fi…
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Councils may continue to join forces to tackle infrastructure around three waters. The Government's confirmed its plan to repeal and replace the controversial legislation. It will introduce bills that attempt to make it easier for councils to determine their own water strategy, including making it easier to set up council-controlled organisations. …
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An Auckland business leader says nothing surprises him with the city's railway infrastructure, after trains were cancelled due to heat. Some Auckland train services were cancelled through yesterday afternoon and evening, including at peak hour. Kiwi Rail, which manages the tracks, blamed track temperatures, which reached 48 degrees in some places. …
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The Emergency Management Minister says additional money for Cyclone Gabrielle recovery will help Hawke's Bay reach silt removal targets. The Government's announced $63-million for sediment and debris removal. Hawke's Bay Regional Council will get 40-million, three million of that is for removing debris in Wairoa. Gisborne District Council will rece…
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Las Vegas is in Super Bowl mode today as thousands are in town for the big game. The NFL match between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers will kick off at 12:30 this afternoon. Sirius XM host Ben Harlum is there, and told Mike Hosking that the streets are packed, security's been increased and the Swifties are in full force. He says he's…
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Israel looks set to proceed with its ground offensive on Rafah in southern Gaza, despite a lack of support from western allies. Correspondent Gavin Grey told Mike Hosking the US wants Israel to come up with a plan for protecting the safety of the civilian population, before the military advance begins. Foreign Minister Winston Peters says our gover…
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The Government and Auckland Council are not in agreement over the scrapping of the Regional Fuel Tax. It will be gone at the end of June, providing what the Government says is a cost-of-living relief. Auckland mayor Wayne Brown has come out swinging, saying the decision will leave a $1.2 billion shortfall in transport funding over the next four yea…
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Uncertainty continues to plague Mount Ruapehu's future as a skiing destination. Whakapapa Holdings has pulled its bid on the Whakapapa side of the mountain, claiming there's not enough Crown funding. It's unclear how that part of the mountain will operate this winter. It comes as a conditional agreement for Pure Turoa to run the Turoa ski field has…
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GP advocacy groups say funding issues are approaching crisis levels. Many GPs are hiking their prices as government funding fails to keep up with rising costs. GenPro Chairman Angus Chambers told Mike Hosking that GP clinics receive different subsidies for different patients. He says one of the issues is that it doesn't take into account complexity…
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Young people are increasingly going on the benefit and staying on it for longer. Reports released to Newstalk ZB suggest a sharp spike in the time beneficiaries will spend on income support, with a 23% jump in the number of people staying on job-seeker support until retirement age. Youth advocate Shirley Johnson told Mike Hosking that the education…
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Taylor Swift's lawyers are trying to put an end to public tracking of her private jet, claiming it's 'a life or death matter'. Student Jack Sweeney uses public data to track take-offs and landings of celebrity planes and posts them to Twitter. US Correspondent Mitch McCann told Mike Hosking that the 21-year-old's been issued a cease-and-desist to s…
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Our latest unemployment numbers have caught some by surprise. Stats NZ figures show a 4% rise in the three months to December. That's up from 3.9% in the preceding three months but below most economists' predictions, who'd been expecting between 4.2 and 4.3%. ASB Senior Economist Mark Smith told Mike Hosking there's potential these figures are more…
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The Māori Development Minister has hit out at media coverage of events at Waitangi. The Coalition came under fire from Māori leaders, with both ACT Leader David Seymour and NZ First Leader Winston Peters among those heckled during speeches. Tama Potaka says he thinks most people came away feeling warm and excited for the future. He told Mike Hoskin…
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Prince Harry has arrived in the UK alone after his father's cancer diagnosis. Buckingham Palace announced King Charles cancer yesterday, which was discovered during a separate procedure. Harry was earlier photographed arriving at Clarence House. The King's now been seen for the first time since the announcement - being driven with Queen Camilla fro…
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A spike to New Zealand's unemployment rate may be on the cards later this morning. Multiple bank economists estimate it to land at 4.3%, up from the September quarter's 3.9%. ANZ Economist, Henry Russell told Mike Hosking that he agrees. He says the key driver is the ongoing recovery in labour supply, reflecting the record net-migration we've seen.…
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