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ANZCO Foods is partnering with Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand on a mission to bring nutrition and good health with New Zealand’s finest beef and lamb. Season one is a six part series hosted by Cameron Harper covering all things IRONMAN from the start to the finish line. We will have chats with elite kiwi athletes Braden Currie and Hannah Berry as well as leading nutritionists and psychologists in the lead up to the New Zealand events in Taupō.
 
Open your mind to the world with New Zealand’s number one breakfast radio show. Without question, as New Zealand’s number one talk host, Mike Hosking sets the day’s agenda. The sharpest voice and mind in the business, Mike drives strong opinion, delivers the best talent, and always leaves you wanting more. The Mike Hosking Breakfast always cuts through and delivers the best daily on Newstalk ZB.
 
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Breakfeeds are shorter podcasts from Beef + Lamb New Zealand Joan Ropiha (Massey University) talks about her PhD work as part of the Hill Country Futures Partnership programme assessing specific natives shrubs for sheep and beef forage and biodiversity enhancement. Hill Country Futures is a long-term $8.1m programme focused on future proofing the p…
 
Simon Bridges is calling on the new Minister of Auckland, to listen to the concerns of businesses in our largest city. Mount Roskill MP Michael Wood is taking on the new portfolio. The senior minister was previously an Auckland Council local board member, and is the husband of an Auckland councillor. Auckland Business Chamber Chief Executive and fo…
 
Principals are welcoming the appointment of one of their own, to the role of Minister of Education. Jan Tinnetti is replacing Chris Hipkins in the portfolio. The former Associate Education Minister has decades of experience as a teacher and principal in Tauranga. Principals' Federation President Leanne Otene told Mike Hosking she's a great appointm…
 
Airlines will working to clear the backlog at Auckland Airport as quickly as possible. Air New Zealand Chief Customer and Sales Officer Leanne Geraghty told Mike Hosking the national carrier is making good progress. “What we have moved to now is actually the second layer of the response which is to bring people forward onto new flights.” LISTEN ABO…
 
Aucklanders are being warned to remain alert for ongoing dangers, as this morning's heavy rain starts to ease. Red and Orange Heavy Rain Warnings remain in effect for Auckland, Great Barrier Island, the Coromandel Peninsula, the Bay of Plenty, and the northern Gisborne District. Auckland and Northland remain in a state of emergency, with emergency …
 
The new Minister of Health is keen to reduce hospital waiting lists. Ayesha Verrall is taking over the portfolio previously held by Andrew Little. Latest figures from the national health agency, Te Whatu Ora, show about 30,000 people were overdue elective surgery at the end of October. Verrall told Mike Hosking she'll be going back to the taskforce…
 
Brace for turn-around in the labour market. Stats NZ is due reveal announce the latest official unemployment rate later this morning. Some economists expect it remain unchanged, while some expect to it drop to a new record low. But ANZ Economist Finn Robinson told Mike Hosking it won't necessarily reflect what will happen over the coming year. He s…
 
To be honest, there are a lot of other things I want to be talking about, and we will try and get to them all later. But the Auckland mess, which may or may not be a bigger mess as of today or tomorrow, depending on the forecast, and its accuracy is starting to take on a life of its own. Schools are closed until next week - is that an overreaction?…
 
It's fair to say it's been a tumultuous first two years of Joe Biden’s presidency. What started with approval ratings in the 50s with an economy on the rise turned into record high fuel prices and inflation, withdrawal from Afghanistan, a Republican power grab in the midterms that semi-worked and the majority of his party's independents not wanting…
 
There would have been a sigh of relief last night. Not just from the Labour Party, but in the two newsrooms who put the polls out. It's rare two polls come out on the same day, and last time it happened they didn’t match, and therefore you had no idea who was accurate or not. The two this week show pretty much the same thing - Labour get the predic…
 
How does a glass of wine with a side of altitude sound? Kiwi wine company Invivo are offering a chartered wine flight from Auckland to Queenstown. While in the air, guests will enjoy a tasting onboard before the decent into Queenstown where they will go on a vineyard tour, setting passengers back $1,149 per person. Invivo founder Tim Lightbourne jo…
 
Schools and tertiary institutions across Auckland have been told not hold in-person classes this week. Auckland Primary Principals' Association Vice President Kyle Brewerton says told Mike Hosking while the directive was last minute, it makes sense. “You’ve still got a huge number of roads and infrastructure that is needing sorting, then we need to…
 
Christopher Luxon isn't too worried about Labour's latest uptick in the polls. Two new polls, released last night, show support for Labour has surged since Chris Hipkins took over from Jacinda Ardern as leader. In both polls, Labour is up about five points to 38 percent, and National is trailing by about one point. The National leader told Mike Hos…
 
Just as building supply demand was heading back towards normal, more than 9000 insurance claims have now been made following the Auckland flooding, a large proportion of which will be for building repairs. The building sector is already stretched and there are concerns as to whether we have capacity to handle more. Chairperson of the Combined Build…
 
Some MPs will be getting a promotion when Chris Hipkins unveils his Cabinet reshuffle this afternoon. Senior Political Correspondent Barry Soper says Hipkins will keep Grant Robertson in Finance, and Andrew Little is determined to keep Health. But he told Mike Hosking some new faces will also pick up portfolios, like Chief Whip Duncan Webb. He says…
 
Aucklanders are being warned to remain cautious and prepared, ahead of another onslaught of heavy rain. Red Heavy Rain Warnings are now in effect, for dangerous heavy rain in Northland and northern Auckland from this morning, and the Coromandel Peninsula from this evening. Orange Heavy Rain Warnings have been issued for the rest of Auckland and Bay…
 
Breakfeeds are shorter podcasts from Beef + Lamb New Zealand Dr. Katherine Dixon (Nature Positive) and Angela McFetridge (Design and Capability Lead, Beef + Lamb New Zealand) talk about FarmSalus, the farmer wellbeing assessment tool which was created as part of the Hill Country Futures Partnership programme. Hill Country Futures is a long-term $8.…
 
The ashes of five New Zealanders —and 42 others— are about to be blasted off into space. New Zealand start-up Stardust Me has sold spaces on one of Elon Musk's Space-X rockets for families who want to send their loved one's ashes into the stratosphere. The rocket was due to take-off this morning, but it's now been delayed until tonight. Co-founder …
 
Time now for Chris Hipkins to show us what he's made of. He's done what was required of him and showed up in Auckland over the weekend, now his role is to butt out and leave the rest of the job to the people who know what they're doing. What the Prime Minister has to get stuck into now is the more serious business of getting the country back on tra…
 
Auckland's Mayor was on a hiding to nothing with Friday's freak weather event. He's copped criticism from a lot of quarters over the timing of the emergency declaration, but Wayne Brown insists it wouldn't have been appropriate for him to do anything sooner than he did. “This is a formal process," he said. "It's not to be taken lightly, I've listen…
 
The weather danger certainly isn't over yet in Auckland. Our largest city remains in a state of emergency this morning after another night of heavy rain and more on the way. Four homes in the west Auckland suburb of Titirangi have been evacuated due to further slips, and fire crews have been been busy with about 30 rescues and call-outs overnight. …
 
Metereologists say the severe weather is being caused by an "atmospheric river". NIWA Principal Scientist Chris Brandolino told Tim Dower that that "river" is actually a high mass of moisture in the air, stretching all the way to New Caledonia. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
The evacuations are continuing in Auckland after another night of heavy rain. Auckland remains in a state of emergency, with an Orange Heavy Rain Warning and Heavy Thunderstorm Warning still in effect. Fire crews have been been busy with about 30 rescues and call-outs overnight, and four homes in the west Auckland suburb of Titirangi have been evac…
 
The Waihou River has burst its banks north of Te Aroha, blocking State Highway 26. And in the Coromandel Peninsula, people are being urged to stay off the roads until further notice, with extensive road closures in effect. State Highway 25 is closed between Coromandel Town and Whitianga. And Thames Coromandel Mayor Len Salt told Tim Dower that Stat…
 
Rising crime may be prompting more people to pack up and leave Auckland. Latest Trade Me rental stats suggest the exodus from Auckland is continuing, with rents in other regions rising at a much faster rate. Keeley Anderson from Queenstown's Tall Poppy Real Estate says she's dealing with people who want to move to small communities, where crime is …
 
Sir Elton John wowed a sell-out crowd in Christchurch this week and tonight and tomorrow will be his last ever Auckland shows. Mt Smart Stadium is the venue for the two Farewell Yellow Brick Road shows. Auckland Transport is urging people drive to the concerts tonight and tomorrow, due to the shortage of public transport services. Wet and windy wea…
 
Controversial plans to build a new airport in Central Otago is coming under further scrutiny. Eleven academics have penned an open latter against Christchurch Airport's plans to build an international airport on 750 hectares in Tarras. They've joined the growing opposition from local residents. Otago University tourism expert James Higham who broug…
 
Divided opinion, over whether the Government should be increasing the minimum wage. The number of people seeking help for financial hardship has been surging, as inflation remains at historic highs. Business groups and opposition parties say increasing the minimum wage would add to inflationary pressure. First Union's Edward Millar told Tim Dower n…
 
Divided opinion, over whether the Government should be increasing the minimum wage. The number of people seeking help for financial hardship has been surging, as inflation remains at historic highs. First Union's Edward Millar told Tim Dower now is the time to raise the minimum wage up to the level of the living wage. However, National says increas…
 
High praise for our new Prime Minister from the head of largest our bank. Chris Hipkins has been meeting with business leaders in Auckland, on his first full day on the job. The leaders have outlined their concerns about economic uncertainty, worker shortages, and controversial Government projects. ANZ Chief Executive Antonia Watson told Tim Dower …
 
A week after Jacinda Ardern shocked the nation with her announcement she would be resigning her post as Prime Minister, her former deputy Grant Robertson has said he is pleased he did not have to put his name forward. Robertson was initially tipped by many as an obvious replacement for Ardern, having contested the leadership twice previously and se…
 
Tyler Good is Finishing Manager for Willesden Farm on Banks Peninsula, Canterbury. In this podcast he discusses with Professor Derrick Moot of Lincoln University how he grazes a significant area of lucerne. In particular, they focus on lambing hoggets on lucerne, and finishing lambs to slaughter. This podcast and the associated videos were funded b…
 
You know the voice and you likely know the lyrics too. Beloved children's entertainer Suzy Cato has been up and down the country all summer singing to children, and adults, alike. She's often the special guest at events. This weekend is no exception, Suzy will be attending and headlining the four day Auckland Folk Festival, which is back for its 50…
 
Now, here's an idea to encourage a bit of entrepreneurial spark among young New Zealanders. Ōtaki Market is looking to encourage children to set up their own stalls. Second hand toys, personalized t-shirts, bookmarks and whatever else they can come up with. Market organiser Claire Roper joined Tim Dower. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener for…
 
Corrections has a serious staffing problem, with officers now sticking it out for just two years on average compared to 15 in the past. You may have seen the recruiting ads on TV. They're now being criticised by existing staff, saying they don't paint an accurate picture of the job. National Treasurer of the Corrections Association Cliff Hughes joi…
 
New Zealand's red meat industry has released a policy change wish-list with the goal to tackle labour shortages and grow export revenues. They have gone to every Member of Parliament, and various others. Beef and Lamb NZ Chair Andrew Morrison joined Tim Dower. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Finance Minister Grant Robertson believes inflation is now past its peak. Stats NZ figures show consumer prices have risen 7.2 percent in the year to December, the same increase recorded in the year to September. The price of housing, household utilities and food are driving the historically high inflation rate. But Robertson told Tim Dower with pr…
 
It's going to get a little bit cheaper to put fruit and vegetables on the table. The price of fruit and vegetables rose 23 percent last year, one of the main contributors to the 7.2 percent rise in overall consumer prices. Growers expect seasonal produce prices to start dropping, as supplies pick up in the coming weeks. Foodstuffs North Island’s Br…
 
New Prime Minister Chris Hipkins heads to Auckland today to woo business leaders after spending his first full day in the top job responding to the cost of living crisis. Hipkins is due to attend a roundtable event hosted by the Auckland Business Chamber. “I’ll be there to ask questions of them and to listen to them, in order to accelerate the impo…
 
Much has been made of the personal criticism—no, that doesn't go far enough, the vicious personal attacks outgoing Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern endured, and how much they may have played into her decision to give it away. We could debate whether she invited some of that —albeit unwittingly— by allowing her leadership to become so much about hersel…
 
Primary healthcare is back in the news this morning, with a report putting us fifth from bottom in the OECD for healthcare waiting times. Fifth from last, out of 38 OECD nations. Could there be any more of a fence at the top of the cliff scenario. Look at it this way: if your car starts making funny noises you lift the hood, look for something obvi…
 
New data shows almost half of patients are waiting more than a month for specialist treatment and New Zealand now has one of the longest wait times in the OECD. General Practice Owners Association Chair Tim Malloy says the wait for medical care is affecting people's wellbeing. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
Universities are having to book out plane seats to ensure international students can get here before the start of the academic year. Many students haven't been able to make it to New Zealand due to airline capacity constraints. Universities New Zealand has stepped in, booking 400 seats on an Air New Zealand flight from China. Executive Director Chr…
 
The devil could be in the details when it comes to the latest inflation figures. Annual Consumer Price Index data —due out later this morning— will show how much prices increased for the average household in the past 12 months. New Zealand's inflation rate for the year to October was 7.2 percent. ANZ Chief Economist Sharon Zollner told Tim Dower th…
 
It's the first day on the job for our new Prime Minister Chris Hipkins. Hipkins will be officially sworn in this morning, before holding his first Cabinet meeting this afternoon. But Senior Political Correspondent, Barry Soper says that Hipkins won't be making any major decisions today. He says Hipkins has shown he's prepared to listen — a point of…
 
Tim Dower was joined by British comedian Jimmy Carr to have a chat about his New Zealand tour, and the addition of a few more dates. Please note that in the interview Jimmy mentioned an additional Wellington date by mistake, instead meaning an additional show in Auckland. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
The Transport Minister is defending the ballooning cost of three Auckland train stations. When funding for two new train stations between Papakura and Pukekohe was announced in 2020, it was expected to cost 247 million dollars. But another station has since been added to the project, and it's now expected to cost about 495 million dollars. Michael …
 
You know, what we've seen over the past couple of days reinforces what we've all known for a long time about politicians. They will say anything, anything, to get into power. And once they're there, it gets even more desperate: they'll say and do anything, anything, to stay there. We're about to see in raw detail just how desperate Labour is to cli…
 
Love this idea of a 50-year plan for the roads. It's come out of Road Carriers Association. The incoming Prime Minister has said he wants to focus on the big issues confronting business, and the trucking industry says this is one of them. And they're right. We always seem to be playing catch-up on our roading projects, and right now we need some ca…
 
A new artificial intelligence programme that produces essays on demand is sparking concerns at Otago University. Chatbot software ChatGPT can churn out writing requests —including university assessments— using information available on the internet, including academic texts. Any type of plagiarism, including the use of chatbots, is forbidden under u…
 
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