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The Government has announced that about 2400 more migrant workers will be allowed into New Zealand for seasonal horticultural work. They will be arriving mainly from the Pacific Islands. Thousands of spaces in managed isolation and quarantine facilities will be freed up over the next 10 months, many of which will be made available for skilled and c…
 
Guest: NZ Warbirds President Frank Parker Host: Dave Homewood Recorded: 25th of April 2021 Released: 11th of May 2021 Duration: 43 minutes 04 seconds On the 25th of April 1941, the very first North American Harvard to fly in New Zealand, NZ901, took off on its initial test flight following assembly at RNZAF Station Hobsonville. The Harvard would be…
 
Tēnā koutou friends, Jessica here with a quick update on some things happening around the podcast. Just an unscripted update on the state of the podcast right now with information on when new episodes are coming. Plus we update you all on some new information sent to us on an old case. Follow the Facebook page for the latest updates: https://www.fa…
 
In Oliver Hartwich's latest Newsroom column, he discusses Europe's current insolvency situation and asks if the recovery will be worse than the recession. Oliver is joined by Eric Crampton and Damien Grant to discuss this further, as well as what is happening in New Zealand when it comes to insolvencies.…
 
As more banks shut up shop around the country, there are increasing calls for the industry to find a solution to a lack of service in rural areas. Earlier this year Kiwibank confirmed it would close seven branches - five of which are located in the regions - and in March a petition was delivered to Parliament on behalf of 33 mayors urging banks to …
 
Congestion charging, water metering and hiking the cost of parking are among a range of proposals set out by the Infrastructure Commission in its 30 year draft strategy, released today. The strategy calls for an overhaul of the way the country's infrastructure is planned, prioritised and built. The Commission says years of under-investment means th…
 
Rugby fans can start firming up their women's World Cup plans after the new dates for the tournament were unveiled on Wednesday morning. The ninth women's Rugby World Cup will be played in Auckland and Whangarei from 8 October 2022, with the final set down for Eden Park on Saturday 12 November. Two months ago, World Rugby announced it was postponin…
 
With fresh elections called in Samoa purportedly to break the month-long deadlock between the two major parties, only the caretaker HRPP government is campaigning. The newcomer FAST party, which has the same number of seats as the government is challenging the legality of a new ballot this weekand says the deadlock should be decided in the courts a…
 
The Australian government has released its latest budget, spending billions to stimulate a pandemic-hit economy. There are boosts for aged care, mental health, pre-school education and shovel-ready infrastructure projects. There's also a promise of 250,000 new jobs by 2023. Canberra correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh spoke to Gyles Beckford.…
 
The amount of money the Ministry of Social Development has paid out to help people with car repairs has tripled in the last six years. Demand for hardship assistance remains high: in the year to March, close to $865 million was spent providing grants, loans and advances to cover things like food and emergency accommodation - up $200 million on the …
 
More details are emerging of people in small towns getting Covid-19 vaccinations more quickly than originally planned under the government's priorities list. Whanganui DHB says it plans to offer jabs to whole communties along the Whanganui River Road, and also Ratana in the next few weeks. Reefton people can get vaccinated tomorrow, regardless of t…
 
The Black Caps are losing the services of one of their most reliable performers of the last decade after BJ Watling announced his retirement from all cricket this morning. The pugnacious wicket keeper was a central figure in New Zealand's rise in the test rankings, whether as an accomplished glove man or a gritty middle-order batsman. In 73 tests, …
 
Sobering new evidence has been presented to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care. Keith Wiffin was sent to Epuni Boys Home when he was 10, and sexually abused by a housemaster, Alan Moncrieff-Wright, who was later convicted of assaulting three boys, including Wiffin. In new evidence to the inquiry yesterday, Keith Wiffin said there is…
 
Welcome to Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, a podcast exploring the details of the wondrous wizarding world of Harry Potter and co, from Aotearoa New Zealand. Made by Bria and Tallulah. We will be doing some deep exploration of characters, themes, key events, and more from the Harry Potter books and movies, and other additional content and even Harry Pott…
 
Public sector unions have welcomed what they say is a softened stance from the government around the pay restrictions announced last week. A series of crisis talks at parliament yesterday left the various unions satisfied the government didn't intend its announcement to mean a three-year pay freeze for workers, as had been widely interpreted. It wa…
 
The New Zealand Super Fund has invested almost $400,000 dollars in a company that has supplied combat aircraft to the Myanmar military. Those investments are just a tiny slice of the $100 million of shares the fund has in long list of companies with current and historic links to the violence-ridden country. A military coup in February ousted the el…
 
The holy month of Ramadan is coming to a close for millions of Muslims worldwide. The festival involves a month of fasting - believers do not eat or drink anything during daylight hours. Eleisha Foon spent an evening with the family of Christchurch mosque attack survivor Farid Ahmed during iftar - the breaking of the fast after sun down.…
 
There are fears that proposed new gun laws aiming to curb gang violence will affect Māori with only loose connections to gangs. Offences that could lead to the Firearms Prohibition Order include participating in an organised crime group or gang, and serious firearms or violence offences. The Green Party welcomes the legislation in general but warns…
 
The situation in Israel and Palestine has continued to deteriorate this morning. The latest escalation occured when a 13-storey tower in Gaza containing apartments and offices used by Hamas collapsed after being struck by rockets. Residents of the building had been ordered to evacuate an hour and a half before the air strike occured. Hamas launched…
 
Kia ora, Welcome to Wednesday's Economy Watch where we follow the economic events and trends that affect New Zealand. I'm David Chaston and this is the International edition from Interest.co.nz. Today we lead with news equity market investors are waking up to the risk inflation will have to asset values. But first in the US, there was more evidence…
 
The Auditor-General's Office wants the criteria for the wage subsidy scheme tightened up, amid concerns the Ministry of Social Development hasn't done enough to claw back money from businesses that wrongly received it. An inquiry into how the scheme has been managed praised the speed at which the Ministry approved funds when Covid-19 hit, but the A…
 
A man who spent time in the Epuni Boys' Home in the 1970s and was sexually abused, says there's evidence to suggest the man who abused him was prostituting boys. Keith Wiffen, who was first sent to Epuni at the age of ten, has given evidence for the third time to the inquiry into abuse in care. He was sexually abused by a housemaster, Alan Moncrief…
 
The Government has softened its public sector pay freeze in the face of stiff opposition. Crisis talks between senior ministers and unions yesterday also led to an agreement that the pay directive would be reviewed next year, and cost-of-living increases left on the table. National Party leader Judith Collins spoke to Corin Dann.…
 
The New Zealand Super Fund has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars into a company that has supplied combat aircraft to the Myanmar military. Those investments are just a tiny slice of the $100 million of shares the Fund has in long list of companies with current and historic links to the violence ridden country. A military coup in February ou…
 
A nurses union says the government's decision to freeze public sector pay could push many of their members into voting for strike action. After a meeting with unions, the government says it will now consider cost-of-living increases for public servants and review pay increases before the end of next year. That climbdown may be too late for nurses w…
 
The Green Party says new gun laws aimed at reducing gang crime could disproportionately affect Māori. Those with a history - or just a connection - to organised crime could soon be subjected to a Firearms Prohibition Order. This would stop those people from living at - or even visiting - a property where firearms are kept. And breaching it could me…
 
Police say they are not overly concerned that data collected by its drones could end up in the the hands of the Chinese government. Reports recommend the police triple their fleet of drones, manufactured by Chinese company DJI, saying the cyber security risks are outweighed by the benefits. A six-month trial last year found drones kept officers saf…
 
New Zealand is being urged to cut defense ties with Indonesia over its military crackdown in Papua; Pacific economies are forecast to start heading back into growth this year; The value of services provided by Papua New Guinea's natural enviroment is being tallied in an effort to challenge the traditional western measures of wealth. [image:262013:f…
 
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