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The war on woke is on, and if yesterday’s feedback and reaction to having Chloe Swarbrick on the show is anything to go by, there’re clearly a lot of people fed up with what they call ‘fairy dust ideology’. As it turns out, I don’t disagree with Chloe’s stance on alcohol advertising, especially the relationship between alcohol and sport sponsorship…
 
The Super Rugby Transtasman competition starts tonight, it’ll be the first time we're playing Australian teams since the pandemic began. Of course, it's all thanks to getting this bubble with Australia off the ground, but that hasn't been without its issues. NZ Rugby's General Manager Professional Rugby and Performance, Chris Lendrum told Kate Hawk…
 
So it's the age old dilemma isn't it, can working parents really have it all? How can you be a good parent, and there for your kids, while having a successful career? It's something a lot of us mothers juggle with every day; it's a juggle I’m well aware of. But can you ever get the balance right? Emma Mclean is a working parent advocate who has lau…
 
The government's plan to end mixed use motels in Rotorua is being welcomed by a housing advocate. Mixed-use motels were being used as emergency housing, but there had been problems with gang members and drug use. The government will now place families in particular motels separate from other groups. They will also provide support services for those…
 
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed Wednesday that an independent public inquiry into the handling of the coronavirus pandemic will start hearing evidence next year. While welcoming the announcement, a leading group representing the bereaved thinks it should begin sooner. Johnson told lawmakers that the inquiry will have wide-ranging sta…
 
A high-powered global panel convened by former prime minister Helen Clark has found failures at every step of the world's pandemic preparedness and response. It's now set out a range of fixes to stop the next disaster, including beefing up the World Health Organisation (WHO), raising billions for new funding and forming a global council. The indepe…
 
Green Party MP Chloe Swarbrick has drafted a member's bill which would seek to ban alcohol advertisements. The bill would ban alcohol advertisements across the board, including sports team sponsorships. It's hoped the bill would reduce the glamorisation and normalisation of alcohol. Swarbrick told Kate Hawkesby alcohol is associated with a range of…
 
Private sector bosses are expected to follow the Government's lead in putting the brakes on wages. The Government's insisting it's a pay restraint, rather than a pay freeze. It's backtracked slightly after meeting major unions, saying pay rates will now be reviewed around six months earlier than it initially said. Unionist and former Labour Chief o…
 
As a parent you always want what's best for your child. So, if they are diagnosed to be on the autistic spectrum, it can be a scary time for some. One dilemma parents face is whether children have a right to know about their diagnosis. Would it do more harm than good, affecting their self-esteem? Or, will it give them better understanding of themse…
 
We've got some good news for you, another documentary about Britney Spears is about to be released, called ‘Battle for Britney.’ Which brings us to the question, why are so many of us obsessed with Britney Spears? A lot of us will admit watching ‘Framing Britney Spears’ earlier in the year was a bit of a guilty pleasure, so what about her makes her…
 
The gloves come off as we debate with the Minister of Agriculture the importance of the Fonterra share price, MIQ spaces for essential primary sector workers and a failed Labour pre-election promise to give local authorities the power to determine what classes of land could be used for forestry in the first six months of its term.…
 
I found a report from the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment interesting. It showed 15 year olds in this country “spend more time on the net than their peers in all countries except Denmark, Sweden and Chile.” That’s quite something. In terms of timeframe, it’s about 42 hours a week online. That’s “well above the OECD average of …
 
Today marks Tax Freedom Day where, essentially, everyone’s taxes are theoretically paid, and money earned for the rest of the year goes to us. Baker Tily Staples Rodway have released their Tax Freedom Day calculations. While our taxes show where we have been spending the most money - alcohol and driving – there are concerns about what new tax polic…
 
When you're buying a new phone, how much attention do you pay to how easy it'll be to repair? Consumer New Zealand's started up a repairability rating, which ranks what phones are easiest to fix when something goes wrong with it. Consumer NZ's product test manager Paul Smith told Kate Hawkesby that the best phone they found was the latest generatio…
 
President Joe Biden insists an unexpected slowdown in companies' hiring is clear new proof the U.S. needs the multitrillion-dollar federal boost he's pushing. But his sales effort is challenged by critics who say Friday's jobless figures show his earlier aid legislation — successfully rushed through Congress — is actually doing more harm than good.…
 
Central Otago is feeling relieved after the news managed isolation slots are being set aside for rural workers. Around 500 spaces will be available for skilled and critical workers every fortnight, for the next ten months. Many of them will be seasonal workers. Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan told Kate Hawkesby it's been a long time coming, but it'…
 
As of midnight last night the government pressed go on the paused NSW bubble, which in all reality probably shouldn’t have been paused at all. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said it was an overreaction - but to be honest, what more should she expect from New Zealand? We have become so gun shy on any kind of open border that we are likely to slam the br…
 
Crusaders coach Scott Robertson says his team is "disliked immensely" – but he hopes the 2021 Sky Super Rugby champions are respected. The Crusaders - who were down to 13 men at one stage during the second half of the final - showed all of their class to overcome a spirited Chiefs side by 24–13 in the New Zealand showdown. It was their fifth consec…
 
The Cancer Society has welcomed a government investment in breast and cervical screenings, but says more is needed. The multi-million dollar upgrade will see a self-swab cervical test introduced, as well as a better system for inviting women to have a breast screening. Cancer Society Chief Executive Lucy Elwood says they'd like to see more done for…
 
Government and Reserve Bank efforts to slow house price growth are yet to have an impact. The latest QV House Price Index data shows the market hit a new high in April, with the average national value up 8.9 per cent over the previous three-month period. The national average value was $913,209, representing a year-on-year increase of 21.4 per cent,…
 
Britain's governing Conservative Party made further inroads in the north of England on Friday, winning a special election in the post-industrial town of Hartlepool for a parliamentary seat that the main opposition Labour Party had held since 1974. Managing to present themselves as the party of change despite having led the U.K. for 11 years, Prime …
 
Peloton, the company famous for its stationary bikes, has had to recall 120 thousand treadmills over safety concerns. There have been dozens of injuries from those using it, and a six-year-old died after being pulled under it. So the, the question remains, how do you keep your home gym as safe as possible? Richard Beddie, from Exercise NZ, spoke wi…
 
There are high levels of burnout in the medical and dental professions. New research reveals about half of doctors feel burnt out, meaning a high level of emotional stress and exhaustion. Female doctors are more likely to suffer from burnout than their male colleagues. Sam Hazledine, a doctor turned doctors' wellbeing campaigner told Kate Hawkesby …
 
I listened to a podcast the other day which got me thinking, which is probably the point of podcasts. I got lured into this podcast by comedian Kevin Hart, purely because his guest was Jerry Seinfeld, and I love Jerry Seinfeld. He is the old school style of comic who has that rare ability to transcend generations with his humour, because it’s gener…
 
Seniors are being told to be patient during the Covid-19 vaccine rollout. People over 65 are now eligible. A woman has told Newstalk ZB yesterday she booked a jab at a vaccination centre in East Tamaki, but was turned away because of long queues. Age Concern chief executive Stephanie Clare says situations like this will happen. “Just turn around, d…
 
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