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Best New Zealand Current Affairs podcasts we could find (Updated October 2019)
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RNZ: Nine To Noon
From nine to noon every weekday, Kathryn Ryan talks to the people driving the news - in New Zealand and around the world. Delve beneath the headlines to find out the real story, listen to Nine to Noon's expert commentators and reviewers and catch up with the latest lifestyle trends on this award-winning programme.
RNZ's review of news from the last 7 days.
With a straight down the middle approach, Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive on Newstalk ZB delivers the very latest news and views to New Zealanders as they wrap up their day.
Don't risk not knowing what's going around New Zealand and the world - catch up with interviews from Early Edition, hosted by Kate Hawkesby on Newstalk ZB.
95bFM: The Wire
95bFM's daily News and Current Affairs hour. Reuben McLaren, Leonard Powell, Lillian Hanly, Lachlan Balfour and Kelly Enright bring you the issues from Tāmaki Makaurau and elsewhere, in independent-thinking bFM style.
RNZ: The Detail
The news, explained. Join Sharon Brettkelly and Alex Ashton every weekday as they make sense of the big stories with the country’s best journalists and top experts. Made possible by the RNZ/NZ On Air Innovation Fund.
RNZ: The Panel
The Panel features a range of panellists from across the opinion spectrum, together with expert phone guests.
RNZ: Mediawatch
Mediawatch looks critically at the New Zealand media - television, radio, newspapers and magazines as well as the 'new' electronic media.
With a proven track record of driving the news cycle, Andrew Bolt steers discussion, encourages debate and offers his perspectives on national affairs.
RNZ: Lately
Lately with Karyn Hay is a late night radio show on RNZ National, with an eye on live events, an ear for music, a great sense of humour and a genuine interest in people and their stories.
The Front Page
Each Thursday The Front Page takes you behind the scenes of the biggest story from the New Zealand Herald and Newstalk ZB. Hosted by Frances Cook.
After 33 years behind the Newstalk ZB microphone, Leighton can’t give it up completely. There were so many requests to continue his opinionated commentary that the prospect of podcasting was born. So, without restriction, Leighton will continue to serve up on everything you want to hear about and some things you don’t. Stand by to be enlightened, educated and enraged!
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.
A magazine programme hosted by Kim Hill, with long-form, in-depth feature interviews on current affairs, science, modern life, history, the arts and more.
“Speak Up – Kōrerotia” – a radio show centred on human rights issues. Encouraging discussion on human rights issues prevalent in both Canterbury and New Zealand, Speak Up – Kōrerotia offers a forum to promote the issues facing New Zealanders, providing a voice to affected communities.Engaging in conversations around human rights issues in our country, each show covers a different human rights issue with guests from or working with the affected communities. Analysing and asking questions of t ...
At The Drive Thru
At The Drive Thru (formerly known as The Egonomist); your premier source for rants, raves and arguments on topics from Politics to News to Social Trends, with a focus on New Zealand but with an eye to the world. Each week Dan and Dave will bring you new episodes. Sometimes deep and philosophical, sometimes filth and vitriol, we aim to be a voice of informed malcontent.
531pi has served our Pacific communities since 1993 with a blend of news, views, information and talk back - all combined with a music mix you'll hear nowhere else. During the day, our programmes cater to first and second generation Pacific migrants. After 6 pm, our nine community language programmes serve a different Pacific island each night.
ACTivate is a monthly show brought to you by the Christchurch branch of Amnesty International Aotearoa/New Zealand, an organisation dedicated to campaigning for human rights.Since its inception in 1961, Amnesty International has grown into an organisation of over 7 million people in 150 countries, all united by their desire to prevent and end grave abuses of human rights, and to demand justice for those whose rights have been violated.ACTivate covers human rights stories from New Zealand and ...
TVNZ's John Campbell looks behind the stories making the news.
New Zealand Pubcast
The difinitive guide to New Zealand Culture - seen through the eyes of a couple of blow in's. An Irish guy and a Canadian sit in a pub in Christchurch, New Zealand, talking about current affairs, culture and politics. Email:
A daily current affairs programme covering the major Pacific stories of the week, with background and reaction from the people making the news.
SH People’s Politburo is a podcast hosted by three New Zealand-based socialists, Emmy, Ti, and Justine. People’s Politburo is a fortnightly podcast that digs deep into the dungheap of New Zealand and international politics, giving you a steaming socialist perspective on current affairs.Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on your podcatcher of choice so you don’t miss out on any episodes. Please consider supporting our Patreon so we can continue to trash talk about New Zealand’s ruling class ...
RNZ: Outspoken
A series of half-hour current affairs programmes, featuring RNZ's most experienced correspondents.
Uncle Sam's Misguided Childrenwww.UncleSamsMisguidedChildren.com Our nick name "Uncle Sam's Misguided Children" was given to Marines in the 60's during the Vietnam Conflict by no other than the hippy commie loving liberals. The fact is we did get a little carried away with souvenirs in Vietnam, if you know what I mean lol. Marines being Marines took the name as a compliment because we are just as proud of our perfections as imperfections. The irony o ...
RNZ: Fair Play
Zoë George and a roster of athletic co-hosts shine the spotlight on women in sport. – from results and athletes to current affairs and issues.
It Is What It Is
ATEBIT is bringing a breakdown of weekly news and current affairs via conversational podcast It Is What It Is. Each and every week we'll dissect and react to the news you need to know about, including all the top stories from pop culture, entertainment, politics, national and worldwide news.We may not be experts, but we certainly have opinions! Nothing is off limits, as host Jack Kruse is joined weekly by a rotating cast from the stable of talent at, along with friends from across ...
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It's time for our look at the week's news in the past in The Rest Is History! This week our resident history buff Robert Kelly is investigating the share market crash of 1987 on October the 20th, known in New Zealand as "Black Tuesday".
An Adelaide woman who was missing in dense bushland for three days "dropped to the ground" with relief when she woke to the sound of emergency services calling her name. Deborah Pilgrim, 55, disappeared on Sunday morning in Sedan, about 100km northeast of the city, where she had been camping with friends for a 60th birthday party. South Austral ...…
The latest snapshot of the state of our oceans paints - yet again - a bleak picture of what's happening beneath the waves. The Environment Ministry's second marine report shows the human activity on the land and at sea - such as coastal development and seabed trawling - is devastating marine habitats, with pests and invasive species taking over ...…
More people are choosing to ditch their home cooked meal and instead dine out or grab a takeaway. Spending on dining out in New Zealand is increasing at record levels. Sales in the hospitality industry have expanded by 4.2 percent in the year to March. New Zealand Restaurant Association President Mike Egan told Heather du Plessis-Allan dining o ...…
Social Development minister Carmel Sepuloni says beneficiary figures need to looked at in perspective. About 15,000 more people are on main benefits for the year to September, compared with the year before. Sepuloni says the unemployment rate is at its lowest in over a decade. "There is softening in some sectors and what we're also seeing with ...…
New Zealand's oceans have been absorbing the impacts of climate change – but it's unclear how much more they'll be able to take. The Government's latest environment stocktake, focused on oceans and coasts, singled out climate change - along with pollution, activities like fishing and threatened habitats - as the biggest issues facing our blue b ...…
Netflix's subscriber growth is bogging down even before the leading video streaming service confronts high-powered threats from Apple and Walt Disney Co. The latest sign of the challenges the company is facing emerged Wednesday with the release of its third-quarter results. The numbers provided further evidence that Netflix's salad days may be ...…
It's feared demand for state housing will outstrip the government's build targets by almost double. A Herald investigation estimates 84000 people will be on the waiting list for state housing by 2022. Monte Cecilia Housing Trust CEO Bernie Smith told Mike Hosking there needs to be a tougher approach on people in government housing. “The houses ...…
One of Labour's key promises to unions faces an uncertain future after the Government put a contentious plan for sector-wide compulsory agreements out for another round of consultation. On Thursday Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway released consultation documents including one seeking public input on how to design Fair Pay Agreeme ...…
The All Blacks have named their side to play Ireland in the quarter-finals on Saturday. Anton Lienert-Brown and Jack Goodhue have won the nod to start in the All Blacks midfield for Saturday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Ireland in Tokyo. Goodhue gets the nod despite only playing a total of 100 minutes since the Bledisloe Cup loss in ...…
The family of a dead man spent almost a week searching for him after being told by a Victorian hospital that he had been discharged. But he was in the mortuary all along. Geelong's University Hospital is this morning being asked to answer questions after reports of a blunder involving a man in his 50s who died after a medical emergency at a Gee ...…
A professor says that legalising euthanasia has been devastating on the elderly, poor and disabled when Otago University doctors have reviewed the laws, practices and modifications in countries where it's been introduced. Old Age Psychiatry associate professor Yoram Barak says our public debate isn't well informed. He's calling on psychiatrists ...…
A Whanganui man's discovered the essential kiwi burger ingredient is no longer a staple at take away outlets.
Police association president Chris Cahill addresses warnings that deported Australian gang members will attempt to corrupt police on this side of the Tasman.
New Zealand children are the second most obese children in the OECD according to the latest numbers.
More than 500 sausages are entered in the Great New Zealand sausage competition with winners announced later tonight.
Do you support recreational drug testing at festivals? Why/why not?
Massey University is accused of not upholding free speech after cancelling, Feminism 2020 event, saying there were health and safety risks.
Contrary to the seniors of the party, New Zealand First's youth branch supports a bill to test recreational drugs at festivals.
Professor of International Law, Al Gillespie, joins the discussion to talk about the potential flaws in Andrew Little's tailored terrorism bill targeting terrorists returning to New Zealand.
Do you support recreational drug testing at festivals? Why/why not? More han 500 sausages are entered in the Great New Zealand sausage competition with winners announced later tonight. New Zealand children are the second most obese children in the OECD according to the latest numbers. Police association president Chris Cahill addresses warnings ...…
Professor of International Law, Al Gillepsie, joins the discussion to talk about the potential flaws in Andrew Little's tailored terrorism bill targeting terrorists returning to New Zealand. Contrary to the seniors of the party, New Zealand First's youth branch supports a bill to test recreational drugs at festivals. Contrary to the seniors of ...…
What the panelists Ella Henry and Steve McCabe have been thinking about.
Ali Ventura with Story of the Day talking about how phone alerts are impacting our health.
Iconic Bay of Plenty business Maketu Pies has been given a lifeline after a buyer was found for the company. Te Arawa Management Ltd (TAML), the commercial subsidiary of Te Arawa Lakes Trust, purchased Maketu Pies after it went into receivership earlier this month because of the "critical financial position" it was in. Taa Toby Curtis, Te Arawa ...…
An Australian MP thinks festivals should have high-tech medical facilities before introducing pill testing. The country is debating the issue after a coroner suggested testing was needed at events. It's something the Labour Party here also wants, but New Zealand First and National oppose it. Queensland MP Andrew Laming told Mike Hosking the onl ...…
Film and TV reviewer Sarah McMullan looks at Joaquin Phoenix's Joker, Zombieland: Double Tap, starring Woody Harrelson, and some shows to put you in the Halloween mood - including some for the kids.
Education consultant and parenting coach Joseph Driessen talks about children who lack motivation and drive - what's behind this, and how can parents help them regain direction?
Technology commentator Peter Griffin looks at how "edge computing" will help speed up some real-time applications, the government looking to get the public involved on a proposed algorithm charter for public agencies and how did Netflix do in its third quarter results?
Hannah August reviews Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley, which is published by Penguin Books New Zealand. "A beautifully observed study of the shifting tides in long friendships between married couples. Hadley interrogates the range of possible responses to a tragic event in incisive, resonant prose that makes this book very difficult to put down."…
Gang wars are becoming an increasing concern in New Zealand, with some saying Australian deportees are to blame. Criminals bringing their gang links to New Zealand is one of the key topics at the Police Association annual conference this week. Assistant Commissioner of Serious and Organised Crime Richard Chambers told Mike Hosking it's a growin ...…
Billy Connolly is simply a comedic legend. He began his career way back in the 1960s and quickly became a household name on stage, in film and television. But, of course, as we know he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease six years ago. Now, he is telling his story in his new memoir Tall Tales and Wee Stories. Billy Connolly joined Mike Hoski ...…
Many people are familiar with Dr Zhivago - the epic love story set during the Russian Revolution. What they might not know is the story of how the novel, written by Boris Pasternak, finally came to be published in Italy in 1957. The authorities in the Soviet Union didn't want the novel published, fearing it was critical of the Revolution and th ...…
UK correspondent Matt Dathan has the latest on the efforts to secure a Brexit deal, as government sources say it looks unlikely.
The European Union and Britain inched ever closer to a Brexit deal on Wednesday, with the leaders of France and Germany saying they expected an agreement could be sealed within a day at an EU summit. Positive vibes radiated from French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint news conference in Toulouse, France. ...…
The Commission for Financial Capability is underscoring the need for pensioners to stretch their money through retirement, to avoid blowing their savings early on. That's why in one of its proposed changes to the retirement savings scheme, it suggests drip feeding portions of your Kiwisaver, through the years ahead. The comments come amid a thr ...…
The government is preparing for the potential return of foreign fighters from Syria with a proposed new counter-terrorism law. It would give a High Court judge powers to place restrictions, known as control orders, on people who are deemed a terror threat on returning from overseas.
With a proven track record of driving the news cycle, Andrew Bolt steers discussion, encourages debate and offers his perspectives on national affairs. For information regarding your data privacy, visit
A measles epidemic declared in Samoa; Arrest warrant issued for former PNG PM O'Neill; Vanuatu could take polluters to World Court; Niueans in New Zealand target youth in language week; Russians share their culture with PNG.
Samoa's government has confirmed a measles epidemic, with seven cases confirmed by the government.
An arrest warrant has been issued for Papua New Guinea's former prime minister Peter O'Neill, but police say the MP has so far refused to co-operate with them over investigations into alleged corruption.
Vanuatu's quest to hold polluters to account could lie with the International Court of Justice, a leading climate scientist says.
Niueans across New Zealand are celebrating their culture and language this week, and urging young Niueans to help revive the language.
A Russian cultural foundation has been in Papua New Guinea this month, exhibiting and teaching Russian culture, language and history.
The Defence Minister has intervened in a case with a property developer to allow the Whenuapai Air Base to continue engine testing, in spite of it exceeding noise limits. How did it come to this?
Justin talks about the historical context of the Turkish offensive into Syria, between the Kurds and the Turkish.
Stewart's back and it's a Wire for the history books, with two producers in studio at the same time! Mary-Margaret and Justin are back this week. On the show: With the news that Mediaworks has made some pretty major cuts to comedy and reality TV shows, Stewart Sowman-Lund speaks to journalist Philip Matthews. He’s the co-author of Funny As, a b ...…
Mediaworks, the owners of TV Three, confirmed yesterday they’ve cancelled Guy Williams’ new comedy show New Zealand Today, and made major cutbacks to long-running panel show 7 Days. It’s also expected we’ve seen the end of Married at First Sight - meaning there’s not a lot of new programming expected for Three in the new year. So what happens n ...…
now it's time for our weekly catchup with one of the Mediawatch team to talk to them about what's caught their eye in the media this week. And tonight it's Jeremy Rose's turn in the chair. Hello Jeremy....
Mediawatch's weekly catch up with Lately. This week Jeremy Rose talks to Karyn Hay about a new series of in-depth interviews with indigenous leaders; the latest long-form journalism offering from BWB Texts, the indigenous-led protests in Ecuador, and the under-reporting of one aspect of Turkey's assault on the Kurds in Syria.…
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