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UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has completed his first 100 days in office. Rishi Sunak entered the role in a time of economic uncertainty and political experts feel like his progress leaves a lot to be desired. UK correspondent Enda Brady says costs of living are still going up, wages haven't kept up with inflation, and food and petrol costs are on …
 
Today is World Wetlands Day, and New Zealanders are being encouraged to preserve wetlands to celebrate. Just 9 percent of New Zealand's original wetlands remain, and Wellington and the Bay of Plenty are down to their last 3 percent. The Country's Jamie Mackay says we should be working harder to preserve the wetlands, as they act as nature's filter …
 
Today on The Huddle, Wellington ZB host Nick Mills and Jack Tame, host of ZB's Saturday Mornings and Q&A joined in on a discussion about the following issues of the day- and more! What do we think of Saudi Arabia potentially sponsoring the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup? Will Australia and New Zealand's football associations boycott this choice or ign…
 
Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has confirmed Princess Anne will be visiting New Zealand later this month. Princess Anne will be travelling to New Zealand at the request of the Army’s Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals, of which she is Colonel in Chief, to attend its 100th Anniversary celebrations. Barry Soper, ZB's senior political correspondent says…
 
Protesters gathered today at Cardinal George Pell's funeral, at Sydney's Saint Mary's Cathedral. The Catholic leader was convicted of molesting teen choirboys in 1996, before his conviction was quashed in the High Court in 2020. Protesters chanted slogans like "Pell go to Hell" and tied ribbons on the church fence. Australian correspondent Murray O…
 
Clean-up crews attempting to clear roads before the Waitangi long weekend are facing an uphill battle. Waka Kotahi warns travellers should plan ahead and expect delays, in light of the extreme damage wreaked by heavy rain in the North Island. State Highway 23 to Raglan and State Highway 1 from the Brynderwyns to Waipu in Northland aren't expected t…
 
The recent Auckland floods may be bad news for the economy. Hundreds of houses will need to be repaired, businesses are grappling with ruined stock, and the damages are estimated to be over a billion dollars. NZ Herald business editor at large, Liam Dann, says the Auckland floods have come at a bad time at this point in the current economic cycle. …
 
Police are proposing licensed firearms owners pay the costs for their attendance at a burglary. This proposal was included as part of the Arms Regulation: Review of Fees 2022, which was released in December and closes for consultation on 16 February. ACT's Firearms Reforms spokesperson, Nicole McKee says this will price people out of legal firearms…
 
The Motor Trade Association has a warning for people looking to privately purchase second-hand cars. Thousands of Aucklanders and people in Northern regions have had cars caught in this week's devastating floods and will be looking to replace their written-off vehicles. MTA Sector Manager Tony Everett says that it may be hard to spot a flood-damage…
 
FIFA is facing backlash from Australia and New Zealand's football associations over a possible Saudi sponsorship. FIFA is rumoured to be confirming Saudi Arabia's tourism authority as a sponsor for the 2023 Women's World Cup. This has prompted both organisations to write to FIFA to ask for "urgent clarification". Sportstalk host D'Arcy Waldegrave s…
 
An independent review into land use in Tairawhiti is now locked in. Ex-cyclone Hale left waterways and beaches littered with forest debris and slash a month ago. A forum meeting involving central and local Government, iwi, industry and Federated Farmers reached an agreement to investigate yesterday. Toby Williams from Federated Farmers says it'll b…
 
Let’s see if the outraged in football are going to back up their outrage with actual actions this time around. Once again, FIFA has proved it doesn’t care what anyone thinks and it’s chosen money over morals. It’s signed Saudi Arabia on as a sponsor of this Women’s Football World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Without telling Football Australia …
 
FIFA are facing backlash over their rumoured sponsor for the upcoming Women's World Cup. Visit Saudi, the official Saudi Arabia tourism authority may be selected to sponsor the event, despite criticism from human rights groups over the nation's treatment of women. Women's World Cup co-hosts New Zealand Football and Football Australia have written t…
 
Insurers are warning it could be years before all the Auckland flood-related claims are settled. The Insurance Council has had to bring in extra staff to get through the 15,000 claims- and they anticipate that as a start. Insurance Council spokesperson Christian Judge says that the floods were a massive climate event that impacted most of the North…
 
Teachers across England and Wales are expected to strike on the first day of planned industrial action for better pay. It has been estimated that at least 23,000 schools will be closed during these strikes, forcing 4.5 million children to miss a day of education. UK correspondent Kay Oliver says that this is part of a bigger wave of industry strike…
 
An economist says an extension of the fuel tax discount is dumb policy. It will be extended until the end of June alongside discounted road user charges and half price public transport fares. Infometrics Principal Economist Brad Olsen says the Government has done a complete turn around on this. He says it's not directly targeting those worse off an…
 
January 2023 has presented a strong start to the year for the financial markets. Key players such as The Dow, the S&P 500, and the Nasdaq have all reported increases over the last month. Milford Asset Management's Sam Trethewey says investors have increased confidence in the current market for three big reasons. These include economic hub China reo…
 
There are suggestions the next Official Cash Rate increase will be 50 basis points. Latest figures from the December quarter show the unemployment rate has risen slightly to 3.4 percent, which was higher than expected. It's sparked speculation from major banks that the next OCR hike to cool inflation will be lower, rather than the predicted 75 basi…
 
New data from Centrix shows that 400,000 people ended last year behind on paying their bills. The number of people in debt from missed home loan payments and household bills has gone up by 10 percent from 2021. However, as more people go into debt, charities designed to help low-income Kiwis back on their feet are expecting to lose Government fundi…
 
On today's edition of The Huddle, Georgina Stylianou, Director of Government Relations firm BRG and Trish Sherson from Sherson Willis PR joined in on a discussion about the following topics: What do we make of Wayne Brown's ongoing response to the Auckland floods, especially after his latest interaction with a Herald journalist and relationship to …
 
Well as far election bribes go, I’ll have this one, thank you! Good move from Chris Hipkins extending the fuel tax discount through to June. To be fair, he had no choice. He could hardly start adding tax back onto fuel in the middle of cost of living crisis, could he? Honestly, I’m a little surprised by the conversation this afternoon, to hear how …
 
There's relief now the sun's shining above Auckland, but the region isn't out of the wet yet. Auckland is still in a state of emergency after Friday's deluge, which closed roads, caused slips, and toppled homes. Auckland Council says more than 2300 rapid building assessments have been completed since Saturday. More than 160 homes have been red-stic…
 
The storm clouds may have passed Auckland, but the region isn't out of the woods yet. Tamaki Makaurau will remain in a state of emergency for the rest of the week, and road closures and slips are still an issue. The Education Ministry now says schools can open from tomorrow, if possible. Auckland Transport's group manager for Metro Services, Darek …
 
The Reserve Bank may be able to pull back its heavy lifting of interest rates to manage inflation. Unemployment edged up to 3.4 percent in the December quarter with inflation stubborn at 7.2 percent. ASB's Senior Economist says it shows the economy isn't as hot as the Reserve Bank had feared early this year. Mark Smith says factors suggest the labo…
 
The Transport Minister says extending the fuel tax discount isn't an election year bribe. It'll continue alongside half priced public transport and discounted road user charges until the end of June. Michael Wood says it's a quick way to directly reduce cost of living pressures for struggling Kiwis. He says the $700 million dollars it'll cost comes…
 
Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has extended fuel tax cuts and half-priced public transport until June 30th. This is a reversal of an earlier Government decision to scrap these offerings by the end of March. ZB's senior political correspondent Barry Soper says this will likely add to inflation, as the extra money saved will be sucked into the economy …
 
The US is being affected by a nationwide egg shortage, and prices are surging. A deadly outbreak of avian flu has tightened the worldwide egg supply, and inflation has forced up the price of eggs from $2 ($3.11 NZD) to $7 ($10.87). US correspondent Dan Mitchinson says this makes it harder for US consumers to be able to purchase affordable protein, …
 
Wallabies coach Eddie Jones has promised that the Wallabies will claim a Bledisloe Cup victory over the All Blacks in August. In his first appearance to the media of his current contract, Eddie Jones says the team is 'after the All Blacks', and if they can take down New Zealand, they'll be in a good position for the Rugby World Cup. Sportstalk host…
 
A supermarket owner-operator has quickly cracked down on cruise ship crew planning to clear their store out of eggs. Four Square Port Chalmers has a one carton per customer limit during the nationwide egg shortage. But a cruise ship sent in the captain and 22 crew members to buy a carton each. Aaron Challis caught on to the ploy - and says it was e…
 
On last night’s double poll: Really, this is not so much a story about the Labour party’s success as it is about the National party needing a rocket. I mean, sure Labour should absolutely celebrate the bump in their polls, but let’s put this in context. The best this poll bump gives Labour is a hung parliament. That’s a draw. Their big, pre-planned…
 
The UK's Defence Secretary has confirmed the British Army is in decline and is no longer regarded as a top-level fighting force. This has come off the back of a US general warning that the British Army's decline needs to be reversed faster in wake of the Russia-Ukraine war. UK correspondent Enda Brady says this decline is the result of successive c…
 
The wave of extreme weather lashing the North Island is likely to have a devastating impact on the rural sector. Crops, culverts, and feed have been destroyed by the floods and orchards and fields have been left underwater due to Friday's heavy rainfall. The Country's Jamie Mackay says this will be a tough time for farmers and this will likely push…
 
Wellington-based software firm Hnry has managed to secure a $35 million investment and plans to expand. Hnry is designed to help the self-employed manage their accounts, and the start-up plans to widen their services and hire more staff following the substantial investment. BusinessDesk managing editor Pattrick Smellie says this is an impressive in…
 
Auckland Airport is bracing for more heavy rain while it grapples with Friday's weather damage. Auckland Airport is watching the weather closely, and has 'sucker trucks', sandbags, and supplies for stranded passengers on standby. Auckland Airport Chief Executive Carrie Hurihanganui says everything is in place to prepare for potentially extreme cond…
 
Ruapehu's local economy is expected to be on thin ice at the closure of a ski chateau. The heritage-listed Chateau Tongariro Hotel will shut in five days after the building's lease expires. The 93-year-old mountainside accommodation had to close as necessary seismic upgrades were deemed too expensive. Ruapehu mayor Weston Kirton says it was an icon…
 
Today on The Huddle, independent journalist Clare de Lore and former Labour Chief of Staff and current director at Mike Munroe Communications, Mike Munroe joined in on a discussion about the following issues: Chris Hipkins announced his Cabinet reshuffle- what do we think? Is Michael Wood really the best choice for Minister of Auckland? Why did Wil…
 
Northland has declared a State of Emergency for the next seven days. Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to lash the region over the next week and Northland Civil Defence is warning households to take the weather warning seriously. Far North deputy mayor Kelly Stratford says heavy rain has fallen on and off in the region today and they haven't…
 
The CEO of a harm prevention services provider has slammed a food retailer caught selling alcohol for 67 cents a can. Pak 'n Save New Plymouth is under fire for marketing $3.99 six-packs, but Foodstuffs North Island say the beer was priced wrongly and it's since been corrected. Hapai Te Hauora CEO Selah Hart says mental health issues are a major pr…
 
The Education Secretary has re-iterated the decision to shut schools is about managing traffic to get infrastructure up and running. The Education Ministry previously said education services couldn't open for on-site instruction until after Waitangi weekend. Education Secretary Iona Holsted says they'll make the call to open on a daily basis, getti…
 
Prime Minister Chris Hipkins revealed his new outline for Cabinet in today's media briefing. Jan Tinetti has become Minister for Education, Ayesha Verrall's taken over Health from Andrew Little, and Immigration and Transport Minister Michael Wood has also become Minister for Auckland. Nanaia Mahuta has lost Local Government, and the job has gone to…
 
Prime Minister Chris Hipkins has unveiled his new line-up in today's Cabinet reshuffle. Dr Aeysha Verrall has been promoted to Minister of Health, Jan Tinetti has been promoted to Minister of Education and Nanaia Mahuta lost Local Government to Kieran McAnulty, but keeps Minister of Foreign Affairs. Michael Wood has also been promoted to Minister f…
 
Thousands of Alice Springs locals attended a meeting on Monday in an attempt to address the ongoing crime wave. Many Indigenous Australian members of the Alice Springs community walked out of the meeting, feeling like it was designed to tackle the concerns of business owners above all else. Australian correspondent Murray Olds says the Indigenous c…
 
Former prop Campbell Johnstone is the first All Black to publicly come out as gay. The former player announced he was gay in an interview on current affairs program Seven Sharp on Monday. The wider rugby community have expressed their pride and admiration for Campbell Johnstone since the statement aired. Sportstalk host D'Arcy Waldegrave says this …
 
The Government has boosted Auckland's Mayoral Relief Fund by $1 million as the upper North Island prepares for another battering from Mother Nature. Northland has declared a precautionary State of Emergency, valid for seven days. Red rain warnings are in force in the region, as well as for northern Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula. Orange Warn…
 
Experts warn that stargazing could be a thing of the past as satellites are predicted to crowd the night sky by 2030. There are currently 8,000 satellites up in space, with a further 400,000 approved to go up by the end of the decade. The University of Auckland's Richard Easther says this development is alarming, especially since it happened withou…
 
King Charles is reportedly in talks with the BBC to give a tell-all interview. The King has been silent following the revelations Prince Harry disclosed in his memoir 'Spare', but it has been claimed that Buckingham Palace has spoken to the BBC. The interview is rumoured to be taking place on May 6th, ahead of King Charles' coronation. UK correspon…
 
The coming weather is expected to disrupt already affected roads around the North Island. Damage to Coromandel's State Highway 25A has been particularly bad as the road at the summit has completely collapsed and closed indefinitely. There are also closures on State Highway 25 and 37 because of the damage from flooding, slips and debris. Waka Kotahi…
 
Auckland was lashed with heavy rain and subsequent floods last Friday and is forecast to receive further heavy rain in the coming days. The extreme weather has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of property and inventory being destroyed, and many Auckland businesses will be closing their doors until further notice. NZME business com…
 
Today on The Huddle, ZB's Tim Beveridge and NZ Herald senior writer Simon Wilson joined in on a discussion about the following issues- and more! What do we think of Auckland mayor Wayne Brown's communication around the Auckland floods and Saturday's subsequent press conference? Could he have handled it better? All Auckland schools will be closed fo…
 
Auckland is being warned to prepare for more extreme rain tomorrow following Friday's record-breaking downpour. Many companies are asking office staff to work from home and other businesses will be closing their doors until further notice. This economic disruption combined with the infrastructure, property, and inventory damage means flooding will …
 
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