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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!
 
Home is where the heart is, and there’s no question that Kiwis LOVE property. Newstalk ZB’s OneRoof Radio Show is a full-house of property talk, tips and tricks. Leading industry experts join us to discuss and debate the latest in market trends, investments, DIY and much more. Step inside The OneRoof Radio Show and make yourself at home.
 
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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The Justice Department hasn't found evidence to support allegations of widespread fraud that could have changed the result of last month's presidential election, Attorney General William Barr said in an interview with the Associated Press published Tuesday. The comments from Barr, who has been steadfast in his support of President Donald Trump duri…
 
Pure fruit juice is having its health rating slashed putting it on the same or an even lower level than diet coke. Most New Zealand juices, without any added sugar, receive an automatic rating of five stars, but new trans-Tasman rules mean they will be judged on their natural sugar content. While the food industry is furious, nutritionists say the …
 
Bugger it. I’m just going to say it. Climate change is not the biggest problem this country has at the moment. It is not our highest priority We are responsible in this country for about 0.17% at last count of global emissions. And yet today, here we have this farce of the government declaring a climate change emergency and instructing the public s…
 
I have no idea why at this time of year, schools take it upon themselves to make life extra hectic for families. I mean, have we not got enough to contend with? Christmas, end of year wind ups and commitments, work functions, and the sheer fact that everyone is exhausted. But then you have to add an additional layer to all of this if you have schoo…
 
The Dutch government is mandating the use of of face masks in all publicly accessible, covered places from today. The mandate applies in stores, public transportation (including platforms), barbers, and schools (though not primary schools). By making a mask mandatory almost everywhere, it is clearer what the rules are,” the government said in a sta…
 
The debate over whether Netflix hit The Crown should have some kind of factual disclaimer has taken another turn. Helena Bonham Carter, the actress who plays Princess Margaret in the latest series, has told the series' official podcast that there's an important distinction between "our version" and the "real version". it comes hot on the heels of t…
 
The dramatic escalation of tension between Australia and China this week has raised questions about what China’s endgame is. Relations dropped to a new low on Monday after Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian tweeted a “repugnant” fake image of an Australian soldier holding a knife at the throat of an Afghan child, drawing condemnation fr…
 
People want Christmas to come even earlier this year. Christmas pines are flying out the door as people are determined to have a good festive season, in spite of the pandemic. Owner of Misa Christmas Trees in Auckland, Michael Fuyala told Mike Hosking his tree farm is always busy - but online sales have exploded. He's never seen anything like it. "…
 
Travel bubble talks between New Zealand and Australia continue. Western Australia is reopening its borders to Victoria and New South Wales on December 8. South Australia remains in the medium risk category until at least December 11. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash told Mike Hosking that both countries are taking a risk-based approach, to get things r…
 
A plan to build homes on a Crown site in central Christchurch to encourage community-led development has collapsed after being loaned money by the city council. The Madras Square housing village was intended as a non-profit project opposite Latimer Square. The land was bought by the Crown for an alternative housing scheme, an anchor project known a…
 
After a year of talks, the Christchurch site for an inner city housing village will go back on the market. Ōtautahi Urban Guild failed to get funding to develop the Madras Square housing village, blaming the current financing climate. It received a $450,000 loan from the city council for the project on crown-owned land - but withdrew its recent ap…
 
This week we talk with Michael Kelly, Professor Emeritus of Engineering, from the University of Cambridge. We discuss climate mitigation and why NZ is making a big mistake. It is a stunning listen. We give the happenings of the week the once over, and enter the mailroom with Mrs Producer. File your comments and complaints at Leighton@newstalkzb.co.…
 
On June 19 Matthew Hunt was meant to have dinner with his mother Diane after work. But he never made it. Several hours after he put on his beloved blue uniform, Constable Matthew Hunt was dead - gunned down in an Auckland street while attending a routine traffic stop. Today (Wednesday) his mother will present a petition to Parliament in his name an…
 
ASB's latest Quarterly Economic Forecast predicts just a 3 per cent annual GDP decline by year end – a significantly better outlook than the 6 or 7 per cent predicted in March. The forecast points to New Zealand's 2020 economic outcome being similar to Australia's, with both countries benefiting from China's rebound, although Australia's 2021 recov…
 
It really is a stellar array of festive treats, isn't it? Well worth turning out on that middle Saturday of October to give the Labour Party three more glorious years to micro-manage their way out of this global pandemic. So happy were we with the crash and burn, lock the door, throw away the key approach they had adopted up until that point. And y…
 
The next few weeks will likely see a lot of action as U.S. regulators assess COVID-19 vaccines and state officials get ready to start giving the shots to people. Shots for at most 20 million people are expected by year’s end. A timeline of what to expect in the coming days: — Dec. 1: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee vot…
 
Health Minister Andrew Little says young people taking drugs at festivals aren't bad people and should have access to advice and testing to make it safer. Health Minister Andrew Little revealed yesterday morning that the Government will pass an urgent law to provide legal breathing space for drug-checking in time for the summer festival season. Lit…
 
Thousands of seaside homes around New Zealand could face soaring insurance premiums - or even have some cover pulled altogether - within 15 years. That's the stark warning from a major new report assessing how insurers might be forced to confront the nation's increasing exposure to rising seas - sparking pleas for urgent Government action. National…
 
Today's Parliamentary vote on a climate change emergency is likely to go down party lines. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will introduce a motion to Parliament to declare a emergency, similar to those passed by many councils around New Zealand and governments around the world. MPs will debate the issue from about three o'clock this afternoon. Nation…
 
Argentina Rugby Union has revoked Pablo Matera's captaincy, following revelations of historical tweets that were deemed offensive. In a quick response from the governing body, Matera along with two other players Guido Petti and Santiago Socino have also been suspended from the national team, until a disciplinary situation is defined. It means all t…
 
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has renewed calls for Australians to boycott Chinese products this Christmas, as relations between the two countries plunge to new lows. “You might think it’s awfully hard, yes it is hard, I get it,” Ms Hanson said in a Facebook video on Monday night. “We all have our part to play in this. Think about it when you bu…
 
Each week the NZ Herald's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's how to start talking money with your partner, so that you can work together better. Hosted by Frances Cook. Talking to your partner about money is more important than ever. The economy is having a rough time, people are losing jobs, and then Christmas…
 
The Finance Minister won't rule out extending the brightline test beyond five years. If a second house is sold within that time, the owner is taxed on the capital gain. National asked Grant Robertson to rule it out - but he says it's too soon, and the Party's getting ahead of itself. Robertson says they've asked Treasury for advice and it'd be prem…
 
One of the country's top courier companies would prefer no extra charges for using the roads. Officials are looking at charging to travel on key routes during peak hours. For a car, that could mean paying $3.50 to drive through the central city. For freight vehicles, the charge would be more like $7. Mark Troughear, the CEO of courier company Freig…
 
A secretive farewell party has been thrown for Winston Peters tonight. The leader of New Zealand First and former Foreign Affairs Minister has been in politics for two decades and counting. No media were allowed in to the Parliament event tonight - except for Newstalk ZB and the New Zealand Herald. Political Editor Barry Soper says when he suggeste…
 
Coronavirus cases dropped by around 30% in England during the country's second national lockdown, researchers say. Swab tests on more than 105,000 people showed that Covid-19 infections are declining in England, according to an interim report from the Real-time Assessment of Community Transmission (REACT) program. The report includes results from h…
 
This time last year, the tourism industry was talking about needing an extra 40,000 workers. Such was required from the influx of international visitors this country was basking in. So Matt Stenton set up a new support service called 'go with tourism'. He even got $5.2 million in funding from the new visitor levy to help attract people to tourism j…
 
There are hopes new legislation will protect New Zealanders from dangerous drugs. A short-term law will allow on-site drug testing, just in time for summer festivals. It allows concert goers to check what's in their drugs without risking legal repercussions. Know Your Stuff Director Wendy Allison told Heather du Plessis-Allan people are less likely…
 
How accurate is your kicking and throwing? Are your reflexes good enough for you to touch only rugby balls - never soccer balls - on an interactive display screen to beat the other side? If you want to test those abilities and explore the story of our deep passion for sport, then the new multimillion-dollar All Blacks Experience in Auckland is for …
 
Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says his 10-year Recovery Budget proposal prioritises value for money. Goff is proposing selling surplus properties to invest in critical infrastructure - as a response to the $1 billion loss in revenue. He also wants a one-off 5 percent rates increase for the next financial year, before reverting to 3.5 the following year.…
 
Sky TV's new boss has plans for a bright future. Martin Stewart's stepping down as CEO of Sky TV, after less than two years on the job. Sophie Moloney will be taking up the mantle, the company's first female CEO. She told Heather du Plessis-Allan she's honoured and humbled. "Slightly exhilarated, not going to lie, but I come with a huge amount of e…
 
What’s exasperating right now is the suspicion of what this government will get away with it if they decide to break their promise over the bright line test. I think if they extend it beyond five years, despite only three months ago promising they wouldn’t, that broken promise will probably be ignored. I just find that so hard to stomach, because i…
 
China’s state-controlled media has bluntly warned Australia’s warships to stay out of the South China Sea or risk the “bitter pill” of confrontation. In an ominous threat to Prime Minister Scott Morrison, China is doubling down after the furore over a shocking doctored image depicting a grinning Australian soldier slitting the throat of an Afghan c…
 
New Zealand could now open up quarantine-free travel with several Australian states, a leading epidemiologist in Melbourne says. "It is safe for New Zealand to have quarantine-free arrivals from most of Australia," Professor Tony Blakely, a public health medicine specialist at Melbourne University, told the Herald. "In fact, it has moved beyond tha…
 
There should be a rule: you get to ask for something once, but then that’s it. The feebaters are back. The people who want you to pay for their cars. Julie Anne Genter, back when she was in charge of stuff - mainly nutty ideas – thought this one was spectacular. The fee bate would mean that the electric car would be discounted because the petrol ca…
 
Lawmakers from French President Emmanuel Macron's party will rewrite the most criticized article of a proposed security law, involving a measure aimed at banning the publication of images of police officers with intent to cause them harm. The move comes after tens of thousands of protesters marched Saturday in Paris and across the country to reject…
 
New research has shown Covid-19 has reduced our emotional connection to sport. It's partially because players and teams have been out of sight and out of mind, and people haven't been able to play themselves. The research is Australian, but did include Kiwis. And with recent All Black tests not selling out, it seems a similar trend can be found her…
 
The countdown to Christmas is on and things are looking good for retailers in Christchurch. Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce CEO Leeann Watson told Chris Lynch that in October Christchurch shoppers spent over half a billion dollars in the city. She says spending is up 12% on last year which shows people really are supporting local. Listen a…
 
Plans to double sick leave isn't a necessary move. The Government is officially pushing ahead with plans to double workers' sick leave from five to 10 days a year. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the move is about making sure we have productive and healthy workplaces. Jason Ennor, CEO of MyHr, told Kate Hawkesby that before Covid-19, this wasn't…
 
Black Friday sales have turned the table on 2020 spending. The annual Black Friday shopping festival was strong for 2020, despite Covid19. Spending is up 25 per cent for the month of November, and 3 per cent for the year. However Retail NZ Chief Executive Greg Harford says the surge isn't evenly spread. “There are some businesses that are doing ver…
 
Business and trucking groups are welcoming a proposal to charge commuters to come into central Auckland. Officials have floated replacing the regional fuel tax with a weekday congestion charge of up to $3.50 from 2025, as a way of controlling rush-hour traffic. The Auckland Business Chamber says the idea has worked well in London, Singapore, Stockh…
 
The editor of China's state-run English language newspaper has posted an incendiary piece calling Prime Minister Scott Morrison "ridiculously arrogant" and saying he should "slap himself in the face" on live television. The searing editorial comes after Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian posted a doctored image on Twitter showing an Aus…
 
Some families who lost loved ones in the Whakaari/White Island eruption have welcomed news of charges being laid over the tragedy. However, one family believe their loved one would have been "hugely disappointed" by the prosecutions. WorkSafe NZ has laid criminal charges against 10 organisations and three individuals following the eruption that cla…
 
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