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It may take years for the police to fix its culture. The spotlight's been turned on the force by the release of an Independent Police Conduct Authority report, which labels the culture as dismal. It's found 26 percent of staff experience an isolated incident of abuse and nine percent suffer sustained bullying HR expert Samantha Gadd told Kate Hawke…
 
A review of drug buying agency Pharmac is being described as long overdue. The investigation will look into the speed and transparency of the organisation's decision making. Breast Cancer Foundation Chief Executive Evangelia Henderson told Kate Hawkesby New Zealand has fallen behind as a result of slow action. She says we now rank 19th out of 20 co…
 
Some new insights into food trends have emerged, with Otago University teaming up with Foodstuffs to investigate how Kiwi consumers feel about upcycled food products. These are products that are made from ingredients that would otherwise have gone to waste. Examples include grain being turned into muesli bars, or unsold bread being turned into beer…
 
I note another day of zero new cases yesterday - could that mean Auckland comes out of lockdown early? I wouldn't bet the house on it but the cost of being in lockdown is extremely high. Estimates say it'll cost about $250 million. I think that might be on the high side, I’m still seeing a lot of activity out there. Construction, many greengrocers …
 
It's the question we all want an answer to, why did our new Covid case decide to head to the gym after getting his test? And why is it that young people in particular seem more likely to not obey isolation orders? Celia Lie, from Otago Uni's Department of Pyschology joins Kate Hawkesby to explain the different types of mindsets people have in a tim…
 
Farmers could soon get cheaper bank loans if they meet environmental targets. BNZ's running a pilot partnership with Southern Pastures, to give the dairy investor discounts if it hits water quality targets and reduces carbon emissions. The three year $50 million loan is the first farm sustainably-linked loan to be done in New Zealand. Federated Far…
 
Whether or not Auckland is dealing with a bigger Covid-19 cluster will not be known until the next day or two, when a group of gymgoers are tested for the virus for the first time tomorrow. People who were at City Fitness Papatoetoe at the same time as a young man, who later tested positive for Covid, are considered to be casual plus contacts. The …
 
There're lots of people I feel bad for during a lockdown, business owners, vulnerable people, women in domestic violence situations, elderly, those who’re anxious. And even parents who’re faced with home schooling or supervising online learning. Yes teachers can set up virtual tasks, but the work has to be overseen by parents, stressed children out…
 
Here we go again. Groundhog Day. I saw the headline that the PM was “frustrated”. Really? She's frustrated? How do you think the “team of 5 million” feel? Because actually, despite her insistence on continuing to use this line, there is no team of 5 million. There’s a good chunk of New Zealanders taking Covid seriously, scanning, using the app, iso…
 
ACT leader David Seymour's accusing the Government of creating 'the cult of Ashley', when its former Health Minister was off mountain biking. He says the Government is totally beholden to the Ministry of Health. Seymour believes the Government should be taking Covid-19 advice from a public and private sector epidemic response unit - like Taiwan's. …
 
Wellington has replaced Bay Oval as the venue for the final Black Caps v Australia and White Ferns England T20 double-header on Sunday. New Zealand Cricket has been forced to make the change because of logistical complications arising from the transfer of this Friday's second double-header from Auckland to Wellington. The current alert level 2 prot…
 
One expert says the latest lockdown may be a sign Auckland's last lockdown didn't last long enough. Auckland University public health expert Colin Tukuitonga told Kate Hawkesby the Government is making the right call in putting the city back in Level Three. "Hindsight's a wonderful thing. I thought we were a little hasty in going down one, so this …
 
The Government has announced the four life-shortening conditions that will allow people impacted by them early access to their KiwiSaver funds. Anyone with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Huntington's disease or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder will from March now be able to access their funds earlier than 65 as life expectancy is lower than other pe…
 
Auckland's Papatoetoe Covid cluster has dented business confidence, and taken a massive slice out of businesses' bottom lines. New figures from Paymark show the main five days of the outbreak have cost retailers about $50 million dollars. Most of that lost spending was in Auckland, where Alert Level Three restrictions forced all cafes, restaurants …
 
I don’t get the big deal about Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog about her what she’s taking to combat some long term effects she’s suffering from having Covid. Apparently it left her fatigued and feeling blah, so she turned to an alternative ‘functional medicine practitioner’. Well of course she did, she’s Gwyneth Paltrow. She also sells candles that smell l…
 
An immigration lawyer is concerned about a possible review of the country's skilled migrants policy. The Immigration Minister's flagged a possible review, with the Skilled Migrants Category consideration to restart expression of interest selections deferred until the end of next month. Lawyer Mike McMellon told Kate Hawkesby he wants to know what t…
 
Final gasps from tourism operators in some of the country's more remote areas. A new report paints a sobering picture of the West Coast's Glacier Country in the era of Covid-19. That includes the likes of Franz Josef and Fox Glacier. The report says 62 per cent of businesses in the area will not survive the winter without additional support. Franz …
 
Wellington City Council is a place where no one wants to be right now, with Mayor Andy Foster calling the culture "sub-optimal". Councillor Nicola Young was not so diplomatic in her characterisation of the situation, saying being on council has become intolerable and she's just trying to keep out of the "splatter zone". The council is a house that'…
 
A good piece by Richard Prebble in yesterday’s Herald. He raised the question of lockdowns and why it was the government’s only option. By now, his point was, it shouldn’t be. By now we should have a much tighter border than we do, we should be further ahead on the vaccine than we are, we should have slicker contact tracing in place. Why do we have…
 
Britain plans to use its presidency of the Group of Seven economic powers to push for an internationally recognized system of vaccine passports that could allow world travel to resume, though Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged Tuesday local time that the idea raises "complex" ethical issues. The British government previously said it was not …
 
The Australian Government has re-friended Facebook. The social media site banned any news out of Australia being posted on its platform last week. It followed the proposal of a law which would force Facebook to pay publishers for their content. But the tech giant's now reversed the ban - after the Government agreed to amend the legislation. Washing…
 
Concern from an infectious diseases expert at the latest community cases of Covid 19 in Auckland. Another student at Auckland's Papatoetoe High School has tested positive for the virus - and two of her siblings tested positive last evening. Everyone in the school community is being asked to stay home, while students and staff are tested again. Otag…
 
The Reserve Bank is tipped to wait two years before changing the Official Cash Rate. It's making an announcement at 2pm, along with a Monetary Policy Statement. ANZ chief economist, Sharon Zollner, told Kate Hawkesby the central bank's using unconventional tools like buying bonds, quantitative easing, and funding for lending, which are a lot easier…
 
Who’d be a landlord? Well more specifically, a landlord in Dunedin. I mean here in Auckland, our landlord worries are expensive heat pumps and getting the government sanctioned insulation just right. But in Dunedin? Bigger fish to fry. It’s 'O Week' this week and the students are flooding into Otago for orientation, sorting their flats, and general…
 
The former Liberal staffer at the centre of allegations he assaulted Brittany Higgins and two other women has reportedly checked in to a private rehabilitation clinic, days after staying overnight in hospital and being stood down from his his job at a large corporation. It is understood he admitted himself to Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, s…
 
A business think tank is warning the worst of the housing crisis is yet to come, if we don't build more homes sooner. The New Zealand Initiative has modelled 36 scenarios for the country's future. In most scenarios, about 14,000 more homes need to be built each year, to keep up with rising demand. Researcher Leonard Hong told Kate Hawkesby the Gove…
 
Auckland is back to the "new normal", returning to Alert Level One this morning. Restrictions were eased at midnight, after officials determined the Papatoetoe High School cluster is now under control. Heart of the City chief executive Viv Beck told Kate Hawkesby businesses will be breathing a sigh of relief. "Level 2 is certainly better than level…
 
I was out at two businesses yesterday where at both places the owners said to me ‘what do you reckon? Will we get to Level 1 today? Are you excited for it?’ Now these are smart people whose businesses have been affected by lockdowns, who hate lockdowns, yet they’re reverentially waiting to hear the obvious: that we’re coming out of it. That we’re b…
 
Today marks 10 years since the second Christchurch earthquake. An unforgettable event for every Cantabrian and indeed many others connected to the Garden City: those with family there, those with students there, those who once called Christchurch home. But it was most horrific for those in the centre of it. My sister moved to Christchurch in 2010. …
 
Heritage campaigner Dame Anna Crighton is relieved major fights to save Christchurch's quake-ruined Anglican cathedral and Town Hall are over. She was in her heritage house in the central city when the 6.2 quake struck 10 years ago. Crighton told Kate Hawkesby the people's fight against the Bishop of the time and the Anglican Diocese to save the ca…
 
Prince Charles has been criticised online for his 200-mile journey to visit Prince Philip in hospital amid the ongoing lockdown in the UK. Charles arrived at King Edward VII's hospital over the weekend to visit his 99-year-old father, who was admitted as a "precautionary measure" last week, reports the Daily Mail. Since photos emerged of a tearful …
 
Novak Djokovic put on a masterclass in power and precision to overwhelm Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final and clinch his 18th grand slam title. The match had all the hallmarks of a classic, in particular after a stunning opening set from both men, but the Serb world No. 1 soon put his foot down and raced to a 7-5 6-2 6-2 win in less than…
 
Is it wrong to think about retirement in your 40s? I don’t know if I’m still not over the appealing slower pace of life during lockdown, or whether I’m just seeing more happy retired people around me, but there’s something very alluring about just wandering off into the wilderness. The problem is being able to afford retirement. Raising five kids t…
 
Facebook may have made a major blunder by including emergency services in its ban on Australian news content. It's banned Australian users from sharing news content as the Australian Government proposes making tech companies pay news media for the content. Police, emergency, weather and health agencies, and retailers like Harvey Norman, have also b…
 
A new report has laid out recommendations to lessen negative impacts, tourism may have on the environment. he Parliamentary Commission for the Environment has released a report containing suggestions on how to reduce damage to the environment caused by tourism. They include giving DOC extra powers, restrictions on freedom camping and a departure ta…
 
Britain's 99-year-old Prince Philip has spent a second night in a London hospital after being admitted earlier this week as a precaution due to feeling unwell. Buckingham Palace said Wednesday that the husband of Queen Elizabeth II was admitted to the private King Edward VII Hospital on Tuesday evening. It said the admission was "a precautionary me…
 
NASA's most advanced rover ever is minutes away from making a dramatic landing on Mars. The Perseverance rover is due to land at 9.53 this morning. In what NASA describes as "seven minutes of terror", flight controllers can only watch helplessly as the pre-programmed spacecraft hits the thin Martian atmosphere at 19,500km/h before it deploys a para…
 
A stoush is brewing over America's Cup racing to go ahead this weekend following Auckland's drop to alert level 2. Protocols permit racing to go ahead, however America's Cup events say they do not want to race this weekend unless Auckland moves down to alert level 1, and instead be postponed by one week. However, Challenger of Record Luna Rossa thi…
 
A quarter of New Zealanders are unlikely to take the Covid-19 Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine if offered. The new Ministry of Health data shows Māori and Pasifika have less confidence in the safety and reliability of the vaccine compared to Pākehā. Covid-19 response minister Chris Hipkins has confirmed there will be a specific vaccine roll-out for Māor…
 
Wellington Girls High School has apologised for recently sending a 17-year-old student home for wearing a tank top. The student was told the top put male teenagers in a vulnerable position. The school has since said it acted too hastily. But how do parents broach the subject of telling a teenage girl their outfit is not quite appropriate? Enlighten…
 
Imagine my surprise when (a) a new study published by the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs found cannabis legalisation leads to increased youth use, and (b) that the media didn’t report it. It’s justification that NZ made the right decision in voting No. It also flies in the face of what the Yes camp were saying – which was that legalising c…
 
Article by RNZ The Covid-19 pandemic could exacerbate "unacceptable" levels of poverty and inequity in New Zealand, the Salvation Army has warned. In its latest State of the Nation report, the Salvation Army said the "rapid increase" in 2020 of the number of children living in benefit-dependent households - up by 23,000 - is a sign child poverty ra…
 
Article by A.P: The leaders of New Zealand and Australia were engaged in a bitter fight Tuesday over which country will inherit an alleged Islamic State militant who at one point held citizenship in both nations. The 26-year-old woman and two children were detained when they tried to illegally cross from Syria into Turkey, Turkey's Defense Ministry…
 
The Transport Minister says he deliberately chose not to mince his words in a scathing letter over the state of Wellington's $6.4 billion transport plan. Michael Wood sent a letter to those in charge of Let's Get Wellington Moving (LGWM) after an internal review revealed the project that's meant to tackle the city's growing congestion is at risk of…
 
Article by CNN: Last May, Steve Bates' phone rang. The UK was in the midst of its first national lockdown -- there was a stay-at-home order, schools and most shops were closed, and experts were warning that a vaccine could still be years out. At the other end of the line was an old friend, Kate Bingham, a pharmaceutical investor who had just agreed…
 
The British papers are calling it ‘the final straw’ and it’s hard to see how Harry and Meghan claw back from this, how they ever revert to any kind of royal life after they sit down with Oprah for an hour and a half of tele. I think this is all the proof we needed that they’ve traded British royalty for American royalty. Black and white staged phot…
 
The new corporate reporting season is underway again, covering earnings for the second half of 2020. And word is for many companies, this marks the return of the dividend. Oliver Mander, CEO of Shareholders Association, told Kate Hawkesby about 40 companies will be reporting during this season. He says there will certainly be a return to some degre…
 
Those protesting against Myanmar's military coup are being beaten and peppered with rubber bullets. Hundreds of thousands of protestors have been on the streets, with coup leaders ordering troops to forcefully disperse marchers in Mandalay. Myanmar's military has warned anti-coup protesters across the country that they could face up to 20 years in …
 
I’m pleasantly surprised at how people are handling Level 3 in Auckland. So far, so good I reckon. The local butcher and greengrocer are open for business - one in, one out - people seem to be keeping their cool at supermarkets, things have thus far been low key. I’m wondering if it’s because it was only day one and we’re all still a bit shell shoc…
 
Australia's first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine have arrived in the country. The shipment came via plane at Sydney's international airport shortly after midday yesterday before being taken to a secure location. Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt triumphantly revealed the development saying "the eagle has landed". "The advice that I have…
 
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