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Chief Influencer is a podcast that explores how today’s successful leaders inspire and influence others to make an impact in the world. They aren’t just Chief Executives, they’re “Chief Influencers.” We interview a range of leaders and uncover how they build authentic connections - both inside their organizations and beyond. Your next breakthrough idea may come from a Chief Influencer facing similar challenges in a completely different sector.
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Prince Harry has lost a High Court challenge over his royal security arrangements. The Duke of Sussex took legal action against the British Government over a decision to lower his personal level of security, after stepping back from Royal duties. UK correspondent Enda Brady says Harry is now expected to hand over at least $2 million in legal fees. …
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Tonight on The Huddle, David Farrar from Kiwiblog and Curia and Ali Jones from Red PR joined in on a discussion about the following issues of the day- and more! Yesterday, Melissa Lee said she wasn't concerned about New Zealand having just one TV news station and that there was still a 'plurality of voices'. She's since clarified and claimed she mi…
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Households can breathe a temporary sigh of relief following yesterday's announcement from the Reserve Bank. The Bank has held the OCR steady at 5.5 percent, in line with with what most economists were predicting. NZ Herald business editor at large Liam Dann says it's going to be a long battle to get inflation down, so the future's uncertain. LISTEN…
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The world's biggest sheep-shearing event is kicking off in Masterton today. Over 500 shearers and wool-handlers are taking part in the three-day event, an increase of 25 percent on the previous year. The Country's Jamie Mackay says finding sheep has been tougher this year- but they've managed to get at least 3500 ahead of the event. LISTEN ABOVE Se…
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There's growing concern that the proposed closure of Newshub could be a sign of tougher times for the media industry. Warner Bros. Discovery revealed they planned to shutter newsroom operations from July, forcing hundreds out of work. AUT media researcher Merja Myllylahti says the entire industry is in trouble, revenue-wise. "For example, results f…
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There's salt in the wound for Christchurch Blink-182 fans after bassist Mark Hoppus was filmed ripping on the city. It comes after the band announced they were cancelling their Christchurch show, just two weeks ahead of the event taking place. Consumer NZ Communications and Campaigns Manager Jessica Walker says the band's actions have encouraged fa…
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Health New Zealand says it's going as fast as it can to combat huge delays in implementing pay rises. It's been three months since senior doctors and dentists settled pay negotiations, but most still haven't received agreed increases. The Association of Salaried Medical Specialists says some of its members have been told they won't get the extra mo…
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ACT Party leader David Seymour is investigating making TVNZ pay dividends. He's asked Treasury to look into the returns the station is offering tax-payers, after 1News' competitor Newshub revealed it was broke. Warner Bros. Discovery has proposed shuttering Newshub from July, axing one of the country's biggest commercial news operators. Seymour say…
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An issue with paying for fuel at outdoor pumps has been confirmed as being related to the leap year. The extra day in February has affected Allied, Waitomo, Gull and BP truck stops, stopping customers from paying for their gas. Software provider Invenco was meant to roll out a fix at 3 o'clock - but that hasn't happened. Waitomo Chief Executive Sim…
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The designation of Hamas as a terrorist entity isn't expected to have implications for controversial pro-Palestine protest chants. Both the movement's military and political wings - which govern parts of Gaza - are now deemed a terrorist group in New Zealand. When pressed, Peters says people just have to follow and respect the law during protests. …
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The life and legacy of Fa’anana Efeso Collins has been celebrated at the Manukau Events Centre. Thousands of people, including Prime Minister Chris Luxon, former rugby stars and politicians from all sides came together to pay their respects to the late MP. ZB senior political correspondent Barry Soper says Efeso really left a mark in Parliament dur…
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NSW's Police Commissioner has taken the first steps to remove Beau Lamarre-Condon from the state's police force. Lamarre-Condon has been accused of murdering Sydney couple Luke Davies and Jesse Baird several days ago. Australian correspondent Murray Olds says Lamarre-Condon allegedly carried out the murder with a police firearm - sparking an invest…
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New Zealand seamer Matt Henry is leading the way on the opening day of the first cricket test against Australia at the Basin Reserve. He's taken three wickets to have the tourists 166 for five early in the final session. Sportstalk host D'Arcy Waldegrave explains further. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
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Wellington's mayor is celebrating a controversial multi-million dollar development deal. Wellington City Council today agreed to continue with its plan to buy the land under the Reading Cinema complex for $32 million. The complex will then be rented back to the company, with the funds used to pay for quake strengthening. Tory Whanau couldn't go int…
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British MPs facing threats to their safety can opt for extra security as part of a new package. £31 million has been allocated to help protect concerned politicians, amid growing safety concerns since the war in Gaza began. UK correspondent Gavin Grey says this could include extra bodyguards for MPs who are most at risk. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio…
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Tonight on The Huddle, Sarah Trotman from Business Mentors and Jack Tame from ZB's Saturday Mornings and Q&A joined in on a discussion about the following issues of the day- and more! Newshub shocked employees with the revelation they planned to shut down newsroom operations by the end of June. Do we just have to accept that the news sector in New …
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The Reserve Bank Governor says inflation is still too high to consider cutting the OCR. Adrian Orr held the OCR steady at 5.5 percent today, in line with most economist's expectations. Infometrics Principal Economist Brad Olsen says the Bank's on the right track to bringing down inflation. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy inform…
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The Reserve Bank Governor has held the Official Cash Rate at 5.5 percent today, as expected by most economists. Adrian Orr says there was discussion on whether to bring in a small hike, but the Monetary Policy Committee concluded holding was the right move. Milford Asset Management's Katlyn Parker analyses the market reaction to this announcement. …
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Finance Minister Nicola Willis wants to exempt some trusts from paying the new 39 percent trustee tax rate. She hinted the Government planned to modify the bill aimed at lifting the trustee tax rate from 33 percent to 39 percent from April 1. NZ Herald Wellington business editor Jenee Tibshraeny explains how Nicola Willis plans to determine these e…
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Chris Hipkins has given a seething speech in the House, slamming the Government's unwinding Labour's smokefree laws. The legislation had restricted retailers who can sell cigarettes, and banned people born after 2008 from buying them. A Bill scrapping the moves is now in its first reading. ZB senior political correspondent Barry Soper says he's nev…
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Over in the US, President Biden and former President Trump have won their respective parties' Michigan's presidential primaries. Both candidates are still likely to enter an electoral rematch in November, according to political experts. US correspondent Dan Mitchinson says Trump and Biden hold a clear lead over the other candidates. LISTEN ABOVE Se…
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The Black Caps will be without Devon Conway for the first cricket test against Australia in Wellington, with more damage revealed to his left thumb. Conway suffered the injury while wicket-keeping in the second T20 at Eden Park. Additional scans revealed extra issues with the thumb. Sportstalk host D'Arcy Waldegrave explains what this means for tom…
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Christchurch Airport has pulled back and put their controversial Tarras airport project on hold. Chief executive Justin Watson announced that all future work on the airport would be delayed, saying more time is needed to examine the overall impact and consult with local and national stakeholders. Christchurch city councillor Yani Johansen suspects …
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Building back trust is next on the agenda for the rat-plagued Countdown Dunedin South. It reopened today, after being closed for almost three weeks for pest management procedures. Woolworths Stores Director Jason Stockill says foot traffic was down today, but they're determined to regain customers' faith. "We know it's going to be a slow process, b…
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There's a clip of David Seymour making the rounds on social media that has viewers scratching their heads. In the interview, recorded in 2010, the ACT leader was recorded speaking with a clear Canadian accent. Seymour says he adopted the accent during his time overseas to blend in with the locals. "I know people that have lived outside their home c…
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Economists at our biggest bank expect the Reserve Bank will increase the Official Cash Rate. ANZ's changed its forecast, now predicting 25 basis point hikes in February and in April. That would take the OCR to 6 percent- from its current 5.5. ANZ chief economist Sharon Zollner says the Reserve Bank said it was very close to hiking it again in Novem…
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Molly Lenore is the Co-founder and President of Moey Inc., a pioneering company dedicated to crafting technology-infused experiences, installations, products, and exhibits at the convergence of art, science, technology, design, and education. With a focus on conceptualization, design, and realization, Molly specializes in curating technology-driven…
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Warner Bros. Discovery's Asia Pacific president reckons shutting down Newshub at the end of June is the best way forward. Staff were shocked as the company announced they would close down Newshub's newsroom and website- blaming financial headwinds and a tough advertising market. President James Gibbons says he's come to the conclusion this is the r…
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Uncertainty over the future for hundreds of Newshub workers, following the shock announcement its newsroom will close. Warner Brothers Discovery executives told staff today they're shutting the newsroom and website, from the end of June. The former-Mediaworks news company says it's battled financial headwinds and plans to focus on streaming service…
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Over in the UK, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak says he's 'living proof' the country isn't racist. This is off the back of a recent controversy involving newly-suspended MP Lee Anderson making some Islamophobic comments during an interview. UK correspondent Enda Brady says Rishi Sunak is trying to save face during the 'dying embers' of his tenure. LISTE…
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Tonight on The Huddle, Matt Heath from Radio Hauraki and Jordan Williams from the Taxpayers' Union joined in on a discussion about the following issues of the day- and more! Former Cabinet Minister Stuart Nash went on a verbal bender today to prove how committed he was to being tough on crime as Police Minister. Leader Chris Hipkins has accused him…
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As several trade ministers come together for this week's WTO meeting in Abu Dhabi, some experts are less hopeful. Stephen Jacobi, the executive director of the International Business Forum, says there's no chance of an agreement for further cuts to agricultural subsidies and tariffs. The Country's Jamie Mackay explains why he's less than optimistic…
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Immigration NZ have found themselves in hot water for failing to do enough risk analysis for migrant workers. A review of the Accredited Employer Work Visa Scheme has found the department had insufficient checks and balances for preventing migrant exploitation. BusinessDesk's Pattrick Smellie says this feedback could send the wrong signal for the f…
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The Aggregate and Quarry Association says urgent intervention is needed to avoid delays in construction projects in the Upper North Island. Auckland reportedly ran out of sand fit for construction purposes, and the quarry industry head says an interim fix is needed to get projects back on track. CEO Wayne Scott says they've been on the cusp of a ma…
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Sir John Key believes the time was right to step down as chair of the country's biggest bank. Key has been working with ANZ's Australian and New Zealand boards since 2017, and became chair in 2018. He says the bank is in good shape and they had an obvious replacement in mind- so he knew he was ready to retire. "The timing seemed about right for me,…
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A nursing recruiter says programmes for overseas trained nurses aren't enough for them to develop the necessary skills to work in New Zealand. Canterbury nursing jobs have been listed stating overseas nurses who have just recently completed the competency assessment programme won't be accepted. Gore Hospital recently had 80 international nurses app…
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Countdown Dunedin South's intense pest management days may be behind them. The store's been closed since February 10 after multiple continued rat sightings. If none are spotted overnight, MPI have given them the all clear for opening tomorrow. Consumer NZ's Jon Duffy says rats have a bad name - but people need to have faith the pests are being prop…
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Virgin Voyages won't be having a second season down under. Next summer's sailings of the Resilient Lady are cancelled in New Zealand and Australia to avoid growing tensions in the Red Sea. New Zealand Cruise Association CEO Jacqui Lloyd says they'll be monitoring this situation closely. "We do have vessels that travel down from Alaska, they come fr…
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Immigration New Zealand's boss says it's unacceptable staff concerns were ignored. The Public Service Commission's released its report on the Accredited Employer Work Visa scheme, which began after a whistle-blower alerted the Minister to a lack of checks and balances. The review has found Immigration New Zealand should have done more to minimise m…
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The Government is taking the first steps towards dismantling the Māori Health Authority. A Bill to bring about its end will pass under urgency tonight, with the Authority being scrapped for good by June 30. ZB senior political correspondent Barry Soper says Minister Shane Reti has claimed axing the Authority will improve healthcare for all New Zeal…
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New South Wales police are still searching for missing Sydney couple, Jesse Baird and Luke Davies. They've accused 28-year-old constable, Beau Lamarre-Condon, of murdering them in Baird's home. Detectives are again scouring a rural property visited by Lamarre-Condon, after finding nothing yesterday. Australian correspondent Murray Olds says the acc…
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Black Caps paceman Neil Wagner has called time on his international cricket career. The 37-year-old left-arm pace bowler will bow out after two-match series against Australia, but appears unlikely to play them. Sportstalk host D'Arcy Waldegrave explains his impact within the sport. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
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New data has revealed a sharp spike in people using their phones behind the wheel. The latest figures show over 42,210 offences by phone-distracted drivers had been recorded in the first nine months of 2023. Prime Minister Chris Luxon has also claimed he's willing to increase the $150 fine for distracted drivers. Brake NZ Development Director Carol…
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The UK Government has announced £4.7 billion will be used to fund transport projects outside big cities in the Midlands and northern England. It’s a redirection of funds from the scrapped northern legs of the HS2 rail line. UK correspondent Gavin Grey says this announcement has been met with mixed reactions from the Opposition and prospective voter…
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Tonight on The Huddle, Child Fund Chief Executive Josie Pagani and Trish Sherson from Sherson Willis PR joined in on a discussion about the following issues of the day- and more! Hundreds of people, including fellow politicians Chloe Swarbrick, Carmel Sepuloni and Chris Hipkins, came to Auckland to pay tribute to deceased MP Efeso Collins. What wil…
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Several trade ministers from the World Trade Organisation are expected to gather over the next few days. The MC13 gathering, held in Abu Dhabi, will be co-chaired by New Zealand's own Trade Minister- Todd McClay. NZME business commentator Fran O'Sullivan says New Zealand has a lot to gain over this timeframe, if McClay does well. LISTEN ABOVE See o…
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Hundreds of school building project plans may need changing. The Government is launching a Ministerial Inquiry into cost overruns, with up to 350 projects possibly in peril. Already, the Education Ministry has frozen major projects at 20 schools. ZB senior political correspondent Barry Soper says the Government's message about 'wasteful spending' s…
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Michael Hill is boosting its presence in Australia as New Zealand sales drop amid ongoing thefts. Overall half-year earnings were down by 55 percent on last year, with New Zealand being marked as a 'laggard' for the company. CEO Daniel Bracken says Australian consumers are feeling more positive about the state of their economy than New Zealanders. …
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The Finance Minister is committed to ensuring the fees-free policy is shifted to the final year of tertiary education, rather than the first. Questions have been raised about the effectiveness of the scheme, after data revealed there was no discernible evidence it helped low decile school students into university. Minister Nicola Willis says fees-f…
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Wellington Water has again failed to meet fluoridation targets. The water provider says there's been a drop in fluoride levels across the region over the past four months, so it has been unable to meet targets 95 percent of the time. It's blaming equipment issues, treatment plant outages and workplace health and safety improvements. Chief Executive…
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