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The Warrior Life teaches you how to be successful in all areas of your life. Warriors are mentally and physically strong, so the show focuses on complete health. Laying the foundation for a warrior’s life takes commitment and dedication to all aspects of your well-being. The show airs twice a week. Tuesdays are an expansive version of my weekly blog, which teaches you how to break through bad diet cycles and create positive relationships with food to achieve the body and life of your dreams. ...
 
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Santa will ride through Auckland streets as usual on Sunday, brushing aside coronavirus fears. The city's annual Santa Parade will have just one QR code to cover all sections of the parade, which is expected to draw more than 100,000 people. Spectators will have to wear masks if they come into town on public transport, but will be free to take thei…
 
There is little argument from New Zealand Apples and Pears CEO on the government's insistence the skilled seasonal workers being allowed into the country get the living wage of $22.10 an hour. The Greens say all New Zealand workers doing the same job should get the same pay. Employers will have to pay the workers a living wage of $22.10 an hour, pa…
 
Cricket commentator Bryan Waddle has fired back at the outburst by former Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Akhtar. The former fast bowler has taken offence to the 'final warning' issued to the Pakistan touring party who breached managed isolation protocols in Christchurch. Akhtar warned NZC to "behave yourself" for threatening to cancel the tour, accusin…
 
Victoria has effectively eliminated coronavirus after recording its 28th consecutive day of zero new infections this morning. Epidemiologists regard 28 days without new or mystery cases in the community as elimination of Covid-19. Victoria hit no active cases on Tuesday, when the last coronavirus patient was discharged from hospital. It was the fir…
 
Isn’t it a bit rich of the Ministry of Health to be so indignant over members of the Pakistani cricket team mixing with each other in the corridors? The way Ashley Bloomfield and quite frankly members of the public are reacting, you’d think it’s the crime of the century. These guys posed no threat to the public. Even Grant Robertson the sports mini…
 
If the Government plans on extending the brightline test as a way to substitute the Capital Gains Tax, Heather du Plessis-Allan says that there are two major flaws with the plan. ACT has accused the Government of planning to introduce a capital gains tax by stealth. Finance Minister Grant Robertson has asked Treasury to look at a range of tax optio…
 
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will introduce a Government motion next week to declare a climate change emergency. If Parliament supports the motion, it will be a symbolic move - the declaration of a climate change emergency doesn't effect any rules or regulations. The exact wording of that motion will be publicly released the day before. About 18 m…
 
Europe remained the biggest global contributor to new Covid-19 cases and deaths in the past week, the World Health Organization (WHO) said, despite signs that stricter measures against the spread of the virus are starting to have an impact. The European region accounted for 44% of global new cases and 49% of global new deaths in the past week, acco…
 
The Foreign Affairs Minister has not spoken with China yet since taking the role. Nanaia Mahuta was named Foreign Affairs Minister last month, the first woman to take up the role. The first statement she signed as minister was to sign a Five Eyes statement that was critical of a Chinese government resolution, which led to the disqualification of fo…
 
The story of Waikato company Fiasco is nothing short of an extreme Covid pivot. Before the pandemic, they were making those really cool road cases that bands use for all their stuff on tour, but then Covid hit, and they turned their attention to producing amazing flat pack home desks, and specialist screens to help businesses protect staff and cust…
 
The Climate Change Minister doesn't want declaring a climate emergency to be a hollow promise. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will introduce a Government motion next week. Minister James Shaw says the declaration will be a clear statement of the Government's intent to address the crisis. He told Heather du Plessis-Allan other countries' declarations…
 
The Oceania footballer of the 20th century is remembering one of the world's best. Diego Maradona has died at the age of 60. Wynton Rufer says the Argentine was one of a kind. "Incredible dribbling ability, and because he was small, the centre of gravity was just incredible. He'd look to go left, and he would go right, and he would do things in the…
 
On a day of grace and grievance, President-elect Joe Biden summoned Americans to join in common purpose against the coronavirus pandemic and their political divisions while the man he will replace stoked the fading embers of his campaign to “turn the election over.” Biden, in a Thanksgiving-eve address to the nation, put the surging pandemic front …
 
Meghan Markle's revelation she had a miscarriage in July has sparked calls to normalise a tragedy experienced by thousands of New Zealand women. The Duchess of Sussex has written an opinion piece in the New York Times, saying she felt a "sharp cramp" while changing the diaper of her first child. She's described dropping to the floor with her toddle…
 
Hospitality venues are being served a fresh Covid-19 blow as some employers move to cancel or tone down festive work parties amid lingering Covid-19 concern and budget constraints. A survey from the Restaurant Association shows Christmas function bookings are down on normal levels and about a third of venues are experiencing Christmas party cancell…
 
Air New Zealand says it's actively monitoring the situation around Covid 19 vaccines. Qantas has announced a no jab no fly rule -- where international passengers could be refused a seat, if they're not vaccinated against Covid-19. Air New Zealand says its chief Medical Officer Dr Ben Johnston talks regularly with colleagues at other airlines, and i…
 
Fisher and Paykel Healthcare said its first-half net profit shot up by 86 per cent to $225.5 million, driven by demand for its respiratory products arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. The company said that based on stronger hospital hardware sales to date its net profit for the full year was forecast to be $400m to $415m, up from its August forecas…
 
Police are replacing their Holden frontline vehicle fleet with Skodas. "After a rigorous testing and evaluation process, New Zealand Police has selected the Skoda Superb as the new frontline Police car," Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said. "The more environmentally friendly Skoda will become Police's primary response vehicle, with the first car…
 
Hawke's Bay growers have laid out a plan to address the seasonal worker shortage. Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst and Napier Mayor Kirsten Wise met with Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi at Parliament last week on behalf of the region. Hazlehurst says they want to see Recognised Seasonal Employer workers from Covid-free Pacific Island countries acc…
 
Jacinda Ardern ruled out a capital gains tax while she's leader, but the Reserve Bank says tax of some form should be considered. Speaking to Stuff today, Reserve Bank governor Adrian Orr said: "I'm aware the Government has said publicly they have ruled certain things off the table. They have ruled that off but ...we're going to have to speak openl…
 
New Zealand needs to be prepared for a change in format to the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Speculation is rife that the deal could make a comeback, as President Elect Joe Biden reversing policy positions set by President Donald Trump. The president-elect said he was “struck” by how world leaders have repeatedly told him during congratulatory calls t…
 
The Government is being accused of planning to introduce a capital gains tax by stealth, after Finance Minister Grant Robertson asked Treasury for advice on extending the brightline test. The Act Party has raised an eyebrow at the development, given Jacinda Ardern has already ruled out implementing a capital gains tax (CGT) while she is Prime Minis…
 
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has warned of "catastrophic" consequences if Australia's international borders are opened. She has faced strong criticism of her strict approach to her own state’s border, but finally revealed this morning it would be open to Victoria on December 1 after Sydney was was taken off the blacklist yesterday. In a…
 
So the debate over house prices has continued today with the Reserve Bank having its turn answering questions about it And it’s clearly turning into a blame game Yesterday, Finance Minister Grant Robertson tried to blame the Reserve Bank by making his letter public. Today, the Reserve Bank has put the ball firmly back in the court of the government…
 
Both major opposition parties are jostling for credit over who prompted Finance Minister Grant Robertson to lobby the Reserve Bank to more closely address soaring house prices first. National and Act have welcomed the Government's moves to curb house prices; this afternoon, Robertson wrote to the Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr asking him to consi…
 
Haircuts, shopping trips and visits to the pub will be back on the agenda for millions of people when a four-week lockdown in England comes to an end next week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday local time. Johnson confirmed to lawmakers that on Dec. 2 the government will lift the stay-at-home instruction introduced early this month …
 
The federal government recognised President-elect Joe Biden as the "apparent winner" of the Nov. 3 election, formally starting the transition of power after President Donald Trump spent weeks testing the boundaries of American democracy. He relented after suffering yet more legal and procedural defeats in his seemingly futile effort to overturn the…
 
One of the first businesses to fall victim to Covid in New Zealand was Bauer Media. In early April, the German magazine giant closed iconic magazine titles, including North and South. Now, like a phoenix from the ashes, the current affairs magazine is returning to shelves under new ownership. Rachel Morris has returned to New Zealand after working …
 
The Finance Minister's making moves to put an ice pack on the overheated housing market. Grant Robertson's written to Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr to look at ways they could work together. In a letter - Robertson's suggested Orr add stability in house prices to the Reserve Bank's remit. He says economists across the board were not projecting th…
 
A Green MP has come under fire for a tweet that has been seen as offensive to older citizens. Green MP Ricardo Menendez-March was yesterday announced as the party's spokesperson for seniors, and was quickly criticised on social media for stating he was ready to ask seniors "are you okay, boomer?". The comment was made in reference to Chloe Swarbric…
 
A Christchurch singer has taken song requests from people in managed isolation next to the bar where she works. Lee Martin has been doing gigs this year at OGB Bar in Cathedral Square, which is right next door to the Distinction Hotel, which is a MIQ facility. Some of those staying there say Martin's gigs have been helping them to get through their…
 
Police did not handle a 111 call reporting concerns about a 2-year-old girl's welfare in accordance with police policy, standard operating procedures and good practice, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has found. Police found the child dead the next day. On March 20, 2019, Niki Sturgess called 111 to report that she and her husband wanted h…
 
The Prime Minister hasn't met up with Winston Peters since the election when New Zealand First was voted out. It was Peters who anointed Jacinda Ardern as the Prime Minister three years ago. Ardern says she has spoken to him on the phone. "There's been a couple of other occasions where we've had messages conveyed, but I haven't caught up with him p…
 
Queensland has gifted itself a “billion-dollar Christmas present” with the announcement the Sunshine State will reopen to millions of Sydney residents on December 1. Victorians could also be allowed back into the state on the same day if it reaches the 28-day milestone of no unlinked community COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. Queensland Premier Annasta…
 
A New Zealand teenager is adjusting to life in a new world, after returning from an eight month trip with no knowledge of Covid-19. Charlie Thomas was part of a group of people who went to one of the most remote coral atolls in the world right as the pandemic was beginning. Kure is part of Hawaii, and is home to lots of wildlife and no humans. Ther…
 
If you are struggling to get into the housing market right now, and you’re hoping that the moves by the Finance Minister this afternoon are going to help you, I’ve got bad news. It’s probably not going to help. Grant Robertson’s written to Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr, asking him to consider how the bank can help stabilise house prices. One opt…
 
A promise from the Children's Minister, that Maori will have greater say over what happens with their tamariki. Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft wants total transformation of the care and protection system for Maori babies. He's asking the Government to transfer power and resources to Maori. "We've got to step in and make an unmistakable cap …
 
In episode 459 of The Half Size Me™ Show, Heather talks with Kate about why you don't have to be perfect to be proud of yourself and how her stressful job and relationships affected her weight what exercise she learned she didn’t like doing to lose weight why it’s helpful to have pride in yourself no matter what you weigh why fitting into her favor…
 
The Government is preparing for the cost of Covid-19 managed isolation to exceed its budget. $500 million was put aside for its operations, and it's reported to be costing $2.4 million a day. But Finance Minister Grant Robertson told Heather du Plessis-Allan the cost will increase because we have to continue having managed isolation for now. He say…
 
Shelly Bay protestors are settling in for the long haul. Mau Whenua just spent another chilly night at the Miramar peninsula construction site. The group's occupied the area since Sunday morning, challenging the legality of the sale to property developer Ian Cassels. But protest organiser Anaru Mepham says they're prepared to be there for at least …
 
Sir Tim Shadbolt's struggle to carry out significant aspects of his mayoral role created a leadership void within the Invercargill City Council, leading to major shortcomings, an independent review has found. The governance review was carried out by Richard Thomson after the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) launched an investigation in August i…
 
The organiser of a protest against the controversial Shelly Bay development vows to fight "the illegal sale" through "peacefulness but determined occupation". Iwi group Mau Whenua had been at the Shelly Bay site since Sunday, to protest against the $500 million development, after Wellington City councillors voted in favour of selling and leasing th…
 
State border closures are continuing to cause heartache across the Tasman. New South Wales has opened its border to Victoria this morning, after the state went more than three weeks without a new case of Covid 19. But Victoria is still yet to open its border to South Australia after the recent outbreak in Adelaide. Longer-term border problems conti…
 
There are differing views on when a Covid-19 vaccine could be made available. The head of the U.S. effort to produce a coronavirus vaccine says the first immunisations could happen on December 12. A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee is set to meet Dec. 10 to discuss Pfizer Inc.’s request for an emergency use authorisation for its deve…
 
It is not a surprise that we have another case of iwi occupation, this time at Shelly Bay in Wellington. It was widely predicted that members of Whānui Taranaki might occupy the Shelly Bay land if they saw that the occupation at Ihumātao in Auckland had been successful. And for all intents and purposes, Ihumātao’s occupation was successful. We’re s…
 
The National Road Carriers Association is warning New Zealand’s supply chain is on the brink of overload and could be pushed over the edge in the coming months. Fewer planes are carrying freight here and there are huge delays at the ports, which means that consumers at the end of the supply chain will pick up the cost. Chris Carr, the director of t…
 
The coronavirus is killing one person every eight seconds around the world. The frightening statistic comes from data on the international World Health Organisation (WHO) Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Dashboard. The WHO recorded 9989 new deaths from coronavirus in the past 24 hours – making yesterday the third deadliest day since the beginning of …
 
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