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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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Today marks one year since New Zealand saw it's first case of Covid-19 - and the country is back in lockdown. Auckland is at Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand is at Level 2 - which is set to last for at least seven days. New Zealand's latest community case of Covid 19 declared this evening is an older sibling of a Papatoetoe High School stu…
 
Did you know more than a third of adults don’t get the recommended amount of daily sleep? Whether it be struggling to go to sleep or stay asleep – it can be awfully frustrating and it wreaks havoc on our lives. A lack of sleep alters mood, energy, productivity and impacts immunity. Bernice Tuffery struggled with insomnia for years but made it her m…
 
Community leaders say they understand frustrations at Auckland's plunge into lockdown, but are calling for people to focus on crushing the latest outbreak. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a man made a mistake by going to the gym when awaiting Covid-19 test results. Announcing the latest lockdown last night, she voiced frustration, but urged Kiwi…
 
A Net for Small Fishes by Lucy Jago. Anne Turner and Frances Howard were real people who met in the Jacobean court of King James the First and were involved in one of the biggest scandals of that era. They began a friendship which both rewarded and endangered them, and their story highlights the perilous plight of women in those days who stepped ou…
 
The Covid-19 Alert Level changes are like the plug being pulled on Auckland hospitality businesses. Auckland is at Alert Level 3, with the rest of the country at Level 2, after a 21-year-man and his mother tested positive yesterday. Restaurant Association chief executive Marisa Bidois [muh-riss-ah bid-waa] says it's a major blow for our biggest cit…
 
Dietary supplements are all the rage, and getting our nutrients straight from a pill sounds easy, but supplements don't necessarily deliver on the promise of better health unless they are prescribed correctly at the right dose for your health. Some supplements can even be dangerous, especially when taken in larger-than-recommended amounts. Wellbein…
 
You may have heard of the placebo effect - but have you ever come across nocebo effect. This is where something totally harmlesscan create side effects because you have been told that it will. One drug that is often linked to this effect is statins, which help to lower cholesterol potentially preventing heart attacks and strokes. However, there was…
 
In the 30 years Melissa Trueblood has worked in production, she's seen it all -- even if she claims she doesn't have the coolest stories. But 2021 has dealt her one of her tallest orders yet: to help the Golden Globes put on, essentially, three shows in one night. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 78th Golden Globes will be unlike any other in i…
 
Rachel House has been a key part of New Zealand’s acting scene for over 25 years, as an actress, writer, coach and director. She’s had many great roles, ranging from Taika Waititi’s films to featuring in Disney productions Moana and Soul. Now House is back in New Zealand with a local film – Cousins, based on the Patricia Grace novel of the same nam…
 
Aucklanders are waking up this morning to alert level 3, and the rest of the country to level 2. That means a large portion of businesses - hairdressers, gyms and cinemas, among others - will keep their doors shut and operations on hold as trading restrictions are re-implemented in the country's most populous city. Supermarkets, dairies, petrol sta…
 
Scientific experts say two or three key factors specific to Auckland's latest Covid-19 cases forced the Government to impose a seven-day lockdown. The snap move applies from 6am today and follows confirmation of two new Covid community cases. A man, 21, known as case M, went to the GP on Friday afternoon for a Covid test - then went to the gym. His…
 
Finance Minister Grant Robertson has confirmed that since the latest Covid-19 lockdown is more than seven days, business support now kicks in. It comes after a new Covid-19 case was detected in the community yesterday afternoon. Auckland has moved to alert level 3, while the rest of the country is at level 2 for a week from 6am today. The latest lo…
 
Finance Minister Grant Robertson says "the Reserve Bank is now required to consider housing" when making monetary and financial policy decisions. Changes have been made to the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee's remit requiring it to take into account government policy relating to more sustainable house prices, while working towards its objectives. …
 
A mammoth return-trip, criss-crossing the Tasman Sea, today for the Royal Australian Air Force. They'll be flying from Sydney to Masterton - and back - to take part in this year's Wings Over Wairarapa. Because of Covid-19, the crew will have to stay in the plane the whole time. That means a round-trip of almost five thousand kilometres. Squadron Le…
 
Green MP Ricardo Menéndez March's partner's visa has been given the green tick by Immigration New Zealand. After National MPs raised questions at a parliamentary select committee about whether it had been approved immigration officials double-checked they were right to approve it. Head of Immigration Greg Patchell viewed the file and confirmed the …
 
Migration won't likely return to pre-Covid levels when the borders reopen. Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi is telling businesses who've relied on migrant workers in the past to have a re-think. The Government wants to prioritise upskilling New Zealanders. Apples and Pears' Allan Pollard told Heather Du Plessis-Allan he doesn't expect this to impac…
 
Our latest Covid-19 community case worked at KFC Botany when they were potentially infectious. The person's a household contact of our latest three positive cases, and returned to positive test in quarantine. They could've been infectious when they working at the KFC store between 3.30pm on Monday and 12.30am the following day. Customers who used t…
 
Auckland's ageing Harbour Bridge can't take any more strengthening and traffic will need to be restricted in order to maintain its "structural integrity". Waka Kotahi says the bridge has previously been strengthened several times but it is not possible to do it again due to the weight of the steel that would need to be added. Instead, "active traff…
 
Looks like we finally have confirmation that even when the borders are open again, migrants will not be coming back here to work like they used to. Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi has pretty much told employers struggling without offshore owners while our borders are closed that this is not temporary, this will go on. I’m sure there will be plenty…
 
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…
 
Sky TV and NZ Rugby have inked a deal for Super Rugby Aotearoa 2021 matches to stream in more than 100 countries via Sky's RugbyPass service - including top-tier rugby nations the UK, Ireland and France for the first time. Weekly passes, featuring two live games every weekend, plus highlights and condensed games, will be available. RugbyPass' servi…
 
News will be back in Australians’ Facebook feeds from Friday, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has said. Speaking to 2GB radio station after the federal government’s contentious media bargaining code passed into law, Mr Frydenberg said the social media giant told him it would reinstate news content on the platform. Asked when news will be back on the site…
 
The new age of medical supply delivery is here. Across the ditch in Australia, a company called Swoop Aero has signed a deal with the chemist company TerryWhite Chemmart to do medical deliveries via drone. Their drones can deliver within a 130 kilometre range, saving dozens of hours of travel and wait time for patients. The New Zealand operations m…
 
Excitement is building as boxing rivals Parker and Fa prepare to step into the ring for what has been billed as one of the biggest events in New Zealand boxing history.Fight night is tomorrow at Auckland's Spark Arena with tickets selling fast for the much-anticipated event.Yesterday, promoter David Higgins said about 80 per cent of the tickets hav…
 
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 …
 
At the end of each week, Mike Hosking takes you through the big-ticket items and lets you know what he makes of it all. Covid-19 Vaccine Rollout. 9/10. "First for the country this week. Is it light at the end of the tunnel? Or maybe the start of the end?" Britain and Israel's Rollout. 8/10. "They are the guiding lights. If you want to see where we …
 
Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine offers strong protection against severe COVID-19, according to an analysis released Wednesday by U.S. regulators that sets the stage for a final decision on a new and easier-to-use shot to help tame the pandemic. The long-anticipated shot could offer the nation a third vaccine option and help speed vaccinatio…
 
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…
 
Quick suggestion, why don’t we just ask Adrian Orr to be the Finance Minister? Grant Robertson seems to have given up. The latest "Robertson to Orr" letter asks the Reserve Bank to take housing into account when they make their various statements and announcements. That on top of inflation and employment. The Reserve Bank used to have a sweet job. …
 
The Auditor-General is launching an enquiry into emergency housing grants, after paying up to $3000 per week for private rentals. From November 2017 until June last year, the Ministry of Social Development paid more than $38 million to landlords and property managers. The grant is meant to be a short-term solution for seven days while a permanent h…
 
More support could be on the way for the tourism regions most affected by the closure of international borders. New figures show tourism spending in Otago dropped by almost a quarter last year, while many tourism businesses in Fox Glacier are operating at 20 percent normal capacity. Finance Minister Grant Robertson says the Government is looking at…
 
Simon Bridges has continued to dominate headlines this week. Earlier this week, the National MP hit headlines for calling Police Commissioner Andrew Coster 'woke'. They faced each other in today's Justice Select Committee's annual review of New Zealand Police. Bridges read an email he'd received from one officer, which says they feel frustrated at …
 
I was slightly disturbed at reportage that Judith Collins was trying to bring Simon bridges into line over his Coster ‘wokester’ comments I hope it’s not true, because what this country needs - all countries need - is strong opposition. Not opposition for opposition’s sake, but well thought through critique. The trick to good opposition is not just…
 
A2 Milk's share price dropped sharply after the company reported a drop in first half earnings. By late morning, the stock was down $1.97 or 17.7 per cent at $9.16. The company earlier said its net profit dropped by 35 per cent to $120m in the first half due to Covid-19 disruption in the unofficial daigou trade into China, and the flow-on impact of…
 
Finance Minister Grant Robertson says "the Reserve Bank is now required to consider housing" when making monetary and financial policy decisions. Changes have been made to the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee's remit requiring it to take into account government policy relating to more sustainable house prices, while working towards its objectives. …
 
Air New Zealand has revealed a $72 million net loss for the six months to December 31 as it remains pinned down by travel restrictions in response to Covid-19. The result follows a $454m loss for the 2019 financial year, which included a $338m write-down to the value of its long-haul fleet, and a $101m profit for the same six-month period a year ag…
 
A court in China has ordered a man to pay thousands of dollars in compensation to his former wife for housework she shouldered during their five-year marriage, in a landmark divorce ruling that has sparked discussion in the country over the value of unpaid domestic duties. Wang, a homemaker, demanded restitution equivalent to US$24,700 from her hus…
 
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