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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 continues to serve up on everything you want to hear about and some things you don’t. Stand by to be enlightened, educated and enraged!
 
Looking to make sense of your dollars? Newstalk ZB’s Smart Money delves into the deep, dark recesses of unwanted debt, traverses the highs and lows of investments and helps to ensure you money works for you. Our industry experts give us their top tips on a wide selection of topics including mortgage rates, stock, savings, goal-setting and retirement.
 
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.
 
Every week, Rugby Direct gives you the lowdown on all you need to know from the rugby world. Whether it's the All Blacks, Black Ferns, NPC, Farah Palmer Cup, or just what's going down at the club grounds, we have you covered on your home for all things rugby. Listen on iHeartRadio for every angle, every moment, and every opinion.
 
Every weekday join the new voice of local issues on Canterbury Mornings with John MacDonald, 9am-12pm weekdays. It’s all about the conversation with John, as he gets right into the things that get our community talking. If it’s news you’re after, backing John is the combined power of the Newstalk ZB and New Zealand Herald news teams. Meaning when it comes to covering breaking news – you will not beat local radio. With two decades experience in communications based in Christchurch, John also ...
 
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.
 
Keeping up to date with the news just became a little easier. Available every weekday at 5am, tune in as Damien Venuto chats with the journalists and newsmakers, going behind the headlines to break down what you need to know on the biggest stories of the day.
 
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Newstalk ZB chief political reporter Jason Walls joined Francesca Rudkin to give a preview into what we can expect in this week's Budget. The pair discussed Act's alternative Budget, National's response and a few details on the Emissions Reduction Plan that will be delivered by James Shaw on Monday. LISTEN ABOVE…
 
I want to bring you up to date on the serious baby formula shortage in the United States right now. Parents have been scrambling to find formula after one of America's largest producers was forced to shut down some of its manufacturing, after a bacteria safety scare. The FDA is now increasing formula imports into the country... Begging the question…
 
The ACT Party is calling this budget the brain drain budget... Saying ambitious Kiwis are tired of being milked and will leave the country for greener pastures. The Government has lifted caps for first home loans and grants... Something ACT says will only lift house prices further. ACT's leader David Seymour joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN …
 
Tauranga is grappling with a significant youth violence problem at some of its bus stops. So much so, the head of NZ Bus says it's the worst anti-social and criminal behaviour he's seen in his 22 years in the bus industry. The Regional Council has now voted to restrict free fares for under 18-year-olds, in the hope it will help ease the problem. Co…
 
The Government has reacted to the cost-of-living crisis with a billion-dollar package targeting the so-called "squeezed middle". But the boosts to transport costs and $27 for middle-income earners are temporary. Meanwhile, Treasury is forecasting inflation will remain elevated until 2025. ANZ chief economist Sharon Zollner joined Heather du Plessis…
 
COST OF LIVING PAYMENT – Is a temporary extra $27 going to cut it for those suffering from the cost-of-living crisis? What about those who are missing out? TRANSPORT – half-price public transport and petrol tax reduction will continue for two months and then what? Were you expecting something more long-term? CLIMATE CHANGE WAS BARELY MENTIONED TODA…
 
Addressing the cost-of-living crisis was the number one task for Grant Robertson today. And while the middle class will welcome $27 a week for three months – a total of 350 bucks – beneficiaries and pensioners are asking what's in it for them. Cost cuts to public transport and the fuel tax will continue for another couple of months The Salvation Ar…
 
This is the “block of cheese and cup of coffee” budget. Because that’s all you’re going to be able to buy with that extra $27 a week. One block of $21 tasty cheese and one $6 cup of coffee. And that’s only if you earn below $70K a year. As I said earlier, I think the first reaction low-income Kiwis will have is to be pleasantly surprised but that w…
 
There's big drama on the set of Dancing with the Stars. Eric Murray and Rhys Mathewson have both got Covid and have had to bow out of the competition paving the way for Alex Vaz and Newstalk ZB’s very own Kerre Woodham to return. Kerre joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVEBy Newstalk ZB
 
Addressing the cost-of-living crisis was at the forefront of today's budget. Anyone earning less than $70k will get a one-off $350 over three months from August – $27 a week. But beneficiaries and pensioners miss out. Public transport will stay half price and the fuel tax reduction will continue for another two months. Finance Minister Grant Robert…
 
National says the Government is taking New Zealanders backwards with its budget. They say Grant Robertson spent too much money while Kiwis are continuing to fall behind every week. National Party leader Christopher Luxon joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVEBy Newstalk ZB
 
Health is at the forefront of this budget. Billions are being put aside to wipe DHB debt, Pharmac’s getting almost 200 million dollars over two years and the new Māori Health Authority is up for 168 million over four years. But what's in this budget for those on the front line? I'm talking doctors, and nurses ... remember we've got 4,000 nursing va…
 
There was some sobering economic reality at my place yesterday. My street had a truck vacuum in it, sucking all the crap out of the drains, so there was the obligatory 800 metres of cones and two stop go people. Stop/go people have had a 28 percent wage rise on average this past year. I know this because I told you yesterday - the Seek job ad numbe…
 
Phoenix Foundation are back, sort of. To honour the 40th anniversary of Simon and Garfunkel's concert in Central Park, artists Sam Scott and Luke Buda will be performing a tribute alongside other Kiwi names at Auckland's Civic Theatre. Sam and Luke joined Mike Hosking. LISTEN ABOVEBy Newstalk ZB
 
Spain has approved plans to become the first European country to introduce unlimited paid menstrual leave in the workplace. The draft law lets women suffering severe period pain take time off as long as they can provide a doctor's note. Questions have been asked as to whether we should introduce the same in New Zealand. Danika Revell is co-founder …
 
The fishing industry could be washed up within weeks over spiralling fuel prices. There are suggestions that seeing as the trucking industry gets the benefit of the fuel cut, so should the fisheries. Craig Boote is the Managing Director of Westfleet Seafoods and wants all fuel users to be treated the same. Boote joined Mike Hosking. LISTEN ABOVE…
 
New Wellington City Council data suggests the capital is losing its sense of mojo, and the city’s water woes could be to blame. Wellbeing indicators show a sense of community and pride have fallen in the capital over the past four years. Council member Fleur Fitzsimons told Kate Hawkesby the city’s under-investment in water systems is taking a toll…
 
A former police officer believes a lack of action in reporting gang-related shootings may be an act of pragmatism. There are concerns over a sense of apathy around shootings, after multiple people heard gunshots in Wairoa - but didn't report them to police. Chester Borrows was chair of the Justice Advisory Group while an MP. The former cop told Mik…
 
Concern drivers are becoming increasingly cavalier around road works. Road work contractors in Bay of Plenty are reporting an increase in speeds near their vehicles, raising major safety concerns. Three road workers were killed near Whakatane in 2019 in a truck crash at a work site. AA Road Safety spokesperson Dylan Thomsen said it's no surprise to…
 
The Salvation Army says getting housing under control is the first step towards solving deeper poverty issues. It's calling for a mix of immediate rent assistance and longer term efforts to get people into affordable housing in today's Budget. Senior Policy Analyst Paul Barber says clothing and food for struggling children are essentials. He told K…
 
The Government is being urged to invest in health staff, medicine and dental care in today's Budget. What it plans to spend billions on will be made public at two this afternoon. Immediate Past President of the College of Emergency Medicine, Dr John Bonning told Mike Hosking he wants to see emphasis on acute care. “We need more beds and nurses, acc…
 
Hopes the poor will get a look in in today's Budget. Wellington City Missioner Murray Edridge says low income earners are being unfairly hit by the cost of living. He's particularly concerned by the rising cost of food. Edridge told Mike Hosking the Government can't rest on its laurels. “We’re still seeing people, in fact, we’re seeing people worse…
 
Today’s the big day and I can’t help feeling the Government is going to miss the mark here given their obsessive focus on climate change and Māori health. Add to that their inability to listen, or tune into where the real world is at, and you’ve got a cocktail for disappointment for the average New Zealander. But then again, it feels like the avera…
 
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