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Jeremy Paxman, of Newsnight and University Challenge fame, has decided there must be more to life than cudgelling politicians and students on TV. ‘The Lock In’ is, as he puts it, “an excuse for me to talk to people I want to hear from, in a place I want to be...the pub”. So it is that, free at last of any editorial oversight, Jeremy has been sitting down in some of London’s finest boozers to enjoy drink and conversation with an eclectic bunch of guests. There are famous ones and obscure ones ...
 
Take the widest variety of music, mix it with the widest variety of topics, a positive attitude and a wicked sense of fun, and you get Lu and Matt Fresh for Breakfast. They’re locals, living and loving life in the Border Region with family and friends. So why don’t you join them and become part of The River family, and at one with the Fun!! Lu and Matt: It’s the Freshest Brekkie Show on The Border from 5.30am weekdays on Triple M The Border 105.7
 
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There is so much reality TV to cover as 2021 hits the home stretch. For us, it's been quite a busy month. So we spend this episode talking about the last few episodes of The Challenge: Spies, Lies, and Allies, and discuss all the recent controversy surrounding the show... from Ashley's mysterious exit (and why MTV is covering up) to Leroy's instagr…
 
Uncertainty continues to hang over the New Zealand Golf Open in the wake of planned changes to border rules. event falls less than a month before the border opens to fully vaccinated foreign travellers. And while it has been placed on the government's "Approved Event" list - organisers are not optimistic it will happen. Clay Wilson reports.…
 
The National Party will be hoping to reach new heights with newly appointed leader Christopher Luxon. The political newbie - and former Air New Zealand chief executive - was elected earlier today with Nicola Willis his deputy. It comes after a tumultuous week for the National Party - with Judith Collins booted from the leadership after she stripped…
 
Relatively new entrant to Parliament, former Unilever and Air NZ boss Christopher Luxon has landed the job as leader of the National Party. The situation vacant sign when up last week when Judith Collins was tossed out of the job after a no confidence vote, which was called when she demoted Simon Bridges over inappropriate comments he made several …
 
Marlborough Sounds killer Scott Watson has again been denied parole, 23 years after he was imprisoned for the murder of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. The 50-year-old was sentenced to life in prison in 1998 with a minimum non parole period of 17 years. He has always protested his innocence, and his father says today's ruling is frustrating. Conan Young…
 
Some wannabe returnees have been left out in the cold, after Omicron prompted a last minute change to the number of MIQ rooms released today. Officials say they are taking precautions so there's enough room for community cases as well as international arrivals in coming days and weeks. That includes travellers from 'high risk' countries who need to…
 
Red level restrictions are presenting a challenge for pubs and restaurants over the summer break. Auckland venues can reopen from Friday after a three month shutdown, but they are not popping the champagne just yet. At red, venues using the vaccine pass can have up to 100 people but they have to be seated and separated. And dancing is off limits. A…
 
You may have noticed empty shelves at some supermarkets, particularly in Auckland. Bare supermarket shelves, swathes of missing products, your favourite must-have ingredients missing. Countdown is playing catch-up after a strike last week across its two Auckland Distribution centres. Food and Grocery Council chief executive Katherine Rich talks to …
 
Learner drivers looking to lose the L plates won't be able to sit practical tests unless they're fully vaccinated. VTNZ's line has drawn the ire of the Driving Change Network. It says hundreds of students, who are not yet fully vaccinated, will face further delays to getting licences. The network worries teens in the lowest vaccinated areas will al…
 
The new National Party leader Christopher Luxon is promising to revitalise the party, saying his relative inexperience in Parliament is an advantage. The former Air New Zealand boss has been elected by the caucus to replace Judith Collins, who lost the job last week after a no confidence vote. Nicola Willis, National's housing spokesperson, has bee…
 
"Beleaguered and weary" in the back room fight against Covid - that is how the team of 4,000 lab workers is feeling after what has been described as a "war-like onslaught" for their services according to their professional body. The New Zealand Institute of Medical Laboratory Science says the northern laboratories, which have been in the thick of t…
 
The Omicron Covid variant is spreading across the world, and with it fear of a major step-back in the pandemic. More than a dozen people now have it in the Netherlands, eight in France, three in the UK, and at least three in Australia. Yet it's still unknown how dangerous the variant, first discovered in South Africa, really is. Max Towle has more.…
 
Whangārei Mayor Sheryl Mai has told Checkpoint the red level of the traffic light system is not like alert level 2. "It's quite different... We've been in a privileged position of level two, and looking at the changes that the traffic light system brings, a lot of it is around restricting numbers into various events and that has definitely changed …
 
The Rhythm and Vines festival has hit a sour note with local iwi who are calling for the festival to be canned due to Covid concerns. The festival, that usually kicks off on the 28 December is already hanging in the balance with Gisborne District on red until at least the middle of next month. Regardless, a collective of local iwi believe the threa…
 
Last night an officer was seriously injured after being hit by a car while putting down spikes to stop it. The seriousness of the incidents brought the Police Commissioner to Auckland, saying it has been a challenging time for staff in the district. The Police Commissioner says it's been a challenging time for officers - especially in Auckland - bu…
 
The government has announced all of the South Island will move orange in the new Covid protection framework. That means no gathering limits for hospitality, weddings, funerals, close contact businesses and gyms, as long as the vaccine certificate is being used. Our reporter Samantha Gee is on the West Coast in Blackball, with the reaction from the …
 
The new traffic light system is showing orange across most of the country on Friday, with just Auckland and 10 other North Island regions starting at red. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Cabinet is taking a cautious approach. Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson said cases appear to have plateaued in Auckland but they want to “lock in those gai…
 
We're back with some spooky tales from the spookiest place on earth... Reddit. Katy and her scratchy voice went to r/letsnotmeet and found a few tales for MM to react to - do we believe they're real? Either way, let's not meet. There's a difference between people and FUCKING PEOPLE, you know what we mean? Also, if they say "stay on the trail," stay…
 
Former National MP and Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman knows what it's like to take a tilt for at the leadership. He threw his hat in the ring in 2016 after John Key announced he was resigning. Back then he was up against Bill English, who eventually got the job, but also Judith Collins. On Thursday Collins was gone by lunchtime after a vote of no con…
 
HELP SUPPORT THE PODCAST: This podcast will always be free and Ad Free too but it does cost us money every single week. If you want to support us by donating a small amount, then you can do here: ko-fi.com/timandgendle People who donate will make it into our special Ko-Fi songs Gendle is going to make at the end of the year! x ————— INTRODUCTION SP…
 
Businesses will throw open their doors to customers under the new traffic light framework next Friday, but as the nuts and bolts are being worked through there seem to be more questions than answers. The government has confirmed today the verifier app businesses can use will be optional - which means the printed, paper versions could be widely used…
 
The St Peter's Cambridge school chair has told Checkpoint the police are investigating historical abuse against former students. An investigation launched in 2019 at the prominent Waikato boarding school has found 19 individual cases of historical abuse between 1936 and 1981 relating to eight former staff members. Some of the staff have since died,…
 
Exporters fear that MIQ will still be here well into the first quarter of next year after a pilot booking scheme for businesses has been extended into February. Following an initial trial, 25 managed isolation spots a month are being ring fenced for businesses that need to travel overseas to maintain and grow their market. Now NZ Trade and Enterpri…
 
Police say a 70-year old Auckland woman missing for 12 days was found alone, inside an address, extremely dehydrated. They don't believe foul play was involved in Cindy Li's disappearance, and say she's now in a critical condition in ICU. It has sent shockwaves through her Sandringham community. Our reporter Katie Doyle has been speaking to residen…
 
Cantabrians are hoping the end is in sight for a major post quake build, as contractors work around Covid construction delays. One of Christchurch's main post-quake anchor projects, Parakiore, or the Metro Sports Facility, is expected to be one of the best in New Zealand. Reporter Kim Moodie has the story.…
 
$10 million has been set aside to develop a vaccine for strep-throat - a precursor to rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. Last year more than a hundred people were hospitalised for the first time with rheumatic fever, mostly Māori and Pasifika children. New Zealand is one of the few developed countries to still have the preventable illness…
 
Community nerves are running high in west Auckland after two shootings in as many weeks. Four people have been charged with murder after father-of-two Robert Hart was shot dead in a New Lynn driveway earlier this month, while another man was critically injured after being shot in Blockhouse Bay last week. While some residents are worried, a local b…
 
The Prime Minister has made her first trip to the South Island since Delta arrived on New Zealand's shores, today visiting Christchurch to push the vaccine message. Jacinda Arden was in Woolston - not far from several locations of interests visited by one of Christchurch's two current Covid-19 cases. Our reporter Rachel Graham and camera man Nathan…
 
A South Island mayor wants the trans-Tasman bubble re-inflated saying Aucklanders pose a similar Covid risk as Australian travellers. From 15 December, fully vaccinated people will be able to travel across the Auckland border freely while those unvaccinated will need a negative Covid-19 test. New Zealanders can skip across the ditch quarantine free…
 
A chatter of parakeets can be heard at Auckland Zoo, rare ones at that. Eleven kākāriki karaka, or orange-fronted parakeets, have been hatched there in the past few weeks and more are expected. They're Aotearoa's rarest parakeet and the super special chicks are not naturally found in the city, with their usual home much further south. Auckland Zoo …
 
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