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One pro-cannabis legislation advocate says the Prime Minister should say how she will vote in the referendum. Jacinda Ardern's remaining tight lipped on how she'll vote in the cannabis referendum, declining once again to share her view during last night's leaders debate. She did, however, admit she's tried the drug 'a long time ago'. Former MP Nand…
 
Has New Zealand as a country done enough deep discussion about our path to a low carbon future? Who is making the strategic decisions, and are they the right ones? There are just 16 days until we head to the polls, and Genesis Energy CEO Marc England has told his shareholders that more deep debate is needed on energy policy - be that issues like el…
 
An expert panel is tonight debating whether New Zealanders should be able to request help to end their lives. Hosted by Newstalk ZB's Heather du Plessis-Allan, the panel features: Wellington GP Dr Mary English Professor Rod MacLeod of Hospice NZ Stuart Armstrong, a terminal cancer patient Dr John Bonning, an emergency medicine specialist from Waika…
 
One of the country's top public health academics thinks the Government should stop using hotels to quarantine people who test positive for the virus. University of Otago professor of public health Nick Wilson says if officials are serious about wanting to reduce another large outbreak, purpose-built facilities should be used. "[The Government] shou…
 
The Christchurch Botanic Gardens are urging people to keep their eyes out for a rare and fashionable houseplant that was stolen from the gardens. A variegated monstera – one of the world’s most prized indoor plants – went missing from the gardens earlier this month. Its distinctive white and green leaves make it valuable on the black market. Plant …
 
New Zealand Rugby are refusing to budge on a December 5 finish to The Rugby Championship. The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that leaked minutes of a meeting between the SANZAAR chief executives shows that New Zealand were not "blindsided" by the announcement of the six-week tournament. The Sydney Morning Herald stated: "Leaked minutes from a m…
 
Labour is promising to initiate two studies into supermarkets and building supplies if elected. Leader Jacinda Ardern says groceries are one of our most regular expenses, and buying or renovating a home is the biggest investment many make, so they want pricing to be fair. Labour's Commerce and Consumer Affairs spokesperson Kris Faafoi says the stud…
 
Scott Morrison has pledged $1.5 billion to turbocharge Australia’s manufacturing industry as the government seeks to rebuild its way out of the coronavirus recession. Mr Morrison unveiled the Federal Government’s new modern manufacturing initiative in a pre-budget speech at the National Press Club on Thursday. Under the plan, $1.3 billion will be i…
 
Labour has warned that Judith Collins' talk about changing the law to claw back the wage subsidy from some big companies will "inject an enormous amount of uncertainty into businesses at a time when they are craving certainty". However, Collins wasn't backing away from the comments today - even joking that she could play the role of debt collector …
 
Listen above as Jack Tame and Shane Te Pou discuss the day's news with Heather du Plessis-Allan on The Huddle The relationship between New Zealand Rugby and its Australian counterpart is at its "lowest ebb", says Rugby Australia chairman Hamish McLennan. The trans-Tasman rugby relationship has always been somewhat testy but the Covid-19 pandemic ha…
 
It's no surprise the local hotel sector has been turned on its head. Hotel chains are either relying only on domestic travellers to fill occupancy, or they're taking up a new income stream as a managed isolation facility. But here's the good news, amidst the uncertainty, there's optimism. Stephen Mansfield, chief executive of Quest Apartment Hotels…
 
Australia’s mandatory hotel quarantine scheme could be scrapped in favour of a new “triage” system that allows some international travellers to quarantine at home under strict conditions just like actress Nicole Kidman. Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed the proposal was under active consideration today after damning evidence emerged from an i…
 
The hangdog expression of a pet being checked into a kennel is almost enough to guilt you out of taking a holiday. Almost. However, Kiwi dog owners can now take a luxury hotel break, guilt free, with fido in tow. A New Zealand hotel group is opening its doors to 'well behaved' canine guests with dog-friendly suites across its properties. From this …
 
New Zealand Rugby has responded to South Africa's plans to ditch Super Rugby, saying it wasn't surprised at the decision. The South African Rugby Union confirmed it has voted to explore moving the Bulls, Stormers, Sharks, and Lions into an expanded PRO16 competition in Europe. If approved, they would take the place of the Cheetahs and Southern King…
 
One of America's top political consultants, former White House Chief on Staff and Hillary Clinton campaign chair John Podesta's not calling the first Presidential debate for anyone. The first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden deteriorated into bitter taunts and near chaos Tuesday night as Trump repeatedly int…
 
After more than a year of circling each other, Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden met on the debate stage today in Ohio. The 74-year-old president and the 77-year-old former vice president are similar in age, and they share a mutual dislike. But they differ starkly in style and substance. All of that was evident f…
 
Auckland venue operators want to know why they aren't able to operate under level 2 - but malls are allowed to be open. Sky Tower, Eden Park and Spark Arena are amongst the venues lighting up red tonight in recognition of how Covid-19 has harmed the events sector. ASB Showgrounds is taking part, and chief executive Mark Frankham says the Auckland e…
 
Can we really blame the NZR for the disintegration of the Super Rugby competition? This is what South African rugby union is trying to do. They’ve pinned the blame on the NZR, saying they’re planning to head over to the European Competition instead of the Southern Hemisphere competition because of NZR’s plans for next season. Because NZR was planni…
 
Kiwi middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has been labelled 'human trash' by his opponent Paulo Costa following an obscene gesture in his UFC 253 TKO victory on Sunday. Adesanya completely dominated his previously unbeaten opponent before catching him with a left hook to the side of the head to begin the end of proceedings. He mounted a man he'd d…
 
If there was a competition for New Zealand's cleanest man, Matt* from Lower Hutt would definitely be in the running. He puts his personal record for surfing in the shower at about 1.5 hours. That marathon effort was achieved while binge-watching episodes of a television series one Saturday morning. Matt rarely has a shower without his phone in hand…
 
Malta says it will seek to retrieve a shark tooth that was presented to Prince George by veteran broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough, who found the fossil during a holiday on the Mediterranean island in the 1960s. Culture Minister Jose Herrera said he will "get the ball rolling" to bring back the tooth to be exhibited in a Maltese mus…
 
Lockdown has encouraged Auckland retail chain Father Rabbit to embrace Zoom buying sessions with international suppliers. The four-store homeware retailer, which employs 30 staff and has an online store, says lockdown has brought about permanent changes. Father Rabbit co-founder Claudia Zinzan joined Heather du Plessis-Allan on Bosses Rebuilding. L…
 
The Serious Fraud Office has charged two people in relation to the New Zealand First Foundation electoral funding case. Both people have temporary name suppression. They are not a Minister, sitting MP, candidate in the upcoming election or a current New Zealand First Party member. It has also been revealed New Zealand First tried to gag the Serious…
 
A fascinating new business merger announced today will see seafood giant Sanford acquiring 50 percent of shares in health and beauty brand Two Islands. So where is the crossover? It lies in marine collagen, a product is sourced from fish skin. It is a natural by-product of Sanford's certified sustainable Hoki fishery, and it's also an important ing…
 
The Black Caps have two more months to wait before the return of international cricket with their summer schedule revealed today. Kane Williamson's side haven't played in any format since their ODI series in Australia was cancelled in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. New Zealand Cricket today revealed the Black Caps and White Ferns summer schedu…
 
Labour did a public u-turn on Tiwai Point yesterday, didn’t they? They went from saying back in July that there was a “sense of inevitability” about its closure, to yesterday saying they’ll cut it a sweetheart electricity deal. Now, maybe they were bluffing in public. Maybe they meant it but changed their minds. That doesn’t really matter. What mat…
 
There is disgust from Judith Collins after the Prime Minister's response to National's plan to double the Serious Fraud Office's investigations budget. National announced today that the budget would be doubled if elected - to investigate more cases of fraud, bribery and corruption. The budget was increase to $25 million, and National also wants to …
 
The Greens have a plan to get more New Zealanders using public transport. The Party says it will introduce a nationwide Go Anywhere card if elected next month. It's part of their transport plan to tackle climate change and congestion. Green Party co-leader James Shaw says the Go Anywhere card could be used on bus, train and commuter ferry services,…
 
The Transport Agency say they are staying hopeful that they won't need to close Auckland's Harbour Bridge again today. All lanes were closed for more than an hour this morning, causing a rush hour gridlock. NZTA's Neil Walker told Heather du Plessis-Allan the forecast is looking good, so there may not be a need to close the bridge again this week, …
 
A Kiwi expat living across the ditch reveals it feels like worlds apart. Danielle Dujmovic is staying in Melbourne - which has been under lockdown since early August. The Australian Government claims New Zealanders will be able to cross its border quarantine-free by November. Dujmovic told Heather du Plessis-Allan she's hoping for a full travel bub…
 
Months after he was cleared of child abuse allegations and walked free from prison, Cardinal George Pell will on Tuesday fly back to the Vatican. Pell, who previously worked as Pope Francis’ finance minister, will return to Rome, flying out from Sydney, in his first trip to the Vatican since 2017. The 79-year-old was forced to return to Australia f…
 
National MP Paul Goldsmith says the party's trending in the right direction. In the latest One News Colmar Brunton poll, National has picked up two points to put it on 33 percent. Labour has a 14 point lead on 47. Goldsmith says party leader Judith Collins is finding her feet and he thinks the party will continue to increase its support. "We've got…
 
Labour's finance spokesperson says there's a deal to be done at Ihumātao. New Zealand First leader Winston Peters revealed on Friday his party three times blocked a deal on the contested south Auckland land. Grant Robertson told Heather du Plessis-Allan a resolution needs support from all parties. But he's not focusing on Peters' version of events.…
 
Cavalier Corporation has reported a statutory net loss after tax of $21.5m with profitability impacted by the Covid-19 lockdown, particularly in April and May. Revenue of $118.0m was down 13 per cent on the prior year, with sales reduced significantly in April and May (compared to the same months in the prior year) as a result of the Covid-19 shutd…
 
Immigration New Zealand has thrown the book at the crew of a German yacht who turned up in the Bay of Islands without permission. They're being put on the first flight home for breaking Covid-19 border restrictions. Their 16-metre vessel Anita arrived in Opua on Friday afternoon despite being declined permission to enter the country by the ministry…
 
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have agreed to appear in their own reality show. Their Netflix deal, reportedly worth millions, was thought to have the couple working only behind the camera. But now a source says Meghan wants the world to see the "real her", according to The Sun. "It will be tasteful. They want to give people a glimpse into their li…
 
The worst of the Antarctic blast hammering the South Island has passed but it will leave many still shivering tomorrow. Temperatures will be plummeting as low as 4C in Invercargill tomorrow - but might feel far colder than that as icy southwest winds howl through the city. Meanwhile warnings of severe gale northwesterlies in Wellington and Wairarap…
 
The Mental Health Foundation says National's promised dedicated Minister isn't the only way forward. National's new policy also includes 100,000 free counselling sessions for the immediate impacts of Covid-19. The changes would underpin a "Zero Suicides" framework - with the ultimate goal of reducing suicides. Boss Sean Robinson told Heather du Ple…
 
Melbourne has further eased lockdown restrictions, allowing most children to return to school from next month and sending more than 125,000 people back to work. Melbourne and surrounding parts of rural Victoria state were placed under strict "Level 4" lockdowns on August 2, shuttering schools and non-essential businesses, imposing a nighttime curfe…
 
You know things are bad for a party when people start asking whether that party is in its death spiral yet. And that is the conversation around National now. This has been prompted by last night’s Newshub-Reid Research poll which puts it at 29.6 percent. It’s not far off the Colmar Brunton poll last Wednesday which had National at 31 percent, meani…
 
Join Heather du Plessis-Allan, Barry Soper, Trish Sherson and Chris Carter thrash out the big political issues in the lead up to Vote 2020. There's no holding back, no topic off limits, and no rules in this rapid-fire, highly opinionated election podcast. This week, the panel discusses the polls and what they mean for Judith Collins and National, W…
 
The IPO drought on the New Zealand stock exchange is set to be broken by a cannabis company. Rua Bioscience was founded in 2016 on the East Coast, and the company is aiming to be a leading producer of cannabinoid derived medicines. Up to $20 million in new capital is being sought to fund Rua's next stage of development, support the achievement of s…
 
New Zealand could be days away from losing its "highest-profile international sporting event" should the Government not approve plans for the ASB Classic tennis tournament in January. According to ASB Classic tournament director Karl Budge, organisers have been in talks with the Government for three months but remain in the dark after submitting th…
 
"Shrek 2" has been found living in a forestry block adjoining Wairakaia Station at Muriwai and the long, woolly beast of a sheep will feature at the Spring Show. The Gisborne Shrek rivals the Merino wether found on Bendigo Station near Tarras in Otago in the South Island that gained international fame in 2004. The original Shrek avoided the muster …
 
National leader Judith Collins and Labour's Jacinda Ardern went head-to-head on a raft of issues - in the first televised leaders debate of the election campaign on Tuesday. Collins said she'd had feedback from people in her hometown that they liked she "tells it straight" and said she really enjoyed the debate. Some commentators have said Ardern a…
 
Winston Peters says an Ihumatao deal could have broken the Labour-New Zealand First coalition. In Orewa today, the New Zealand First leader emphasised the party's role in stopping a Government deal over the South Auckland land. Peters says New Zealand First talked with Labour about not having "politically correct policies" that would undermine the …
 
Former Prime Minister Helen Clark is encouraging people to vote yes in the upcoming End of Life Choice referendum, telling New Zealanders not to let "fear or misinformation get in the way of compassion". This is the first time Clark has publicly said which way she would be voting in this referendum, and she has come out strongly in the "vote yes" c…
 
The Antarctic blast heading this way is being billed by weather forecasters as a one-in-10 year storm. From tomorrow evening the weather bomb should bring to the South Island wind, rain - and heavy snow in some areas. Most of the country will feel the wrath of the deep low's strong winds and falling temperatures as it progresses north. MetService w…
 
Emerging at the top of the Supreme Court steps on Thursday, President Donald Trump heard something he doesn't often hear -- at least directed toward him: booing. "Vote him out," crowds began chanting when Trump appeared before the flag-draped coffin containing the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week after a long bout with cancer. W…
 
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