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UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid is "leaning towards" requiring staff in the National Health Service (NHS) to be vaccinated against Covid-19, he said Monday. "Those fantastic people working in the NHS, they are naturally more vulnerable to being exposed to diseases and viruses, and of course that includes Covid," Javid told British broadcaster Sky N…
 
It was a bombshell announcement from Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta this morning The Government will go ahead with its plans for water reform, and will take power over water off local councils. Instead, four new water bodies will look after drinking, storm and waste water. Councils were promised a right to opt out, but that's now been take…
 
An Auckland businessman and mayoral hopeful has set his own freedom date from lockdown. Leo Molloy says he will re-open his viaduct bar 'HeadQuarters' on December 1, and claims someone must lead the way. The Government has given no firm indication for when Auckland outlets can resume operating. Molloy says under his rules -- patrons will need to sh…
 
Nanaia Mahuta's just pushed the nuclear button on the Three Waters reform and potentially picked herself a big fight. The Minister for Local Government has done exactly as predicted and announced she’s confiscating the water assets of every single council and territorial authority up and down this country She’s had to confiscate the assets, because…
 
Clothing company Designer Wardrobe is closing its stores in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The buy-sell-rent-businesses Chair is blaming the Government's so-called "unclear" pandemic timeline for the decision. Simon Moutter says if there was certainty stores could reopen in December - they would have kept their physical stores. Moutter told…
 
A primary principal is sceptical over Government's hopes for a staged re-entry for younger students. November 15's been pencilled in as a tentative date. The Ministry of Education's now working with the sector on how to make it happen, including possible outdoor learning and a combined in-class and at-home model. South Auckland Primary School princ…
 
There's been fierce backlash today since the Government announced it's ploughing ahead with its Three Waters reform. It will take over control over drinking, storm and waste water, even though the majority of councils have spoken out against the move. Nigel Bowen, mayor of Timaru, Anita Baker, mayor of Porirua and Phil Goff, mayor of Auckland joine…
 
The local film industry is shaken up after the fatal shooting involving Alec Baldwin. Industry guilds say New Zealand safety standards are strong but fatigue, low budgets, and long hours can still present risks to cast and crew members. Thursday's shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins highlighted multiple suspected errors, and the intric…
 
"Incredibly disappointed" police have blasted the behaviour of anti-lockdown hīkoi members who blocked a state highway, risking public safety. A strong police contingent is continuing to monitor a hīkoi involving members of the Sovereign Hīkoi of Truth (SHOT) movement at the Southern Auckland checkpoint border after a police line had to be used to …
 
A former TV and radio presenter has backed away from her earlier claim that Mother Earth created an earthquake out of displeasure with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's Covid management plan. Former Breakfast, Good Morning and RNZ presenter Liz Gunn now says she was only using a metaphor. It comes after Ardern had been holding a press conference last…
 
On Episode 357 of Spittin’ Chiclets, the guys are joined by Tom Martin and Brady Skjei. Tom or “bussey” joined the show (1:24:13) to talk about his NHL career, tell some hilarious stories, and discuss the time he was traded for a bus. But first, the guys open the show talking about the awful start of the Chicago Blackhawks. Is it the Players? Coach…
 
Sealord has spoken out publicly for the first time since Foodstuffs North Island cancelled a large chunk of its frozen fish range. The company says it's decreasing products in New World and Pak n Save in the North Island by 50 to 70 percent, reducing the number of products from 24 to between 4 and 11. Sealord's chief executive Doug Paulin told Heat…
 
New Zealand's Men’s T20 world cup campaign begins at the somewhat untimely hour of 3am tomorrow morning. The Blackcaps will be playing Pakistan, the first time the two are meeting since the tour of Pakistan was abandoned last month due to a security threat. Former Blackcap Craig Cumming joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVE…
 
We'll find out tomorrow whether Australia's inflation rate is just as hot as New Zealand's. The consumer price index here rose 4.9 percent in the year to September. HSBC's chief economist Paul Bloxham told Heather du Plessis-Allan he is predicting numbers around 3 percent for Australia. “The headline number will track at 3%, and the underlying meas…
 
Those looking to refix their mortgage might be watching nervously as home loan rates keep going up. Kiwibank's chief economist Jarrod Kerr said interest rates have lifted much faster than he expected. Infometrics principal economist Brad Olsen told Heather du Plessis-Allan banks are passing costs on to customers. “Their own costs, they money they a…
 
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday announced a sweeping vaccine mandate in businesses in the hospitality sector, and others including gyms, barbers, and hairdressers where customers are expected to have vaccine certificates. Listen above as Ben Thomas and Hayden Munro discuss the day's news with Heather du Plessis-Allan on The Huddle…
 
A New Zealand economist says vaccinated people should get hospital priority. New Zealand Initiative Economist Eric Crampton told Heather du Plessis Allan New Zealand only has 183 ICU beds, so cases will be dealt with based on urgent need. He says the default means people who have elective surgeries planned will be pushed out. “The only option for r…
 
Increased forecast milk payments are a boost for farmers who still face other concerns. Fonterra has increased its forecast farmgate milk price to a mid-point of $8.40/kg of milk solids, matching the previous highest pay out. Dairy NZ chief executive Tim Mackle told Heather du Plessis Allan it's good, but farmers are still toughing it. “They’re con…
 
Vaccine mandates are coming in a big way. The Government has announced vaccine mandates for workers at any business that requires a vaccine certificate. That includes such high-risk settings as hospitality and gyms and close-proximity places like hairdressers, and barbers. For all other employers who want to introduce their own vaccine mandates, th…
 
Scott Morrison has announced Australia’s plans to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 following lengthy — and at times very heated — debate between the Coalition. But, the modelling which supports the plan will not be released until a later, unspecified date. Under the plan, more than $20bn will be invested in “low emissions technologies”, including…
 
Data and science company Qrious has done a stocktake of AI adoption across the country and the results are disappointing. Qrious' Stephen Ponsford told Andrew Dickens the survey covered the broad use of AI which looks to reproduce or exceed human capability in tasks that require intelligence. "In the survey, we saw a high proportion of organisation…
 
A troubled Chinese developer whose struggle to avoid a multibillion-dollar debt default has rattled global financial markets wired $83.5 million on Friday to make an overdue payment to foreign bondholders, a government newspaper reported. Evergrande Group's struggle to reduce its 2 trillion yuan ($310 billion) of debt to comply with tighter officia…
 
Christmas is not off to a great start with shopping. Toyworld owner Phillip Bramley told Wellington Mornings' Jason Pine that because of the shipping delays, you might want to start shopping now. President of the NZ Toy Distributors Association Geoff Lyons told Andrew Dickens this year is worse than last year despite Covid. "It's been compounded by…
 
The Employers and Manufacturers Association's calling for clarity around enforcing vaccine mandates for staff. New Zealand is preparing to switch to a traffic light system of Covid restrictions once all DHBs hit a 90 per cent vaccination target. Many businesses are requiring staff get the jab which often means employing expensive counsel to work th…
 
Sean Wainui will have tributes paid to him this weekend. The Chiefs centre died aged 25 in a car accident at McLaren Falls in Tauranga. Bay of Plenty's match against Northland will be postponed as it clashes with his tangihanga. The All Blacks' clash against the US in Washington, D,C. will also start with a minute's silence for Wainui. Sam Whiteloc…
 
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