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Ever wish you had a friend with whom to watch "The West Wing"? Someone to debrief each episode, share fan insights, highlight favorite quips, & revel in its general splendor? Or perhaps you're considering watching it for the first time but you'd like some company (or a geeked out guru guide). Now you have TWO such friends. Meet Andrea & Sallie, two friends who have wit, colorful commentary, and clearly too much time on their hands. Join them as they rewatch the series, episode-by-episode.
 
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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“You can’t get to the next place with the same connections you have today.” – Kym Glass Today’s 4th of 5 bonus inspirational author panels for September 2021 features 3 of the authors from the number one bestselling book, “The Fearless Entrepreneurs: Fear Less; Be More”. We talked about what it means to be a fearless entrepreneur, using setbacks as…
 
Ever since the first instance of lockdown, we have been fascinated with working from home and flexible working. In the UK, ministers are set to confirm laws that would allow employees to request the right to work from home from day dot. Currently they have to wait at least six months. But is there an argument to be made that, while convenient, the …
 
It's been a crushing week for the so-called commentators and Covid experts. These are the voices of the Government that really weren't supposed to be the voices of the Government, but ended up by in large being Government parrots. The modellers, the predictors, the science and medical brains that have become household names, and the go to voices a …
 
On the surface level 3 doesn't seem to change much for Aucklanders. Few more people back at work, takeaways back on the menu but plenty of limitations still. But it does provide huge relief for the construction sector. Chair of the NZ Construction Industry Council Graham Burke joined Mike Hosking. LISTEN ABOVE…
 
We know the medical side of the equation, why the Government is still pursuing elimination. But what about from a business perspective? How much business advice is being taken on board? Is business advice part of the equation when it comes to figuring out a vaccine rate? Former Air New Zealand boss and Government Covid-19 business advisor Rob Fyfe …
 
Employment specialist Max Whitehead has been talking with small businesses about mandating vaccines. He says told Mike Hosking for some it would mean extra legal hurdles and the potential loss of crucial highly-skilled staff. "I think it's going to be even tougher on employers, because they've got a real, real difficult decision to make here. It's …
 
Prince Andrew's been served legal papers in a civil sexual assault case but he may not end up in a witness box. They've been delivered to the duke's lawyer in Los Angeles and to the Royal Courts of Justice in London Virginia Roberts Giuffre is suing the prince over assaults she alleges began when she was a minor, and took place in London, New York …
 
Incentives could play a part, in getting at least 90-percent of the country vaccinated by Christmas. Westpac has become one of the first major corporates to offer incentives in offering staff leave to get themselves and their family members vaccinated. Human Resources Manager Marc Figgins told Mike Hosking it's about giving people every reason to g…
 
So not a great time in the old lobby for my daughter yesterday. Needless to say, the predictions on the new MIQ system were right. Call it anything you want, tinker with it, paint it, spin it, it remains what it always was. It's a mess that never really got set up, properly bogged down, and a classic supply-demand issue She started out 17,815th in …
 
Hopeful kiwis both here and abroad logged on early in the morning to register to go in the lottery only to see their number put somewhere in the 20 thousand range for only 3200 available MIQ spots. And only another 7000 rooms will be released before the end of the year. The queue got as high as 31,800, a pretty quick way to demoralise anyone who ha…
 
Auckland University's Des Gorman believes there has been a change in thinking. He says told Mike Hosking there's been a change in public opinion, and the Government has followed suit. "I think what we're seeing is a shift from a zero tolerance for cases to a shift zero tolerance for deaths, and I think that's going to shift even further still." Nor…
 
The case of a basketball star who's lost his job after refusing to get a Covid-19 jab could have wider implications. Tai Webster's been released by mutual consent from his Breakers contract, after refusing the vaccination due to personal reasons. Jackson Russell Lawyers associate, Jeremy Ansell, told Mike Hosking if an employer can show a genuine r…
 
Dr Ashley Bloomfield is confident Auckland is getting on top of stamping out its Delta outbreak. Auckland moves down to Alert Level Three tonight. Daily case numbers in the region remain in the double digits. But the Director-General of Health told Mike Hosking almost all of those cases are household contacts of existing cases. "Those are actually,…
 
“Focus on producing a work of quality that will stand the test of time.” - Marilyn Kriete Today’s featured author is wife, and lady of many talents, Marilyn Kriete. Marilyn and I talk about her memoir, advice for newer writers looking to publisher their book, and more!! Key Things You’ll Learn: What inspired her to be a world traveler. Her advice f…
 
Sufferers of chronic pain often experience long waits to see a specialist and can become reliant on heavy, sometimes addictive, drugs - but what if there is another way? Researchers at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and Waitematā District Health Board (DHB) are testing just that. New Zealand-based health tech company Exsurgo has created a …
 
The Springboks need to turn things around – and fast. The reigning world champions have suffered back-to-back losses to Australia in the past fortnight, but it was their performance in a 30-17 loss on Saturday night that was cause for concern. The pace of the game and the pressure applied by the Australians caused plenty of problems for the Springb…
 
A Fiordland tourist town's decision to move into daylight saving forever is gaining support. When the country moves into daylight saving this weekend, Te Anau will be there for good. Russell Alexander is the boss of Matamata-based tourist attraction Hobbiton. He told Mike Hosking Te Anau's move is a good one. "Other people would adjust to it. Yeah …
 
Former Liberal frontbencher Christian Porter has revealed he was spat at in the street after what he describes as a trial by media over “false” rape allegations, but he won’t be paying back the money secured through a blind trust that triggered his resignation. After offering his resignation to the Prime Minister on Sunday after he was unable to di…
 
Opposition player of the weekend goes to Dr Shane Reti, who has exposed the Mongrel Nob meth $2.75 million for what it is. It's a soft Labour Party sop surrounded by no checks, balances, and certainly no rigour around expenditure of other people's money. This is the programme personally signed off by the Prime Minister because among other things, a…
 
A voting app created by allies of prominent Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny was removed from Google and Apple's online stores in Russia just as polls opened for parliamentary elections, according to a series of tweets from Navalny's team on Friday. Ivan Zhdanov, a key ally of the jailed dissident, tweeted an image of an email he said was from Apple c…
 
Canada might not find out its snap election results for a few days. Current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the election in the hope his Liberal party would have a majority win. The last polls are expected to close tomorrow afternoon New Zealand time. But political commentator Amanda Alvaro told Mike Hosking results might be delayed. “Because …
 
Confirmation from New Zealand Cricket that the threat against the Black Caps was a specific threat against New Zealand. The Black Caps tour of Pakistan was abruptly cancelled on Friday night, just minutes before the first ball was due to be bowled, due to intelligence about a credible threat. The players and support staff are now in Dubai, with mos…
 
Concerns over misinformation continuing to spread about the Covid vaccine. Rumours have been circulating online in recent weeks, about people allegedly dying after getting jabbed. National Immunisation Clinical Director Nikki Turner told Mike Hosking conspiracy theories like this are harmful and having an impact on progress. “The problem is these d…
 
Covid cases in Waikato aren't likely to stop Auckland moving to Level Three. Three household contacts of a person released from Mt Eden Prison have tested positive including a child who attended Mangatangi School while infectious on Thursday. The news comes hours before Cabinet is due to meet to confirm whether Auckland moves to Level Three tomorro…
 
“IQ gets you in the door. EQ gets you up the ladder.” – Dr. Irvine Nugent Today’s featured bestselling author is Behavioral Analyst Expert, Keynote Speaker, and Trainer, Dr. Irvine Nugent. Dr. Irvine and I talk about his latest book, the benefits of high Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and more leadership goodness!!! Key Thing’s You’ll Learn: What led…
 
William Willis and Hannah Rawnsley: 2/10 "Because they are idiots. But, by weeks end, I found our reaction to them about as bad as their actions, making us about as bad as each other." Siouxsie Wiles: 2/10 "Because she is a hypocrite. But she got protected because she's a luvvie and a mate of the Prime Minister." The Covid Rule Breaking Tangi: 2/10…
 
The prospect of the next America's Cup being defended on our shores remains a possibility. It comes as the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron and Team New Zealand have extended the selection period for the three shortlisted offshore venues. They are Spain, Ireland and Saudi Arabia. Team New Zealand Chief Executive Grant Dalton told Mike Hosking the e…
 
The Māori Party's petition to change the name of New Zealand is, of course, going nowhere, which may ultimately be an indication as to where the party itself is going. They are a rarity in MMP, a party ousted from Parliament, but able to make a comeback. Many a small party have come and gone, and with the exception of New Zealand First, no one has …
 
A Kiwi footwear has done a world first; creating a fully biodegradable shoe. It's come from Orba and is called the Ghost Sneaker, made entirely of natural materials, things like rice husk, corks and coconut husks. Orba's sustainability manager Gillian Boucher joined Mike Hosking. Orba shoes can be found here. LISTEN ABOVE…
 
A former Defence Minister says New Zealand needs to get more involved if we want to build a better relationship with our allies. New Zealand was left out of a three-way deal between Australia, the US and UK designed to counter Chinese influence in the Asia-Pacific region. Wayne Mapp says the move shows that Australia wants to join the big internati…
 
The Blackcaps playing cricket in Pakistan is officially a thing again, as of tonight. We haven't been back since 2003 when the tour was cancelled mid-way through after a suicide bombing outside the hotels where the two teams were staying. All tours were pulled in 2009 after the Sri Lankin team's bus was attacked. Now they're back, but it still isn'…
 
Changes are on the way for medicinal cannabis medicines in this country. The Ministry of Health are looking to ease the strict standards for the medicines, all part of making them more affordable and not forcing people to have to head to the black market. Executive Director of the NZ Medicinal Cannabis Council Sally King joined Mike Hosking. LISTEN…
 
Grant Robertson's remaining optimistic when it comes to our economy. Gross Domestic Product grew by 2.8 percent in the June quarter, more than twice what the market had been expecting. But there are concerns the third quarter won't be as strong, because it'll take into account this Delta outbreak. The Deputy Prime Minister told Mike Hosking we coul…
 
“Adulting is overrated.” - Gregory Erich Phillips Today’s featured award-winning author is tango dancer and musician, Gregory Erich Phillips. Gregory and I talk about how he got started in writing, the unexpected gifts he received out of the pandemic, and more!! Key Thing’s You’ll Learn: What inspired him to start writing novels at 14. The most imp…
 
One of Australia's most iconic shows is making a grand comeback. Packed to the Rafters, one of the most popular dramas to ever hit Australian and New Zealand screens, ended in 2013 after six seasons. But it's back - with Back to the Rafters coming to Amazon Prime tomorrow. It takes up the show several years later in the lives of the Rafter family. …
 
Do millennials make for below-par reality tv? The UK's hugely popular "The Great British Bake Off" has announced it's cast for the new season and it's one of the oldest line-ups in recent years. The average age of the contestants is 40 - and it's because critics argued that millennials held less appeal to watch than older generations. Great Kiwi ba…
 
You could see it coming from a mile away. We're now hitting vaccine resistance. We have done well with about 78 percent of the eligible population jabbed or booked for a jab. But it's where we hit the wall, and we hit it this week. It would be one of the highest resistance walls in the world; so that in and of itself is something to be proud of. Th…
 
In a potential big step for the anti-doping the world, the World Anti-Doping Agency is set to review whether cannabis should continue to be a banned substance. The recent case of US sprinter Sha'carri Richardson was front and centre when she admitted to taking cannabis following the death of her mum. She was subsequently banned for a month which in…
 
A warning that New Zealand can't take a "she'll be right" approach to our vaccination rate. New modelling shows if our vaccination rate reaches the 70s or low 80s, opening borders and lifting restrictions could lead to thousands of deaths. Tens of thousands of people could also be hospitalised, stretching the health system to its limits. Canterbury…
 
Air New Zealand wants to fly hydrogen-powered aircraft. It's teaming up with Airbus to research such planes. Chief Executive Greg Foran told Mike Hosking says it's on the table for domestic flights. "So they will use green hydrogen to fly, and on shorter routes we'd actually use electric." It's hoped hydrogen-powered aircraft will be part of Air Ne…
 
David Seymour is closing in on National in two recent opinion polls. A Curia poll conducted for the Taxpayers' Union, puts the Act Party on 14.9 per cent - while National's on 21.2 per cent. Recent UMR polling data obtained by Newstalk ZB, also puts Act at 13 per cent. The Act Party leader says told Mike Hosking it shows there's a growing appetite …
 
A lack of foreign pupils is likely to mean more pain for schools next year. Primary, intermediate and secondary schools lost $40 million in revenue between 2019 and last year as international students went home. The numbers are expected to be worse this year and next year. Waihi College Principal Alistair Cochrane told Mike Hosking his 35 European …
 
“We need to treat ourselves like someone we love.” – Pamela Gort Today’s 3rd of 5 bonus inspirational author panels for September 2021 features 4 of the authors from the bestselling book, “Invisible No More; Invincible Forever More: Inspiring Stories from Women Who Have Gone From Invisible to Invincible”. We talked about what it means to feel invis…
 
Disappointment that the Government have automatically dismissed a separate MIQ facility for our athletes. We already know the plight of our athletes overseas; the Warriors can't get home, Ryan Fox, Hayden Wilde, Michael Venus, they all can't get a spot in MIQ and face months away. Others have visas expiring and will be kicked out of the country reg…
 
It was January this year when our Prime Minister had returned from holiday, determined to address a wrong that needed righting. She had decided, or most likely someone had told her to decide, that housing was out of control, so she announced she would fix it. Literally. She said she "would fix it." She made the announcement along with her state hou…
 
The Health Minister has bold ambitions for New Zealand's vaccination rate. A range of initiatives are being rolled out to increase vaccination numbers, with six buses being used as mobile vaccine clinics in Auckland from tomorrow. The Government hasn't set a specific target, on how many people it would like to see vaccinated. But Andrew Little to M…
 
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