With decades of broadcasting experience behind him, Andrew Dickens has worked around the world across multiple radio genres. His bold, sharp and energetic show on Newstalk ZB is always informative and entertaining.
So I went to Billy Joel on Saturday.
Great concert. The sound for the top tiers of the stadium was not good, but I blame that on Billy's team who had a rushed set up. The video walls were also very loose but the music was amazing.
The real beef was transport. There were no trains because Kiwirail scheduled maintenance without anyone looking at what was on that weekend. It created a lot of chaos.
Now, I live on the Shore and tak...
We are now just moments away from the nationwide vigils and protests against retail crime planned to take place outside dairies and Labour MPs offices.
This comes after the murder of 34 year old Janak Patel outside the Rose Cottage Dairy in Sandringham last Wednesday. In the half week of debate after this crime we have seemingly talked about every aspect of crime without touching the major factor behind the Rose Cottage crime. Peop...
The debacle that was the awarding of the Football World Cup to Qatar is once again back in focus with the start of the tournament.
But make no mistake there's been controversy ever since the awarding of the tournament back in 2010.
The appointment turned heads. The smallest country to ever host the cup, the first Arab country. The first country to host the cup that had never qualified for the cup. A country with little footba...
Friday saw the committee charged with reviewing public submissions on the Three Waters water reform return their recommendations.
Changes to co-governance was not in their list of suggestions
It beggars belief that out of the 88,000 New Zealanders that bothered to make their voices heard that co-governance wasn't high on the list of concerns.
But as I said on the Friday drive show, the lady is not for turning. Co-governance app...
A couple of weeks ago, I warned you that Winston is back and I was right.
The latest political poll by Horizon Research released today finds New Zealand First with 6.75% support – and in a position to decide which parties would form a Government.
This result would deliver the party 9 seats in a 120-seat parliament.
So, Horizon finds Labour would win 40 seats, the Green party 15. A total of 55. Not enough to form a Government.
As we digest the local government elections, it's important to realise that in the wider world our concerns are small change.
Roadcones, cycleways and speed limits are small fry compared with Ukrainian war, global recessions and rampant inflation worldwide.
And then there's climate change and controls on our emissions.
In the past fortnight, you may not have noticed stories that put climate issues into perspective.
As this is my first time on ZB since the death of Elizabeth the Second, may I add my gratitude to the many who have praised her exceptional service.
In the days since the expected but still devastating news I have been struck by how history is unfolding before our eyes.
History is made up of milestones and crossroads and we are in the middle of an astounding period of change that we will all point to in the future.
We are at the en...
Another day and another debate on crime and what to do with it.
There is no doubt the craze for ram raiding amongst the young has contributed to the perception that crime is out of control.
Add to that the growing number of gun crimes particularly amongst the gangs. It has led to a feeling that our streets are more unsafe than they've ever been before.
It has led to the debate on crime to be all about punishment and all about ...
So last week, my opening comments centred on how opposition MPs and anti-government commentators have been fear mongering about the state of the economy.
When it was published online it became one of our most commented on pieces of the day with over 500 people expressing what they thought.
Many called me a Labour party apologist. A lot asked why I was praising Labour's management of the economy.
Problem is; I wasn't.
I only work at Newstalk ZB one day a week so I've been spared having to talk about the Guarav Sharma drama. Or as we now know the Sharma Drama.
But my god it's still going.
Over the weekend he revealed that Kieran McAnulty called him a terrible MP and that was bullying. Knowing how fruity Kieran's language can be, I think Gourav got off lightly. There's a reason Kieran's a whip. He's good with the old don&...
So let's be honest with each other
Did you, in your darkest heart, secretly hope the All Blacks would lose to prove that Ian Foster was always the wrong man. To get Scott Robertson into the driving seat?
C'mon. Many did. Some even admitted it on social media.
Now if you did, it's quite a dark place really. Actively rooting against your own team, even if you think it would be best for the team eventually.
Diehard fans ...
So the National Party conference was held over the past weekend in Christchurch.
Things went well until late on Sunday night when planes started being cancelled and MPs and party members went mumbling off into the wet cold winters’ night in search of a bed.
The conference was organised and dull which is just what a party wants. An action filled conference is not the sign of a settled party. But they seem settled on Luxon and Willis...
Just at the moment when New Zealand should be getting back to business, the wheels keep falling off for this Government.
On Sunday, we finally opened up completely to the rest of the world. After two and a half years the so-called hermit kingdom was over. There's even a cruise ship scheduled to arrive in a few weeks
We should be emerging triumphant, but we're not.
Today we're bickering over a government handout that...
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