Andrew Dickens Afternoons

Andrew Dickens Afternoons

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.... Show More

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March 1, 2021 3 min
As I watch the news last night I wondered how the young lad at the centre feels as event after dream after hope gets cancelled.  
I wonder why the link between his family and the originally infected family was never revealed to the contact tracers.  Did they know what they did was wrong? Was there some link between the families so powerful it made them forget the rules?  Or did they not know the rules in the first place?
I wonder abo...
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An Alaska woman had the scare of a lifetime when using an outhouse in the backcountry and she was attacked by a bear, from below.
"I got out there and sat down on the toilet and immediately something bit my butt right as I sat down," Shannon Stevens told The Associated Press on Thursday. "I jumped up and I screamed when it happened."
Stevens, her brother Erik and his girlfriend had taken snowmobiles into the wildernes...
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Firstly today my respects to Christchurch.  10 long years. 
I was at the first memorial in March of 2011, one month after the event.  Prince William was there and spoke.  He told tens of thousands of Cantabrians this: "My grandmother once said, that grief is the price we pay for love. Here today, we love and we grieve." 
I saw a young lad who had lost his Mum uncontrollably sobbing.   
Towards the end of the service we looked ...
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Yesterday morning, I thought I’d start my programme with another call to rationalise or even nationalise our water and wastewater operations. 
This is prompted by situations facing Waikouaiti, Karitane and Turnberry who have now been joined by Akaroa.  Towns whose basic necessity, water, has been poisoned by lead and opossums.  They join a long line of shameful water management including our capital. 
If the government wants a shovel...
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I want to talk about governance.
Governance is defined in the dictionary is the way rules, norms and actions are structured, sustained , regulated and held accountable. 
It’s the job of governments in public life and board in corporate life. 
But I view governance differently.
To me, governance is the trick of actually doing something, actually achieving something and actually running something for the greater good.  You know, governin...
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For as many foes as the superhero fends off, Batman has a formidable team of supporters starting with his sidekick Robin, Gotham City Commissioner James Gordon and his ever-loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth.
But one of the Caped Crusader's most fervent supporters lies not in a comic book, but in the US Senate, and he's known the Bat for more than 80 years.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Democrat from Vermont and the longest-serving memb...
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So Covid is in the Community. No great surprise, we all knew it was just a matter of when. 
Last week I hosted ZB's Drive Show and started with an editorial as you always do. 
In it, I railed at New Zealanders pathetic usage of the Covid App. I criticised opinion writers like Peter Dunne and Richard Prebble who spent the summer dissing the app.  I shamed the vast majority of customers at my supermarket who breezed past the QR cod...
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Speaker Trevor Mallard has been accused of destroying an innocent man’s life, after falsely accusing a parliamentary member of being a rapist.
Mallard's in the firing line amid revelations taxpayers footed a $330,000 bill for his settlement and legal costs of a defamation action - after he wrongly called a staff member a rapist.
Newstalk ZB Political editor Barry Soper told Andrew Dickens the Prime Minister and Labour Party are n...
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Mallard, Bubbles and how good are those Black Caps. 
They seem to be our current pre-occupations. 
Let me deal with the dead duck walking, Speaker Trevor Mallard. The calls for him to resign or be sacked have been almost universal. They will be universally ignored because Labour controls the House. Not just controls. Dominates. 
There is no need for them to spill their own blood on the floor and in the scheme of things a third of a mi...
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So we’re talking Whakaari White Island again. 
That’s not surprising as the one year anniversary arrives on December 9.  But it is surprising we’re also talking about Worksafe prosecutions  
Last week, Worksafe announced that it would be taking 13 parties to court, including 10 organisations and three individuals. Those charges and what they were charged with remains confidential allowing the parties to apply for suppression when  th...
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Everything is relative, said Einstein. Nothing can be measured and assessed if we don’t have a focal point where everything can be measured and assessed on. 
Apples can only be measured against apples and oranges against oranges. 
It something that you should bear in mind when assessing our response to Covid. 
If you look at New Zealand in isolation then it is fair to say the actions of the Government have been a dreadful burden for t...
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Nicole Grey first dreamed of becoming a cop as a teenager, and, at age 24, she thought it would finally become a reality.
However, after waiting for about two years to get a place, she says she was told just days before she was due to start training in Wellington that she couldn't attend.
She'd had a busy couple of years - in the space between applying and getting accepted she went through a marriage breakdown, did a tester c...
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The Auckland Council is warning that they’re going to be in financial doo-doo because of Covid for at least four years.   
There are rumours of dramatically increased water charges and rates amidst a reduction of services. 
Auckland is not alone.  Wellington is talking about rate rises of 23 per cent. 
It’s not good. There’s a billion dollar hole in Auckland’s finances.   
One of the reasons is that 60 per cent of the council’s revenue...
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Some of New Zealand's most legendary musicians are headlining a variety concert this summer.
The Kiwi Concert Party will take place at Auckland's Villa Maria Winery on January 23, 2021, and promises to be a two-hour entertainment with something for everyone. Tim Finn, Bic Runga, the Topp Twins and the Hātea Kapa Haka group are headlining. Runga, Finn, and the Topps will perform live on stage together and will also perform ea...
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The stars and stripes have been fluttering all week on the streets of Ballina -- the town of just 10,000 in the west of Ireland where US president-elect Joe Biden's Irish ancestors hail from.
Ten of the former vice president's 16 great-great-grandparents were born in Ireland, according to the Irish for Biden campaign, with Edward Blewitt, Biden's great-great-great-grandfather, providing the Ballina connection.
On Saturday...
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So it’s over.
The power of good and righteousness has finally defeated the evil that has occupied the White House for the past four years.
Well, that’s what some are saying.  The fact of the matter is that little really changed. 
Just like Clinton before him, Biden has won the popular vote, this time with a record number of votes.  But Trump also polled very well. 
Biden got 75.2 million votes, while Trump got 70.8 million. Both men ge...
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What a walloping, and now the recriminations begin for one side and the plans for the successful government start to fall into place. 
Starting with National, this is a disaster and their only hope is to realise how and why they got it so wrong over the past three years. It is all their own fault and they should not shift the blame. 
It started in 2017 when they failed to secure a coalition partner gifting government to Labour. Natio...
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One thing I’ve noticed in long running stories is that people seem to forget that things change. 
Often that change happens within a week.  What is true at the beginning of the day is not the case by sundown, 
I thought this as Dr David Nabarro from the WHO appealed to world leaders yesterday, telling them to stop "using lockdowns as your primary control method" of the coronavirus. 
His main reason is that lockdowns are make t...
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Taking the bar exam is hard enough, but one Illinois woman took it to the next level by having a baby in the middle of the test.
Brianna Hill, a recent graduate of the Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, knew she would be pregnant during her bar exam, but she wasn't expecting a huge curveball in timing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"I thought I would only be 28 weeks pregnant when I took the bar," Hill told CNN. &...
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A seal sanctuary in England made a dating profile for a lonely otter who lost his mate -- and now he's found love again.
Harris, a 10-year-old Asian short-clawed otter at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary in Cornwall, England, lost his partner Apricot after she died at age 16, according to a press release from the sanctuary.
He was alone for the first time in four years and had appeared to go back to his bachelor ways.
The team created H...
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