Simon Barnett & James Daniels Afternoons

Simon Barnett & James Daniels Afternoons

Join Simon Barnett and James Daniels to discuss and debate the issues that matter most to New Zealanders. From the world stage to here at home, with the latest in news and views, you will always be in the know with Si and James.

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June 30, 2022 12 min
Sociologist Dr Jarrod Gilbert is Director of Criminal Justice and a senior lecturer at the University of Canterbury.   
As this country’s leading authority on gangs, he wrote the very successful book ‘Patched: The history of gangs in New Zealand’ which won several awards and become a best seller.  
He also co-edited Criminal Justice: A New Zealand Introduction, writes a regular column for the New Zealand Herald and is currently worki...
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There's been bite-back from Country Calendar viewers - who've labelled a farm featured in the latest episode as "woke" and "PC".
Lake Hawea Station plays classical music during shearing, and shearers are judged on the experience for the sheep, not the traditional tally.
Kiwi entrepreneurs Geoff and Justine Ross run the place, Australasia's first certified carbon zero farm, in Central Otago.
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Air New Zealand is making some big changes to its cabin.
It's the airline's biggest cabin transformation in almost 20 years.
The changes include set refurbishments in Economy, including their new Skynest sleeping pods, and big changes to Premium Economy and Business Premier, as well as their new Business Premier Lux.
NZ Herald Deputy Business Editor Grant Bradley joined Simon Barnett and James Daniels.
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Gareth Abdinor is an Employment Lawyer and Partner with Malley & Co solicitors.
He regularly joins Simon Barnett and James Daniels to answer all listeners' employment related questions.
Today, he answered questions about taking sick leave in advance, payslips and 'Speak English Only' signs in the lunchroom - among other things.
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To most of us, Tammy Wells is quite simply 'The Briscoes Lady'. She's the inimitable Kiwi icon whose warm smile and cheery voice has been beamed into our living rooms and lives for more than 30 years. 
But to her friends and family, Tammy is not only an advertising legend, she’s  a devoted mum, loving wife, farmer, friend and even a longtime organ player at her local church. 
Tammy Wells was Simon Barnett and James' D...
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June is Men's Heath Month.
Apparently seven out of 10 men would rather clean toilets than go to the doctor!
Why would that be and how can we change it?
Simon Barnett and James Daniels spoke with Royal New Zealand College of GPs Medical Director Bryan Betty.
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House prices continued to fall through May and are now off around 6 per cent since their peak last November, according to the latest figures from the Real Estate Institute (REINZ).
Annual house price growth has now slowed to just below 4 per cent.
Sales were down 28.4 per cent on a year ago (seasonally adjusted).
The median number of days to sell at 40 days ticked over the long-run average of 39 days.
Independent Economist Tony Alexand...
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Nathan Wallis is New Zealand's leading Neuroscience Educator, focusing on child development and how the brain works.
He has developed a reputation as a lively and engaging speaker who uses humour and plain language to make his complex topic come to life.
Nathan's sessions explore how the brain works and how neuroscience can better inform our day to day interactions with children and young people.
He joins Simon Barnett and Jam...
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The 2022 Isle of Man TT was marred by the deaths of five competitors.
Kiwi John Hepburn has raced in the Isle Of Man and called in from Timaru.
His international career saw success in Australia, Ireland and at the Isle of Man, where he has the honour of six replicas from six starts.
John Hepburn raced the dangerous road circuits seven times, with his best finish 11th in the Formula One.
He told Simon Barnett and Janes Daniels the race ...
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June 9, 2022 9 min
Jack Jordan is much more than your average sheep and beef farmer from Taumarunui. 
The former Taranaki Bulls Lock claimed the title of “World Champ” at the International Timbersports World Trophy in Austria.  
No mean feat, especially considering it was his first time competing in the event, and he managed to fend off two former world champs.  
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Gareth Abdinor is an Employment Lawyer and Partner with Malley & Co solicitors.
He regularly joins Simon Barnett and James Daniels to answer all listeners' employment related questions.
Today, he answered questions about cameras in workplaces, deductions from wages and recording a conversation among other things.
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Nathan Brown's tenure as Warriors coach is over.Brown met with club boss Cameron George and owner Mark Robinson this morning, agreeing to end his one-and-a-half-year stint as coach early after five straight losses.
George says for family reasons Brown wouldn't be able to relocate to New Zealand as originally planned.Assistant coach and former Warriors great Stacey Jones has been appointed head coach on an interim basis, as t...
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Former deputy prime minister and ex-Commonwealth secretary-general Sir Don McKinnon gave the keynote address today at the Service of Celebration for the Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 11 at Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. 
He enjoyed many meetings with Queen Elizabeth in his various high-profile roles.  
Sir Don McKinnon joined Simon and James to discuss his relationship with Queen Elizabeth II, and the significance...
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June 2, 2022 15 min
Nadia Lim is, of course, an immensely popular New Zealand celebrity chef, entrepreneur, author and television personality.  
She’s back on our screens as a judge of the new series of MasterChef New Zealand. 
She’s also just released a new book called YUM! This one is dedicated to feeding our children nutritious, delicious meals. 
Nadia Lim joined Si and James for Six and a Song. 
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Nathan Wallis is New Zealand's leading Neuroscience Educator, focusing on child development and how the brain works. 
He has developed a reputation as a lively and engaging speaker who uses humour and plain language to make his complex topic come to life. 
He has been in hot demand, delivering well over 200 presentations a year in New Zealand, Australia and internationally.  
Nathan's sessions explore how the brain works and h...
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May 26, 2022 12 min
Robin Judkins is best known as the larger-than-life founder of the world-famous Coast to Coast multisport race.  
His charismatic persona and colourful story telling propelled the event into the behemoth it is today, with thousands of the world’s best athletes cycling, running and kayaking across the width of the South Island each year.  
He’s now turned his talents to art and writing – most recently his new rock musical Free Bus to ...
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If the Alpine Fault line ruptures, the earthquake is expected to be felt everywhere in the country.  
Over the last 8000 years, there has been a major earthquake on the fault line roughly every 300 years. The last one was in 1717.  
Research shows over the last two decades, we now know that there is a 75 per cent likelihood of an earthquake on the Alpine Fault in the next 50 years, and an 82 per cent chance it will be over eight on t...
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Gareth Abdinor is an Employment Lawyer and Partner with Malley & Co solicitors. 
He regularly joins Simon Barnett and James Daniels to answer all listeners' employment-related questions. 
Today he addresses whether an employer can lodge a personal grievance against an employee. 
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A six billion dollar spend-up to keep Kiwis afloat.
The Government has unveiled its long-awaited Budget – as the country grapples with the pain of the cost of living crisis.
Journalists have spent hours trawling through the hefty document.
This is the band-aid Budget, a lifeline for those in the so-called squeezed middle – many earning under 70 thousand dollars a year will soon get extra cash in hand.
Health is also the big winner, wit...
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A fascinating afternoon of conversation today about the great GIB crisis our construction industry is facing.
It all kicked off with a caller by the name of Josh whose GIB flipping antics set the text machine on fire.
Later in the afternoon we heard from a man called Sean who told us he is the world's largest supplier of gypsum, which is the key component used in the manufacture of plasterboard.
Turns out we were talking with Sean...
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