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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May 19, 2022 34 min
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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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 12, 2022 14 min
Newstalk ZB's Kerre Woodham is one of NZ’s most beloved broadcasters. 
As well as talkback host, she's also a marathon runner, mountain climber, author, and most recently dancing queen with an incredible run in the immensely popular Dancing With the Stars.  
She joined Simon Barnett and James Daniels as this weeks Six and a Song guest. 
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A legal expert says jury trials can be hard to predict.
A father and son have been found not guilty on charges of assaulting and wounding a teen who attempted to burgle their Piopio property for the fourth time.
AUT criminal law and justice professor Warren Brookbanks says it won't create a precedent - because self defence is judged on a case by case basis.
He says if the jury was rural, the members may have had sympathy for the d...
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The Employment Court has ruled Gloriavale residents were employees - not volunteers.
Hosea and Levi Courage, and Daniel Pilgrim, have now left the religious community, and sought a declaration on their status after leaving school and working at the commune and its businesses.
Gloriavale claims work done by six to 14 year olds was chores, by 15-year-olds it was part of school ... and from 16 it was voluntary.
Chief Judge Christina Ingl...
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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 being asked to use sick leave or tender your resignation, employment contracts and the difference between being an employee and a contractor.
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Duck shooting season is well and truly underway with the opening day of game bird hunting last Saturday.
50,000 game bird hunters will be partaking in what is to many the highlight of the year - a month of shooting.
Hunters claim If there was no shooting season, many game birds would become pests.
Not everyone agrees though and Simon Barnett & James Daniels spoke with Craig Shepherd from Wellington Bird Rehabilitation Trust.
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After taking over the world tiny brick by tiny brick, the global phenomenon LEGO® Masters NZ is coming to TVNZ 2.
Hosted by Dai Henwood, LEGO Masters will test the imaginations and the building skills of six teams in our first national brick-off.
Dai’s sidekick, Brickmaster Robin Sather will set a colourful mix of new and classic LEGO building challenges, which will be judged on aesthetics, technical and storytelling ability. All in ...
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Is a perfect storm about to hit one of Queenstown's hardest-hit sectors?
The hospitality sector in the resort is facing a workforce crisis just as international visitors are returning.
Staff are already overworked staff and employers feel they will have to pay even higher hourly rates to migrant labour to keep their establishments open.
Add to that the problem of retaining existing staff due to issues with residency. 
The General M...
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May 5, 2022 13 min
National Party deputy leader Nicola Willis has had a meteoric rise through the ranks of the Party since entering Parliament in 2018.
She was a champion debater in her university years, before becoming a policy advisor for Bill English and senior advisor for John Key.
Before becoming an MP she held senior positions at Fonterra, Export NZ and the New Zealand Initiative.
Nicola Willis was Simon Barnett and James Daniels' guest for th...
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Tax.
A short word but a complex topic.
Amid all the talk of a 'wealth tax' Simon Barnett & James Daniels asked the question 'Is our tax system fair?'
PWC Tax Partner Geof Nightingale joined in the conversation.
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With winter approaching the push is on to get people to get their flu shots.   
There’s concern the upcoming flu season will hit the most vulnerable hard.  
Northern Region Chief Clinical Officer Vaccinations Dr Anthony Jordan joined Simon Barnett & James Daniels on the show. 
Find vaccination locations nationwide: https://www.healthpoint.co.nz/pharmacy/
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Local Government NZ says a report on sea level rise is critical for decision making on new builds.
The sea's rising twice as fast as previously thought.
A natural hazards and planning expert says councils should be liable for allowing buildings in risky coastal areas.
Insurance Council Chief Executive Tim Grafton joined Simon Barnett & James Daniels to discuss the implications for coastal home owners.
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Winston Peters says he has been trespassed from Parliament after attending the Wellington convoy protest earlier this year. 
"I have found out that the Speaker of the House, Trevor Mallard, has trespassed me from Parliament grounds for a period of two years," the former Deputy PM said today. 
Peters accused Mallard of dictatorial behaviour in line with a "banana republic". 
The NZ First party leader said there was a di...
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April 14, 2022 14 min
It just keeps on getting bigger and better for Kiwi golfer Steven Alker. 
Fresh from taking the PGA Tour Champions by storm in the second half of 2021, this month Alker cruised to his second victory on the Tour, shooting a 7-under 65 to win the Rapiscan Systems Classic in Mississippi by six shots. 
That followed his win in the Timber Tech Championship in Florida last September.  
Steve Alker was Simon Barnett and James Daniels' gu...
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The Reserve Bank has lifted the Official Cash Rate by 50 basis points, to 1.5 percent.

It comes after three consecutive 25 basis point hikes by the central bank.
While economists believed we would see a lift in the OCR today - they were divided on whether it would go up by 25 or 50 basis points.
Newstalk ZB Political Editor Barry Soper joined Simon Barnett & James Daniels to discuss the move.
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The Events industry is welcoming New Zealand's move to the orange traffic light setting.
Brent Eccles, owner of Ecces Entertainment and President of the NZ Promoters Association, says it is a fantastic move after a tough couple of years.
He joined Simon Barnett and James Daniels on the show.
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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 among other things flexible work hours, extended casual contracts and if you can ever truly speak 'confidentially' with your CEO.
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The Meningitis Foundation is pushing for a potentially life-saving meningitis vaccine to be free for all 16-year-olds, urging the Government to extend the age band of those who qualify for it on the national immunisation schedule. 
Claire and Gerard Rushton ​brought a 6357-signature petition on behalf of the Meningitis Foundation to Parliament recently, calling for free vaccines for preventable forms of meningococcal disease for all...
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