Holiday Breakfast

Holiday Breakfast

Don't miss a thing while you're on holiday, with Tim Dower and Newstalk ZB Holiday Breakfast. Tim delivers the best in news, views and opinion to keep Kiwis informed and entertained while you're on the road, at the bach, or relaxing at home.


July 14, 2023 13 mins

Kiwi glam rock band Space Waltz is back with another album.

After almost fifty years, their new album is titled ‘Victory,’ and the band plans to tour later this year. They have three original members, Peter Cuddihy, Eddie Rayner, and Alastair Riddell, along with two new members to fill out the lineup.

Alastair Riddell joined Tim Dower this morning to chat about the band’s past, their success, as well as their latest work.


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Tomorrow night features a sold out test between the All Blacks and the Springboks at Mt Smart Stadium.

The South African contingent is taking the test seriously, sending an advance party to ensure that their game would be the best it could be.

Super Sport South Africa commentator Matt Pearce told Tim Dower that it’s a matter of mixing and matching resources, those in the advanced party using their time to ensure they were as prep...

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Treasury documents have revealed that an estimated $70 million dollars could line the pockets of big businesses as the government aims to abolish $5 dollar prescription charges.

Discount pharmacies such as Chemist Warehouse already paid the fees themselves—offering free prescriptions to bring in customers— and a result, chains would simply be receiving free money from the Government without it affecting the running of their busine...

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This weekend New Zealand is hosting the commission for the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (otherwise known as the CPTPP), hosting eleven countries with the UK due to join.

The CPTPP was enacted at the end of 2018, and with the UK's inclusion the agreement will be expanded beyond the Pacific Centre.  

Export NZ Executive Director Josh Tan told Tim Dower that the CPTPP gives New Zealand ex...

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Earlier this week, Prime Minister Chris Hipkins ruled out a wealth or capital gains tax under his leadership.

But the Herald's "poll of polls" shows that Labour cannot govern without Te Pāti Māori or the Greens.

Te Pati Maori launched their campaign last night in a street party in West Henderson.

NZ Herald Reporter Joey Dwyer told Tim Dower that Te Pati Maori have said that a tax would help redistribute money held by the two per...

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The media is now turning on itself in Britain's Huw Edwards scandal.

The BBC News at Ten presenter was named by his wife yesterday as the person at the centre of the fuss over paying a young person for explicit images.

Attention has now turned to The Sun's original reporting, and how the BBC is treating its staff members.

UK Correspondent Gavin Grey told Tim Dower that The Sun says it didn't name Edwards or say he committed a cr...

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Retail NZ is giving the tick of approval to the ACT Party's latest policy for tougher penalties for attacks on workers.

The party wants judges to consider a person suffering violent crime at work as an aggravating factor to toughen up the sentence.

It would allow consideration of things like attacks on a person working alone, or someone who has an adjoining home.

Retail NZ's Aimie Hines, says it's encouraging.

She says the prop...

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A Hollywood shutdown could be imminent.

The Screen Actors Guild —representing 160-thousand television and movie actors in the US— are poised to strike alongside screenwriters who've been picketing for more than 70 days.

US Correspondent Richard Arnold told Tim Dower that it could be the first time in 60 years that the two professions are striking at the same time.

He says actors are suggesting this is a historic moment in film a...

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Australia has similar nursing problems to ours.

The aged care sector across the Tasman is struggling, with a lot more people needing to go into care and not enough nursing staff available.

Australian Correspondent Murray Olds told Tim Dower that a report into the sector has found that there needs to be a registered nurse available 24 hours a day, in every facility.

But, he says the aged care providers association in Australia sa...

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A New Zealand company is involved in an environmental awareness stunt at Australia's famous Bondi Beach.

A large poo-shaped plastic sculpture has been installed at the Sydney beach to highlight the amount of waste being dumped in the ocean.

The four-metre high piece represents the volume of plastic dumped in oceans every 30 seconds.

Better Packing Co co-founder Rebecca Percasky told Tim Dower that the theme of this World Environ...

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Jo Brosnahan says that founding Leadership New Zealand is the highlight of her life.

She's been made a Dame Companion in this year's King's Birthday and Coronation Honours for services to governance and business.

Brosnahan founded Leadership New Zealand in 2003 and has been chair and director of a wide range of other organisations.

She says it's a special organisation with a growing network of people, and the things the leaders ...

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Most New Zealand employers expect to raise salaries this year.

The latest Salary Guide from Hays Recruitment shows about 95% of organisations intend on raising their workers’ pay, with most planning pay rises of more than three percent.

Hays Recruitment Regional Director Adam Edwards says inflation remains high, and businesses are becoming more transparent about pay.

He says the lack of skilled workers is also front of mind.


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China's Defence Minister is defending the decision to sail a warship across the path of an American ship transiting the Taiwan Strait.

The US Indo-Pacific Command says the Chinese ship overtook the American ship, and then veered across its bow in an unsafe manner.

US Correspondent Richard Arnold told Tim Dower that relations were poor before this, and seem even worse now.

The developments come as New Zealand signs a new defence ...

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David Seymour admits that his new plan to establish a "Ministry of Regulation" isn't an entirely new idea.

The plan —unveiled at the Act Party's AGM in Auckland yesterday— would see a ministry set up to specifically eliminate red tape from all sectors of government.

The Act Party leader says the Treasury and MBIE already assess regulations.

But, he told Tim Dower, their advice is often ignored by Government ministers, who fail t...

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New Zealand is cosying up to Japan — signing a new deal for greater military cooperation in the midst of rising tensions in the Indo-Pacific region.

Strategic analyst Paul Buchanan says that Defence Minister Andrew Little is making it clear that New Zealand's choosing a side when it comes to China.

He says he can only see deeper integration of New Zealand Defence Forces into the regional security schemes largely administered by t...

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The fall-out is continuing across the Tasman over the Ben Roberts-Smith defamation case.

The Victoria Cross recipient has lost a defamation case over three newspapers, that published articles about alleged war crimes in Afghanistan and bullying of former SAS colleagues.

Roberts-Smith could now face criminal charges.

Australia Correspondent Murray Olds told Tim Dower that the verdict has been raising some awkward questions.

He s...

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Major General Lindsay M Inglis was one of New Zealand's most prominent soldiers, and left behind a wealth of notes, letters, and a memoir.

Nathalie Philippe is the editor of Death Among Good Men, a new book consisting of these texts.

Nathalie joined Tim Beveridge to chat about the process of editing the book, and the importance of this kind of text.


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RSA National President Sir Wayne Shelford was at the Wellington Dawn Service.

He told Tim Beveridge that there were good numbers in attendance.

The Anzac day National Service will be held at Wellington's Pukeahu National War Memorial Park at 11am.


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The only birthing unit in Christchurch is closing at the end of June.

The maternity contract between Te Whatu Ora and St George will not be renewed, even after the deadline was extended due to protests last year.

Co-leader of Meras, the Midwives Union, Jill Ovens joined Tim Beveridge to discuss the situation.


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Insurance is on the chopping block for many kiwis as the cost of living continues to rise.

Many kiwis are cutting costs by opting out or straight out cancelling their insurance plans, particularly their home and contents insurance.

Insurance Council CEO Tim Grafton says that anyone who is considering opting out of their insurance should discuss options with their provider first.


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