Kerre McIvor Mornings Podcast

Kerre McIvor Mornings Podcast

Join Kerre McIvor one of New Zealand’s best loved personalities as she dishes up a bold, sharp and energetic show Monday to Friday 9am-12md on Newstalk ZB. News, opinion, analysis, lifestyle and entertainment – we’ve got your morning listening covered.... Show More

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The demand for 'healing crystals' around the world is soaring. New York based Kiwi journalist Tess McClure got curious about healing crystals and the question of where they actually came from. Her attempt to answer the question took her to tunnels deep in the earth of Madagascar. McClure discovered many are mined in deadly conditions in Madagascar, one of the world’s poorest countries. And there is little evidence that this... Read more

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Farmers feel like they're being thrown under the tractor, saying new environmental regulations are turning the public against them. South Island dairy farmer Shaun Portegys told Kerre McIvor he is among those feeling the impact of changing attitudes. "I was really proud to be a dairy farmer and I was proud of what I did . "I still love farming, I just hate all the crap that now goes along with it." Mr Portegys says ... Read more

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A new study has found older people can train to prevent their brain to prevent decline,  allowing them to keep up mentally with those in their twenties. The research, a collaboration between the University of Newcastle’s Hunter Medical Research Institute and the University of California, Irvine, used a brain-training game called Luminosity to assess participants’ ability to switch between tasks. With extensive task practice, older ... Read more

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The Cancer Society says the government's investment into cancer care is hugely significant. The government is setting up a national cancer agency and has pledged $60 million for Pharmac to fund new drugs. Cancer Society medical director Dr Chris Jackson told Kerre McIvor the high profile nature of it will ensure the government's held to account - by the opposition and the public. "I think the most important thing is we&... Read more

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In an article for The Atlantic, science journalist Peter Brannen writes against the idea of the Anthropocene. In the simplest of terms, the Anthropocene is a new, present day epoch, in which scientists say we have significantly altered the Earth through human activity. Brannen says that geological time is deep beyond all comprehension and, using the analogy of running a marathon, he argues that geologically, all of recorded human h... Read more

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In January 2017, James Hayman was killed in a farm machinery accident on his Canterbury farm. At just 27 years old, he left behind his parents, a brother, a sister and his much loved partner Harriet Bremner. Harriet, now 30 years old, is championing safety on farms and talking about the grief suffered by those left behind in the wake of such incidents. She has written two children’s books, established her own blog called The Raw Tr... Read more

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New Zealand is becoming less religious, exhibiting a sharp fall in the number of people who identify as Christian. A new report, Faith and Belief in New Zealand, says a third of New Zealanders identify with Christianity, down from 43 per cent in the 2013 Census and 49 per cent in the 2006 Census. The results of the 2018 Census are yet to be released. 20 per cent have spiritual beliefs but don't identify with any main religion a... Read more

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With current financial markets all over the place and the Reserve Bank cutting the official cash rate, you would be forgiven for being cautious investing large amounts of money. Sam Stubbs is the founder of non profit KiwiSaver fund Simplicity. He joined Kerre McIvor to share his advice on investing your hard earned money. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW ABOVE  

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The man dubbed the Sheriff of Ngawi says rural New Zealand needs more police support. The idea of a volunteer rural constabulary is back before Parliament. Labour's obliged to investigate the idea, as part of its coalition agreements with New Zealand First. Garth Gadsby made headlines when he was charged with recklessly discharging a firearm in 2006, for shooting at a car burglars were trying to escape in. He told Kerre McIvor ... Read more

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There is doubt a message board linked to violent extremists will be stamped out completely. The site is struggling to get back online after its cyber-security provider has withdrawn support, after mass shootings in Texas and Ohio. Hate messages were allegedly posted there relating to the mosque shootings and to another at a California synagogue. Herald reporter Matt Nippert told Kerre McIvor that won't be the end of it. He says... Read more

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Tyler Nii died in a skydiving incident at Lake Wakatipu near Queenstown almost 19 months ago. His family are still waiting for answers. Those answers, according to officials, are still many months away and the family are raising concerns about the way investigations are handled. Chris Jordan is the father of British tourist  Emily Jordan, who died while river boarding in Queenstown in 2008.  The company involved was prosecuted b... Read more

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A Kiwi organisation is taking a proactive approach to helping young people in crisis.  Online Crisis Intervention began three years ago, in response to the massive number of social media posts they saw that spoke about times of distress and crisis. Their aim to get help to every young person in crisis online. Using algorithms to search for certain hashtags, like #depressed or #suicidal, the help locate young people in distress, and... Read more

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Genealogy sites have long helped identify criminals, but now, they have helped convict one.  William Talbott the Second was sentenced to life in prison last week for killing a young Canadian couple more than three decades ago, in a case that relied on newly-emerged genealogical technology. It was the first time that a murder suspect captured using genetic genealogy was found guilty by a jury trial.  CeCe Moore, is a genetic genealo... Read more

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Author Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung join Kerre McIvor to talk about their growing initiative Fire, financial independence retire early. The movement, which encourages workers to save intensively to enable them to stop working for money far earlier than is commonly done. Shen grew up in poverty in rural China, where her family collectively lived on as little as $0.44 a day. She learned to make decisions based on pragmatism rather tha... Read more

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The release Sunday of an audio recording has shed new light on the seizure of a British-flagged tanker at the hands of Iran's Revolutionary Guard as tensions flare in the strategic Strait of Hormuz. The audio released by maritime security risk firm Dryad Global shows that a British frigate was too far away from the targeted tanker to keep it from being diverted into an Iranian port despite U.K. efforts to keep it from being boa... Read more

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Funny As: The Story of New Zealand Comedy, premieres this Sunday at 8:30PM on TVNZ 1 and goes for five weeks. ‘Directors Cut’, which also includes longer interviews with comedians will be available at TVNZ OnDemand.  The book, Funny As, is published the same time as the TVNZ series, is also available at all good book stores. Ginette McDonald is a New Zealand actor, television producer and director, best known for her comedic alter ... Read more

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Boot camps for the unemployed are set to double in size.  The Limited Service Volunteer programme is a free six-week motivational training course run by the New Zealand Defence Force.  Young people are put in an army-style environment and taught life skills to help them go into the workforce.  Next year, the programme will be doubled in size to 1600 students, along with a new facility at Whenuapai Airbase.  Ministry of Social Devel... Read more

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AUT student Grace Stratton has made Instyle Magazine's annual list of "Badass" women, where they recognise those leading the way to a better world.  Grace has been recognised alongside names like Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway, Lizzo and Rihanna.  In March, the 20-year-old launched All Is for All, a speciality e-commerce site featuring clothing and accessories presented in an accessible way for people with disabilities.  S... Read more

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A University of Auckland study says the islands of Tuvalu, Tokelau and Kiribati can adapt to climate change rather than simply sinking below the waves, which is contrary to what we've been led to believe.  Last month, TIME's magazine cover featured United Nations chief António Guterres standing in water off Tuvalu. The cover photo was to illustrate one point — that island nations are sinking in the face of global warming-in... Read more

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A fireworks retailer says there are enough safety measures for private use. Two thirds of local councils support approaching central government for legislation to ban the private use of fireworks. But Bad Boy Fireworks manager James York says [told Kerre McIvor] there's already strict safety requirements. "All the howlers that are imported into New Zealand are tested to make sure that don't fall over, they don't blo... Read more

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