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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March 5, 2021 5 min
This tricky virus seems to be playing very hard to get, doesn't it? 
I know that Covid 19 exists and that if you get it bad, it's a very nasty virus to get.
But given that we've had a young man sweating it out in an enclosed space with other gym goers and a previously undisclosed dodgy lodger going door to door and STILL nobody has it - surely even the most hysterical Covid alarmist would have to concede that perhaps the ...
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No new community cases - good.  The entire country in a form of lockdown - bad. 
I get that Auckland needs to take precautions given the level of faffing around done by people deemed to be infectious but why on earth is the South Island locked down?  Why in fact is anywhere south of Hamilton locked down? 
We might have an easier case to make for opening up the rest of the country if hordes of Aucklanders hadn't saddled up their l...
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Should the New Zealand government cancel student loan debt?
That’s the argument being made in an opinion piece on Newsroom.
London-based reporter Laura Walters writes: "As part of a generation that’s been hit by one economic challenge after the next, student loan debt is just one of myriad factors that is making me reconsider what my life will look like.
"Rather than offering interest-free borrowing, or expecting people to ref...
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Land Rover Horse of the Year organisers have cancelled the 2021 event after 48 hours of discussions left them realising they wouldn't be able to clear the hurdles put up by Covid uncertainty.
A spokesperson for the Hastings event wrote on Facebook on Monday night that it was not a decision that had been made lightly.
Horse of the Year, a fixture of the Showgrounds Hawke's Bay Tomoana, draws 1500 competitors and tens of thousa...
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A review of the Government's drug buyer Pharmac will focus on the timeliness and transparency of its decisions.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Health Minister Andrew Little announced the independent review's terms of reference at Parliament today.
The Pharmac review will focus on two areas:

how well Pharmac performs against its current objectives and whether this could be improved
whether Pharmac's current objectives max...
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We've talked before about the shocking state of our kids' teeth.  More than 5000 children and teenagers have dental surgery under general anaesthetic every year for problems associated with neglect. 
Dental decay is the most common chronic health condition in New Zealand and it causes serious problems for the children who have rotting teeth. 
I have heard some parents say, what does it matter?  They lose the teeth anyway. But...
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According to research from Inland Revenue and Treasury, the wealthiest New Zealanders pay just 12 per cent of their total income in tax on average.
The same research found 42 per cent of the wealthiest New Zealanders were paying lower tax rates than the lowest tax rate paid by people who earn their money from an ordinary job or a benefit.
The reason for the disparity between New Zealand’s wealthiest people and regular salary and wage...
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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says lives will be 'incomparably better' in England's spring and summer as he sets out a plan to fully ease lockdown rules by June 21.
A paper published yesterday shows the two vaccines approved and in use in Britain showed high efficacy rates in trials.
The first doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccines in Scotland led to a substantial fall in Covid-19 hospital admissions.
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A Christchurch man says the scene that confronted him ten years ago felt like it was straight out of a movie.
Lawyer Andrew Riches was sitting in his office when the building started shaking and filing cabinets fell down.
He ran outside and was one of the first rescuers at the PGC building, which had pancaked, claiming 18 lives.
Riches told Kerre McIvor when he heard people calling out for help he sprang to action.
"When I stopped ...
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Calls for a purpose built quarantine centre that is located miles away from our cities and our biggest population masses are growing. 
All the big names in immunology - Nick Wilson, Des Gorman and Michael Baker - have said its absolute madness to house returnees carrying the different Covid strains into hotels in our biggest cities. 
We have 18 hotels in Auckland, three in Hamilton, two in Wellington and six in Christchurch - our mos...
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A Christchurch man says the scene that confronted him ten years ago felt like it was straight out of a movie.
Lawyer Andrew Riches was sitting in his office when the building started shaking and filing cabinets fell down.
He ran outside and was one of the first rescuers at the PGC building, which had pancaked, claiming 18 lives.
Riches told Kerre McIvor when he heard people calling out for help he sprang to action.
"When I stopped...
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Unsafe lead levels have been found in the blood of East Otago-based children.
It was revealed earlier in the month unsafe levels of lead had been discovered in the southern towns of Karitane and Waikouaiti. The levels go back to as early as July 2020.
Back in 2017, a Government inquiry found 20 per cent of the country's tap water was not up to standard, with as many as 750,000 New Zealanders exposed to drinking water that was not...
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The Salvation Army's released its annual State of the Nation report focusing on areas such as crime, housing, and poverty.
One of their biggest concerns is that the large increases in hardship are going to linger long after the Covid-19 pandemic - exemplified by food parcels given out last year, doubling to more than 110-thousand.
They're urging the Government to take harder action against the housing crisis as it's key t...
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Remember Shamima Begum? The entitled little schoolgirl who ran away to be a terrorist with two of her mates, married two terrorists, gave birth to three babies who all subsequently died and then demanded the right to return to the UK and that the UK return her citizenship - she was stripped of it in the interests of national security. 
She's still battling for the right to return to the UK claiming she's a citizen and she ha...
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Researchers are looking into how to expand Covid-19 detection - with a Kiwi at the forefront of developing more accessible technology. 
Air New Zealand employees undertaking regular surveillance testing are participating in a Institute of Environmental Science and Research study, that will test saliva for the virus.
The study will include the SalivaDirect Covid-19 testing technology developed by Nathan Grubaugh and New Zealander Anne...
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Kerre McIvor shares her thoughts on housing intensification and NIMBY-ism below, and chats with National Party leader Judith Collins about finding the balance. 
Residents in Christchurch are up in arms about ugly intensive housing developments popping up in their neighbourhoods. 
They've started a petition, and National MP David Bennett is also behind a petition in Hamilton to halt a Kainga Ora housing development as it was a “hi...
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The stoush between Rawiri Waititi and the Speaker of the House is absolutely absurd. If Waititi wants to wear a hei tiki shaped taonga around his neck into Parliament for goodness sake, he should be able to. 
This stoush has been brewing for some time. Late last year, Waititi was warned that he faced being ejected from the House if he did not wear a tie, after refusing to wear one. 
Well, after refusing to wear what Mallard deems to ...
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A Royal Society of New Zealand panel has been brought in to improve students' declining maths results.
The Ministry of Educations National Monitoring Study of Student Achievement shows only 45 percent of students in Year 8 are achieving at the expected curriculum level.
It comes after a survey late last year found Kiwi students' maths knowledge in the first year of high school, is below all other English speaking countries.
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It is still a big regret of mine that I lost my way with maths. 
I was really enjoying maths for years and years and then I hit fifth form and either it was the change of teacher or I'd just reached my natural limit but one minute I had it, and the next minute it was gone. 
One minute I was enjoying the glorious purity of solving equations, the next the numerals and symbols were just incomprehensible ciphers. 
I managed to scrape ...
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A chance to help young people through the justice system, and reduce reoffending.
The Young Adult List separates 18-25 year olds from adult court, and offers extra support.
It's being trialled for 12 months at Porirua District Court, and is being described as a huge success.
Principal Youth Court Judge John Walker told Kerre McIvor one of the biggest problems the programme addresses is the complicated jargon.
"It's a strang...
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