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.

Episodes

January 25, 2022 6 min
The new mask mandates, the increased use of RATs and the continuing saga of MIQ . 
People who are essential workers in vaccine-mandated jobs must wear medical-grade masks.  This is where the Government is going to have to come to the party and pay for them as many of these workers are essential but low paid. They haven't got the money to be forking out on medical-grade masks, even if they could find them. 
And when it comes to MI...
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It's been extraordinary times absolutely, but especially for those who are trying to stay productive while looking after the children.
Young people are set to return to school next week. While some schools are going back January 31, latest February the 8th for others.
Chris Hipkins says he is painfully aware that Covid has meant children have missed out on months of face-to-face learning, and that the priority this year is gettin...
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Te Puea Marae in South Auckland has been preparing for an Omicron outbreak.
They've been stocking up on supplies for whanau who need to isolate at home and creating a dedicated isolation facility on the marae grounds.
Te Puea Marae chair Hurimoana Dennis joined Kerre McIvor.
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It's interesting to see what the Ministry of Health deems to be essentials to stock up on in your home care kit. 
Most of us will have it on hand. The nasal sprays, the lozenges, the paracetamol, the ibuprofen, the cough mixtures, the masks even sacked the tissues hand sanitisers.
All the usual symptom relievers you would have in your medicine cabinet for the times we've had colds and flus in the past.
Our family went through ...
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Remember the call earlier this week with Janine? If you were with me, you won't have forgotten it just yet. Janine was the one who said the hospitals were being overwhelmed with unvaccinated Covid patients who were denying other people the opportunity to receive treatment.  
And then we had the febrile Jan yesterday, who was terrified of latte-drinking Aucklanders, coming to the South Island because everybody in the little retir...
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Gross domestic product has fallen 3.7 percent in the September quarter. 
Stats NZ says it's the second largest fall since the current series began in 1986. 
It says this reflects a widespread drop in economic activity due to the Covid-19 restrictions and lockdowns, in the second half of the quarter. 
The fall follows a 2.4 percent rise in the June quarter. 
Stats NZ says some industries were more affected than others by restriction...
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You'll remember at the start of November Linda called in, she was trying to cross the border, desperate to see her daughter who had two major surgeries with major complications. 
She and her husband were fully vaccinated, both had negative covid tests and they had twice been denied travel exemptions. MP Simeon Brown was trying to help them to no avail. 
I advised her to take her negative tests and head to the border, bugger them!...
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A damning report from the Auditor-General has found significant deficiencies in how the Ministry of Social Development paid for private rental properties to be used as emergency housing. 
The report found MSD didn't monitor the quality of accommodation and couldn't show it was receiving value for money, that is, if the rentals were worth the money paid for them or how warm, safe and dry they were. 
Social Development Minister...
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17 more days in Red for Auckland and the other Red regions. Just doesn't seem to make any sense, and I think that must be my most oft quoted phrase of the year. I get why Northland is in red and has to stay in red. But I don't really understand why Auckland is staying in red.  
Red Aucklanders can join Orange New Zealanders as of tomorrow. And indeed, they will be doing so when you look at the flight bookings from here in Ne...
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Papa Honez first called into the show at the start of May.  
He and his English Rose, Rachel, had started an organisation called One Whanau at a Time that was collecting food and household goods to give away to those in need in the Far North.
They had started a Give-a-little to buy goods for struggling families and were overwhelmed by the generosity of our listeners who donated after hearing his story.
Papa Honez joined Kerre McIvor.
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On Friday I shared the story of Brittany Kremers, a 25-year-old woman who was denied desperately needed facial surgery at the eleventh hour by the Christchurch DHB.
The reason? No funding available.
For the past 14 months, Brittany has tightened the screws on her face to realign her jaw in preparation for having a prosthetic jaw fitted.  She had her jaw and skull base removed, along with a life-threatening tumour, in 2006.
To then be ...
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It is no surprise really, is it, that industries, professions and trades are struggling to fill vacancies in almost every role, every capacity. It was tough this time last year and it's only got worse as our borders stay shut and the MIQ requirements remain. 
New Zealand is simply can't be trained up fast enough to fill the vacancies that exist. And again, there simply aren't enough of them that are work fit. Those who w...
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Listener Trevor called into the show at the end of September. He was hurt and frustrated that he hadn't been able to see his wife in her rest home for six weeks.  
Despite being double vaccinated -  the staff and his wife were also double vaccinated -  he still wasn't allowed in and his wife was blind and really needed the personal contact as she was unable to watch television or read.
They were also about to celebrate their ...
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National Party leader Christopher Luxon has been talking about a social investment policy.
It's an area that he has pinpointed as a priority and he's put his deputy Nicola Willis in charge.
It's an idea that Sir Bill English championed when he was in office.
In a nutshell, it was to invest in children and families who were clearly going to become problems later on and break the cycle.
Invest early and save the taxpayer mone...
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Well, piece of news yesterday, people under 14 won't be able to buy cigarettes. And I thought when I saw the headline well what's new, they can't now anyway.  
People 14 and under will never, ever, ever be able to buy cigarettes in their lifetime. The ban will increase as they age. Very, very interesting. Successive governments have tried to target smoking. I think the Clark government was the most vehement in trying to ...
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A tobacco control expert says she has serious concerns about new smokefree 2025 policies. 
They will reduce the amount of nicotine allowed in cigarettes and limit the number of retailers who can sell them.  
Director of the Centre of Research Excellence, Dr Marewa Glover, says the new measure will demonise smokers and discriminate against the most vulnerable.  
She told Kerre McIvor, forcing people to deal with less nicotine will have...
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Auckland Transport is being criticised for a cycleway plan costing $8m per kilometre. 
More than $144 million out of a billion-dollar city Council climate package will go on 18 kilometres of cycle infrastructure. 
It's much pricier than Wellington's bike cycle plans at 1.5 million dollars a kilometre. 
Greater Auckland advocacy website’s editor, Matt Lowrie joined Kerre McIvor. 
“This 18 kilometres which is also on top of other...
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New Zealand is a nation of small and medium businesses. 97 percent of all firms are classified as SMEs. They account for 28 percent of employment and contribute more than 1/4 of New Zealand gross domestic product. It has never ever been easy to be a small to medium business owner. These days I don't know how you’re all surviving, what with lockdowns vaccine issues for both staff and customers, the extra holidays that have been ...
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Labour and National are making changes to their controversial housing bill which is being rushed through Parliament before Christmas. 
The two parties came together for the bill to make it easier to build three buildings, of three storeys, on most sections in our biggest cities. 
Initially, the bill allowed height to boundary ratios of 6m at the side and rear boundaries, but concerns over sunlight loss saw the environment select comm...
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How you feeling waking up this morning knowing that the Ministry of Health thought it was a good idea for Auckland boundary restrictions to be lifted and the whole country should have been in orange, bar Auckland and Northland. 
Apparently, in the recommendations to the government, there was even a wild and crazy public servant who thought it would be a great idea to start some of the South Island in green, but then, of course, he o...
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