Kerre Woodham Mornings Podcast

Kerre Woodham Mornings Podcast

Join Kerre Woodham 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.

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August 7, 2022 6 min

There was, I thought, some positivity coming out of the National Party conference, especially in terms of their policy around youth unemployment.

But of course, the usual voices and the usual critics have come out against it - beating up on vulnerable young people, beneficiary bashing, all the usual shrieks from people who see young, unemployed beneficiaries as victims.

But how can you not care that somebody young, somebody fit and...

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National has unveiled a new youth unemployment plan that would see under-25s given financial incentives for finding jobs and staying employed, and handed penalties if they don't take part.

In 2009, the Government announced spending of $152 million to create work, education and training opportunities for unemployed youth.

There were extra training places in the defence forces, money for more students in polytechs, and military-s...

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The thing about this job is that often at the end of the day, well a very truncated working day to be fair, at midday I can walk out of the studio and feel like I've achieved nothing. 

It's not like I've painted a wall, or I've collected rubbish and what were full bins are now empty or cleaned the house, what was dirty and disorganized is now pristine and gorgeous, there is actually nothing tangible to show I've...

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Emergency housing motels in Rotorua are applying for resource consent to continue as emergency housing providers.

Currently, motels operating under Ministry contracts are unlawful as the district plan only consents them to having short term visitors.

If all 12 motels in Rotorua get consent granted, they would be approved to have 1008 occupants in 301 units.  

Lobby group Restore Rotorua chairman Trevor Newbrook said the number of s...

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I do not remember the weather making so much news when I was growing up.

Of course, back then we didn't have a voracious 24-hour news cycle. The media wasn't a beast that needed fodder thrown down its gaping maw every minute on the minute, every hour of the day. 

But extremes in weather are nothing new. They've been reported by communities as far back as soon as people could put quill to parchment, they were writing abo...

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It's fortuitous, isn't it, that you can find an expert to justify any position or stance you might want to take, no matter what it is.

Anybody who was pro-something can generally find a study, a survey, or an expert to back up their argument, anyone who's against can find the same. Whatever that position might be, there's a survey or an expert ready to back you up; lies, damn lies and statistics. 
But I do back the e...

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Reports of retail crime, from shoplifting to vandalism and ram raids have almost doubled in five years.

Police statistics provided to the National Party last week show the monthly average of retail crime reported increased from just over four thousand in 2017 to just under eight thousand in the first half of this year.

On One News last night, a Hamilton businessman under siege from young offenders has a plea for the Government to t...

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Finally some impetus to get more healthcare workers into the country, back into the job and provide some relief to our nurses and doctors who've been carrying a heavy load during this pandemic.

The Government’s announced a raft of policies, they've stopped short of including nurses and tier one of the immigration green list, which would give them automatic and immediate residency. Nurses are at Tier 2, so they must work her...

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Crikey, even when the Government does something right, they seem to get it wrong.

Times are tough and a $350.00 cost of living payment will be a Godsend right now for people with little to come and go on. The payment was a surprise addition to the main budget.

Eligible Kiwis will have just over $116.00 land in their bank accounts shortly, then another $116.00 in September with a final payment in October, all up amounting to $350.00...

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How on earth can the Road to Zero mouthpieces claim that the Road to Zero road deaths is on track, when they've admitted in their annual monitoring report that they're falling short of meeting targets for the strategy?

This year, 166 people have died in crashes on our roads. That's higher than pre-Covid levels for the same period, and despite the fact that the price of petrol is through the roof, that generally results ...

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In December last year we 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.

Brittany has tightened screws on her face to realign her jaw for months in preparation for having a prosthetic jaw fitted.  

She had her jaw and skull base removed, along with a life-threatening tumour, in 2006.

Seven month...

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An interesting idea came out yesterday from Eric Crampton, who's the Chief Economist at the New Zealand Initiative think tank.

This was in response to calls from tertiary students for more help to relieve the financial pressure they're under. Everybody is under financial pressure at the moment and tertiary students are certainly no exception. 

There is nothing attractive about being forced to live in mouldy cold flats and l...

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Calls are growing for a review of the Reserve Bank's slow response to inflation.

National is calling for an independent review after Governor Adrian Orr acknowledged his interest rate decisions have contributed to inflation reaching the level it has.

Orr's acknowledgment followed criticism from his predecessors, including Graeme Wheeler and Don Brash.

To discuss this, former Finance Minister Steven Joyce joined Kerre Woodha...

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A couple of weeks ago we were talking about the farming community and the fact that the latest surveys out showed they didn't have a great deal of confidence or optimism about the future of their livelihoods.

And you would have to wonder how they're feeling now with reports of foot and mouth getting closer to New Zealand. A new outbreak in Indonesia, a first for that country, has both Australia and New Zealand on edge.

Bali...

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AG Research principal scientist Axel Heiser joined Kerre Woodham to answer questions on Foot and Mouth disease and whether we can stop it entering the country.

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Less than half of students are regularly attending school.

The latest truancy data shows regular attendance in term one dropped to just 46 percent.

It's down on 72.8 percent in 2019 - pre Covid - and 50.5 percent in 2020.

National's Education spokesperson Erica Standford says this is not just a social failure but a future economic crisis.

Erica Standford joined Kerre Woodham.

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Now, if you're listening to me while you're at work this morning, it doesn't matter what you're doing; blue collar, white collar, minimum wage, being paid through the nose for whatever it is you do, working part-time, working full time.

I just want you to take a wee moment and just give yourself a virtual hug. A little bit of a hearty handshake, a bit of a hand clap, because you and I my friends, taxpaying New Zeala...

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Andrew Dickens: Does the Govt know their new visa policy hurdles are too high?

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Andrew Dickens: Dr Ashley broke me when he announced changes to the way we monitor Covid infections

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There are landlords and then there are landlords. There are those who do it for a living, they're professional, they're onto any problems, they treat their tenants with respect and in turn they are rewarded with great tenants. It's a symbiotic relationship in the best possible way. 
Then there are the complete amoral Rachmans of the renting world. Slum landlords who care nothing about the state of the properties their te...
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