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Politics Central

Newstalk ZB serves up what you need to know, on all things politics at home, and abroad. The show reviews, previews, analyses and challenges the biggest political issues of the week, with all the big players.

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May 2, 2021 5 min
A leading epidemiologist has said it is morally wrong for New Zealand to take part in the Olympics.
The 2020 Olympics - delayed by one year due to the Covid-19 - are due to take place in Tokyo in July.
Many countries are planning to take part and will prioritise vaccine access to their athletes, including New Zealand and Australia.
However, many countries are struggling with slow vaccine rollouts, with many countries in Africa lagging...
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Her comments have been labelled desperate - but Judith Collins maintains we're going down a dangerous path on race relations.
The National leader is under fire for a speech at the party's Northern Convention, where she claimed Labour's trying to create a 'two system' New Zealand.
She also went on the attack over the freshly-announced Māori Health Authority.
Collins told the Weekend Collective the Government is goin...
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In hopes of taming a monstrous spike in COVID-19 infections, India opened vaccinations to all adults Saturday, launching a huge inoculation effort that was sure to tax the limits of the federal government, the country's vaccine factories and the patience of its 1.4 billion people.
The world's largest maker of vaccines was still short of critical supplies — the result of lagging manufacturing and raw material shortages that d...
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A former Minister says New Zealand's position in Five Eyes is not likely to be under threat. 
The Government has come under fire from Australian and UK commentators over our stance on China and our place in Five Eyes, after New Zealand declined to sign several statements criticising China.
However, Peter Dunne told The Weekend Collective that our position in the security alliance is unlikely to be under threat. 
He says that our g...
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50,000 people packed into Auckland's Eden Park to see Six60 headline the first major concert at the venue.
The band's promoter Brent Eccles told The Weekend Collective acts like The Eagles or Billy Joel would be great there, but he wants to bring Six60 back.
"None of us realised until last night when the crowd was in there what a cauldron it is, and what an exciting live venue it is, it's just phenomenal."
Six60...
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One of the advisors on the new local version of The Apprentice has defended taking part in a show linked to former US President Donald Trump.
Trump, who had been well known internationally in the 80s and 90s for his business dealings, found new fame after starring in the original Apprentice which he hosted for 15 seasons, plus seven of the celebrity-centric spinoff. 
TVNZ is bringing back the local iteration 11 years after a one-seas...
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Australians are looking forward to the trans-Tasman travel bubble.
The bubble starts at 11.59 tonight, meaning travellers won't have to quarantine when they travel between Australia and New Zealand.
Queensland Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe told the Weekend Collective Australians are excited about the bubble.
"Huge anticipation. People are really looking forward to seeing our Kiwi friends and family come back."
He sa...
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Australians are looking forward to the trans-Tasman travel bubble.
The bubble starts at 11.59 tonight, meaning travellers won't have to quarantine when they travel between Australia and New Zealand.
Queensland Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchcliffe told the Weekend Collective Australians are excited about the bubble.
"Huge anticipation. People are really looking forward to seeing our Kiwi friends and family come back."
He sa...
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Queenstown's mayor predicts an influx of Australian visitors will bring a bumper ski season for the tourist town.
The first quarantine-free flight lands into Queenstown at 2.30pm Monday from Sydney after the trans-Tasman bubble officially opens at 11.59 Sunday night. 
Mayor Jim Boult told the Weekend Collective there's been good bookings in hotels.
"Late April, May, early June are usually the quietest months of the year fo...
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An Auckland University vaccinologist is concerned about the speed at which people here are being vaccinated.
Many have accused the government of a lack of transparency regarding the number of people who have had shots.
It comes amid reports that a new Covid-19 vaccination clinic in Ōtara, South Auckland, could be vaccinating five times the number of people that are booked in.
South Seas vaccination clinic, in the old Manukau Institute...
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A former ACT leader says it's possible that National could no longer be the main opposition party sometime in the future. 
Richard Prebble, who was one of the founding MPs of the ACT Party and leader from 1996-2004, this week cast doubt on National's leader Judith Collins to stay in the position - calling her a dead leader walking over a failed attempt by her and her deputy Dr Shane Reti to get the caucus to oppose Labour...
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Prince Philip, the late husband to the UK's Queen Elizabeth II, will be laid to rest on Saturday local time (Sunday early morning NZT) next week, in a ceremony that will be colourful and steeped in tradition, but low key by royal standards.
Philip, who was officially the Duke of Edinburgh, died peacefully at Windsor Castle on Friday morning at the age of 99. He was the nation's longest-serving consort -- a term given to the ...
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Hopes we'll know this week exactly when to get our passports ready for quarantine-free travel to Australia.
An update on the possibility of a trans-Tasman bubble will be given on Tuesday.
Epidemiologist Michael Baker told The Weekend Collective he is expecting a solid timetable to be announced.
But, he says travellers must proceed with caution.
"People travelling across the Tasman will have to go in with their eyes open, realis...
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There are hopes a new bill will fix confusion around the Easter trading rule.
Online businesses can trade without restrictions over Easter while traditional shops cannot.
The regulations also vary from city to city, further adding to confusion for both retailers and customers. 
Act Party small business spokesperson Chris Baillie has introduced a new member's bill which would change all that.
Party leader David Seymour told the Week...
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Christopher Luxon "tested the waters" this week with his maiden speech in Parliament. 
The former Air New Zealand CEO turned Botany MP told Parliament: "It seems it has become acceptable to stereotype those who have a Christian faith in public life as being 'extreme', so I will say a little about my Christian faith.
"It has anchored me, given my life purpose and shaped my values – and it puts me in the context...
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The Finance Minister's earned fresh ire from the Opposition for his comments about capping rent rises.
Grant Robertson has not ruled out limiting how much landlords can raise rents, saying it isn't on the Government's agenda, but they'll keep an eye on what happens.
National Party leader Judith Collins told The Weekend Collective any sensible person would have ruled it out straight away.
"The fact is he doesn't...
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Pressure from Australia is likely to be behind the move from our Government to make a move on the trans-Tasman bubble. 
Anticipation is building ahead of Cabinet's discussion around a two-way trans-Tasman travel bubble with Australia.
Ministers are expected to meet tomorrow to talk about a potential start date, and it is understood it could be put in place between mid to late April.
Public pressure over the last week has been seen...
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U.S. relations with its two biggest geo-political rivals are facing severe tests as President Joe Biden tries to assert America's place in the world and distinguish himself from his predecessor.
Airing myriad complaints, the Biden administration took an extraordinarily tough line with China and Russia this past week. Public spats between the countries erupted as  Biden characterized Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "kil...
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An intelligence expert has questioned if police are doing enough to screen right-wing extremists on social media.
The police promised they would keep an eye out for extremist activity on known websites after the Christchurch mosque attacks two years ago.
Expert Paul Buchanan told The Weekend Collective a specialist unit was set up, yet it took a public tip for them to find a man who made threats to the mosques 10 days ago.
"I mean...
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Queenstown's Mayor is struggling with the injustice of tourist operators being denied a bailout.
Jim Boult says dairy farmers would've had Government assistance a long time ago, but tourist businesses are treated differently.
He told The Weekend Collective they've asked the Government for a trans-Tasman bubble after no luck seeking an assistance package.
"If this was the dairy industry and we couldn't export milk p...
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