Simon Barnett & Phil Gifford Afternoons

Simon Barnett & Phil Gifford Afternoons

New on Newstalk ZB for 2019, join Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford to discuss and debate the issues that matter most to New Zealanders. From the world stage to here at home, with the latest in news and views, you will always be in the know with Si and Phil.... Show More

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As NASA remembers its first successful moonshot, it's getting ready for another.   Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon.   NASA historian Brian Odom told Simon and Phil while the world remembers the incredible Apollo 11 mission, we could see humans living on the moon by 2024.    LISTEN ABOVE

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As NASA remembers its first successful moonshot, it's getting ready for another. Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's first steps on the moon. NASA historian Brian Odom told Simon and Phil while the world remembers the incredible Apollo 11 mission, we could see humans living on the moon by 2024. 

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Armed with abundant knowledge, scientific research and a true desire to help others recover their energy and vitality, Dr Libby empowers and inspires people to take charge of their health and happiness. She joined Simon and Phil for the first of our regular segment on health and happiness. LISTEN ABOVE...

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July 18, 2019 11 min

Minister for Regional Development Shane Jones joined Simon and Phil for this weeks Six and a Song.  We asked him all the questions you've always wanted to ask.  He lived up to his reputation as a man with a very sharp wit! 

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Matata residents say a payout for their damaged homes is too little, too late. Homeowners of flood-damaged properties near the Awatarariki River have been offered a market-value payout, 14 years after the event. Awatarariki Residents spokesperson Rick Whalley told Simon and Phil he wants the council to keep its original promise.  

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Deputy Speaker Anne Tolley feels awful that she upset Youth MP Lily Dorrance and has apologised to her, to Speaker Trevor Mallard, and to former Speaker David Carter. During a general debate in the House yesterday, Tolley interrupted Dorrance, who is the Youth MP for National MP David Carter, and asked her to speak without reading from her notes. Dorrance was giving an impassioned speech about mental health, and had spoken about lo... Read more

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Deputy Speaker Anne Tolley feels awful that she upset Youth MP Lily Dorrance and has apologised to her, to Speaker Trevor Mallard, and to former Speaker David Carter. During a general debate in the House yesterday, Tolley interrupted Dorrance, who is the Youth MP for National MP David Carter, and asked her to speak without reading from her notes. Dorrance was giving an impassioned speech about mental health, and had spoken about lo... Read more

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Former All Black Ian Jones is welcoming diners to the community meal he and his wife Janine Graham-Jones host every Friday night at Rosmini College on Auckland's North Shore. It's a free dinner - dropped off by friends, businesses and local home cooks - and anyone is welcome. Ian Jones told Simon and Phil they started Eddie's Meals (named after Ian's swim squad Eddie's Eels) in December because they felt they had a blessed life and... Read more

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Children watching explicit reality TV shows like Love Island are growing up before their time.  That's according to child development expert Nathan Wallis, who told Simon and Phil that a 5pm watch time for a show like Love Island means it's far more accessible for young children whose brains are still developing  He says children are like sponges, and they will act out the things they see on TV.

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A pleasure to have Gerard and Deb Stokes on with Simon and Phil to discuss their son Ben's epic Cricket World Cup Final A deflection off his bat cost his country of birth the cricket World Cup. Stokes, the Christchurch-born, England allrounder was named man of the match for his unbeaten 84, including four overthrows after a return throw from the boundary bounced off his bat and went to the ropes. Gerard and Deb told Simon and Phi... Read more

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Listen to Simon and Phil chat with talkback caller Steven about his hilarious, but equally terrifying flight in Russia.  It came on the back of a story of a flight from Auckland to Dubai where severe turbulence shook passengers on board.  Steven called in to tell us what happened when he boarded a flight during a work trip over Serbia. 

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Well on the back of some pretty staggering figures from ACC on the number of injuries from the humble hot water bottle, we thought a good PSA was in order.  ACC received 323 hot water bottle injury claims in the first half of 2019 and those, in addition to more than 300 ongoing claims, have already cost the Government $239,530 this year, with the coldest month July still to come. Listen to Simon and Phil discuss got all the 'hot' t... Read more

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There'll be a first-time winner of the Cricket World Cup on Monday morning after England crushed Australia to join the Black Caps in the final. The tournament hosts rolled Australia for 223 after being asked to bowl first and then raced to the target with more than 17 overs to spare. Greg O'Connor is in England with MP's from across parties who've taken part in the Inter-Parliamentary Cricket World Cup.  He told Simon and Phil they... Read more

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Either England or New Zealand will win the cricket World Cup for the first time overnight Sunday. After crushing Australia, England will play in a first final since 1992 where they'll meet the Black Caps in the big dance for a second straight time. Former Black Cap Kyle Mills told Simon and Phil the win against India will have boosted all players confidence. 

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Hopes a solution can be found after a red zone BMX track built by youths was flattened. A group of eight boys spent their spare time constructing jumps and berms on a 100 metre stretch of land on Richmond Hill in Sumner. Land Information New Zealand deconstructed the track after it was deemed a hazard- because land dangers in the area. LINZ spokesperson Matt Bradley says [told Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford] they would be open to i... Read more

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July 10, 2019 16 min

Writer, comedian, actor, and all round great guy Oscar Kightley joined Simon and Phil in studio for the first Six and a Song segment.  That's where we get a special guest in to ask them six questions, and play their favourite song. 

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Simon shares his homemade cleaning recipe which he swears by: -Half a cup of water -Half a cup of white vinegar  -10 drops of essential oil -15 drops of tea tree oil -3 tablespoons of dish washing liquid 

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There's a push for police to ease up on those accessing cannabis on the black market for medical reasons. The Ministry of Health's published its proposal around legalising the drug, as the government works to set up a Medicinal Cannabis Scheme next year. But Medical Cannabis Advocate Rebecca Reider told Simon and Phil the requirement for specialist sign-off would be one of the most problematic aspect for patients. 

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Martin Guptill has struggled with the bat at the cricket World Cup, but produced a pivotal moment in the field to help New Zealand win the semi-final against India by 18 runs at Old Trafford. The Black Caps posted 239 for eight, before dismissing their opponents for 221. Guptill had to throw down one stump at square leg as the in-form MS Dhoni gambled for two in the 49th over. Former Black Cap Chris Harris told Simon and Phil there... Read more

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Gold medallist Dame Valerie Adams intends to return to the Olympics for another shot at glory. The shotput star, who is a four time World Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, has taken time away from the sport after giving birth to her second child, Kepaleli, earlier this year. However, Adams revealed for the first time to Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford that she aims to compete at Tokyo 2020.  "I've actually got nothing to ... Read more

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