Simon Barnett & Phil Gifford Afternoons

Simon Barnett & Phil Gifford Afternoons

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.

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April 15, 2021 2 min
Floating hotels have been popping up all over the world in recent years, with destinations like Dubai and Qatar leading the way with increasingly innovative and outlandish structures.
But this new concept from Turkish design team Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio (HAADS) may just blow all the others out of the water in terms of eco consciousness.
Not only does the luxury hotel design, which has 152 rooms, actually generate its o...
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Taneatua School Principal Marama Stewart has found an innovative way to combat fighting at school and absenteeism.
She joined Phil Gifford and Tyler Adams to explain how Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu has helped her students.
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April 15, 2021 12 min
Hot on the heels of claiming double honours at the New Zealand Cricket Awards for the 2020-21 season Black Caps sensation Devon Conway joined Phil Gifford and Tyler Adams for this week's Six & A Song.
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Gareth Abdinor is an Employment Lawyer and Partner with Malley & Co solicitors.
He regularly joins Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford to answer all listeners' employment related questions.
Today, he joined the show to answer questions about border workers and vaccinations, guaranteed hours contracts & company cars among other things.
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More than 25 health and social service organisations have banded together to call on the Government to repeal the country's drug laws, to drop penalties for use and to treat the use of drugs as a health issue.
The groups, including the New Zealand Medical Association, the Mental Health Foundation, the Public Health Association, the Maori Law Society, the Drug Foundation, Hapai te Hauora, and JustSpeak, have sent an open letter t...
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"This is the saviour."
Those were the words of Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult who could not wipe the smile from his face late yesterday afternoon after learning quarantine-free travel between New Zealand and Australia will start in less than a fortnight.
"I could not be happier."
He said he had done "umpteen" interviews with Australian media organisations yesterday before the announcement, "and they are r...
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The lack of rainy day savings is coming back to haunt some mortgage holders.
The mortgage deferral scheme ended this week, after a year's relief for some home owners hit by the Covid crunch.
Mortgage broker Sue Tierney says many felt forced to take up the offer, with no savings to fall back on.
She says on average, New Zealand families save just over $400 a year -- so there's little to cushion when hardship hits.
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Gareth Abdinor is an Employment Lawyer and Partner with Malley & Co solicitors.
He regularly joins Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford to answer all listeners' employment related questions.
Today, he joined the show to answer questions about an employee being overpaid, public holidays, and leave for mental health troubles among other things.
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The Climate Change Commission recently proposed a ban on petrol and diesel powered vehicles by 2035.
The boss of Toyota New Zealand Neeraj Lala says that just won't work in New Zealand.
He says Electric Vehicles are in short supply worldwide and that they don't offer the versatility New Zealanders want.
He says the policy may backfire and we might end up with even more vehicles on the road.
Neeraj Lala joined Simon Barnett and ...
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Salvage teams have finally freed the colossal container ship stuck for nearly a week in the Suez Canal, ending a crisis that had clogged one of the world’s most vital waterways and halted billions of dollars a day in maritime commerce.
A flotilla of tugboats, helped by the tides, wrenched the bulbous bow of the skyscraper-sized Ever Given from the canal’s sandy bank, where it had been firmly lodged since March 23.
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Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has been accused of being soft on prisoners and not having the backs of prison guards.
The Corrections Union has consistently raised the issue of prisoners assaulting guards, and they say nothing is ever done about it.
On top of that they are annoyed that Davis is seen to be advocating on behalf of the prisoners - so much so that a vote of no confidence was considered.
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People in Huntly will soon be able to commute to Auckland by train.
Te Huia passenger rail service opens to the public just after Easter.
It travels from Frankton in Hamilton to Papakura, stopping in Huntly along the way.
It could potentially replace up to 73 thousand return car trips annually.
There has however been some criticism of the fact that it will take longer in the train than in a car.
Jodi Johnston from the Campaign for Bette...
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The stranding of a massive cargo ship in the Suez Canal is likely to have ripple effects across the global economy.
Experts say it could take weeks to remove the ship and clear the canal.
Officials have closed the key trading route between Asia and Europe -- forcing ships to detour around the African continent to deliver goods.
Chris Edwards is the President of the Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Federation of New Zealand.
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March 25, 2021 13 min
Dr Siouxsie Wiles has become a household name in New Zealand since the emergence of COVID-19 in her role as a microbiologist and science communicator. 
Among her many accolades, she was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to microbiology and science communication in the 2019, and is a finalist for this years’ New Zealander of the Year awards.  
She was Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford’s guest for this week...
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Uber's new delivery service is being labelled irresponsible and out of touch.
It's launched an alcohol delivery service in Auckland this week - through UberEats.
It plans to expand to Christchurch and Wellington in coming weeks.
But Hapai Te Hauora chief executive, Selah Hart, says Uber's ignoring our unsafe drinking culture.
She joined Simon Barnett & Phil Gifford to put her case.
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A renters' advocate is worried about tenants being asked to pay more which he said would hurt the more vulnerable. 
The Government’s new housing policy will see new investors being stung under the bright line test if they sell an existing home within 10 years. 
They also won't be able to claim home loan interest repayments as a business expense. 
Renters United spokesperson Ashok Jacob told Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford they’...
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Hasbro is turning to fans for help modernising its classic board game Monopoly.
The toy company announced last week that it is changing all 16 of the game's Community Chest cards to better reflect what community means to fans today.
"Covering topics like beauty contests, holiday funds, and life insurance, there is no denying the Monopoly game's Community Chest Cards are long overdue for a refresh," according to a pres...
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The Government will pour close to $4 billion into a scheme to accelerate the pace of new house builds, which is expected to help see "tens of thousands" of new properties built.
It is also doubling the capital gains tax-esque bright-line test from five, to ten years - meaning any gains on a residential property that is not a family home will be taxed if the property is sold within ten years of purchase.
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March 18, 2021 11 min
Suzanne Paul first made a splash on Kiwi television screens in the 90’s thanks to her wildly successful infomercials and infectious personality.  
She went on to become one of the country’s much loved figures, starring in several TV shows such as Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner?, Garage Sale and Dancing with the Stars which she won in 2007.  
She’s also a bestselling author, motivational speaker, and stand-up comedian  
She was Simon Bar...
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Honours are always controversial so with Team New Zealand's America's Cup Victory fresh in our minds Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford asked 'should it be Sir Grant Dalton?'
To answer the question - and talk about the win - yachting great and commentator Peter Lester joined the show.
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