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.... Show More

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March 5, 2021 6 min
Otago University Chair of Earthquake Science Prof Mark Stirling joined Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford to discuss the earthquakes in the Kermadecs that triggered today's tsunami alerts.
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Tsunami warnings have been further lifted for most of New Zealand after being put in place soon following a magnitude 8.1 earthquake near the Kermadec Islands this morning.
Niwa hydro dynamic scientist Emily Lane joined Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford to explain how a tsunami works.
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Tsunami warnings have been lifted after this morning's 8.1 magnitude earthquake in the Kermadec Islands but people still shouldn't go near or in the water.
Anyone who evacuated can return home.
Civil Defence says the threat level has been downgraded to a beach and marine threat and GNS Science says the largest waves have passed.
Emergency Management Minister Kiri Allan spoke to Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford once the evacuate ...
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March 5, 2021 5 min
A tsunami warning was issued for parts of New Zealand following earthquakes off the Kermadec Islands.
Far North mayor John Carter was out and about in his community checking people were aware they needed to evacuate to higher ground.
John Carter spoke to Simon Barnett & Phil Gifford.
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March 4, 2021 13 min
Karl Budge oversaw the ASB Classic from 2012, building it into one of the best on the pro circuit and bringing some of the greatest athletes in the world to New Zealand. 
During his career he’s held senior roles for some of the World’s highest profile rights holders and brands. 
And has just been announced as event director of the much-anticipated SailGP series, with the NZ Grand Prix being held in Christchurch next year.  
He was Sim...
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Auckland City Manukau Ward Councillor Efeso Collins joined Simon Barnett & Phil Gifford to talk about the backlash he's faced since expressing frustration over repetition of conspiracy theories and misinformation by Church leaders and others in his community.
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February 25, 2021 12 min
Irene Van Dyk is one of the world's best-known netballers. 
She is the most capped international player ever and known by many as one of the greatest of all time.  
Her talent showed no bounds when she made New Zealand her home in 2000 after emigrating from South Africa in her late 20s, quickly becoming the face of the Silver Ferns and went on to rewrite the record books while continuing to play at the highest level into her 40s....
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A public health expert believes it's too early to suggest opening our borders to our neighbours.
It comes amid renewed calls for New Zealand to open its border to Australia, allowing quarantine free travel between the two nations.
Otago University Professor Michael Baker told Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford now may not be the right time.
"Often the devil's in the detail, and you've got to have certain conditions met by ...
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Elon Musk's dabblings with Bitcoin got Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford talking about the cryptocurrency. The more they discussed it the more confused they got, so time to call in an expert in the form of Associate Professor Alex Sims from Auckland University's Business School.
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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 the costs of doing business as a contractor, injured workers and business travel in the Covid 19 age among other things.
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February 18, 2021 13 min
Lexie Brown is The Bacelorette.  


The 31-year-old Wellingtonian stars in the second series of the TVNZ reality TV show screening Monday to Wednesday at 7.30pm on TVNZ.... 
She joined Phil Gifford and Tyler Adams (in for Simon Barnett) for Six & A Song. 
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Change is coming to Invercargill's City Council.
Newstalk ZB host Marcus Lush's been elected a seat at the table after scoring more than half of the already counted votes in the by-election.
He told Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford the public's spirits are low.
"A lot of people in Bluff and Invercargill have spoken to me and they seemed pretty disillusioned with the council.
"I don't know if that's right acros...
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February 11, 2021 13 min
Peter Montgomery is one our finest ever sports broadcasters.  
Best known as "The Voice of the America's Cup" he revolutionised the media coverage of yachting, covering 11, soon to be 12 America’s Cup regattas, along with nine Olympic Games, Round the World races, and numerous international regattas.  
His many accolades include broadcaster of the year, Communicator of the Year, Yachtsman of the Year, Sport and Recreation...
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Jared Carter from the Vermont Law School joined Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford to discuss what happens next in the trial and how many Republicans will ultimately need to side with the Democrats for this to pass
Six Republicans joined all of their Democratic colleagues to vote that the impeachment trial against former President Donald Trump is constitutional, with Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy emerging as the sole Republican to switch ...
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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 being paid while waiting for a Covid test result, meal breaks & missing leave days among other things.
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Where did the waterbed disappear to? They were so popular back in the 70s and 80s and then they vanished! With the help of former waterbed retailer (and ZB advertiser) Craig Barnes we tracked down Charlie Hall - the man who invented the waterbed in 1968.
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February 4, 2021 13 min
Annabel Langbein is one of this country’s most well known cooks, authors, and television personalities. 
She’s written and self-published over 25 books, which along with her TV series have won numerous national and international awards.  
In 2013 she received New Zealand's most prestigious individual achievement award, a World Class New Zealand Award, and in 2018 was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for serv...
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Vaccinologist and Associate Professor at the University of Auckland Helen Petousis-Harris joined Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford for a Q&A answering listeners' questions and dispel some myths around the Covid-19 vaccines.
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Joseph Flavill slipped out of one world and woke up in another.
On March 1, 2020, when the 19-year-old was struck by a car in Staffordshire, central England, the United Kingdom had recorded just 23 cases of a concerning new virus. The vast majority of Covid-19 infections were still confined to China, and the United States had confirmed just one death.
Sporting events, bars and restaurants teemed with life. And in Flavill's home c...
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January 28, 2021 12 min
Nick Willis is New Zealand’s only two-time Olympic medallist in the 1500 metres event, winning silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and bronze at Rio in 2016.  
He holds the national and Oceania record for the same distance, claimed three consecutive Commonwealth Games medals between 2006 and 2014, and last week broke the sub-4 minute mile for a record 19 years in a row.  
He joined Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford for this week's ...
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