Simon Barnett & Phil Gifford Afternoons

Simon Barnett & Phil Gifford Afternoons

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October 28, 2020 6 min
The death of a Dunedin student from a paracetamol overdose has led to calls for limits on the sale of the painkiller in supermarkets.
New Zealanders can readily buy as much of the painkiller as they want in supermarkets.
But many European countries have introduced smaller pack sizes and prohibited sales of the painkiller outside pharmacies in a bid to save lives.
General Practitioners College medical director Dr Bryan Betty told Simon...
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Gareth Abdinor is an Employment Lawyer and Partner with Malley & Co solicitors. 
We have him on regularly to answer all your employment related questions. 
Today we had some great questions on the difference between a contractor and an employee, flaws in how leave has been calculated, and HR troubles. 
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Founders of a "ground-breaking" new app launching in Auckland today are promising to put New Zealand on the map for providing the best healthcare in the world.
It comes after reports of a looming healthcare crisis with nearly half of the country's GPs expected to retire in the next eight years. Since the Covid-19 pandemic hit New Zealand, there have also been multiple reports from health experts saying people are too sca...
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Gary Stead started his cricketing career as a top order batsman for New Zealand, before transitioning into the coaching side of kiwis favourite summer sport. 
He lead the successful women's team, before taking the helm of the Black Caps, leading them to the final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup. 
He was Simon and Phil's guest for this weeks Six and a Song. 
They discussed the 2019 heartbreak, the pressures of the job, what he do...
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A "raw" new book on the life of Sir Howard Morrison written by his son, Howie Morrison Jnr, reveals for the first time what it was like growing up in the shadows of the iconic entertainer.
The book, titled How Great Thou Art Sir Howard Morrison - the Untold Story, celebrates the remarkable achievements of Sir Howard while also touches on rumours of adultery and behind the scenes dramas, including being kicked out of Manila a...
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It was an all too familiar sight - the Wallabies imploding in a test at Eden Park - but this time at the hands of an unheralded tormentor in chief.
While Aussie rugby scribes were divided in their reasons for the Wallabies' defeat, tightening the All Black's near two-decade long grip on the Bledisloe Cup, they were unanimous in their praise for rookie winger Caleb Clarke, who was near faultless in his run-on debut.
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National Party Leader Judith Collins joins Si and Phil to talk about some lighter topics ahead of tomorrow's election.
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Watch the video above as Kiwi boxer Junior Fa speaks to Si and Phil ahead of his eagerly anticipated bout against Joseph Parker.
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Prime Minister and Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern joined Simon and Phil for a catch up during the last leg of the election campaign. 
They put listeners questions to her, including over Ihumatao, wealth tax, bottom lines, dealing with record house prices, the obesity epidemic, and the hustle and bustle of the campaign.
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Gareth Abdinor is an Employment Lawyer and Partner with Malley & Co solicitors. 
We have him on regularly to answer all your employment related questions. 
Today we had some great questions, including what's fair in terms of what an employer should pay if you've had to move cities for your job. 
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A Canadian woman has returned five artifacts she took from Pompeii in 2005, saying they have plagued her with bad luck.
The woman, identified only as Nicole, sent two white mosaic tiles, two pieces of amphora vase and a piece of ceramic wall to the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, along with a letter explaining her decision.
"I wanted to have a piece of history that couldn't be bought," wrote the woman, who said she was &#...
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A new era in the All Blacks could spell an end to their dominance in world rugby, according to a Wallabies great.
New Zealand kicked off their 2020 test season with a thrilling `16-16 draw with Australia in Wellington.
While the match was entertaining and a strong Wallabies side turned up, it will be a result All Blacks coach Ian Foster will likely view his first test in charge as a lost opportunity, and want to rectify that soon...
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Five parrots have been removed from public view at a British wildlife park after they started swearing at customers.
The foul-mouthed birds were split up after they launched a number of different expletives at visitors and staff just days after being donated to Lincolnshire Wildlife Park in eastern England.
"It just went ballistic, they were all swearing," the venue's chief executive Steve Nichols told CNN Travel on Tuesd...
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Ring, the Amazon-owned home security business, introduced a flying camera on Thursday that may excite home-surveillance fans but is almost certain to rankle privacy advocates.
The US$250 drone, called Ring Always Home Cam, is among a slew of products unveiled during Amazon's invitation-only online hardware event.
The drone is small and light, with a high-definition camera, and it can automatically fly on preset paths to specific ...
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New Zealand Rugby insists it's committed to playing the Rugby Championship in full, despite serious concerns over the tournament end-date.
SANZAAR released the six game schedule this morning, with the All Blacks playing Australia on December 12th.
That would see the All Blacks still in managed quarantine for Christmas.
NZR chief executive Mark Robinson told Simon and Phil they were working towards the prior weekend, but commercial...
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New Zealand Rugby faces a massive task to convince Australian Rugby and SANZAAR to reschedule their final game of the Rugby Championship or it's quarantine at Christmas for the All Blacks.

SANZAAR has released the tournament schedule, which sees the final Bledisloe on December 12th, not the 5th as NZR wanted.

It's thought commercial issues and player welfare worries from the other countries are preventing a tighter competitio...
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September 24, 2020 15 min
Grant Robertson has been Minister of Finance for the last 3 years, and an MP for 12. 
He's been front and centre over the past 8 months as we navigate the huge financial challenges of Covid-19 and was Simon and Phil's guest for this weeks Six and a Song. 
They discussed his childhood, his entry into politics, his love of rugby, the controversial Rugby Championship schedule, and of course his favourite song. 
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Labour's finance spokesman Grant Robertson says that his sexuality has never been an issue while in Parliament.
Joining Simon Barnett and Phil Gifford for Six and a Song, Robertson says that he was already out when he joined politics so it never proved an issue.
While he is completely comfortable with his sexuality, Robertson says that the more prominence you get, the more people learn about you, which leads to an "endless jo...
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Should you be able to take sick leave from work to care for a sick pet or one that's passed away? 
We put the question out there to our listeners today and boy did the phone lines go crazy! 
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For 18 months, residents of a village in Wales have been mystified as to why their broadband internet crashed every morning.
Now engineers have finally identified the reason: A second-hand television that emitted a signal that interfered with the connection.
A crack team of engineers-turned-detectives have become heroes in the village of Aberhosan after finally finding the source of the problem, according to a press release from Open...
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