The Front Page

The Front Page

Keeping up to date with the news just became a little easier. Available every weekday at 5am, tune in as Damien Venuto chats with the journalists and newsmakers, going behind the headlines to break down what you need to know on the biggest stories of the day.


December 7, 2023 18 mins

New Zealand has a new Government – and this means a new Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Winston Peters will take over from Nanaia Mahuta in a role that’s getting more complicated with every passing day. 

Trade wars, environmental devastation, and open military conflicts have returned to the globe on a level not seen in decades, to name just a few of the diplomatic tightropes that Peters will have to walk as he navigates this role. 


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The thought of a job with unlimited leave might seem splendid.
You could ostensibly take weeks off whenever you feel like it and have a work-life balance that most could only dream of.

But this isn’t always how these things work out.
Jarrod Haar, Associate Dean at Massey Business School, has looked into the details of how having holidays when you want actually works in practice and found that there can be some worr...

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In the two years since Harry and Meghan sat down with Oprah, one question has hung over the Royal Family. 

Just who in the family raised concerns about the colour of Prince Archie’s skin before his birth? 

Now, the two senior royals have been named in a since-pulled Dutch translation of a new book about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their royal battles. 

It has sparked yet another scandal that has involved all the key playe...

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Many of us have had the unfortunate experience of witnessing the delays in New Zealand’s health system first hand.  

For some, that may simply mean the delay in seeing your GP or hours spent in the emergency room. 

But for others, the waiting game can have long-term implications for their health.  

NZ Herald investigate journalist Nicholas Jones for several months has been looking into cardiac patients and how they are being tre...

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Wellington Mayor Tory Whanau has admitted to having a drinking problem.  

This comes after two incidents in which she has been seen visibly intoxicated in public spaces.  

Some councillors are now also calling Whanau’s resignation, with some questioning whether she can do the big job required of her. 

It also comes in the broader context of former Labour politician Kiri Allan, who blew over the legal limit after being involved i...

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The Reserve Bank has kept the Official Cash Rate at 5.5 per cent – and has stressed that our fight against inflation is not yet done.  
This comes as the country prepares for the new Government to step in and start making the big changes that were promised on the campaign trail.  
Luxon has pledged to slash public sector spending and has already done away with the Productivity Commission. He has further said that he...

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Space – The Final Frontier. But for the new government, it’s being seen as an area ripe for expansion. 

Judith Collins has been appointed as New Zealand’s first ever Minister for Space, with a focus on our growing the aerospace industry 

With New Zealand one of the few countries in the world able to launch rockets into space, how important is this portfolio to our country’s future, and can we catch up with the big global players ...

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Education was a major battleground this election.  
Evidence showed decades of decline in the quality of the education system, with literacy and numeracy rates falling steadily. 

Add the dual problems of absenteeism and overworked teachers and you have a system in dire need of repair.  

So what is the new Government proposing? And will the plans put forward actually make the difference needed?   

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It has been over six weeks since Election Day, but finally, Christopher Luxon has been sworn in as Prime Minister.

Weeks of negotiations have delivered the first-ever three-party coalition government in the MMP era, with National joined by both Act and NZ First ministers at the Cabinet table.  

But now that the negotiations and swearing-in ceremonies are done, these three parties need to get on with governing. What will their pri...

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A massive year of four world cups has left Aotearoa empty-handed.

Kiwi teams fell short in rugby, cricket, football and netball, leaving some question marks about whether we’d lost our competitive edge.

But our teams also exceeded expectations. No one expected the White Ferns to beat Norway. The All Blacks were given no chance of making it to the final. And the Black Caps also rose above the naysayers to land a spot in the semi-f...

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After 40 days, New Zealand has a new government. National, Act and NZ First have signed their agreements to form the country's first-ever three-party coalition government. 

So who's deputy Prime Minister, who are the new Ministers, and what are the policy priorities? And NZ Herald politics editor Claire Trevett joins for her analysis on how this will all work.

Host: Hamish Fletcher
Producer: Ethan Sills 


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Musicians are facing a deathly silence.  

With the gutting of the magazine industry now well-bedded in, many of the specialised titles that once relished in telling tales of bands on the road have disappeared. Most of the coverage of music and arts in wider mainstream media has also vanished. 

So now how do Kiwi acts get their voices heard? And who will step up to be the cheerleaders for the up-and-coming talent capable of placin...

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The last time tensions were this high was during the Cold War.  

That’s the staggering premise of State of Threat, a new book published by Massey University Press, in which local and international experts discuss whether enough is being done to protect the country amid growing uncertainty around the globe. 

US-China tensions, Russian warmongering, extremism and the danger of cyber warfare are all simmering in the background while...

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It’s never been easier to find a good deal online. But when you’re Christmas shopping this year, some deals might seem too good to be true.

But that’s because they’re coming with a hidden cost.

A new report from World Vision claims that a staggering $8 billion of imports to Aotearoa every year are linked to modern slavery.

Everything from shoes and clothing to furniture and electronics could be made by people working in dire con...

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Anyone who has faced a morning commute on our largest city’s roads knows that Auckland has a truly painful traffic problem.

Mayor Wayne Brown has ostensibly had enough and has announced a plan for congestion charging to be introduced.

Councillors are supporting the move and pushing ahead with the plan, but there are also serious concerns about the impact this will have on low-income earners.

So how will the plan work in practice...

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Artificial intelligence is the buzzphrase of 2023. 

The building blocks for this technology have long been in the works, but we have now reached the point the power of generative AI can actually be put into practice.  
 The promise here is that it will speed up everything we do, removing the mundane and giving us more time to focus on creative challenges.  

But what are the unintended consequences that could emerge from this? ...

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Rental prices in have skyrocketed over the last year.

These high rental prices are giving young Kiwis yet another incentive to take their skills elsewhere, sparking concerns that some might exhibit their discontent by dusting off their passports.

So how concerning are these rent rises? And how much worse could they become with the balance of power swinging further in favour of landlords under the new Government? 

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Westminster is echoing with accusations of betrayal. 

The source of this indignation is former UK home secretary Suella Braverman. Braverman has been sacked by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak after making a series of incendiary comments about the homeless, asylum seekers, and the Israel-Hamas war.

After Braverman’s ousting, Sunak announced a cabinet reshuffle. The big surprise? Former PM David Cameron has returned to political...

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Hollywood is moving again.

When the writers' strike ended after 148 days there was a hope that the actors’ union and studio representatives would be able to reach a quick resolution. Instead, the strike was only called off on day 118.

SAG-AFTRA members still have to vote on the hard-bargained deal, but now they’re back to work auditioning, performing, and promoting.  

What were the sticking points that caused this major industri...

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The finer details of the next Government are still being decided around the negotiating table.

But two things are clear at this stage. We will have an impressive spread of 32 Māori MPs across the political parties.

And secondly, the next Government made up of National, Act and NZ First will not have any Pasifika representation.

There are still talented Pasifika politicians across the parties in Opposition, but will this be enoug...

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