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September 19, 2020 9 min
Judith Collins says she hadn't planned to offer Kiwis tax cuts - but that was before the second lockdown.
If it wins the election, National's promising to left the tax thresholds for 16 months - primarily benefiting middle income earners, which will put $3000 in the back pocket of middle New Zealanders.
If elected, the party would lift the bottom, middle and top tax thresholds in a bid to "let Kiwis keep more of what they...
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It has been nine months since Covid-19 emerged as a threat, and one of the worst hit areas has been world travel. 
While it appears unlikely that travel will be returning to normal any time soon, more than 50 per cent of destinations around the world have started at least easing travel restrictions that were introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to figures released by the World Tourism Organisation.
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The Great Realisation by Tomos Roberts
This is essentially a kids picture book, a poem, although it’s more than that – something for everyone to read and reflect on, about the Covid pandemic, what made it happen and what kind of world we want to come from it. The author wrote it for his young siblings, and eventually posted it and it went viral on YouTube has been watched literally tens of millions of times.              
The Covid C...
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Every year, different diet trends emerge that hook millions around the world - many of whom will give up on one trend and move onto something else.
Wellbeing expert Erin O'Hara joined Francesca Rudkin to discuss why people should be cautious about what diet they get onto, and why yo-yo dieting could be doing you more harm.
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There are lots of us who are casual runners, and suffer from knee or ankle pain or even shin splints.  While a lot of these pains come from poor running form, new research shows that it might be due to your shoes and something called toe springs!
Toe spring is a toe-deforming shoe feature present in most shoes, including athletic shoes. Toe spring is the elevation of your shoe’s toe box above the ground or supporting surface. The cu...
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Nigel Latta is one of New Zealand’s go to experts for parenting, having worked with children and parents for 25 years.
Latta has written books about raising children and presented parenting television shows - and he’s added a new one to his resume.
It’s called Kids: An Instruction Manual, which is now it’s now showing on TVNZ 1.
Latta joined Francesca Rudkin to discuss his new show, parenting during lockdown, and how to parent in the ...
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They were once Hollywood's golden couple and now Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt have publicly reunited for the first time in 15 years.
The duo reunited during an hour-long event which was a live Zoom read of Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
The event was streamed on the Facebook page CORE (Community Organised Relief Effort) and LiveXLive as well as criminal justice reform group Reform Alliance.
Fans were teased with the promo for the...
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Snapper, almond butter and asparagus crisps (makes 6 tarts)
6 snapper fillets
1 tbsp curry powder
2 sheets ready made puff pastry, cut into 8-10cm circles
¼ cup almond butter or almond paste
2 bunches of asparagus
4 Tbsp oil
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
½ cup crumbly feta
½ cup roasted almonds, crushed
2 handfuls of coriander leaves
2 handfuls of rocket leaves
Preheat oven to 180*C. Place the puff pastry discs between two sheets of b...
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Earlier this year, singer, songwriter and producer Anna Coddington made headlines after she produced Stay, a special single performed by a variety of wonderful NZ artists during lockdown.
Coddington is well known for her songwriting prowess that has earned her four nominations for the APRA Silver Scroll since 2010.
On Friday, she released her new single The Saint (with Stains) which is part of an upcoming album that signals a new dir...
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The election campaign focused on the economy this week, but Labour and National offering different takes on how to get out of our new recession.
The Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update released this week forecasts a 7.8 percent peak in the March 2022 quarter - down from 9.8 percent forecast for this September quarter.
Finance Minister Grant Robertson says under the last forecast 268,000 people would have been out of work - now 50...
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One of the projects the benefitted from NZ on Air’s emergency Covid funding is set to air on Prime this week.
The $700,000 Covid funding boost, funded projects that could be produced, quickly and safely during lockdown.
The result is INSiDE, a comedy-thriller based on the story of reclusive germaphobe Rose, who starts to unravel during the fictional second wave of Covid-19 in New Zealand - though the show was written, produced and fi...
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If your local shopping centre is already dotted with empty stores, get ready: it's likely to get worse.
Central business districts and suburban centres are facing a rise in the number of vacant retail sites, and that number is expected to surge as the economic downturn hits and Covid-19's impact drags on.
As consumers stay home and do more of their shopping online, retailers are looking to reduce their bricks-and-mortar footp...
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September 12, 2020 3 min
Travel blogger Megan Singleton joined Francesca Rudkin to discuss travelling Queenstown and the Central Otago region.
From Clyde, Wanaka and Arrowtown, to the beautiful wineries and gold rush history, Megan shares all her advice for those thinking about exploring Central Otago.
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Wild by Kristin Hannah: Who also wrote The Nightingale which has been a favourite for many readers. Dr Julia Cates is a child psychiatrist whose career is in tatters, and when her police officer sister asks her to come home and help with a case she’s working on, she jumps at the chance. A mystery wild child has been found in the town, and Julia starts working with her, determined to find out who she is, and to help. But of course a...
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Health officials believe stigma around Mt Roskill church members testing positive for Covid-19 is halting public health efforts.
The Ministry of Health says the privacy of those who are part of the Evangelical Fellowship needs to be respected... to ensure members continue to cooperate with testing.
There are now 46 cases of covid 19 related to the Mt Roskill Evangelical Fellowship, which continued to operate during Alert Level 3 .
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In 2015 three-time world champion surfer, Australian Mick Fanning came face to face with a shark during the J Bay Open in South Africa.
Mick became the guy that punched a shark.
So five years on, Mick, now an ocean activist, set about to face his fears and better understand the creature he faced that day in Jeffrey’s Bay.
His journey from the Gold Coast to the Bahamas has been turned into a two part documentary, Save this Shark, set t...
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Former police negotiator Lance Burdett started writing his new book while he was studying for a diploma in positive psychology. Then something tragic happened – his 17-year-old niece took her own life.
His world was irreparably changed. This loss proved to him that adversity can hit anyone at any time, often unexpectedly.
The loss, combined with Burdett's own experience of depression, spurred him to share the lessons he's lea...
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Taking exams is a stressful thing for both parents and teens to deal with.
The causes of exam stress include feeling under pressure to perform, worrying about the future, finding it hard to focus, and feeling overwhelmed. 
Erin O'Hara is the co-founder, director, Naturopath and Yoga Teacher at Golden Yogi.  She holds a bachelor of science (physiology) and a bachelor or natural medicine.
She joined Francesca Rudkin to share her tip...
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Quick Poached Chicken Caesar (serves 6)
1 iceberg lettuce, shredded
2 baby Cos lettuces, quartered
100g fresh parmesan, shaved
8 slices thick wholemeal bread
500g chicken breast
½ tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 180*C.
Put the chicken thighs in a large frying pan and cover with water. Add the salt. Bring to the boil then reduce heat and poach for about 8-10 minutes or until tender and juices run clear. Drain and set aside.
Toast the slices of ...
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Steve Newall is the editor of Flicks.co.nz
He joined Francesca Rudkin to talk about the below films.
- The new Aotearoa gang drama Savage, has just opened in cinemas.
- The excellent new Troy Kingi album THE GHOST OF FREDDIE CESAR
- And Kiwi comedian Rose Matafeo's amazing new one hour stand-up special streaming on Neon.
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