Two Cents' Worth

Two Cents' Worth

Stories that make sense of business and the economy... and how they affect your back pocket. Made by RNZ & Newsroom. Hosted by Bernard Hickey, Nikki Mandow and Peter Griffin.

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August 14, 2020 26 min
We waste $1.16 billion worth of food every year. Nearly 160,000 tonnes. With more and more people needing help putting meals on tables in the wake of the coronavirus, Two Cents' Worth looks at balancing the food waste books...  
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The combination of solar panels, electricity storage batteries, smart household gadgets, and a boring looking black box is set to change forever how our electricity system works. But do we need subsidies?
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This week on Two Cents' Worth how tripe got the markets buzzing and what that can tell us about New Zealand's investment ecosystem.
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The closed borders protecting us from Covid-19 is keeping us healthy, but having unexpected consequences for our economy.
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July 17, 2020 21 min
In April, economists were predicting Covid could cause a 10-20 percent fall in house prices. In June, prices rose more than 9 percent - much more in some places. What is going on - and will it last?
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Glyphosate is one of the most commonly used weedkillers in the world, but there’s huge pressure to phase it out. Find out why and what that might mean for our billion dollar agricultural sector.
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How two multi-millionaires, two pandemic futurists, Air NZ's former boss, a dairy executive on a break, a retired anaesthetist (and a few others) nearly saved New Zealand
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The race is on: Two Cents' Worth investigates the economics of finding a vaccine for coronavirus.
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June 19, 2020 20 min
As the global economy spirals post-coronavirus and many people can no longer pay their debts or are being forced to take out new ones, is it time to wipe the slate clean? Two Cents Worth considers the feasibility of a debt jubilee.
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Bankruptcy is something to be avoided - but maybe not at all costs. Two Cents' Worth follows a woman's journey into insolvency.
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June 5, 2020 21 min
Forty percent of Millennials have one and increasing numbers of GenXers and Baby Boomers are getting in on the act too. Two Cents' Worth finds delves into the world of side hustles...
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May 29, 2020 22 min
With million dollar losses and huge staff cutbacks, there are concerns that rugby is in its death throes. Two Cents Worth looks at the economics of our national sport.
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May 22, 2020 23 min
In our new germ-wary world online shopping has become more important than ever but the road for reliable home delivery has always been a bit bumpy. Andrew Patterson considers how we might improve that 'last mile'.
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We're bracing for a major, global economic downturn. Will the government's historic 'once in a generation' budget be enough to insulate us from it. Gyles Beckford, Jenee Tibshraney, Bernard Hickey and Nikki Mandow break it down.
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May 8, 2020 23 min
Meet Bella, Jamie and Yumi. Just some of the robots taking over our jobs. But does this have to be as scary as it sounds? Peter Griffin finds out.
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Apple growers have filled our fruit bowls and bolstered our export coffers, while harvesting a bumper crop and maintaining strict social distancing for their workforce. It’s been a nightmare.
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April 24, 2020 20 min
The Covid-19 lockdown has forced a 'Green Eggs and Ham' moment on many businesses and government departments which could jumpstart our adoption of digital technology and productivity.
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New Zealand could emerge from level-4 lockdown next week and set off down the slow, uncertain road to recovery from the Covid-19 crisis. Peter Griffin looks at what we can learn from previous disasters.
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Two Cents Worth answers two listeners’ questions around how Covid-19 might change the world.
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Fortunes can be lost or made in volatile markets, Peter Griffin looks at how amateur investors are navigating these troubled waters.
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