Early Edition with Kate Hawkesby

Early Edition with Kate Hawkesby

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August 13, 2020 4 min
China has stepped up measures to reduce food waste.
The "Clean Plate Campaign" comes after Mr Xi highlighted that Covid-19 had "sounded the alarm" on food waste.
He added that China had to "maintain a sense of crisis about food security".
It also comes after weeks of mass flooding across southern China which left farms wrecked and ruined tons of produce.
Jenny Marshall is project manager for love food hate waste...
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A lack of control as we grapple with Covid 19 uncertainty, is being blamed for some people buying into conspiracy theories.
Some of them are laughable, but theories are spreading about nationwide lockdown, border breaches and speculation on new outbreaks.
Otago University psychologist Ana Stojanov told Tim Dower the Covid theories can be linked to people feeling helpless.
"People are more likely to believe in them as they feel the...
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It's not long now until we get a decision on the road ahead.
Will the current restrictions will be continued or tightened.  
By now, you've probably heard what Winston Peters thinks, he's told Aussie media the current cluster will be traced back to the border.  
And Judith Collins says it's silly to think Covid's been quietly lurking in South Auckland for more than 100 days.
Somehow, someone...and it only needs one....
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New Zealanders are suddenly caught up by the practice of genome sequencing.
It's the way scientists are aiming to find out where our confirmed cases of community transmission started.
Dr Bloomfield at today’s press conference told media that they have found links to cases in the UK and Australia.
Jemma Geoghegan, an expert in genome sequencing from Otago University’s microbiology department, told Kate Hawkesby that sequencing itse...
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 Joe Biden and Kamala Harris pushed past their one-time political rivalry Wednesday to deliver an aggressive attack on the character and performance of President Donald Trump in their historic first appearance as running mates.
The physical debut of the Democratic ticket was without parallel in recent political annals. The coronavirus prevented Biden and Harris from appearing before the large, adoring crowd that typically greets a p...
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A South Auckland councillor has slammed the traffic chaos at testing stations around the city - particularly in his neighbourhood, where community transmission of the deadly disease would be worst.
Manurewa-Papakura ward councillor Daniel Newman called the heavy congestion seen at testing stations from the North Shore, West Auckland and South Auckland yesterday a "damn disgrace".
The criticism comes as there are again reports...
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Debate continues around the election date.
National Leader Judith Collins has called for the September election to be delayed because of Covid-19.
It's a little over five weeks before we head to the polls.
Former National Party and ACT leader Don Brash told Mike Hosking the new restrictions have already started to impact campaigning.
“All political parties have formally suspended their campaigns, with National having to cancel thei...
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Well yesterday was a busy day for the conspiracy theorists wasn't it?
We were inundated with correspondence, like I'm sure many other media outlets were, with all the fake news alerts circulating on Facebook, the alleged texts from a friend of a friend who knew all about what was "really" happening, the alleged close friends of Ashley Bloomfield who’d had the inside tip off that we’d be in level 4 lockdown by Monday....
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The U.K. has kept a lid on its unemployment rate so far during the coronavirus pandemic but, scratch beneath the surface, there are worrying trends that will likely see the jobless total soaring by the end of the year.
As department store Debenhams announced another 2,500 job losses on Tuesday, official figures showed that the number of people in paid employment in the April-June quarter fell by the most since the global financial c...
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There is disappointment from the business sector that Covid-19 has returned to the country.
Brad Olsen, senior economist at Infometrics said that the restrictions placed on Auckland would have an impact on the wider economy.
"By our estimate, around about 28 per cent of Auckland's workforce cannot operate under level three, that's about 250,000 jobs. We're likely to see that number of people not operating," Olsen ...
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So we're not in lockdown per se - as many media are alleging, it's Level 3 - which is not a lockdown.
So we need to calm down and try to be cool headed about this.
It's Level 3 and it doesn't start until midday today, and at this stage it's only until Friday.
Fingers and toes crossed it finishes then.
The only difference this time round is we're being asked to wear masks - not compulsory - but they say if you ha...
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An epidemiologist has outlined the "best case scenario" for the country after the Prime Minister announced four cases of community transmission were plunging Auckland back into lockdown.
Otago University epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker hoped mass testing would reveal a link to an overseas traveller and all possible chains of transmission could be quickly isolated, with very few positive cases.
"And the testing arou...
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Could Donald Trump’s face be added to Mount Rushmore?
White House aides reached out to South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem last year about the process of adding additional presidents to Mount Rushmore, the New York Times reported.
According to a person familiar who spoke with the Times, Noem then greeted Trump when he arrived in the state for his July Fourth celebrations at the monument with a four-foot replica of Mount Rushmore that inclu...
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A travel bubble between the Cook Islands and New Zealand is expected to benefit the Cooks more than us.
Officials will travel there over the next 10 days to set up a framework for the long-awaited bubble.
Travel between the two countries is expected to open this side of Christmas.
Economist Benje Patterson told Kate Hawkesby] it will be in the Cook Islands' favour.
"New Zealanders make up about two thirds of all visitors to the...
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Victorians should brace themselves for a much higher death toll — which could be twice as high as the current numbers — one expert warns as the state deals with fallout from its outbreak.

While Victoria appears to have turned a corner on its daily case numbers, the state announced a record 19 deaths on Monday and the toll is set to rise.
University of NSW Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, who is a member of a WHO advisory panel on COVID-...
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I know of four families who lost teenagers to suicide these past school holidays.
I hear there were 7 families impacted by suicide in the Queenstown area in the past two weeks.
Our suicide rates in this country should be of no surprise to anyone – we have the worst rate of teen suicides in the developed world. It’s a shameful and heartbreaking statistic.
But the reason I raise this is because one of this government’s promises, in a lo...
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Young people spent less time fretting about their savings during lockdown.
Research by the Commission for Financial Capability has found fewer people between 18 and 34 were keeping a close eye on their finances from March to June.
Those who considered the money was there to be spent shot up from 29 percent to 42 percent.
Retirement Commissioner Jane Wrightson told Kate Hawkesby it's a bit of a worry.
"Young people are feeling t...
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Can we count a poll of 500 people as valid?
NZ First certainly won’t given the result, but that’s how many people were canvassed by Colmar Brunton in Northland.
Northland is a critical seat for NZ First because they’re floundering at two per cent in the polls thus far. And the weekend’s poll result showed Shane Jones likelihood of winning that seat, extremely slim.
He came in third at just 15 per cent support behind National and Labou...
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The Greens' housing policy is being called 'nonsensical naivety'.
The party says it could wipe the 18,000-strong social housing list clean within five years by building more rentals, and offering Crown guarantees for community providers.
OneRoof commentator Ashley Church says it shows the party doesn't know how the sector works.
He says there's about 550,000 rental properties, of which about 440,000 are owned by th...
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Hospitals and schools, then shattered and bent water pipes, then the crater that once was Lebanon's port.
The rebuilding needs of Lebanon are immense, but so is the question of how to ensure the millions of dollars promised in international aid is not diverted in a country notorious for missing money, invisible infrastructure projects and its refusal to open the books.
And the port — the epicenter of the explosion that shattered ...
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