Early Edition with Kate Hawkesby

Early Edition with Kate Hawkesby

Don't risk not knowing what's going around New Zealand and the world - catch up with interviews from Early Edition, hosted by Kate Hawkesby on Newstalk ZB.

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December 7, 2021 1 min
Some interesting stuff has come out of Police Commissioner's session with the Justice Select Committee. 
Andrew Coster said we need to be careful about fixating on the gangs. 
When it comes to drugs and especially the big importers, he says discreet operators with global connections are the real problem. 
Coster says "90 per cent of people charged with importing, manufacturing, or dealing methamphetamine are not patched gang m...
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The only people who could cause Sandra Goudie to lose her job would be her constituents. 
The Thames-Coromandel Mayor doesn't want Pfizer's Covid-19 jab and has recently spoken to an Australian anti-vaccination group.  
A no-confidence motion in Goudie was considered yesterday, but decided against, given it would be meaningless. 
Local Government New Zealand President, Stuart Crosby, told Tim Dower mayors are elected by the wh...
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A war of words between Northland's best-known politicians, over the checkpoints being kept in place over summer. 
Police have confirmed they'll work with local iwi to keep checkpoints in place on State Highway 1 at Uretiti near Waipu,  and on State Highway 12 near Maungaturoto. 
Commissioner Andrew Coster says 74 staff will work at the checkpoints each day, equating to about 300 officers over a weekly roster. 
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The America's Cup may not return to Auckland, but a new sailing event could replace it. 
Under a new deal, Auckland and Lyttleton will host alternate events in the Sail GP sailing competition for four years from 2023. 
Christchurch was due to host a one-off Sail GP event next month, but organisers had to cancel it after failing to secure 160 MIQ spots. 
Sailing expert Chris Steele told Tim Dower both cities are now set to benefit....
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I think we're overdue a bit of honesty and openness on what's going on with the Auckland border. 
A bit of transparency. 
At the moment, we still have a hard border and if you've been through it, you'll have seen it's obviously a police operation. 
The actual checking as you go into and out of the contaminated zone could be done by a civilian with a little wand, I've also encountered uniformed soldiers. 
But it&...
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A fresh war of words has erupted over the fate of former New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian, who is reportedly being urged to run for federal politics despite the cloud hanging over her from an anti-corruption investigation. 
New South Wales’ Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has yet to deliver the findings of its inquiry into whether Ms Berejiklian breached the public’s trust or had a conflict of interest dur...
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A big boost for New Zealand's reputation in the video gaming industry. 
Developers Rocketwerkz new game 'Icarus: The First Cohort' is the top seller on a global platform called 'Steam' 
In Layman's terms, it's like being number one the Billboard chart. 
Duane Mutu is director of Let’s Play Live, an e-Sports and gaming company and he joined Tim Dower. 
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The Government's being told to consider making KiwiSaver compulsory. 
Consumer Affairs Minister David Clark is looking at more changes to the nearly 15-year-old system. 
Financial Services Council chief executive Richard Klipin told Tim Dower people can opt out of the scheme, but it could be made mandatory. 
He says most people are paying three percent but should be given a target of about 10 percent. 
“The more active your investm...
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National says continuing to have Police officers on Auckland's northern border is a waste of resources. 
It's understood about 300 cops from around the country will be used to monitor border checkpoints after Auckland's border lifts on Wednesday next week. 
The Police Association says it's disappointing news. 
National Police Spokesman Mark Mitchell told Tim Dower it's a waste of valuable policing resource that is ...
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I want to give Chris Luxon a solid 8 for his first week as National Party leader. 
Much better than I'd expected to be honest, and to be further honest I wasn't even sure the caucus would actually pick him. 
And so far, MPs are making a decent fist of showing a united front. 
Maybe they've finally cottoned on to the fact that they can't afford another leadership crisis before the election. 
It's all or nothing now, ...
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Auckland businesses are still missing out on a chunk of revenue - they're open, but stuck on the red. 
The traffic light system has seen bars, cafes and restaurants open across the city for the first time in months. 
People are required to use their vaccine passes for these places. 
Hospitality New Zealand Auckland President Jamie Freeman told Tim Dower bars have to wrap things up around 11pm rather than three or four AM. 
“We real...
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A new OneRoof report this morning paints a gloomy picture on housing affordability. 
People believe it will get even worse over the next two years, with most of them blaming property investors and overseas buyers. 
Infometrics' principal economist Brad Olsen joined Tim Dower. 
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Another historic day for Ajaz Patel was not enough to prevent India from edging closer to a crushing second-test victory in Mumbai. 
Patel picked up four more wickets to go with the perfect 10 he took in the first innings as India declared on 276-7 midway through the third day. 
That gave the hosts a commanding 539-run lead and, in the half hour before tea, Tom Latham was dismissed by Ravichandran Ashwin for six. 
Will Young (20) and ...
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The new traffic light system puts more responsibilities on businesses to enforce vaccine mandates and rules around proof of vaccine passes. 
Employsure Employment Relations Specialist Maddie McKenzie told Kate Hawkesby the feedback is mixed.  
"Employers are concerned they're losing some of their best employees because of the vaccine mandates."
She said, even where vaccine mandates stand for certain industries, employers m...
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How have we survived 107 days of lockdown Auckland? 
188 if you add in last year's locked down days too... amazing. 
So, as we finish the alert level system and head into the traffic lights today, I'm actually putting a stop light on the old alarm now for a few weeks. This is my last show for the year. We worked through the lockdowns again this year so we gathered a lot of leave. Well, some more than others, my husband still ...
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On the dawn on the new Traffic Light System, comes new freedoms, especially for Aucklanders, who have been in lockdown for 107 days. 
Waiheke island has been off-limits for visitors during lockdown, with non-residents banned. 
But this morning, they're welcoming people back with open arms. 
Waiheke local board chairperson Cath Handley told Kate Hawkesby they're ready for it. 
"To have the island nice and quiet has been abso...
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Signs business leaders are becoming more aware of social issues outside the workplace.   
The Institute of Directors have released their sentiment report, looking into the mood of board directors.  
50-percent believe CEOs should be speaking out on social issues such as climate change and mental health. 
Chief Executive Kirsten Patterson said it shows times are changing. 
She said boards do need to be more awake to social issues like d...
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A British court has dismissed an appeal by a newspaper publisher seeking to overturn an earlier ruling that it breached the privacy of the Duchess of Sussex by publishing portions of a letter she wrote to her estranged father. 
The Court of Appeal in London upheld a High Court ruling in February that publication of the letter that the former Meghan Markle wrote to her father Thomas Markle after she married Prince Harry in 2018 was &...
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Aucklanders, do you want the following things, and if so, how much are you prepared to pay for them? 
Because if the mayor has his way, you will be paying for them. 
A more frequent bus route, decarbonization of the ferry fleet, 122 million bucks), $228 million for walking and cycling, $13.3 million for ‘urban food gardens’, 66 new low emissions buses, 14 thousand 800 native trees for south Auckland. 
Are you into this? Because you’ll...
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Ghislaine Maxwell's defense attorneys sought Wednesday to undermine a key accuser's allegation that the British socialite helped financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse the woman for years, starting when she was 14. 
The trial witness, who has said she's using the pseudonym "Jane" to protect her 22-year acting career, had testified in graphic detail on Tuesday about the alleged encounters in the 1990s, portrayin...
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