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 16, 2021 3 min
Had a nice chat with three of the police manning the roadblock at Uretiti this morning. 
One was up from Nelson, another from Wellington and one was from Whangarei. 
Standing in the rain in the middle of the night, but still cheery and positive, even though it's a job no-one really wanted. 
It was nice to meet you guys, as I said to them, they're keeping the peace and that's part of the job. 
If police hadn't gone along...
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A new lick of paint is needed for town centres around the country. 
Dunedin architect Ian Butcher has criticised its city centre as tiresome, dull and uninteresting. 
Dulux colour specialist Davina Harper told Tim Dower most towns want to play it safe when they choose their colours. 
“Colour can be a little bit polarising, but I think they’re missing a real opportunity to add some personality and interest.” 
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An immunologist is calling on the Government to bring forward the Covid booster shot timeframe.  
Ministers are set to meet today to discuss this exact issue, as New Zealand records its first case of the Omicron variant in MIQ in Christchurch. 
A third shot is currently only available to those who last had their second shot, at least six months ago.  
Malaghan Institute Director Dr Graham Le Gros, told Tim Dower with the new threat of...
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December 15, 2021 2 min
I come to the programme this morning with a feeling of hope after seeing something yesterday that I haven't seen in well over a year. 
Backpackers. 
A group of four of them, in their 20s, walking the Te Araroa trail together. 
All three thousand kilometres of it. 
Te Araroa should be on every young New Zealander's bucket list, it stretches all the way from Cape Reinga to Bluff. 
And bit by bit, as we recognise the value of it, o...
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Today's GDP figures are likely to be better than expected. 
They're due out mid-morning. 
ANZ economist Finn Robinson told Tim Dower the ANZ bank thinks the economy has contracted by four and half percent. 
He says that's considerably better than the seven percent the bank had initially pencilled in. 
“What we have with that is the preliminary data that is released about how construction and retail trade over the course of ...
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Farmers are evenly split on their expectations for the coming year. 
Dairy is the most optimistic sector, while dry stock farmers and horticulturalists are more pessimistic.  
Rabobank NZ's CEO Todd Charteris joined Tim Dower. 
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A health expert says rural hospitals have been left off Andrew Little's Christmas list.  
The Government is giving hospitals more than half a billion dollars for upgrades and to help them support more Covid-19 and non-Covid-19 patients.  
The Rural GP Network says the provinces have been left out, with some rural hospitals not getting any funding at all.  
Rural Health Clinical Director Dr Jeremy Webber told Tim Dower they're ...
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Today's GDP figures are likely to be better than expected. 
They're due out mid-morning. 
ANZ economist Finn Robinson told Tim Dower the ANZ bank thinks the economy has contracted by four and half percent. 
He says that's considerably better than the seven percent the bank had initially pencilled in. 
“What we have with that is the preliminary data that is released about how construction and retail trade over the course of ...
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Three Waters is back on the agenda today. 
23 local councils are going to Parliament to make their opposition clear. 
That's around a third of the local bodies affected by Three Waters, but it doesn't mean the other 44 are all on board. 
And they're right to be suspicious of it. 
Three Waters will take away all those council-owned drinking water systems and the storm water and the wastewater...and hand it over to four unele...
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Auckland Airport has gone from zero to hero. 
It's expecting to see a 4000 percent increase in domestic travellers today. 
Operations general manager Anna Cassels-Brown told Tim Dower 600 people departed yesterday but there are 10-thousand leaving today. 
“But also, it may surprise you that we have not much shy of 10,000 people arriving into the domestic terminal as well, so it goes both ways.”  
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Travellers are being advised to b  patient if they want to leave Auckland. 
The border is down, with people needing a vaccine pass or a recent negative Covid-19 test to leave the city.  
The AA is asking people to slow down and take snacks and drink for the trip.  
Safety spokesperson Dylan Thomsen told Tim Dower motorists should expect delays. 
“Think that it’s going to take longer than it normally does, don’t set time deadlines and p...
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There's a concerning drop off in the number of students taking algebra at high school. 
Victoria University of Wellington research shows the number of Year 11 students enrolled in level 1 algebra, dropped from 64 percent in 2013 to 45 percent in 2019. 
Nanogirl Dr. Michelle Dickinson told Tim Dower some students don't understand how important these subjects are to their future careers. 
“Universities will require decent levels...
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December 13, 2021 2 min
Dear Auckland, 
I just wanted to say how glad I am that you're being allowed out again from tonight. 
I've kept in contact as best I can with people close to me down there, but sometimes you haven't wanted to talk and I completely understand it. 
Who wants to do Facetime of WhatsApp from their couch day after day...especially with someone in another part of the country where life's a lot more like normal. 
What you'...
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People in the wine industry now have a chance to learn some tricks of the trade. 
New Zealand Winegrowers has launched its 2021 mentoring programme to help members increase their confidence, focus on their self-development and reach their goals.   
The organisation's leadership and communities manager Nicky Grandorge told Tim Dower the wine industry in this country is an extremely collaborative one. 
She says people signing up for...
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There's concern Auckland has to wait longer at the red light. 
Tamaki Makaurau will move to orange under the Covid-19 Protection Framework at midnight on December 30.  
So will every other region in red, except Northland.  
Heart of the City CEO, Viv Beck, told Tim Dower going into orange at New Year's Eve will make a difference. 
“It certainly will give more confidence to visitors, so that’s a positive thing. But I’m still rea...
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Sunday that Britain faces a “tidal wave” of infections from the omicron coronavirus variant, and he has announced a huge increase in booster vaccinations to strengthen defenses against it.
Johnson said in a televised statement that everyone age 18 and older will be offered a third shot of vaccine by the end of this month. The previous target was the end of January.
He said cases of the highly transmi...
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Less than two weeks to Christmas and the summer holidays can't come soon enough.
New Zealand is tired, exhausted even, of Covid and frustrated at the huge ongoing sacrifices.
We are sick of doom, gloom and fear, so much so John Campbell fronted a show about this last night.
I only saw the beginning because it was past bedtime, but it featured front line workers talking about some of the things they've had to put up with.
The am...
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Cabinet is meeting today to review Aotearoa's traffic light settings.
Auckland, Northland and lower vaccinated areas in the central and east coast of the North Island are at the red level.
The rest of the North Island and South Island is at Orange.
Otago University's Lesley Gray told Tim Dower while Auckland has a high vaccination rate, there's already change coming with the region's borders opening on Wednesday.
“Wheth...
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Red Bull's Max Verstappen has won the F1 world championship in the most insane circumstances, being handed a miracle finish to claim his maiden title.
But Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes has lodged a protest after the final-lap drama in which Verstappen overtook Hamilton following a controversial safety car ruling.
Verstappen was on pole but beaten off the start by championship rival Lewis Hamilton as the Mercedes driver dominated ...
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Over 100 people are feared dead after a series of tornadoes ripped through several states in the Midwest and South and violently transformed homes and businesses into piles of rubble late Friday into Saturday.
In Kentucky alone, the death toll is at least 80 people and is going to exceed 100, Gov. Andy Beshear told CNN on Sunday morning -- making it the deadliest tornado event in the state's history.
"I know people can see th...
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