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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May 23, 2022 4 min
It might be hard to catch people using their phones when they're driving.
Waka Kotahi is starting a six-month trial in Auckland, with cameras set up to detect people using their mobiles.
The Agency says it wants to find out how widespread the problem is.
Crash investigator Hamish Piercy told Kate Hawkesby it could be challenging to make images from the system enforceable.
He says the cameras will use a form of AI to identify people...
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With our mental health rates looking pretty dire, we need to think outside the box to try different treatment methods.
Over in the UK, they're trying stand-up comedy.
Comedy on Referral is a course for trauma survivors to try stand-up.
It's been so successful, it now has NHS funding to expand the programme to men at risk of suicide.
Comedian and founder of Comedy on Referral Angie Belcher joined Kate Hawkesby.
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A helping hand to ensure residents near Christchurch's wastewater plant can get their clothes dried in fresh air.
The city's Student Volunteer Army has launched a new service, offering to pick up and dry clean laundry for people suffering from the stench.
Founder and CEO Sam Johnson told Kate Hawkesby the service will be needed over the coming months - especially with winter on the way.
He says it's important to have it op...
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I note the Greens are back at it with their ‘lower the voting age’ routine. And by Greens, I mean Golriz Ghahraman.
She’s calling for the voting age to be lowered to 16. Here’s the problem with that – it’s never going to happen. It’s a waste of time and energy. Golriz says that, “16 to 17-year-olds are a very engaged group and have stood for what they believe in, which has been demonstrated by the school climate strikes. They can le...
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All eyes on what incoming Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will do around 501 deportees. 
He took a softer stance on key issues throughout the campaign, including opposing the Morrison government's bid to increase 501 deportations 
501 Support Advocate and Iwi in Aus co-founder Filipa Payne told Kate Hawkesby the policy has been a point of tension for the past seven years. 
She says it's had a huge impact on society,...
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Manchester City clinched a sixth Premier League title in 11 seasons today by scoring three times in five minutes to come from behind to beat Aston Villa 3-2 in the finale to avoid being toppled by challenger Liverpool. 
City was trailing 2-0 to Villa until İlkay Gündoğan began the comeback in the 76th. Rodri equalised two minutes later and Gündoğan put City in front in the 81st. 
At one point even when City was losing, it was still s...
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Monkey Pox is not as much of a concern as some might think. 
The World Health Organisation has identified more than 90 cases of the disease across the US, England, Australia and Canada 
Belgium has put in place a 21-day quarantine period for people who catch it. 
Canterbury University Professor of Epidemiology Arindam Basu says told Kate Hawkesby we are in danger of over-hyping this. 
He says rather than let people panic, we need to sa...
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While media were quick to report that a win for Albanese and the independents was a win for climate change and a more liberal approach to governance, I think there was a chunk of voters who just voted for change. In other words – anyone but Morrison. It’s a story the world over and one our government will be acutely aware of. 
Regimes who presided over the pandemic, who locked down their citizens, who exerted a lot of power and con...
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Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese are doing a last-minute blitz of marginal seats, ahead of tomorrow's Australian election.
2GB's Michael McLaren told Kate Hawkesby the vote could still to go either way.
“I think it will be closer than opinion polls and in fact a lot of people suggest it might be.”
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Time will tell how many people will actually benefit from changes to help first home buyers.
House price caps for the First Home Grant have been lifted in many parts of the country, while the caps for the First Home Loans scheme will be removed entirely.
First Home Buyers' Club Director Lesley Harris told Kate Hawkesby the bank's criteria is key.
She says they're stress-testing people at a much higher rate, and interest ra...
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A rare moment of agreement across the political divide as National's Leader says he's supportive of the idea to scrap the school decile system.
Christopher Luxon told Kate Hawkesby deciles were too broad.
He says what they proposed was to use data which highlights the families who are doing it tough, and schools are allocated money in an anonymised way, based on the families at their school.
The Government will implement a new...
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A group of people unsoothed at yesterday's Budget is of course the nurses - who've been crying out for support for ages - yet got nothing.
And this comes as our number of Covid deaths passed the milestone of a thousand this week, just as a new round of Covid seems to be slowly taking hold of our colleagues here, and some family and friends too.
You can see why the push is on to get flu jabs before winter really kicks in. With...
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New Wellington City Council data suggests the capital is losing its sense of mojo, and the city’s water woes could be to blame. 
Wellbeing indicators show a sense of community and pride have fallen in the capital over the past four years. 
Council member Fleur Fitzsimons told Kate Hawkesby the city’s under-investment in water systems is taking a toll. 
She’s says it’s not uncommon for the water to be out and pipes to be leaking and th...
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Concern drivers are becoming increasingly cavalier around road works.
Road work contractors in Bay of Plenty are reporting an increase in speeds near their vehicles, raising major safety concerns.
Three road workers were killed near Whakatane in 2019 in a truck crash at a work site.
AA Road Safety spokesperson Dylan Thomsen said it's no surprise to hear motorists are ignoring the temporary speed signs, and its been a long-standing...
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The Salvation Army says getting housing under control is the first step towards solving deeper poverty issues.
It's calling for a mix of immediate rent assistance and longer term efforts to get people into affordable housing in today's Budget.
Senior Policy Analyst Paul Barber says clothing and food for struggling children are essentials.
He told Kate Hawkesby we need to be bolder.
Barber says we should be trying to eradicate c...
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Today’s the big day and I can’t help feeling the Government is going to miss the mark here given their obsessive focus on climate change and Māori health. 
Add to that their inability to listen, or tune into where the real world is at, and you’ve got a cocktail for disappointment for the average New Zealander. But then again, it feels like the average New Zealander is not in their sights at all, in general. The ‘squeezed middle’ as ...
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Another surprise public appearance by the Queen - this time at Paddington Station.
She's attended the opening of the Elizabeth Line, a new train line on the London Underground that opens to the public next week.
UK correspondent Gavin Grey told Kate Hawkesby the project is well over budget and well behind schedule.
He says it was due to open in 2010 with a budget of NZD$30 billion, which has now risen to NZD$40 billion.
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Some alarming figures out around flu jabs.
Running the numbers, only around one in five people are eligible for a free one, despite the Government saying they are prepared.
Official numbers out from the Ministry of Heath also show a low uptake in vaccines with only 736,000 jabs being administered. That's again not even a fifth of the population.
Questions are being raised as to why it isn't free for everyone and do we have an ...
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So it seems the internet is killing the television star.
New research out from Canstar shows more than a third of Kiwis no longer watch traditional television - up 20 percent over the past year.
Along with that, nearly 80 percent of people get their entertainment mainly through the internet.
Tech commentator Jordan Tini joined Kate Hawkesby to discuss how television remains hanging in there.
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Elon Musk may be getting cold feet about buying Twitter.
The Tesla CEO says the deal can't move forward unless Twitter shows public proof that fewer than 5 per cent of its accounts are fake or spam.
Wedbush Security managing director Dan Ives says these accounts are undoubtedly an issue.
He told Kate Hawkesby the issue could be more of an escape clause for Musk, if he's looking for a way out of the deal.
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