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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August 11, 2022 3 min

I see the latest outburst of thuggery from our youth happened at a Palmerston North shopping mall.

30 teens ‘rampaged through it’, stealing, smashing things, throwing glass at staff, kicking them. Here’s the rub: they came back the next day bold as brass to skite about their performance and mock staff they'd abused.

Understandably, businesses are fearful. 

As well as this group’s destructive spree through the place where they a...

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Surprise about scathing bullying allegations from a back-bench Labour MP.

Gaurav Sharma has hit out at bullying between MPs and from parties towards MPs..

He says it's facilitated and promoted by the Prime Minister's Office, the Parliamentary Service, party leaders' offices and party whips' offices.

Newstalk ZB Deputy Political Editor Jason Walls told Kate Hawkesby it's rare to see an MP break ranks like this.

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There will be a lot of nervous rugby fans heading into this weekend.

The All Blacks have their redemption test match against the Dpringboks on Sunday morning.

But all week, there has been an enormous amount of scrutiny and criticism of the team.

Most of it is directed at coach Ian Foster, with pundits warning this could his last match.

Sports psychologist Gary Hermansson joined Kate Hawkesby to discuss the impact this criticism may...

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Changing university terms may not address the tourism worker shortage, but it could help fill other gaps.

Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has suggested moving the university year by six weeks so more students can work in tourism and hospitality over summer.

It follows the release of a new plan, aimed at boosting the sectors' workforce.

Tourism Export Council Chief Executive Lynda Keene told Kate Hawkesby many tourism businesses ne...

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Although we’re crying out for teachers, I don’t think we’re doing ourselves any favours.

Well, certainly not the Teachers Complaints Committee and the Teachers Disciplinary Tribunal.

Stuff had a story yesterday about a relief teacher at Mt Maunganui College, who objected to two ten year olds in his class sharing headphones listening to music from a cell phone, and drumming on the table, refusing to stop apparently.

The teacher trie...

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So, Sam Uffindell has now been stood down from caucus while the National party investigates some new allegations that have come to light from when Uffindell was a uni student.

He's been accused of banging on the bedroom door of a female flatmate in 2003, screaming obscenities, she claims he was a bully. The former flatmate says she lived with Uffindell and three other students for several months in Dunedin in 2003, she says he ...

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Concerns from National about the prospect of driving fines being linked to a person's income.

The Ministry of Transport is giving the Government advice on potential changes to the system of fines, which have been largely unchanged for the past two decades.

Possible options include a move towards income-based fines, and greater use of demerit points.

National Party Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown told Kate Hawkesby he'd ...

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The relationship between gun owners and the Government is continuing to sour.

A new law passed by Parliament overnight will mean anyone with a serious conviction may be banned from having a gun or being in places where guns are likely to be for ten years.

Council of Licensed Firearms Owners Chairman Michael Dowling says he's concerned about how those places will be defined.

He told Kate Hawkesby gun owners feel they're being...

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Small businesses are still finding it hard to fill vacancies.

A snapshot from MYOB shows 59 percent of SMEs have increased their wages, but a third are still struggling to find workers.

Questions are being asked as to who fills the gaps.

Doug Jarvis owns two butchers stores in Tauranga, and is having to work seven days a week, just to keep things operating.

Doug joined Kate Hawkesby.

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Qantas has asked corporate executives to work as baggage handlers after getting itself in a pickle during the pandemic.

The airline asked senior executives and managers to join a new contingency programme working as handlers up to five days a week for three months, overseas media reported.

The Australian newspaper said Qantas bosses had previously worked at airports in peak times, but the new programme showed how severe worker shor...

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The Government says National is oversimplifying complex issues, with its new plan to tackle youth unemployment.

National has unveiled a policy to get under 25s off the Jobseeker benefit and into employment.

It includes incentives for people to take up jobs -- and sanctions such as money management or benefit reductions for those who don't take part.

Social Development and Employment Minister Carmel Sepuloni told Kate Hawkesby th...

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August 7, 2022 2 min

Imagine being Ian Foster right now.

Worse than being the most hated politician, is being an under fire AB’s coach surely.

We seem to be more aggressively passionate about rugby in this country than anything else.

Not even the way the country is run, apparently compares to how the AB’s perform, in our eyes.

So why are we so harsh? Why are we so invested in how a sports team performs?

Is it because for so long our identity as a natio...

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Your weekly grocery shop isn't likely to get cheaper any time soon.

New analysis from Infometrics and Foodstuffs shows the prices supplies charge supermarkets has increased nearly eight-percent in the past year.

The increases are being passed on to consumers.

Infometrics Principal Economist Brad Olsen told Kate Hawkesby the increase follows minimal rises over previous years.

He says throughout 2019 and 2020 supplier cost change...

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The All Blacks play their first test in South Africa since 2018 this weekend.

It means a wake up time of 3am Sunday morning, you could just roll over in bed and flick the radio on, there will be live commentary on ZB.

The stakes are very high; Ian Foster is facing big pressure to make up for the series loss against Ireland.

South Africa sports correspondent Sias du Plessis joined Tim Dower.

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Another wave of supply chain disruptions is predicted this coming summer, just as exports are due to peak.

Massey University’s mid-year risk outlook highlights a bunch of factors converging.

Ant Boyles chairs the New Zealand Council of Cargo Owners and joined Kate Hawkesby.

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Regulatory changes may be needed to bring more competition to the building supplies sector.

A Commerce Commission draft report into the building product sector has found competition in the market isn't working as well as it should be.

The watchdog has found it's too difficult to get innovative products to market, and established players are blocking land use by their competitors.

Building Industry Federation Chief Executive...

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Sighs of relief in some quarters after the Commerce Commission report on building supplies came out.

ComCom says competition isn't working as well as it could in the sector and a lot of people in the industry said…er...tell us something we didn't know.

ComCom also raised the issue of rebates; big volume buyers get a better discount, but is there anything too surprising about that?

If you were a big buyer, you'd expect a...

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With the price of food the way it is, lest we forget we are in a ‘cost of living crisis’, I have become hyper-alert at the supermarket these days in terms of what I’m paying. And it seems I’m not the only one.

Headlines these days say shoppers are fed up and looking to go elsewhere than a supermarket. It used to be, back in the good old days, that the supermarket was the best deal for food.

You’d be mad to buy cereal or butter at t...

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Some coastal communities are now facing the very real prospect of having to desert their homes due to climate change.

The Government has released its first national strategy for adaptation.

It includes plans for the likely retreat of entire communities or towns affected by sea level rise.

GNS Science Environment and Climate Research Lead Richard Levy told Kate Hawkesby some people will simply have to pack up and move on.

He says in...

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The Council of Trade Unions says more needs to be done to protect low income workers.

The latest wage figures show inflation has increased, but the union says pay isn't being matched.

Meanwhile, despite forecasts, unemployment has slightly risen.

Union economist Craig Renney joined Kate Hawkesby.

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