Early Edition with Kate Hawkesby

Early Edition with Kate Hawkesby

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All traffic to Fieldays 2020 will be digital, as the Southern Hemisphere's largest agricultural event will be online-only this year.
"The New Zealand National Fieldays Society has made the difficult decision to not host a physical event in 2020 - instead shifting our focus to the physical event in 2021 and making our 2020 event, Fieldays Online, a huge success," NZNFS chief executive Peter Nation said in a statement.
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German police said Thursday they presume a British girl who went missing in southern Portugal 13 years ago is dead, but Madeleine McCann's parents still nurture hope their daughter will be found alive.
McCann was 3 at the time of her disappearance from an apartment while her family vacationed in the seaside town of Praia da Luz, in Portugal’s Algarve region, in 2007.
Police in Germany reported Wednesday they had identified a susp...
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Winston Peters is flexing and I get it.
The wiley old dog of politics knows how to keep reinventing an refreshing his brand, especially when the going gets tough.
And by getting tough, I mean the poll numbers for NZ First. Abysmal.
They look to have been washed up and absorbed by Labour, which is historically so often the case with smaller coalition parties who find themselves in government. It tends to be the death knell for t...
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US Defence Secretary Mark Esper has reversed President Donald Trump's order to use the military as a means of stopping violent protests. throughout the United States.
Soldiers will remain in Washington, D.C. and Mr Esper said he does not support deployment of active military troops on city streets.
But US correspondent Cordelia Lynch says it does not mean the Insurrection act is not fully out of the window.
"What it does defin...
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Have you always wanted to delete old, embarrassing photos of yourself but haven't had the time to trawl through posts? Well, Facebook has your back.
The social media giant has launched a new tool, Manage Activity, which allows users to get rid of unwanted posts in bulk.
Manage Activity allows users to delete or archive posts from a range of dates or involving particular people, so people can easily say goodbye to their exes, high...
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National MP Judith Collins says the government doesn't have a clear plan in place for opening New Zealand's borders.
Film workers have been allowed to fly into the capital to work on the Avatar franchise despite the borders remaining closed.
And the Prime Minister has put the brakes on claims America's Cup challengers' foreign personnel could be allowed into New Zealand within days - casting renewed doubt on the futur...
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My concern with level 1 is so many people are now brow-beaten by fear.
They are so used to having regimented instruction on how to conduct their daily lives and businesses, that they may not be able to transition as fast as we need to.
There are still, disturbingly, people who believe we are in some way, shape or form still at risk and that a second wave is just around the corner. They think we still need to stay in level 2 lo...
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Presidential hopeful Joe Biden claims Donald Trump is accelerating systemic racism, after the US President threatened to unleash the military if violent protests in America cannot be contained.
Biden has criticised Trump's move to stand outside a church holding a bible, suggesting he should instead open it and learn something.
Voice of America's White House Bureau chief Steve Herman told Kate Hawkesby that is the tone most De...
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The British Government are hoping to relax their 14-day quarantine laws.
From Monday people entering the United Kingdom are subjected to a 14-day quarantine period, and could be hit with hefty fines should they break such rules.
UK correspondent Gavin Grey told Kate Hawkesby people are finding holes in the Government's current quarantine laws.
"We can go to the Republic of Ireland and then come to the UK for instance, or of co...
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More than 14,000 Countdown employees are being offered shares in the company.
The offer comes from Countdown's Australian parent, Woolworths, who want to recognise their efforts and acknowledge their role going forward.
Eligible full-time employees will receive $AU750 in shares.
Fisher Funds chief executive Frank Jasper says the staff will need to recognise it's not a cash payout.
He says shares are a long-term investment and p...
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Free training for aged care workers will bring in badly needed workers for an under-funded sector.
More details about free training for the next two and a half years was announced in the trades training scheme by the Government yesterday.
Nurses Organisation industrial adviser Lesley Harry told Kate Hawkesby the training will be welcomed because it will aid the recruitment of workers.
"Caring for the elderly isn't attractive a...
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Todd Muller said he wouldn't bark at every passing car, and that he wanted to be a more measured opposition. But really? Is this it? Is invisible the goal?
A very obvious and easy hit this week was the blatant breach of Level 2 with the protest marches around the country, and the hypocrisy of the government turning a blind eye.
But who was left to point that out?
Act's David Seymour.
Who chimed in behind him?
Well, no, no...
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An emotional video from families back in New Zealand spurred the Warriors on ahead of their impressive return to the NRL season on Saturday.
Stephen Kearney's side were near perfect in an 18-0 defeat of the St George-Illawarra Dragons as they earned their first win of the season.
The Warriors have spent four weeks in Australia and are likely to be there until at least round nine to keep the competition running after the coronavir...
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An Australian church is being taken to court for promoting bleach as a cure for Covid 19.
The Genesis II Church of Health and Healing has already been fined for advertising a solution that contains industrial bleach.
Australia correspondent Donna Demaio told Kate Hawkesby there are serious health risks if people take it, including nausea and vomiting.
The country's drug regulator - the Therapeutic Goods Administration - has alread...
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It’s hard to get your head around the world and all that’s happening at the moment.
As if Covid and the ensuing fallout wasn’t bad enough, America is now setting itself on fire.
The divisions in an already extremely divided country, only getting deeper.
The anarchy and chaos there is just so awful to watch, the reason for it, still too awful to even comprehend.
Police brutality anywhere against anyone is rightfully shocking, but with t...
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Changes to central Government Essential Freshwater regulations reflect farmer feedback, says Federated Farmers.
"While we're still working through the detail, the high level policy decisions indicate the government has heeded some of the rural sector concerns" said Federated Farmers environment spokesman Chris Allen.
"What farmer groups seek now is the opportunity for input to ensure the final regulations and National...
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 The U.S. surpassed a jarring milestone Wednesday in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths.
That number is the best estimate and most assuredly an undercount. But it represents the stark reality that more Americans have died from the virus than from the Vietnam and Korean wars combined.
“It’s a striking reminder of how dangerous this virus can be,” said Josh Michaud, associate director of global health policy with the Kaiser Famil...
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Farmers have been stressing about the Government's plans to clean up rivers, streams and lakes for a long time now.
And it's pretty obvious why they'd be concerned, all this talk of capping fertiliser use, laws about fencing off waterways, creating new wetland areas and the like.
It's stuff a lot of farmers are actually already doing, but it all costs, and there's a sense some politicians don't know that, or j...
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The Green Party are planning a select committee inquiring into student accommodation, which was exposed during the national lockdown.
The sector has revealed to be crippling students with debt.
Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick describes the situation as the wild west saying protections for student renters does not exist.
President of the New Zealand Union of Students' Association Isabella Lenihin-Ikin told Tim Dower it is a relief people ...
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Wellingtonians waiting for elective surgery may find they've been juggled on the list.
Ethnicity will now be taken into account when determining a patient's clinical urgency, with Maori and Pasifika a top priority.
It's an attempt by Capital and Coast DHB to better balance the health system.
Maori pandemic group, Te Rōpū Whakakaupapa's Dr Rawiri Jansen says Maori are twice as likely to spend a full year on the waiting ...
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