Early Edition with Kate Hawkesby

Early Edition with Kate Hawkesby

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February 28, 2021 2 min
Here we go again. Groundhog Day.
I saw the headline that the PM was “frustrated”. Really? She's frustrated? How do you think the “team of 5 million” feel?
Because actually, despite her insistence on continuing to use this line, there is no team of 5 million. There’s a good chunk of New Zealanders taking Covid seriously, scanning, using the app, isolating when they’re supposed to, but there’s also sadly a selfish group of people -...
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ACT leader David Seymour's accusing the Government of creating 'the cult of Ashley', when its former Health Minister was off mountain biking.
He says the Government is totally beholden to the Ministry of Health.
Seymour believes the Government should be taking Covid-19 advice from a public and private sector epidemic response unit - like Taiwan's.
He told Kate Hawkesby if it was, saliva testing would have been widely r...
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Wellington has replaced Bay Oval as the venue for the final Black Caps v Australia and White Ferns England T20 double-header on Sunday.
New Zealand Cricket has been forced to make the change because of logistical complications arising from the transfer of this Friday's second double-header from Auckland to Wellington.
The current alert level 2 protocols in Wellington mean all three double-headers – on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday...
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One expert says the latest lockdown may be a sign Auckland's last lockdown didn't last long enough.
Auckland University public health expert Colin Tukuitonga told Kate Hawkesby the Government is making the right call in putting the city back in Level Three.
"Hindsight's a wonderful thing. I thought we were a little hasty in going down one, so this is the right thing to do."
He is also backing the Prime Minister'...
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The Government has announced the four life-shortening conditions that will allow people impacted by them early access to their KiwiSaver funds.
Anyone with Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Huntington's disease or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder will from March now be able to access their funds earlier than 65 as life expectancy is lower than other people.
The initiative was spurred by Auckland man Tim Fairhall - with support from h...
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Auckland's Papatoetoe Covid cluster has dented business confidence, and taken a massive slice out of businesses' bottom lines.
New figures from Paymark show the main five days of the outbreak have cost retailers about $50 million dollars.
Most of that lost spending was in Auckland, where Alert Level Three restrictions forced all cafes, restaurants and other non-essential businesses to close.
Auckland Business Chamber chief exe...
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I don’t get the big deal about Gwyneth Paltrow’s blog about her what she’s taking to combat some long term effects she’s suffering from having Covid. Apparently it left her fatigued and feeling blah, so she turned to an alternative ‘functional medicine practitioner’.
Well of course she did, she’s Gwyneth Paltrow. She also sells candles that smell like vaginas, believes in bee sting therapy, and thinks magic mushrooms are good for yo...
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An immigration lawyer is concerned about a possible review of the country's skilled migrants policy.
The Immigration Minister's flagged a possible review, with the Skilled Migrants Category consideration to restart expression of interest selections deferred until the end of next month.
Lawyer Mike McMellon told Kate Hawkesby he wants to know what that means for people who've already applied.
"It could mean people who&#...
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Final gasps from tourism operators in some of the country's more remote areas.
A new report paints a sobering picture of the West Coast's Glacier Country in the era of Covid-19.
That includes the likes of Franz Josef and Fox Glacier.
The report says 62 per cent of businesses in the area will not survive the winter without additional support.
Franz Josef business operator Adam Haugh told Kate Hawkesby his town should be given as...
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Wellington City Council is a place where no one wants to be right now, with Mayor Andy Foster calling the culture "sub-optimal".
Councillor Nicola Young was not so diplomatic in her characterisation of the situation, saying being on council has become intolerable and she's just trying to keep out of the "splatter zone".
The council is a house that's on fire and Foster undoubtedly will be hoping his announcemen...
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A good piece by Richard Prebble in yesterday’s Herald. He raised the question of lockdowns and why it was the government’s only option. By now, his point was, it shouldn’t be.
By now we should have a much tighter border than we do, we should be further ahead on the vaccine than we are, we should have slicker contact tracing in place. Why do we have none of those things?
Well he says you have to look at the spin the Govt’s spinning an...
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Britain plans to use its presidency of the Group of Seven economic powers to push for an internationally recognized system of vaccine passports that could allow world travel to resume, though Prime Minister Boris Johnson acknowledged Tuesday local time that the idea raises "complex" ethical issues.
The British government previously said it was not considering issuing vaccine passports to people who had been inoculated. But i...
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The Australian Government has re-friended Facebook.
The social media site banned any news out of Australia being posted on its platform last week.
It followed the proposal of a law which would force Facebook to pay publishers for their content.
But the tech giant's now reversed the ban - after the Government agreed to amend the legislation.
Washington Post Silicon Valley correspondent Elizabeth Dwoskin told Kate Hawkesby it's a...
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Concern from an infectious diseases expert at the latest community cases of Covid 19 in Auckland.
Another student at Auckland's Papatoetoe High School has tested positive for the virus - and two of her siblings tested positive last evening.
Everyone in the school community is being asked to stay home, while students and staff are tested again.
Otago University's David Murdoch told Kate Hawkesby the latest cases appear to be wi...
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The Reserve Bank is tipped to wait two years before changing the Official Cash Rate.
It's making an announcement at 2pm, along with a Monetary Policy Statement.
ANZ chief economist, Sharon Zollner, told Kate Hawkesby the central bank's using unconventional tools like buying bonds, quantitative easing, and funding for lending, which are a lot easier to get into, than get out of.
She says they complicate things and lengthen the ...
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Who’d be a landlord? Well more specifically, a landlord in Dunedin.
I mean here in Auckland, our landlord worries are expensive heat pumps and getting the government sanctioned insulation just right. But in Dunedin? Bigger fish to fry.
It’s 'O Week' this week and the students are flooding into Otago for orientation, sorting their flats, and generally getting the beer funnels going from the kegs into the flat kitchen.
With this...
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The former Liberal staffer at the centre of allegations he assaulted Brittany Higgins and two other women has reportedly checked in to a private rehabilitation clinic, days after staying overnight in hospital and being stood down from his his job at a large corporation.
It is understood he admitted himself to Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, seeking psychiatric care, shortly after the story broke last week.
According to a report...
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A business think tank is warning the worst of the housing crisis is yet to come, if we don't build more homes sooner.
The New Zealand Initiative has modelled 36 scenarios for the country's future.
In most scenarios, about 14,000 more homes need to be built each year, to keep up with rising demand.
Researcher Leonard Hong told Kate Hawkesby the Government needs to shift its focus from housing demand, to increasing housing suppl...
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Auckland is back to the "new normal", returning to Alert Level One this morning.
Restrictions were eased at midnight, after officials determined the Papatoetoe High School cluster is now under control.
Heart of the City chief executive Viv Beck told Kate Hawkesby businesses will be breathing a sigh of relief.
"Level 2 is certainly better than level 3, and people who are able to trade have been able too."
Beck says the h...
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I was out at two businesses yesterday where at both places the owners said to me ‘what do you reckon? Will we get to Level 1 today? Are you excited for it?’ Now these are smart people whose businesses have been affected by lockdowns, who hate lockdowns, yet they’re reverentially waiting to hear the obvious: that we’re coming out of it. That we’re back to normal. They’re so grateful, which is the part of all this I find most galling...
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