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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April 18, 2021 2 min
Question: when did we all get so aggressive, and why?
It's kind of crept up on us, but there's something seriously wrong with society when people start wearing body cameras at work because of an increasing number of assaults.
Bad enough that police need increasing levels of protection: stab proof vests, tasers, access to guns.
Worse still that firefighters and ambulance crews not only have to deal with distressed, injured and ...
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The trans-Tasman bubble has opened, meaning quarantine-free travel is all go between New Zealand and Australia.
It means those who couldn't afford the $3,000 to pay for MIQ are good to go.
For Queenstown, that means its first international flight in 387 days.
The tourism epicentre has been doing it hard, with the tap of international travellers turned off.
Qantas Flight 121 will arrive from Sydney around 2.30 this afternoon .
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Prince William and his brother Prince Harry set recent family frictions aside to walk together after attending the funeral service of their grandfather Prince Philip at Windsor Castle Sunday.
The royal family adhered strictly to UK Covid-19 regulations during the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen sat alone during the service to follow these restrictions.
The Duke of Sussex and Duke of Cambridge took their places opposite...
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Competition within the housing market shouldn't change much due to the bubble.
The housing market has been in a boom since the borders have closed.
But only 0.3 per cent of home transfers are to people without New Zealand citizenship or resident visas.
Real Estate Institute chief executive Wendy Alexander told Tim Dower buyer inquiry from offshore is not that high right now.
"The figures in Queenstown at the moment, the median ...
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April is proving to be a lucrative month for Lydia Ko who is back to the stunning form that saw her reach number one in the world at just age 17.
Ko's drought-breaking victory at the Lotte Championship in Hawaii yesterday was he first since April 2018 as she captured her 16th career title on the LPGA and 21st overall title.
The Kiwi finished with a final round of 65 to end the tournament at 28-under, seven shots clear of four pla...
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A road safety campaigner says nearly doubling the fine for using a phone while driving, isn't enough.
From the end of the month, the penalty will increase from $80 to $150 dollars.
40,000 infringement notices were issued last year.
Clive Matthew-Wilson told Kate Hawkesby offenders should have their phones taken off them.
He says police already have the power to seize your car,  so why not the phone as well.
"If you don't get...
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The Government is suggesting limiting the amount of nicotine allowed in cigarettes.
It is one of a number of proposals being put forward to meet its goal of making New Zealand smoke-free by 2025.
Others include restricting where cigarettes can be sold and creating a licensing regime.
The Government is also talking about creating a smoke-free generation, where people who are under 18 next year will never be able to buy cigarettes.
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School holidays start today, it’s the end of Term 1. I know, we’ve just had Easter, and for Auckland families with a couple of lockdowns this year, it feels like the kids have already been home a lot. But here are we are again, on the verge of a two week break, and what’ll be interesting to know is how many of us are winging our way across the Tasman for it?
The bubble opens officially Monday, so the timing for the holidays couldn’t...
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A South Waikato forest is about to be full of hens - but free of cruelty.
A 139-hectare property near Tokoroa, is set to become the country's leading egg production site.
Better Eggs says the free range farm will have eight laying sheds, sitting between 90,000 trees, and is set to be home to more than 320,000 laying hens over the next five years.
Chief executive Gareth van der Hayden says robotic systems will allow staff to have a...
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Boosting financial knowledge for the general public.
The National Strategy for Financial Capability will be launched at Parliament today, by commerce minister David Clark.
It's brought together more than a hundred financial organisations, to help Kiwis make good decisions around money.
Retirement Commissioner Jane Wrightson says it is the product of discussions around improving the financial capability of New Zealanders.
Wrightson ...
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My favourite story so far this week has been the Hamilton to Auckland train.. and one of the board members calling it out for the waste of time and money that it is. Patrick Reynolds, on the board of Waka Kotahi-NZTA, called the service ‘the worst of both worlds’. He pointed out it didn’t stop at obvious places it should, that it was too slow, so it really wasn’t an efficient daily return service, and that he thought it would be ‘v...
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A big decision for MedSafe, on whether to approve Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 Janssen vaccine for use in New Zealand.
The medical regulator is due to make a recommendation on the vaccine today.
The US and Sweden are pausing use of the vaccine due to rare reports of blood-clotting, and the vaccine's roll-out across the rest of Europe has also been delayed.
Malaghan Institute vaccine expert Graham Le Gros told Kate Hawkesby...
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Disappointment over a new National Party housing policy.
Leader Judith Collins has drafted a member's bill that would oblige councils to immediately zone more housing land - and limit Resource Management Act appeals.
$50,000 would go to local authorities for every new home consented, above their five-year historical average.
OneRoof's Ashley Church told Kate Hawkesby it's a very blunt instrument to generate more housing.
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Doctors are urging the Ministry of Health to make sure there are enough flu jabs to go around everyone.
People over 65 can be vaccinated from today,  but everyone else will have to wait another month or so.
There were problems with accessing influenza vaccinations last year because of Covid-19.
College of GPs medical director Bryan Betty told Kate Hawkesby the ministry's over-ordered this year, so last year's problems aren'...
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Britain began offering coronavirus vaccinations to anyone over 45 on Tuesday after hitting its target of giving at least one dose to everyone over 50 by the middle of April.
Despite the good news, Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned that the U.K. would inevitably see “more hospitalization and deaths” as it emerges from lockdown. On Monday, non-essential shops, hairdressers, gyms, restaurant patios and beer gardens reopened in Englan...
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I was on the phone to my brother the other day and he was in the car giving his son a driving lesson. This was a very nerve wracking time to be on the phone to him, as he talked to me he also peppered every sentence with instructions for his son. “Get ready to brake, that’s a give way, we need to wait there, “ he was having two conversations at once. It was stressful being part of it.  I hopped off the call just as my brother was y...
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Japan's government decided Tuesday to start releasing treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean in two years — an option fiercely opposed by fishermen, residents and Japan's neighbours.
The decision, long speculated but delayed for years due to safety concerns and protests, came at a meeting of Cabinet ministers who endorsed the ocean release as the best option.
The accumulating...
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The government's going to be under pressure to raise benefits come budget day.
It's been revealed $560,000 New Zealander’s currently owe the Ministry of Social Development nearly $2 billion in interest free loans.
Those owing the debt, along with Infometrics senior economist Brad Olsen, say the only way out of this huge debt is to raise benefits.
Political commentator Bryce Edwards told Kate Hawkesby the country is seeing a bi...
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A suggestion that support workers should be more appreciated.
Analysis of an AUT workforce survey carried out in 2019, has found most support carers feel overworked and underpaid.
Less than half of support carers' from a survey of two-thousand 300, felt their pay rate reflected their work responsibilities.
Associate Professor Katherine Ravenswood says despite that, carers still see the positives of their jobs.
She told Kate Hawkesb...
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A plea to keep commerce subjects separate at high school.
The Government's planning to combine accounting, economics and business studies into one subject at NCEA Level 1.
But Commerce and Economics Teachers Association vice-president Andrea Thompson told Kate Hawkesby while the disciplines are complementary - so are history and geography.
She says the three fields are separate and distinct subjects with very different skills.
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