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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September 16, 2021 3 min
These days there seems to be a reality tv show about anything, but this really takes the cake. 
CBS have made "The Activist" which involves so-called activists competing against each other to go to the G20. 
They compete in challenges where they're judged back on how much online engagement they get. 
Judges include activist icons like Usher and Priyanka Chopra- Jonas. 
With us now is Forbes senior contributor and diversity ...
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Day 31 in Level 4 for Aucklanders, and boy, are we over it. 
There’s actually a word for how we’re all feeling and it’s been called the dominant emotion of 2021. 
It’s called languishing. Psychologist Dougal Sutherland, who we had on the show recently, says "the psychological toll of Delta may start to show, even for those out of lockdown now." He said recently that apparently even people with no existing or underlying mental...
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A foreign policy expert says New Zealand being left out in the cold in a new security pact could be a benefit.  
The three-way deal between the UK, the US and Australia aims to limit China's might in the Asia Pacific by sharing military technology.  
Democracy Project International Analyst Geoffrey Miller says New Zealand is highly dependent on China for exports and should keep up current relations.  
He told Kate Hawkesby the pac...
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National is calling on the Government to explain why there aren't more Auckland GPs administering the Covid vaccine.  
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's indicated that about 113 GP practices are administering the vaccine across the region. 
Health spokesperson Shane Reti told Kate Hawkesby it isn't good enough, considering there around 400 practices in the city overall. 
"Why are we making it so hard, these are the peopl...
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New Zealand schools are missing their international students, and not just because of the money they bring in. 
Primary, intermediate and secondary schools lost 40 million dollars in revenue between 2019 and last year, because of foreign students returning home 
Figures will be worse this year, with enrolments tipped to be lowest next year. 
Secondary Principals' Association president, Vaughan Couillault told Kate Hawkesby there&#...
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Bit of a worry that in these already stressful times for young people, they have an additional worry gnawing away at them; the destruction of the planet and their fear of humanity being doomed. 
Eco-anxiety is huge. The BBC recently reported a “new global survey which illustrates the depth of anxiety many young people feel about climate change. Nearly 60 percent of young people felt very worried or extremely worried. More than 45 pe...
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A lifetime gang member has concerns, about Covid-19 spreading within gang communities. 
Some members of an Auckland Mongrel Mob chapter are isolating, after a woman visited the Mongrel Mob Pasifika pad in Takanini while positive with the virus. 
Ashley Bloomfield says he's not concerned about the situation. 
But lifetime Black Power member Denis O'Reilly told Kate Hawkesby he should be. 
"We are many in number, highly mobil...
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Auckland's Level Four lockdown could be making the grass even greener on the other side.  
Real estate agents in regions such as Tauranga are reporting record levels of interest from Auckland home buyers. 
Some are even making lockdown sales where the buyers haven't been able to see the property.  
Valocity valuation director James Wilson told Kate Hawkesby it was already happening pre-lockdown, but now it's coming to a he...
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As tough as this lockdown is for many people, it’s really tough for the kids having to do school work from home, and for their parents who may be trying to juggle work, while also keeping their kids focused on learning.  
It’s a juggling act we’ve been keeping up for 4 weeks now, and as Aucklanders enter a fifth week of it, it’s understandable the wheels are starting to fall off a bit. Reality is biting, this is a really long time t...
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A suggestion changes being agreed to by one of our major supermarket chains don't go far enough.  
It comes after a report by the Commerce Commission found competition was lacking in the grocery sector. 
Foodstuffs North Island, which owns New World, Four Square and Pak'nSave, says it's now willing to support a consumer-focused code of conduct that aims to treat suppliers better. 
It adds it'll look at simplifying prom...
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The idea of a student loan-type scheme is expected to be a win-win for businesses and the Government. 
Treasury's being asked to introduce it to help companies get through the economic impact of Covid-19. 
The idea's come from Cognitus Economic Insight principal economist, Richard Meade. 
He told Kate Hawkesby the Government would have about 14 percent less debt, if the scheme was put in place. 
"But the level of support of...
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The Wellington Chamber of Commerce says New Zealand is too reliant on Auckland. 
The capital has been in Alert Level Two for a week now...but with Auckland still in Alert Level Four...paused supply chains are leaving businesses vulnerable.  
Chamber CEO Simon Arcus told Kate Hawkesby the reliance needs to end.  
"We need to think differently about the way we're building New Zealand cities. Things like warehousing, logistics, m...
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So, although we were delivered the worst kept secret that Auckland’s staying in Level 4 another week, I'm not convinced that'll be it. 
The PM said cabinet had made an ‘in principle’ decision that Auckland would move to Level 3 next Tuesday midnight, but an in-principle decision is not a final decision.  
As always, they’ll make the actual decision based on the latest available data, and who knows what this week brings, and w...
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Another week of level 4 for Auckland and level 2 for the rest of the country. 
The longer this goes on; the more questions are being raised about at what point elimination strategy becomes socially and economically unviable.  
Professor Robert MacCulloch, from Auckland University's faculty of Business and Economics discussed with Kate Hawkesby. 
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A drive to get more disabled people vaccinated.  
The Taikura Trust is launching Tiaki, a Covid-19 campaign aiming to break down barriers to access for Auckland's disabled community.  
Barriers include transportation to vaccine centres and communication not being catered to them.  
Minister for Disability issues Carmel Sepuloni told Kate Hawkesby there is vaccine hesitancy too.  
"People may have had negative experiences with t...
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As you'll be aware we're in Te Wiki o te reo Māori at the moment - Māori Language Week.  
And today is the day the Māori Language Commission want us to get together at midday today and set a record.  
They're calling it the Māori Language Moment, and are hoping to set the world record for most people speaking an endangered, indigenous language at the same time.  
Māori Language Commissioner, Rawinia Higgins, joined Kate Ha...
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“We need to stay the course. We don’t want to yo yo in and out of lockdowns. We don’t want to waste our hard fought gains thus far. We have to stay vigilant. We don’t want to be Australia. We need to stay focused on the end goal here. Auckland is doing the heavy lifting but we know Aucklanders can do a little bit more.”
That’s just some of the rhetoric well get dished out today.  
Expect any or all of these things to be rolled out.
My...
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Some good news over the weekend with Denmark sending half a million Pfizer vaccines to New Zealand.
But this comes as Denmark is completely getting rid of its own Covid restrictions.
What makes their situation interesting is how they have a similar population to us.
So what have they done right and could we learn a thing or two from Denmark?
Professor of Viral Diseases at Copenhagen University Hospital Jens Lundgren joined Kate Hawkesb...
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Among all the air fryer chat, there is confirmation that buying one is a real trend this lockdown.
New Zealand PriceSpy data shows interest in an air fryer has gone up by 285 percent year on year.
Are they a lockdown fad or on track to replace ovens?
Celebrity chef Allyson Gofton from Food In A Minute joins Kate Hawkesby.
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Authorities in Britain have decided not to require vaccine passports for entry into nightclubs and other crowded events in England, Britain's health secretary said Sunday, reversing course amid opposition from some of the Conservative government’s supporters in Parliament.
Health Minister Sajid Javid said the government has shelved the idea of vaccine passports for now but could reconsider the decision if COVID-19 cases rise exp...
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