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.


January 29, 2023 5 min

Auckland Central MP Chloe Swarbrick says authorities will need to learn lessons from their slow response to Friday's heavy rain.

She told Roman Travers there is an obvious disconnect between Auckland's leaders and Auckland's people, which is disappointing.

Swarbrick says questions will need to be asked about why authorities were so slow to respond to the severe weather event.

But the focus right now, she says, needs to ...

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People on the Coromandel Peninsula are being urged to brace for more heavy rain.

There are extensive road closures, including State Highway 25 between Coromandel Town and Whitianga, and State Highway 25A between Kopu to Hikuai.

That means many communities, like Whitianga, are once again cut off.

Coromandel MP Scott Simpson told Roman Travers that the slips on State Highway 25A will take the highway out of action for months.


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What the weather brought to vast parts of predominantly the North Island over the long weekend will hopefully not be seen again for a very long time.  

Something else I hope not to see for a very long time is the attitude portrayed by our leader, the mayor of Auckland who told us that it wasn’t his job to get out there with a bucket. 

It was an interesting thing to hear Mayor Brown say, when clearly there have been several mayors o...

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Every time I’m confronted with what people are pay for rent I am completely shocked at how anyone can afford to part with that kind of money, and still have money anything else. 

I’ve real concerns for my daughters who are in their 20s and just how on earth they will ever get to a position where being able to afford a mortgage is a viable proposition.  

Yesterday, TradeMe revealed the whopping all-time high rental costs across the ...

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Three-time Olympic gold medalist Hamish Bond is joining Team New Zealand for the America’s cup.

He will be a cyclor in the 2024 Barcelona competition.

Sailing commentator Mark Orams joined Roman Travers.



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Harold the Giraffe is expanding his focus.

The popular giraffe puppet has been teaching generations of New Zealand children about their bodies and being healthy.

Now, Healthy Harold is teaming up with Barnados to educate five to 19-year-olds about how and when to ask for help with their mental health.

Barnardos General Manager Jo Harrison told Roman Travers they're hoping to reach more young people.

She says there isn't a m...

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A warning that increasing the minimum wage could make inflation even worse.

The number of people seeking help because of financial hardship is on the rise, as inflation continues to remain at historically high levels.

But National says any increase to the minimum wage is the wrong move right now, as it will increase inflationary pressure.

Employers and Manufacturers Association Chief Executive Brett O'Reilly told Roman Travers ...

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Yesterday was a very big day for new Prime Minister Chris Hipkins.  

There aren’t very many of us that can say we’ve been Prime Minister. Evidently, there aren’t too many who want the job. We’re only up to number 41.  

There aren’t very many that put their hand up for the job and given the way they’ve been treated in recent years, you’d have to say, it takes a certain kind of someone.

Regardless, I think we’re all excited and waiti...

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Some are suggesting kiwifruit growers being hard done by.

Zespri has pulled pin on its February payment to growers due to higher costs from last season.

Chief grower Carol Ward says it's down to fruit quality.

But Seeka says growers shouldn't be taking the brunt of it.

CEO Michael Franks joined Early Edition.



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A study by NIWA shows almost half of our river network is inaccessible to migratory fish.

A further 36 percent could also be restricted but has not yet been assessed.

NIWA is now studying the swimming capabilities of native fish to try and come up with a solution.

Freshwater ecologist Dr. Paul Franklin joined Early Edition.



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It could soon be a little big cheaper to fill up the fruit bowl and vegetable drawer.

Latest figures show fruit and vegetable prices are 23 percent higher than they were a year ago, contributing to a 7.2 percent rise in overall consumer prices.

But growers are optimistic seasonal fruit and vegetable prices could drop, and supply could increase, in the coming weeks.

Vegetables New Zealand Chair John Murphy says price of some product...

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There's no guarantee inflation is on the decline.

The Annual Consumer Price Index data, due out later this morning, will show how much prices have increased for the average household in the past 12 months.

While many economists expect the inflation rate to be lower than the 7.2 reached in the year to October, ASB is predicting the inflation rate will be even higher.

ASB Senior Economist Mark Smith says that there's lots of ...

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What are you having on your toast this morning? Hopefully it’s some delicious Australian mānuka honey.

If we don’t win the ongoing battle with Australia to claim the word mānuka as specifically unique to New Zealand, then we may well be having Aussie mānuka honey on our toast and letting Australian producers have their way. 

There is a group of New Zealand honey producers who’ve not given up. They’re still working to trademark the ...

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Misogyny appears to have played a key part in the unprecedented vitriol faced by Jacinda Ardern.

New Auckland University research —tracking thousands of hateful posts on the dark corners of the internet in recent years— has found that 93-percent targeted Ardern.

And experts now warn that Ardern is likely to need more ongoing protection than any other former Prime Minister.

Researcher Chris Wilson told Roman Travers that Ardern has ...

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Could a drug used for breast cancer treatment be the key to making people live longer?

An Auckland University trial has found long-term treatment of healthy mice with the drug —alpelisib— increased their lifespan by about ten percent.

Those mice also showed some signs of being healthier in old age, such as improved coordination and strength.

Auckland University researcher Peter Shepherd says the findings have big implications for t...

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For as long as I can remember, farming and forestry have gone hand-in-hand. In fact, there was a huge push, back in the 80s for farmers to invest heavily in forestry but now the chickens have come to roost.  

Federated Farmers is now calling on the government to establish an independent inquiry into the factors that contributed to the flooding and destroyed infrastructure from ex-tropical cyclone Hale.

The tragedy now is that every...

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Transport costs are set to increase in the coming months and that could push up the price of almost everything else.

Discounts to public transport, fuel taxes, and road user charges will end next Tuesday.

Road user charges are set to increase by 36-percent.

Transporting New Zealand Chief Executive Nick Leggett says that will mean a 45 tonne truck and trailer travelling 100-thousand-kilometres a year will pay an extra 21-thousand-do...

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And so here we are; Monday morning, with a brand-new Prime Minister and leader of The Labour Party: Chris Hipkins. 

I guess that now we have two men leading the two main political parties with the same Christian names, they’ll forever now be known by their surnames in order to prevent confusion. Hipkins and Luxon. At least they have differing hair dos. 

Perhaps that confusion will become even more confounded if Prime Minister Hipki...

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I lost interest in the British Royal Family so many years ago that I can’t remember ever having had any interest in anything other than the history that got them there, which is not very pretty.

I also promised myself to never click on any articles, written about Megan and Harry. It’s with a heavy heart, overwhelming sadness and the deepest and greatest regret imaginable, that I can inform for you this morning that yesterday, I cap...

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The National Party says there are big challenges in our economy despite a quarter three GDP boom.

New Zealand's GDP increased two percent in the three months to September.

That was much higher than most economists predicted and a bigger jump than the UK, the US, Australia and the EU.

National's Finance spokesperson Nicola Willis told Roman Travers everyone wants businesses to grow, but not everyone is feeling the positive e...

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