The Mike Hosking Breakfast

The Mike Hosking Breakfast

Open your mind to the world with New Zealand’s number one breakfast radio show. Without question, as New Zealand’s number one talk host, Mike Hosking sets the day’s agenda. The sharpest voice and mind in the business, Mike drives strong opinion, delivers the best talent, and always leaves you wanting more. The Mike Hosking Breakfast always cuts through and delivers the best daily on Newstalk ZB.


February 29, 2024 5 mins

Donald Trump may have avoided trouble once more. 

The Supreme Court has intervened in Trump’s trial regarding the January 6th insurrection, which was supposed to begin on March 4th.  

This would ensure that the outcome would be decided before the Presidential elections in November. 

The Supreme C...

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If you want to laugh, have a look at the shambles that unfolded this week in Australia as a result of the new law that makes companies publish their gender pay gaps. 

It turns out there is one, in some industries it's worse than others and it proves what those of us who have argued against such measures were right all along. 

If you know what the other person earns, in some way, shape or form, your...

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At the end of each week, Mike Hosking takes you through the big-ticket items and lets you know what he makes of it all. 


Adrian Orr: 6/10 

The cash rate holds and he is nowhere near as hawkish as they thought. All of that is good. He just needs to be right. 


Trump: 6/10 

Won South Carolina, won...

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The Immigration Minister is looking to push forward with urgent changes to the Accredited Employer Work Visa scheme. 

It follows the Public Service Commission review which found Immigration NZ had insufficient checks and balances to prevent migrant exploitation. 

Erica Stanford told Mike Hosking that her Government can fix it, starting with urgent alterations to the work visa scheme itself. ...

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Forestry operators are hopeful that an independent review of the Emissions Trading Scheme will reduce the costs on the sector. 

The Government's announced a review into the forestry component of the ETS. 

Forestry Minister Todd McClay says it's about delivering on an election promise. 

Forest Owners Association President Grant Dodson told Mike Hosking that he hopes it results in lower...

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There’s more work to do to draw more international visitors to our shores. 

Stats NZ data for the year to the end of March 2023 shows total tourism spend of $37.7 billion, up $10.7 billion from the year before. 

That's about $4 billion shy of pre-covid levels. 

Tourism Minister Matt Doocey told Mike Hosking that Australia, USA, and the UK all have similar market share compared with 20...

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In a symbolic gesture to our military allies, New Zealand is following suit in designating Hamas a terrorist entity.  

The Government says it can no longer distinguish between the organisation's military and political wings.  

Former Defence Minister Wayne Mapp told Mike Hosking that Australia and Canada have also designated Hamas a terrorist entity, and the three have issued a joint statement.

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House prices are predicted to soar back to post-covid highs sooner rather than later.  

OneRoof-Valocity research predicts average property values will return to February 2022 highs of just under $1.1 million in the third quarter of 2025. 

It shows Auckland and Wellington regions will have to wait a little longer.  

OneRoof editor Owen Vaughan told Mike Hosking that the research shows...

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Sam Wood has had quite the journey. 

Coming into public knowledge in 2015 on the Australian version of the Bachelor, Wood was already established as a personal trailer. 

Since then he has gone on to write several award-winning books, ‘28 by Sam Wood’ and ‘7 Minutes to Better Health’.  

He owns Australia’s largest personal training studio, has exclusive supermarket deals, and is now la...

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Air New Zealand says travellers will benefit from the latest extension to its joint venture with Singapore Airlines. 

The airlines have received approval to extend their partnership by another five years. 

The partnership has already been underway for a decade, with seat capacity growing by 50% in that time. 

Air New Zealand Chief Transformation and Alliances Officer Mike Williams tol...

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While fully accepting these are difficult days for the media in this country, it is important to put the Newshub news into a little bit of context. 

You can still be successful in this country, and to take one sad case and lump it in with everybody else is to fail to understand the nuance of the landscape. 

For a start, this country, as Adrian Orr pointed out yesterday, has massive economic trouble...

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Interest rates may not be going up or down much any time soon. 

The Reserve Bank is keeping the Official Cash Rate unchanged at 5.5%, in line with most economists' expectations. 

Vittoria Shortt, ASB’s CEO, told Mike Hosking that both personal customers and businesses are coping with the higher rates, but are making big sacrifices to do so. 

She said that across the board, their busin...

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Retirement village operators have come under fire from the Commerce Commission for their contract terms. 

A dozen retirement operators —including Ryman and Arvida— have been put on notice because their conduct risks breaching the Fair Trading Act. 

They run a total of 180 villages across the country. 

Consumer NZ chief executive Jon Duffy told Mike Hosking that there's an imbalance of...

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The Reserve Bank believes inflation is tracking downwards, despite many economists expecting the OCR to stay steady for some time.

Adrian Orr told Mike Hosking that they expect it fall below 3% by mid-year, sitting within the target range of 1-3%.


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Questions are rising over the strategy of Warner Brothers Discovery after Newshub’s impending closure was announced. 

Former Newshub Head of News Mark Jennings told Mike Hosking that he thought they'd have a strategy to transition the company to a digital platform and put all their premium HBO series onto ThreeNow. 

He says they've left a lot of their content on SKY and done nothing to combat TVNZ....

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The recent slowdown in the construction sector could be reducing the number of people coming into apprenticeships. 

Figures suggest the building industry has eased, with around 50k building consents in a 12-month period now dropping down to under 40k. 

Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation director Greg Durkin told Mike Hosking that there's definitely been a drop, but he isn't co...

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Ginny Andersen has formally apologised to Mark Mitchell on the Mike Hosking Breakfast, for comments she made on the show last week.

The Labour MP has told the Police Minister she's sorry for accusing him of being paid to kill people when he was a defence contractor overseas.

She says she's always enjoyed the robust debates the pair have, but she's sorry for taking it too far and making it personal.

Mitchell is thanking Andersen ...

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There has been a review into the accredited employer work visa.

Owner and principal consultant at into NZ immigration katy Armstrong told Mike Hosking that that the previous government let the goalie out of the box when it opened up the immigration floodgates.

She said there is no 'Huge Pressure' to introduce a whole new work visa system.



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Chris Hipkins has come back swinging after comments made by Stuart Nash.

The ex-Police Minister yesterday criticised Hipkins and Justice Minister Kiri Allan, for dashing his attempts to tighten laws on seizing illegal gang assets worth at or more than 30-thousand-dollars.

Nash claims he wanted the threshold at zero, but Hipkins says while he was open to discussion, he didn't support it going to zero.

Hipkins told Mike Hosking he...

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We could spend some time on the ineptitude of Jan Tinetti, who may well go down as one of our most ineffective education ministers. 

The blow out in school buildings, as the Prime Minister suggested, borders on a crisis and, according to Labour, that’s just the price of stuff going up. 

Which leads you to ask - were they setting traps for a new Government knowing they were going to lose, or were th...

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