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 22, 2024 3 mins

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. 


Grant Robertson: 7/10 

Witty, decent bloke. He lightened the mood. 


Grant Robertson, the Finance Minister: 2/10 

Buggered the economy and that, sadly, is his legacy. 


Ginny Anderson: 1/10 

With a fulsome apology sti...

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The poverty figures out yesterday confirm once and for all that what the previous Government tried to do was all theory and no reality. 

We are going backwards, and no amount of free money was going to fix it. 

Poverty reduction was Labour's calling card, it was the Jacinda Ardern nuclear moment. She was the minister in charge of it and yet, they failed. 

For all those bleating and wo...

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An attempt at the closest ever landing to the Moon's south pole will take place a little later this morning, at NZT 10.30am. 

Robotic spacecraft Odysseus will attempt to be the closest US vehicle ever to the moon's South Pole, and the first privately built spacecraft to land in one piece. 

Private Japanese, U.S, and Israeli crafts have already failed at the feat. 

U.S Correspondent Ri...

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Child poverty continues to increase, coming as no surprise to frontline organisations  

The latest Stats NZ figures show a two percent rise to 12.5% of all children are living in households that can't afford the basics.  

Child Matters chief executive Jane Searle says the numbers of two-income families needing the help of community initiatives has risen substantially. 

She told Mike H...

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Bad news for air travellers as current air fares are set to be the new normal. 

Air New Zealand has announced earnings before tax of $185-million for the first half of the current financial year. 

CEO Greg Foran told Mike Hosking that some costs, such as for parts, food and beverage, wages, and air navigation are with them to stay. 

He says they have to work out how to become more eff...

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Tim Wilson and Kate Hawkesby joined Mike Hosking to wrap the biggest news stories from the week. Mike's got an update on the coffee kiosk and what on earth happened to Tim Wilson?


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A new Infrastructure Commission report has found that we need to be spending 60% of funds on what already exists. 

Its worried not enough investment is going into areas like highways, roads, and water to ensure they're ready long term. 

Director of Economics Peter Nunns says we need to start with having a good understanding of what's in the ground. 

He says those are the assets we rel...

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The Government says it's looking to recognise achievement with its plan to change the tertiary fees free policy. 

The Tertiary Education Commission says there's no discernible evidence that the first year free policy helped more low decile school students into university. 

The coalition's planning to shift the free year to the final year of study. 

Tertiary Education and Skills Minist...

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Tough talks lie ahead for the Trade Minister who's heading to World Trade Organisation meeting in Abu Dhabi. 

Todd McClay will be vice-chairing the meeting which will discuss topics including agricultural trade rules, e-commerce, and fishery subsidies.  

He told Mike Hosking that he's optimistic there will be gains in some areas. 

McClay says we'll be banging our drum for fairness and...

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Almost 40 years and counting, highly prolific kiwi singer-songwriter Greg Johnson is still going. 

Those decades were packed with awards and albums, the thirteenth of which, ‘Thunder in Fall’, is releasing tomorrow. 

The album's first single was released back in December, 'Rooster Tail’ inspired by the sight of a rocket launched at sunset and the trail of smoke coming down. 

Johnson t...

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The Kiwis have a new coach. 

Rugby League legend Stacey Jones has officially been given the role, having served as assistant coach from 2018 to 2023. 

Former Kiwis player Richie Barnett told Mike Hosking while Wayne Bennett was a well-liked option, it’s time for the Kiwis to have a kiwi leading the charge. 

He said the roster he’s coaching is probably the most impressive one we’ve had...

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It's one of life's oddity's when it comes to things playing out publicly, that what might have exploded one day, doesn’t on another. 

The tragedy of Efeso Collins quite rightly became yesterday's political story, and in doing so, saved Ginny Anderson from greater scrutiny and, perhaps, embarrassment. 

The house was paused after speeches. Mark Mitchell quite rightly didn’t want to talk about it give...

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The Commerce Minister is in talks with Air New Zealand and Auckland Airport about their latest stoush over redevelopment plans. 

The airline claims the plans will make airfares five times more expensive by 2032, but the airport says it hasn't made any pricing decisions beyond 2027. 

Commerce Minister Andrew Bayly says he's awaiting the outcome of a Commerce Commission review into airport pricing de...

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The Chief Ombudsman says Oranga Tamariki needs to start getting the basics right. 

In his latest report, Peter Boshier details distressing themes from an investigation of two thousand complaints over four-years. 

He says there were frequent instances of reports of concern not being acted on, nor being reported correctly.  

Boshier told Mike Hosking that Oranga Tamariki's legislation i...

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Synlait Milk is warning of a potential net loss in its half year results. 

The independent milk processor is projecting a 17-to-21-million-dollar loss for the six months to June, down from a net profit of $4.8 million from the same period last year. 

It's putting the loss down to rising interest rates and operational costs and lower margins 

Ashburton-based Synlait supplier Willy Lefe...

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Emotions are running high after the death of Green MP Efeso Collins. 

The 49-year-old died after collapsing at a charity event in Auckland yesterday. 

Community leader David Letele was at the event and told Mike Hosking that he spent yesterday reflecting. 

He spent the day with his family because life is fragile, and we have to treasure every moment. 

Parliament has adjo...

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Australia and New Zealand are going head-to-head today in the T20 opener in Wellington. 

The city is expecting the largest crowd for a cricket game in almost a decade, over 22,000 fans expected to attend. 

Black Caps coach Gary Stead told Mike Hosking that the Australians place them under a lot of pressure, so the key is absorbing it for extended periods of time and then finding opportunities to re...

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There are several questions you can ask about Grant Robertson bailing now. 

1) Why not on the night, or shortly afterwards? 

He seemed to give some indication post-election he would hang around for a while to see how things were travelling. 

But the clue was there last year when he pretended that you couldn’t be a Finance Minister and an electorate MP at the same time, despite having ...

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Businesses are being warned supply disruptions are set to continue due to an uncertain global environment. 

The Productivity Commission's final report before funding moves to the new Ministry for Regulation, warns that disruptions could impact thousands of jobs. 

Modelling shows that wars, new tech, and oil price rises could see GDP go down from 1.4% to 7.5%. 

Mainfreight Managing Dir...

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Labour’s police spokeswoman, Ginny Andersen, claims Police Minister Mark Mitchell was “paid to kill people” and has asked him whether he kept a “tally of how many you shot” while providing private military services in Iraq. 

Mitchell says Andersen’s comments are “outrageous” and she should apologise. Andersen refused. 

The pair appeared on Newstalk ZB this morning for thei...

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