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.


March 29, 2023 3 min

The Government is about to unveil five new options for a second Waitemata Harbour crossing.

The Government has announced it's bringing forward construction of the crossing, likely a tunnel, to the 2020s.

Prime Minister Chris Hipkins will also talk about how the ways they would link up with Auckland Light Rail.

Auckland Business Chamber Chief Executive Simon Bridges told Mike Hosking they want to see more than a scenario launch.


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A law expert says there's no indication Stuart Nash's mistakes amount to political corruption.

Communications from Nash are going under the microscope, with Prime Minister Chris Hipkins ordering a formal review.

It follows the discovery that he discussed a confidential Cabinet decision with two former political donors in 2020.

Nash has been stripped off all Ministerial portfolios, but intends to stay on as Napier's MP.

Otago Un...

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Plans are in the works to cut back on the use of paper in the justice system.

NZ Herald's Open Justice reports the Te Au Reka project will be progressively introduced this year, to create a fully digital document and case management system.

It includes prisoners having devices in their cells to contact their lawyers and people being able to use online portals to interact with the justice system.

Corrections Association President...

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The pandemic may have played a part in what seems to be soaring labour productivity in New Zealand.

Stats NZ data shows in the year ended March 2022, productivity rose 2.2 percent, the fastest rate in over a decade.

This comes in a tight labour market with unemployment sitting at 3.4 percent.

Iron Duke Partners Managing Director Phil O'Reilly told Mike Hosking the rise may be a flow-on effect of Covid - as the Auckland and Delta...

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There's a small sense of satisfaction for me as the second quarterly monitoring report from the Commerce Commission came out on the petrol industry.

Do you remember the Commerce Commission and the petrol industry? We were being fleeced by them, so a market study was conducted and, for better or worse, nothing really came out of it.

There was a little bit of loosening when it came to access at wholesale level and some signs to be ...

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Claims dismissing Stuart Nash was black and white.

The Napier MP emailed donors about private cabinet information around a 2020 rent relief package.

He's been stripped of his ministerial roles in Forestry, Economic Development and Oceans and Fisheries.

Nash had already received two strikes for past transgressions, which led him to resign as Police Minister.

Labour Party Cabinet Minister Megan Woods told Mike Hosking this isn't ...

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In 2022, Kiwis spent almost 20 million hours waiting for customer services.

With 19.7 million people contacting customer services, that equates to an average of just under 8 hours per person, with many saying that in itself is something to complain about.

ServiceNow NZ Country Manager Kate Tulp joined Mike Hosking.


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Since 2019, New Zealand's litter problem has only gotten worse.

The 2022 National Litter Audit found a 72 percent increase in plastic since 2019.

While construction waste, when totalled nationally, was the largest contributor to litter weight overall.

However, there was a drop in the number of cigarette butts found.

Keep New Zealand Beautiful CEO Heather Saunderson joined Mike Hosking.




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New Zealand appears to be edging closer to a recession, with some regions faster than others.

BusinessNZ's latest Planning Forecast suggests the country's on track for a mild recession, with interest rates rising and retail sales falling.

It says employers are still finding it difficult to fill roles due to the tight labour market.

Chief Executive Kirk Hope told Mike Hosking while not all regions are being equally affected, the ...

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A view Stuart Nash has gained nothing from leaking government information.

It's emerged the Napier MP emailed donors about private Cabinet information around a 2020 rent relief package.

Nash had already received two strikes for past transgressions, which led him to resign as Police Minister.

Peter Dunne, who's served in cabinets in both Labour and National governments, told Mike Hosking there's no suggestion the leak gained him ...

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A much-needed adjustment has come to a key piece of legislation for disrupting gang activity.

The Government has tweaked the Criminal Proceeds Act, which means a gang associate now has to prove their assets were acquired legitimately, or face them being frozen.

It's estimated to return an additional $25 million annually, which will help fund programmes that target organised crime.

Justice Minister Kiri Allan told Mike Hosking th...

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Public servants jumping roles may have melted the Government's pay freeze.

The policy that was introduced for high-paid public servants during the Covid-19 pandemic has now ended.

During the freeze, workers on high salaries could only receive pay rises under "exceptional circumstances".

New Zealand Initiative Chief Economist Eric Crampton told Mike Hosking people have been moving to different ministries to get a pay increase.


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It's hard to know where to start with Marama Davidson.

It all came crashing down, as it was always going to, but with a number of strands as to how it played out.

Firstly, what she said was unforgivable. It is everything the Green Party should not be.

It is everything that keeps them stuck at five or six percent in the polls as it has nothing to do with the environment and everything to do with mad social engineering.


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Are you ready to have your mind blown?

Brian Greene is a theoretical physicist who has been described as the "single best explainer of abstruse concepts in the world".

The co-founder of the World Science Festival, his books have sold more than two million copies and spent 65 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

He's coming to the country very soon as part of an Australasia tour and Brian Greene joined Mike Hosking.


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Over the next year or so around 60 percent of households will need to refinance their mortgages at higher rates.

With 50 percent of the value of existing fixed rate loans due to be repriced, with another 10 percent on floating interest terms.

Infometrics principal economist Brad Olsen joined Mike Hosking.



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Students are calling for more education around the impact of student debt.

Student loan living costs have increased by more than $100 a week over the past six years.

On Saturday, April 1, that amount will rise by just over $20 to $302 a week.

For students borrowing the maximum amount, that's more than $15,000 dollars a year.

New Zealand Union of Students' Associations President Ellen Dixon says student debt isn't talked about e...

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The Prime Minister says Marama Davidson's comments at the Auckland counter-protest for Posie Parker are regrettable.

The Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence said most violence is caused by white cis men, cis meaning the gender a person's born with.

She's now clarified, removing white and cis, saying when she spoke, she was in shock after being hit by a motorbike.

Chris Hipkins told Mike Hosking he accepts h...

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Three domestic terror attacks prevented by New Zealand's spy agencies have shown the complex scale of threats the country is facing.

GCSB boss Andrew Hampton has revealed how its capabilities were used in three counter-terrorism operations

They included a person making bomb threats last year and increasingly concerning behaviour online from a white extremist.

Disinformation Project Director Kate Hannah told Mike Hosking it's dif...

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France is preparing for further political unrest

President Macron is not backing down following huge protests against a controversial pension law pushed through parliament without a vote last week.

It will lift the retirement age from 62 to 64.

Paris correspondent Catherine Field says the Minister of the Interior has just briefed the public on what to expect for upcoming demonstrations.

She says there will be 15,000 Police on p...

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David Seymour says if he were Prime Minister he would have sacked Marama Davidson after comments at the Auckland counter-protest to Posie Parker.

The Minister for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence said most violence is caused by white cis men, cis meaning the gender a person's born with.

She's now clarified, removing white and cis, saying when she spoke, she was in shock after being hit by a motorbike.

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