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 28, 2024 12 mins

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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Nearly 40 years on, Crowded House is still going strong. 

The band was formed in Australia back in 1986, with kiwi Neil Finn and Aussies Paul Hester and Nick Seymour at the helm. 

After more than two years since they last released original music, Crowded House has just dropped their new single ‘Oh Hi’. 

The single is part of their 8th studi...

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With the Trade Minister off at the World Trade Organisation meeting in Abu Dhabi, there’s been a call for an immediate capping of agricultural subsidies. 

This, along with an urgent request to reduce them, aims to prevent and correct production and trade distortion. 

Adjunct Professor at Lincoln University, Dr Jacqueline Rowarth, told Mike Hosking that subsidies stop innovation. 

She ...

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Napier Port says this summer cruise season is expected to be its busiest ever.  

It's had 72 cruise visits this season, with another 17 bookings coming up in the months through to April.  

That translates to more than 130,000 visitors.  

CEO Todd Dawson says this year will be their record, which is very welcome after Covid-19 and Cyclone Gabrielle cutting the season short last year.

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The Prime Minister says the Government is heavily invested in education and knows it needs to step it up.  

It's launching a three-month inquiry into school building projects that it says has expectations beyond the scope of delivery.  

So far 20 projects have been put on hold, with up to 350 up in the air.  

Christopher Luxon says the highly bespoke additions tacked on to projects ha...

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Jan Tinetti has defended the previous Government's spending on school property, saying they had the funding factored into their budget.  

Labour's education spokesperson says the projects being stopped were already funded through appropriation.   

Tinetti told Mike Hosking that the communication of the ministry has been strong.  

She says this is setting the Ministry of Education up t...

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gangs he wanted to introduce, but which others wouldn’t progress due to fears they would unfairly target Māori. 

Last year the Labour government changed the Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Act to allow police to seize gang leaders’ property, such as cars and bikes, if valued over $30,000 and if it could not be proven they were paid for legitimately. 

But then-police minister Nash wanted the threshold ...

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Popeyes is set to appear in Auckland's Takanini in April.

Auckland University nutritionist Sally Mackay told Mike Hosking that it's another addition to an already saturated fast food market.

She doesn't think New Zealand needs any more fast food chains, but the market will dictate whether that's the case.



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Fresh strikes on Houthi sites in Yemen have been carried out by US and UK fighter jets over the weekend.

The Pentagon says fighter jets carried out strikes on 18 Houthi targets in eight different locations.

Underground weapons and missile storage facilities of the Iran-linked group were targeted - as they continue to attack shipping in the region.

Former US lieutenant Daniel L. Davis told Mike Hosking that the Houthis won't be a...

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