RNZ: The Detail

RNZ: The Detail

The news, explained. Join Sharon Brettkelly & Emile Donovan every weekday as they make sense of the big stories with the country’s best journalists and experts. Made possible by RNZ & NZ On Air.

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May 11, 2021 21 min
Need an extra bit of cash? Here's a look at whether side hustles are worth it.
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The unemployment rate has defied the expectations of economists, banks and Treasury. Is it hiding the reality of the job situation, or did the wage subsidy save us? 
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Labour's announcement of a public service wage freeze took everyone by surprise. Was it a party taking aim at its traditional support base, or a minister losing control of the narrative? 
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Once again rabbits are on the verge of causing an ecological disaster in parts of New Zealand that will cost us hundreds of millions.
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May 5, 2021 20 min
Celebrate being average. After all, it's not terrible. 
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?Long awaited reforms on hate speech have gone before Cabinet - and they're stirring up unease and discontent.
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The post-Covid rich list is different to NBR's previous yearly efforts. In 2021, ranking wealthy New Zealanders also means measuring what they give back.?
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The Covid-19 crisis in India is so bad it's been called the 'invisible terrorist'. It's also split families in New Zealand and is causing huge heartache.?
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April 29, 2021 22 min
An obituary is about life, not death. Writing them is a special art. 
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April 28, 2021 23 min
Much has been said about New Zealand's construction costs contributing to our housing crisis. But there are reasons for soaring prices - and no easy solutions. 
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Why do we pay mega-subsidies to international movie giants to come to New Zealand to film? Is it really worth it? 
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The Waikeria Prison fires are out, the excitement's died down, the protesters charged. But that's not the end of the repercussions, with three inquiries underway and civil actions launched. 
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April 22, 2021 22 min
The government's newly announced health plan heralds a massive change in the system. But commentators say its success depends on what's in the detail.
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 Nearly two weeks after voting, Samoans still don't know if their leader of 22 years will be ousted by his former deputy. 
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A new skirmish in the war against tobacco aims to stub out a whole new generation of smokers.
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Trans-Tasman quarantine-free flights are back on - as New Zealand's vaccination rollout's been described as shambolic, and Australia's as a failure. 
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The Dawn Raids of the 1970s carry a shameful legacy to this day - and those who haven't forgotten, want an apology. 
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The biggest shift in public broadcasting is being mulled over by a government-appointed group. But is such a unification desirable, or even necessary? 
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Facebook protests that its new algorithm that curates your newsfeed is just a mirror reflecting yourself back at you. If that's the case, says one digital expert, it's a funhouse mirror. 
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A marina at picturesque Kennedy Point on Waiheke Island is the scene of a massive battle - and work has started in spite of a looming Supreme Court decision. 
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