Consume This

Consume This

Consume This is a Gold Award-winning podcast. It’s brought to you by Consumer NZ, hosted by Jon Duffy and Sophie Richardson. Our goal is to help you navigate the increasingly complex world we live in. For the most part we all want to make good, well-informed decisions, but it can be difficult to know what they are. We’re constantly bombarded with conflicting articles, news bulletins, social media posts and research reports. Throw in marketing and ad campaigns and it’s practically impossible to keep up. You can’t be an expert in everything. You shouldn’t have to be. And let’s face it, you’ve got other things to be getting on with. That’s where we come in. Consume This is designed – or as one of those ad campaigns would say, specially formulated – to provide you with impartial, entertaining and actionable information. We cover the topics that you’ve told us you care about. Things that will actually make your life better and provide a window into our culture along the way. All the views and opinions expressed in the programme are the hosts’ own and do not represent those of any employers, institutions or organisations they are affiliated with, unless explicitly stated. At least for Sophie, Jon's the Consumer CE so... All views and opinions are expressed in good faith. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

Episodes

December 14, 2023 19 mins

Sophie Stewart unpacks why the sun is so strong in Aotearoa, and how we can protect ourselves. In this episode she's joined by:

Christina Baldarelli, NIWA's Olaf Morgenstern, and University of Otago researcher Bronwen McNoe.


This episode was made possible in part with support from the Ministry of Health.


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Journalist Bernard Hickey joins Jon Duffy on this episode of Consume This to discuss, competition, scams, and why we all deserve better from our banks.


As part of this podcast for a limited time Consumer NZ members can get 50% off a full subscription to Bernards independent media platform The Kaka. You can find all the details of that offer here.


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November 7, 2023 27 mins

Toothbrushing is one of the most important things you can do for your oral health. Done right it takes just four minutes a day, can save endless pain, and thousands of dollars. Because let’s face it, the only thing that might worse than the excruciating, eye popping pain of a toothache is forking over an entire pay packet to the dentist...


On this episode of Consume This we take on the latest New Zealand Health Survey Data to un...

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September 17, 2023 30 mins

In 1947, the small west coast town of Greymouth came together to fight an increase in the price of beer. Their boycott of the local pubs lasted four and a half months, was ultimately a success, and became the first major consumer action in our history.  


In this episode Jon Duffy & Sophie Stewart look back at the history of Consumer action in Aotearoa, unpick Consumer NZs role in it, and look towards our future.&nb...

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August 14, 2023 64 mins

Former Prime Minister Dame Jenny Shipley sits down with Consume This producer Tom and Powerswitch manager Paul Fuge to discuss the future of New Zealand's electricity sector.


In this exclusive episode, Shipley shares her insights on the Bradford reforms, gentailers, and the need for a more sustainable energy future. She also weighs in on the controversial issue of nuclear power, and offers her thoughts on how New Zealand can mee...

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Consume This hosts a pre-election panel debate featuring the leaders of four of New Zealand's major political parties.

ACT MP Damian Smith, Green Party MP Julie Anne Genter, Labour Party MP leader Ingrid Leary, and National Party MP Andrew Bayly will fiercely debate the cost of living crisis, the environment and greenwashing, transport, and more.


This is a must-listen episode if you want to know what the major political parties...

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July 19, 2023 33 mins

This episode is part two of our examination of the electricity industry. We attempt to understand what changes we should make to the structure of our electricity market to keep it functioning well into the future.


Joining Jon Duffy in this high voltage episode are:

  • Paul Fuge - Manager of Powerswitch
  • Dame Jenny Shipley - Former Prime Minister
  • Max Bradford - Former Energy Minister
  • David Reeve & Steve Batstone - Whiteboard En...
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July 12, 2023 40 mins

Twenty-five years ago, sweeping reforms of New Zealand’s electricity sector promised us increased competition and lower prices. We look back to assess what we were promised against what was delivered…


Joining Jon Duffy in this high voltage episode are:

  • Paul Fuge - Manager of Powerswitch
  • Dame Jenny Shipley - Former Prime Minister
  • Max Bradford - Former Energy Minister
  • Geoff Bertram - Economist
  • David Reeve & Steve Batstone...
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July 5, 2023 41 mins

Jon Duffy & Sophie Stewart catch up with four of our favourite stories from previous seasons.


Starring:

Rachel from Scammed: How I Lost $100k On A Dating App

Toby Green from Bamboozled: Can We Kick The Plastic?

Thomas Swain from The Bank Of Mum & Dad

Vladimir Zdravkovich from My House Earns More Than Me


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The ability to access healthcare services is vital for the overall well-being of individuals. With the rapid development of technology, these services have evolved significantly over time, providing opportunities to expand access and improve healthcare delivery. 

Telehealth platforms have emerged as a prime example of this evolution, connecting patients and healthcare providers regardless of distance. Chair of the ‘NZ Telehealt...

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April 17, 2023 45 mins

In the aftermath of Cyclone Gabriel, Philip Barber, Paul Paynter, and Ben Duclercq faced an uncertain future. With their vineyards and farms left waterlogged and devastated, they have to make some difficult decisions. It’s a story of destruction, personal loss, and ultimately hope for the future. 


In this episode, you will be able to: 

  • Grasp the profound effects of Cyclone Gabriel on Hawke's Bay agricultur...
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On this episode we explore the “Therapeutic Products Bill” and the impact the proposed new legislation will have on natural health products, supplements, their consumers and the people who make them. 


We want to know what you think about these supplements and the proposed regulation, so for the first time ever we open the Consume This phone lines and take your calls! 


The full “Therapeutic Products Bill”, all 4...

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February 12, 2023 34 mins

Sophie Richardson unpacks how a lack of regulation led to Aotearoa developing a world leading youth vaping problem. We examine how our vaping rates compare to the rest of the world, why, and what we can do about it. Featuring the story of Ollie* a 17 year old former schoolyard vape dealer who picked up the habit at just 11 years old. As well as contributions from public health and tobacco expert Candace Bagnall, and Onslow Col...

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December 14, 2022 31 mins

This episode takes you on a trip into the world of harm reduction and illegal-drug checking clinics. Aotearoa is the first country in the world to explicitly legalise these testing services. We also link up with James*. He has a mysterious brown powder which was sold as MDMA, but is it? There’s only one way to find out... We attend a testing session with 'Know Your Stuff' to get it checked. We also find out what evidence there...

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September 26, 2022 28 mins

Jon Duffy & Sophie Richardson are joined by Consumer NZ advocate Aneleise Gawn. She talks us through the recently launched "Flight Rights" campaign and answers your airline related questions.


If your flight is delayed or cancelled for reasons within an airline’s control, such as staffing, operational or mechanical issues, you have rights under the Civil Aviation Act (CAA). But airlines aren’t required to tell you about ...

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July 21, 2022 7 mins

Consume This hosts Jon Duffy & Sophie Richardson recap on season two and share some of their favourite moments from the episodes.


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If you have any feedback or anything you'd like us to cover in season three we'd love to hear from you. You can get in touch via podcasts@co...

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July 14, 2022 36 mins

How much information should a landlord or property manager ask for? In this episode we delve into the thorny issue of power imbalance in the New Zealand residential rental market. Plus what can go wrong when your sensitive information isn't protected.


Host Sophie Richardson is joined by Jackie Adams the Compliance & Enforcement Manager at the Office Of The Privacy Commissioner, Ashok Jacob from Renters United, David Pearse f...

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June 23, 2022 29 mins

Consume This presents a special one off bonus episode recorded live at the Wellington Museum. It's a panel discussion and Q&A which was held as part of our stakeholder engagement event.


The panel is hosted by Sophie Richardson and features Toby Green, Kena Duignan & Paul Smith.


Slight correction: at around 5'45 Kena says that the Hauora Kai Co-Op supplies 11,000 whānau. This should be 1,100.



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What do retailers did with nearly new, but faulty, small appliances? If they are repaired, it’s not obvious where they are resold. If they aren’t repaired, where do they end up? We use GPS trackers to follow a dead fridge and faulty food mixers to their final destinations. Follow our journey to see where the broken appliances end up.


In this episode host Jon Duffy is joined by Consumer NZ 'Product Test Manager' Paul Smith, as we...

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What do retailers did with nearly new, but faulty, small appliances? If they are repaired, it’s not obvious where they are resold. If they aren’t repaired, where do they end up? We use GPS trackers to follow a dead fridge and faulty food mixers to their final destinations. Follow our journey to see where the broken appliances end up.


In this episode host Jon Duffy is joined by Consumer NZ 'Product Test Manager' Paul Smith, Porir...

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