Episodes
As the National Party works to rebuild its reputation with the New Zealand public, its former leader has made a Covid-19 comeback criticising the government's pandemic response. But as political reporter Charlie Dreaver reports, it's unclear whether Sir John Key's war of words will help or hamper Judith Collins' precarious position as leader.
Published 09/27/21
Door-to-door Covid-19 testing in Auckland is being seen as a way to help Auckland out of a costly lockdown. Mobile testing vans have been visiting suburbs where the virus has been circulating, and knocking on doors to offer tests and vaccines. A public health expert says it's a good use of resources and should be expanded. Jordan Bond reports.
Published 09/27/21
For businesses home isolation will be a game changer; employees can get overseas and back without having to compete for a spot in MIQ. The government's revealed it will start a pilot scheme next month - capped at 150 people who must be citizens and fully vaccinated. The criteria will be announced on Wednesday with expressions of interest opening on Thursday. Frost Fans - which provides equipment around the world to protect crops - is keen. Chief executive Andrew Priest talks to Lisa Owen.
Published 09/27/21
Labour and National have both taken a hit in the latest One News Colmar-Brunton poll - with the Act Party proving the big winner. Tonight's poll puts Labour at 43 percent - down 3 - and National at 26 percent - also down 3. Act are at 14 percent - up 5 points. The Green Party on 8 percent - no change there. As for preferred Prime Minister - Jacinda Ardern is still in the lead on 44 percent - but she's down 4 points, while Judith Collins falls behind David Seymour - who is on 11 percent. Our...
Published 09/27/21
The government's plans to transfer control of water infrastructure from councils to a new agency took another blow on Monday. The proposal has already been rejected by the country's largest council, Auckland, and this morning the next largest one, Christchurch, formally registered its disapproval. Conan Young reports.
Published 09/27/21
As Aotearoa looks to the future of its Covid-19 response, there is increasing talk about how businesses will deal with mixing the vaccinated with the unvaccinated. Maybe it is a vaccine passport, but there are questions about the legality of enforcing it and who would hold responsibility - the government or businesses? Some of the big names in Wellington's hospitality scene are on the fence about it. Our reporter Jake McKee and cameraman Samuel Rillstone went to find out why.
Published 09/27/21
Right now MIQ is a bigger risk to business than Covid-19 according to a leading entrepreneur who's detailed an alternative isolation plan in a bid to get businesses travelling again. The boss of Animation Research, Sir Ian Taylor, believes companies can be trusted to manage their own strict home isolation freeing up spots in MIQ for other returning New Zealanders. Sir Ian says companies have trimmed back but some overseas travel is essential to keeping business ticking over and he has been...
Published 09/27/21
News from the business sector, including a market report. [embed] https://players.brightcove.net/6093072280001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6274379611001
Published 09/27/21
The former Ports of Auckland boss brought in lawyers to negotiate his exit payout of nearly $1 million, but any details as to why he was given the money remain under wraps. Auckland's Mayor Phil Goff is furious about the amount of money dished out to Tony Gibson and demanded a 'please explain' from the board. But that explanation has failed to ease tensions, with Goff saying it 'cannot be justified'. Nita Blake-Persen reports.  
Published 09/27/21
The South Island has not had a case of Covid-19 in the community for more than a year, despite that they woke today of news that another big event has been canned. Guns n' Roses called off their November tour, rescheduling it until December next year, but with no Dunedin show. Our Otago-Southland reporter, Timothy Brown, has more.
Published 09/27/21
Eden Park says it will struggle to stay commercially viable if vaccination rates in Auckland do not get close to 90 percent. As the prospect of summer crowds and concerts draw closer, major events are mulling how to keep punters Covid-19-free. For now, the country's largest ground has stopped short of saying it will require proof vaccination before entry. But it says promoters looking to use venues may have rules of their own. Our reporter Nick Truebridge and cameraman Nick Monro have the story.
Published 09/27/21
Home isolation is coming, but not quite yet and it is just for a select few. The Prime Minister floated the idea of a self isolation in pilot in August saying it would begin in October. Today Jacinda Ardern announced full details of the scheme are coming on Wednesday and expressions of interest will open from Thursday.
Published 09/27/21
The emergency contraceptive pill, or morning after pill, normally comes at a cost of at least $40 at New Zealand pharmacies. But across Northland, it is free. For the last two years, the DHB has fully funded consultations and dispensing of the ECP at three quarters of pharmacies, to reduce unwanted pregnancies. The contracts are now being renewed for at least another year. And as Sam Olley reports, pharmacists hope the initiative can go nationwide.
Published 09/24/21
The government has been handed a good report card for its work in the mental health system but has been criticised by the opposition for reviewing itself. The Implementation Unit is housed in the Prime Minister's own department - was set up to monitor the government's delivery on a small number of critical projects. Our political reporter Anneke Smith has more.
Published 09/24/21
Cook Islands' tourism industry is facing a blow from New Zealand's outbreak. It's been five and a half weeks since Aotearoa went into lockdown and most Kiwi visitors who planned to wait it out, have now returned from the Cook Islands. Now, Cook Island businesses are relying on government grants to stay afloat as the tourism industry faces an uncertain future. RNZ Pacific's Eleisha Foon has the story.
Published 09/24/21
The wage subsidies bill for the latest lockdowns across Aotearoa has reached $2.5 billion, but requests for support are dropping as restrictions ease. Nita Blake-Persen has the story. 
Published 09/24/21
The Silver Ferns face a mammoth task to hold onto the Taini Jamison Trophy when they take on England in the deciding Test in Christchurch tonight. The Ferns confirmed this afternoon that injury has ruled out both their captain and vice-captain from the must-win clash. After taking the first Test by six, the Roses beat the Ferns by 10 two nights ago and will fancy their chances again, against a depleted New Zealand side. Sports reporter Bridget Tunnicliffe is in Christchurch.  
Published 09/24/21
Christchurch Airport has today released analysis showing Tarras - a small Central Otago farming settlement - can support an international airport. The airport - which is owned by Christchurch City Council and the Crown - bought 750 hectares of farmland in the area last year. But, as Timothy Brown reports, the findings don't mean the proposal is ready for take off yet.
Published 09/24/21
News from the business sector, including a market report.
Published 09/24/21
Heading out for a jog this weekend? Spare a thought for Nick Ashill, because by the time you roll out of bed he will probably have been running 24 hours straight. The Victoria University marketing professor and ultra-marathon runner is raising money for the Asthma and Respiratory foundation as part of Breathe Better September. Pretty impressive for a man severely injured in a hit and run in the US four years ago. He rolled out at 9am Friday, running a 6km loop, and he will not finish up until...
Published 09/24/21
The government wants to introduce tougher safety rules for adventure activity operators, in response to the deadly 2019 Whakaari eruption. Forty-seven people - most of them tourists - were on the island when it erupted and 22 were killed while others were seriously injured. Our reporter Samantha Gee has the story.
Published 09/24/21
Police have issued a warning to Aucklanders ahead of the weekend - level 3 is not level free. As the city faces its first weekend with slightly looser restrictions, police are reminding those in Tāmaki Makaurau to not be tempted to burst the bubble. This comes after arrests were made at border checkpoints yesterday. Checkpoint reporter Louise Ternouth is at Auckland's Mission Bay.
Published 09/24/21
The man accused of murdering and sexually violating a woman with Down Syndrome on her morning walk in clear daylight appeared in court today, entering no plea and keeping his name secret. Twenty-seven-year-old Lena Zhang Harrap went missing on her Wednesday morning walk in the Auckland suburb of Mount Albert, and her body was found among trees that afternoon. Early this morning a 31-year-old was arrested and charged with her murder. Her family today released a statement saying they are...
Published 09/24/21
Auckland has cracked a vaccination milestone; 81 percent of the eligible population's had one dose of Pfizer. There is a push this weekend to get more vaccinated. The carrot is a possible alert level shift when Cabinet meets on October 4 with Te Pirimia Jacinda Ardern hinting the chances could be better if the city hits 90 percent with a single dose of Pfizer. But Māori and Pasifika are way behind in the statistics. Ko taku manuhiri inaianei ko Dr Anthony Jordan from the Northern Regional...
Published 09/24/21
Some of the country's most prominent Covid-19 minds are calling on the government to radically rethink the managed isolation and quarantine setup in Auckland. The current outbreak, which has seen Auckland locked down for five and a half weeks and counting, is believed to have leaked out of MIQ in the middle of the CBD. The link has not been nailed down but health officials believe Delta escaped into the community through a traveller from New South Wales, who checked in to MIQ at the Crowne...
Published 09/24/21