Episodes
For a nation world famous for its dairy produce, a growing number of New Zealanders are choosing milk alternatives. If you're thinking about trying them, how do you choose? Taste is important, but what's the healthiest, and is it sustainably produced? Reporter Louise Ternouth and camera operator Marika Khabazi investigate. [embed] https://players.brightcove.net/6093072280001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6310757012112
Published 08/12/22
When Heathline was overwhelmed with Covid calls last year, leaving people waiting hours on hold, Māori health workers picked up the phones to save lives. Today three iwi organisations from Te Ika-a-Māui signed an agreement with New Zealand Telehealth Services, to make sure calls are answered. Sam Olley was at the ceremony.
Published 08/12/22
Developers who go big on rental blocks - can now get tax relief if they offer homes to tenants for 10 years. The government package announced today applies to new and existing build-to-rent developments of 20 or more units. And they only have to offer 10 years - tenants can say no and leave with 58 days notice. I asked the Housing Minister Megan Woods how it will work. [embed] https://players.brightcove.net/6093072280001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6310755695112
Published 08/12/22
The Mongrel Mob was born out of state-run institutions for teens in the 1960s, the very institutions that are under the spotlight for mistreating children in their care. In recent years the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care has probed these state and faith-based set-ups. But there's a sense gang members have been reluctant to engage, something the Waikato chapter of the Mongrel Mob is out to change. Jimmy Ellingham has the story.
Published 08/12/22
News from the business sector, including a market report. [embed] https://players.brightcove.net/6093072280001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6310756079112
Published 08/12/22
A fake doctor who worked at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital has the whole health sector on alert. Yuvaraj Krishnan worked in the hospital's respiratory unit for six months. The Ministry, Health Minister and Middlemore and are remaining tight-lipped while a police investigation is underway. Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand says it was already considering clear, standard employment practices for hospitals around the country, but acknowledges they need to be robust. Sam Hazledine is the founder...
Published 08/12/22
It's crunch time for the All Blacks this weekend especially coach Ian Foster. The side's lost five of their last six tests and New Zealand Rugby's hardly been glowing in its support of Foster, meaning lose this weekend and it could be all over for him. Reporter Leonard Powell popped out to ask people if they would be watching the game at 3am this Sunday. And RNZ sports reporter Clay Wilson talks to Nick Truebridge. [embed]...
Published 08/12/22
The Prime Minister is disputing claims bullying is rampant in the halls of power after Labour backbencher Gaurav Sharma hit 'go' on an explosive column in the NZ Herald. The Labour MP for Hamilton West - has laid low since penning the column alleging a bullying conspiracy that goes all the way up to the ninth floor. Our political reporter Anneke Smith has more.
Published 08/12/22
Leo Molloy has quit the race to become the next mayor of Auckland, and has gone down fighting. Declaring 'cowboys don't cry', the self proclaimed 'hospo legend' says he's realised he can't win, after a poll showed he was third - behind Efeso Collins and Wayne Brown. Fronting the media this afternoon, holding a Heineken in his hand, he's gone out firing shots at anyone and everyone. He caught up with Nick Truebridge. [embed]...
Published 08/12/22
Demand for puppies during lockdown and beyond has seen an explosion of backyard breeders, not all of them good. That's according to industry association Dogs NZ. SPCA inspectors seized a number of designer dogs, reportedly more than 20, after executing a search warrant at Christchurch property yesterday. It follows one of the largest prosecutions in the SPCA's history last month; two German Shepherd breeders have been banned from owning animals for a decade. Dogs NZ director Steven Thompson...
Published 08/11/22
Auckland Transport has admitted that a T3 transit lane on Remuera Rd was made open to all traffic on weekends more than two years ago, but the sign restricting traffic has remained until July 2022.  The T3 transit lane was initially a trial. The trial ended in May 2020, but the sign restricting traffic on weekends remained for more than two years.  Auckland Transport head of transport and parking compliance Rick Bidgood told Checkpoint no vehicles have been ticketed for driving in the lane on...
Published 08/11/22
Musicians set to play at a council-run Wellington festival in the capital have been calling out organisers for cutting their pay. A number of musicians, who were meant to play a cancelled show last year, say they were offered less money for this summer's gig because of an increase in supply costs. The Wellington City Council admits it made a mistake and is vowing to make things right. Rosie Gordon reports.
Published 08/11/22
News from the business sector, including a market report. [embed] https://players.brightcove.net/6093072280001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6310713301112
Published 08/11/22
Crowds gathered at Auckland International Airport today to welcome home the first lot of New Zealand athletes after a record breaking Commonwealth Games. The athletes are bringing back the most medals ever won by New Zealand at an away games. Finn Blackwell was there.
Published 08/11/22
A petition has been delivered to Parliament, calling for the Russian ambassador to be expelled, and for New Zealand to sever diplomatic relations. New Zealand's Ukrainian community, along with National, ACT, and the Greens, have repeatedly called for the Ambassador's expulsion. But the government maintains sanctions are still the best course of action. Here's political reporter Giles Dexter.
Published 08/11/22
Up to 40 former Air New Zealand workers made redundant during Covid are yet to be hired back despite the airline cutting its flight schedule due to staffing issues. The national carrier's had its highest rates of crew sickness in more than a decade leading to fight cancellations. It is cutting back its domestic and international schedules to 90 percent of pre-Covid capacity for the next six months - including the busy summer holiday period, to ensure it has backup crew to step in. The changes...
Published 08/11/22
The debilitating effects of identity fraud committed by a drug-using former Waka Kotahi contract worker have robbed a man of his corporate career and left his credit rating in ruins. David Kerr's details were stolen from a transport agency system by David Allan Davies, who then ran up $26,000 of debt in Mr Kerr's name. Today Davies was jailed for more than two years. Our Manawatū reporter Jimmy Ellingham was in court.
Published 08/11/22
Te Tai Tokerau children finishing primary school have the worst tooth decay in the country. But the Far North mayor says the new compulsory fluoridation order is mystifying him, and happening too fast, and he still doesn't know how his council's going to pay for it. Sam Olley was at the district council's hui today.
Published 08/11/22
Middlemore Hospital is apologising to patients who were seen by a man pretending to be a doctor there for six months. A criminal investigation has been launched after the man was able to work there, seeing patients, without the proper qualifications. The hospital, now part of Te Whatu Ora/Health NZ is investigating, including contacting every patient he saw. Health correspondent Rowan Quinn joins Lisa Owen with the details.  
Published 08/11/22
Career firefighters at one of the country's busiest stations say they're clocking hundreds of hours in emergency overtime while struggling with faulty equipment, long hours, and a lack of trauma training.  The Professional Firefighters Union has given notice of one-hour national stoppages at the end of month after failed negotiations with Fire and Emergency New Zealand.  FENZ says the proposed strike is disappointing after a new offer to increase firefighters' pay by 8 to 19 percent in the...
Published 08/10/22
Strawberries atop a pavlova has usually been a sign of summer and Christmas in Aotearoa, but not anymore. A New Zealand strawberry company has the fruit on the shelves already, and it is only August.
Published 08/10/22
National MP Sam Uffindell denies he terrified a flatmate by beating on her bedroom door and screaming obscenities until she fled through a window, but he has admitted beating a younger student when he was a boarder at King's College. He says, though, that boarding schools were full of 'rough and tumble' in the 1990s. So was violence and bullying really par for the course? And if it was, has anything changed? Ella Stewart reports.
Published 08/10/22
Tourism operators say a new plan to address the industry's workforce woes is spot on, but they want the rubber to hit the road, not just rhetoric. Historically the tourism and hospitality industries have copped a bad reputation for offering low wages, long hours and uncertainty. Today, Tourism Minister Stuart Nash unveiled a vision of how to change that perception, improve conditions and strengthen the workforce through regenerative tourism. Tourism reporter Tess Brunton has more.
Published 08/10/22
News from the business sector, including a market report. [embed] https://players.brightcove.net/6093072280001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6310668783112
Published 08/10/22
Online messaging app SnapChat's launched a new tool that allows parents to snoop on their kids - checking who their online mates are and who they're messaging. But it stops short of revealing the content of the conversations. And your teens have to agree to it. SnapChat also plans to introduce content control for parents. To discuss the ins and outs is NetSafe’s Sean Lyons.
Published 08/10/22