Episodes
It's Friday so we cross the ditch to Canberra to talk to our correspondent Kerry-Anne Walsh.
Published 07/02/20
Dire concerns are being raised about the early training ground for future Black Caps. Those involved in youth cricket are frustrated by what they say is a lack of attention from the national body towards the secondary school coaching system. New Zealand Cricket agrees there is a problem, but says they are addressing it. Clay Wilson reports.
Published 07/02/20
Summer may be a thing of the past especially given the frost most of the country woke up to. But if you'd like to revist warmer times with a nostalgic BBQ in your puffer jacket, hat and gloves or prepare that winter staple of bangers and mash and maybe want to try something new. The Vegan Society has been working its way through plant-based sausages on sale here to find the best on offer. From the 30 entrants from around 20 different companies Grater Goods took home the NZ title. Their...
Published 07/02/20
Hamish Thompson, who runs the consultancy 'Heard vs Herd', says politicians borrow such phrases from their counterparts overseas. Every year he compiles a "vexicon" - a lexicon of vexxing political language. Corin Dann spoke to him and started with the popularity and constant deployment of "that's a great question".
Published 07/02/20
Despite changes allowing more people to come into the country many couples and families are still stranded on either side of the border. The government has relaxed the rules so partners and children of citizens and residents as well as those with some types of visas are now allowed in. But some don't meet that criteria. Chen Liu reports.
Published 07/02/20
A brief update of movements in the financial sector.
Published 07/02/20
At least five North-Island iwi will be severely affected by new restrictions to protect endangered dolphins.  The new rules will - from October - extend areas where set-netting and trawling is illegal.  There are concerns that could undermine the Crown's obligation to protect Māori fisheries under the Treaty of Waitangi.  Te Aniwa Hurihanganui reports.  
Published 07/02/20
Chris Hipkins has picked up the health portfolio alongside his Minister of Education role. Former Health Minister David Clark resigned from the role yesterday after a tumultuous few months. RNZ political editor Jane Patterson speaks to Susie Ferguson.
Published 07/02/20
Chris Hipkins, the Minister of Education, is now also the Minister of Health - at least until the September election. He replaces David Clark, who resigned on Wednesday after a tumultuous few months in the role. That leaves Hipkins, if only temporarily, in the unusual position of holding two of the largest ministerial portfolios, including the one most directly involved with dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. Hipkins speaks to Corin Dann.
Published 07/02/20
After a disastrous few months for Health Minister David Clark, Jacinda Ardern sat down with him late last week and gave him little option but to give up his seat at the Cabinet table. She'd already talked with Education Minister Chris Hipkins about taking over the job. For the second time in just months David Clark offered Ardern his resignation, but this time she accepted it. RNZ political reporter Jo Moir has this story.
Published 07/02/20
After a three month wait, a date has been set for the sentencing of Brenton Tarrant, the man responsible for this country's worst act of terrorism. In March Tarrant made a late guilty plea to 51 charges of murder, 40 of attempted murder and one under the Terrorism Suppression Act. They relate to the attacks on the Al Noor and Linwood mosques in March last year. Christchurch reporter, Conan Young has the details of the sentencing which will start on 24 August. He speaks to Susie Ferguson.
Published 07/02/20
The winter school holidays kick off tomorrow and tourism operators grappling with the loss of international visitors are hopeful that the break might ease their pain. Graeme Abbot is the general manager of the Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa and Trent Yeo is the general manager at Ziptrek Ecotours in Queenstown. They speak to Corin Dann.
Published 07/02/20
Teachers are using more sick days than usual in the wake of the lockdown. The Auckland Primary Principals Association says Covid-19 has made people a lot more conscientious about staying home. The association's president Stephen Lethbridge told RNZ Education Correspondent John Gerritsen both teachers and children are heeding schools' call to stay home if they are sick.
Published 07/02/20
Three influential New Zealand figures are urging the government to make a plan for how the border can gradually be reopened during in the time of Covid-19. The former New Zealand Chief Science Advisor Sir Peter Gluckman, former Prime Minister Helen Clark and ex-Air New Zealand chief executive Rob Fyfe believe an extended delay will cause huge damage to the economy. They say New Zealand needs to start thinking about what strategy will we use when opening the border up to more travellers. Sir...
Published 07/02/20
The Carillon Tower at the National War Memorial at Pukeahu in Wellington will remain closed to the public after a new detailed assessment confirmed it was quake prone. It reveals a third part of the building is at risk in an earthquake prone and the largest bell of the twelve bells in the tower, the 12 and a half tonne 'Peace' bell, is on a beam at risk of buckling. The tower has been closed to the public since February. Phil Pennington has been looking through the report. 
Published 07/02/20
After just a year at the Blues All Black's back Beauden Barrett is off to Japan. He has reportedly signed a multi-million deal with Japanese club Suntory and will move there in December. Rugby reporter Joe Porter speaks to Corin Dann.
Published 07/02/20
British socialite and heiress Ghislaine Maxwell, an ex-girlfriend of disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, is facing charges in the US after being arrested by the FBI. The six charges include enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts and two counts of perjury. She has denied any involvement in or knowledge of Epstein's alleged sexual misconduct. Epstein died in prison on 10 August as he awaited, without the chance of bail, his trial on sex trafficking charges. US correspondent...
Published 07/02/20
A man known as New Zealand's worst recidivist drunk driver has again appeared before the courts, this time for assaulting his former partner after drinking. Gavin Hawthorn has killed four people in drunken crashes. He's racked up a dozen offences related to driving under the influence, and nine previous assault convictions, including family violence. Yesterday he was sentenced to 12 months prison for bashing his partner but was almost immediately released from Rimutaka Prison under strict...
Published 07/02/20
The south of the South Island could be in line for new quarantine and managed isolation facilities, but Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker isn't happy about it. Walker put out a press release yesterday claiming 11,000 from high risk countries could end up in the region, specifically India, Korea and Pakistan, could be coming to town. The minister in charge of managed isolation facilities, Megan Woods, says she does not know where he got that number from. Dunedin mayor Aaron Hawkins speaks to...
Published 07/02/20
National's Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker is standing by his warning that southern quarantine hotels will be flooded with New Zealanders from India, Pakistan and Korea. The Government is looking at Queenstown and Dunedin as potential locations for isolation hotels and Walker says that means up to 11,000 people from high risk countries could end up in the region. The Minister in charge of the border controls Megan Woods is calling his comments disgraceful, scaremongering and racist and...
Published 07/02/20
All Black great Dan Carter will turn out for his Canterbury club this weekend. The Southbridge club has confirmed that the 112 test veteran will start at first-five in their home game against West Melton in Selwyn. Carter last played for the club in 2014. The 38-year-old is currently a member of the Blues squad, but is yet to play in Super Rugby Aotearoa. Rugby reporter Joe Porter caught up with the Southbridge coach Tom Turner to talk about the return of the club's prodigal son.
Published 07/01/20
Hospitality business owners in Wellington are calling for more major events put on in the city, to bring people into the city, spending money, and helping them survive and thrive. The council says they're working on an ambitious calendar of events, designed to stimulate economic recovery, and support struggling businesses. RNZ's Wellington reporter Harry Lock has been having a look at just what the next few months have in store for the capital.
Published 07/01/20
The tourism industry remains in the dark about where millions of dollars collected through the international visitor levy will go. Most overseas visitors are charged the $35 fee through visa applications since it was brought in on the 1 July last year. Around $57 million was collected before the Covid-19 border closure, with funding to be split between tourism and conservation. Tourism reporter Tess Brunton reports.
Published 07/01/20
Hollywood is knocking at New Zealand's door, as the Government announces a $230 million recovery package for the screen industry. The package comes in the wake of Covid-19, and is designed to encourage more local and overseas content. It appears the offers from big production companies are rolling in. Political reporter Charlie Dreaver was at the announcement last night showcasing where the industry is headed.
Published 07/01/20
A Wellington lawyer whose investigation of a forestry death helped prompt an independent review of Worksafe says the agency is squandering its strengthened powers. As we've reported this week, the independent review found multiple failings in the way Worksafe investigates deaths and injuries on the job. Yet the review still said the says investigations are good quality. Lawyer Hazel Armstrong speaks to Corin Dann.
Published 07/01/20