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The Mike Hosking Breakfast

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The Mike Hosking Breakfast

The Mike Hosking Breakfast

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Open your mind to the world with New Zealand’s number one breakfast radio show.Without question, as New Zealand’s number one talk host, Mike Hosking sets the day’s agenda.The sharpest voice and mind in the business, Mike drives strong opinion, delivers the best talent, and always leaves you wanting more.The Mike Hosking Breakfast always cuts through and delivers the best daily on Newstalk ZB.

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Mike Hosking: Is Warriors upheaval the key to their comeback?

I feel a bit remiss over my beloved Warriors.Normally we would start a Monday off the back of a win, with a word or two about how good it was, how good they are, how inspiring it all is, and how this is our year.I haven't done it this year for fairly obvious reasons, apart from the start when I think we were all immeasurably uplifted by the NRL in general basically being the first in the world to get a major season back up and running under the most arduous of circumstances.Peter V’landys who runs league still deserves every recognition for what he managed to achieve and we still enjoy week in week out. While other sports still struggle, for all intents and purposes, the league has had a pretty normal looking season.The Warriors, though, have not only had to park up in another country, they've seen their owners take an already tricky season and tip it on its head.Which makes the last two weeks little short of spectacular. Let’s be honest, two wins in a row is a reason to celebrate at the best of times, far less in a season like this. Hell, they’re three points outside the top eight.To boost a good win and two good weekends we have Nathan Brown and Phil Gould lining up to turn it all round next year and take us to the promised land. The trick to upheaval is if you create it, it better be part of a big pictureplan.In other words, it better pay off. Steven Kearney's demise was shockingly timed. Add the players who went home, the bulk of them who weren't hangers-on, they are major stars. Add blake greens treatment which I still argue was pretty shabby.Look at people like Tuivasa-Sheck, who is without his family and the only bloke there with out his family, and one of the games greatest talents, surrounded by an increasing array of part-timers and loan players and a coach who didn’t want the job, and you'd forgive him for going bugger this for a game of soldiers.And yet through it all, they stitch together two glorious wins in a row.Adversity is a wonderful leveller. You learn who your mates are and you learn how deep you can dig when times are tough.And no one’s had it tougher than the Warriors, and yet, as the Tigers and Manly will attest, the Warriors on their day are still magic, and if they can do it when it’s tough, imagine what awaits when life is back to normal.

2 MIN7 h ago
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Mike Hosking: Is Warriors upheaval the key to their comeback?

Mike Hosking: Where are the adults in charge of our recovery?

Am I reading this right?In this mad old world of mixed messages, we seem to have an admission from the government that more specialist workers are going to be let into the country.Good. We need them. We needed them yesterday, and last week, and the reluctance was driving various industries nuts.But one step forward, one step back. The same government appears not remotely convinced over private enterprise getting into the quarantine business. Not good. Why not? Many of the scenarios are in fact the same people. In other words, some of the workers are required for large business that have a problem, like labour, and have a solution, like the where with all to do the quarantining and cover the costs.This, by the way, isn't about the tertiary sector. Which it actually should be, given they too, offer a problem and a solution.Why is the government not interested in being a hell of a lot more proactive than they are?CRL, for example, the company building a massive hole through half of Auc...

1 MIN13 h ago
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Mike Hosking: Where are the adults in charge of our recovery?

Comm Box on the Crusaders' Super Rugby win

Over the past four years, Kiwi rugby fans have grown accustomed to Crusaders coach Scott Robertson dancing after his team wins a competition.While the past three seasons of Super Rugby saw the 45-year-old bust a move, when the Crusaders clinched the Super Rugby Aotearoa title on Sunday with a 32-22 win over the Highlanders, Robertson stayed on his feet.Unlike the original Super Rugby season, the New Zealand-only incarnation is a round-robin only competition. So while the Crusaders claimed the title on Sunday, they have to run back out next weekend for their final game of the season against the Blues at Eden Park in Auckland.Speaking after the win over the Highlanders, Robertson explained the competition not yet being over was one of the reasons he chose not to dance in celebration."I didn't do any back-spinning at this stage because we've still got a job to do. I felt it was (respectful) to the comp and to (Crusaders prop) Oli (Jager) after the head knock he got. I think the haka wi...

10 MIN13 h ago
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Comm Box on the Crusaders' Super Rugby win

David Hayman: Parts of NZ take pre-treated drinking water from polluted rivers

Parts of New Zealand are drawing pre-treated drinking water from rivers found to be regularly polluted with harmful nasties like E.Coli and campylobacter.New research, led by a group of Massey University scientists, raises more warnings about the impacts of agricultural intensification, at a time of heightened worry over the quality of many of New Zealand's drinking water supplies.The scientists investigated levels of four microbes – the bacteria campylobacter and E.coli, and protozoa cryptosporidium and giardia – at 16 waterways supplying drinking water for 13 towns and cities.Between 2009 and 2019, with three-month intervals, they collected more than 500 samples from abstraction points at each of the study sites.The waterways in the study ranged from those draining catchments heavy in agriculture to rivers running through native bush.To pick apart what role the surrounding landscape played on pollution levels, the study used machine-learning algorithms to determine contributions...

3 MIN14 h ago
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David Hayman: Parts of NZ take pre-treated drinking water from polluted rivers

Steve Price: Victoria latest and Newspoll shows high PM approval

Australia's Deputy Chief Medical Officer has appeared cautiously optimistic about Victoria’s ability to get its coronavirus outbreak under control.With case numbers hovering around the 500 mark for the past seven days, Dr Nick Coatsworth said on Sunday: “It appears that we’re on the plateau”.With metropolitan Melbourne understage four restrictionskicking off last week and with the lockdown set for at least another five weeks, Dr Coatsworth said good news appears to be on the horizon.“What we’re looking for is the inflection point that tells Victorians that their efforts are being rewarded, that we see numbers going down,” he said.“We haven’t seen that yet but I have no doubt that we will see it. If you consider that stage three restrictions had us almost at a plateau, then the stage four restrictions will produce a result.”Dr Coatsworth said that thecoronavirusoutbreak in Victoria currently has a “basic reproductive number” of one “or just below one”.The reproductive n...

5 MIN14 h ago
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Steve Price: Victoria latest and Newspoll shows high PM approval

James Shaw: Greens confident parts of housing policy will be picked up

The Greens accept that only part of their new housing policy is likely to see the light of day.The 'Homes for All' plan includes the goal of clearing the social housing wait list, a Crown guarantee for community providers to build new rentals, and introducing a rental 'warrant of fitness'.Greens co-leader James Shaw told Mike Hosking they won't know how much of it will be adopted until after the election."It does depend on how many votes we get, how much leverage we're able to get in the next Parliament, but I think we've put something together here that is sensible and is costed."He is confident that the Greens will back into Parliament and be able to put these plans into motion through MMP.Shaw hopes these ideas will be picked up, should the Greens get back into government."What we're saying here is that it is good that the Government has started toramp up the public housing build, but we need to expand that, and the only way to do that is to actuallybring in the community sector ...

5 MIN14 h ago
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James Shaw: Greens confident parts of housing policy will be picked up

Fergus Brown: Why you need to book your campground holiday now

People looking to spend their summer getaway at a holiday park are being told to book sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.The sector is expecting a busier summer than usual as New Zealanders look to travel locally for their vacation as Covid-19 affects global travel.The head of Holiday Parks New Zealand, Fergus Brown, said while the normal hotspots would be busy, people should consider alternative destinations."Especially those around the main population areas, Northland and Coromandel are always extremely popular for Kiwis, the Bay of Plenty is popular as well," he said."Then you've got the traditional areas like Lake Taupō, and Rotorua which Kiwis flock to as well. But we're finding areas such as Taranaki, and places in Waikato like Raglan, are very popular for New Zealanders."I guess what we'd like to see is more New Zealanders exploring areas like the West Coast of the South Island, and maybe the Catlins. Some of those places that are a little bit more remote, but ...

2 MIN14 h ago
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Fergus Brown: Why you need to book your campground holiday now

Richard Arnold: Donald Trump signs executive orders to provide pandemic relief

With stimulus talks stalled, President Donald Trump announced he would go around Congress to deliver aid to Americans affected by the pandemic.But a close read of the actual text of executive actions he signed Saturday suggests that even if they are deemed constitutional, they will not quickly deliver the aid Trump promised. They may not deliver much at all.Here's a breakdown of the actions, the many strings attached and questions about what they actually accomplish.Unemployment benefitsTrump described the memorandum signed Saturday as an action providing "an additional or extra $400 a week and expanded benefits."But in reality, the additional unemployment aid is more complicated than the White House acknowledged and experts say it may not help a lot of the unemployed.Under the previous unemployment benefit passed by Congress, millions of Americans received an additional blanket $600 a week from the federal government on top of their state unemployment benefits.States have to chip i...

4 MIN14 h ago
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Richard Arnold: Donald Trump signs executive orders to provide pandemic relief

Jacinda Ardern on why she hasn't been tested for Covid-19

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she has not had a Covid test because she hasn't had any symptoms, nor has she been asked to have one."None. I haven't had any, Mike, because I haven't had any symptoms or any cause to," Ardern told Mike Hosking today.Hosking:"You haven't said yes to the test?"Ardern:"I have never been offered a test and just to be clear when I said 'say yes to the test', that was a request that when people are offered them by their GP, they say yes. We have had reports and surveys that suggest a reasonable portion of people being offered them by their GP because they were unwell... were saying no. To suggest that people should continue to say no was worrying to me."Hosking:"So the pop-up centres you put in places like Queenstown to check the community spread for people to voluntarily go down, you haven't felt the need to do that and lead the way?"Ardern:"Those community testing stations were established specifically to make sure we had additional community surveill...

9 MIN15 h ago
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Jacinda Ardern on why she hasn't been tested for Covid-19

Chris Wilkinson: Retail spending 'strong' in July, accommodation spend up

Retail spending in July was "strong", with the underlying value of payments up 11.4 per cent, according to the latest data from Paymark.Spending grew in most retail sectors in July, particularly in cafes, restaurants and bars.Accommodation merchants in the regions also enjoyed strong spending for the first time in recent months and after lockdown restrictions lifted.Paymark figures show the accommodation spend was above last year levels in the Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Taranaki, Wanganui, Wairarapa, Marlborough, Nelson, West Coast and South Canterbury. Despite this, the overall spend in the category was 10.9 per cent below July 2019 levels.Accommodation merchants in Southland and Otago were still running below year-ago levels, suggesting the strong domestic school holiday surge outside the major centres was not enough to counter the international downturn in all tourism hotspots, Paymark said.Spending at travel merchants in the month remained well below last year's levels.

2 MIN3 d ago
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Chris Wilkinson: Retail spending 'strong' in July, accommodation spend up

Latest Episodes

Mike Hosking: Is Warriors upheaval the key to their comeback?

I feel a bit remiss over my beloved Warriors.Normally we would start a Monday off the back of a win, with a word or two about how good it was, how good they are, how inspiring it all is, and how this is our year.I haven't done it this year for fairly obvious reasons, apart from the start when I think we were all immeasurably uplifted by the NRL in general basically being the first in the world to get a major season back up and running under the most arduous of circumstances.Peter V’landys who runs league still deserves every recognition for what he managed to achieve and we still enjoy week in week out. While other sports still struggle, for all intents and purposes, the league has had a pretty normal looking season.The Warriors, though, have not only had to park up in another country, they've seen their owners take an already tricky season and tip it on its head.Which makes the last two weeks little short of spectacular. Let’s be honest, two wins in a row is a reason to celebrate at the best of times, far less in a season like this. Hell, they’re three points outside the top eight.To boost a good win and two good weekends we have Nathan Brown and Phil Gould lining up to turn it all round next year and take us to the promised land. The trick to upheaval is if you create it, it better be part of a big pictureplan.In other words, it better pay off. Steven Kearney's demise was shockingly timed. Add the players who went home, the bulk of them who weren't hangers-on, they are major stars. Add blake greens treatment which I still argue was pretty shabby.Look at people like Tuivasa-Sheck, who is without his family and the only bloke there with out his family, and one of the games greatest talents, surrounded by an increasing array of part-timers and loan players and a coach who didn’t want the job, and you'd forgive him for going bugger this for a game of soldiers.And yet through it all, they stitch together two glorious wins in a row.Adversity is a wonderful leveller. You learn who your mates are and you learn how deep you can dig when times are tough.And no one’s had it tougher than the Warriors, and yet, as the Tigers and Manly will attest, the Warriors on their day are still magic, and if they can do it when it’s tough, imagine what awaits when life is back to normal.

2 MIN7 h ago
Comments
Mike Hosking: Is Warriors upheaval the key to their comeback?

Mike Hosking: Where are the adults in charge of our recovery?

Am I reading this right?In this mad old world of mixed messages, we seem to have an admission from the government that more specialist workers are going to be let into the country.Good. We need them. We needed them yesterday, and last week, and the reluctance was driving various industries nuts.But one step forward, one step back. The same government appears not remotely convinced over private enterprise getting into the quarantine business. Not good. Why not? Many of the scenarios are in fact the same people. In other words, some of the workers are required for large business that have a problem, like labour, and have a solution, like the where with all to do the quarantining and cover the costs.This, by the way, isn't about the tertiary sector. Which it actually should be, given they too, offer a problem and a solution.Why is the government not interested in being a hell of a lot more proactive than they are?CRL, for example, the company building a massive hole through half of Auc...

1 MIN13 h ago
Comments
Mike Hosking: Where are the adults in charge of our recovery?

Comm Box on the Crusaders' Super Rugby win

Over the past four years, Kiwi rugby fans have grown accustomed to Crusaders coach Scott Robertson dancing after his team wins a competition.While the past three seasons of Super Rugby saw the 45-year-old bust a move, when the Crusaders clinched the Super Rugby Aotearoa title on Sunday with a 32-22 win over the Highlanders, Robertson stayed on his feet.Unlike the original Super Rugby season, the New Zealand-only incarnation is a round-robin only competition. So while the Crusaders claimed the title on Sunday, they have to run back out next weekend for their final game of the season against the Blues at Eden Park in Auckland.Speaking after the win over the Highlanders, Robertson explained the competition not yet being over was one of the reasons he chose not to dance in celebration."I didn't do any back-spinning at this stage because we've still got a job to do. I felt it was (respectful) to the comp and to (Crusaders prop) Oli (Jager) after the head knock he got. I think the haka wi...

10 MIN13 h ago
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Comm Box on the Crusaders' Super Rugby win

David Hayman: Parts of NZ take pre-treated drinking water from polluted rivers

Parts of New Zealand are drawing pre-treated drinking water from rivers found to be regularly polluted with harmful nasties like E.Coli and campylobacter.New research, led by a group of Massey University scientists, raises more warnings about the impacts of agricultural intensification, at a time of heightened worry over the quality of many of New Zealand's drinking water supplies.The scientists investigated levels of four microbes – the bacteria campylobacter and E.coli, and protozoa cryptosporidium and giardia – at 16 waterways supplying drinking water for 13 towns and cities.Between 2009 and 2019, with three-month intervals, they collected more than 500 samples from abstraction points at each of the study sites.The waterways in the study ranged from those draining catchments heavy in agriculture to rivers running through native bush.To pick apart what role the surrounding landscape played on pollution levels, the study used machine-learning algorithms to determine contributions...

3 MIN14 h ago
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David Hayman: Parts of NZ take pre-treated drinking water from polluted rivers

Steve Price: Victoria latest and Newspoll shows high PM approval

Australia's Deputy Chief Medical Officer has appeared cautiously optimistic about Victoria’s ability to get its coronavirus outbreak under control.With case numbers hovering around the 500 mark for the past seven days, Dr Nick Coatsworth said on Sunday: “It appears that we’re on the plateau”.With metropolitan Melbourne understage four restrictionskicking off last week and with the lockdown set for at least another five weeks, Dr Coatsworth said good news appears to be on the horizon.“What we’re looking for is the inflection point that tells Victorians that their efforts are being rewarded, that we see numbers going down,” he said.“We haven’t seen that yet but I have no doubt that we will see it. If you consider that stage three restrictions had us almost at a plateau, then the stage four restrictions will produce a result.”Dr Coatsworth said that thecoronavirusoutbreak in Victoria currently has a “basic reproductive number” of one “or just below one”.The reproductive n...

5 MIN14 h ago
Comments
Steve Price: Victoria latest and Newspoll shows high PM approval

James Shaw: Greens confident parts of housing policy will be picked up

The Greens accept that only part of their new housing policy is likely to see the light of day.The 'Homes for All' plan includes the goal of clearing the social housing wait list, a Crown guarantee for community providers to build new rentals, and introducing a rental 'warrant of fitness'.Greens co-leader James Shaw told Mike Hosking they won't know how much of it will be adopted until after the election."It does depend on how many votes we get, how much leverage we're able to get in the next Parliament, but I think we've put something together here that is sensible and is costed."He is confident that the Greens will back into Parliament and be able to put these plans into motion through MMP.Shaw hopes these ideas will be picked up, should the Greens get back into government."What we're saying here is that it is good that the Government has started toramp up the public housing build, but we need to expand that, and the only way to do that is to actuallybring in the community sector ...

5 MIN14 h ago
Comments
James Shaw: Greens confident parts of housing policy will be picked up

Fergus Brown: Why you need to book your campground holiday now

People looking to spend their summer getaway at a holiday park are being told to book sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.The sector is expecting a busier summer than usual as New Zealanders look to travel locally for their vacation as Covid-19 affects global travel.The head of Holiday Parks New Zealand, Fergus Brown, said while the normal hotspots would be busy, people should consider alternative destinations."Especially those around the main population areas, Northland and Coromandel are always extremely popular for Kiwis, the Bay of Plenty is popular as well," he said."Then you've got the traditional areas like Lake Taupō, and Rotorua which Kiwis flock to as well. But we're finding areas such as Taranaki, and places in Waikato like Raglan, are very popular for New Zealanders."I guess what we'd like to see is more New Zealanders exploring areas like the West Coast of the South Island, and maybe the Catlins. Some of those places that are a little bit more remote, but ...

2 MIN14 h ago
Comments
Fergus Brown: Why you need to book your campground holiday now

Richard Arnold: Donald Trump signs executive orders to provide pandemic relief

With stimulus talks stalled, President Donald Trump announced he would go around Congress to deliver aid to Americans affected by the pandemic.But a close read of the actual text of executive actions he signed Saturday suggests that even if they are deemed constitutional, they will not quickly deliver the aid Trump promised. They may not deliver much at all.Here's a breakdown of the actions, the many strings attached and questions about what they actually accomplish.Unemployment benefitsTrump described the memorandum signed Saturday as an action providing "an additional or extra $400 a week and expanded benefits."But in reality, the additional unemployment aid is more complicated than the White House acknowledged and experts say it may not help a lot of the unemployed.Under the previous unemployment benefit passed by Congress, millions of Americans received an additional blanket $600 a week from the federal government on top of their state unemployment benefits.States have to chip i...

4 MIN14 h ago
Comments
Richard Arnold: Donald Trump signs executive orders to provide pandemic relief

Jacinda Ardern on why she hasn't been tested for Covid-19

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she has not had a Covid test because she hasn't had any symptoms, nor has she been asked to have one."None. I haven't had any, Mike, because I haven't had any symptoms or any cause to," Ardern told Mike Hosking today.Hosking:"You haven't said yes to the test?"Ardern:"I have never been offered a test and just to be clear when I said 'say yes to the test', that was a request that when people are offered them by their GP, they say yes. We have had reports and surveys that suggest a reasonable portion of people being offered them by their GP because they were unwell... were saying no. To suggest that people should continue to say no was worrying to me."Hosking:"So the pop-up centres you put in places like Queenstown to check the community spread for people to voluntarily go down, you haven't felt the need to do that and lead the way?"Ardern:"Those community testing stations were established specifically to make sure we had additional community surveill...

9 MIN15 h ago
Comments
Jacinda Ardern on why she hasn't been tested for Covid-19

Chris Wilkinson: Retail spending 'strong' in July, accommodation spend up

Retail spending in July was "strong", with the underlying value of payments up 11.4 per cent, according to the latest data from Paymark.Spending grew in most retail sectors in July, particularly in cafes, restaurants and bars.Accommodation merchants in the regions also enjoyed strong spending for the first time in recent months and after lockdown restrictions lifted.Paymark figures show the accommodation spend was above last year levels in the Bay of Plenty, Gisborne, Hawke's Bay, Taranaki, Wanganui, Wairarapa, Marlborough, Nelson, West Coast and South Canterbury. Despite this, the overall spend in the category was 10.9 per cent below July 2019 levels.Accommodation merchants in Southland and Otago were still running below year-ago levels, suggesting the strong domestic school holiday surge outside the major centres was not enough to counter the international downturn in all tourism hotspots, Paymark said.Spending at travel merchants in the month remained well below last year's levels.

2 MIN3 d ago
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Chris Wilkinson: Retail spending 'strong' in July, accommodation spend up
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