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Some good news for nurses as they will each get a pay rise of $5800. 83 per cent of union members voted to accept the latest offer from the DHBs. It ends 15 months of negotiations on pay and safer staffing conditions. Nurses Organisation's David Wait joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVEPar Newstalk ZB
 
World Rugby has allowed for men to wear tights and leggings while playing. The move is in response to rugby players' grazes on artificial turfs in Europe, but Dane Coles is not keen on the idea. New Zealand is hoping to get a second rugby league team in the NRL alongside the Warriors. The Wellington Orcas are hoping to join the competition to stop …
 
Fears Auckland's outbreak is spiralling out of control like it has in Victoria and New South Wales. New Zealand has 65 new community cases today - all in Auckland. The Ministry of Health has moved away from trying to figure out where unlinked cases have come from. It's also stopped tracking sub-clusters. Australian Infectious Diseases Expert Peter …
 
Everybody is gearing up for Super Saturday tomorrow. Jacinda Ardern is hoping we’ll get more than 100,000 jabs in arms. Auckland needs several tens of thousands of jabs to reach that 90 per cent threshold. There are prizes to be won, food to be had, and former All Blacks to cheer people on. One of those former All Blacks is Ben Smith. He told Heath…
 
There's still optimism New Zealand's largest music festival will still run. Uncertainty is rife over whether the country will get to celebrate summer as it knows it. Already one of the country's most iconic music festivals - Bay Dreams - has fallen victim to the Delta outbreak due to MIQ uncertainty. But there's confidence major festivals such as R…
 
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet's unilateral decision to scrap hotel and home quarantine for vaccinated international travellers has blindsided Australia's Prime Minister and sparked fears it could lead to longer state border closures. While November 1 was the date both the PM and NSW Premier were working towards to open international borders, the de…
 
Former President Bill Clinton was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center's intensive care unit for a urinary tract infection that spread to his bloodstream, his doctors told CNN on Thursday. "He was admitted to the ICU for close monitoring and administered IV antibiotics and fluids. He remains at the hospital for continuous …
 
Barbed fish hooks hanging from trees, thumbtacks and spiked boards dug into the ground. They're among the traps removed from cycle paths in a park in Hawke's Bay over the past fortnight. The discoveries have prompted the region's Cyclocross group, a hybrid of mountain and road biking, to cancel all of their upcoming events until police can find out…
 
How is this for some fantastic news: New South Wales has just announced it’s opening its borders to the world from November 1. And it is opening to everyone: returning Aussies, business people, tourists from anywhere in the world. The whole blinking lot of them. MIQ is over. Home isolation is over. Arrivals just need to be double-jabbed with a nega…
 
I think as we wrap this week, we just have to accept we are at a point now where counting cases is actually pointless. Delta has got away on us, it's had a good laugh at our elimination strategy, and off it's gone and there’s no stopping it now. Hindsight’s a wonderful thing, but earlier access to vaccines, a few more ICU beds, a better MIQ system …
 
A big day in the music world, Adele is releasing her first single in nearly six years. ‘Easy on Me’ comes out today, which is the lead single off her new album '30', which releases November 19. She's expected to once again break records, her previous album ‘21’, is the best-selling album of the twenty first century, while ‘25’ broke first-week sale…
 
One Māori health care provider is trying to improve vaccine rates in the area with one of the worst coverage rates in the country. In the Eastern Bay of Plenty, vaccinators have taken to the road to get vaccination rates up for Māori. Te Puna Ora O Mataatua has set up pop up centres in schools, marae and workplaces. Chief Executive Lee Colquhoun sa…
 
Authorities appear to have hit a brick wall, with the uncooperative women at the centre of Northland's Covid lockdown. The Covid-positive pair have refused to reveal locations of interest they visited around the region Officials believe they have all the information they're going to get out of them. Former crisis negotiator Lance Burdett told Kate …
 
There were 71 new community cases today, and all were in Auckland. Despite the news, Grant Robertson still insists we have the strictest lockdown in the world and blamed people gathering in people's homes as he urged everyone to follow Alert Level 3 rules. Thames-Coromandel District mayor Sandra Goudie made the news for all the wrong reasons. She d…
 
Transport Minister Michael Wood is tooting his own horn at a 15 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency for newly-imported cars over the past three months. He states it’s proof the new Clean Car Discount is alive and well and doing its job. He told Heather du Plessis-Allan the figures are clear and are seeing record numbers since the scheme began o…
 
How long do you stick with a book you’re not enjoying. UK author Mark Billingham came out and said that if a book hasn't gripped you by 20 pages, you should through it across the room and you should be reasonably angry. He reckons he gives up on half the books he starts because life is just too short and there are too many great books out there. Je…
 
Sky-high hopes for the vaccination drive taking place at Auckland's SkyCity this weekend. Free Sky Tower tickets are on offer for those getting jabbed there this Super Saturday. The free event will take place in the carpark from 10am, and is part of many initiatives getting underway that day. Chief Executive Michael Ahearne told Heather du Plessis-…
 
Sandra Goudie is making news today. The Thames-Coromandel District mayor defended her anti-vax stance on Newstalk ZB this morning, saying she'd be taking the Novavax vaccine over the Pfizer vaccine. Thames-Coromandel councillor for the South East Ward Gary Gotlieb told Heather du Plessis-Allan her views aren't reflective of what the council views. …
 
Vaccination is the only way out of the Delta outbreak. That's the message from a medical expert after the Government reported 71 new Covid community cases in Auckland today. Officials are warning daily infections will double in the next fortnight. Auckland University Emeritus Professor Des Gorman told Heather du Plessis-Allan short sharp lockdowns …
 
I can’t make out what it is that people want from Sandra Goudie today. I totally understand if you’re angry at Sandra Goudie. I’ve said before, it feels to me like a very selfish act to not get the jab. Because if you’re unjabbed you might end up clogging up the ICU beds other more responsible people need. And you could be the reason your town or c…
 
Our hospital system is gearing up to handle Auckland’s developing Covid outbreak. The Ministry of Health is expecting a worst-case scenario of 5300 cases a week in Auckland and Northland alone with a 90 per cent vaccination rate. Chief Medical Officer Andrew Connolly told Heather du Plessis-Allan although the numbers change all the time, we need to…
 
Concerns sex workers are travelling around to keep working despite lockdown. Two Auckland sex workers were arrested in Blenheim today after travelling without an exemption. They appeared in Blenheim District Court this afternoon and were bailed with no plea back to Auckland. Dame Catherine Healy of the Prostitutes Collective told Heather du Plessis…
 
It’s hard not to feel sorry for Northland this morning, and the Waikato for that matter. I mean Waikato has two cases and they’re staying in Level 3, which seems over the top. And as for Northland, they’re only staying in Level 3 because the absconders won’t help Police with their enquires; won’t fess up any locations of interest, won’t be honest. …
 
Northland is in level three lockdown for another five days thanks to an uncooperative Covid case. That means all up the pair will have cost the region $23 million in the form of lockdowns. That's especially hard to stomach considering Northland's economy was going gangbusters before it went to level 3. Infometrics principal economist, Brad Olsen jo…
 
An international relations expert says it's important New Zealand shows its face at a big climate change conference. COP 26 is taking place in Glasgow at the end of the month. Patrick Bayer from Strathclyde University says told Kate Hawkesby United Nations decision-making happens on a consensual basis. "Every country that is not represented to is g…
 
The Breast Cancer Foundation says at least 133 women across the country won't know they have the disease right now. The national breast screening programme was put on hold at level 4 and has been running at reduced capacity from level 3. Breast Cancer Foundation Chief Executive Ah-Leen Rayner says told Kate Hawkesby barriers to participation need t…
 
The Government has released its Emission Reduction Plan. The plan has been criticised for being unclear and the plan is expected to increase emissions between now and 2025. Northland and Waikato's Level 3 has been extended an extra five days, with two border breaches in Northland. The Government is also refusing to comment on whether the breaches a…
 
A lot of frustration in Northland tonight, as it's staying in Level 3 until at least midnight on Monday with officials struggling to get exposure data from two Covid-infected women who travelled up there. Whangarei mayor Sheryl Mai says the entire region is bearing the brunt of the two women's behaviour. Chris Hipkins also couldn’t say whether one …
 
Employers in Tauranga are feeling the Covid pinch. Job listings are up 43 per cent across the board as businesses battle to attract and retain workers. Ryan + Alexander recruitment director Kiri Burney told Heather du Plessis-Allan the surge is Covid related. "Shut down of borders, we have no skilled candidates coming into the market or from offsho…
 
It was late last Christmas Eve when the European Union and Britain finally clinched a Brexit trade deal after years of wrangling, threats and missed deadlines to seal their divorce. There was hope that now-separated Britain and the 27-nation bloc would sail their relationship toward calmer waters. With Christmas closing in again one thing is clear …
 
If you were worried that Jacinda et al. were going to force radical, expensive changes on us to save the climate, it doesn’t look like you need to worry too much. The Government’s just released its long-awaited draft plan for how to cut climate emissions so we get down to net-zero by 2050 and on first blush, it looks like the government is very muc…
 
We should now expect that Kiwis stuck overseas — especially those in low-risk Covid countries — to be allowed to come home for Christmas. This shouldn’t even be a debate anymore. It just needs to happen. Now that Covid is in Auckland — and spreading through Auckland — there is no reason these kids and loved ones can’t fly into Auckland and self-iso…
 
2Degrees’s attempt to keep things light-hearted in an Internet outage may have backfired. The broadband was down for some parts of Auckland last night so some customers asked for compensation. The company replied saying customers can have 8 cents back for their lost time. 2Degrees customer Krittibas Dasgupta told Heather du Plessis-Allan he thought…
 
Complaints the Government's emission reduction plan is all talk and no substance. It includes ideas such as paying people to scrap dirty cars, banning new gas connections and cutting car use by a fifth. People can submit on the plans until November 24. Motor Trade Association Chief Executive Craig Pomare told Heather du Plessis-Allan the release do…
 
Our petrol's costing us the most ever at the pump as economies rebound globally from Covid-19. 91 octane petrol is sitting at a national average of $2.39, just topping the previous high seen in 2018. AA Motoring Affairs General Manager Mike Noon told Heather du-Plessis Allan as industries start back up it's having an impact. “That’s just put a whol…
 
Waikato's two new Covid-19 cases have popped up in a place the Government didn't expect. Parts of the region are now staying in Alert Level Three for five more days. Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins told Heather du Plessis-Allan they're two people who have normal day to day lives in Hamilton. “It doesn't appear to be any clear connection at…
 
Foodstuffs North Island is denying claims it’s destroying big parts of Sealord’s operation by taking their product off the shelves. Katherine Rich from the Food and Grocery Council said Sealord had been told that their product is being deleted because it doesn't give the product margin Foodstuffs North Island want. Foodstuffs North Island CEO Chris…
 
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