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Tim Reidy and Louis Zezeran from Comedy Estonia do a bi monthly podcast from Tim's apartment in sunny Paide, in the middle of Estonia. Equipped with two mics and a steady supply of beer and crisps, the guys go over exactly what has annoyed them this week. Oh and the episodes are short. Cause ain't nobody got time for that.
 
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Both major opposition parties are jostling for credit over who prompted Finance Minister Grant Robertson to lobby the Reserve Bank to more closely address soaring house prices first. National and Act have welcomed the Government's moves to curb house prices; this afternoon, Robertson wrote to the Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr asking him to consi…
 
Haircuts, shopping trips and visits to the pub will be back on the agenda for millions of people when a four-week lockdown in England comes to an end next week, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday local time. Johnson confirmed to lawmakers that on Dec. 2 the government will lift the stay-at-home instruction introduced early this month …
 
The federal government recognised President-elect Joe Biden as the "apparent winner" of the Nov. 3 election, formally starting the transition of power after President Donald Trump spent weeks testing the boundaries of American democracy. He relented after suffering yet more legal and procedural defeats in his seemingly futile effort to overturn the…
 
One of the first businesses to fall victim to Covid in New Zealand was Bauer Media. In early April, the German magazine giant closed iconic magazine titles, including North and South. Now, like a phoenix from the ashes, the current affairs magazine is returning to shelves under new ownership. Rachel Morris has returned to New Zealand after working …
 
The Finance Minister's making moves to put an ice pack on the overheated housing market. Grant Robertson's written to Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr to look at ways they could work together. In a letter - Robertson's suggested Orr add stability in house prices to the Reserve Bank's remit. He says economists across the board were not projecting th…
 
A Green MP has come under fire for a tweet that has been seen as offensive to older citizens. Green MP Ricardo Menendez-March was yesterday announced as the party's spokesperson for seniors, and was quickly criticised on social media for stating he was ready to ask seniors "are you okay, boomer?". The comment was made in reference to Chloe Swarbric…
 
A Christchurch singer has taken song requests from people in managed isolation next to the bar where she works. Lee Martin has been doing gigs this year at OGB Bar in Cathedral Square, which is right next door to the Distinction Hotel, which is a MIQ facility. Some of those staying there say Martin's gigs have been helping them to get through their…
 
Police did not handle a 111 call reporting concerns about a 2-year-old girl's welfare in accordance with police policy, standard operating procedures and good practice, the Independent Police Conduct Authority has found. Police found the child dead the next day. On March 20, 2019, Niki Sturgess called 111 to report that she and her husband wanted h…
 
The Prime Minister hasn't met up with Winston Peters since the election when New Zealand First was voted out. It was Peters who anointed Jacinda Ardern as the Prime Minister three years ago. Ardern says she has spoken to him on the phone. "There's been a couple of other occasions where we've had messages conveyed, but I haven't caught up with him p…
 
Queensland has gifted itself a “billion-dollar Christmas present” with the announcement the Sunshine State will reopen to millions of Sydney residents on December 1. Victorians could also be allowed back into the state on the same day if it reaches the 28-day milestone of no unlinked community COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. Queensland Premier Annasta…
 
A New Zealand teenager is adjusting to life in a new world, after returning from an eight month trip with no knowledge of Covid-19. Charlie Thomas was part of a group of people who went to one of the most remote coral atolls in the world right as the pandemic was beginning. Kure is part of Hawaii, and is home to lots of wildlife and no humans. Ther…
 
If you are struggling to get into the housing market right now, and you’re hoping that the moves by the Finance Minister this afternoon are going to help you, I’ve got bad news. It’s probably not going to help. Grant Robertson’s written to Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr, asking him to consider how the bank can help stabilise house prices. One opt…
 
A promise from the Children's Minister, that Maori will have greater say over what happens with their tamariki. Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft wants total transformation of the care and protection system for Maori babies. He's asking the Government to transfer power and resources to Maori. "We've got to step in and make an unmistakable cap …
 
The Government is preparing for the cost of Covid-19 managed isolation to exceed its budget. $500 million was put aside for its operations, and it's reported to be costing $2.4 million a day. But Finance Minister Grant Robertson told Heather du Plessis-Allan the cost will increase because we have to continue having managed isolation for now. He say…
 
Shelly Bay protestors are settling in for the long haul. Mau Whenua just spent another chilly night at the Miramar peninsula construction site. The group's occupied the area since Sunday morning, challenging the legality of the sale to property developer Ian Cassels. But protest organiser Anaru Mepham says they're prepared to be there for at least …
 
Sir Tim Shadbolt's struggle to carry out significant aspects of his mayoral role created a leadership void within the Invercargill City Council, leading to major shortcomings, an independent review has found. The governance review was carried out by Richard Thomson after the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) launched an investigation in August i…
 
The organiser of a protest against the controversial Shelly Bay development vows to fight "the illegal sale" through "peacefulness but determined occupation". Iwi group Mau Whenua had been at the Shelly Bay site since Sunday, to protest against the $500 million development, after Wellington City councillors voted in favour of selling and leasing th…
 
State border closures are continuing to cause heartache across the Tasman. New South Wales has opened its border to Victoria this morning, after the state went more than three weeks without a new case of Covid 19. But Victoria is still yet to open its border to South Australia after the recent outbreak in Adelaide. Longer-term border problems conti…
 
There are differing views on when a Covid-19 vaccine could be made available. The head of the U.S. effort to produce a coronavirus vaccine says the first immunisations could happen on December 12. A Food and Drug Administration advisory committee is set to meet Dec. 10 to discuss Pfizer Inc.’s request for an emergency use authorisation for its deve…
 
It is not a surprise that we have another case of iwi occupation, this time at Shelly Bay in Wellington. It was widely predicted that members of Whānui Taranaki might occupy the Shelly Bay land if they saw that the occupation at Ihumātao in Auckland had been successful. And for all intents and purposes, Ihumātao’s occupation was successful. We’re s…
 
The National Road Carriers Association is warning New Zealand’s supply chain is on the brink of overload and could be pushed over the edge in the coming months. Fewer planes are carrying freight here and there are huge delays at the ports, which means that consumers at the end of the supply chain will pick up the cost. Chris Carr, the director of t…
 
The coronavirus is killing one person every eight seconds around the world. The frightening statistic comes from data on the international World Health Organisation (WHO) Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Dashboard. The WHO recorded 9989 new deaths from coronavirus in the past 24 hours – making yesterday the third deadliest day since the beginning of …
 
Police are warning of a new scam going on Facebook Marketplace that's seen dozens of people in New Zealand swindled out of their cars. The scam has become so common across Auckland in particular that fifty complaints have been made to police and nine people have been charged. Police and consumer groups are warning people to be careful buying and se…
 
Former New York mayor and now Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani gave a press conference yesterday that was filled with conspiracy theories and lies about election fraud in the US. Despite that, the most controversial and discussed thing about the event was probably the bizarre cosmetic malfunction Giuliani suffered during his speech, which saw a …
 
A Tauranga city councillor claims the Mayor refused to engage with his colleagues from day one. Tenby Powell resigned at an extraordinary council meeting this afternoon, in the hopes it would trigger Government intervention. The Local Government Minister reveals she'll be receiving advice next week about whether the threshold for intervention has b…
 
Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta has been dubbed the 'Minister for Waiting' after repeatedly declining to front for a live interview on Newstalk ZB Drive. Today, Mahuta has issued a mild rebuke to China for warning the Five Eyes intelligence alliance of "their eyes being poked and blinded". The comments from China were made in response to a F…
 
President-elect Joe Biden met Thursday local time with governors from both parties and criticised President Donald Trump's unprecedented attempt to block the peaceful transition of power, saying it was hindering the flow of information about programs to develop a vitally important coronavirus vaccine. "Unfortunately, my administration hasn't been a…
 
South Australian premier Steven Marshall says he is “fuming” after it was revealed a worker with coronavirus lied to contact tracers. Mr Marshall said the man was one of the cases linked to the Woodville Pizza Bar, and told authorities he was a customer. However, after the state was sent into a six-day lockdown, it was discovered he was instead an …
 
I apologise in advance for starting the show on Tauranga City Council, but I think there are lessons for all of us in what’s happening there. Because while Tauranga City Council is clearly the worst council in the country right now, many of us will see in that council some of the behaviours we see in our won councils, wherever they are. It’s becomi…
 
The future of travel has been a hot topic today. Bill Gates has suggested that lockdowns will see many businesses curb back on travel, now that new technology and closed borders have shown that businesses can be conducted remotely. Meanwhile, a former trade envoy says Jacinda Ardern should base a senior Cabinet minister in Europe from next year. Fo…
 
New Zealand’s decision to join its five eyes partners in a joint statement that's highly critical of china's actions in Hong Kong has raised some eyebrows. Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta has only be in the job for a couple of weeks, and the move is a shift away from New Zealand’s more diplomatic approach with China. In the statement, the Fi…
 
The BBC's board of directors has approved the appointment of a retired senior judge to lead an independent investigation into the circumstances around a controversial 1995 TV interview with Princess Diana, the broadcaster said Wednesday. The announcement came after Diana's brother, Charles Spencer, made renewed claims this month that BBC journalist…
 
Like many sectors, the Covid pandemic has turned the global insurance industry on its head. On one hand, there's been a surge in health, travel and business interruption claims. But on the other, this new Covid-world has also brought opportunity. Ian Pollard is the managing director of Delta Insurance and is tonight's guest on Bosses Rebuilding. LI…
 
Is business travel going to disappear post-Covid? Bill Gates has predicted that over 50 percent of the world's business travel will disappear. His argument is in-person meetings are will no longer be "gold standard", and most companies will have a very high threshold for doing business trips. New Zealand company Serko specialises in travel booking …
 
If you're one of the 20,000 people spending your new years in Gisborne for rhythm and vines, you've got even more to look forward to Broods, Dave Dobbyn, Shihad, The Beths and a number of other acts have been added to the long-running music festival's 2020 line-up. 107 artists have been booked to perform across the festivals three days, the vast ma…
 
A man who says he was sexually assaulted by a former South Korean diplomat is fighting to have the man extradited back to New Zealand. Hongkon Kim was the deputy ambassador to new Zealand. He has been charged with three counts of indecent assault at the wellington embassy in 2017. A warrant for Kim’s arrest was issued in February, but by then he ha…
 
Nanaia Mahuta's made her first big move as Foreign Affairs Minister. On behalf of New Zealand, she signed a statement by the Five Eyes countries to condemn China's actions in Hong Kong. US, Canada, Australia, the UK and New Zealand said China was behind a concerted campaign to silence all critical voices in Hong Kong. The partners call on China to …
 
On the state’s first day of lockdown, South Australia has recorded no new COVID-19 infections. Premier Steven Marshall asked South Australians for full cooperation over the lockdown. “We have woken up to a very different SA today and my message to everyone at home is while we may be socially distant, we’ve never been more united. What we do in the …
 
A minute of silence, heavy with emotion, has been observed in Parliament to honour the 29 men who lost their lives in Pike River mine 10 years ago. Anna Osbourne, Sonya Rockhouse and Rick (Rowdy) Durbridge, members of the Pike River Families Reference Group, fought back tears as they read out the names of those who died after a series of explosions…
 
Very interesting position taken by New Zealand today on the situation in Hong Kong. The political tension’s been high there for a few months and it reached a new level last week with mainland China ejecting four opposition lawmakers from the Hong Kong legislative council. Today, the foreign ministers of all five members of the Five Eyes alliance pu…
 
Schools have been asked not to practise violent offender drills as it may cause anxiety in students, in advice developed by the Ministry of Education since the Christchurch mosque massacre last year. The ministry has also told them teachers cannot stop parents taking their children from classrooms during emergency lockdowns, and they can allow chil…
 
All Blacks captain Sam Cane has used a verbal fend on fans criticising his leadership in the back-to-back losses to Argentina and Australia. Following the All Blacks' historic loss to Argentina, Cane was quick to defend his team and head coach Ian Foster, and described the brutal nature of some of the All Blacks' passionate supporters. "You've just…
 
Businesses are being urged to prepare for law changes on cyber security that could have a big impact on them. The changes to the Privacy Act come into force on December 1st, and it's got big implications for businesses. The Government’s changes means that individuals or groups can take class action against organisations that have failed in their du…
 
Britain will ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars by 2030, a decade earlier than its previous commitment, the prime minister said Tuesday. Boris Johnson made the pledge as part of plans for a "green industrial revolution" that he claims could create up to 250,000 jobs in energy, transport and technology. The government said sales of new gas…
 
Farmlands Co-operative has announced a $7 million net profit for the 2019-20 financial year - a result chairman Rob Hewett says could have been "a damn sight worse". Profit was down from last year's $8.4 million result, while turnover was $2.6 billion and revenue was $1.1 billion. The impact of Covid-19 was most keenly felt in April when there was …
 
Christchurch City Council has a novel new approach to get people recycling. They have started rewarding the households with the best recycling with a gold sticker on their bins. Council manager for resource and recovery Ross Trotter told Heather du Plessis-Allan LISTEN ABOVEโดย Newstalk ZB
 
A new Bay of Plenty coffee roastery has sparked online controversy for naming their business OCD - short for Obsessive Coffee Drinkers. Francesca Eldridge, who has lived with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) most of her life, said it was deeply upsetting and hurtful that a company had chosen to coin their business name from a mental illness that…
 
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is scoffing at plans by the Aussie Government to woo Kiwi workers to Australia with the promise of a $2000 cash-in-hand deal. "It doesn't add up," she told reporters this afternoon when asked about the scheme. "The thing to factor in is that $2000 to go and take up a job in another country [but] you've still got the qu…
 
A major tourism boss doesn't think what the Tourism Minister's pitching is the right answer. Minister Stuart Nash has told industry leaders they should be targeting wealthy visitors - rather than the likes of freedom campers. He's said that includes looking at banning freedom campers from hiring vans without toilets. Talking to RNZ this morning, Na…
 
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