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After 33 years behind the Newstalk ZB microphone, Leighton can’t give it up completely. There were so many requests to continue his opinionated commentary that the prospect of podcasting was born. So, without restriction, Leighton continues to serve up on everything you want to hear about and some things you don’t. Stand by to be enlightened, educated and enraged!
 
Home is where the heart is, and there’s no question that Kiwis LOVE property. Newstalk ZB’s OneRoof Radio Show is a full-house of property talk, tips and tricks. Leading industry experts join us to discuss and debate the latest in market trends, investments, DIY and much more. Step inside The OneRoof Radio Show and make yourself at home.
 
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Unvaccinated people across Germany will soon be excluded from nonessential stores, restaurants and sports and cultural venues, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced Thursday, and parliament will consider a general vaccine mandate as part of efforts to curb coronavirus infections. Merkel announced the measures after a meeting with federal and state lea…
 
Japan says it has retracted a ban on new incoming international flight bookings to defend against the new variant of the coronavirus only a day after the policy was announced, following criticisms that it was an overreaction. The transport ministry on Wednesday issued a request to international airlines to stop taking new reservations for flights c…
 
Christopher Luxon’s first few days will be seen as a reasonable success, but we’re yet to see which policy directions National will take under his leadership, particularly with climate. Business commentator Rod Oram told Heather du Plessis-Allan Luxon should speak with Paul Polman, his old boss at Unilever. “Getting Polman here, who is a very serio…
 
The Black Caps' 2nd test against India is not off to a good start. The first session in Mumbai was delayed due to a wet outfield, but now Kane Williamson has been ruled out with an elbow injury, which may extend once the team returns home. The WTA has become the first professional sporting organisation to take a stand against the Chinese government…
 
A Northland businessman says the region's seeing booking cancellations due to checkpoints. Police will keep Northland's borders in place with iwi support when Auckland's border opens. In November the Government changed Covid laws to grant iwi organisations power to close roads and public places to stop vehicles. Northland businessman Grant Harnish …
 
The IOC has had a second video call with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai. IOC President Thomas Bach says that Peng has reconfirmed that she is safe and well, despite the “difficult situation” she is in. However, the IOC isn't releasing the transcript of the conversation. Sydney Morning Herald North Asia correspondent Eryk Bagshaw told Heather du P…
 
Meghan Markle has won her court battle against the Mail on Sunday. The Court of Appeal upheld the decision that Markle had a “reasonable expectation of privacy” over a letter written to her father that was published by the tabloid. LA Correspondent Sean Mandell told Heather du Plessis-Allan she had anticipated the letter would be leaked and had tak…
 
Iwi will be able to stop cars travelling into Northland. The Government changed Covid laws on November 20 to grant iwi organisations power to close roads and public places to stop vehicles. Police will be maintaining checkpoints for cars travelling into Northland after Auckland's border reopens on December 15. Act Party leader David Seymour told He…
 
The Government passed a law on November 20 giving iwi organisations in Northland the right to stop vehicles travelling to the region. The checkpoints will be under police supervision when the Auckland border opens on December 15. New National leader Christopher Luxon has been up in Auckland visiting restaurants on the Auckland Viaduct. He questione…
 
When Justice Brett Kavanaugh was facing tough questions during his 2018 confirmation battle about his views on the Supreme Court's abortion rulings. he returned time and time again to the importance of precedent and their "precedent on precedent." Speaking more broadly, Kavanaugh at the time described the circumstances that the justices overturn pr…
 
Pints are pouring and cocktails are being sipped on Auckland's waterfront. Hospitality businesses dusted off tables and opened their doors this morning after 107 days in lockdown. Venues have a 100 person cap under the Red Traffic Light Setting and patrons have to show their My Vaccine Pass. HeadQuarters bar owner Leo Molloy told Heather du Plessis…
 
Simon Bridges has revealed he dropped out of the race for National party leader because he didn't have the numbers. Bridges, who has previously held the top job, made an eleventh-hour decision to back Christopher Luxon before Tuesday's caucus meeting. He's since picked up the finance portfolio under Luxon's new reign. Bridges told Heather du Plessi…
 
Did it take anyone else by surprise to hear the Police Commissioner reveal the Government’s made it legal for iwi up north to stop your car? Yeah, me too. So I checked it out. Turns out, they did change the law. Two weeks ago, on November 20 — a Saturday — they inserted a new bit into the Covid-19 Health Response Act granting the power to “close ro…
 
In his capacity as the new National Party leader, Christopher Luxon makes his first appearance on The Country. Today, in our "get to know Christopher" interview, we cover his seven houses, being a Christian, liking country music, his view on farming and farmers, Simon Bridges, Judith Collins, Todd Muller, Barbara Kuriger, Penny Simmonds, and just w…
 
Toys, building products, bikes. Chances are you're having trouble sourcing them at the moment. But, there might be light at the end of the tunnel. Sam Dickie from Fisher Funds told Heather du Plessis-Allan why he thinks the global shipping crisis is wrapping up. LISTEN ABOVENewstalk ZB
 
Economists have been hiking their expectations for Fonterra’s milk payment to farmers for this season, with most now expecting the co-operative to pay the highest level since it was founded 20 years ago. The Country’s host Jamie MacKay discussed this with Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVENewstalk ZB
 
Real wages have suffered the biggest fall in more than a decade as rising costs outrun pay rises, according to a new ANZ report. Liam Dann, NZ Herald's business editor, joined Heather du Plessis-Allan to discuss the fall. LISTEN ABOVENewstalk ZB
 
Has James Shaw just decided he doesn’t give a flying fig what voters of think of him anymore? It turns out James hasn’t gone into MIQ after coming back from his trip to the climate conference in Glasgow. He got permission to isolate at home. This is a surprise because the Prime Minister poured cold water on that idea when she was asked about it. "I…
 
This business of trying to guilt Aucklanders and other visitors into staying away from Northland or other low vaccinated regions this summer is absolute nonsense. Yesterday, we heard that the iwi chairs up north and the Northland DHB chief executives wrote to the PM and Health Minister Andrew Little pleading with the government to back track on pla…
 
A Northland Iwi says it's been left in the dark on plans for the region's Covid-19 border. Police have confirmed they will maintain checkpoints for cars crossing into Northland, after Auckland's border opens on December 15. Travellers will need to ensure they have a Covid Pass or proof of a negative test result if they want to get through. Police s…
 
Thousands of Kiwis hoping to ring in the New Years at Rhythm and Vines are out of luck. Organisers of the Gisborne music festival have postponed the notorious event at Waiohika Estate - until Easter Weekend, next year. Attendees will be able to camp over four nights from April 14 and those who can't make the new date can get refunds. When New Zeala…
 
Rhythm and Vines is off. It's been delayed until Easter Weekend. Upper Hutt council will not require vaccine passes at most public facilities. This is a rarity these days. James Shaw didn't go through MIQ after all, and was instead allowed to be part of the home isolation trial. That's despite the Prime Minister saying he would go through Managed I…
 
An Australian government-commissioned report released on Tuesday has revealed the alarming extent of sexual harassment among those working for some of its highest legislative and elected offices. One-third of people working in Australia’s Parliament and federal politicians’ offices have suffered sexual harassment but only 11% of them reported it, a…
 
Upper Hutt Council-run facilities won't require vaccine passes and the Mayor is standing by that decision. Wellington, Porirua and Hutt City councils are mandating passes in all their facilities. The Upper Hutt and Bay of Plenty councils aren't. Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy says not mandating passes lets the facilities serve their true purpose. He …
 
Pharmac is potentially a good model, but there are issues. A panel reviewing the drug buying agency has released its interim report on its operation. Review chair Sue Chetwin says told Heather du Plessis-Allan Pharmac's under increasing challenges from consumers, patient advocates and clinicians. She said the big concerns are mostly the same from e…
 
The talk of Ikea coming to New Zealand is finally becoming a reality. The Swedish furniture company's signed a deal to buy 3.2 hectares of land at Auckland's Sylvia Park, the country's largest shopping centre. First Retail Group's Chris Wilkinson told Heather du Plessis-Allan it's a very logical location. “It’s a regional centre.” He said it will s…
 
The Waikato Chamber of Commerce is throwing their weight behind the idea of relocating Fonterra's headquarters back to the heartland. Fonterra is currently based in the Auckland CBD. Waikato Chamber of Commerce CEO Don Good told Heather du Plessis-Allan location makes it easier for them to make with their key shareholders. "It's important, especial…
 
November was a tough month for the NZX with the market down 2.9%. Sam Trethewey from Milford Asset Management joined Heather du Plessis-Allan to share what he thought was behind this. LISTEN ABOVENewstalk ZB
 
The general public has reacted pretty positively to Christopher Luxon as the new National Party leader. But the question is, will business fall behind him as well? Hamish Rutherford is the NZ Herald's Wellington Business Editor and has been sounding out some business voices. He told Heather du Plessis-Allan there will be a sense relief. "This is a …
 
Christchurch Airport is beginning its transition towards a low energy future. The city's international airport has announced it's committing 400 hectares to create a renewable energy park with a solar farm. CEO Malcolm Johns told Heather Du Plessis-Allan the airport will be platform to help other organisations de-carbonise their sector. “Our focus …
 
Christopher Luxon says he owns seven houses and some people have their knickers in a twist over it. And there seems to be a focus and obsession with Luxon’s Christianity. Phil Goff's climate change tax. Massive mistake or just a necessity of the times? The government's voucher offering for council facilities is an act to revive Auckland this summer…
 
A copyright stoush has erupted over a piece of inflatable children's play equipment. Amanda Van Gorp claims she created a tekoteko design, that The Madd Fun Company then used on a bouncy castle. Gorp told Heather du Plessis-Allan they didn't get permission to use it. She argued the company is profiting off her design without consent. LISTEN ABOVE…
 
A paediatrician says she's pleased Pfizer vaccine rollout for five- to 11-year-olds will likely begin next month. The Government's signalled it expects to begin the programme in January, subject to Medsafe approval. Dr Jin Russell told Heather du Plessis-Allan that will align us with our Trans-Tasman neighbours. She said we've heard the Australians…
 
Auckland's Mayor thinks households will prefer a targeted climate levy, rather than it being lumped with normal rates. It would raise 471-million dollars over the next 10 years. It'll help ramp up bus services, improve walking and cycling options, increase urban forests - and decarbonise ferries. It'll cost a median-value home about one-dollar-ten …
 
Auckland hospitality providers are "crushed" to be left out of the city's reactivation budget. The Government, Auckland Council and Auckland Unlimited have put together a $37.5 million fund to revitalise the city. It includes a $12-million voucher programme for discounts on commercial attractions and public facilities - but not hospitality. Restaur…
 
I cannot wait to see how this climate tax idea goes for Phil Goff. My guess is it won't go well because no one likes paying anything labelled as a new tax and climate taxes are a special sub category of taxes we hate. The proposal is that Auckland rate payers will be hit with a 3.5% rates-increase next year. On top of that, they’ll be hit with a 2.…
 
On this week's podcast: Guesting, is Australian journalist Rebecca Weisser. She relates the detail of two doctors’ experiences with the ever encroaching power of authoritarian government.We outline the thoughts of a former National MP on the new leadership.And we dip into the Mailroom with Mrs Producer. File your comments and complaints at Leighton…
 
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