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An Auckland budgeting services trust says something needs to change - and fast - to help families struggling to feed themselves as food prices increase, and food budgets decrease. Mangere Budgeting Services Trust's Darryl Evans says their research into families found an average family of four in Auckland has $39 to spend on food a week. It's an iss…
 
A Pacific public health expert is warning it's absurd and unrealistic not to ensure all ethnicities reach vaccination milestones before opening up and easing restrictions. 94 community cases were announced yesterday; most of them in Auckland and there are now 183 mystery cases from the past fortnight. Auckland University professor Collin Tukuitonga…
 
The National Party has laid out its so-called Back in Business plan to support businesses, reduce restrictions, and reopen the country. It would let areas with 70 percent vaccination and no Covid-19 move to level 1, and fully vaccinated businesses returning to normal operation. It would also bring in temporary tax cuts for small business and indust…
 
The government this morning announced plans to change the way managed isolation is co-ordinated for health workers, guaranteeing 300 spots a month for the health and disability sector. Health Minister Andrew Little says Aotearoa needs to get health workers into the country, whether it's returning New Zealanders or doctors and nurses coming in from …
 
Three COVID-19 positive community cases escaped from an MIQ facility near Auckland Airport yesterday evening. The first two men were caught by police around five minutes after they fled. But the third, who was being taken home to retrieve personal items and care for a pet, disappeared within 10 minutes despite being escorted by security. They are y…
 
Barbara Relph has been through the breakdown of a long term relationship and hopes to help others with her book Uncoupling. It's a practical guide to the many and varied situations break-ups can bring. This includes the laws of separation, how to tell your children, or other family members and how to take care of yourself. Barbara says breakups are…
 
Leah McFall reviews A Still Life by Josie George, published by Bloomsbury Leah says: Charming, positive and surprising, this book shows what can happen if you choose to live slowly, and fully in the present. Timed well for lockdown - now all of us know what confinement is like - it may feel claustrophobic to some.…
 
This year marks 60 years since the building of the Berlin Wall, appearing practically overnight on the 12th -13th of August 1961. It separated families, friends, lovers and even parents from their babies. The wall wouldn't come down for another 28 years, and during that time, at least 140 people would die trying to flee from East to West - but many…
 
Australia correspondent Bernard Keane joins Kathryn to talk about Australia's climate position and the difficulties and disagreements the coalition government is having ahead of COP26 in Glasgow. He'll also talk about whether a national plan for tackling Covid has been ditched in favour of states doing their own thing - and whether that's having th…
 
New research calls for improved stewardship of antimicrobials, including antibiotics, and chemicals found in personal care and cleaning products to protect human and ecological health.The review of the role of Emerging Organic Contaminants - which are also found in pharmaceuticals and agrichemicals - examines the effect they have on Antimicrobial R…
 
Plastic surgeons seeing a rise in botched jobs are urgently calling for legislation to regulate non-surgical cosmetic treatments like Botox and lip fillers. New Zealand currently has no age limits for the procedures, and there are limited levels of regulation for dermal fillers in particular. One in six people who get Botox suffer from complication…
 
We're hours away from the start of the NBA basketball season in the United States - where much of the hype has surrounded the banning of Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving. Irving's refusal to be vaccinated against Covid-19 created a headache for Nets general manager - and New Zealander - Sean Marks. NetsDaily website reporter Matt Brooks spoke t…
 
A former security guard at Oranga Tamariki who has retrained as social worker says it's changed his life. Fifty-six-year-old James Cherrington began studying nine years ago and this year he graduated with a masters in social work. He now works as a Whānau Ora navigator at Te Tihi o Ruahine Whānau Ora Alliance and He Puna Hauora in Palmerston North.…
 
Auckland students are struggling to deal with the uncertainty around schools reopening. Minister Chris Hipkins will provide further advice on face-to-face learning today. With exams looming, the pressure on students is mounting. Albany Senior High School student Ashleigh Bindon, and Papatoetoe High School student Michael Taylor spoke to Corin Dann.…
 
Consumer New Zealand and the Food and Grocery Council have written to MPs urging them to back an overhaul of the supermarket industry. The organisations say consumers and suppliers are being held to ransom by the two major supermarket groups, Foodstuffs and Woolworths. The head of the Food and Grocery Council, Katherine Rich, says with the lack of …
 
The Minister of Housing is downplaying the suggestion Mayors were blindsided by new densification rules. National and the government teamed-up to slash red tape by August 2022, with the aim of making it easier and cheaper to build new homes. Complaints from local government include feeling blindsided by the announcement and worries about what areas…
 
Air quality experts are looking to the government's pandemic school plan due out today to do more to protect students in classrooms. They have just met with the Ministries of education and health to push for air monitoring, and filtering purifiers, like the thousands being rolled out in Australia. Phil Pennington reports.…
 
Waiheke Islanders have their fingers crossed the first ever case from the Covid-19 delta outbreak will be their last. The person had been tested on the mainland in Auckland, but travelled to the island instead of isolating. They stayed in their vehicle on the Sealink car ferry, then went to a home on the island and had no contact with anyone. Many …
 
The Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency says more than 90 percent of Māori would've received both doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine by now, if its vaccine rollout proposal it handed to ministers in February hadn't been rejected. The government says the business case wasn't approved because of supply constraints at the time. Whānau Ora Commissioning …
 
The Covid-19 vaccination programme in Taranaki may need to rollover into next year to get Māori in the region up beyond a 90 percent vaccination rate. Just 62 percent of Taranaki Māori have received a first dose of the vaccine. Just 38 percent are fully innoculated. Taranaki Whanganui reporter Robin Martin has more.…
 
There are growing calls for the government to waive NCEA exams for students in Auckland. Principals are floating options including cancelling level one exams or allowing teens in the region to choose if they sit their exams. They say students have lost so much classroom time they will be under prepared and they are especially worried about those wh…
 
While many mayors support the new Housing Supply Bill, some say it won't work without better infrastructure funding. National and Labour have joined forces to design new housing density rules, which allow three houses, up to three storeys high, to be built without resource consent. The new intensification rules could result in 100,000 new homes in …
 
Skill shortages, limited infrastructure, and rampant material costs are stopping houses being built and an incoming law change won't fix that. That's the take of Auckland city's planning committee chair who says the government's new intensification policy fails to address immediate problems. With the support of National, the government is to make c…
 
A Covid-19 modeller says daily numbers could top out at around 150,200 cases a day by the middle of November, but New Zealand is also risking a New South Wales-style blowout. The country hit a new record of daily Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, 94 with more than half unlinked, sparking fears the contact tracing system could soon go under. Professor Mich…
 
National Party leader Judith Collins says her party would end lockdowns when vaccinations reached between 85 and 90 percent or on 1 December, whichever comes first. Currently 67 percent of the eligible population are fully vaccinated. Collins told Morning Report that not only is business suffering, but tens of thousands of people, including vulnera…
 
Some Auckland secondary school principals want students back in the classroom next Tuesday. Auckland schools have been shut for nine weeks because of the delta outbreak. Education Minister Chris Hipkins will provide an update today and has signalled senior students will be the first to return. RNZ political reporter Katie Scotcher has more.…
 
Senior secondary students are just weeks out from exam leave before final exams begin on 20 November - but Aucklanders are still in lockdown, and waiting to learn what the government's latest advice is on schools reopening, later on Wednesday. Secondary Principals' Association president Vaughan Coillault spoke to Corin Dann.…
 
The Mayors of some of the country's largest cities have been caught off guard by the Government's housing density announcement. National and the government have teamed-up to slash red tape by August next year with the aim of making it easier to build more apartments and townhouses. But councils were kept in the dark until the day of the announcemen…
 
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