Auckland International Airport said Covid-19 travel restrictions were responsible for an 80.9 per cent decline in its net profit to $28.1 million for the six months to December 31. The company, in its earnings outlook for the full year to June 30, said it expects to report a net loss of between $35m and $55m. Revenue for the six months fell by 64.9 per cent to $131.5m and its operating profit dropped by 68.4 per cent to $88.2m. The company's earnings per share fell by 84.1 per cent to 1.91 cents. Auckland Airport said its net underlying loss for the half came to $10.5m. CEO of Auckland Airport Carrie Hurihanganui joined Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive to discuss its decline in profit. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A 200 thousand dollar boost for storm-ravaged Nelson region. The Government's pumping cash into the Nelson Tasman and Marlborough area - for immediate help after prolonged heavy rain, flooding and high winds. Emergency Management Kieran McAnulty says the weather's caused considerable damage and been extremely disruptive. He says it's still too early to know the full cost but this first contribution to the Mayoral Relief Fund is a start and will ensure there's little delay in getting immediate support. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Have I got my hands on something good for you. Now, you know how we're constantly told by the authorities that there's all this public support for cycleways? And you sit there thinking, well, nobody I know likes the cycleways, so what's going? Where can this possibly go? What? Well, here's the answer: Looks like they're fudging the numbers. There isn't majority support for cycleways at all. Today, the Ratepayers Alliance has released a public survey conducted by Auckland Transport that I think might be the first real insight that we've had into what Aucklander’s actually think about cycleways. And let's have a little guessing game on this one, right? The majority of Aucklander’s want Auckland council to stop investing in cycleways immediately. So guess what proportion of Aucklander’s actually support the funding of cycleways in the city in the short term? 40%, no, 30%, no, 20%, no, not even 15%, 12%. 12% support the funding of cycleways in the city in the short term. That's fewer than one in eight Aucklander’s who want the council to put money into cycleways right now. Instead, what Aucklander’s really want right now is to be able to get around the city faster. So they want faster, more frequent public transport (48%), new roads to solve congestion (37%), increase the capacity of existing roads (32%), build new public transport for growing suburbs (26%), build new roads to growing suburbs (26%). So the top five priorities for money right now in Auckland are public transport and roads to get us moving faster, not cycleways with only 12%. Now, the reason I'm bringing this to you is because I think the survey is really important for a number of reasons, and I do apologize if you're outside of Auckland, but I tell you what, I bet you it's exactly the same situation in whatever town or city you're in right now regarding cycleways. This is important because this survey undermines every single insistence from public officials and cycling advocates that there is majority support for cycleways in the short term. There isn't. And this survey has not yet been made public, even though it was done more than 18 months ago. And most importantly, the council is ignoring right now what people want. So, two months ago, the council voted to spend $2 billion on cycleways, which we don't want. And today, they just voted for that ridiculous climate change plan, which will require them to plow huge amounts of money into cycleways because they want to lift our biking from zero 4% to 17% of total trips in eight years. Now, I don't know why this document has only been released now and not beforehand, and I don't know why it took an official information request from the Ratepayers Alliance to get hold of it, but I can see it definitely undermines Auckland council's push for cycling. Because it shows just how many of us want them to stop the cycleways right away and it is just so frustrating when you see this to watch how they are ignoring what we actually want. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Electricity Authority says it's made urgent changes today, to make sure consumers aren't disadvantaged by big deals. The amendment to the Electricity Industry Participation Code means that deals for more than 150 megawatts, can only go ahead if they meet specific criteria. It impacts powercos' ability to strike a deal with Tiwai Point aluminium smelter, as it works on plans to stay operating beyond 2024. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A major blow to Upper Hutt. St Joseph’s Home of Compassion elder care facility will shut down because it can't get enough nurses. The 87 bed facility will start moving residents to new home in the coming months. Aged Care Association Chief Executive Simon Wallace said it reflects the wider health worker crisis. Co-Executive director of the Sisters of Compassion group Dr Chris Gallivan joined Heather du Plessis Allan Drive to discuss the decision to shut down. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
BY RNZ https://www.rnz.co.nz/ National polytechnic Te Pūkenga's chief executive, Stephen Town, has resigned with effect from yesterday. Te Pūkenga has been beset with difficulties as it works to bring polytechnics, institutes of technology and Industry Training Organisations together by January 1. The new mega polytechnic is facing a $100 million deficit this year and criticism that it has not done enough to prepare for taking over industry training and polytechnics in 2023. Town had been on personal leave from his job which pays up to $13,000 a week. Chairman Murray Strong and acting chief executive Peter Winder appeared before Parliament's education select committee in early August where they were questioned about the problems with the transition and what they were doing to cut costs and to work more constructively with staff. Strong said the organisation had apologised to the Minister of Education and the staff of Te Pūkenga for not making the expected progress. Former Deputy CEO Merran Davis joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Four doubles in a row, he OCR has risen another 50 basis points today. We're now sitting at 3 percent, as expected by most commentators. The Reserve Bank thinks we'll peak at 4.1 percent. Gareth Kiernan, Infometrics Chief Forecaster joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
After weeks of speculation Ian foster has been given the full backing of the NZR board to continue as the All Blacks head coach through to the World Cup in 2023. Former Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has also been elevated and will now lead as the All Blacks' attack coach. Former All Black Justin Marshall joined Heather du Plessis-Allan LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Reserve Bank has lifted the Official Cash Rate by 50 basis points to 3 per cent - its highest level since 2015. The RBNZ now sees the OCR peaking at 4.1 per cent as it fights inflation pressure. Previously it had forecast a peak of 3.95 per cent. Labour has overtaken National again in the latest Curia-Taxpayers Union poll which saw National and its leader Christopher Luxon take a dive in popularity. There is more bad news for Luxon, whose favourability had just dropped into negatives for the first time since becoming National leader - his favourability of -1 per cent is now closer to Act leader David Seymour's than Labour leader Jacinda Ardern's. Newstalk ZB Political Editor Barry Soper joined Heather du Plessis-Allan to discuss as well as today's developments in the Dr. Gaurav Sharma saga. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Questions have been asked as to whether the criteria for being on a school board of trustees need tightening. White supremacist Philip Arps is currently standing for the board of Linwood College, who spent six months in jail for sharing footage of the March 15 terror attacks. Vaughan Couillault, Secondary Principals Association President, joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Heather du Plessis-Allan has talked this week on being worried about three of Auckland mayoral candidate Efeso Collins' policies. They were that he supports giving a lane on the Auckland Harbour Bridge to cyclists, that he supports a second harbour crossing that doesn't allow cars, and that he supports light rail. His team have reached and Efeso would like a right of reply. Efeso Collins joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Why won’t Labour order an investigation into the bullying Dr Gaurav Sharma claims has happened? Clearly, on the balance of probability, he is not an innocent here. He has three staff members complaining to the media about him But just because he might have behavioural issues, it doesn’t absolve the Labour Party of the allegations he’s laying. He claims to have been bullied by former senior whip Kieran McAnulty and by current senior whip Duncan Webb and that the Prime Minister's office did nothing to stop it. He claims that he asked them to investigate his complaints and they wouldn’t’ Why? Any good operator would’ve ordered an investigation by now for two reasons: First; you shut the story down. Look at what happened to the Nats with the Sam Uffindell stuff. Those allegations were in the news for two days, the Nats ordered an investigation, and the stories stopped because we all knew we’d find out the truth in 2-3 weeks. Now compare that to Labour's handling of this mess. This is the sixth news day about Sharma. They could’ve shut this down days ago. But also, the second reason, due process. Here is a guy claiming bullying and being accused of bullying and it’s got very complicated and murky to all of us watching. The right thing to do for his sake and for the sake of Kieran McAnulty and Duncan Webb – all of whom risk having their reputations blemished by this – is to order an investigation and clear the names of the innocent parties. So why won’t the Labour Party do that? A generous reading is that they don’t’ want to tie up the time of people they know are innocent. A less generous reading is they don’t’ really want to know what an investigation would unearth. They run the risk that while this ends as a news story, but none of us are ever really sure what happened and are left forever suspecting that while Gaurav Sharma might’ve been a bully himself, he was right and Labour were bullies too. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Labour MP Gaurav Sharma has been suspended from caucus effective immediately, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced. It is the "most appropriate" response to "repeated breaches of trust" committed by the MP, Ardern said after a special party caucus meeting today. Sharma, who did not attend the meeting, was phoned, texted and emailed to join today's meeting but did not join, Ardern said. Newstalk ZB Political Editor Barry Soper told Heather du Plessis Allan Sharma's being given a second chance of sorts. “He’s on a good behaviour bond, even though they won’t call it that. So, he’s been suspended and that what means is Labour will continue to get his vote, if they’d expelled him from caucus they wouldn’t get that, not that they’d need it anyway.” The decision will be reviewed in December. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has revealed Scott Morrison secretly held five additional portfolios between March 2020 and May 2021 during his time as prime minister – in some cases without the existing ministers' knowledge. Between March 2020 and May 2021, Morrison took control of the Departments of Health, Finance, Resources, Home Affairs and Treasury. The bombshell revelation has sparked calls for him to resign and leave Australia's federal parliament. Former Australian Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews told news.com.au she had "no idea" the former prime minister had sworn himself into her portfolio. "I am going to ask him to resign and leave Parliament,'' she said. "I have nothing to say to him. "This is totally unacceptable, For a prime minister to behave in this manner undermines everything that a federal government constitutionally should stand for." Albanese called him a "stealth bulldozer" and said that Morrison and those in his government need to be "held to account". "This has been government by deception," Albanese told reporters in Canberra. "He told us he was a bulldozer and his Coalition colleagues just shrugged their shoulders and carried on. "A misleading of parliament as to who was holding what portfolios." Albanese said the former prime minister had trashed democracy, adding that he couldn't conceive of how Morrison's plans "avoided scrutiny". Albanese said the appointments were made by the Government-General on the advice of Morrison under Section 64 of the Constitution. "That is the advice I have received," he explained. While Albanese was unable to address the "legality" of Morrison's actions, he confirmed that he's sought advice from the Solicitory-General, which will be available next Monday. When asked whether Albanese was critical of the Governor-General's role in Morrison's appointments, the Prime Minister said "it's very clear" that the responsibility was mainly with the Morrison government. 'THAT WAS AN ERROR': SCOMO RESPONDS Earlier, Morrison made a surprise call to a radio station to address the revelations for the first time. Morrison called into Ben Fordham's 2GB radio show this morning and admitted it was an "error" not telling the former finance minister Mathias Cormann that he had secretly appointed himself to the portfolio. Morrison said he had called the former leader of the government in the Senate to apologise. "That was an error and an oversight and I've apologised," he told 2GB radio. Cormann discovered over the weekend that Morrison had appointed himself to the portfolio without addressing the change with him. Morrison used a secret mechanism that allowed him to appoint himself to a portfolio without needing to make a public announcement. Of the five portfolios, only then-health minister Greg Hunt is known to have been made aware that Morrison was becoming a co-minister. Morrison said he thought the fact he had appointed himself to jointly have power in the finance portfolio had been "sorted" between his and Cormann's offices, but admitted he never bothered to tell his colleague. "Things were moving very quickly at the time,'' he said. "None of us are perfect. There was no sense of bad faith in it." But he defended the decision to "safeguard" the portfolios as prudent, given the risk a minister could be taken down by Covid and be unable to administer their portfolio. Before the total number of portfolios taken over by the then-prime minister was confirmed, Morrison said it was "not his recollection" that he had appointed himself to any more than three, but said he was checking. "I'm pursuing that, but not to my recollection. There were a number (of other portfolios) that we considered at the time to safeguard," he said. Albo: 'I'll run a good, orderly government' Albanese also staunchly promised to run an "orderly" government, that stands in "stark contrast" to the former "rabble". "I can confirm that no-one was appointed to different portfolios in secret," he said. "I can confirm that we had proper processes and papers presented before that Cabinet. "I'll continue to run a good, orderly government that stands in stark contrast to the rabble and the chaos and the undermining of parliamentary democracy of our predecessors." Current Leader of the Opposition, Peter Dutton, is slated to address the secret appointments later on Tuesday. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dame Lynda Topp says her bid to become an Ashburton District councillor - is about giving back to her supportive community. She's one half of the Topp Twins musical comedy duo - and will run in the western ward against incumbent Rodger Letham and deputy mayor, Liz McMillan. Dame Lynda told Heather Du Plessis-Allan she's just gone through months of chemo, but she's ready for a challenge. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Salman Rushdie's son gives a positive update on his condition after his horrific stabbing in New York. The UK's Labour Party is proposing an extension of a tax on oil and gas firms. A town in Germany is allowed to let its cats back outside after three months to protect an endangered bird. UK correspondent Gavin Grey joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
I sort of hate saying this because I actually really like Viv Beck, but I do think she needs to think very seriously about throwing in the towel in the Auckland mayoral race for the sake of the city. John Banks has got a point in what he was saying in the Herald this morning. At this rate, she can’t win. Her polls are slipping, her campaign is not good enough to lift those polls. All she’s doing right now is splitting the vote between the two candidates on the right — herself and Wayne Brown — and ensuring Efeso Collins on the left gets into the mayoralty. Have you seen Efeso Collins’ policies? Are you sure this is the guy you want as the mayor of Auckland? There are three things I worry about: 1. He supports giving a lane on the Harbour Bridge to cyclists. Permanently. That’s gonna screw the traffic coming in from the North Shore big time when it’s already screwed up enough. 2. He supports building another harbour crossing that doesn’t allow cars on it. So just for the climate friendly transport. That’s not very smart for a city as jammed up as Auckland. 3. He supports light rail. Light rail is one of the dumbest transport ideas in its current design. It’s gonna cost us $30 billion. Complete waste of money. Collins is basically a Labour guy just repeating the same stuff from the Labour guys in the Beehive. So we might end up voting them out this time next year, but we’re still going to be stuck with their ridiculous ideas about transport in our biggest city because their guy Efeso Collins is the mayor. One of the two candidates on the right needs to stand down and give the other one a fighting chance. Viv’s polling is lower, which is why she probably needs to stand down. She’s on 12.5 percent on the latest Ratepayers Alliance Curia poll. Wayne Brown is on quite a bit more on 18.6 percent, Efeso Collins is on 22.3 percent, but apparently he is a bit stuck in the mid-twenties, so he is beatable. Leo Molloy pulled out last week to stop Efeso’s policies becoming reality. You can’t have Leo being more grown up than Viv here so she needs to do the same. The worst thing for her to do would be to split the vote to ensure Efeso Collins wins and condemn Auckland to another three years of this nonsense. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Messy is an appropriate word to describe the bullying accusations within the Labour Party. Gaurav Sharma potentially made it worse for Jacinda Ardern by putting screenshots on Facebook of bullying just as she was about to speak to media. A caucus meeting will be held to resolve the issue. NZME Business Commentator Fran O’Sullivan joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Former senior minister and attorney-general Chris Finlayson's book Yes, Minister comes out tomorrow. The book is about his time working under John Key. He was the minister responsible for the 2014 deal with Tuhoe that gave them co-governance over Te Urewera National Park. Chris Finlayson joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Labour will hold a caucus meeting to discuss Gaurav Sharma. Sharma has been vocal on Facebook about bullying within the party's caucus, including posting one just as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was about to speak at a post-Cabinet press conference. Viv Beck will not stand down from the Auckland mayoral race. The latest polls have seen her fall to around 12 percent, well behind the other centre-right candidate Wayne Brown and frontrunner Efeso Collins. A Warriors fan has been kicked out of Mt Smart Stadium for doing a shoey. However, the fan, Calley Gibbons, says he'll be back for the team's final game in three weeks against the Cowboys. NEALE JONES AND SAM JOHNSON JOINED HEATHER DU PLESSIS-ALLAN ON THE HUDDLE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Labour will hold a caucus meeting this week to discuss issues Hamilton West MP Gaurav Sharma has raised. Sharma has slammed party whips and the Parliamentary service - accusing them of gaslighting and bullying. The Party says investigations have found his claims to be baseless. Grant Robertson told Heather du Plessis Allan when there are issues such as this it's expected the caucus would discuss them. “Our rules are such that if any action was to be taken, it is a caucus decision rather than the decision of any individual, and so it makes sense to have a meeting to talk any issues through.” LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
By Phil Pennington of RNZ http://www.rnz.co.nz/ Speed cameras that take two pictures at different spots in order to work out a vehicle's average speed could be in use within months. Transport Agency documents say law changes could allow them to be used against more offences including tailgating, and seeing inside a car to spot drivers using cellphones or not belted in. The OIA papers show Waka Kotahi has been working on this and a new highway tolling system that can also be used for congestion charging, for a couple of years. Its plans say the point-to-point or average-speed cameras "could be a game changer enabling us to manage corridor speeds rather than spot speed". They would be three times better than fixed or mobile speed cameras at cutting the road toll, a business case said. The smart cameras "can be used to provide evidence, for example, that a driver is using a mobile phone or not wearing a seatbelt". "Camera-based enforcement can be invasive, as images are purposely taken of the driver and passenger compartment," the business case stated. A board paper from April said law changes under the Regulatory Stewardship Transport Amendment Bill meant from early 2023 there could be use of point-to-point cameras, automation of offence processing and fine notices delivered to cellphones. Already 26 of the new cameras are on order to add to the 142-strong network. The agency is calling them "safety cameras" in a Cabinet-ordered attempt "to shift the public away from perceptions that safety cameras are an enforcement, revenue-gathering tool". Medium and high-risk roads will be the target. A camera business case estimates they could save between 1500 and 2400 lives and $1.5 billion across two decades. The privacy implications are still being worked out with the Privacy Commissioner. Waka Kotahi refuses to specify the total cost of the camera system and new tolling system, saying this was to protect "ministers, members of organisations, officers, and employees from improper pressure or harassment". However, just the first phase - choosing the mix of cameras, where to put them and the design of the system - costs $21.6m, which is $10m more than expected, though the documents said that had not impacted the whole budget. Spanish traffic company SICE (Sociedad Ibérica de Construcciones Eléctricas) won the contract for the cameras and tolling. The work is being done quickly alongside a review of road offence penalties with the aim of saving 114 lives a year by 2030. As it stands, relatively few cameras per capita and lack of advanced cameras, along with very low penalties for speeding "greatly undermine the effectiveness of the enforcement approach", the papers say. In New Zealand the speeding fine for being 1-10km/h over the limit in an urban area is $30, compared to $370 in Sweden. Fines are set to rise and demerit points are very likely to be stiffer, and applied for the first time to camera offences. Authorities see all this as crucial to the Road to Zero strategy, with cameras expected to provide 5 per cent of the 40 per cent reduction in road deaths and serious injuries that is the strategy's primary goal. At present there are 142 safety cameras across its road network: 45 red-light, 54 fixed speed, and 43 mobile cameras, an increase of 30 since 2019. Waka Kotahi is taking them over from police, adding to its 2000 traffic management cameras. It would not say how many cameras it planned to have. "ITS and infrastructure will be future-proofed to enable Waka Kotahi to trial and adopt ... smart cameras" with "built-in intelligent image processing and pattern recognition algorithms [that] allow these cameras to detect motion, measure objects, read vehicle number plates, and recognise human behaviours", the camera business case says. Police were already testing prototypes of trailers to carry point-to-point speed cameras that might be used at roadworks. The aim with the network of three types of camera - point-to-point, red light, and standard used in both fixed and mobile operations - is to create an "anywhere, any time" deterrent. Research shows the public thinks speeding is much safer than it is: 44 per cent of all road deaths in the last decade were down to speed. PRIVACY IMPLICATIONS On privacy, the business case says "the data and digital images captured by cameras, their storage, and their use all have privacy implications". "New issues will arise with new technologies that can be used for other than current safety-related purposes, such as average speed and mobile phone use detection." The agency expects a small rise in public support for cameras of up to 2.5 per cent as people see the safety benefits. On the tolling front, the documents show the current system used on just three highways is on its last legs. "As it is now, the current tolling system is a very inefficient way of collecting money," the business case said. One option was to run it to standstill, or outsource it entirely. There is an indication there will be more tolling: "Over time, it should be expected that the cost of an outsourced service will increase as more roads are tolled." SICE will provide and run all the back office systems. The business case does not mention congestion charging but the board paper says the upgrade is aimed at "upcoming toll roads as well as to support new capability that may be required, e.g. congestion charging". See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Labour MP Dr Gaurav Sharma has reiterated his claims of bullying within Parliament, now claiming he complained to the Prime Minister's chief of staff in December last year. In a social media post this afternoon, uploaded while Jacinda Ardern was speaking to media in Wellington, the Hamilton West MP purported to provide screenshots of messages from other MPs who he claims had also been bullied. Sharma also alleged some MPs had asked him how to fake a Covid test to avoid coming to Parliament due to workplace bullying. Ardern, during today's post-Cabinet press conference, said she had not seen any evidence that would substantiate Sharma's bullying claims against Labour's former chief whip and MP Kieran McAnulty. "I can see that there has been a disagreement but I haven't seen evidence that suggests or substantiates those allegations," Ardern said. Sharma first alleged "rampant" bullying within Parliament, including between MPs, in a Herald opinion piece published late last week https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/opinion-labour-mp-dr-gaurav-sharma-blows-whistle-on-parliament-bullying-takes-aim-at-officials-party-whips/RJJT3YAPAVLKTZMWMECMKTJR2I/?fbclid=IwAR23zbG_84PsmXugp-tNSVF4obDHDFZHD9qxo4zCSk8cQEsvAre4rs5Y3zo. Ardern told RNZ this morning Sharma's allegations did not warrant an independent inquiry, as he had called for. Sharma later told the Herald that was "unfortunate" and that he felt everybody should "have an opportunity to clear their name". A former staffer to Sharma also spoke to the Herald https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/parliament-bullying-claims-labour-mp-gaurav-sharmas-ex-staffer-speaks-out-after-being-left-in-tears/6Y6DUYVDRNWS6DPEVT7B4JT24Q/ last week about an alleged culture of bullying that existed in his office, which they claim was so bad it forced them into needing counselling. In 2019, Debbie Francis conducted a review into the Parliamentary workplace and found bullying and harassment was systemic and there was low accountability for bad behaviour - especially for MPs. In his Facebook post at 3pm today, Sharma claimed he had provided screenshots of messages from MPs who were being bullied to the Prime Minister's chief of staff in December last year. He said he made a complaint about bullying by McAnulty, the MP for Wairarapa. Sharma attached some of the messages to his social media post, however, it was absent of dates. One of the messages said: "I fear I will have serious mental health issues staying here bro." "I feel like I'm being poisoned," one message read. In the post, Sharma said one of the messages was from an MP who "spent almost three hours in tears talking about how they were being treated". "Others asked me how to fake a Covid test so they didn't have to come to Parliament because of how much they were scared of being bullied. "I specifically flagged to the chief of staff in our meeting that there were many members of caucus in this situation and I was worried about their mental health as well as lack of any support or due process. I specifically said that this needed to be investigated but nothing was done at all." Sharma went on to say in his post that after his column alleging bullying last week he was told not to talk to the media and instead raise issues with the party whips or leader. "But that's exactly what I have tried to do for last 1.5 years without being heard at all," Sharma wrote. "And now I am being silenced again; as such the bullying continues." Ardern said today this was a matter for caucus, which would convene this week, to resolve. "We have always been concerned about ensuring that the wellbeing of our MPs sits first and foremost. "We look to try and seek resolution to these issues this week in order to give a pathway forward but front and centre will always be the wellbeing of our staff but also the wellbeing of our MPs." WHERE TO GET HELP: • LIFELINE: http://www.lifeline.co.nz/ 0800 543 354 (available 24/7) • SUICIDE CRISIS HELPLINE: https://www.lifeline.org.nz/services/suicide-crisis-helpline 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) (available 24/7) • YOUTHLINE http://www.youthline.co.nz/: 0800 376 633 or text 234 (available 24/7) • KIDSLINE: https://www.lifeline.org.nz/services/kidsline 0800 543 754 (available 24/7) • WHATSUP: http://whatsup.co.nz/ 0800 942 8787 (12pm to 11pm) • DEPRESSION HELPLINE: http://depression.org.nz/ 0800 111 757 or text 4202 (available 24/7) • ANXIETY HELPLINE: https://www.anxiety.org.nz/helpline 0800 269 4389 (0800 ANXIETY) (available 24/7) • RAINBOW YOUTH: https://ry.org.nz/ (09) 376 4155 IF IT IS AN EMERGENCY AND YOU FEEL LIKE YOU OR SOMEONE ELSE IS AT RISK, CALL 111. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
An Auckland Mayoral candidate says she isn't going anywhere. Former Auckland City mayor John Banks is calling on the business leader to throw in the towel to avoid splitting the vote with Wayne Brown. Beck's poll ratings have slumped from 20 percent in June to 12.5 per cent in last Friday's Ratepayers' Alliance-Curia poll, behind Brown and Councillor Efeso Collins. Viv Beck was asked by Heather Du Plessis Allan whether she will drop out to give Wayne Brown a chance. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Despite that amazing All Blacks win in over the weekend, the team is still mired in controversy. Head coach Ian Foster says he still isn't sure whether he'll be in the job by Argentina. NZR CEO Mark Robinson has refused to say one way or the other but has announced a review into the start of the season. Former NZR CEO David Moffett joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ukraine's ready to buy weapons and other military assets from countries around the world. We're sending 120 NZDF personnel to the UK over the coming weeks to help train about 800 Ukrainian infantry recruits. The contingent will be deployed until the end of November. Ukrainian Ambassador to New Zealand Vasyl Myroshnychenko told Heather du Plessis-Allan he met with our Prime Minister, Foreign Affairs Minister and Defence Minister last week. He says they discussed the possibility of buying items from New Zealand. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Governor-General David Hurley has confirmed he swore Scott Morrison into multiple ministerial roles – in some cases without the existing minister’s knowledge – but has distanced himself from the decision to keep the changes a secret. In March 2020, the former Prime Minister was sworn in as a second Health Minister and second Finance Minister, with the move never made public, even to his colleagues. The Governor-General’s office said in a statement to news.com.au it was acting on the advice of Mr Morrison and the decision to publicise the arrangements was a matter for “the government of the day”. This development comes shortly after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese blasted his predecessor’s secrecy, and confirmed he was seeking advice on the legality of Mr Morrison’s appointments. “This is extraordinary and unprecedented,” he said. “In Australia, we have a Westminster system of government that produces accountability. This is the sort of tin-pot activity that we would ridicule if it was in a non-democratic country.” Mr Albanese said he was seeking a briefing from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. “Let’s be very clear – Australians knew during the election campaign that I was running a shadow ministry. What they didn’t know was that Scott Morrison was running a shadow government,’’ he said. Mr Albanese said it was “extraordinary” that then-Finance Minister Mathias Cormann wasn’t even told the former Prime Minister had joined him in his portfolio. “A whole lot of questions arise from this. What did Peter Dutton and other continuing members of the now shadow ministry know about these circumstances?’’ he said. “We had the extraordinary revelation that Mathias Cormann, apparently, wasn’t aware that Scott Morrison was the Finance Minister as well as himself. “And how is it that the Governor-General could swear-in Scott Morrison into ministerial portfolios without there being a transparency there about that process? This is quite extraordinary. “This is a government of Australia where the people of Australia were kept in the dark as to what the ministerial arrangements were. It’s completely unacceptable. “This is very contrary to our Westminster system. It is unbecoming. It was cynical and it was just weird that this has occurred.” In a statement to news.com.au, a spokesperson for Governor-General David Hurley said the head of state was not doing anything out of the ordinary by appointing the minsterships to Mr Morrison. “The Governor-General, following normal process and acting on the advice of the government of the day, appointed former Prime Minister Morrison to administer portfolios other than the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The appointments were made consistently with section 64 of the Constitution,’’ the spokesperson said. “It is not uncommon for ministers to be appointed to administer departments other than their portfolio responsibility. These appointments do not require a swearing-in ceremony – the Governor-General signs an administrative instrument on the advice of the Prime Minister. “Questions around appointments of this nature are a matter for the government of the day and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Similarly, the decision whether to publicise appointments to administer additional portfolios is a matter for the government of the day.” News.com.au revealed on Sunday the former Prime Minister swore himself in as Resources Minister and ultimately used the power to roll his own frontbencher, Keith Pitt, over a plan to drill for gas off the New South Wales coast. Mr Pitt has told colleagues he was kept in the dark and shocked to learn of the prime minister’s secret powers during discussions with him and his office in late 2021 over the controversial oil and gas project. In December of 2021, Mr Morrison announced he was taking the first steps towards killing the gas project. Mr Pitt wanted to move ahead with approvals. Mr Morrison did not. It was during this process, when he was presented with a range of options, that the prime minister revealed to Mr Pitt he was secretly sworn in as the minister and could make the decision himself. Mr Pitt was so concerned that he asked for the executive order outlining how two ministers could be sworn into the portfolio, only to discover it did not exist. Coalition sources have told news.com.au Mr Pitt then complained to the deputy prime minister, Michael McCormack, but was told: “He’s the prime minister”. Multiple former cabinet ministers have told news.com.au they either didn’t understand why it had been done or objected to it. “The problem with Scott is he had this grandiose view of himself,” one former minister said. “And it was kind of weird.” Government sources have confirmed that ministers can be appointed under instrument when ministers are sick for short term administration without the need to tell the Governor-General but it was unusual for the prime minister to be appointed. It’s now emerged former finance Minister Mathias Cormann was never informed that Mr Morrison had sworn himself into his portfolio in March 2020. Coalition sources confirmed Mr Cormann only learned of the secret arrangement through an excerpt of new book , by Simon Benson and Geoff Chambers, published in last week. News.com.au has contacted Mr Morrison, Mr Porter and Mr Cormann, who is currently serving overseas as a diplomat, for comment. recounts how Mr Morrison “hatched a radical and, until now, secret plan” with then-Attorney-General Christian Porter’s approval. “Porter advised that it could be done through an administrative instrument and didn’t need appointment by the Governor-General, with no constitutional barrier to having two ministers appointed to administer the same portfolio,’’ the book says. “I trust you, mate,” Mr Morrison told Health Minister Greg Hunt, “but I’m swearing myself in as Health Minister, too.” The public was never told of the prime minister’s secret arrangement, and the reasons for that secrecy have not been explained. Mr Morrison also swore himself in as Finance Minister alongside Mr Cormann because he wanted to ensure there were two people who had their hands on the purse strings. “Such a move was without precedent, let alone being done in secret, but the trio saw it as an elegant solution to the problem they were trying to solve – safeguarding against any one Minister having absolute power,’’ Benson recounts in Plagued. “One option was to delegate the powers to cabinet, but Attorney-General Christian Porter’s advice was these powers could not be delegated and could reside only with the Health Minister. “A declaration under section 475 gave Hunt as Health Minister exclusive and extraordinary powers. He, and only he, could personally make directives that overrode any other law and were not disallowable by parliament. He had authority to direct any citizen in the country to do something, or not do something, to prevent spread of the disease.” In June, BPH Energy told the stock exchange it had launched a Federal Court challenge to the gas project decision. The Australian newspaper reports today Mr Morrison was appointed by Governor-General David Hurley to take control of the entire Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources nearly a year before he scuttled an offshore gas project weeks out from the federal election. Federal Court documents reveal that the former prime minister was appointed to administer the super department on April 15, handing him powers over the Commonwealth-NSW Offshore Petroleum Joint Authority “pursuant to sections 64 and 65 of the Constitution”. - BY SAMANTHA MAIDEN, NEWS.COM.AU See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
NZ Rugby are in a pickle with Ian Foster. Following the All Black's 35-23 victory over South Africa in Johannesburg, Mark Robinson kept his cards close to his chest in a press conference yesterday. The side were able to show a dramatic improvement in their second match after a record loss to the Springboks last week. A Warriors fan has been kicked out of Mt Smart Stadium for doing a shoey. Calley Gibbons became a Warriors cult hero after being spotted on TV sinking a beer from his shoe in front of the coaches' box — where he has sat since 2006. However, he will be attending the final game of the season. Weekend Sport host Jason Pine joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
An Auckland local government veteran says changes to public transport are sensible. The Government's announced a change allowing local councils to take over and operate bus services themselves. Currently, bus fleets are contracted to private companies. Former Auckland Regional Council Chair Mike Lee told Heather du Plessis-Allan the danger is the operation becomes top-heavy with management. “If they come up with a competitive company and a lean management structure and repay the grinders what they deserve.” LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Weekend Sport host Jason Pine joined Heather du Plessis-Allan to wrap the sporting news of the day, plus look ahead to the All Blacks second test against South Africa at Ellis Park on Sunday morning. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.