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Dr. Bryce Wilkinson: NZ Initiative op-ed author argues against Reserve Bank's decisions led to inflation

An op-ed published by Dr. Bryce Wilkinson from the NZ Initiative has come out. It essentially is rebutting what many have been saying in that New Zealand’s inflation rate is a result of deliberate Reserve Bank decisions back in 2020 to save jobs and the economy at the expense of inflation. Dr Bryce argues against that and joined Mike Hosking. LISTEN ABOVE   See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

5m
Aug 18
Kevin Hurler: Technology expert on TikTok cracking down on political content, advertising

Social media platforms have been widely used by conspiracy theorists and to spread misinformation, especially when it comes to elections. Now TikTok is trying to crack down. They want influencers and users to know that paid political content and ads will not be allowed. Technology correspondent Kevin Hurler joined Kate Hawkesby to discuss. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

3m
Aug 18
Jessica Palalagi: Arts Foundation GM on new scheme looking to provide Kiwi artists more pay parity overseas

A new resale royalty scheme looks to provide Kiwi artists more pay parity with those overseas. The Government's announced the policy - in line with New Zealand's free trade agreements with the UK and EU. It'll give visual artists a five percent cut, before any other charges, letting them benefit from a resale. Arts Foundation General Manager Jessica Palalagi told Mike Hosking it's great news. She says it brings local artists more on par with what's happening internationally, and gives them the recognition they deserve. The scheme will be introduced by late 2024.   See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

3m
Aug 18
Murray Ellis: Electricity consultant on Electricity Authority's ban on low-price power deals

Electricity Authority has come down hard on Tiwai point trying to cut cheap deals on their power. The EA will now require approval before any power company wants to make a 'big low price deal' Though, they have confirmed that the smelter's 2021 deal with Meridian and Contact, believed to be less than 4 cents a unit, won't be affected by the ban. Murray Ellis is an electricity consultant and joined Mike Hosking. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

2m
Aug 18
Dr Gaurav Sharma: MP says he doesn't want to enter mediation, fears it will be slanted against him

Dissident MP Gaurav Sharma claims he is just trying to get justice despite being silenced. He's facing expulsion from the Labour party, after his suspension this week for the way he made bullying allegations against the party. Sharma claims the Parliamentary Service, an independent body, operates without oversight and works with whips of political parties to manipulate MPs who complain. He told Mike Hosking he doesn't want to enter into mediation, because he fears it will be slanted against him. “The decision has already been determined as we said.” LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

10m
Aug 18
Steve Jurkovich: Kiwibank CEO urges the Govt to bring forward tweaks to lending restrictions

A call from Kiwibank, for the Government to urgently bring forward its planned tweak to lending restrictions. The state-owned bank says the controversial tightening of credit law last December,  has driven a slowdown in lending in the first half of this year. Chief Executive Steve Jurkovich told Mike Hosking the tightening was never going to work. “When you went one size fits all, all lending types, all providers, all consumers and no discretion, it was pretty obvious from all the feedback that was going to choke the system.” LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

2m
Aug 18
Mike's Minute: The Covid hangover is still lingering over us

A year this week since Delta arrived. I hesitate to mention it, given I'm over Covid and have been for ages. I note they still publish the numbers each day. Lord knows why, does anyone really care? I also note in reading a bit about this year since Delta and yet more lockdowns arrived, that various people doing various studies about what we know and don’t know about the virus, still don’t seem to know a lot about it. We don’t know where it came from, for example. A couple of recent reports seem to agree Covid came out of the market in Wuhan, but nothing really concrete. Long Covid is an issue potentially to plague us for a while. Michael Baker still pops up far too often with his forecasts of yet more doom. I also note we remain hopelessly behind the rest of the world because of fear. We have absurd rules around masks that never really made sense and make even less sense now and we are still seemingly forever in Orange. The uptake of the booster was a joke. The second booster is an even bigger joke. I sort of feel vindicated about my prediction that, ultimately, like most viruses, Covid would morph into something more innocuous. And so, it has proven to be. But the biggest reaction I tend to have when I think of Covid is the ongoing damage. Not to our health, but to our country and economy. The Reserve Bank yesterday upped interest rates because they too became so driven by fear and panic, they printed money in a way we have never seen and I pray will never see again. The Government ran us towards a fiscal position we won't even begin to pay off in our lifetime. The fear to common sense ratio was off the scale. Here we are in a winter of discontent in a complete mess. Tourism that hasn’t recovered, planes that are cancelled, migrants that aren't arriving, New Zealanders that are leaving, jobs that are unfilled, NCEA credits we are giving away because no one goes to school, and violence from kids who didn’t go to school so decided their future was driving cars through windows. It's quite the list, isn't it? Plus, we have a hospital system that was not and still isn't properly prepped for an outbreak. A year on since Delta, not really a lot to be proud of. No wonder the Government are refusing a review. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1m
Aug 17
Peter Garrett: Midnight Oil frontman and former MP on their new album, last ever tour (1)

The man they call an Aussie rock legend and arguably one of the most liked former MPs is back. We're talking of course about Peter Garrett - the former Education Minister and frontman for rock band . The band first began in 1972, took a hiatus between 2002 and 2016 and then came back with a vengeance. It's been nearly 20 years since their last full length studio release but their latest stint in the studio has resulted in a new album called . And they'll be giving us all their new music with shows in New Zealand in May as part of their last ever tour. Peter Garrett joined Mike Hosking. MIDNIGHT OIL TOUR DATES THU 1 SEPT – CHRISTCHURCH ARENA, CHRISTCHURCH (TICKETS FROM TICKETEK) SAT 3 SEPT – SPARK ARENA, AUCKLAND  (TICKETS FROM TICKETMASTER) TUE 6 SEPT -MICHAEL FOWLER CENTRE, WELLINGTON (SOLD OUT) THU 8 SEPT -TSB STADIUM, NEW PLYMOUTH (TICKETS FROM TICKETEK) See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

13m
Aug 17
Peter Garrett: Midnight Oil frontman and former MP on their new album, last ever tour

The man they call an Aussie rock legend and arguably one of the most liked former MPs is back. We're talking of course about Peter Garrett - the former Education Minister and frontman for rock band . The band first began in 1972, took a hiatus between 2002 and 2016 and then came back with a vengeance. It's been nearly 20 years since their last full length studio release but their latest stint in the studio has resulted in a new album called . And they'll be giving us all their new music with shows in New Zealand in May as part of their last ever tour. Peter Garrett joined Mike Hosking. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

13m
Aug 17
Dave Strudwick: Roofing Hub owner on his 'heartwarming' job ad

The owner of a New Zealand roofing company has been praised for taking a “slightly different approach” to recruiting employees. A job advert for a semi-experienced roofer at the Roofing Hub, based in Queenstown and Wanaka, went viral last month for including “dyslexia” and “built stuff as a kid” as attributes on a “good things to have” list. “Ideally we are looking for someone wanting to learn and push their skill set and with a bit of effort, get ahead,” the ad read. “Nothing comes easily in life, so effort is key.” The advert written by Roofing Hub’s owner Dave Strudwick also noted that it would be “no big deal” if applicants didn’t have a CV. It said the job would provide the selected candidate with the opportunity to learn from experienced roofers and came with a “paid day off on your birthday”. Dave Strudwick joined Mike Hosking. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

3m
Aug 17
Adrian Orr: Reserve Bank Governor says the days of skyrocketing house prices are probably over

Home buyers are being urged to think twice about buying a home, in the wake of yesterday's 50-basis point rise to the Official Cash Rate. Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr told Mike Hosking the days of skyrocketing house prices are probably over. “I want people to be having their brain engaged and thinking really hard about what they’re doing when entering into these markets.” LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

8m
Aug 17
Rene de Monchy: Tourism NZ CEO says they're researching into what high-quality visitors are looking for

Tourism New Zealand has launched a $5.1 million campaign targeting "high quality" visitors. It will target wealthier visitors, as well as those who spend more time here and go outside hotspots and engage in local areas. It comes as Tourism Minister Stuart Nash says he doesn't want to attract what he calls the "two-minute noodle-eating visitors". Tourism New Zealand CEO Rene de Monchy told Mike Hosking they're increasingly researching into what the high quality visitors are looking for. He says they've researched a lot for the last two years into people's motivations and interests, as well as their barriers to getting here. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

2m
Aug 17
Finn Robinson: ANZ economist on weekly salary and wage increases

Adrian Orr may worried about workers getting the biggest pay rise in more than 20 years. Stats NZ data shows for the June quarter median weekly earnings from salaries and wages increased 8.8 percent. It was even better for women, whose median weekly earnings increased 9.9 percent. ANZ economist Finn Robinson joined Mike Hosking. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

3m
Aug 17
Tina Smith: Tertiary Education Union Pres weighs in on drama at new mega-polytechnic

The president of the Tertiary Education Union has weighed in on the dramas at New Zealand's new mega-polytechnic. Stephen Town has stepped down as head of Te Pukenga, after weeks of controversy. Town took special leave for six-weeks, while continuing to be paid up to $13,000 a week. Tina Smith told Mike Hosking she believes in the new polytech model, but setting it up could've been managed better. She says the organisation spent too much time on high level strategies and not enough time on practical aspects. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

3m
Aug 17
Wayne Shelford: Former All Black captain on what comes next for Foster and the team

Ian Foster is safe. NZ Rugby has unanimously voted to keep Foster in the head coaching role through until the World Cup next year. Joe Schmidt has also had a promotion; he's officially part of the coaching set up and will lead the attack. Former All Black captain Wayne 'Buck' Shelford joined Mike Hosking to discuss the developments. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1m
Aug 17
Pollies: MPs Megan Woods and Mark Mitchell on Sharma, seabed mining and Philip Arps

MPs Megan Woods and Mark Mitchell joined the Mike Hosking Breakfast to wrap the week's political news. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

11m
Aug 16
Mike's Minute: Labour's handling of Sharma saga has been atrocious

So we now see in the battle of cock ups that poor old Labour has been completely outplayed. National have a mess, they hire a QC, and announce the inquiry. Job done. Labour gaslight the bejesus out of the troublemaker, say they are having a meeting, hold a secret meeting the night before, deny the secret meeting, until the secret meeting has a photo taken and then "accidentally" sent to Gaurav Sharma as proof, at which point they have to confess there was a meeting, and it just happens Sharma was the only one not there. And as for the “accidentally" released photo. A screenshot is an accident, forwarding it to the bloke you are about to knife isn't an accident, it's deliberate. It's called a leak. Which means the caucus isn't as tight as the Prime Minister would have us believe. In fact, very little these days is the way the Prime Minister would have us believe. In the grand scheme of things, they are the big losers here. Sharma, on balance, looks like the more innocent party and suspending him achieves nothing. Suspending people is sensible if the person has made a mistake and wants to repent. I don't think Sharma wants to repent. Does he sound like a bloke who wants to repent? This is bad enough, but it's made worse by the exposure of the Labour Party who made so much of the honest, transparent, and kindness nonsense that has blown up so badly in their faces. They are Machiavellian, fundamentally dishonest, and about as shallow as a puddle. The polls show it, led by their leader now at record lows in personal popularity. All parties have trouble and a party with a large caucus was always going to have some kind of trouble, if not several episodes of trouble, in this three-year term. But like all the other stuff they’ve cocked up from the economy, to Three Waters, to co-governance, the list is now bordering on endless, they have taken a rogue MP and made it a mile worse than it ever had to be, by yet again not understanding that honesty counts and transparency works.  Pretending you are something you are not will always get exposed. See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1m
Aug 16
Dev Soni: Sugar Wallet founder on New Zealand's first set-and-forget paycheck investment app

There is an old saying that if you have a good idea, then success will follow no matter how much you spent on marketing. Dev Soni is a Commerce grad who set up Sugar Wallet, New Zealand’s first set-and-forget paycheck investment app. He spent zero dollars on marketing the app and yet in a matter of weeks 4000 users have downloaded it and he has almost one million in assets under management. Dev Soni joined Mike Hosking. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

2m
Aug 16
Vince Hawksworth: Mercury NZ CEO on their annual report and what's in line for the future

Mercury NZ has emerged from its latest financial year a totally different beast. By its own account, 2022 was one of "transformative change" - having become the country's biggest electricity retailer after the $467 million purchase of Trustpower's retail arm earlier this year. Following the Tilt Renewables transactions, it has also become the country's biggest wind power generator, having started the year with no operating wind generation at all. Mercury NZ CEO Vince Hawksworth joined Mike Hosking. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

4m
Aug 16
Dr Paul Wood: Former prisoner turned motivational speaker thinks the parole system is broken

A former prisoner turned motivational speaker thinks the parole system is broken. Dr Paul Wood, convicted of murder as an 18-year-old, is one of the first parolees in New Zealand to have all of their conditions dropped. He told Mike Hosking prisoners aren't receiving the support they need after release to help them reintegrate into society. Wood says there are a lot of people in the system who want to do better and be better, but lack the support and resources to make that change. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

5m
Aug 16
Carol Ward: Zespri Chief Grower says nationwide labour shortage is taking its toll on kiwifruit industry

The nationwide labour shortage is taking its toll on our Kiwifruit industry. Zespri has flagged kiwifruit quality remains a significant problem this export season and fruit loss will be greater than forecast in June. The issues include a fruit skin rash that hasn't been seen in New Zealand before but has been observed overseas. Zespri Chief Grower Carol Ward told Mike Hosking while there are other factors at play; a lack of workers is a big problem. She says they came up with measures to deal with being short about 20 percent of the labour they need, but it still has an impact. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1m
Aug 16
Sharon Zollner: Economist as Reserve Bank predicted to hike OCR by 50 basis points

The Reserve Bank is set to hike the Official Cash Rate by 50 basis points today and provide more detail on just how high the rate could peak. ANZ Chief Economist Sharon Zollner told Mike Hosking the central bank is grappling with a prolonged period of high inflation. “The tightness of the labour market is so extreme inflation from that source is going to stick around, no matter what happens to that headline inflation number because of oil prices, for example.” LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

3m
Aug 16
Peter Dunne: Former MP says Labour getting rid of Sharma doesn't match their kindness image

A suggestion the Gaurav Sharma situation could start to hurt Labour's image with voters. Sharma has been suspended from the caucus after making multiple bullying allegations against the party. Former Labour and United Future MP Peter Dunne says while Sharma may be exaggerating, he doesn't buy the idea there's no bullying in the party. He told Mike Hosking if the Sharma drama continues, voters will start to take note. Dunne says getting rid of Sharma doesn't match Labour's kindness image. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

2m
Aug 16
Mike's Minute: Adrian Orr's next move is the crucial one

Another episode Wednesday from the Reserve Bank. It's worth paying attention to, given it affects every single one of us. And survey after survey indicates large numbers of us are suffering because of it. Inflation, currently at 7.3 percent, has it peaked or not? The Reserve Bank get another crack this week at interest rates and along with the number, the commentary, as to what they think and where we are going. The backdrop is good and bad. It's good because America saw their inflation drop. Not by much, it' still a hell of a mess but it's not as bad, at 8.5 percent, as it was. Food, internationally, is cheaper. Oil, internationally, is cheaper. Significantly so, and that has a major affect here. The unemployment rate the other day went up. That’s a sort of sign of slackness in the labour market and it's what the Reserve Bank wants to see. But wages are rising. They are going up in the private sector by 7 percent. That’s absurd. It might mean people still spend. If they are spending and if they don’t feel affected by inflation the Reserve Bank might want to send a message. So, everyone agrees interest rates will rise again. Moody's says it's not impossible the rise will be 25 points. That would be very good news. ANZ say it's not impossible the move will be 75 points. That would be a disaster. Most say it'll be 50, which although broadly predicted, is still a sign we are a long way from being out of trouble. There is also a sense that the previously forecast top for the cash rate of 4 percent won't be enough. It could go to 4.5 percent. That would make Don Brash right and he called that a while back. It would further cement the broad argument that Adrian Orr has blown this and we all need to pay a massive price for his printing more money than he ever needed to. If the cash rate goes to 4.5 percent, that's mortgages with a 7 percent in them. None of this though excuses where we are. That's the problem with ongoing problems, we become numb to them, and they become the norm. Orr will be hoping you think that. Because the Government still haven't acquiesced to a review, which they should have. That's another one of their tricks make the quest for a review a long-term ongoing issue in the hope that you forget. Because boy, given the damage, do they have questions to answer.   See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1m
Aug 15
Lisa Burns: Cystic Fibrosis NZ CEO calls for Govt intervention on Pharmac treatment funding

It's being argued that public funding for a lifesaving Cystic Fibrosis drug would save sufferers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Patients, Pharmac and the Government are stuck in a feedback loop on the breakthrough drug Trikafta, with Pharmac saying funding is a must but it needs more money. Currently, Cystic Fibrosis patients are spending upwards of $300,000 to self-fund Trikafta. Cystic Fibrosis NZ's Chief Executive Lisa Burns told Mike Hosking she'd like to see the Government intervene. “If the Government can find nearly a billion dollars for fuel taxes, why can’t they find nearly $60 million to fund this drug?” LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

3m
Aug 15
Peeni Henare: Defence Minister as govt sends 120 more defence personnel to train Ukrainian recruits

Questions over whether more could be done in aiding Ukraine's war effort. The Government's sending 120 more defence personnel to the UK to train Ukrainian recruits. Meanwhile in Europe, Estonia has barred Russian tourists from visiting. But Defence Minister Peeni Henare told Mike Hosking he's satisfied from what he was hearing from the recent European Donors' Conference. He says like most political machines, they have to go through a process before making any decision, which is a challenge for every country at the moment. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

4m
Aug 15
Phill Goff: Auckland mayor says new transport plan not about forcing people but providing alternatives

Auckland Council wants people to cycle, walk or use public transport for most trips under six kilometres. It's one of the measures it says is needed to achieve a 64 percent reduction in transport emissions by 2030, as set out in the new Transport Emissions Reduction Plan. It also aims to increase public transport trips fivefold and walking and cycling 10-fold. Mayor Phil Goff says it's not a case of forcing people, but giving them viable transport alternatives. He says they want to create realistic and convenient transport choices to reduce dependence on private cars. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

2m
Aug 15
Chris Cahill: Police Assn President hopes new pay deal will see less disruption in officers lives

There's hope a new pay deal for police will see less disruption in the daily lives of officers. Constables through to senior sergeants who have a roster change within 14 days, will now get $100. An extra $50 will be paid out for subsequent changes during the same two week period. Police Association President Chris Cahill told Mike Hosking it will penalise short notice changes staff had been experiencing. He says in the past, the shift changes were happening even on big events such as Christmas and Easter. The money will also be available for police civilian staff. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

2m
Aug 15
Barry Soper: ZB Political Editor says Labour expelling Gaurav Sharma could backfire

Renegade MP Gaurav Sharma faces serious consequences for allegations he's made about bullying. A special Labour caucus meeting will be held this week to determine his future, with MPs having the ability to expel or suspend him. Newstalk ZB Political Editor Barry Soper suggests if he's suspended, he may be told to keep quiet to be allowed back in. Soper told Mike Hosking at the same time, expelling Sharma could backfire. He says Sharma will be able to continue to criticise the party, which could be even more damaging. LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

3m
Aug 15
David Seymour: Act leader wants to introduce immediate "practical" penalties for young people caught shoplifting

Act has announced it wants to introduce new immediate "practical" penalties for young people caught shoplifting. Leader David Seymour told Mike Hosking it's part of a broader law and order policy being announced this morning, aimed at making the country safer. “People feel like their communities are being taken over by people with the wrong values. I was talking to someone last night, she said she Ubers door to door in Central Auckland.” LISTEN ABOVE See omnystudio.com/listener https://omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

4m
Aug 15