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Every week, Rugby Direct gives you the lowdown on all you need to know from the rugby world. Whether it's the All Blacks, Black Ferns, NPC, Farah Palmer Cup, or just what's going down at the club grounds, we have you covered on your home for all things rugby. Listen on iHeartRadio for every angle, every moment, and every opinion.
 
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Nine MIQ spots have been set aside specifically for the Climate Change Minister James Shaw's trip to Glasgow. The Prime Minister confirmed yesterday that the slots had to be specially arranged, after they failed to secure them in Monday's room release. The National Party have questioned whether Shaw needs to take such a large entourage, considering…
 
Did the government ask Pfizer to delay its vaccine shipments while a leaked document from the Ministry of Health shows that the ministry was expecting all Pfizer vaccines to be delivered by September? Chris Bishop thinks so, revealing a plan leaked to National that showed all doses would arrive by the end of September. But Chris Hipkins says that t…
 
The Government's new tactical response model is being seen as a compromise. More than $15 million is being put towards the revamp, in which officers will be supported by AOS-level training and intelligence analysts. But, Police Minister Poto Williams says, they won't be armed. LISTEN ABOVEبقلم Newstalk ZB
 
The Department of Conservation spent $130,000 trying to keep Toa the Orca alive despite advice that the whale needed to be put down. Jack Mace, the DOC operations director of the Lower North Island says there are only 200 Orca left in New Zealand and if they had been able to reunite Toa with his family it would be money very well spent. LISTEN ABOV…
 
Protests continue in Melbourne for a third day ... even during an earthquake. The 5.9 magnitude quake damaged some storefronts..but no injuries have been reported. Protesters objecting to mandatory Covid vaccination and restrictions at work, are in a standoff with police. Melbourne correspondent Lesley Yeoman says some are at the Shrine of Remembra…
 
Claims the Government consciously slowed Covid-19 vaccine deliveries. National's been leaked an internal Ministry of Health document from May, showing all Pfizer doses were due to arrive by the end of September. They're now arriving in October. Party Covid Response spokesman, Chris Bishop, says it's incompetence. He says if they had been here by th…
 
A South Auckland Councillor is raising the alarm about Covid-19 in gangs. It's reportedly snuck its way into infecting members of the Mongrel Mob, Black Power and now Hell's Angels. Councillor Alf Filipaina says authorities may have problems reaching out to gangs. He says it's important to reach out to help members and their family. LISTEN ABOVE…
 
Bit of a double-edged sword today, and I’m not sure what we should be worried about more. The hundreds of thousands of extra Aucklanders back at work today all mingling in kitchens, cafes and businesses, or the absconders who continue to flee the border. We’ve had the Hamilton Maccas run cowboys, the gang with the boot load of KFC, the Northland si…
 
Kiwi e-bike supplier Electrify New Zealand is launching its own e-bike brand in the UK after finding success locally. And more good news for them, a recent survey shows 55 percent of Brits are thinking about buying one. Electrify NZ CEO Michael Tritt joined Kate Hawkesby. LISTEN ABOVEبقلم Newstalk ZB
 
Wellington's mayor isn't entirely sure why the capital's MIQ facilities are being halved. MBIE has decided to stop using one of Wellington's quarantine hotels, leaving just one in operation. MIQ officials say Wellington Airport is not set up to easily cater for red zone flights Andy Foster told Kate Hawkesby he's not sure why returnees aren't being…
 
Despite hundreds of thousands of Covid cases every day, and an average of 2000 deaths a day, the US is opening up again. They're opening their borders to vaccinated UK and EU citizens in November. The ban has been in place since March last year, and our tourism industry here will be watching with keen interest. But with the international tourism ma…
 
Each week the NZ Herald and Newstalk ZB's Cooking the Books podcast tackles a different money problem. Today, it's the inside secrets to looking glam on a budget. Hosted by Frances Cook. What's the point of a podcast, if not abusing it to simply find out things you want to know yourself? There's no point, that's what. So today I'm hijacking the pla…
 
Increasing the fines for breaching covid rules is a nonsense isn’t it? The PM cannot seriously expect us to buy this. This is clearly designed to make it look like her government is cracking down on lockdown rule breakers when they’re doing nothing of the sort. The Prime Minister announced this afternoon that fines are going up On-the-spot fines fo…
 
A poll commissioned by Team New Zealand shows that 3/4 of Kiwis do not want the cup defended here in New Zealand if it costs the taxpayer more money. This poll contradicts the one from Mark Dunphy, which puts the opposition to extra taxpayer funding at only 45% with us now as a UTI. Sailing commentator Mark Orams doesn’t put much credence in either…
 
How about KFC with the side of vaccinations? Auckland councillor Josephine Bartley has floated the idea of taking the vaccination buses to the takeaway queues from tomorrow to offer people the jab while they wait. She spoke to Heather du Plessis-Allan about whether the idea might take flight. LISTEN ABOVE…
 
Alert Level Three is a welcome change for Auckland businesses -- but there's still a tough road ahead. The region moves down alert levels from 11.59 tonight -- and with it comes the introduction of click and collect services. Auckland Business Chamber chief executive Michael Barnett says businesses are over it. LISTEN ABOVE…
 
The elimination strategy is looking less and less viable. There were 14 new cases in the community today, one not yet linked. Experts agree the decision to ease restrictions in Auckland was a line call and fear numbers will track back upwards. Melbourne Epidemiologist Tony Blakely says New Zealand is echoing events in Melbourne and New South Wales.…
 
Correction's top boss claims staff couldn't have stopped a remand prisoner being picked up with three people in the car. The man was collected at Auckland's Mount Eden Prison and driven to his bail address in upper Waikato. He later tested positive for Covid and has passed the virus onto four household members. The Corrections Minister says the cou…
 
Disagreement from MPs voting this afternoon on a new terror prevention law. The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill has its second reading today. Act Party Leader David Seymour says his Party is voting against it, concerned the process is being rushed. But National Party Counter-Terrorism Spokesperson, Mark Mitchell, disagrees, and says this needed …
 
So they did it, they dropped us to level 3, which they were always going to, despite case numbers and mystery cases looking pretty much the same, if not worse, than they have the past two weeks. Which begs the question, what the hell have we been doing in level 4 all this time if that was the case? Have they suddenly woken up to the fact eliminatio…
 
Out in the big space that is the internet there is a lot of misinformation when it comes to Covid-19. But an investigation has revealed dozens of the world's biggest brands including Amazon, Nike, Ted Barker and ASOS have been advertising on websites that spread Covid-19 misinformation and conspiracy theories. The ads are helping fund these website…
 
Auckland University public health expert Colin Tukuitonga told Kate Hawkesby case numbers are too high to be easing restrictions. "I would have preferred the number of new cases to be in single digits and for our vaccination coverage to be ramped up even further.' New restrictions have been put in place around northern Hauraki, after three cases we…
 
There's disbelief James Shaw wants to go to a climate change conference in Scotland with an entourage of 14 people. The United Nations summit, dubbed Cop26, is due to start at the end of the month. The Climate Change Minister intends to take nine people from New Zealand and five people from overseas. National Party climate change spokesperson Stuar…
 
After this move to level 3 today, we all need to accept the possibility that we never get rid of covid in the community again. Today might be the day we ended the so-called “elimination” strategy. Clearly, getting us back to zero is no longer the sole focus of this government If it was - if their aim was to stamp out this outbreak altogether – Auck…
 
Auckland will move to alert level three from midnight tomorrow. Deputy Prime Minister Grant Robertson says he's feeling confident that the situation for Auckland is still a level with plenty of restrictions in it. He says some people can go back to work, a few people will be moving around, but it is still a restrictive level - with bubbles still in…
 
A top businessman is urging the Government to ease demand on MIQ by allowing loosening travel restrictions. More than 25-thousand people logged into a virtual lobby today to clamour for one of three-thousand MIQ vouchers. It was the first room release in weeks -- and only four-thousand more will be released each fortnight until Christmas. Animation…
 
The New Zealand Breakers have agreed to release Tai Webster after the star guard refused the Covid-19 vaccine. Webster, the breakout star from last season, inked a new two-year contract with the Breakers in July but will no longer be with the club after he decided not to get vaccinated due to "personal reasons". Breakers owner Matt Walsh says the d…
 
Waikato District's Mayor says it's an unsettling time for communities impacted by a "bespoke" Alert Level Four. A Section 70 notice is now in place for people who live, work or have travelled through the Mangatangi area since September 8. It obliges them to stay home at least five days, to allow testing and contact tracing. It comes after a Covid-p…
 
An expert says the million-dollar question is how long Auckland will stay in Level Three. The region moves down a level from midnight tomorrow. Covid-19 modeller Shaun Hendy says contact tracers have had an epic five weeks, and it's now in their hands to close out this cluster. He says we'll know in a couple of weeks whether that's worked. Hendy sa…
 
I know the rest of the country is sick of hearing about this, but for the 1.6 million people who live in Auckland, we're into day 34 of level 4. Since the start of the pandemic that means Aucklanders have spent “6 extra weeks at levels 3 and 4” than the rest of the country, and there’s more to come. Stuff reported that, “over the 2020 and 2021 scho…
 
France would have known Australia had “deep and grave concerns” that a submarine fleet the French were building would not meet Australian needs, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Sunday after the contract's cancellation set off a diplomatic crisis. France accused Australia of concealing its intentions to back out of the 90 billion Australian dolla…
 
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