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RNZ: Nine To Noon
Report: demand for food parcels quadrupled during lockdown

RNZ: Nine To Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 18:36


There has been a soaring demand for food parcels across the country. Across Auckland demand peaked at four times the usual demand during lock-down, and has been met with a new drive-through festive food bank in West Auckland to meet the need there. The Vision West charity has delivered 16,000 food parcels in West Auckland in the past four months, during lock-down. By comparison it delivered 9,000 during the entire year before (from July 2020 - June 2021). The need for food support increased dramatically in the first weeks of the lockdown, before which Vision west supplied an average of 261 food parcels per week. During the recent lockdown the average was over 1,000 food parcels per week- a fourfold increase in demand. Vision West has instigated a drive-through Christmas food parcel service designed to meet Covid restrictions, which aims to preserve whanau dignity. The charity has just released a report detailing lockdown's impact on Aucklanders' need to seek help with basic necessities. Head of Service Development at Vision West Brook Turner speaks with Kathryn Ryan, along with Tric Malcolm, Pou Arahi (CE) of Kore Hiakai Zero Hunger Collective, who says every food bank in Auckland, and across the motu has had a massive increase in demand for food parcels, not seen since the Global Financial Crisis of 2009.

RNZ: Nine To Noon
Report: demand for food parcels quadrupled during lockdown

RNZ: Nine To Noon

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 18:36


There has been a soaring demand for food parcels across the country. Across Auckland demand peaked at four times the usual demand during lock-down, and has been met with a new drive-through festive food bank in West Auckland to meet the need there. The Vision West charity has delivered 16,000 food parcels in West Auckland in the past four months, during lock-down. By comparison it delivered 9,000 during the entire year before (from July 2020 - June 2021). The need for food support increased dramatically in the first weeks of the lockdown, before which Vision west supplied an average of 261 food parcels per week. During the recent lockdown the average was over 1,000 food parcels per week- a fourfold increase in demand. Vision West has instigated a drive-through Christmas food parcel service designed to meet Covid restrictions, which aims to preserve whanau dignity. The charity has just released a report detailing lockdown's impact on Aucklanders' need to seek help with basic necessities. Head of Service Development at Vision West Brook Turner speaks with Kathryn Ryan, along with Tric Malcolm, Pou Arahi (CE) of Kore Hiakai Zero Hunger Collective, who says every food bank in Auckland, and across the motu has had a massive increase in demand for food parcels, not seen since the Global Financial Crisis of 2009.

RNZ: Checkpoint
The highs and lows of 2021 in Auckland

RNZ: Checkpoint

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 2:41


Months of lockdown, a border finally reopen for summer, and Christmas just around the corner. It's been an interesting year to say the least. Reporter Louise Ternouth and camera operator Marika Khabazi went to find out the highs, the lows and the lessons 2021 provided for Aucklanders.  

RNZ: Checkpoint
Tairua pub on reduced hours under staff shortage

RNZ: Checkpoint

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 4:46


It's situation critical for a Coromandel restaurant owner who says a staff shortage is eating into their opening hours. Andrea Johnson owns Manaia in Tairua and Cabana in Pauanui, but is operating at reduced hours. And if she cannot find staff soon it could be dinner service only just as an influx of Aucklanders are expected. Andrea talks to Lisa Owen. [embed] https://players.brightcove.net/6093072280001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6287068383001

RNZ: Morning Report
Covid-19: Aucklanders impact on Queenstown a muted one

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 2:50


Nearly 2000 Aucklanders touched down in Queenstown on the first day of border-free travel but locals say their early impact was a muted one. Several bars and restaurants spoken to by RNZ say business didn't really boom last night but predict better times are just around the corner. Queenstown mayor Jim Boult spoke to Corin Dann.

RNZ: Morning Report
Top Stories for Thursday 16 December 2021

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 30:57


Heavy rain in Canterbury and Feilding eases overnight., 24 hospitals across the country are to get more money to make them more Covid-19 ready, about two-thousand Aucklanders touched down in Queenstown yesterday - we cross to the town for reaction, and more information has surfaced about the January 6 storming of the US Capitol building.

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive
The Huddle: NZ Post is throwing boxes, Aucklands borders are open and minimum wage is going up

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 9:14


NZ Post is in the news for the wrong reasons today. The Auckland borders are open and it seems Aucklanders are waiting to see how the traffic holds up before leaving.  Should the government go ahead with increasing the minimum wage? LISTEN ABOVE to Hayden Munro and Tim Wilson talk about this and the rest of today's news with Heather du Plessis-Allan. 

RNZ: Checkpoint
First wave of Aucklanders flood through Queenstown Airport

RNZ: Checkpoint

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 4:09


The first wave of Aucklanders have flooded through Queenstown airport today, now that the city's border is open. Their arrival has been hotly anticipated by tourist operators desperate to revive their businesses. But, as our reporter Timothy Brown and camera operator Nathan McKinnon discovered, where the masses went from the airport is unclear. [embed] https://players.brightcove.net/6093072280001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6286893025001

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive
Waka Kotahi spokesperson: Jacqui Hori-Hoult on traffic building closer to weekend

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 4:32


Aucklanders don't seem to have packed up and left in a hurry – despite the border opening this morning after 120 days of lockdown and restrictions. Waka Kotahi spokesperson Jacqui Hori-Hoult told Heather du Plessis Allan, 11 thousand cars have been travelling across the Harbour Bridge, both ways, every hour. She says it just looks like normal traffic volumes for this time of year. “Today's been really quiet, so it doesn't mean that that's going to be the same for the next few days, people may start still try to head away a bit earlier, so over Friday we may start to see the weekend traffic start to build.” LISTEN ABOVE  

RNZ: Checkpoint
Thousands through airports as Auckland border reopens

RNZ: Checkpoint

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 5:16


Goodbye tumbleweed terminal, hello holiday. Auckland's Covid protection border has reopened, and on Wednesday Auckland Airport was with locals leaving lockdown land. After 120 days penned in, tens of thousands of people passed through the domestic lounges today. Family reunions, well-earned breaks and cancelled adventures have been cleared for take off. Our reporter Nick Truebridge and cameraman Nick Monro were there as Aucklanders kissed the city goodbye. [embed] https://players.brightcove.net/6093072280001/default_default/index.html?videoId=6286889271001

Fletch, Vaughan & Megan on ZM
Fletch, Vaughan & Megan Podcast - 15th December 2021

Fletch, Vaughan & Megan on ZM

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 77:19


Certain Website Year in Review  Person of the Year  Top 6: Things not to say to Aucklanders  12 Days of Fletchmas!  Vaughan, Homeschooler  Bet I Can Guess Your Mums Name  Fact of the Day Day Day Day Daaaaay!

RNZ: Morning Report
Top Stories for Wednesday 15 December 2021

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 29:41


Today on RNZ National... Aucklanders can now leave the city for the first time in more than 120 days if they're fully vaccinated or test negative for Covid-19 Tamaki Makaurau's boundary lifted at midnight last night - we'll check in on how busy the city's airport and roads are Emergency Management teams are on standby as heavy rain hits right across the North Island

RNZ: Morning Report
Covid-19: First Auckland flight arrives in Wellington

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 1:27


The capital is expecting an influx of Aucklanders after restrictions on the regions borders lifted. Those in the city have been unable to leave for 120 days, but now travel is allowed for anyone who can produce a negative Covid-19 test or vaccine pass. RNZ reporter Kirsty Frame was at Wellington airport where the first flight from the newly liberated Auckland arrived at 7 this morning.

RNZ: Morning Report
Covid-19: Overwhelming demand for rapid antigen tests

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 3:08


Pharmacies have been swamped with demand for rapid antigen Covid-19 tests, by Aucklanders wanting to leave the city without a vaccine pass. Despite the Ministry of Health dispatching 250,000 testing kits to pharmacies across the country - some in Auckland have told RNZ they've only received a small number yesterday, and others, none at all. Katie Todd reports.

RNZ: Morning Report
Covid-19: Northland update after Auckland opening

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 2:58


Northlanders are nervously awaiting the arrival of Aucklanders after the region's borders opened overnight. The region has low vaccination coverage and there has been some concern from locals around arrivals from the centre of New Zealand's outbreak. RNZ reporter Sam Olley spoke to Susie Ferguson

RNZ: Morning Report
Covid-19: Wellington airport update after Auckland opening

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 2:00


The capital is expecting an influx of Aucklanders after restrictions on the regions borders lifted. Those in the city have been unable to leave for 120 days, but now travel is allowed for anyone who can produce a negative Covid-19 test or vaccine pass. Kirsty Frame was at Wellington airport.

RNZ: Morning Report
Covid-19: Queenstown airport update

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 2:29


Aucklanders have fled the city and many are headed for the South Island. Border restrictions have been lifted, provided anyone leaving can produce a negative Covid-19 test or vaccine pass. Tim Brown was at Queenstown airport before the first flight from Auckland arrived.

RNZ: Morning Report
Covid-19: Auckland airport update

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 2:44


Aucklanders are taking to the skies to get out of the city after 120 days unable to leave the region. Thousands are expected to leave the city today. RNZ reporter Jean Bell who is Auckland airport.

RNZ: Morning Report
Covid-19: Auckland southern border opening update

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 1:09


Aucklanders are on their way out of the city after the borders opened for the first time in months. RNZ reporter Chen Liu is at the city's southern border.

RNZ: Morning Report
Covid-19: Thousands to ditch Auckland via plane today

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 7:30


Fortress Auckland is no more. The borders which have fenced off the supercity for more than 120 days have finally been lifted. That means Aucklanders are free to move about the country - as long as they have proof of vaccination or a Covid-19 negative test result. More than 12,000 Air New Zealand customers are booked to fly in-and-out of Tāmaki Makaurau today. The first flight out of the city on Wednesday took off around 6am. Air New Zealand's chief executive Greg Foran spoke to Corin Dann.

RNZ: Checkpoint
Christchurch 'Airpawt' pooches ready to welcome Aucklanders

RNZ: Checkpoint

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 3:16


Christchurch airport is bracing for a huge influx of Aucklanders as the city's residents are freed after more than 100 days locked down. And for those struggling with the crowds and the extra anxiety travel brings - some fluffy bundles of cuteness will be there to ease the stress. New Zealand's first 'Airpawt' ambassadors - otherwise known as therapy dogs. Christchurch Airport's Chief Aeronautical and Commercial Officer Justin Watson talks to Lisa Owen.

RNZ: Checkpoint
How do we survive the Christmas family debates on vaccination?

RNZ: Checkpoint

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 4:43


Covid vaccination status is proving a divisive topic around Aotearoa as the Christmas break approaches. Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon says tension around Covid-19 is reaching boiling point. The Human Rights Commission has launched a campaign aimed at dialing down hostility around the issue. Checkpoint's Nick Truebridge got curious and decided to ask Aucklanders about their attitudes towards the unvaccinated.

RNZ: Checkpoint
Anticipation, caution as AKL-CHC flights take off again

RNZ: Checkpoint

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2021 3:13


For the first time in four months, Aucklanders will finally get the chance to head south when the city's border opens tomorrow. It's likely to be a day of busy airports, tearful reunions and a little caution in the South Island, as Jean Edwards reports.

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive
Steve Smith: Northland Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive on his concerns for Northland businesses

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 1:33


Concerns for Northland businesses. Because of low vaccination rates, the region will stay in "red" Covid settings until at least January 17.  Northland Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Steve Smith told Heather du Plessis-Allan he's worried it'll put off visitors. “We really want to see those Aucklanders and other New Zealanders that have been coming here for decades for their summer holidays to get in the car and get up here.” LISTEN ABOVE 

RNZ: Morning Report
Red or Orange? PM preps for traffic light review

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2021 10:34


Cabinet will today review the country's traffic light settings. Aucklanders are divided about whether the city should stay in red or move to orange. The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke to Morning Report's Corin Dann.

Saturday Morning with Jack Tame
Mike Yardley: A taste of Queenstown

Saturday Morning with Jack Tame

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 6:40


Mike Yardley chats to Jack Tame about Queenstown - what to do, where's new to eat and drink and whether they're ready for the influx of Aucklanders once they're allowed out.LISTEN ABOVE

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive
HDPA: "Aucklanders, please go where you want to this summer"

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 2:34


I picked up the herald this morning to see the banner at the top in red warning: "AUCKLANDERS WARNED TO 'STAY AWAY' FROM SUMMER HOTSPOTS"  You know what Aucklanders should do?  Aucklanders should ignore that. Aucklanders should go to their summer hotspots and have the summer they deserve after 108 days in lockdown.  It is nonsense for regions to ask people to stay away in order to protect the unjabbed in those regions. If they're truly concerned about the unjabbed, they should ask the unjabbed to lock themselves down rather than locking Aucklanders out. Around about now someone will pipe up and say 'oh but the vulnerable person can't lock themselves down to protect themselves because they probably can't afford to stay away from work. Well sorry if they have to take a financial hit. But that's exactly what's going to happen to businesses in the area if Aucklanders stay away.  And they can't afford it after two summers without international tourists and another whole potentially until that money comes back.  We just heard today tourism locally has taken a hit of more than a 91% decline in international spending thanks to covid.  I can sort of make sense of it if an Iwi asks Aucklanders to stay away because that's the kind of thing they do. But what is a territorial authority like Ōpōtiki District Council thinking by supporting that call?  Businesses ought to be really annoyed with them for trying to turn away Aucklanders and the money they're bringing in. These regions are in some cases massively overplaying how vulnerable they are. Ōpōtiki for example falls under the Bay of Plenty DHB. Their first dose rate is 92%. So, Aucklanders, please go where you want to this summer and help out the local businesses and enjoy your summer.  

RNZ: Checkpoint
Govt was advised Auckland border could end as traffic light system began

RNZ: Checkpoint

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 10:48


Political pressure is building for Auckland's Covid boundary to be ditched immediately following revelations health officials recommended the invisible wall come down as soon as the traffic light system went live. Aucklanders are counting down to next Wednesday, when they will be liberated as long as they are vaccinated or have a negative Covid test. And the government is holding firm on its decision saying it actually moved quicker than the Health Ministry wanted. Here's our deputy political editor Craig McCulloch.

RNZ: Morning Report
Covid-19: Two motel units set aside for Queenstown self-isolation not enough for mayor

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 3:39


Just two motel units have been set aside in Queenstown for people who might need to isolate with Covid-19 in the Christmas holidays - despite tens of thousands of Aucklanders about to hit town. Mini-MIQs are being set up all over the country in places that don't have them already in case people who live there - or are visiting - can't isolate at home. But Queenstown's mayor is worried, saying it's too little and it's being sorted way too late. Health correspondent Rowan Quinn reports.

RNZ: Checkpoint
Have Aucklanders forgotten road rules since lockdown?

RNZ: Checkpoint

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2021 5:51


During 107 days of Covid lockdown Aucklanders lives were dominated by rules: stay home, mask up, keep your distance. So it may come as no surprise that now the traffic light system has the city moving again, some have been rebelling against parking regulations - refusing to stay in their lane or off the footpath and beaches. And it is leading to snarl ups at some popular summer spots. Auckland Transport parking compliance manager, Rick Bidgood, talks to Lisa Owen.

RNZ: Morning Report
Aucklanders should consider a stay-cation this summer

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021 5:57


Our internal borders open next week and microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles has a simple message for when things start to become very complicated. She wants everybody to think before they travel because that could save lives. It is widely expected our Covid-19 case numbers will rise sharply around the country when interaction between people escalates from December 15. Siouxsie Wiles is proposing that Aucklanders consider a "stay-cation" this summer. She spoke to Corin Dann.

RNZ: Sunday Morning
The Weekend Panel with Mike Williams and Janet Wilson

RNZ: Sunday Morning

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2021 22:48


On the Panel this morning are Mike Williams and Janet Wilson. They look at whether the media are giving new National leader Christopher Luxon a fair go, the billion-dollar climate action package, and rates hikes for Aucklanders.

RNZ: Checkpoint
Auckland's traffic light freedom at end of Covid lockdown tunnel

RNZ: Checkpoint

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 7:20


For some it is the traffic light at the of the Covid tunnel, but for others things have stalled. The red light in the new Covid protection framework has more than $1.7 million Aucklanders moving, after being jammed up for 107 days. It's brought the city back to life, restaurants and cafes open for sit-downs, going to gyms has never been quite so exciting, and cheers to a cold one at the pub. But for other regions, the handbrake has been pulled on. Checkpoint's Louist Ternouth and Marika Khabazi hear from Aucklanders stepping out of a lengthy lockdown.

RNZ: Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan
Auckland hospitality industry reopens for business

RNZ: Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 7:50


After months of patiently waiting, Aucklanders can finally go out to a restaurant or cafe, gym, or cinema.

RNZ: Morning Report
Covid-19: Aucklanders across the city wake up out of lockdown

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 2:52


As you heard there, Aucklanders are out of lockdown, more than 100 days since Delta was detected in the region. Cafes are open, the lines at fast food joints are long, and perhaps, there are some hangovers after some bars opened at midnight. Katie Todd is in Central Auckland, and Liu Chen is in South Auckland. The pair spoke to Susie Ferguson.

RNZ: Morning Report
Covid-19: Auckland cinemas reopen at midnight

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 4:28


While most of the country was able to see Daniel Craig's last outing as James Bond on the big screen months ago, Aucklanders are finally getting to see the slick spy flick. Some already have after cinemas Monterey Howick and Monterey Takapuna opened up the silver screen just after midnight. Co-owner Kelly Rogers spoke to Susie Ferguson.

RNZ: Morning Report
Covid-19: Aucklanders across the city wake up out of lockdown

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 3:49


As you heard there, Aucklanders are out of lockdown, more than 100 days since Delta was detected in the region. Cafes are open, the lines at fast food joints are long, and perhaps, there are some hangovers after some bars opened at midnight. Katie Todd is in Central Auckland, and Liu Chen is in South Auckland. The pair spoke to Susie Ferguson.

RNZ: Morning Report
Covid-19: Police Commissioner Andrew Coster on Northland border

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 5:27


Police say they will work with iwi at checkpoints to make sure Aucklanders hoping to take a break in Te Tai Tokerau are double-vaccinated or have proof of a negative Covid-19 test. The move comes after the Government refused a request from iwi leaders and northern district health boards to allow only fully vaccinated people from Auckland, into Northland. The Government is adamant unvaccinated people will be able to travel north if they return a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours before travelling. Police Commissioner Andrew Coster spoke to Susie Ferguson.

RNZ: Morning Report
Covid-19: Auckland CBD out of lockdown

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 2:03


With the introduction of the traffic light system, after what must have seemed forever Aucklanders are now free to go to the gym or eat in at cafes. The city is now waking up to its red light status. Reporter Katie Todd is on Auckland's High Street

RNZ: Morning Report
Covid-19: Aucklanders wake to freedom out of lockdown

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 2:28


Auckland - it's a whole new world today. After what might have felt like forever, Aucklanders are today free to go and get someone else to make their breakfast, while they wait at a table. The city is now waking up to its red status, under the new Traffic Light System. Reporter Chen Liu was out and about.

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive
Heather du Plessis-Allan: How can you take Northland iwi's requests seriously?

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 2:45


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 plans to let un-jabbed but tested visitors up north and saying they have "grave concerns" about the spread of covid in their regions. What I find remarkable is that commentators and various other hand-wringers are taking this seriously instead of just shooting it down for the nonsense it is. Of course, you can and should go on holiday wherever you want this summer. Everyone has had long enough to get jabbed. This Covid outbreak has been in New Zealand for three and a half months.  You cannot seriously tell me people still don't know that they need the jab if they want to avoid serious illness.  Now these guys up north are objecting particularly to the un-jabbed going on holiday. Frankly, the un-jabbed could well be safer than the jabbed because they have to get a test to confirm they don't have Covid. We know even jabbed people can carry it and spread it But we need to get real. Covid is not the only problem these regions face. You overlay a map of low jabbed regions in New Zealand with a map of low employment areas in New Zealand and you'll find they often match. So, if you choose to stay away from these places you are denying locals the chance to save their struggling businesses.   They've already done last summer without international tourists. Now you're asking them to do this summer without even domestic tourists to protect people who don't want the jab.   Come on. That's not fair. It's not even reasonable. Heads up. If someone by know still isn't' jabbed, that's their choice. Treat them like adults and stop trying to protect them. 

RNZ: Morning Report
Covid-19: Northland leader wants time before unvaccinated travellers allowed to cross border

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 5:37


A Northern District Health Board leader says the region needs more time to boost low vaccination rates before unvaccinated travellers are allowed in. From 15 December unvaccinated Aucklanders may travel north if they return a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours before leaving. Northland iwi - backed by Auckland and Northland health bosses - say that poses too high a risk to unvaccinated Northlanders, and it must not happen. They're considering random sampling of passengers at key checkpoints, and consulting police. Northland DHB chair Harry Burkhardt, who is also chairperson of Ngāti Kurī, one of the 12 iwi groups behind the plan, spoke to Corin Dann.

RNZ: Checkpoint
Auckland mayor pitches new levy to fund climate change fight

RNZ: Checkpoint

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 3:23


Looking through the fog of an ongoing pandemic, Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has proposed a billion dollars to fight what he says will have a much greater impact than Covid. His climate change-centred budget proposal would put more buses on the road, electrify ferries, and provide better walking and cycling routes. But a catch: Aucklanders will have to pay even more in rates. Jordan Bond reports.

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive
Phil Goff: Auckland Mayor says Aucklanders will appreciate knowing what rates are being spent on

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 5:14


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 a week.  Phil Goff told Heather du Plessis-Allan Aucklanders like targeted rates because they can see what it's spent on. “We've got a guarantee, under law, that you'll spend it in the area that you've said you've raised it for, so it provides accountability and transparency.”  LISTEN ABOVE 

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive
Heather du Plessis-Allan: Auckland climate tax a potential PR failure

Heather du Plessis-Allan Drive

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 2:05


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 2.4% climate tax - that almost doubles their rates bill to nearly 6%. I think this is a mistake by Phil Goff because he didn't need to label this a climate tax.  All it's going to do is pay for busses and cycle lanes and new electric ferries and urban Ngahere, or trees which is pretty much what you'd expect a council to spend your rates money on because that's what they've been spending it on for donkey's years: infrastructure, public transport and city improvement.  Sure, Aucklanders would grumble about a 6% rates-increase because that's what you expect from ratepayers but they'd pay it like they have for donkey's years. So why you'd split out normal council spending and label it a new tax, is beyond me. This feels like a potentially massive PR failure.  As I said earlier, people hate climate taxes.  Just look at the reaction to the ute tax. That's a climate tax. It's one of the very reasons farmers started the Groundswell protests.  Look at what happened in Paris when the French president proposed climate taxes; People put on yellow vests and started rioting in the streets. I'm not saying that's going to happen here.  But I am saying climate taxes are not popular, and labelling anything a climate tax feels like asking for people to reject it. 

RNZ: Checkpoint
More holiday cancellations in Northland over Covid fears

RNZ: Checkpoint

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 4:52


In Northland, Aucklanders' bookings are being cancelled and Waitangi commemorations at the Treaty Grounds have been scrapped. From December 15, unvaccinated people can travel north if they return a negative Covid test within 72 hours prior. But Te Tai Tokerau iwi chairs and leaders of the Auckland, Waitematā, Counties-Manukau and Northland DHBs have written to the Prime Minister and Health Minister asking for tougher limits on unvaccinated people. Sam Olley is in Northland with the story.

RNZ: Morning Report
Covid-19: Aucklanders seeing red as traffic light system nears

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 3:38


In just three days Aucklanders go red as the Covid-19 traffic light system comes into force bringing with it the long awaited freedoms like going to a bar, a restaurant or a movie. The city went into lockdown more than three months ago as it battled the Delta outbreak which appears to have now peaked. With high vaccination rates it's getting a taste of what other parts of the country have long enjoyed under the alert level system. Jean Bell reports.

RNZ: Morning Report
Covid-19: Vaccination efforts continue in South Auckland ahead of reopening

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 5:53


South Auckland's vaccination drive is now to get people to go back for their second vaccination, as the country prepares to enter the traffic light protection framework. There are still thousands of Aucklanders in the city's south who are lagging behind the recommended three-week spacing between Covid-19 doses. Manukau Ward Councillor Efeso Collins told Morning Report he's still proud of the vaccination efforts on the ground so far. [audio_play] "That's the only defence we have available to us the minute we start to open up, so I'm really proud of the efforts on the ground." Pasifika GP Network chair Api Talemaitoga said they are now at the hard end of the campaign and now they're looking at people who can't easily access vaccination. "It's easy to talk about getting vaccinations with people like us who might have a car or could take an hour out to go and get vaccinated. But what if you're a 24/7 carer looking after someone with inability to just get out and access one of those vaccinations? "We're asking people to really reach out and support each other and get that first and or second jab into people's arms."

RNZ: Morning Report
Covid-19: Auckland hairdressers raring to go

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 7:44


Aucklanders with impulsively cut fringes or bargain dye kits may be eagerly ringing hairdressers and barbers this week, which are now allowed to open from Thursday. The early opening is part of the trial period for the government's My Vaccine Pass, and comes with a slew of Covid-19 regulations. All staff and clients are required to be double-vaccinated and carrying valid passes. Clients will also be required to wear masks when not in the salon chair, and store owners must adapt their layouts to follow two meter distancing guidelines. Eden Terrace's Killer Hair owner Mimi Kelly, and the CBD's French Revolver Studio owner Brad Lepper spoke to Corin Dann.

RNZ: Morning Report
Covid-19: Aucklanders hype for haircuts

RNZ: Morning Report

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 2:48


Aucklanders can finally get a haircut this week as they get ready for life out of lockdown. Along with the rest of the country the city will move into the new traffic light Covid-19 system at the end of next week. Some businesses are worried about how they will keep unvaccinated people out but hairdressers are rejoicing they get to trial the new system from this Thursday. Jean Bell spoke to some very happy customers.