If you've recently been financially stung by a malware attack, phishing scam or having your credit details stolen, you're not alone. According to the latest CERT NZ quarterly survey, New Zealanders reported losing more than $3.3 million in the three-month period to the end of September as a result of cybercrime. CERT NZ incident response manager Nadia Yousef says even this hefty figure is probably only the tip of the iceberg. She spoke to Corin Dann.
National's new leader Christopher Luxon will face off against the Prime Minister in Parliament for the first time on Tuesday. He and Jacinda Ardern will square off in the House during question time at 2pm. Both sides are ready. Parliament's back sitting today with Luxon's new caucus line up in place. Deputy political editor Craig McCulloch spoke to Corin Dann.
The 2021 first round of sunscreen testing by Consumer NZ has some casualties as usual - and they're all repeat offenders from last year. Those which failed to meet their protection claims are Natural Instinct Invisible Natural Sunscreen, Sukin Suncare Sheer Touch Facial Sunscreen Untinted and Banana Boat Daily Protect Sunscreen Lotion. Unlike Australia, there's no mandatory standard for sunscreens in New Zealand. Consumer NZ senior writer Belinda Castles spoke to Corin Dann.
The construction industry future is looking bright but crying out for innovation and investment, according to the National Construction Pipeline Report just out. It forecasts over a quarter of a million new houses will be consented over the next six years and says growth in construction will be long term - driven largely by residential developments. But where are the workers, and the building materials, to stack it up? The report comes from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Construction Sector Accord transformation director Dean Kimpton spoke to Corin Dann.
The Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency has had another win in the High Court over its battle with the Ministry of Health for data on unvaccinated North Island Māori. The agency has already forced the Ministry to give it some information but says it's not enough prompting further court action. Last night the High Court again directed the Ministry of Health to review its decision not to hand over any more details. Whānau Ora's chief executive John Tamihere spoke to Corin Dann.
The National Party has a new front bench that features some freshly promoted new faces, and former leader Judith Collins sent to the back to the pack. It's one of six portfolio reshuffles off the back of a series of leadership challenges, changes and retirements in the last two years. National Party deputy leader Nicola Willis spoke to Corin Dann.
Rain is easing in the Wellington region, after a day of heavy rain which caused widespread flooding, slips and some road closures. The swollen Hutt River created headaches in Lower Hutt and there had been fears commuters may face issues today getting into the central city. Lower Hutt mayor Campbell Barry spoke to Corin Dann.
A new survey of teachers shows the pandemic is taking an increasingly heavy toll on them and their pupils. Many teachers report their pupils' behaviour has deteriorated and teachers themselves are more tired and unhappier than they were last year. About 1200 people, and more than 400 teachers responded to the Education Review Office survey. It also paints a generally bleak picture of educational life in Auckland over recent months. The president of NZEI, the primary teachers union, Liam Rutherford spoke to Corin Dann.
Christchurch city leaders are in shock after a young man died following an assault in the early hours of Saturday morning. The police have opened a homicide investigation, and believe they know who is responsible for assaulting the 18-year-old in the carpark of the Countdown supermarket on the corner of Moorhouse Ave and Madras Street. He died in hospital yesterday. Christchurch City Council's deputy mayor, Andrew Turner, spoke to Corin Dann.
It has the cricket world excited the only third ever 10 wicket bag. Ajaz Patel bowled out the entire Indian team and then picked up another four wickets in the second innings making it a 14 wicket match for the central districts spinner. Cricket commentator Bryan Waddle spoke to Corin Dann.
The prize money went up in smoke and the punters went home empty-handed after racing was abandoned at Trentham on Saturday. Just one race was held before organisers pulled the plug, citing a slippery track putting horses and jockeys in danger. Trainer Shaune Ritchie brought three horses down from Waikato and one of them, Regazzo, almost came to grief. Shaune Ritchie spoke to Corin Dann.
The South Island's big New Year's festival, Rhythm & Alps, is going ahead. The three-day music and camping festival will open on December 29th. The confirmation comes after the postponement of the festival's North Island counterpart, Rhythm & Vines. Alex Turnball, the festival's organiser, spoke to Corin Dann.
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.
The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said pulling the brakes off too quickly ono Covid-19 restrictions can backfire. She says under the traffic light system, it's important we keep using public health measures, to ensure our systems don't become overwhelmed. RNZ deputy political editor Craig McCulloch spoke to Corin Dann.
Heavy rain has saturated the capital city Wellington early Monday morning. The downpour is coming from the same weather system that hit the West Coast yesterday, where flooding temporarily closed State Highway Six. MetService has issued orange heavy rain warnings for the centre of the country ranging from Marlborough in the South Island, through Wellington, Kapiti, Horowhenua, the Tararuas and Mount Taranaki in the North Island. MetService meteorologist Lewis Ferris spoke to Corin Dann.
A fence blocking access across the Raglan Airfield to the beach is expected to be installed this week. The council says the fence could prevent a serious accident, but locals aren't convinced. Roger MacCulloch, Waikato District Council's service delivery general manager, spoke to Corin Dann.
Whanganui is on high alert after the appearance of its first Covid-19 case from the Delta outbreak. Two locations of interest have been identified so far - the public toilets at Kai Iwi Beach on Tuesday, and the Polson St Foodmarket on Friday. Health authorities says the person is well and self-isolating at a supervised isolation unit. They'd recently travelled outside the region. Whanganui District Mayor Hamish McDoull spoke to Corin Dann.
Meghan Markle has won the privacy battle against Mail on Sunday newspaper. The Duchess of Sussex says it is a precdent setting victory. She had sued the paper's parent company Associated Newspapers over reproducing private letters to her father Thomas Markle. Just months earlier a UK high court judge had ruled in the Duchess' favour - and said the case was so clear cut a full hearing was not needed. Associated Newspapers approached the Court of Appeal to have a trial. Three judges have rejected that request. Royal commentator and author Margaret Holder spoke to Corin Dann.
Whanganui is red under the new Traffic Light System. This comes as a local iwi leader has urged holidaymakers to reconsider plans to visit the region this summer, to protect Te Awa Tupua communities from Covid-19. In Whanganui only 62-percent of Māori are fully vaccinated. Reporter Robin Martin spoke to Corin Dann.
The traffic light system and vaccine passes are giving gyms something of a logistical workout. Some gyms have the unique challenge of being open 24/7, although only being staffed some of the day. Customers at Snap Fitness are being locked out until their vaccine pass has been verified. Snap Fitness' Bryce Cope spoke to Corin Dann.
Hundreds of millions of dollars are being poured into boosting hospital intensive care as the country loosens restrictions and braces for life with Covid-19. About $100 million will be used to increased capacity by doing things like converting unused wards. More than $500 million will be for ongoing costs such as staffing. The number of Covid-19 patients in ICU so far has been lower than expected but doctors and nurses are worried there are not enough beds or staff. Intensive care doctor and Intensive Care Society spokesperson Andrew Stapleton spoke to Corin Dann.
The US Supreme Court is looking likely to to accept a Mississippi law that would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy - even in cases of rape or incest. Adam Liptak is the the Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times. He spoke to Corin Dann.
Te Tai Tokerau border control is grateful the police will set up checkpoints to require visitors from Auckland to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test. Earlier this week, iwi leaders and northern district health boards petitioned the Government to allow only fully vaccinated people from Auckland into the area. The Government is adamant unvaccinated people will be able to travel north if they return a negative Covid-19 test 72 hours before travelling. Te Tai Tokerau Border Control founder Hone Harawira says police are picking up on the concerns of local people. He spoke to Corin Dann.
North Shore, Tauranga and Christchurch hospitals are the first to receive a boost from a $100 million fund to expand intensive care facilities. The Government has earmarked the capital spend from the Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund to accelerate ICU projects. It plans to spend another $544 million to fund ongoing costs like staffing. Health Minister Andrew Little says as the country shifts to the traffic-light system, we need to make sure we can cope with the unexpected. He spoke to Corin Dann.
A beer that tastes like freedom, celebratory drinks were cheered around Auckland overnight as the country shifted to the Covid-19 protection framework. The traffic light system has given Auckland a lot more freedom than it's experienced in months. Natalie Ayson head of brands and communications at the company which owns Danny Doolans bar. She spoke to Corin Dann.
Family doctors are seeking input from the Government over how patients with Covid-19 should be managed by doctors under the new traffic light system. Doctors say the greater freedoms now possible will increase demand for health services that are already under pressure. And they say they've received no guidance about how they should be handling patients, including those who are unvaccinated. Medical Association deputy chair Vanessa Weenink spoke to Corin Dann.
A sixth case of the Omicron virus has been detected in New South Wales. New South Wales health minister Brad Hazzard yesterday ruled out lockdowns to contain the new variant. He says it might be time for a change in approach. ABC Sydney correspondent Lara Hyams spoke to Corin Dann.
Auckland's business leaders are warning more city businesses will close for good if the city doesn't move to orange in a fortnight. Auckland Unlimited chief executive Nick Hill says the calamity - as he and others see it - is as much about uncertainty as loss of economic opportunity. He spoke to Corin Dann.
Two Nelson primary schools have closed after staff members tested positive for Covid-19. One person at Enner Glynn School returned a positive result yesterday and had been infectious since Monday. Broadgreen Intermediate in Stoke has also told parents it has one case, who was infectious since last Thursday. Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese spoke to Corin Dann.
If you're sick of Christmas music already, here's a new track to keep you... entertained? 'Vax the Nation' by Dr Joel Rindelaub and Randa is a new "nerdcore" rap song. It features cameos from some of our Covid-19 sceintists, including Dr Siouxsie Wiles, Chief Science Advisor Dame Juliet Gerrard and Dr Jin Russell. Aerosol chemist Joel Rindelaub or "Dr J" spoke to Corin Dann.
New Zealand will deploy Defence Force and police personnel to the Solomon Islands to help in the regional effort to restore order in the capital Honiara. The island nation has been roiled by civil violence in the past week, culminating in the deaths of three people and the torching of most businesses in the capital's Chinatown district. Australia, Fiji and PNG have already contributed personnel in the effort to quell the unrest. Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta spoke to Corin Dann.
The Government is being warned the calling off of Waitangi Day events is just the start, with Northlanders fearful of what Covid-19 will bring. Northland iwi want only double-vaxed visitors and roadside covid testing over summer. The Waitangi National Trust says it would have been "impossible" for Waitangi Day commemorations to go ahead safely. Trust chairman Pita Tipene spoke to Corin Dann.
Enner Glynn School says health officials have told it one person got a positive Covid-19 and was infectious since Monday. There are number of close contacts who have been told to get tested immediately and isolate at home. The school is still trying to work out which children may have been exposed. Enner Glynn School principal Isaac Day spoke to Corin Dann.
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.
New Zealand is literally in hot water - coastal sea temperatures around Aotearoa are well above what's normal. That's according to NIWA, which has reported "marine heatwave" conditions in all regions. So is it time to hit the beach? NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll spoke to Corin Dann.
The Insurance Council says the new Covid-19 variant Omicron means travellers should be more wary than ever when booking trips. It says it's essential to check with insurers what is and isn't covered in relation to the pandemic. The council's chief executive Tim Grafton spoke to Corin Dann.
Today CoreLogic released its House Price Index - which offers some hope for buyers in the future property market. It says the November results show a gradually easing property value growth. CoreLogic head of research Nick Goodall spoke to Corin Dann.
Struggling hospitality businesses in Auckland say the government is turning off their financial support just as the city's borders open and their customers leave for greener pastures. The city moves to red on Friday, the wage subsidy will soon be paid out for the last time and the government is offering a one-off transition payment to businesses affected by higher alert levels in Auckland, Northland and Waikato. It will be capped at 24,000 dollars but many small businesses will collect only a quarter of that. Hospitality New Zealand Auckland branch spokesperson Jamie Freeman spoke to Corin Dann.
The biggest surprise in the changing of the National Party guard may have been the new deputy leader, with some observers having thought an accommodation with Simon Bridges was on the cards. In his first speech as leader, however, Luxon said Nicola Willis - a former Fonterra figure and two-term List MP - was exactly the "fresh face for a revistalised National" that the country needs. So, what's the plan now and how does the road ahead look? Willis spoke to Corin Dann.
Officials are urgently considering a formal request from Solomon Islands for assistance from New Zealand. Days of violent unrest have rocked the Solomons capital, Honiara. The Foreign Affairs Minister, Nanaia Mahuta, spoke with her Solomon Islands counterpart, Jeremiah Manele, last night. Her ministry describes the unrest as deeply concerning and says the high commission in Honiara is monitoring the situation. Australia, Papua New Guinea and Fiji have already deployed peacekeepers. Stuff is reporting that some New Zealand troops have been told to assemble at the Linton army base in case of deployment. RNZ Solomon Islands correspondent Georgina Kekea spoke to Corin Dann.
There are now more than 200 confirmed cases of the Omicron variant in the world - with a further 1200 probable cases. In South Africa, where the variant was first identified, 124 cases have been confirmed. In the European Union, their public health agency says they have 42 cases in 10 member states. What does that mean for New Zealand? Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins spoke to Corin Dann.
National Party has picked Christopher Luxon as its new leader. The first-term MP will take the helm with second term MP Nicola Willis as deputy leader. University of Auckland political scientist Lara Greaves and former senior ministerial advisor for the previous National-led government Brigitte Morten spoke to Corin Dann.
Former National Party senior cabinet minister David Carter is "absolutely delighted" with his old party's changing of the leadership guard. Now it's just a matter of convincing hundreds of thousands of soft voters to feel the same way. Policy and personality, he says, is how that argument can be won. Carter spoke to Corin Dann.
A species of tropical bees has evolved an extra tooth for biting flesh. That's not all, these bees from Costa Rica have also developed a gut that closely resembles that of vultures. This makes them the only bees in the world that have evolved to consume food sources that are not plant based. Laura Figueroa recently studied these radical meat-eating bees. She spoke to Corin Dann from Massachusetts.
Days of rioting and looting in the Solomon Islands have roiled the capital Honiara leaving at least three people dead. Chinese residents in the city appear to have fared the worst. Some have told RNZ they have lost everything and been left homeless. In the meantime, Australia, Fiji and PNG have all contributed police and army officers to help preserve what currently appears to be a fragile calm. RNZ Solomon Islands correspondent Georgina Kekea spoke to Corin Dann.
National MPs are descending on the capital today to elect a new leader. It follows the dumping of Judith Collins in a vote of no confidence. RNZ understands it's a two horse race between former leader Simon Bridges and Christopher Luxon, with support for the latter understood to be firming. Since the weekend many MPs and party insiders contacted by RNZ have all declined to be interviewed ahead of the vote. Federated Farmers president Andrew Hoggard, and Business New Zealand chief executive Kirk Hope spoke to Corin Dann.
Businesses in Tauranga are relieved to have escaped the red traffic light heading into the region's busy summer season. From Friday the city and the western Bay of Plenty will be in the orange light under the new Covid-19 protection framework, while many neighbouring regions will be in the red. The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the current settings will be reviewed in two weeks and then on 17 January the but it is unlikely that anywhere will move to green during the summer break. Tauranga Chamber of Commerce chief executive Matt Cowley spoke to Corin Dann.
The winner of the inaugural Bluff Hot Dog Eating Competition at the Eagle Hotel in Bluff on Saturday entered on a whim. But while other contestants turned green, Frazer Murdoch managed to chew his way through ten hot dogs in just under twenty minutes. He says he felt so good afterwards, he had two more beers, and a bowl of ice cream when he got home. He spoke to Corin Dann.