Andrew Dickens Afternoons
12PM - 4PM weekdays
ANDREW DICKENS AFTERNOONS
With decades of broadcasting experience behind him, Andrew Dickens has worked around the world across multiple radio genres.
His bold, sharp and energetic approach is always informative and entertaining.
Kicking off with The Hour, Andrew gives you a comprehensive wrap from around the country of the key news items, events and opinion.
This is followed by in-depth discussion and debate throughout the afternoon with a special focus on issues affecting everyday Kiwis.
Andrew’s bold, dynamic and energetic approach is always informative and entertaining.
Witness describes moment when there was an engine failure on Napier flight
There's been a full scale emergency at Napier Airport after an ATR72 turbo-prop's engine failure. Fire and Emergency positioned fire trucks on the runway as the...
Andrew Dickens: Should councils be involved in social housing?
So the question I have for you today is should council’s be involved in social housing. This is because of two stories. There is unrest in Christchurch as the...
Barry Soper: Like it or not PM's baby is a story
Andrew Dickens talks with Newstalk ZB's political editor, Barry Soper, about the story of the day which, whether you like it or not, is the fact that our Prime Minister...
Andrew Dickens: Rising tide of misanthropy nasty and distasteful
I want to talk about the rising tide of misanthropy in this world. There’s two stories in play right now that illustrate that misanthropy or hatred of your fellow...
Andrew Dickens: Trump trade wars moving from ripples to ructions
So with all eyes on America’s behaviour on the Mexican border I’m intriqued that the ballooning trade war between the States and China has received such little coverage. Throughout...
Andrew Dickens: Nurses biting hand that feeds them
I was thinking today about Eugenie Sage after reading a column by Dave Armstrong who made a very good point. Last week the Minister of Conservation made a decision...
Andrew Dickens: Coal mining is a temporary fix
Once again this government’s values have collided with a region’s desire to gain jobs as an application to mine West Coast coal has been refused. Rangatira Developments...
Andrew Dickens: Underestimate Winston Peters at your peril
It’s been a funny old week from New Zealand First where they copped a lot of flak but at the end of the day, I think that Winston and his merry band of government...
Fine skies greet farmers on day two of Fieldays in Hamilton
Fine skies and good vibes are greeting farmers on day two of Fieldays in Hamilton. Bad weather and flooding prevented some farmers from making it to Mystery Creek...
Andrew Dickens: Govt B team already starting to play
Jacinda Ardern isn’t even in the maternity ward yet but the mice are already starting to play. On the surface of things, stuff is unravelling amongst the B team...
Should rural schools abandon Calf Day this year?
Caller Allan talking to Andrew about suggestions that the annual rural schools Calf Club Day should be abandoned due to the M Bovis issue.
Andrew Dickens: The theatre of politics
The one thing about politics that people keep forgetting is that it’s theatre. And like all theatre, you can never see the strings because the players on the stage...
Study: 8% of kids have social, emotional problems
LISTEN TO CALLER GARY TALK WITH ANDREW DICKENS ABOUT HIS OWN CHILDHOOD About eight per cent of New Zealand children have social, emotional and/or behavioural problems,...
Andrew Dickens: Does Shane Jones have right eye for provincial growth?
So Shane Jones has been in the select committee this week, facing questions about the Provincial Growth Fund. Of course, he faced rigorous questioning as to whether...
Andrew Dickens: Bella Vista shambles shows councils need help
And so the Bella Vista affair in Tauranga has taken a step towards resolution. After a gruelling meeting yesterday where the affected home owners detailed the pain...
Calls for more concert venues for young people
There are calls for the Government to invest more into music venues for underage punters. Ignite Programme says that it is becoming harder for young Kiwis to go...
Andrew Dickens: Fair pay a subjective thing
There are some mornings when I step outside myself and look around my town and wonder at how busy and interconnected it is. This morning was one of those mornings. I...
Andrew Dickens: Cycling NZ scandal signs of a worrying trend
The Anthony Peden affair is part of a worrying trend. Peden was the boss of the New Zealand cycling squad who abruptly walked away from his job in recent days. Subsequently stories...
Festival memories: Sweet Water 1982
A new documentary on Rhythm and Vines has got many reminiscing about their favourite festival memories. Andrew Dickens is amongst them - the doco has reminded...
Andrew Dickens: Cheer up Kiwis, things aren't all bad
Reading the paper this morning it’s very tempting to think that this little nation of ours is well down the road to hell, travelling in a handcart. One article...
'NZ not big enough to fund building of own recycle stations'
The Government has set up a taskforce to deal with the greater than expected impact of China's ban on mixed recycling. China stopped importing recyclable materials...
Andrew Dickens: Kids learn more from play than an iPad
Yesterday I was doing talkback on a couple of related stories. The first was on the thoughts of Dr Pasi Sahlberg, a Finnish education expert who’s just started...
Andrew Dickens: Auckland Airport cares about shareholders over customers
It’s been an entertaining week of listening to Mike Hosking railing against Auckland Airport. When he gets on a roll, the tsunami of verbiage is something to behold...
Andrew Dickens: Drivers need to take responsibility over police chases
Two dead in Palmerston North and one in hospital. Another heartbreaking statistic after a police chase. The fifth and sixth death this year after chases Once again...
Andrew Dickens: World a poorer place without Dick Quax
It was a sad start to my working day today. As I sat down to my desk at 10am I turned on the radio to hear that Dick Quax had died after a 5 year battle with cancer Theodorus...