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Rebecca Wright: Trump's tax cuts could affect NZ exporters
Donald Trump's tax cut agenda is going to have an impact on New Zealand businesses. His failure to get his healthcare bill to repeal Obamacare across the line is...
Rachel Smalley: Full open inquiry into SAS raid claims could endanger NZers
The allegations in Nicky Hager’s book “Hit and Run” are inaccurate says the Defence Force. They say it didn’t happen how Hager says it did. Hager stands by his...
Ashley Church: Public good vs Private rights to land ownership
The Property Institute says a crack down on landbankers is again highlighting the issue of public good versus private rights to land ownership. LISTEN ABOVE: Rachel...
Cathy Quinn: 'It's fantastic that our FTA is being upgraded'
New Zealand businesses are being encouraged to see China's promise of an overhaul of our Free Trade Agreement as a big deal. LISTEN ABOVE: Rachel Smalley talks...
David Fisher: Damning report puts NZ's biggest mission to Afghanistan under question
An investigative journalist says everything that happened during our deployment in Afghanistan is under question, according to a report that's just been released. The report...
Maria Sharapova to potentially appear at next year's ASB Classic
Rachel Smalley talks to Radio Sport Tennis commentator, Matt Brown, on Karl Budge approaching Maria Sharapova to potentially appear at next year’s ASB Classic.
UK terrorist Khalid Masood was mentally disturbed
UK Police are discovering that terrorist Khalid Masood was mentally disturbed. LISTEN ABOVE: Rachel Smalley talks to UK correspondent Gavin Grey, about the attack. Four...
Anthony Glees: More intrusive surveillance needed to prevent another terror attack
There's a call for a beefing up of security at Westminster following the terror attack, which Islamic State has claimed responsibility for. Khalid Masood, shot...
Dr Jackie Blue: Call to publish pay rates of different genders
Publishing the pay rates of different genders would play a big role in closing the pay gap. This from Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Jackie Blue. It...
Rachel Smalley: How have vehicles become weapons of war?
It happens after a terrorist attack, doesn’t it? The identities of those who died begin to emerge and instead of talking about the number of dead, we learn their...
Josh White: 'We've been expecting something like this for a long time"
Shock in London following a terrorist attack at Westminster. Four people have died in the attack, including a police officer who was stabbed. A man was shot dead...
Peter Beck: Kiwi company Rocket Lab secures $100 million in funding
Kiwi can-do company Rocket Lab has secured tens of millions of dollars of extra funding. Its goal is to get frequent rocket launches off the ground to put satellites...
'I think you could make a pretty strong case these constituted war crimes': expert
There is little doubt from one expert that what's described in Nicky Hager's new book is a war crime. The "Hit and Run" book claims the SAS killed six civilians...
Helen Clark wishes John Key well as she steps down from UN
Helen Clark is reflecting on her time at the United Nations, as she prepares to step down next month. The former Prime Minister has headed the UN development programme...
Rachel Smalley: Did the Defence Force commit a war crime?
The book is called "Hit and Run". It was released last night by authors Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson -- two men who are accomplished journalists and well-researched...
Murray Sherwin: UE needs scrapping, student loans aren't working
More calls for interest to put back on student loans. The Productivity Commission has released a report on the tertiary sector this morning, with 49 recommendations. Commission...
Anders Crofoot: Zero greenhouse emissions by 2100 'not particularly feasible'
No favour from farmers at the idea of slashing stock to cut greenhouse gases. LISTEN ABOVE: Anders Crofoot of Federated Farmers spoke to Rachel Smalley UK consultants...
Rachel Smalley: Nia Glassie's abuser can't be allowed to have more kids
You may have seen the story about one of the women who was involved in the death of Nia Glassie - the toddler from Rotorua who suffered a horrific death. You'll...
Rachel Smalley: UK covered up impact of pregnancy drug linked to birth defects
It’s been a six year long investigation but Sky News in the UK has revealed how authorities covered up the impact of a drug prescribed to pregnant women, which is...
Marie Lyon, Jason Farrell: Pregnancy drug linked to birth defects may have been used in NZ
UPDATED 2.24pm A pregnancy test pill linked to birth defects in Britain in the 1960s and 70s was once sold in New Zealand. Damning evidence in the UK suggests Primodos...