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Early Edition is a fast-paced news programme hosted by Rachel Smalley. Setting the agenda for the day, Early Edition is across the latest developments both at home and abroad with interviews, international correspondents and a regional wrap-up.
Don’t risk not knowing what’s going on – tune in to Early Edition, weekdays at 5am and only on Newstalk ZB.
Her career in journalism is extensive. She has reported from Europe, Africa, Asia and America, covering elections in Britain, the United States, France and New Zealand. In 2007 she reported from Paris when Nicolas Sarkozy was elected as French President, and later that year travelled to Washington to report on the historic election of Barack Obama to the US Presidency.
She spent eight years living in Europe working for news organisations in Dublin and London, and gained invaluable experience working for the award-winning rolling news channel Sky News UK in London for four years.
Rachel now interviews some of the country’s leading politicians every week. She has a strong nose for news, and spent long stints reporting from her native Christchurch during the earthquakes. She also maintains strong views on some of the key issues facing women today.
Rachel Smalley: Hurry up on medical marijuana
Medicinal marijuana - what can't it do? Now scientists believe it could help cure irritable bowel syndrome. IBS affects millions all over the world and now a team...
Michael Barnett: Crackdown on unacceptable treatment of migrant workers
Auckland's Chamber of Commerce is taking businesses exploiting their workers to task. It's launching a service to investigate in confidence how workers are being...
Rachel Smalley: Would you rent your home to Lions fans?
Here’s a question for you. Would you think about renting out your house during the Lions tour? You move out, for a week or so, you move in with the in-laws, or...
Kim Schrader: Waxy Trump to be unveiled at Mademe Tussauds
Donald Trump is set to become the President of the United States in a matter of hours and now people can see him up close - in wax Four wax figures of Trump will...
Bernadine Oliver-Kerby: The affluent target who talks effluent
I can't stand Donald Trump. I can take or leave some of his policy, but I cannot stomach the man. And I just can't ignore the chance to take aim at a walking "free-shot":...
Jane Arnott: Lidell's conflicts of interest?
Questions are being asked of businessman Chris Liddell's tenure on the board of Kiwi accounting software firm Xero after it emerged he'd gained a prestigious spot...
Bernadine Oliver-Kerby: Lifejackets must be mandatory
When you get in the car, do you buckle your child in? Do you make sure their seatbelt is secure? I suspect that most people are pretty good on this front, so it...
Bernadine Oliver-Kerby: ACC shouldn’t pay for treating tourists
On a holiday to Hawaii a few years ago my husband and I were at the fabulous Ala Moana mall for a little retail therapy. As we walked into what I thought was the...
Bernadine Oliver-Kerby: Don't blame the road toll on anyone but yourself
I was in the car yesterday dropping Miss 7 off at a play date, and while starting to accelerate on a green traffic light, a truck came roaring through the intersection...
Juliet Eilperin: Trump's inauguration stark contrast to Obama's
Anti-Trump protestors are gearing up for a huge week of demonstrations ahead of his inauguration. LISTEN ABOVE: Juliet Eilperin of the Washington Post spoke to...
Bernadine Oliver-Kerby: McCaw wedding coverage there because you want it
They are officially a couple and no doubt looked quite the picture on their wedding day, but we don’t know, because, well, – we weren’t invited. Question: Will...
Rachel Smalley: 2016 - The year of...
What will you remember 2016 for? It's been quite a year on the news front. Terrorism, again. Well, that has dominated the year and we've seen attacks all over...
Rachel Smalley: Duff talking guff - Aleppo is our problem
You may have read Alan Duff’s column. He penned it for the New Zealand Herald. He’s frustrated, it seems, with the way the mainstream media covers the Syrian crisis....
Ekant Veer: Lion and Lance, an expensive risk to take
The decision to bring Lance Armstrong to New Zealand is puzzling even those who study marketing. The drugs cheat who fell from grace is here to film an ad for Lion...
Rachel Smalley: Abuse doesn't define Armstrong, but the people who dish it out
I’m just going to put this out there. Lance Armstrong. I feel…..actually, I don’t know what I feel. I don’t feel sorry for him. It’s not sympathy. I think maybe…..I...
Paula Bennett: 'I asked to be Minister for Women'
Paula Bennett says she put her hand up to become Minister for Women. And she's thrilled Prime Minister Bill English has given her the job. Her predecessor Louise...
Rachel Smalley: Women the winners and the losers in Cabinet reshuffle
Women have been the winners and the losers in the Prime Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle. There are still two Ministers to be named. That won't happen until May, when...
Niva and Rachel get lost en route to City of Syphilis
Niva Retimanu and Rachel Smalley fail to keep it together when discussing the doubling of syphilis cases in Auckland over the past year.
Identifying 57,000 student loan borrowers in Australia 'a significant milestone' - Woodhouse
More ammo in the battle against Kiwis in Australia skipping out on paying back their student loans. 57,000 people have been identified, as part of a new file-sharing...
Rachel Smalley: Louise Upston needs to go
This weekend Bill English will overhaul his Cabinet. Ministers are already resigning - Murray McCully has stood down as Foreign Affairs Minister. Craig Foss has...