5AM - 6AM weekdays
WITH KATE HAWKESBY
5am–6am week days
A fresh and intelligent start to your day.
Kate Hawkesby’s no-nonsense journalistic approach, hard-hitting opinion and engaging sense of humour bring Early Edition to life every day of the week.
Covering the very latest international and domestic news developments, sport, entertainment and business, Early Edition is the only place to get your full pre-breakfast fix.
Grape growers struggling to find workers after heatwave ripens fruit early
Grape growers are struggling to find workers, as sunny conditions cause the fruit to ripen ahead of schedule. The conditions are making for a bumper crop but there...
Ageing baby boomers turning to prostitutes to fight loneliness
Sex workers say more elderly men are turning to prostitutes - simply for affection and company. The New Zealand Prostitute Collective said sex workers play a critical...
Kate Hawkesby: Mental health inquiry cheaper than doing nothing
It’s pleasing to see mental health back in the spotlight. Pleasing because, like it or not, we’re all going to be affected by it at some stage of our lives. The...
Amazon opening first checkout-free supermarket
Amazon's opening the doors to its checkout-free supermarket in the United States. The Seattle store uses cameras and sensors to track customers and their items,...
PM set to reveal govt inquiry into mental health
The Prime Minister is set to reveal the scope of the Government inquiry into mental health today. Psychotherapist Kyle McDonald said low accessibility is the biggest...
Kate Hawkesby: A year of Trump and where are we at?
Well, a year of Trump and where are we at? Still a deeply divided America, a deeply offended liberal base, and deeply disappointed Democrats. Still, even a year...
Call for egos to be put aside in America's Cup bases debate
A call for egos to be put aside when it comes to the location of the America's Cup bases. Economic Development Minister David Parker is pressing ahead with a plan...
Rocket Lab's launched NZ into space race: Astrophysicist
Rocket Lab is leading the way for the next generation of space experts. The company's launched New Zealand into the space race, by successfully sending three satellites...
Kate Hawkesby: Jacinda can be both a mum and PM
Well, I thought I was worried starting a new job with a new puppy. She’s 7 weeks old and she’s just a dog, far less a 6-week old baby. And yep, I’m aware I’m running...
Nadine Higgins: Fisheries smack down a win for openness
There’s been a win for openness and transparency this week - and the significance of that can’t be underestimated in the era of Trump, fake news and newsrooms weakened...
Research: Toddlers drink too much full fat milk
Children between two and five should switch to low fat milk to get added calcium and protein. New research shows 74 percent of pre-schoolers are still drinking...
North and South Korea come together for Olympics
North Korea's apparent show of unity with the South is being met with surprise and some scepticism. The two countries signed an armistice in 1953, ending the war...
Changing attitudes helping people identify as transgender
A changing attitude towards transgender people may be helping to break down barriers to medical services. Today's New Zealand Medical Journal reveals the number...
Nadine Higgins: TradeMe decision could open can of worms
Shout out to TradeMe for taking an ethical stand on something. But I hope they realise they've opened a can of worms. They’ve announced they will ban the sale of...
Reaction to Trump's physical: 'He may just be a jerk'
Assurances from the White House doctor haven't put to bed concern that Donald Trump might not be mentally fit for office. His physician faced the media yesterday...
Mother criticised for charging five year old rent
One mum is charging her five year old daughter board but a financial adviser says that's too young. The American mum says online she charges her daughter five dollars...
Nadine Higgins: More regulation needed for boaties
Boaties in Marlborough are being slapped with $200 fines as maritime authorities catch them out with laser speed guns. The council and the coastguard have now got...
'Legal Fling' founder defends controversial app
One of the creators of a new sexual consent app is defending his invention from criticism. The app, Legal Fling, allows people to agree to getting intimate, before...
West Coast town demands cellphone service
Haast residents are lobbying the Government to bring cellphone reception to the area faster than scheduled. The West Coast settlement isn't expected to have mobile...
Facebook changes will prompt business re-think
Companies pushing ads on social media could suffer a blow - as changes to Facebook's news feeds come into place. The social media giant's cutting back on marketing...
Nadine Higgins: Filming crashes devoid of humanity
Lots of things on social media make me go - ick. Gratuitous selfies, fishings for compliments, oversharing, shameless undisclosed plugging of products you didn’t...
Fears Lotto app could further problem gambling
There are fears new online Instant Kiwi games are providing more temptation than ever for problem gamblers. Digital game tickets can now be bought via the Lotto...
Nadine Higgins: Missile mistake exposes nuclear threat reality
What to make of this ‘whoopsie I pushed the wrong button’ fiasco in the Hawaii? Human error resulted in a message being sent out saying ‘Ballistic Missile Threat...
Cold water poured over National's languages proposal
A lack of teachers could get in the way of a National Party bid for our children to learn a second language. The party's education spokesperson Nikki Kaye intends...
Ice sheets discovered on Mars
A critical new space discovery bodes well for humans, who are looking to pack up and move to Mars. NASA images reveal sheets of ice below the surface of the red...