Andrew Dickens Afternoons
12p.m. - 4p.m. 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.
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Dickens: CGT backdown shows Ardern and Key are one and the same
So no Capital Gains Tax. An old French philosopher once said: "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" It means the more things change the more they stay the...
Andrew Dickens: Fight between the 'haves' and 'have-nots' looming
As the Easter and Anzac Day break approach and the nation continues to reel after the events in Christchurch on March 15, there’s a feeling that we all need a breather....
Should Louisa Akavi have been named?
The Government and the Red Cross are at odds about the naming of Louisa Akavi. Akavi, a 62-year-old nurse, was working for the Red Cross when she was taken hostage...
Andrew Dickens: National's poll results show nothing lasts forever
It is quite something to walk into a kitchen at 6.30 in the morning to discover your partner in tears. And then, when asked why, for her to gasp out “Notre Dame...
Andrew Dickens: What's wrong with Ford Ranger drivers?
What a fantastic weekend I had. Due to a couple of reasons I went for a big ramble all around the hinterland yesterday. Travelling from one side of the island to...
Andrew Dickens: We need wise words in this wishy-washy world
When we come to the end of the week, I often look back on all the events and developments that we’ve talked about on air and in society, and sometimes I wonder what...
Andrew Dickens: Don't buy into the hyperbolic hype
Yesterday I started the programme with an opinion piece where I said the government has offered the teachers as much as they can and they should be congratulated...
Andrew Dickens: Why I am starting to lose sympathy for teachers
Yesterday I wondered whether Education Minister Chris Hipkins had too much on his plate. This was taken by some to be Labour bashing. I’d argue it’s more about workflow...
Andrew Dickens: Labour's dreams are turning into nightmares
Over the events of March 15th, I have been very impressed with the concern shown around our mental wellbeing by so many parties. It shows a positive shift in our...
Andrew Dickens: Tomorrow's Schools addressing problems that don't exist
I am the son of a teacher. One of the old fashioned kind. The teacher who left school at 17, went to Ardmore Teacher’s Training College and was back in front of...
Andrew Dickens: NZ's immigration addiction could backfire
Yesterday I was doing talkback on the Immigration Ministers proposed changes to the employer-led temporary work visa system for skilled migrants. In an attempt...
Dickens: National, Crusaders show extent of a virtue signalling society
Well it’s obvious that virtue signalling and political correctness is alive and well in this country, and it’s not where you expect it. As we rampage our way at...
Andrew Dickens: Throwing money at problems doesn't always fix them
So now we have a new measure of child hardship and poverty in New Zealand. Stats NZ has come up with a survey that asked between 3000 and 5500 households how they...
Andrew Dickens: Do they think we are stupid?
Two stories from the "do they think we’re stupid?" file. Last week I wrote a very popular piece about the Mongrel Mob in New Zealand claiming that the leopard never...
'They aren't getting any better': Callers share Oranga Tamariki experiences
Families who have experienced Oranga Tamariki first-hand say the organisation is not doing enough to help families or the children in their care. It comes after...
Andrew Dickens: A middle finger to terror
So I’ve had a gorgeous 30 hours in the Wellington catching up with my youngest and enjoying the capital’s street life. I know it wasn't your average weekend and...
Immediate reaction after the Christchurch National Memorial service
Adam Keown talks with Andrew Dickens around his immediate thoughts and feelings after the National Memorial service in Christchurch. Hundreds of people attended...
Andrew Dickens: To our police, I say thank you
For the third Friday in a row tears have been shed as the nation mourns a crime than still amazes us happened here. The last fortnight has been incredible with each...
Bunnings rule highlights dog ownership responsibility
Some dog owners are barking mad over a newly revealed Bunnings rule, but is it fair business? The hardware store has a policy that any dog that enters must be...
Andrew Dickens: What's going on with the Mongrel Mob these days?
The Mongrel Mob has been making headlines lately. And some of those headlines have been what I think most would say “strangely out of normal”. First, they offered...
Andrew Dickens: Why doesn't NZ have an infrastructure commission?
My cross to bear is that I’ve been a public supporter of public transport. I’m not your average Newstalk ZB host. I regularly take buses, which travel on those detested...
Should the Tomorrow's Schools proposals go ahead?
A campaign's been launched against changing the school system. The Government last year launched a discussion around their Tomorrow's Schools plan, which proposes...
Andrew Dickens: Schools need flexibility, not ideology
Isn’t it great when you hear grown-ups talking about the issues of the day and making sense? It’s something you don’t hear too often in our media, which is full...
Auckland's rising seas: Insurance warning as 43,000 at risk
New data showing that more than 43,000 Aucklanders are directly threatened by rising seas has prompted warnings that home insurers may be forced in future to hike...
Andrew Dickens: The age of hysteria is upon us
So some friends of mine went to an anti-Islamophobia rally this weekend, and then they walked out. Now, these are lovely, lefty, arty, older people. With lovely,...