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.
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Stats NZ now collecting information about sexual identity
People who identify as bisexual are more likely to have worse mental wellbeing than heterosexual Kiwis, according to new data. For the first time, Statistics New...
Andrew Dickens: What Bridges, Barry, ACC and cricketers have in common
What does it look like when ACC gives the gun buy back $40 million dollars? On the ACC website it says they estimate that removing these prohibited firearms will...
Willy de Wit and David Downs discuss new mental health series
A new documentary series has shone a light on the plight of mental health amongst Kiwi men. In My Mind centres around prominent Kiwis, Paul Whatuira, Willy de Wit...
Andrew Dickens: No Royal Commission needed - banks have learnt their lesson
Those of you with long memories will know that I have often advocated for a commission of inquiry into the banking sector in New Zealand. I was particularly vocal...
'The Good Lord taketh away': Callers react to Folau's latest setback
Israel Folau has once again faced setbacks in his battle against Rugby Australia - but will this latest move hurt or help his cause? GoFundMe has removed Folau's...
Andrew Dickens: Professional sportsmanship puts boorish amateurs to shame
Hands down the greatest moment of the weekend came during the Tonga league test. The crowd once again was electric, the Sipi Tau and the Haka magnificent and the...
Rats are swarming NZ suburbs - how do we get rid of them?
Work's begun to control the rat and wild chicken population in West Auckland. Locals have recently raised concerns about an infestation of huge rats scurrying about...
Barry, Raylene and D'Arcy on their radio awards
Three of Newstalk ZB's newly crowned radio award winners have reacted to their wins. Political Editor Barry Soper claimed Best News or Sports Journalist for his...
Andrew Dickens: Gun buyback funds should have been spent on mosque victims
My Dad died 24 years ago this month and my Mum died two years ago in July. Winter has not been kind to my family. 24 years ago my Dad’s death was quite hard to...
Andrew Dickens: This Government does not understand transformation
We have a government in power right now who right from the get go have been proud to call themselves transformative. The impression they are trying to give is that...
Andrew Dickens: Too much power has been given to family in baby uplift case
I hate to bang on about the Oranga Tamariki baby uplift story again but daily I am reminded how one sided the whole debate has become. By allowing Melanie Reid...
Andrew Dickens: Dolphin sanctuary highlights Govt's fishy hypocrisy
The moves yesterday to enlarge the marine sanctuary for Maui and Hector’s dolphins comes with a side order of irony. The Government announced plans to extend the...
Changes to vehicle safety rules could hit low-income earners hardest
An advocacy group has called for a ban on the imports of certain vehicles, and talkback callers have a mixed reaction. Older Suzuki Swifts and Toyota Corollas...
Spice Girls hint they are finally coming down under
The Spice Girls have hinted that their sellout reunion tour will travel to Australia early next year, after Mel B made a surprise announcement during the group's...
Andrew Dickens: Do iwi only care about Māori babies being taken?
The uplifting of the baby from Hastings Hospital by Oranga Tamariki is being investigated from a number of angles. This is the uplift which was documented by journalist...
Andrew Dickens: Oranga Tamariki - damned if they do, damned if they don't
Last night I chose to watch Melanie Reid’s 40 minute documentary of the uplifting of a baby from her parents by Oranga Tamariki at Hawkes Bay hospital. It is a...
Talkback callers share their experiences with inter-generational living
With all the positives and negatives that come attached with it, intergenerational living is fast becoming the new norm for many Kiwi families. Intergenerational...
Andrew Dickens: DHB's are playing Russian Roulette with pregnant woman
Yesterday in talkback I asked the question “What’s going on with our Maternity Services?” It seemed to me that there has been a rash of stories that suggest babies...
Callers share maternity stories as Govt announces more funding
The Government is investing almost $30 million into maternity services. Minister of Health David Clark has made the announcement at a Health Select Committee meeting...
Andrew Dickens: Speed limits aren't the issue - it's idiot drivers
The campaign by bureaucrats to lower the speed limits on New Zealand roads because they believe the roads are just not good enough to support a 100km an hour speed...
K-Mart latest company to promise living wage - callers aren't happy
Talkback callers have made clear their dissatisfaction with the minimum and living wage. K-Mart has agreed to pay its unionised workforce the living wage, following a...
Andrew Dickens: Perilous position of rural healthcare
COMMENT: Well, it happened again ... another baby born in Central Otago in a less than ideal location. We’ve now had three since May 27. Kristi James, of Hāwea...
Legacy of colonisation still has impact on justice system, lawyer says
There are no rational reasons for why Maori are treated differently in the justice system, a lawyer says. The criminal justice system has come under fire after...
Andrew Dickens: NZ's justice system is too adversarial
COMMENT: The Safe and Effective Justice Advisory Group has finished its tour of New Zealand and reported back to the Government. The working group is chaired by...
Andrew Dickens: Nanny states only exist because people behave like children
COMMENT: So I’ve kept out of the speed limit debate because there’s no point in debating something that so many seem to disagree with. I don’t need to open the...