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Sir Bill English submits against assisted dying

"In my view even the supporters of euthanasia should oppose this Bill," Mr English says.

25 minutes ago

The Long Lunch: In case you missed Thursday

In case you missed the show today, here are the best bits for you to listen back to from Thursday 16th August 2018.

4 hours ago

Two languages should be compulsory, starting with Te Reo - professor

“It’s the language of this county and we all need to know our indigenous language.”

5 hours ago

Higher booze tax conversation needs to be had - police

"We're babysitting a lot of drunk people," says the New Zealand Police Alcohol Harm Prevention coordinator.

5 hours ago

Kiwis have a birthright to buy homes here - Trade Minister

"It's a birthright of New Zealanders to buy homes in New Zealand, not the birthright of overseas people - for them it's a privilege."

9 hours ago

Should New Zealand double its tax on booze?

A visiting economist believes a higher tax would cut down hazardous drinking levels.

9 hours ago

Building is key to fixing housing crisis, not banning - economist

The sheer unaffordability of housing in Auckland is the main thing keeping prices steady, says the economist.

11 hours ago

Teachers union not negotiating in 'good faith' says Education Minister

Threats of further strike action by teachers has not pleased Education Minister Chris Hipkins.


The Long Lunch: In case you missed Wednesday

Here's the best bits from The Long Lunch for Wednesday August 15th, 2018.


Pokies deliver more money back to communities

New figures show a rise in proceeds from gaming machines, meaning more funds will be available for community groups.


We’d rather be in the classroom, not striking – primary teacher

A Wellington teacher says today's strike action is important for the future of the education system.


Teachers' problems are no quick fix, says AUT lecturer

"It takes several years just to get teachers qualified so you just think about that."


‘It’s definitely not National’ – Judith Collins on who leaked Bridges' expenses

National MP Judith Collins wants to know who leaked National leader Simon Bridges' roadshow expenses to Newshub.


‘Smear campaign’ underway against National’s leader - Matthew Hooton

This week, leaked documents to Newshub showed Simon Bridges' roadshow spending, adding up to more than $100,000.


John Palino considering a third crack at Auckland Mayoralty

John Palino has signalled intent to run for Auckland Mayor in 2019 – which would mark his third crack at mayoralty.


The Long Lunch: In case you missed Tuesday

In case you missed The Long Lunch today, here are the best bits from Tuesday August 14th 2018.


Survey finds power bill prices are ‘too high’

Nine in 10 Kiwis believe electricity prices are “too high", according to a new survey by One Big Switch.


Should Parliament retain its Maori seats?

The Project's Kanoa Lloyd joined Morning Talk to weigh in on the issue.


MS patient loses access to drug after condition worsens

But when he lost the ability to walk 500m without assistance, he no longer met Pharmac’s criteria for an MS drug.


Don Brash gives shocking score to John Key-led Government

He scored the former Government even lower than Helen Clark's time in the beehive.


Teachers’ pay offer needs to help make profession attractive – principal

The current offer would need to be doubled, "at least", to make the profession attractive to new teachers.


Multiple strikes due to nine year ‘valve of pressure’ – PM

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the primary school teachers’ strike is a culmination of the previous Government's neglect.


Do principals deserve a pay rise as much as teachers?

Principals vs classroom teachers: Should a profession with an average starting salary of over $90k be asking for more money?


The Long Lunch: In case you missed Monday

In case you missed The Long Lunch today, here are some of the best bits from Monday August 13th 2018.


Call for ban on ivory trade in New Zealand

Questions are being raised about New Zealand's role in the trade of ivory, both globally and domestically.


NZ should ban Roundup weed killer - expert

A public health professor is calling for national restrictions on the herbicide.


Removing the Māori seats: Simon Bridges asks, 'Would it be worth it?'

National has "some sympathy" for ACT's plan to cut the number of MPs and the Māori seats, but isn't sure the hassle would be worth it.


Cornwall Park: A working farm in central Auckland

For more than 150 years, Cornwall Park farm has occupied the land around Auckland's One Tree Hill.


Weekend Life: In case you missed Sunday

In case you missed it, here's a look back at the best bits from Weekend Life with Trudi Nelson on Sunday 12th August.


Waimea dam ‘absolutely critical’ to avoid drought

An irrigation spokesperson says the controversial Waimea dam is critical for horticulture and urban water supply, despite Thursday’s protests.