In case you missed it, here's a look back at the best bits from Weekend Life with Carly Flynn for Saturday, 8th December.
This week in politics
Simon Bridges kicked out of question time, Maggie Barry bullying claims, mental health review, and big education shakeup proposals - it's the week in politics with Newshub political reporter, Jenna Lynch.
How KiwiSaver can help you nab your first home
Joe Bishop from Kiwi Wealth joins Weekend Life to talk about using KiwiSaver to get your first home – particularly as people may be starting to think about house hunting as it gets warmer.
Kiwi businesses are embracing better sustainability practices, with many being honoured at the recent NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards. Janette Searle from Take my Hands has won the Partnering for Good Award – she’s improving health care in the Pacific while minimising waste in New Zealand.
Chris Zeiher has two travel trends that Lonely Planet has earmarked as key for 2019:
- "Dark Skies" tourism - travellers are seeking out the world's last-remaining dark places where they can get a clear, unpolluted view of the stars
- DNA tourism - thanks to developments in genetic testing and accessible historical records, travellers are finding it easier to journey back to their origins.
First home buyers
Auctioneer Robert Tulp talks about new research out that shows first home buyers are opting to purchase an investment property and rent themselves, but is that smart?
2019 Grammy nominations announced, The Monkees returning to NZ, Pete Shelley of Buzzcocks passes away, and Spotify wrapped - it's the week in music with Hendon's Mitch Ley.
Book picks of the week
Here are Joan Mackenzie's top picks from Whitcoulls:
- A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne.
- Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak.
- November Road by Lou Berney.
- Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.
- Star of the North by D.B. John.
Connecting diners with owner-operator restaurants
A new website to support and promote owner-operator restaurants has just launched in New Zealand. The Realness is a website that connects diners with owner-operated restaurants and cafés around the world run by Damaris Coulter.
The role companies can play in helping people in hard times
Contact Energy's Tim Barnett and Vena Crawley join Weekend Life to talk about the role can companies play in helping to address poverty and assisting customers in hardship, and the products that Contact has designed specifically for customers in these situations.
Four ways to step up your Christmas spread for 2018
Annabelle White has all the tips and tricks for taking your Christmas spread to the next level.
Author of a brand new Ed Sheeran biography
Sean Smith is the author of a brand new book about New Zealand's favourite musician, Ed Sheeran. He’s the author of so many celebrity biographies; George, Adele, Kim, Robbie, Victoria, Cheryl, Kylie. All names that you don’t even need the last names for and now Ed has made the list.
Home styling: Outdoor living
Summer is nearing, even though in the last few weeks it doesn't feel like it is! But when summer does finally hit there is little we want more than to head outside at the end of a long workday. Katie Tomasi Edwards, co-owner of MJT Property Styling, shares her top tips for making your outdoor space as inviting and functional as possible.
In the garden: Gardening tips
Home & Garden’s Tony Murrell join Carly Flynn to share some of his best gardening advice and to answer some listener questions.
Building resiliance during a crisis moment
It’s the time of year where life can be a little uncertain – plenty of people facing redundancy as companies look at their end of year books and make some changes. Lance Burdett runs a company that specialises in wellness, awareness, negotiation and resilience and he joins Carly with some advice for building resilience during a crisis moment.
Motoring: The Car of the Year
The New Zealand Car of the Year has been announced with the Subaru Forester coming out on top - the first Subaru in 33 years of this award to take out the top prize. Sandy Myhre joins Weekend Life with all the latest motoring news.
What to watch on the box
Spencer Budge shares his top picks for what to watch this week:
- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - Amazon Prime Video.
- Sisters - Netflix.
- The Hook Up Plan - Netflix.
- Mr Robot - Lightbox.
- Law & Order True Crimes: The Menendez Murders - Lightbox.
- Doc Martin - Lightbox.
Wine on the Wireless
Language and tips to make yourself sound more knowledgable when it comes to wine. Impress your friends this Christmas season.
Listen to the full interviews above.