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Each Thursday The Front Page takes you behind the scenes of the biggest story from the New Zealand Herald and Newstalk ZB. Hosted by Frances Cook.

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Each Thursday The Front Page takes you behind the scenes of the biggest story from the New Zealand Herald and Newstalk ZB. Hosted by Frances Cook.

    The Ports of Auckland decision is worth billions and impacts us all

    The Ports of Auckland decision is worth billions and impacts us all

    Each week The Front Page takes you behind the scenes of the biggest story from the New Zealand Herald and Newstalk ZB. Today it's the possible move for Ports of Auckland, and how it could impact the whole country. Hosted by Frances Cook.

    New Zealand is a country that relies on its trade relationships in order to keep a good standard of living, and a lot of those imports and exports come through the ports.

    That’s why a debate over Auckland’s port has grown so heated, as some say it should be moved to Northland.

    The situation came to a head with a leak of documents to the Herald’s own Simon Wilson this week.

    The report showed the cost of leaving the port where it is to be about $8 billion.

    But moving it will cost about $10 billion.

    Add to that the complex social impacts, with transport infrastructure needing to change to support either decision, and jobs on the line in Auckland, Northland, and the wider country.

    For the latest Front Page podcast I talked to Simon Wilson about what the leak means, how this debate became so tense and fractured, and if there are any hints on what the Government will decide.

    If you have questions about Herald investigations, or want to stay up to date on social media, you can find host Frances Cook on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/FrancesCookJournalist/ Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/francescooknz/ and Twitter here https://twitter.com/FrancesCook

    • 23 min
    How new rental laws aim to change the way we live

    How new rental laws aim to change the way we live

    Each week The Front Page takes you behind the scenes of the biggest story from the New Zealand Herald and Newstalk ZB. Today it's the proposed changes to fix the homes we live in. Hosted by Frances Cook.

    Rental property law is a bone of contention currently, with proposed changes to how the system works.

    It could have a huge impact on people's lives, as there’s about 600,000 rental homes in New Zealand, and 1.5 million of us live in them.

    The Government has announced a raft of possible changes, which if passed would be the biggest changes to tenancy laws since 1986.

    Landlords are nervous, and particularly pushing back on the idea of scrapping "no-cause terminations" - the ability to tell tenants they need to leave without giving a reason.

    But it's not just rentals, there is also problems with our housing stock more generally. The latest Stats NZ data shows mould is a problem in more than a third of NZ homes.

    It is more prevalent in rental homes than owner-occupied.

    For the latest Front Page podcast I talked to Herald journalists Anne Gibson and Ben Leahy.

    We discussed what the debated changes would mean for New Zealanders, if the tenancy tribunal needs more teeth, and how to make sure housing isn't hurting our health.

    For the interviews, listen to the podcast.

    If you have questions about Herald investigations, or want to stay up to date on social media, you can find host Frances Cook on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/FrancesCookJournalist/ Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/francescooknz/ and Twitter here https://twitter.com/FrancesCook

    • 26 min
    Why just listening is a powerful tool in our mental health battle

    Why just listening is a powerful tool in our mental health battle

    Each week The Front Page takes you behind the scenes of the biggest story from the New Zealand Herald and Newstalk ZB. Today it's what we can all do to help those in mental distress. Hosted by Frances Cook.

    It’s no secret that New Zealand has a mental health problem, but many of us can feel paralysed if a friend tells us they’re having trouble.

    Especially if we're not entirely sure what they're going through; while many of us have heard of depression, there's much less talk about what it's like when you're dealing with OCD, or psychosis.

    So journalist Juliette Sivertsen decided to find out what it's like for people going through different types of challenges, and the support that actually helped them in their dark moments.

    She talked to people who have gone through mental distress, and their support people, for the new podcast Just Listen.

    Juliette came on the Front Page podcast to talk about why the series was important, anything that surprised her while working on it, and the duty of care journalists have when working on such subjects.

    If you have questions about Herald investigations, or want to stay up to date on social media, you can find host Frances Cook on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/FrancesCookJournalist/ Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/francescooknz/ and Twitter here https://twitter.com/FrancesCook

    • 19 min
    Why student loans are keeping NZers in exile

    Why student loans are keeping NZers in exile

    Each week The Front Page takes you behind the scenes of the biggest story from the New Zealand Herald and Newstalk ZB. Today it's why the SkyCity fire raged so far out of control, and what to expect next. Hosted by Frances Cook.

    More than 100,000 New Zealand student loan borrowers are living overseas, and some now say they feel trapped there, unable to even come home for funerals.

    Hundreds have made the decision to declare bankruptcy, while others have taken the risk of coming home, and been arrested at the airport.

    Others have stayed in New Zealand, but put off having children or buying a home, saying they simply can't afford it.

    The Herald's Simon Collins looked into the problem for the Generation Debt series, and took us behind the scenes for the latest Front Page podcast.

    Read more of his series here:
    Generation Debt: Ex-Kiwi student loan borrowers scared to come home https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12268861
    Generation Debt: Student loan for life was 'well worth it' https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12267976
    Generation Debt: How student loans have defined a generation https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12265965

    If you have questions about Herald investigations, or want to stay up to date on social media, you can find host Frances Cook on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/FrancesCookJournalist/ Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/francescooknz/ and Twitter here https://twitter.com/FrancesCook

    • 12 min
    Why they couldn't 'just put out' the SkyCity fire

    Why they couldn't 'just put out' the SkyCity fire

    Each week The Front Page takes you behind the scenes of the biggest story from the New Zealand Herald and Newstalk ZB. Today it's why the SkyCity fire raged so far out of control, and what to expect next. Hosted by Frances Cook.

    A shocking blaze at the $700m SkyCity convention centre has brought Auckland to a standstill, with 150 firefighters battling the fire at its peak.

    As the fire raged, smoke filled the central business district, with many reporting sore throats, burning eyes, and coughing.

    The fire is now under control, but firefighters say they expect to be at the site for days, dampening down hotspots.

    How on earth could this fire rage out of control in modern times, and how bad will this be for our economy?

    To answer common questions the newsroom was sent during the fire, Anna Leask and Anne Gibson came on The Front Page podcast.

    We discussed what made the fire so challening to put out, whether there were problems with the building construction, and how far into the millions the damage could go.

    If you have questions about Herald investigations, or want to stay up to date on social media, you can find host Frances Cook on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/FrancesCookJournalist/ Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/francescooknz/ and Twitter here https://twitter.com/FrancesCook

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CleverJames ,

Excellent digest of the day’s news

I recommend subscribing to The Front Page podcast. I get to listen to this on the way home from work and it is a good, balanced and informative way to keep up to date with New Zealand news.

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