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Don't risk not knowing what's going around New Zealand and the world - catch up with interviews from Early Edition, hosted by Kate Hawkesby on Newstalk ZB.

    Gavin Grey: Kiwi officer shot dead in London remembered

    Gavin Grey: Kiwi officer shot dead in London remembered

    The New Zealand-born police officer shot dead while on duty in south London is being remembered.
    Sergeant Matiu Ratana, known as Matt, died at Croydon Custody Centre at 2.13am local time on Saturday, after he was shot by a person.
    Father-of-one Ratana was reportedly two-months away from retirement.
    New Zealand Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said he joined the NZ police in 2003 as part of the British High Commission Wing, Wing 212.
    UK correspondent Gavin Grey told Kate Hawkesby Ratana was one of the lead coaches at the ... rugby club, where there was a period of silence and reflection.
    "Hundred turned up to pay their respects to him.
    "The boss of London Police Dame Cressida Dick  said she'd worked with him and he was an extraordinary person, a wonderful personality, very good at his job, and he was a proud Kiwi.
    Mr Grey adds that 23-year-old Louis De Zoysa is the lead suspect, and he was on the radar of anti-terror Police.

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    Eric Spillman: Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett for US Supreme Court

    Eric Spillman: Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett for US Supreme Court

    US President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday (US time), capping a dramatic reshaping of the federal judiciary that will resonate for a generation and that he hopes will provide a needed boost to his reelection effort.
    Republican senators are already lining up for a swift confirmation of Barrett before the November 3 election, as they aim to lock in conservative gains in the federal judiciary before a potential transition of power. Trump, meanwhile, is hoping the nomination will serve to galvanise his supporters as he looks to fend off Democrat Joe Biden.
    Trump hailed Barrett as "a woman of remarkable intellect and character," saying he had studied her record closely before making the pick.
    "I looked and I studied, and you are very eminently qualified," he said as Barrett stood next to him in the Rose Garden.
    An ideological heir to the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, Barrett would fill the seat vacated after the September 18 death of liberal icon Ruth Bader Ginsberg, in what would be the sharpest ideological swing since Clarence Thomas replaced Justice Thurgood Marshall nearly three decades ago. She would be the sixth justice on the nine-member court to be appointed by a Republican president, and the third of Trump's first term in office.
    For Trump, whose 2016 victory hinged in large part on reluctant support from conservative and white evangelicals on the promise of filling Scalia's seat with a conservative, the latest nomination in some ways brings his first term full circle. Even before Ginsburg's death, Trump was running on having confirmed in excess of 200 federal judges, fulfilling a generational aim of conservative legal activists.

    US President Donald Trump walks along the Colonnade with Judge Amy Coney Barrett after a news conference to announce Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court. (Photo / AP)
    "This is my third such nomination after Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh, and it is a very proud moment indeed," Trump said in the Rose Garden.
    Trump joked that the confirmation process ahead "should be easy" and "extremely non controversial", though it is likely to be anything. No court nominee has been considered so close to a presidential election before, and early voting is already underway. He encouraged Democrats to take up her nomination swiftly and to "refrain from personal and partisan attacks".
    In 2016, Republicans blocked President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court to fill the election-year vacancy, saying voters should have a say in the lifetime appointment. Senate Republicans say they will move ahead, arguing the circumstances are different now the White House and Senate are controlled by the same party.
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would vote "in the weeks ahead" on Barrett's confirmation, adding that Trump "could not have made a better decision" in nominating the appellate court judge.
    The announcement came before Ginsburg was buried beside her husband next week at Arlington National Cemetery. On Friday, she was the first woman to lie in state at the Capitol, and mourners flocked to the Supreme Court for two days before that to pay respects.
    The set design, with large American flags hung between the Rose Garden colonnades, appeared to be modelled on the way the White House was decorated when President Bill Clinton named Ginsburg as his nominee in 1993.
    Barrett said she was "truly humbled" by the nomination, adding she would be "mindful of who came before me". She praised Ginsburg upon accepting the nomination, saying: "She has won the admiration of women across the country and indeed all across the world."
    Within hours of Ginsburg's death, Trump made clear he would nominate a woman for the seat, and later volunteered he was considering five candidates. But Barrett was the early favourit

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    Fran O'Sullivan: Business leaders displeased with Govt decision making

    Fran O'Sullivan: Business leaders displeased with Govt decision making

    The NZ Herald's annual Mood of the Boardroom survey has been released, showing what over 150 CEOs think of the current Government.
    While Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern was highly rated on leadership on the Covid-19 pandemic, the Whakaari eruption and Christchurch mosque attacks.
    She betters Opposition leader Judith Collins in integrity and trustworthiness, but falters in terms of economic ability.
    Herald's Head of Business Fran O'Sullivan told Kate Hawkesby business leaders want a seat at the table.
    She says a lot of big decisions have been made during the pandemic that have directly affected businesses.
    "That's things like the lock up, particular industries like construction not being seen as an essential industry, that type of thing. All this has been made without a great deal of consultation."
    Business confidence at the lowest it has ever been in the survey’s 19-year history.

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    Andrew Hoggard: Federated Farmers backs National's agriculture plan

    Andrew Hoggard: Federated Farmers backs National's agriculture plan

    Federated Farmers says National's agriculture policy ticks most of the boxes for farmers.
    Along with scrapping the Resource Management Act, National promises to review the nine new water regulations introduced last month.
    Federated Farmers president Andrew Hoggard told Kate Hawkesby the pledge to remove the review around introducing agriculture into the Emissions Trading Scheme is good.
    "They're talking about removing the Sword of Damocles that was hanging over our head, over how if we hadn't got enough things organised by 2022, they were going to chuck us in anyway."
    He disputes the claim by the Greens that it is anti-science.
    "Research from Oxford University shown that if you took the New Zealand setting and put it in the IPCC model, you only need to reduce the plan by 7.5 per cent by 2050 to achieve the half-degree target."

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    Rebekah Carter: New website Try Local helping Kiwis find travel deals

    Rebekah Carter: New website Try Local helping Kiwis find travel deals

    School holiday's kick off tomorrow, and tourism operators and eateries are anticipating the rush of tourists.
    Trying to find a deal to encourage people to spend during a recession can be difficult, so one ex-employee of the tourism and hospitality industry is making it easier for everyone.
    Rebekah Carter has put two and two together and has created a website, Try Local, to help those sectors get their deals out there.
    She joined Kate Hawkesby to discuss how it works.
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    Vincent McAviney: UK prepares for new Covid-19 curfew

    Vincent McAviney: UK prepares for new Covid-19 curfew

    Britain bungled its response to the coronavirus the first time around. Now many scientists fear it's about to do it again.
    The virus is on the rise once more in the U.K., which has recorded almost 42,000 COVID-19 deaths, with confirmed daily infections hitting a record-high 6,634 on Thursday, though deaths remain far below their April peak.
    The surge has brought new restrictions on daily life, the prospect of a grim winter of mounting deaths — and a feeling of deja vu.
    "We didn't react quick enough in March," epidemiologist John Edmunds, a member of the government's scientific advisory committee, told the BBC. "I think we haven't learnt from our mistake back then and we're, unfortunately, about to repeat it."
    The U.K. is not alone in seeing a second wave of COVID-19. European countries including France, Spain and the Netherlands are struggling to suppress rising outbreaks while limiting the economic damage.
    But Britain's pandemic response has revealed a roster of weaknesses, including unwieldy government structures, a fraying public health system, poor communication by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government and a reluctance to learn from other countries.
    "We have to ask why a country with such reputed health and intelligence institutions has been so incapable of combating the COVID pandemic," Gus O'Donnell, the former head of Britain's civil service, said Thursday.
    He said British politicians had "over-promised and under-delivered."
    Like many other countries, apart from Asian nations hit by past outbreaks of the SARS and MERS coronavirus illnesses, Britain was unprepared for the pandemic.
    Britain quickly approved a test for COVID-19, but lacked the lab capacity to process those tests. That meant attempts to locate, test and isolate the contacts of every infected person soon foundered.
    By the time the government ordered a nationwide lockdown on March 23, the virus was out of control. Supplies of protective equipment to hospitals and nursing homes soon ran dangerously short.
    Luca Richeldi, an adviser to the Italian government on COVID-19, told a committee of British lawmakers this week that he was "shocked" at the slow U.K. response while Italy was "living a collective tragedy."
    "I had the impression that in general what was happening in Italy was not really perceived as something that could happen in the U.K.," he said.
    Critics say the government's insistence on going its own way — epitomized and exacerbated by the U.K.'s departure from the European Union in January — has hobbled its response.
    The U.K. spent months trying to develop a contact-tracing smartphone app from scratch before abandoning it and adopting an Apple- and Google-developed system already used in many other countries. The app was launched in England on Thursday — four months late.
    There were some successes. Britain's state-funded health-care system coped; its hospitals weren't overwhelmed. But that was achieved at the high cost of postponing routine surgeries, appointments and screening for cancer and other diseases.
    Like some other countries, the U.K. released elderly patients from hospitals back to nursing homes without testing them for the virus. Thousands died as a result.
    Summer brought a respite as the tide of cases receded. It also brought a push to revive the battered economy. Johnson's Conservative government urged workers to return to offices to prevent city centers becoming ghost towns and tempted people back to restaurants with discounts. It worked economically, but it may also have helped the virus to return.
    Given Johnson's back-to-normal boosterism, there was inevitable confusion when he reversed course this week and announced that people should continue to work from home after all. That came alongside new restrictions including a 10 p.m. curfew in bars and restaurants and expanded face-mask requirements.
    Critics say the government w

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