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Join Kerre Woodham one of New Zealand’s best loved personalities as she dishes up a bold, sharp and energetic show Monday to Friday 9am-12md on Newstalk ZB. News, opinion, analysis, lifestyle and entertainment – we’ve got your morning listening covered.

    Kerre Woodham: Children should not be in emergency motels

    Kerre Woodham: Children should not be in emergency motels

    Look, we're not much into the year, are we?

    I suppose we're almost at the end of January. But there's another awful story about emergency housing about motels and the people being sequestered away in motels because authorities say there is nowhere else for them to go. In this case it is young people. It absolutely beggars belief that Oranga Tamariki can consider motel accommodation the best option for at risk young people, yet that's what they told analysts from the New Zealand Herald whose story is in the paper today.

    A young person in state care lived in a motel for nearly two years until suitable accommodation could be found. Other young people have spent more than 100 and 200 nights living in motels across the country. Oranga Tamariki said that while most motel placements were for one to three nights, 14 young people spent more than 100 nights, of those seven spent more than 200 nights. And what stunned me is that Oranga Tamariki tried to justify the use of these emergency motels. They're quoted as saying we work hard to ensure that the young people experience consistency of accommodation and staff and are able to access education and spend regular quality time with whanau and people who are important to them.

    At the emergency motels. Some young people, said Oranga Tamariki, enjoy and are able to take part in cooking, tidying and some cleaning. This will always be supported by the carers who are with the young people. Depending on the young person, a range of options could be used to supervise them, including security guards outside motel rooms for the highest risk cases.

    It makes you want to weep.

    What chance do these kids have? If any at all? You've seen the sort of motels that are being used for emergency accommodation. You've seen this state of them. In what universe does Oranga Tamariki imagine that the young people in these motels are going to enjoy taking part in cooking, tidying and some cleaning?  They're describing some bucolic paradise where the children with an apron around their waists are in a farmhouse, while a rosy cheeked carer helps them turn out perfect scones and a whacking roast for the entire family?

    I mean, come on.

    How can they possibly justify it? In 2019, then Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Beecroft. demanded Oranga Tamariki stop using motel rooms. That's how long they've been around. But OT says that while motels are not preferred, they're often the only option for children in care. How have we come to this? I get that it's very difficult to place difficult children. I get that. There are children who have multiple issues that would be very, very difficult to place, but to justify their use of motels as the only possible option and then try to paint some idyllic day-to-day activity that these children are supposed to be involved with.

    We've seen the state of those motels. We know what they look like. Children should not be there. At risk children should not be there. I don't care who changes this. Who makes this better. I don't care what party of what colour changes it, but it has to stop. It has to stop now. 
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    Liam Dann: NZ Herald Business Editor on the rising inflation rates

    Liam Dann: NZ Herald Business Editor on the rising inflation rates

    New Zealand's annual inflation rate is 7.2 percent.

    Stats NZ has just released its Consumers Price Index for the 12 months to December 2022.

    It follows a 7.2 percent annual increase in the September quarter.

    The country's had months of high inflation - with prices frequently rising faster than at any time since the early 1990s.

    After housing and household utilities, the next largest contributor to the annual increase was food prices.

    NZ Herald Business Editor at Large Liam Dann joined Kerre to chat about what this means for New Zealanders.

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    Kerre Woodham: A road map for success prioritises fixing our roads

    Kerre Woodham: A road map for success prioritises fixing our roads

    Now some of you when we were talking about roading last year and the potholes and the damage being done to cars and trucks, the state of the roads, some of you might have been wondering what on Earth were banging on about? Most of us don't drive far. Short car trips under 2kms make up nearly a third of all car trips. So, listening to people talking about the appalling state of our roading infrastructure was probably not something directly affecting you.

    But perhaps over Christmas, if you managed to get away, you got the dubious pleasure of experiencing our roads for yourselves. And driving to the conditions on occasion, the appalling conditions, means you may well have a greater appreciation for the concerns of the National Road Carriers Association, who say the biggest issue for the road transport industry is the shocking state of New Zealand roads.

    According to Justin Tighe-Umbers, our road maintenance is getting worse every year as maintenance continues to fall behind. Less than half of the maintenance needed on our network is being carried out each year.  And he says the stop start nature of government decisions around roading has to stop. 

    Absolutely, a 50 year plan would be fantastic.  One that couldn't be hijacked by ideology or some blue sky thinking.  93% of our goods are delivered by truck and you can talk all you like about how that needs to change, this is what's happening right now. You want your bread, you want your milk, you want your chicken, you want your furniture. Basically, you want anything that makes your life a life a lifestyle. It's delivered by truck. And while we have that level of goods being delivered on the road, and while we have this level of degradation on our roads, it's costing you and me.  When the trucking companies have to repair their trucks because of appalling potholes, they don't wear that themselves. They pass on that cost. And so we all have to pay for the degradation of our roads.

    To be fair, it's not all about the Government or successive governments. Doug Wilson's a director of the Transportation Research Centre and he says that New Zealand is a large land mass that isn't particularly easy to traverse, that we have difficult geological materials that are quite young. That means there are a lot more unstable, a lot more shifting around. The weather conditions, the washouts, the slips, et cetera, that also contributes. That he does point out that we have 94,000 kilometres of road network. And he says, we're probably sealed far too much of that network, a lot of gravel roads were sealed as a political decision because you had small communities that had very good ginger groups and lobby groups and a decision was made in the 70s or 80s to seal those roads when they were never going to be economic.

    However, that was then this is now. What's the solution? There are competing demands for a limited amount of money collected from the tax payer, but I would argue that while we have inflation out of control, while 93% of what you and I need is delivered by truck, then the roads are a priority and certainly Chris Hipkins needs to prioritise fixing our roads. A road map for Chris Hipkins to success, the very first step would be prioritise fixing our roads. 
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    Daniel Gerrard: CEO of Water Safety NZ on the spate of drownings

    Daniel Gerrard: CEO of Water Safety NZ on the spate of drownings

    Today on the show, Daniel Gerrard, CEO of Water Safety NZ called in to give Kerre his two cents on the recent drownings cropping up around the country.

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    Kerre Woodham: How effective will Chris Hipkins really be?

    Kerre Woodham: How effective will Chris Hipkins really be?

    I have come back rested and recharged and really looking forward to the year ahead. Especially given the PM's bombshell announcement last week. Any working parent of a young child would know exactly how Jacinda Ardern felt. This is a huge job, and while other prime ministers have faced challenges, Jacinda Ardern faced more than most. I think to pick herself up, to put herself out there for a year of brutal campaigning, trying to sell unpopular policies, trying to justify Labour's body of work, when really they don't have much in the way of proof to show that their ideologically driven programs have had any sort of success. I mean, perhaps there are rabbits to pull out of the hats this year, we can wait and see if they can offer proof that some of these programs are working, fine - we can judge them then, but to date there's been nothing.  You've got inflation biting. You've got a large group of New Zealander’s girding their collective loins waiting for their mortgage payments to roll over and likely double at some point this year. It was always going to be a tough, tough year and a tough election campaign. And if she's had enough of that, who can blame her?  

    People are making much of the misogyny she endured, and she did. The role of Prime Minister has always polarized New Zealand voters. There are a lightning rod. There have been death threats and vile rumours and vicious comments before Rob Muldoon. David Longley, Ruth Richardson, Helen Clarke, Paula Bennett. They have all faced vile abuse from the ignorant, the ill-informed and the haters. But the abuse heaped upon the soon to be former PM and her family, absolutely ramped up, especially in the aftermath of Covid. Hopefully, the appointment of Chris Hipkins will take some heat out of the political debate. 

    So Chippy yes, very likeable. Very reasonable. But remember, he's been responsible for portfolios that have failed and are failing. Education fail. He's been spokesman, he's been minister since 2013. Truancy’s never been worse. Standards have steadily declined. The Polytech amalgamation looks to be a disaster and it could go on. The Covid response. He presided over a couple of PR disasters with the gangster’s moles who actually weren’t and the release of personal information around Charlotte. Bellis, the journalist. So you know he looks great, nothing to see here, but in fact his portfolios are hardly blue ribbon portfolios. There's also the fact that he was the only logical choice and what does that say about a caucus that's never had more members?  What does that say about a party that you only have one logical choice? And I did think it was a bit rich when Chris Hipkins said ‘oh yes, we're going to elect a leader… we're not going to see this sort of shenanigans that National went through to find a leader’. Short memory my friend. Remember leading the ‘Anything but Cunliffe campaign, hmm. Remember that? It was only 5 short years ago that you were saved as a party by Jacinda Ardern, and now she's probably saved you again by stepping down. 
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    Kerre Woodham: I'm optimistic about what 2023 holds for New Zealand

    Kerre Woodham: I'm optimistic about what 2023 holds for New Zealand

    Here's a bit of good news. Good news… that seems a bit counterintuitive, but nonetheless we'll take it. We'll take any good news going.

    We've heard a lot this year about the anxiety young people are experiencing. Preventing them from attending school regularly in some cases, from going into the workplace, participating in the office life, or taking up employment altogether.

    And yet, according to a New Zealand Herald survey, Kiwis in their late teens and early 20s are more optimistic about society than any of the other age cohorts.

    43 percent of 18 to 24 year olds, more than double the other age groups, said society had become more united over the past few years.

    Sport and increased acceptance of different sexual orientation and identity, music and culture and appreciation of the outdoors in nature, they believe are the four main topics that bring us together.

    Probably no surprise considering the polling of 1000 respondents was conducted after that golden period of the Black Ferns Rugby World Cup win.

    Everybody, even if they went particularly into rugby, got joy out of that.

    If we all appreciate one another's commonalities, respect one another's unique differences and if you look at the Prime Minister and David Seymour, you know the arrogant prick comment could have been unpleasant and could have turned snarky, it didn't.

    They've joined together to raise funds for prostate cancer to look after all bricks, so. They pose together with the Hansard comment that they've both signed framed and they're going to auction it off.

    It's probably not going to mean the end of prostate cancer fundraising for life, you know, , but it was a nice gesture and a nice way of showing that you can have completely different ideas or ideologies.

    You can get really grumpy with one another, but ultimately you believe in the importance of working together, and I think that's an excellent example that our politicians showed us the good on them for ending on a high note.

    I'd like to think we had more in common than we have. I'd like to believe that we can grow as a country.

    We can do that by working together while at the same time respecting the fact that we're not always going to agree about how we do that.

    I certainly don't agree with a lot of the Labour Party policies that they have introduced, I don't think that is going to get them the outcome that they want and that we want as a society, but I absolutely respect their right to govern, to campaign on those policies and if more New Zealanders than not agree with it, then you have to accept that result.

    For some you know it's going to be a rocky 18 months and the only way we're going to get through it is by working together. 

    So I take great heart a from the example shown by David Seymour and the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and I take great heart that young people seem to think, ‘You know what, there's a chance we can all work together that we have more in common than not.’

    43 percent is pretty good, given the last couple of years.

    I’d love to hear what young people thing is going to happen in the next couple of years.

    Maybe you can be anxious, while at the same time feeling optimistic about the future.

    I think that's sort of currently where I'm at.

    I'm nervous about the next coming 18 months

    But at the same time I am optimistic. I do think, that we have more in common than we have differences and I do believe that we will work together to get the country firing.

    People into work, fewer gangs, fewer need for gangs, less need for people to find gangs attractive because they can actually build lives of their own without depending on the structure of a gang to give them purpose.

    So yeah, as we come to the end of 2022, it hasn't been the golden year that a lot of us thought might occur after the pandemic years, but it's certainly better than the previous two as far as I'm concerned.

    And although I am well aware of the headwinds approaching, we'll just trim o

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