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Open your mind to the world with New Zealand’s number one breakfast radio show.

Without question, as New Zealand’s number one talk host, Mike Hosking sets the day’s agenda.

The sharpest voice and mind in the business, Mike drives strong opinion, delivers the best talent, and always leaves you wanting more.

The Mike Hosking Breakfast always cuts through and delivers the best daily on Newstalk ZB.

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Open your mind to the world with New Zealand’s number one breakfast radio show.

Without question, as New Zealand’s number one talk host, Mike Hosking sets the day’s agenda.

The sharpest voice and mind in the business, Mike drives strong opinion, delivers the best talent, and always leaves you wanting more.

The Mike Hosking Breakfast always cuts through and delivers the best daily on Newstalk ZB.

    William Shatner: Actor and space explorer on his trip with Bezos, new book

    William Shatner: Actor and space explorer on his trip with Bezos, new book

    Time to catch up with one of the Mike Hosking Breakfast’s absolute favourites.

    We all know William Shatner’s CV - including the smash hits Star Trek and Boston Legal.


    William Shatner talks Mike Hosking through his experience going into space with Jeff Bezo’s Blue Origin.

    You might remember last year he was back in the global headlines when went into space with Jeff Bezos and Blue Origin.


    Shatner talks his nerves during the launch process.

    Now he's reflecting on that experience and his life with a new book, Boldly Go.

    That will be in bookstores in a few days.


    Shatner talks the inspiration for his book Boldly Go and his love of learning new things.
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    Mike's Minute: Michael Wood is the biggest danger to our economy

    Mike's Minute: Michael Wood is the biggest danger to our economy

    With the news that the Government are yet again messing with immigration settings and partners are now no longer allowed an open visa unless you are on the famed, but hopelessly inadequate, green list - let me ask you this question.

    Who is doing the most damage to the economy?

    Is it Grant Robertson with the printing, spending, cost of living crisis and upcoming recession?

    Or is it Michael Wood with his refusal to supply the country with an amount of labour to actually meet demand?

    One sort of leads into another but I'd argue Wood is your number one danger based on the fact that Robertson has a pile of balls in the air.

    As badly as they have cocked up the economy there are a tremendous number of variables at play

    Whereas in immigration it's clean and clear cut - you choose what sort of visas you offer and you choose the number of people you allow in on those visas.

    The only possible issue beyond your control is demand. If no one wants to take you up on your offer, short of going out and spruiking your credentials, you kind of have what you have.

    That would not appear to be our issue.

    Our issue appears to be an astonishing refusal to offer a solution, when a solution is so easily and readily available.

    Is it pig headedness that prevents him moving? He throws $60 million at bus drivers and yet doesn’t let more bus drivers in.

    He argues as to whether we have a nursing shortage, given he thinks nurses are coming into the country in the numbers we need, when they are not.

    What makes it really maddening is he says he is listening, when he isn't.

    I still don’t see a single sector that says "thank god for that, our labour issue is solved".

    Even the RSE part, which they have moved on, isn't solved.

    The processing is an issue, the accreditation is an issue, the fees are an issue, the wage levels are an issue and the criteria is an issue.

    I have yet to find a single person who argues any aspect of this is working.

    What I pray for is a David Clark type revelation. Remember Clark and his CCCFA lending debacle?

    To his credit, he eventually backed down and said 'I got it wrong, we'll do it again'.

    And he did. It's still not sorted properly but at least he tried.

    Wood isn't even trying.

    So surely in the end of year prize for the minister who did his worst and provided the most damage to New Zealand Inc, no one has beaten Michael Phillip Wood of Mt Roskill.
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    Simeon Brown: National's transport spokesperson on Light Rail company having zero employees a month after founding

    Simeon Brown: National's transport spokesperson on Light Rail company having zero employees a month after founding

    The company started by the Government to build Auckland's Light Rail had zero employees a month after it was founded.

    Written parliamentary questions show it now has at least one; chief executive Tommy Parker.

    Auckland Light Rail Limited was established on October 6, and as of November 9, it engages 54 contractors and consultants.

    National's transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says all Labour has done is hire consultants for the project, rather than deliver a business case.

    But the Transport Minister says employment arrangements in the transport system are often project-by-project. Michael Wood says they often rely on a large number of consultants and contractors.

    Simeon Brown joined Mike Hosking.

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    Leeann Watson: Canterbury business advocate on letter asking govt to hold offenders to account

    Leeann Watson: Canterbury business advocate on letter asking govt to hold offenders to account

    Canterbury businesses are making sure they're not forgotten as retailers grapple with crime across the country.

    80 of the city's business owners have signed a letter asking the Government to hold offenders to account.

    They're concerned the recent crime support announcements don't go far enough.

    Canterbury Employers' Chamber Chief Executive Leeann Watson told Mike Hosking it's not unique to Christchurch, but they want to stop what they're seeing.

    She says the current rules, regulations and consequences need to be reviewed to break the cycle.

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    Catherine Hall: Alzheimer's NZ Chief Executive on new drug hoped to help slow the disease

    Catherine Hall: Alzheimer's NZ Chief Executive on new drug hoped to help slow the disease

    New data shows an experimental drug could help some people with early stage Alzheimer's.

    The medicine, lecanemab, attacks the protein amyloid that builds up in the brains of people with Alzheimer's, slowing progression of the disease.

    There are side effects for some such as brain swelling and researchers are clear more work is needed.

    Alzheimer's New Zealand Chief Executive Catherine Hall told Mike Hosking it's early days.

    She says it's an intravenous injection once a fortnight for 18 months and there's a long way to go to see if it's worthwhile.

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    Alan McDonald: Employers' advocate says the way the FPA legislation is written, things are very imprecise

    Alan McDonald: Employers' advocate says the way the FPA legislation is written, things are very imprecise

    Fair pay negotiations could end up being a long, drawn out process.

    Unions say they already have enough signatures to demand a Fair Pay Agreement for hospitality workers.

    It means any negotiated pay and working conditions will apply to all employers in the industry.

    But Employers and Manufacturers' Association Head of Advocacy Alan McDonald told Mike Hosking there are some very complex things around this.

    He says there are all sorts of technical arguments around wage bargaining that need to be very precise.

    McDonald suggests the way the legislation is written, things are very imprecise.

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Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5
293 Ratings

293 Ratings

Rosey9697 ,

Not a proper podcast

.. just short interview highlights from Mike’s show.

-Parnell ,

Ads on ads on ads

Was good until they added all the ads.

Short interviews that have an ad at the beginning and end -overall equal time on ads that is on content which is sad.

It is the same ad that plays all week as well which will drive you bonkers.

Top tip: look out for the weekly 10min episode. It is just paid content around a book launch

Bunbury2010 ,

To the point.

I like the directness of the podcast. It covers a multitude of topics but remains current and relevant. Mikes style is similar. Without this show politicians would get away with murder. I love being informed. Sadly the show has now opened my eyes to the mess this county is now in. Keep going Mike. Love the show.

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