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Hosted by journalist Bernard Hickey, When the Facts Change is your essential weekly guide to the intersection of economics, business and politics in Aotearoa New Zealand. Presented by The Spinoff together with Kiwibank.

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Hosted by journalist Bernard Hickey, When the Facts Change is your essential weekly guide to the intersection of economics, business and politics in Aotearoa New Zealand. Presented by The Spinoff together with Kiwibank.

Visit kiwibank.co.nz to find out how Kiwibank are making Kiwi better off

    To hike, or not to hike? Unpacking the monetary policy statement with Adrian Orr

    To hike, or not to hike? Unpacking the monetary policy statement with Adrian Orr

    Te Pūtea Matua governor Adrian Orr joins Bernard to discuss the bank’s decision to hold the official cash rate at 5.5%, rather than hiking it further in an attempt to control rampant inflation (which is still roughly double where the RBNZ wants it). Listen in to hear the governor's reasoning behind the cash rate hold, his thoughts on New Zealand's record net migration and whether the government's decision to remove the bank's inflation/unemployment dual mandate earlier in the year has made any meaningful difference.
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    • 27 min
    This is Kiwi: Sarah Hirini on growth and leadership

    This is Kiwi: Sarah Hirini on growth and leadership

    World-class athlete Sarah Hirini has spent nearly a decade as captain of the national women’s sevens team. Through the course of her career she’s clocked up Olympic gold and silver medals, a couple of Rugby World Cup wins and in 2019 was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. She was also winner of the NZ Sports Leadership award at last year’s Halberg Awards. There’s no doubt Sarah is truly inspirational, but what sets her apart is her leadership style – nuanced, caring, and focused on lifting up others in their own leadership journey. Listen to our final episode for season two of This is Kiwi to find out how this champion athlete turned her passion for rugby into a pathway for personal growth and empowerment for others.
    This episode was recorded in November, 2023

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    • 38 min
    The real reason our government won't borrow to fix our infrastructure issues

    The real reason our government won't borrow to fix our infrastructure issues

    Christopher Luxon has described Aotearoa’s government finances as fragile, but the most qualified folks in financial markets don’t see it that way. Bernard Hickey talks to S&P Global’s government ratings director Anthony Walker about just how fragile our government and local council finances actually are. According to Anthony, NZ’s AAA rating means international investors view NZ as a strong borrower with $120 billion worth of borrowing headroom to solve its infrastructure deficits. Yet the government still won’t borrow. Why not?
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    • 38 min
    This is Kiwi: Nico Porteous on the process of performance

    This is Kiwi: Nico Porteous on the process of performance

    At just 22 years old, Nico Porteous is one of New Zealand's most accomplished athletes. He first made his mark on Aotearoa sporting history at 16 when he became our youngest Olympic medalist, claiming bronze in the men's freeski halfpipe. In 2022 he soared even higher in Beijing, clinching an Olympic gold to add to his two X Games gold medals alongside being made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Nico's accolades speak volumes, but beyond the medals there’s a depth of character and wisdom that belies his age. Nico joins Jane to discuss his journey to global success, how he navigates intense performance pressure and the values shaping his life beyond the slopes. Get ready for an inspiring conversation with a remarkable role model.
    Stay tuned for the final episode of this season:
    26th February - Sarah Hirini on growth and leadership

    A Kiwibank series in collaboration with The Spinoff Podcast Network.
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    • 51 min
    How super is NZ Super?

    How super is NZ Super?

    After releasing a paper earlier this week outlining her policy recommendations for the government, retirement commissioner Jane Wrightson joins Bernard Hickey to discuss the complex challenge of superannuation in Aotearoa. Why should the age of eligibility stay at 65? Which demographics would be adversely affected by a decision to raise it? And is it a problem that approximately 50,000 pensioners collect NZ Super while earning over $100,000 a year?
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    • 30 min
    This is Kiwi: Louis Davis on modern fatherhood

    This is Kiwi: Louis Davis on modern fatherhood

    In sharing daily dad life with his social media following of nearly two million, Louis Davis challenges fatherhood stereotypes by being meaningfully present for his family. Join Louis as he sits down with Jane Yee and, through genuine humour and heartfelt anecdotes, offers an alternative narrative about the role and responsibilities of fathers. As he shares his wisdom on the beauty of whānau, the joys of parenthood and the importance of integrity, Louis' story serves as a poignant reminder of life's simple pleasures and the power of genuine connections.

    Stay tuned for our upcoming episodes each Monday:
    19th February - Nico Porteous on the process of performance
    26th February - Sarah Hirini on growth and leadership

    A Kiwibank series in collaboration with The Spinoff Podcast Network.

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    • 43 min

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4.7 out of 5
164 Ratings

164 Ratings

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Maybe the best NZ podcaster

Bernard has a knack for communication. His delivery is friendly and relaxed. He makes heavy and complicated topics easy to grasp. His guests are interesting. The content is relevant to kiwis and often quite important or worth knowing about. I’m learning heaps from this podcast.

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Best NZ finance and economics podcast

I’ve never really understood economics, but Bernard and his team of guests make it easy to grasp. Thanks for making something that seemed scary, interesting. This podcast has given me a starting point to make the best decisions for my life. It doesn’t feel like a chore to listen either! More like having a mate chat to you as you clean the bathroom or go for a walk. Thanks Bernard.

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