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Sunday Panel: After Hannah Clarke's murder, what can authorities do to combat domestic violence?

The number of men seeking help to stop committing domestic violence in Queensland has surged after the horrific death of a family burned to death in Brisbane.Rowan Baxter killed Hannah Clarke, Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3, when he doused them in petrol and set their car alight in a Brisbane street on Wednesday morning, before fatally stabbing himself.Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Minister Di Farmer says the shocking attack has seen more people turn to domestic violence services for help.The event has also sparked rallies against domestic violence, with swarms of people descending on the Brisbane CBD to call for changes.It comes as new reports reveal that the extent Clarke's fought to keep her ex-husband away from her family, with domestic violence orders against Baxter being continually watered down until he was allowed within just 20 metres of her.That's despite Baxter stalking her daily, and kidnapping their four year old daughter on Boxing Day.It has prompted calls that more work is needed to help men get out of relationships without reacting in a negative way. New Zealand specialist Heather Nancarrow wrote inThe Sydney Morning Heraldthat every man going through a separation should undergo a mental health assessment, an idea that has been backed up by other local specialists.Commentators Morgan Godfrey and Irene Gardiner joined Andrew Dickens to discuss the story and the other big news of the week.LISTEN ABOVE

9 MIN2 d ago
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Sunday Panel: After Hannah Clarke's murder, what can authorities do to combat domestic violence?

Megan Singleton: What you need to know about cruising

New Zealanders don't seem to have been put off a cruise holiday despite the coronavirus outbreak.Five of six New Zealanders who were on the Diamond Princess Cruise are in quarantine in Whangaparāoa.One is in isolation in a North shore hospital because of an unrelated health condition, but all have tested negative for COVID-19.The four New Zealanders who were originally on board remain in Japan, but two have now completed their quarantine period.Hundreds of people were stuck on the cruise ship due to an outbreak of the disease onboard.However, travel blogger Megan Singleton says that a poll she conducted with her followers found that the majority are still open to cruising.She joined Andrew Dickens to discuss the case and what you need to know to stay healthy while on board.LISTEN ABOVE

4 MIN2 d ago
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Megan Singleton: What you need to know about cruising

Joan's Picks: The House of Yan and The Year Without Summer

The House of Yanby Lan Yan. Nonfiction/memoir. This is the true story of a family at the heart of a century in Chinese history. The author’s family were part of China’s elite, but that didn’t do them any favours when the Cultural Revolution came along. As well as being her family’s story this is also about the last 100 years of China, seen through a very personal lens.The Year Without Summerby Guinevere Glasfurd. In 1815, a supervolcanic eruption on Mt Tambora in Indonesia resulted in massive climate disruption causing famine, poverty and riots. This book tells the story of characters in Europe, Britain and America – none of whom had heard of that volcano, and none of whom could escape its effects, in a year when the world went dark. Definite parallels with modern times!

1 MIN2 d ago
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Joan's Picks: The House of Yan and The Year Without Summer

Nick Lowe bringing pop hits to New Zealand

Nick Lowe: producer to the stars, singer, songwriter, author and pop culture icon.As a producer, he’s been described as one of the best. He produced Elvis Costello’s first five albums as well as writing his song What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding. He’s also produced hit singles for the Damned and the Pretenders.A singer/songwriter himself, Lowe’s solo career had hits Cruel to Be Kind,” “So It Goes,” “I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass.His songs have also been covered by the likes of Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart and Diana Ross.Lowe plays Auckland’s Powerstation this week, and he joined Andrew Dickens to discuss his career.LISTEN ABOVE

13 MIN2 d ago
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Nick Lowe bringing pop hits to New Zealand

Mike van de Elzen: Tomato baked beans with meatballs and eggs

Tomato baked beans with meatballs and eggs (serves 6)Prep time: 30 minutesCooking time: 25 minutes300g beef mince¼ pumpkin, grated2 tsp Dijon mustard500g ripe tomatoes, chopped1 x 400g tin white haricot beans, drained1 onion, finely diced3 cloves garlic, finely chopped1/2 Tbsp dried thyme1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce4 eggs3 Tbsp vegetable oilSalt and freshly ground black pepper Preheat the oven to 180*C.Mix the mince, mustard, pumpkin and thyme in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Roll the mix into 30g balls. Heat a little oil in a non-stick frying pan and shallow fry the meatballs, just enough to colour the outside. Set aside. Now add a little more oil to the pan and sauté the onion and garlic. Add the tomatoes, beans and Worcestershire sauce, cook for 5 minutes. Pour this mix into a large baking dish (about 50cm square). Drop the meatballs into the tray then gently crack the eggs in around the balls.Bake in the oven for around 15-20 minutes or until the egg is cooked.

3 MIN2 d ago
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Mike van de Elzen: Tomato baked beans with meatballs and eggs

William Gibson's new book Agency imagines an alternative reality

The election of Donald Trump to the US presidency in 2016 threw a major spanner in the works for Canadian novelist William Gibson. He has been described as possibly the most influential living sci-fi author. He created the term ‘cyberspace’ and wrote about reality TV well before Survivor and The Bachelor graced our TV screens.His new book Agency is one he was writing four years ago and was a third of a way through before Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to become US President. Gibson joined Andrew Dickens to discuss how the alternate universe nature of Trump’s win nearly ended the book – and then inspired him to create something else. LISTEN ABOVE

12 MIN2 d ago
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William Gibson's new book Agency imagines an alternative reality

Steve Newall: New Friends special to help launch new streaming service HBO Max

It's official. After almost 16 years, the Friends cast will be reuniting for an as-yet-untitled unscripted special.Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will shoot the show to mark the launch of HBO Max."Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library," said HBO Max chief content officer Kevin Reilly.The news was posted by Cox, who played Monica Geller, on Instagram. Her post attracted more than 650,000 likes inside an hour. View this post on Instagram It’s happening... @hbomax @jenniferaniston @lisakudrow @mleblanc @mattyperry4 @_schwim_ A post shared by Courteney Cox (@courteneycoxofficial) on Feb 21, 2020 at 2:00pm PST Various sources are reporting each cast member will get almost $4m for the show.The show, about the lives and loves of six close-knit young people in New York is billed as a "celebration" of the series than ran for 236 episodes over 10 series after its launch in 1994."I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation," said Reilly. "It taps into an era when friends – and audiences – gathered together in real time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans."Friends not only won the Emmy for outstanding comedy series, but also garnered Emmy awards for Aniston and Kudrow.HBO Max is a new streaming service set to launch in the US in May. It's unclear whether it will be available in New Zealand and how Kiwi fans might be able to watch the new show.

5 MIN2 d ago
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Steve Newall: New Friends special to help launch new streaming service HBO Max

Andrew Dickens: Vaping law delay a sign of glacial pace of bureaucrats

Would you look at that: we’ve finally got some rules around vaping and the law will be introduced to Parliament on Monday.Sales of vaping products to under-18s will be bannedand vapers will be barred from lighting up in smoke-free areas.There will be a ban on advertising and sponsorship involving vaping products and e-cigarettes.But while this is similar to smoking laws, the Minister Jenny Salesa acknowledges the part vaping has played in getting people off the smokes as we head towards Smokefree 2025.So full disclosure. I vape. I started two years ago to get off smoking. It worked. Spectacularly, can I say. I’m cutting down on the vaping. I’ll have a puff once or twice a day.Now, bizarrely, flavoured vapes will only be allowed to be sold in R18 specialty stores. In dairies and supermarkets, the only flavours allowed will be tobacco, mint and menthol.My preferred flavour is Vanilla Custard. It’s not sickly sweet it’s not tangy. It leaves a room smelling of the faintest hint of vanilla which is quite pleasant.Being told I and others will have to go out of our way to find a flavour we like at a speciality shop full of bongs and glow in the dark Frisbees seems counterproductive. I wonder how many will just go back to the fags rather than traipsing across town.I guess the law allows the three flavours because they’re tradition tobacco flavours and so that’s for the smokers trying to quit and they don’t want all the candy flavours seducing the young. Well, hold on. If vaping is now R18 the young are protected and what’s all this about restricting adults legal choice?Another quibble is how long this law took to draft. They started in November 2018. The reason I’m not doing an interview about the subject is that, apart from the flavour weirdness, this law is so basic and predictable that it’s boring. It’s the sort of thing a half decent health official could bang up in a month. So why did it take so long?National is asking the same question, which is only a little rich. Vaping has been around for years and nothing happened until now under all governments, National and Labour led.My real concern is with the glacial pace of the bureaucrats and advisers that serve the government. Once the trigger was pulled 18 months ago, why didn’t the Civil Service get cracking.If you’re of a certain age you’ll remember Sir Humphrey and his Minister in the telly programme Yes Minister. That was called a comedy though politicians actually called it a documentary. The obfuscation and bewilderment you saw in that programme happens every day in Wellington. The Civil Service has to learn to pull its finger out.I learnt of another classic today. Seven years ago Watercare Auckland applied to the Waikato Regional Council to double the cities 150,000 cubic meter a day intake of water from the Waikato River. Nothing’s happened. The council says it’s legally obliged to process hundreds of applications ahead of Auckland’s in the queue.Hello? Seven years of holding a city to ransom over water. Because of bureaucracy! Get a grip, civil servants. Use common sense and prioritise.

5 MIN2 d ago
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Andrew Dickens: Vaping law delay a sign of glacial pace of bureaucrats

Louise Hardman: Plastic shreder hopes to clean up Pacific Ocean

Plastic in our oceans is a huge problem, but one woman has come up with a solution to help in some of the more remote areas.The Plastic Collective CEO Louise Hardman and her team have developed a plastic shredder known as a 'shruder', which could become a game changer in the Pacific.Pilot programmes have seen the device head to islands near Bali and Borneo, and the latest version of the shruder shreds plastic at up to 60 kilograms of plastic an hour, with hopes to cut soft and hard plastic.The Australian Government has backed the idea with a $2.5 million grant. CEO Louise Hardman joined Andrew Dickens to discuss how the machine works and what they are hoping to achieve.LISTEN ABOVE

5 MIN2 d ago
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Louise Hardman: Plastic shreder hopes to clean up Pacific Ocean

Alex Mason: Two Serious Fraud Office investigations hit National and New Zealand First

It was a big week for the Serious Fraud Office this week.The organisation launched an investigation in relation to the New Zealand First Foundation after the matter was referred to them by the Police.It concerns donations made to the foundation, which were initially investigated by the Electoral Commission.National Party Deputy Leader Paula Bennett called for NZ First leader Winston Peters to stand down while the investigation takes place.However, she did not make similar calls about her own leader, Simon Bridges, as National was also being investigated by the SFO.Former National MPJami-Lee Ross was this week named as one of the four facing charges over two donations to National made of $100,000.Ross pledged to keep campaigning for greater transparency around political fundraising as he hit back at the charges, saying he had been made a political scapegoat.Chief political reporter Alex Mason discusses the big political news of the week with Andrew Dickens above.

5 MIN2 d ago
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Alex Mason: Two Serious Fraud Office investigations hit National and New Zealand First

Latest Episodes

Sunday Panel: After Hannah Clarke's murder, what can authorities do to combat domestic violence?

The number of men seeking help to stop committing domestic violence in Queensland has surged after the horrific death of a family burned to death in Brisbane.Rowan Baxter killed Hannah Clarke, Aaliyah, 6, Laianah, 4, and Trey, 3, when he doused them in petrol and set their car alight in a Brisbane street on Wednesday morning, before fatally stabbing himself.Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Minister Di Farmer says the shocking attack has seen more people turn to domestic violence services for help.The event has also sparked rallies against domestic violence, with swarms of people descending on the Brisbane CBD to call for changes.It comes as new reports reveal that the extent Clarke's fought to keep her ex-husband away from her family, with domestic violence orders against Baxter being continually watered down until he was allowed within just 20 metres of her.That's despite Baxter stalking her daily, and kidnapping their four year old daughter on Boxing Day.It has prompted calls that more work is needed to help men get out of relationships without reacting in a negative way. New Zealand specialist Heather Nancarrow wrote inThe Sydney Morning Heraldthat every man going through a separation should undergo a mental health assessment, an idea that has been backed up by other local specialists.Commentators Morgan Godfrey and Irene Gardiner joined Andrew Dickens to discuss the story and the other big news of the week.LISTEN ABOVE

9 MIN2 d ago
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Sunday Panel: After Hannah Clarke's murder, what can authorities do to combat domestic violence?

Megan Singleton: What you need to know about cruising

New Zealanders don't seem to have been put off a cruise holiday despite the coronavirus outbreak.Five of six New Zealanders who were on the Diamond Princess Cruise are in quarantine in Whangaparāoa.One is in isolation in a North shore hospital because of an unrelated health condition, but all have tested negative for COVID-19.The four New Zealanders who were originally on board remain in Japan, but two have now completed their quarantine period.Hundreds of people were stuck on the cruise ship due to an outbreak of the disease onboard.However, travel blogger Megan Singleton says that a poll she conducted with her followers found that the majority are still open to cruising.She joined Andrew Dickens to discuss the case and what you need to know to stay healthy while on board.LISTEN ABOVE

4 MIN2 d ago
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Megan Singleton: What you need to know about cruising

Joan's Picks: The House of Yan and The Year Without Summer

The House of Yanby Lan Yan. Nonfiction/memoir. This is the true story of a family at the heart of a century in Chinese history. The author’s family were part of China’s elite, but that didn’t do them any favours when the Cultural Revolution came along. As well as being her family’s story this is also about the last 100 years of China, seen through a very personal lens.The Year Without Summerby Guinevere Glasfurd. In 1815, a supervolcanic eruption on Mt Tambora in Indonesia resulted in massive climate disruption causing famine, poverty and riots. This book tells the story of characters in Europe, Britain and America – none of whom had heard of that volcano, and none of whom could escape its effects, in a year when the world went dark. Definite parallels with modern times!

1 MIN2 d ago
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Joan's Picks: The House of Yan and The Year Without Summer

Nick Lowe bringing pop hits to New Zealand

Nick Lowe: producer to the stars, singer, songwriter, author and pop culture icon.As a producer, he’s been described as one of the best. He produced Elvis Costello’s first five albums as well as writing his song What’s So Funny ’Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding. He’s also produced hit singles for the Damned and the Pretenders.A singer/songwriter himself, Lowe’s solo career had hits Cruel to Be Kind,” “So It Goes,” “I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass.His songs have also been covered by the likes of Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart and Diana Ross.Lowe plays Auckland’s Powerstation this week, and he joined Andrew Dickens to discuss his career.LISTEN ABOVE

13 MIN2 d ago
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Nick Lowe bringing pop hits to New Zealand

Mike van de Elzen: Tomato baked beans with meatballs and eggs

Tomato baked beans with meatballs and eggs (serves 6)Prep time: 30 minutesCooking time: 25 minutes300g beef mince¼ pumpkin, grated2 tsp Dijon mustard500g ripe tomatoes, chopped1 x 400g tin white haricot beans, drained1 onion, finely diced3 cloves garlic, finely chopped1/2 Tbsp dried thyme1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce4 eggs3 Tbsp vegetable oilSalt and freshly ground black pepper Preheat the oven to 180*C.Mix the mince, mustard, pumpkin and thyme in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Roll the mix into 30g balls. Heat a little oil in a non-stick frying pan and shallow fry the meatballs, just enough to colour the outside. Set aside. Now add a little more oil to the pan and sauté the onion and garlic. Add the tomatoes, beans and Worcestershire sauce, cook for 5 minutes. Pour this mix into a large baking dish (about 50cm square). Drop the meatballs into the tray then gently crack the eggs in around the balls.Bake in the oven for around 15-20 minutes or until the egg is cooked.

3 MIN2 d ago
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Mike van de Elzen: Tomato baked beans with meatballs and eggs

William Gibson's new book Agency imagines an alternative reality

The election of Donald Trump to the US presidency in 2016 threw a major spanner in the works for Canadian novelist William Gibson. He has been described as possibly the most influential living sci-fi author. He created the term ‘cyberspace’ and wrote about reality TV well before Survivor and The Bachelor graced our TV screens.His new book Agency is one he was writing four years ago and was a third of a way through before Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to become US President. Gibson joined Andrew Dickens to discuss how the alternate universe nature of Trump’s win nearly ended the book – and then inspired him to create something else. LISTEN ABOVE

12 MIN2 d ago
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William Gibson's new book Agency imagines an alternative reality

Steve Newall: New Friends special to help launch new streaming service HBO Max

It's official. After almost 16 years, the Friends cast will be reuniting for an as-yet-untitled unscripted special.Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer will shoot the show to mark the launch of HBO Max."Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together — we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library," said HBO Max chief content officer Kevin Reilly.The news was posted by Cox, who played Monica Geller, on Instagram. Her post attracted more than 650,000 likes inside an hour. View this post on Instagram It’s happening... @hbomax @jenniferaniston @lisakudrow @mleblanc @mattyperry4 @_schwim_ A post shared by Courteney Cox (@courteneycoxofficial) on Feb 21, 2020 at 2:00pm PST Various sources are reporting each cast member will get almost $4m for the show.The show, about the lives and loves of six close-knit young people in New York is billed as a "celebration" of the series than ran for 236 episodes over 10 series after its launch in 1994."I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation," said Reilly. "It taps into an era when friends – and audiences – gathered together in real time and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans."Friends not only won the Emmy for outstanding comedy series, but also garnered Emmy awards for Aniston and Kudrow.HBO Max is a new streaming service set to launch in the US in May. It's unclear whether it will be available in New Zealand and how Kiwi fans might be able to watch the new show.

5 MIN2 d ago
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Steve Newall: New Friends special to help launch new streaming service HBO Max

Andrew Dickens: Vaping law delay a sign of glacial pace of bureaucrats

Would you look at that: we’ve finally got some rules around vaping and the law will be introduced to Parliament on Monday.Sales of vaping products to under-18s will be bannedand vapers will be barred from lighting up in smoke-free areas.There will be a ban on advertising and sponsorship involving vaping products and e-cigarettes.But while this is similar to smoking laws, the Minister Jenny Salesa acknowledges the part vaping has played in getting people off the smokes as we head towards Smokefree 2025.So full disclosure. I vape. I started two years ago to get off smoking. It worked. Spectacularly, can I say. I’m cutting down on the vaping. I’ll have a puff once or twice a day.Now, bizarrely, flavoured vapes will only be allowed to be sold in R18 specialty stores. In dairies and supermarkets, the only flavours allowed will be tobacco, mint and menthol.My preferred flavour is Vanilla Custard. It’s not sickly sweet it’s not tangy. It leaves a room smelling of the faintest hint of vanilla which is quite pleasant.Being told I and others will have to go out of our way to find a flavour we like at a speciality shop full of bongs and glow in the dark Frisbees seems counterproductive. I wonder how many will just go back to the fags rather than traipsing across town.I guess the law allows the three flavours because they’re tradition tobacco flavours and so that’s for the smokers trying to quit and they don’t want all the candy flavours seducing the young. Well, hold on. If vaping is now R18 the young are protected and what’s all this about restricting adults legal choice?Another quibble is how long this law took to draft. They started in November 2018. The reason I’m not doing an interview about the subject is that, apart from the flavour weirdness, this law is so basic and predictable that it’s boring. It’s the sort of thing a half decent health official could bang up in a month. So why did it take so long?National is asking the same question, which is only a little rich. Vaping has been around for years and nothing happened until now under all governments, National and Labour led.My real concern is with the glacial pace of the bureaucrats and advisers that serve the government. Once the trigger was pulled 18 months ago, why didn’t the Civil Service get cracking.If you’re of a certain age you’ll remember Sir Humphrey and his Minister in the telly programme Yes Minister. That was called a comedy though politicians actually called it a documentary. The obfuscation and bewilderment you saw in that programme happens every day in Wellington. The Civil Service has to learn to pull its finger out.I learnt of another classic today. Seven years ago Watercare Auckland applied to the Waikato Regional Council to double the cities 150,000 cubic meter a day intake of water from the Waikato River. Nothing’s happened. The council says it’s legally obliged to process hundreds of applications ahead of Auckland’s in the queue.Hello? Seven years of holding a city to ransom over water. Because of bureaucracy! Get a grip, civil servants. Use common sense and prioritise.

5 MIN2 d ago
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Andrew Dickens: Vaping law delay a sign of glacial pace of bureaucrats

Louise Hardman: Plastic shreder hopes to clean up Pacific Ocean

Plastic in our oceans is a huge problem, but one woman has come up with a solution to help in some of the more remote areas.The Plastic Collective CEO Louise Hardman and her team have developed a plastic shredder known as a 'shruder', which could become a game changer in the Pacific.Pilot programmes have seen the device head to islands near Bali and Borneo, and the latest version of the shruder shreds plastic at up to 60 kilograms of plastic an hour, with hopes to cut soft and hard plastic.The Australian Government has backed the idea with a $2.5 million grant. CEO Louise Hardman joined Andrew Dickens to discuss how the machine works and what they are hoping to achieve.LISTEN ABOVE

5 MIN2 d ago
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Louise Hardman: Plastic shreder hopes to clean up Pacific Ocean

Alex Mason: Two Serious Fraud Office investigations hit National and New Zealand First

It was a big week for the Serious Fraud Office this week.The organisation launched an investigation in relation to the New Zealand First Foundation after the matter was referred to them by the Police.It concerns donations made to the foundation, which were initially investigated by the Electoral Commission.National Party Deputy Leader Paula Bennett called for NZ First leader Winston Peters to stand down while the investigation takes place.However, she did not make similar calls about her own leader, Simon Bridges, as National was also being investigated by the SFO.Former National MPJami-Lee Ross was this week named as one of the four facing charges over two donations to National made of $100,000.Ross pledged to keep campaigning for greater transparency around political fundraising as he hit back at the charges, saying he had been made a political scapegoat.Chief political reporter Alex Mason discusses the big political news of the week with Andrew Dickens above.

5 MIN2 d ago
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Alex Mason: Two Serious Fraud Office investigations hit National and New Zealand First
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