Lime scooters parked and ready to go in Lower Hutt. Photo RNZ

Electric car and scooter ride-sharing services are changing the economics of getting around cities and may even change the way they look. Bernard Hickey reports.

Also in this week’s Two Cent’s Worth podcast, the panel of Bernard Hickey and Nikki Mandow from Newsroom, Jenee Tibshraeny from and Gyles Beckford from RNZ look at the latest takeovers in the funeral business and the convictions of Peter Yealands and Yealands Estates for deceptive and misleading conduct over adding sugar to wine exported to Europe.

Two Cents’ Worth has been launched by Newsroom in a co-production with RNZ. It is the country’s first weekly business podcast and will be broadcast just after the midday news on Sundays on RNZ National, will be available on both RNZ and Newsroom’s websites – and we plan to make it available on iTunes from later on Fridays.

Each week we will examine one issue in depth and then convene a panel discussion. Here is this week’s version on RNZ as well.

Two Cents’ Worth – the business week and the business outlook. Previous episodes are below.

Episode 1: Sunday November 4. The rise of double cab utes, the TAB’s big profit and a threat to small electricity retailers.

Episode 2: Sunday November 11. Why your first job is crucial, why interest rates are so low and why wholesale power prices are so high

Episode 3: Sunday November 18. Inside a zombie town as its mill faces a closure decision, how a New Zealand company won big in Singles day and the future of Vector after the departure of chairman Michael Stiassny.

Episode 4: Sunday November 26: The rule of 8s and Trade Me’s big buyer

Episode 5: Sunday December 2: Why we don’t buy cheap petrol

Episode 6: Sunday December 9: Inside Open Banking.

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