Every weekday, The Detail makes sense of the big news stories.
This week, we looked at the mission to regulate vaping products, what that made Cyclone Gabrielle so uniquely destructive, the minor political parties’ chances in the upcoming general election, the high hopes around a new and better Census 2023, and what it’s like in China at end of its ‘zero Covid’ policy.
Plus, a new edition of our Long Read.
Whakarongo mai to any episodes you might have missed.
New regulations for vape retailers requiring strict record-keeping came into play at the beginning of this year, and more red tape is likely on the way with proposals for marketing and locations restrictions being floated in Wellington.
But has the horse bolted when it comes to youth vaping?
Matthew Scott talks to Stuff senior health reporter Rachel Thomas and University of Auckland researcher Dr Kelly Burrowes.
Cyclone Gabrielle and other recent severe weather events have turned many of us into armchair meteorologists, obsessively tracking the vibrantly coloured swirls of the storms looming over Aotearoa.
And with that, new weather words have popped into our lexicon – such as “inverted barometer”, “vorticity” and “sting jet”.
Sharon Brettkelly breaks it down with NIWA meteorologist Ben Noll.
Labour’s sweeping win at the last election gave it the ability to govern alone, but under MMP, parties normally have to share power. At this year’s election, the minor parties look set to regain their relevance.
Sarah Robson sits down with Newsroom‘s political editor Jo Moir and RNZ‘s deputy political Craig McCulloch to size up ACT, the Greens, Te Pāti Māori, New Zealand First, TOP, and more.
The official count of the population is happening in just a few weeks.
And after the disaster of the Census 2018, there’s hope this one will be much better.
The Census is crucial not just for knowing how many people there are in the country – it also helps government, central and local, plan things like healthcare services, areas for housing development and public transport routes.
Tom Kitchin talks to Newsroom journalist David Williams and Waikato University Professor of Demography Tahu Kukutai.
It’s only been four years since Chen Liu was in China, but she could barely recognise parts of her hometown when she returned a few weeks ago.
Journalist Chen is one of millions of expat Chinese who are finally back home after years of strict Covid-19 lockdowns. She’s seen some stark changes, from the ultra fast high-speed trains to the boom in new apartments and digital-only payments, right down to the little tea shop.
But there’s one thing no one wants to talk about: Covid-19 and the government’s handling of it. People are focused on the future and making their fortunes, says Chen, who has lived in New Zealand for seven years.
She talks to Sharon Brettkelly.
The Detail’s Long Read: On Fiordland
This is The Detail‘s Long Read – one in-depth story read by us every weekend.
This week, it’s two stories.
A Fiord-less National Park written by Heidi Bendikson and published on Newsroom.co.nz.
Fiordland National Park is the crowning jewel of our national parks and arguably our greatest tourist magnet. But conservationists warn that marine life has been put at risk because the park’s waters are unprotected.
Cruising For A Bruising: $$$s v Nature in Milford Sound written by Vaneesa Bellew and published on Newsroom.co.nz.
As international cruise ships once again ply our waters, there’s renewed debate about whether they belong in one of New Zealand’s – and the world’s – most precious places.
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