Damien Venuto is the host of your daily news podcast, The Front Page.
I am a writer and editor with more than a decade’s experience and feel comfortable interviewing anyone. From the tenacious start-up owner selling cast-iron pans out of his garage to the billionaire rich-lister with ambitions of becoming a marijuana baron, I feel every business owner has a unique angle to their hustle. My objective has always been to find the human aspect under the jargon that so often buries the story. I initially worked as the online business editor at the NZ Herald, joining the team in 2017 off the back of winning the Supreme Editor of the Year Award at the Magazine Publishers Association Awards for my work with NZ Marketing magazine. Now, I host the NZ Herald’s daily news podcast, The Front Page. In each 15-minute episode, I chat with journalists and newsmakers and go behind the headlines to break down what you need to know about the biggest stories of the day, keeping it short and sharp. Feel free to follow us wherever you get your podcasts.
Minister for Space: Is this really what NZ needs from Judith Collins?
The space race is back on, but what role can we play?
Policy bonfire: Will anything be left of Labour’s legacy?
The National-led Government is planning to jettison many of Labour's policies.
A year of sporting failures? Big questions hang over NZ sport
New Zealand has been left empty-handed during a year of World Cups.
‘Economy limping along’: The fiscal headwinds facing Luxon and Willis
A rundown of some of the big stories from the Herald's podcast network this week.
Pop culture void: Kiwi musicians and artists being left in the dark
Artists are increasingly having to battle to have their stories told.
National security threat: NZ’s isolation no longer guarantee of safety
Being an island far away from everything isn't as safe as it once was.
‘Little hands thread laces’: The dark cost of some Black Friday and Christmas deals
A new report on modern slavery has delivered some staggering findings.
Congestion charging won’t fix Auckland’s biggest transport woe
There's a big difference between Auckland and Milan.
‘You should be very concerned about job security’: How AI is set to rock the workforce
“It’s a lot like climate change, just a hell of a lot faster."
Skyrocketing rents create massive headache for Auckland
A weekly wrap of the top stories from our podcast network.
'People vote with their feet': Skyrocketing rents give Kiwis more incentive to leave
More pressure on renters, in a market where owning a home is out of reach for many.
Burden of the paperboy: How much does a Herald weigh in 2023?
The physical Herald may not weigh what it once did, but the substance is still there.
‘Shaken the establishment’: The mess in UK politics amid David Cameron’s desperate return
UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak bizarrely brought former PM David Cameron into the mix.
Hollywood strike: How AI became a massive sticking point
Showbiz has been embroiled in a months-long debate about the future of the industry.
Where does this election leave Māori and Pasifika?
Negotiating goes on, but we already know that no Pasifika MPs will be in Government.
Herald turns 160: What comes next for the publication?
The NZ Herald has come a long way, but has even further to go.
From supersonic jets to robot waiters: Innovations to change the way we travel
The way we travel will undergo some big changes.
Officiating crisis: Are VAR and TMO ruining sport?
The VAR and TMO are increasingly dominating post-match discussions.
Siouxsie Wiles v University of Auckland: Why all businesses should watch closely
The ramifications of the Employment Court case could be wider than a single university.
17-year-old hacker who got into the UN: This is what businesses are doing wrong
A report reveals 132,000 New Zealand businesses have been hit by cybersecurity issues.
From Today FM to The Project: What’s gone wrong for NZ media?
There have been some big blows for local media this year.
Special votes confirm Winston Peters holds the power - so what does he really want?
Another week of big stories covered by the NZ Herald podcast team.
The forgotten war: The ongoing refugee crisis being ignored amid focus on Israel-Hamas war
Around 120,000 Armenians have had to flee the place they have called home for generations.
The KiwiSaver slide: Why have funds slipped $1.2 billion?
KiwiSaver balances don't look so fantastic right now.
What motivates the 'complex figure' of Winston Peters to keep making political comebacks?
Winston Peters is an experienced hand when it comes to negotiating.
Ain’t no sunshine: When will the Auckland downpours end?
The rain has been persistently bucketing down for 10 months.
After the Cup: The big changes coming for All Blacks, world rugby
A new coach is coming - but will Scott Robertson have an easy time?
Shift in property power balance: How to prepare for new Govt’s impact on housing
A rundown of the big stories covered by the Herald's podcast team.
Still divided or on the mend: What's the state of the nation post-election?
An epic road trip from the south to the north aims to capture our mood.
The marketing gap: The massive growth headache holding back small businesses
Without marketing nous, how are small businesses expected to grow?
How a National-led coalition will change our housing market
A new Government always leads to a shift in the balance of property power.
‘It would be an absolute bloodbath’: Why Israel must avoid war with Hezbollah
Previously covering the war on Ukraine, journalist Tom Mutch has headed to Tel Aviv.
Falling on hard times: What’s gone wrong for NZ-made wine and beer?
Iconic brands have fallen on hard times.
'Negotiate everything vote by vote': Seymour's coalition warning revisited
Luxon and Seymour will be integral in determining where New Zealand heads next.