Kate Hawkesby is the host of Early Edition on Newstalk ZB, Monday to Friday from 5am – 6am.
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Kate Hawkesby: Markle and Ardern have something in common
Opinion: 'Both moved to do things their way, on their terms, and for their own gains.'
Hawkesby: Where would we be without Helen Clark chiding us?
Opinion: How long does this Govt need to be told what to do by Helen Clark?
Why your kid shouldn't equate their self-worth with exam results
Kate Hawkesby: Why do we still measure our kids' success by how well they do in exams?
Kate Hawkesby: 37% of Kiwis still don't feel safe returning to work. Why?
'Covid is perhaps not as front of mind, which in and of itself, is surely a good thing.'
Hawkesby: Jacinda Ardern says debates are not blood sports. I thought that was the point?
Comment: A debate is meant to be argumentative, otherwise it's just monologues.
Kate Hawkesby: Winners and losers in latest poll and debate
Comment: Nats say they are happy with the latest results, I can't see how they could be.
Hawkesby: Mob funeral mocks all of us and police did nothing
COMMENT: Gang tangi during level 2.5 is somehow exempt from rules restricting you and I.
Kate Hawkesby: Why do women cop so much online hate?
Comment: 'There are those haters who just want you cancelled, no matter what.'
Hawkesby: Clearing the air about cannabis misinformation
Comment: Lack of balance in the debate about legalising recreational cannabis.
Kate Hawkesby: Goodwill fading with each new Covid-19 blunder
Comment: Conflicting advice is eroding public confidence as confusion takes over.
Kate Hawkesby: Govt talk on Covid tests doesn't tally with reality
Comment: Our 1pm briefings say one thing but the word from the front lines differs.
Election 2020: Voting put off due to lockdown 'horror'
Comment: Postponement may give voters time to get over their anger at incompetence.
Kate Hawkesby: Legalising cannabis - why would we be so dumb?
Comment: "You legalise something, you normalise it."
Kate Hawkesby: What the 1 News Colmar Brunton poll really tells us
Comment: The big story isn't National or Labour - it's what's happening to minor parties.
Comment | Global praise is hollow without open borders
Comment:Yes, we are among a fortunate few nations but where's the plan from here?
Kate Hawkesby: Quit stalling on quarantine charges
Comment: We can't keep pouring hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars into quarantine.
Kate Hawkesby: Toxic Parliament needs wholesale change
Comment: A place where people are scared to go to work is hardly a ringing endorsement.
Kate Hawkesby: Pure and simple - Clark's demotion is an election ploy
Comment: Don't be fooled, Health Minister's resignation wasn't about accountability.
Kate Hawkesby: National's sweating it - anyone missing Simon Bridges?
Comment: Leader Todd Muller under intense scrutiny as National reshuffle top ranks.
Kate Hawkesby: Quit buck-passing on quarantine blunders
Comment: If these breaches occurred in the private sector, WorkSafe would prosecute.
Kate Hawkesby: Who cares what the neighbours think?
Comment: Some tips from someone who works in a hotbed of criticism, outrage and trolling.
Kate Hawkesby: 'Bloomfield has been Meghan Markled'
Comment: Arrogance and incompetence combine to undo all our hard work.
Kate Hawkesby: On your bike, David Clark, that's too many botch-ups
Comment: It's one thing for your ministry to blow it - it's another not to know about it.
Comment: The one MP taking the fight to the Govt - and it's not Todd Muller
Todd Muller coasts while David Seymour puts up a fight, writes Kate Hawkesby.
Kate Hawkesby: Govt has treated us like toddlers too long
Comment: This is what happens when the "team of five million" starts having opinions.
Kate Hawkesby: National MP's 'sexist' comments - who said only women could knit?
Comment: Paul Goldsmith's advice to PM Jacinda Ardern is a harmless bit of needling.
Kate Hawkesby: Ardern's 'cringe-fest' press conference, Govt controlling our lives
COMMENT: The messaging here is out of whack. We are still too governed by fear
Kate Hawkesby: Todd Muller has a battle on his hands
Comment: New National Party leader will have to overcome a fairytale of handouts to win.
Hawkesby: Simon Bridges' problem is he's currently invisible
COMMENT: Simon Bridges doesn't wash with voters and that's for National to sort out.
Hawkesby: School is coming back - are we ready for normality?
COMMENT: Time for a little normality again, writes Kate Hawkesby.
Kate Hawkesby: Will there be a shopping blowout post lockdown?
What happens when lockdown lifts and shop doors reopen? asks Kate Hawkesby.
Hawkesby: We can't get complacent now about the lockdown
COMMENT: We're doing so well, we have to keep up the vigilance.
Kate Hawkesby: Put away your bloody kayaks, it's a lockdown - go home
Comment: Some dickheads seem to think a level 4 lockdown is a holiday, and a joke.
Kate Hawkesby: Stop ramming veganism down our throats
"I do wonder if we all just need to ... in the words of Taylor Swift ... calm down."
Kate Hawkesby: 'Gangs aren't interested in holding your hand'
Comment: When are we going to learn that 'getting alongside' gangs achieves nothing?
Hawkesby: Sorry, not sorry, for exposing ripoff merchants and Concert FM elitism
COMMENT: I'm not apologising for having an opinion.
Kate Hawkesby: Is Concert FM really the biggest issue right now for Jacinda Ardern?
Comment: Government miraculously dials back plans to move Concert FM to an AM frequency.
Hawkesby: Parking attendant descended on my car while I lined up for ticket
Comment: The attendant stopped and looked over to me, 'Okay then,' she said, 'I'll wait.'
Kate Hawkesby: Sports banter in the office 'isolates' women? Gimme a break
Comments: Once we start banning topics in the workplace, where do we draw the line?
Kate Hawkesby: Minister, where are the laws around e-scooters?
Comment: Injuries from e-scooter accidents pass the $5m mark and still no action.
Kate Hawkesby: Why are we so quick to blame and shame other parents?
Comment: 'As I threw to an ad break that the bike's been put away for now... boom.'
Kate Hawkesby: Breastfeed in public? By all means, go right ahead
Comment: When babies are hungry, they do not care where they are fed. Neither should we.
Kate Hawkesby: Good luck finding a flat and getting started in life
Comment: Finding a place to live is a 'crap shoot' where landlords call the shots.
Hawkesby: Let sleeping dogs lie - in our bed. Why's that disgusting?
COMMENT: A much-loved family pet is more than welcome on the bed.
Hawkesby: Erebus memorial classic example of bureaucrats ignoring experts
Comment: Fiasco of memorial being plonked in a cherished park goes all the way to the top.