4 Jun 2022

The Week in Detail: The Queen's big bash, newsprint shortages and the PM's US trip

From The Detail, 6:00 am on 4 June 2022

Every weekday, The Detail makes sense of the big news stories. This week on the podcast, we've covered the impact of the global newsprint shortage, the Prime Minister's high-profile US trip, the fight against the cattle disease mycoplasma bovis and the Queen's big Platinum Jubilee celebrations. 

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Stop the presses? The rising cost of newsprint

When the Kawerau paper mill closed last year, it left newspaper publishers without a local source of newsprint.

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Photo: Unsplash / Tim Mossholder

It's beginning to cause headaches and Whakatāne's Beacon Media Group chief executive Aaron Buist says the price his company pays for newsprint could double in the next year. There are other logistical and supply chain issues to contend with as well and Buist fears what it could mean for the future of smaller community newspapers. 

Ardern in the US: Trade, tourism and talk shows 

From her appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, to delivering Harvard University's commencement speech, to a meeting in the Oval Office with President Joe Biden, Jacinda Ardern's trip stateside appears to have been a resounding success.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets US President Joe Biden in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets US President Joe Biden in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, DC. Photo:

But beyond the television appearances and photo opportunities, what did Ardern and her officials want to achieve on the trip? And as we emerge from two years of Zoom meetings, how important is face-to-face diplomacy in asserting New Zealand's place on the world stage? 

The fight against mycoplasma bovis  

No other country has done it before, but New Zealand is on the brink of eradicating the cattle disease mycoplasma bovis.

Brighter Future - Dairy. Dairy farming family the Mathieson's, Ewen, Dianne and Melissa talk about the boom and bust of their industry since 2008 and how they got through some of the tougher times.

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

It's come at a heavy emotional and financial cost to farmers, so what lessons can be learned from the way the eradication programme was rolled out? Massey University's Professor Richard Laven suggests there are other more costly endemic diseases the country could have eliminated ahead of m bovis. 

Lin Lang: A billionaire horse exporter's change in fortunes 

Billionaire Chinese businessman Lin Lang pioneered the export of New Zealand thoroughbred horses to China, through his company Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry. But the company's been placed into receivership and the horse exports – worth millions of dollars – have stopped. The Detail looks at how Lin Lang came to do business in New Zealand, as well as the political donations controversy he was entangled in.  

The Queen’s big bash 

It's a massive weekend in the UK, with the Queen officially celebrating her Platinum Jubilee.

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People have turned out in their thousands for a special Trooping the Colour and to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty on the balcony at Buckingham Palace. But where's the pomp and ceremony here in New Zealand? The royal family still sells magazines, suggesting we remain keenly interested in their day-to-day lives, but does the monarchy as an institution remain relevant to New Zealand? 


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