Every weekday, The Detail makes sense of the big news stories.
This week, a US court case claiming Google's overreaching on users' privacy, a look inside an Auckland start-up incubator wanting to shake up the future of carbon emissions, what the new government's rollback of the Smokefree 2025 legislation means, the return of battle-hardened Judith Collins to the halls of power, and how big brands are getting caught out for being faux-progressive.
Whakarongo mai to any episodes you might have missed.
We use it to ask our most pressing questions about life and the universe.
We also give it a great many details about our personal life – where we live, what we buy, and where we browse.
And this year, in a landmark anti-trust trial, the US Department of Justice has claimed the search engine giant acts as a monopoly, illegally paying billions of dollars to Apple, Samsung, LG and others to make Google the default search engine on phones and computers.
Tom Kitchin talks to Auckland University professor of experimental economics Ananish Chaudhuri about the implications for New Zealand, and the online world at large.
In a nondescript concrete building in a backstreet of Parnell, some big brains are at work on projects that could help save the world from climatic and environmental meltdown.
The aptly named Future House is home to Outset Ventures, an incubator for more than 20 start-ups that are developing products that are better for the environment, including new types of concrete and pesticides.
Sharon Brettkelly pays a visit to the building, which houses over a hundred PhDs.
The decision that's shocked the health sector was hidden away as the 16th bullet point on page eight of the 15-page New Zealand First coalition agreement, and also on page eight (as the 21st bullet point) on ACT's agreement.
Labour's world-beating, globally-lauded amendments to our Smokefree legislation are set to be repealed.
The amendments would have taken cigarettes out of most dairies, lowered the nicotine levels in ciggies, and denied sales to anyone born after January 1 2009.
Health academics and researchers all reached for the same words to describe how they felt about the move – "unbelievable" and "beyond belief".
Alexia Russell speaks to Professor Chris Bullen from the school of population health at the University of Auckland about what this regime change means.
Judith Collins returns to government with more than a handful of big ministerial jobs, from the spy agencies to space, to the hefty role of Attorney-General.
In her more than 20 years in politics, "Crusher" Collins has been the justice minister, led the National Party when it was in Opposition ("worst job I ever had") from July 2020 to November 2021, and has been caught up in a number of controversies, including the Dirty Politics saga.
Sharon Brettkelly sits down with Collins to discuss her rising star and hears from former minister Peter Dunne about the complexities of operating in a coalition government.
Sustainability, inclusivity, gender equality and body positivity. They're the topics du jour that companies and brands have been quick to jump on.
The Black Lives Matters movement sparked the rebrand of famous products like Eskimo Pies, Uncle Ben's Rice and Aunt Jemima's maple syrup, and body inclusivity saw brands like Victoria's Secret scrap its famous angels.
Reading the room can be great for business, but Wilhelmina Shrimpton finds out what happens when a company or a marketing campaign goes from woke to woke-wash, and just how easy it is for a brand to be 'cancelled'.
Long Read: The Crewe Murders
This is The Detail's Long Read – one in-depth story read by us every weekend.
This week, 'The Crewe Murders: Inside New Zealand's most infamous cold case', a new book from Massey University Press written by Kirsty Johnston and James Hollings.
Award-winning investigative journalist Kirsty Johnston joins the podcast to discuss the case and read an excerpt of the book herself.
The murder of Harvey and Jeannette Crewe in their Pukekawa farmhouse in 1970 remains New Zealand’s most infamous cold case. It spawned two trials, two appeals, several books, a film, and eventually a royal commission finding of police corruption – and, the only free pardon granted by the New Zealand giovernment in history.
And the case is still unsolved.
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