Alcohol - A Dangerous Love Affair

A new book by George Seber is an in-depth study looking into everything you need to know about alcohol. Alcohol: A Dangerous Love Affair looks at its effects here in New Zealand and globally.  Andrew Urquhart talked to George about the problem of alcohol.



Virtual Gumboot Friday

Mental health advocate Mike King says that this time more than ever Kiwi's need help and as a result Gumboot Friday is going ahead. Mike hopes that the three hour Facebook event, from 9 - 12 midday, Friday the 3rd of April, will help New Zealanders to cope with anxiety around the COVID-19 crisis.  Mike joined Andrew on the show to talk about the importance of connection and the event.




The Six Essentials to Good Health

We often think of eating well and exercising when it comes to health, but it turns out there are six measures of staying healthy.  Nutritionist Jennifer Bowden talked about these with Diane.



Should you get a loan? Money Advice From CAP

Tom and Joy chatted to Ben Mai from Christians Against Poverty. He shared tips on whether or not you should take out a loan and touched on needs vs wants. 

Check out the interview here


Extra info from CAP:

What would CAP say to people experiencing financial changes or uncertainty at this time?

  • · It’s natural to be experiencing worry and uncertainty at this time, and healthy to talk about how you’re feeling. The govt has set up a number to call for free any time to talk to a trained counsellor. That number is 1737.
  • · The good news is people can be proactive with their finances. In terms of money management tips for at this stage, I have two tips to start off with and will go into more next week.

1. Avoid taking out loans

  • · We know people with low credit scores have been rushing to get high-interest loans* as the economic impact of COVID 19 hits home, including seeking loans to buy food.
  • · When the pressure's on and money is short it can be tempting to "solve" it all by taking out a quick loan. But they actually make matters worse next week, especially pay day lenders who have high interest rates – with percentage rates in the hundreds! To go forwards rather than backwards, THINK: Can I reduce my costs?

* According to Keith McLaughlin, chief executive of the Centrix credit reporting agency.

** Credit scores run from zero to 1000, and scores of below 400 indicate people with a history of missing loan repayments, or payments to the likes of power companies). There has been a 23 per cent increase in applications for personal loans in the past five weeks among people with credit scores of 299 or below**

2. Reduce costs: Needs vs wants

  • · A good way of reducing costs is to make two lists: Needs vs Wants. It sounds basic but we do need to remind ourselves that:
                • A need is something we must have like shelter and food.
          • A want is something we might like to have but we don’t need it right now and can survive without it.



The Impact of Covid-19 on the Most Vulnerable

The impact of COVID-19 is being felt widely across the globe, however World Vision is concerned that ultimately it will hit the most vulnerable the hardest.  World Vision NZ National Director Grant Bayldon joined Andrew on the show to talk about the potential impact of this virus on the world's poorest of the poor.  


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