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Talking Machines is your window into the world of machine learning. Your hosts, Katherine Gorman and Neil Lawrence, bring you clear conversations with experts in the field, insightful discussions of industry news, and useful answers to your questions. Machine learning is changing the questions we can ask of the world around us, here we explore how to ask the best questions and what to do with the answers.
 
The three pillars of the podcast are: (1) Professional Development, (2) Student Engagement, (3) and Real World Application. Hosts will take the audience through a variety of topics and relevant issues through casual conversation and subject matter expert interviews. Each episode will feature a general question that aligns with one of the pillars.
 
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Some good news for nurses as they will each get a pay rise of $5800. 83 per cent of union members voted to accept the latest offer from the DHBs. It ends 15 months of negotiations on pay and safer staffing conditions. Nurses Organisation's David Wait joined Heather du Plessis-Allan. LISTEN ABOVEBy Newstalk ZB
 
World Rugby has allowed for men to wear tights and leggings while playing. The move is in response to rugby players' grazes on artificial turfs in Europe, but Dane Coles is not keen on the idea. New Zealand is hoping to get a second rugby league team in the NRL alongside the Warriors. The Wellington Orcas are hoping to join the competition to stop …
 
Fears Auckland's outbreak is spiralling out of control like it has in Victoria and New South Wales. New Zealand has 65 new community cases today - all in Auckland. The Ministry of Health has moved away from trying to figure out where unlinked cases have come from. It's also stopped tracking sub-clusters. Australian Infectious Diseases Expert Peter …
 
Everybody is gearing up for Super Saturday tomorrow. Jacinda Ardern is hoping we’ll get more than 100,000 jabs in arms. Auckland needs several tens of thousands of jabs to reach that 90 per cent threshold. There are prizes to be won, food to be had, and former All Blacks to cheer people on. One of those former All Blacks is Ben Smith. He told Heath…
 
There's still optimism New Zealand's largest music festival will still run. Uncertainty is rife over whether the country will get to celebrate summer as it knows it. Already one of the country's most iconic music festivals - Bay Dreams - has fallen victim to the Delta outbreak due to MIQ uncertainty. But there's confidence major festivals such as R…
 
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet's unilateral decision to scrap hotel and home quarantine for vaccinated international travellers has blindsided Australia's Prime Minister and sparked fears it could lead to longer state border closures. While November 1 was the date both the PM and NSW Premier were working towards to open international borders, the de…
 
Former President Bill Clinton was admitted to the University of California Irvine Medical Center's intensive care unit for a urinary tract infection that spread to his bloodstream, his doctors told CNN on Thursday. "He was admitted to the ICU for close monitoring and administered IV antibiotics and fluids. He remains at the hospital for continuous …
 
Barbed fish hooks hanging from trees, thumbtacks and spiked boards dug into the ground. They're among the traps removed from cycle paths in a park in Hawke's Bay over the past fortnight. The discoveries have prompted the region's Cyclocross group, a hybrid of mountain and road biking, to cancel all of their upcoming events until police can find out…
 
How is this for some fantastic news: New South Wales has just announced it’s opening its borders to the world from November 1. And it is opening to everyone: returning Aussies, business people, tourists from anywhere in the world. The whole blinking lot of them. MIQ is over. Home isolation is over. Arrivals just need to be double-jabbed with a nega…
 
There were 71 new community cases today, and all were in Auckland. Despite the news, Grant Robertson still insists we have the strictest lockdown in the world and blamed people gathering in people's homes as he urged everyone to follow Alert Level 3 rules. Thames-Coromandel District mayor Sandra Goudie made the news for all the wrong reasons. She d…
 
Transport Minister Michael Wood is tooting his own horn at a 15 per cent improvement in fuel efficiency for newly-imported cars over the past three months. He states it’s proof the new Clean Car Discount is alive and well and doing its job. He told Heather du Plessis-Allan the figures are clear and are seeing record numbers since the scheme began o…
 
How long do you stick with a book you’re not enjoying. UK author Mark Billingham came out and said that if a book hasn't gripped you by 20 pages, you should through it across the room and you should be reasonably angry. He reckons he gives up on half the books he starts because life is just too short and there are too many great books out there. Je…
 
Sky-high hopes for the vaccination drive taking place at Auckland's SkyCity this weekend. Free Sky Tower tickets are on offer for those getting jabbed there this Super Saturday. The free event will take place in the carpark from 10am, and is part of many initiatives getting underway that day. Chief Executive Michael Ahearne told Heather du Plessis-…
 
Sandra Goudie is making news today. The Thames-Coromandel District mayor defended her anti-vax stance on Newstalk ZB this morning, saying she'd be taking the Novavax vaccine over the Pfizer vaccine. Thames-Coromandel councillor for the South East Ward Gary Gotlieb told Heather du Plessis-Allan her views aren't reflective of what the council views. …
 
Vaccination is the only way out of the Delta outbreak. That's the message from a medical expert after the Government reported 71 new Covid community cases in Auckland today. Officials are warning daily infections will double in the next fortnight. Auckland University Emeritus Professor Des Gorman told Heather du Plessis-Allan short sharp lockdowns …
 
I can’t make out what it is that people want from Sandra Goudie today. I totally understand if you’re angry at Sandra Goudie. I’ve said before, it feels to me like a very selfish act to not get the jab. Because if you’re unjabbed you might end up clogging up the ICU beds other more responsible people need. And you could be the reason your town or c…
 
Our hospital system is gearing up to handle Auckland’s developing Covid outbreak. The Ministry of Health is expecting a worst-case scenario of 5300 cases a week in Auckland and Northland alone with a 90 per cent vaccination rate. Chief Medical Officer Andrew Connolly told Heather du Plessis-Allan although the numbers change all the time, we need to…
 
Concerns sex workers are travelling around to keep working despite lockdown. Two Auckland sex workers were arrested in Blenheim today after travelling without an exemption. They appeared in Blenheim District Court this afternoon and were bailed with no plea back to Auckland. Dame Catherine Healy of the Prostitutes Collective told Heather du Plessis…
 
The Government has released its Emission Reduction Plan. The plan has been criticised for being unclear and the plan is expected to increase emissions between now and 2025. Northland and Waikato's Level 3 has been extended an extra five days, with two border breaches in Northland. The Government is also refusing to comment on whether the breaches a…
 
A lot of frustration in Northland tonight, as it's staying in Level 3 until at least midnight on Monday with officials struggling to get exposure data from two Covid-infected women who travelled up there. Whangarei mayor Sheryl Mai says the entire region is bearing the brunt of the two women's behaviour. Chris Hipkins also couldn’t say whether one …
 
Employers in Tauranga are feeling the Covid pinch. Job listings are up 43 per cent across the board as businesses battle to attract and retain workers. Ryan + Alexander recruitment director Kiri Burney told Heather du Plessis-Allan the surge is Covid related. "Shut down of borders, we have no skilled candidates coming into the market or from offsho…
 
It was late last Christmas Eve when the European Union and Britain finally clinched a Brexit trade deal after years of wrangling, threats and missed deadlines to seal their divorce. There was hope that now-separated Britain and the 27-nation bloc would sail their relationship toward calmer waters. With Christmas closing in again one thing is clear …
 
If you were worried that Jacinda et al. were going to force radical, expensive changes on us to save the climate, it doesn’t look like you need to worry too much. The Government’s just released its long-awaited draft plan for how to cut climate emissions so we get down to net-zero by 2050 and on first blush, it looks like the government is very muc…
 
We should now expect that Kiwis stuck overseas — especially those in low-risk Covid countries — to be allowed to come home for Christmas. This shouldn’t even be a debate anymore. It just needs to happen. Now that Covid is in Auckland — and spreading through Auckland — there is no reason these kids and loved ones can’t fly into Auckland and self-iso…
 
2Degrees’s attempt to keep things light-hearted in an Internet outage may have backfired. The broadband was down for some parts of Auckland last night so some customers asked for compensation. The company replied saying customers can have 8 cents back for their lost time. 2Degrees customer Krittibas Dasgupta told Heather du Plessis-Allan he thought…
 
Complaints the Government's emission reduction plan is all talk and no substance. It includes ideas such as paying people to scrap dirty cars, banning new gas connections and cutting car use by a fifth. People can submit on the plans until November 24. Motor Trade Association Chief Executive Craig Pomare told Heather du Plessis-Allan the release do…
 
Our petrol's costing us the most ever at the pump as economies rebound globally from Covid-19. 91 octane petrol is sitting at a national average of $2.39, just topping the previous high seen in 2018. AA Motoring Affairs General Manager Mike Noon told Heather du-Plessis Allan as industries start back up it's having an impact. “That’s just put a whol…
 
Waikato's two new Covid-19 cases have popped up in a place the Government didn't expect. Parts of the region are now staying in Alert Level Three for five more days. Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins told Heather du Plessis-Allan they're two people who have normal day to day lives in Hamilton. “It doesn't appear to be any clear connection at…
 
Foodstuffs North Island is denying claims it’s destroying big parts of Sealord’s operation by taking their product off the shelves. Katherine Rich from the Food and Grocery Council said Sealord had been told that their product is being deleted because it doesn't give the product margin Foodstuffs North Island want. Foodstuffs North Island CEO Chris…
 
The Commonwealth Games has undergone a major shakeup. Athletics and swimming are mainstays as potential hosts are given a menu of events to select from at future games, despite the 2026 Games not having a host yet. The Government is hosting a "vaxathon" for Super Saturday from 12 to 8pm. The vaxathon — which will be fronted by celebrities and healt…
 
The Commonwealth Games is set for a major overhaul with netball, boules and squash potentially on the chopping block. Only athletics and swimming are going to be protected into the future. NZOC President Mike Stanley told Heather du Plessis-Allan that potential host cities and countries will choose the sports at future games. “What came through qui…
 
According to modelling carried out by the Counties Manukau District Health Board, if border restrictions are loosened for arrivals from countries with high Covid numbers, South Auckland will see between 1000 and 1400 cases a week – even if vaccination rates get to 90 per cent. Under the modelling prepared for the DHB, if strong border controls and …
 
Elizabeth Haigh is a well-respected Michelin star chef who released her anticipated cookbook Makan earlier this year. Now a lesser-known cookbook author Sharon Wee claims that many of the recipes, even the anecdotes in this book, are the same as her book from 2012. Wee says Haigh has completely plagiarised her book. Bookstores around the world were…
 
Concerns midwife numbers will drop due to vaccine mandates. The Government's announced all high-risk health workers including midwives must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by December 1st. College of Midwives CEO Alison Eddy told Heather du Plessis-Allan there's already a staffing struggle. “We anticipate it will be a very, very small number. …
 
Newstalk ZB Drive show host Heather Du Plessis-Allan has announced she is expecting her first child, a boy. The journalist and broadcaster shared her news with listeners on-air on Tuesday afternoon. South Africa-born Du Plessis-Allan, who moved to New Zealand in her pre-teens, married political editor Barry Soper in 2009. "I have something to tell …
 
New Zealand's singing, dancing and laughing its way toward raising vaccination rates. A special "vaxathon" will be splashed across Kiwis TV screens from midday to eight-pm to celebrate "Super Saturday". The national day of action is planned as a last push to get jabs into arms, with a goal to vaccinate 100,000 people. The vaxathon — which will be f…
 
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is flip-flopping on attending the Glasgow climate change conference again and may now attend after he was lightly savaged by Prince Charles for threatening to be a no-show at the event. Senior government sources have confirmed this morning that attending remains a live option, but they have firmly rejected the idea tha…
 
There's plenty of fish in the sea for Foodstuffs. New World and Pak’nSave are removing most of Kiwi fishing company Sealord's range from freezers to make way for imported product. The Food and Grocery Council says it will shrink Sealord's 80 per cent local market share to less than 20 percent. Chief executive Katherine Rich told Heather du Plessis-…
 
Auckland will remain in Alert Level 3 for another week with no indefinite end in sight. But after the past week, faith in the Government's Covid plan could be lost, especially as Auckland could be in lockdown until Christmas and as it starts to dawn on people that we're going to be living with Covid until Christmas, if not indefinitely. Vaccines wi…
 
Grant Robertson believes it’s still possible Auckland will be out of lockdown for Christmas. The Deputy Prime Minister also says his quip about National giving Covid for Christmas was to do with a specific policy about the border. He told Heather du Plessis-Allan they're looking at vaccination rates and the state of the outbreak before making the d…
 
I’m not really surprised by the Cabinet decision to leave Auckland in current restrictions, which is Alert Level 3 with a picnic and not give Auckland any more freedoms. I think what they’re wanting to do is leave it another week to see how much transmission there is in Level 3 with picnics before they can start giving any more freedoms. Given it t…
 
A Covid positive woman says her husband's test has been lost and he has symptoms. Lucy told Heather du Plessis-Allan she tested positive for the virus last Thursday. She says following her result her husband was initially told to wait at home, but then later told he could go to a testing centre. “However, I checked in yesterday on Sunday around wha…
 
An oversight by New Plymouth District Council's meant nearly $50,000 worth of incorrect speeding tickets handed out. In 2010, part of State Highway 3 was renamed Pohutukawa Place when the Bell Block Bypass opened. The renamed road had a reduced speed limit of 50km/h. But it was never formalised, so the limit was technically still 100km/h. Transport…
 
A Northland mayor says any "underground" community transmission, will be nasty. The Covid-positive woman who travelled around the region still isn't divulging where she's been. Authorities have identified her travel companion, but haven't been able to locate her. Whangarei mayor Sheryl Mai told Heather du Plessis-Allan there are too many unanswered…
 
Hundreds of thousands of education and health staff - including teachers, GPs, pharmacists, nurses - will need to be fully vaccinated in the coming months or face losing their jobs. The two-dose deadline for high-risk health and disability staff is December 1 this year, and for education - including all school and ECE staff who come into contact wi…
 
A bank workers union leader says Westpac's move to give staff five days a year of wellbeing leave is a step in the right direction but workers wanted six weeks annual leave instead. Westpac New Zealand has announced a shake-up in its leave offering for its 4500 workers from today with the wellbeing leave, increases to parental leave and an extensio…
 
Quade Cooper beat Beauden Barrett to World Rugby's Rugby Championship XV. Despite the All Blacks winning the Rugby Championship, six Wallabies made the team to the All Blacks' five. Tennis star Andy Murray was somehow able to get his wedding ring returned to him. Murray lost ring and tennis shoes were found in the Californian desert when he'd left …
 
The Tourism Export Council says we're going to miss out on two years' worth of international visitors if we don't get a reopening plan announced soon. The group says the Government needs to announce the plan by November 1st or international travel companies will start to take us off the map. Chief executive Lynda Keene told Heather du Plessis-Allan…
 
A hospitality operator is pushing to get extra security across Wellington city by summer, but the council isn't so sure. Matt McLaughlin is the owner-operator of Hoff Hospitality Group, and knows first-hand how chaotic Courtenay Place and Cuba St can be. Violent crime in Wellington city has steadily risen over the past five years with police data s…
 
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday that the organization withdrew the accreditation of eight Russian officials to the military alliance in response to a rise in “malign activities” by Moscow. The eight officials are to be deprived of access to NATO’s Brussels headquarters from the end of the month because it believes they have be…
 
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