Two Cents' Worth

RNZ

Stories that make sense of business and the economy... and how they affect your back pocket.

Made by RNZ & Newsroom. Hosted by Bernard Hickey, Nikki Mandow and Peter Griffin.

All Episodes

We waste $1.16 billion worth of food every year. Nearly 160,000 tonnes. With more and more people needing help putting meals on tables in the wake of the coronavirus, Two Cents' Worth looks at balancing the food waste books...  

Aug 2020

26 min 7 sec

The combination of solar panels, electricity storage batteries, smart household gadgets, and a boring looking black box is set to change forever how our electricity system works. But do we need subsidies?

Aug 2020

28 min 39 sec

This week on Two Cents' Worth how tripe got the markets buzzing and what that can tell us about New Zealand's investment ecosystem.

Jul 2020

25 min 50 sec

The closed borders protecting us from Covid-19 is keeping us healthy, but having unexpected consequences for our economy.

Jul 2020

22 min

In April, economists were predicting Covid could cause a 10-20 percent fall in house prices. In June, prices rose more than 9 percent - much more in some places. What is going on - and will it last?

Jul 2020

21 min 19 sec

Glyphosate is one of the most commonly used weedkillers in the world, but there’s huge pressure to phase it out. Find out why and what that might mean for our billion dollar agricultural sector.

Jul 2020

27 min 9 sec

How two multi-millionaires, two pandemic futurists, Air NZ's former boss, a dairy executive on a break, a retired anaesthetist (and a few others) nearly saved New Zealand

Jul 2020

29 min 14 sec

The race is on: Two Cents' Worth investigates the economics of finding a vaccine for coronavirus.

Jun 2020

29 min 35 sec

As the global economy spirals post-coronavirus and many people can no longer pay their debts or are being forced to take out new ones, is it time to wipe the slate clean? Two Cents Worth considers the feasibility of a debt jubilee.

Jun 2020

20 min 49 sec

Bankruptcy is something to be avoided - but maybe not at all costs. Two Cents' Worth follows a woman's journey into insolvency.

Jun 2020

23 min 34 sec

Forty percent of Millennials have one and increasing numbers of GenXers and Baby Boomers are getting in on the act too. Two Cents' Worth finds delves into the world of side hustles...

Jun 2020

21 min 43 sec

With million dollar losses and huge staff cutbacks, there are concerns that rugby is in its death throes. Two Cents Worth looks at the economics of our national sport.

May 2020

22 min 43 sec

In our new germ-wary world online shopping has become more important than ever but the road for reliable home delivery has always been a bit bumpy. Andrew Patterson considers how we might improve that 'last mile'.

May 2020

23 min 48 sec

We're bracing for a major, global economic downturn. Will the government's historic 'once in a generation' budget be enough to insulate us from it. Gyles Beckford, Jenee Tibshraney, Bernard Hickey and Nikki Mandow break it down.

May 2020

20 min 53 sec

Meet Bella, Jamie and Yumi. Just some of the robots taking over our jobs. But does this have to be as scary as it sounds? Peter Griffin finds out.

May 2020

23 min 27 sec

Apple growers have filled our fruit bowls and bolstered our export coffers, while harvesting a bumper crop and maintaining strict social distancing for their workforce. It’s been a nightmare.

May 2020

21 min 12 sec

The Covid-19 lockdown has forced a 'Green Eggs and Ham' moment on many businesses and government departments which could jumpstart our adoption of digital technology and productivity.

Apr 2020

20 min 47 sec

New Zealand could emerge from level-4 lockdown next week and set off down the slow, uncertain road to recovery from the Covid-19 crisis. Peter Griffin looks at what we can learn from previous disasters.

Apr 2020

24 min 25 sec

Two Cents Worth answers two listeners’ questions around how Covid-19 might change the world.

Apr 2020

24 min 8 sec

Fortunes can be lost or made in volatile markets, Peter Griffin looks at how amateur investors are navigating these troubled waters.

Apr 2020

26 min 17 sec

This week on Two Cents' Worth the team look at how Covid-19 has changed the way we work and live and what business might look like after the lock down is lifted.

Mar 2020

22 min 35 sec

As we face very uncertain times, the Two Cents' Worth team thought to try to find the economic positives out of the COVID-19 crisis.

Mar 2020

19 min 45 sec

Fiona Acheson from New Zealand Trade and Enterprise joins the Two Cents' Worth team to discuss the economic ramifications of the coronavirus, covid-19.

Mar 2020

20 min 20 sec

Trade Me has been our favourite online marketplace for nearly two decades, but serious competition is on the way. Peter Griffin looks at our e-commerce options.

Mar 2020

23 min 15 sec

More than a million New Zealanders live paycheck to paycheck. Feeling terror trying to buy something two days before pay day. New technology could be the solution. Nikki Mandow investigates...

Feb 2020

20 min 46 sec

Peter Griffin looks past the rollercoaster ride that is cryptocurrency to find out its true potential.

Feb 2020

27 min 52 sec

In the '80s, "Think Big” became an insult; government spend-ups became a political no-no. Until now. In light of Jacinda Ardern’s $12 billion infrastructure announcement, Nikki Mandow and Bernard Hickey revisit the original Think Big.

Feb 2020

22 min 52 sec

There's been a huge upswing in subscription businesses across the world and in New Zealand. Peter Griffin looks at what that means for consumers and the economy.

Feb 2020

29 min 24 sec

One man’s decades-long fight to deal with New Zealand’s farm effluent problems by bringing dung beetles to New Zealand.

Jan 2020

22 min 17 sec

In the spirit of giving, the Two Cents' team is answering your economic questions on Kiwisaver, property prices and mortgage rates. 

Dec 2019

27 min 2 sec

It's banking, yes, but not as we know it. A new movement is seeing the rejuvenation of an ancient economic model. Claire Crofton looks into the growing trend of time-banking.

Dec 2019

19 min 29 sec

Debt – it’s deep in the heart of our society and our economy. But we have an odd relationship with it. Bernard Hickey asks why we both fear debt and love it so much.

Dec 2019

22 min 25 sec

The work of Pacific people has been noted in a Treasury report but does it go far enough? And what is the impact of this on our wider economy? 

Nov 2019

20 min 54 sec

The New Zealand stock exchange (NZX) turns 150 this year. But the number of companies listed on it has been falling in recent times, begging the question - is still as relevant as it once was?

Nov 2019

23 min 12 sec

The disastrous impact of banks selling risky financial derivatives to farmers is still being felt in rural communities more than a decade later. How did it happen and how can we stop banks doing it again?

Nov 2019

26 min 34 sec

New Zealand saw the UK’s ‘Brentry’ into the EEC in 1973 as an existential threat to our nation’s future. It preoccupied New Zealanders for a decade and eventually all hinged on 48 hours of negotiations in Luxembourg. Bernard Hickey recalls what it was like for a young boy on a remote dairy farm...

Nov 2019

23 min 15 sec

House prices are on the rise again - but is that a good thing? The Two Cents' Worth team look at the Goldilocks sweet spot for our housing market - do we want prices to go up, fall down or stay as they are?

Nov 2019

25 min 56 sec

Gyles Beckford looks at why inflation has gone walkabouts, why central banks are still so obsessed about taming it and - hold your hats - is it time to give away inflation targeting...

Oct 2019

19 min 4 sec

Donald Trump’s tariff war is hitting the world economy hard, and there's no sign of a truce. Tariffs have played a major part in some serious, and often traumatic historical events - and it looks like history is repeating... Nikki Mandow reports.

Oct 2019

26 min 32 sec

Could an online bra fitting service be the final death knell for bricks and mortar stores? Claire Crofton finds out.

Oct 2019

17 min 39 sec

New Zealand has fallen behind Australia and Britain in using contactless payments and retailers are revolting. The Government may have to regulate fees directly. By Bernard Hickey.

Oct 2019

20 min 21 sec

We're going back to where it all began... And finding out how far we've come. Spoiler alert: Not far

Sep 2019

21 min 20 sec

Come on a hilarious romp with some of New Zealand's best theatrical talents as Justin Gregory looks at the economics of taking a show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sep 2019

18 min 48 sec

Our most feared pest could be starting its journey to New Zealand. Nikki Mandow dons some over-sized steel-capped boots to discover the superhuman efforts that biosecurity officials, scientists, farmers, even used car importers, are putting in to keep them out.

Sep 2019

24 min 24 sec

Win or lose, the Rugby World Cup is being seen as a great opportunity to boost our economy.

Sep 2019

26 min

We put Kate Raworth and Arthur Grimes in the ring together to debate the value of growth. Things got tense...

Aug 2019

19 min 23 sec

If the government gave everyone an extra $1000 to spend would we all be better off? Bernard Hickey looks into the theory of helicopter money.

Aug 2019

25 min 45 sec

Nikki Mandow tells us why social procurement is way more exciting than it sounds - and how it might change the world.

Aug 2019

27 min 55 sec

The Two Cents' Worth team is joined by the Honourable Kris Fa'afoi to discuss banks, interest rate caps and 5G.  

Aug 2019

27 min 35 sec

Last year, New Zealanders lost $33 million to scams. Madison Reidy looks at how that's impacting our economy and what we're doing to stop it.

Aug 2019

26 min 30 sec