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Extending sittings for settlements

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:55:00 +1200

Sometimes there are more things to do than there is time to do them but Parliament has a few tools to help it get things done including passing Treaty Settlements.

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'Today is a day of thanks' - Hekia Parata's valedictory

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +1200

Hekia Parata says farewell to Parliament, calling New Zealand a "small, smart, sassy nation." Listen to her valedictory in full.

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'Politics was the price to pay for a better NZ' - Craig Foss' valedictory

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:30:00 +1200

Departing National MP Craig Foss says he's always tried to stick to his values during his 12 years as an MP.

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'I remain that loyal old labrador' - Chester Borrows' valedictory

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 20:00:00 +1200

National's "lefty" MP Chester Borrows says goodbye to the House after 12 years as an MP.

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'I've made many friendships across this chamber' -Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga's valedictory

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:30:00 +1200

Departing National MP Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga shares stories of being mistaken for a Labour MP and helping a teenage mother living in a garage as he gives his farewell statement to the House.

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The final countdown

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:55:00 +1200

It's the final week of business in the House before Parliament dissolves for the election and the leader of the House Simon Bridges says there's still lots to get through.

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Sunday Morning feedback for 13 August

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 11:59:00 +1200

Listeners' feedback about the show from Sunday Morning.

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Joe Lynn Turner

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 11:35:00 +1200

Joe Lynn Turner is best known for his time in the band Rainbow, and as the lead singer for Deep Purple. But he says the voice didn't come naturally - he needed singing lessons.

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The legacy of Jonathan Mane-Wheoki

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Jonathan Mane-Wheoki has been described one of New Zealand's most important and influential art historians. He made a huge contribution to this country's Maori and Pacific art history in particular for more than 50 years. He died in 2014 and now there's a book of essays by people in the arts world as a tribute to his work. The book's editors are Dr Mark Stocker and Dr Conal McCarthy who discuss Mane-Wheoki's influence. 

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Mark Derby: Ragnar Redbeard

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:39:00 +1200

The name Ragnar Redbeard won't be familiar to many. His book Might Is Right published in 1890 declared "death to the weakling - wealth to the strong" and it's a proto-fascist work still popular among the alt-right to this day. Arthur Desmond was a socialist agitator who was prepared to risk body and limb defending the right of Te Kooti to return to the East Coast. Historian Mark Derby's latest book - Ragnar Redbeard: The Antipodean Origins of Radical Fabulist Arthur Desmond - reveals Arthur and Ragnar to be one and the same.

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Robots in healthcare

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 10:06:00 +1200

Psychology professor Dr Elizabeth Broadbent's fascination with robots began as a child reading Isaac Asimov. She has been working with robots for almost a decade, studying the use and design of companion robots to improve health. Dr Broadbent explains the work that's going on in New Zealand with robots in healthcare.

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China Belt and Road: why should we even care?

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 09:40:00 +1200

The Chinese Belt and Road project, also known as One Belt, One Road, is an initiative that will see countries along the Belt and Road make up an 'economic co-operation area' that will account for almost 65% of the world's population and 37% of global GDP. New Zealand and China signed a ground-breaking memorandum of understanding on the Belt and Road Initiative in March. But what does it even mean? Stephen Jacobi from the New Zealand China Council explains.

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Mediawatch for 13 August 2017

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 09:08:00 +1200

Inquests aplenty after Green leader goes; Jacindamania hits new heights; Mike in the middle of debates.

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Maureen Benson-Rea: Time to say goodbye to sweatshop clothing

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 08:41:00 +1200

In 2013 the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed killing 1000 clothing workers. The tragedy resulted in a worldwide outcry and demands that international brands take steps to ensure that their clothes weren't being manufactured in sweatshops. Dr Maureen Benson-Rea, senior lecturer at the University of Auckland Business School, is the co-editor of Governing Corporate Social Responsibility in the Apparel Industry After Rana Plaza.

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Insight: Turning the West Coast Around

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 08:10:00 +1200

Tracy Neal explores how the West Coast is planning to re-invent its economy.

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North Korea vs United States: what's real?

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 07:47:00 +1200

US president Donald Trump broke with decade of convention when he used threatening language against North Korea, saying the US would respond with fire and fury, and that its military was "locked and loaded". Dr Marc Lanteigne, a lecturer at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, at Massey University talks about what's rhetoric and what's real.

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MP 101

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 07:30:00 +1200

MPs come and go. A lot. And someone has to teach new MPs to be MPs.

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Policy tool to compare parties' promises

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 07:19:00 +1200

A group of politically-savvy young people has been working on a user-friendly website that collates all the political parties' policies in a user-friendly website, with snapshots of policies on which you can click for more detail. It's designed by Racheal Reeves to distill complicated information useful for voters. Two of the 25-year-old brains behind the Policy site are Ollie Neas, a graduate solicitor who was the former editor of Victoria University's Salient, and Asher Emanuel, a graduate lawyer in Wellington. The Policy website will launch through The Spinoff on Monday August 14.

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Green Party relaunch

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 07:11:00 +1200

Political reporter Mei Heron speaks about the task ahead facing the Greens as they relaunch their campaign today and try to put the past week behind them.

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Over and out - Annette King's valedictory

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 17:20:00 +1200

New Zealand's longest serving female MP has said 'over and out.' And went out on a raft of jokes and calls to actions. Listen to Annette King's entire valedictory speech.

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'Chemical cowboy country' - Steffan Browning's Valedictory

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:00:00 +1200

Green MP Steffan Browning says farewell to the House with a critique of the Government's environmental record.

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'I'll miss the people in this Parliament' - Jo Goodhew's Valedictory

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:45:00 +1200

National's Jo Goodhew reflects on 12 years as an MP in her final farewell adress to Parliament.

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'Parliament belongs to the people' - Lindsay Tisch Valedictory

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +1200

In his farewell address to Parliament National MP Lindsay Tisch says he's had an interest in politics since his school days last century.

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House adopts satire rule change

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:55:00 +1200

Parliament has loosened up rules for satirising footage of MPs in the debating chamber as part of a review of Standing Orders.

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'It's been a great ride' - Maurice Williamson's valedictory

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 20:00:00 +1200

Valedictory statements are frequently funny as well as insightful. Maurice Williamson's was memorable for his stories told with a famously edgy humour.

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'I did relish the hand to hand combat' - Clayton Cosgrove's valedictory

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 19:00:00 +1200

At the age of 14 Clayton Cosgrove signed up for the Labour Party having no idea that he would end up serving 18 years as an MP.

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'It has been a hell of a ride' - Murray McCully's valedictory

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:30:00 +1200

National's Murray McCully says goodbye to the house after three decades as an MP.

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'Enable an equitable society' - Jono Naylor's valedictory

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:30:00 +1200

Departing National MP Jono Naylor has used his valedictory statement to encourage people to champion views that aren't neccessarily in their self-interests.

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'We govern a beautiful peaceful country' - Sue Moroney's valedictory

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 22:39:00 +1200

Labour MP Sue Moroney reflects on her 12 years of work on issues such as workers' rights, transport, and housing in her valedictory statement.

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'Thank you for your support'- Barbara Stewart's valedictory

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 22:37:00 +1200

A final riposte, a funny story, a tearful goodbye. Valedictory Speeches are as different as the MPs that give them. This is the Valedictory Statement of New Zealand First MP Barbara Stewart.

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'Motivated by the love of the land' - Catherine Delahunty's valedictory

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 22:35:00 +1200

Departing Green MP Catherine Delahunty says goodbye to the House with satirical poetry, waiata, and cautionary words for the future.

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Humour, poignancy and deeper reflections

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 18:55:00 +1200

Some are sad, some angry, most are funny, but all are interesting - Leader of the House Simon Bridges talks about retiring MPs' final speeches to the House.

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Feedback for 6 August Sunday Morning

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 11:58:00 +1200

You had your say, now have a listen to what you said. The feedback that was read out on Sunday Morning.

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Justin Hayward: 50 years of Moody Blues

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 11:40:00 +1200

Justin Hayward has one of the most distinctive voices in rock. Known principally as the vocalist, lead guitarist and composer with the Moody Blues, he has composed rock standards including 'Nights in White Satin', 'Tuesday Afternoon' and ‘Question’.

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Redmer Yska: Katherine Mansfield's first published story

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Historian Redmer Yska is the author of A Strange, Beautiful, Excitement: Katherine Mansfield's Wellington 1888-1903. While researching the book Yska discovered Mansfield's first published story, written aged 11 and published in a newspaper on a children's page. In a world exclusive, Miranda Harcourt reads 'His Little Friend' following the interview with Redmer Yska.

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Oscar Kightley: 'The Polynesian-Melanesian divide is ridiculous'

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 10:40:00 +1200

In the short documentary, Tama Uli, actor and writer Oscar Kightley talks about his Solomon Island ancestry and the experience of those who came to Samoa against their will over 100 years ago.

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Plight of the elephants

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 09:40:00 +1200

If you've been on holiday to Thailand, India or Cambodia, chances are you've visited a park where you are allowed to ride, feed or wash an elephant. Animal welfare organisation World Animal Protection has recently released a report that says three quarters of those Asian elephants are living in unacceptable conditions. Dr Jan Schmidt-Burbach explains the study and what we as tourists can do to make sure we aren't adding to the problem.

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Mediawatch for 6 August 2017

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 09:06:00 +1200

Making a drama of Labour leadership crisis; the 'Jacinda effect' in the media; omnipresent pundits; reporting the unreportable Mooch.

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Sugary drinks: how a tax could change our health

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 08:40:00 +1200

On average, New Zealanders each consume 37 teaspoons of added sugar a day - six times the World Health Organisation recommendations. Professor Mike Berridge, a founding scientist at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research and Lisa Marriott, associate professor of Taxation at Victoria University in Wellington, explain the benefits and alternatives to a tax on sugary drinks.

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Insight: Solomon Islands - Keeping the Peace

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 08:12:00 +1200

After 14 years and $3 billion in support from Australia, New Zealand and other partners, do the Solomon Islands have a shot at lasting peace? RNZ Pacific's Koroi Hawkins investigates for Insight.

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Auckland's transport options

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 07:47:00 +1200

It's been a big week for Auckland transport announcements and it's a key election issue. Simon Wilson, Auckland editor for The Spinoff, talks about what Labour might be set to announce as its policy - and has an opinion on what's needed and what isn't.

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Tuatua Mai! - Speak it!

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 07:32:00 +1200

Only 13 percent of the 60,000 Cook Islanders in New Zealand can speak the language so would speaking it in the House help? Cook Island MPs share their thoughts and tips for speaking te reo. 

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Students' first film heads to Toronto, wins best NZ short

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 07:20:00 +1200

A film by two Auckland Unitec students has won the best short film at the NZ International Film Festival awards. "Waiting" was written by Samuel Kamu and directed by Amberley-Jo Aumua. The Inspiration for their film came from Samuel's West Auckland childhood and days spent outside the dairy - and the film-makers says it's a story of the importance of brotherhood, friendship and family. The film is also heading to Toronto, the first short film by New Zealand students to make the cut at the prestigious festival. Amberley-Jo talks to Wallace.

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Super Rugby Final: analysis

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 07:10:00 +1200

Alex Coogan-Reeves breaks down the Super Rugby final played in Johannesburg overnight between the Lions and the Crusaders.

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Ending the Long Game

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 22:35:00 +1200

Sometimes Parliament delegates powers to people so that they can help it keep a check on the potentially unbridled power of the Executive. Now one of these ‘demi-parliaments’ is about to retire.

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'Let's not just hear English in the House'

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 22:35:00 +1200

A proposal to clarify the rules around speaking Pacific languages in Parliament could get more Pacific youth involved with politics says PYLAT. 

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"An hour to play and the last (wo)man in"

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 18:55:00 +1200

With three weeks of Parliament left before it dissolves, there is still a surprising amount of action, both in the Chamber and politically.

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Lisa Coleman on the legend that was Prince

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 11:40:00 +1200

 Lisa Coleman from the band behind Prince, The Revolution, and of Wendy & Lisa fame, talks about Prince and his legacy.

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Wallace cooks Kua Gai

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 11:30:00 +1200

(Recipe courtesy of head chef Lek Trirattanavatin from Saan restaurant, Auckland) Makes 2 portions Ingredients: 300g fresh, flat rice noodles 200g chicken thigh chopped 4 eggs 2 tsp chopped garlic 2 tbsp preserved cabbage 2 tsp brown sugar 2 tsp fish sauce large pinch white pepper 2 tbsp canola oil 2 tbsp Sriracha sauce 1 spring onion finely sliced. 3 large butterhead lettuce leaves, roughly sliced. Method 1. In a hot wok fry the garlic with oil, Add in the chicken thigh and fry until cooked 2. Add eggs. 3. Spread the eggs around the wok to lightly scramble. 4. Add the noodles and season with sauces. Turn up the heat to high so it gives off a charring smell. 5. Arrange on a plate on top of lettuce and serve with extra Sriracha. 6. Eat with gusto. * You can get Sriracha sauce your local Asian supermarket.

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Krishna Botica: hospitality and its challenges

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Krishna Botica is described as a "hospitality legend" but it wasn't ever a career offered to her as a young woman. Now after more than 30 years in the hospitality business - 21 of those running Auckland eating institution Prego in Ponsonby - she's the brains behind three Asian restaurants in the city. At the recent Lewisham Restaurant Awards she took out the award for Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year. And she's not backward in coming forward with her opinions on tipping, immigration and wages in the hospitality industry.

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Scott Bainbridge: The Great New Zealand Robbery

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 10:40:00 +1200

A 1956 robbery is the forgotten true-crime story of how Auckland's mobsters pulled off the heist of the century. The crime eventually came to be known as the Waterfront Payroll Robbery and it has always fascinated true-crime writer Scott Bainbridge. His new book The Great New Zealand Robbery tries to piece together this enduring crime puzzle.

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Why we stop taking our medicine

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 09:35:00 +1200

It’s sometimes called the paradox of health - the healthier people feel, the more they worry about their health.

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'There’s no such thing as fair austerity'

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 08:35:00 +1200

An emerging school of economics, modern monetary theory, says surpluses can be a bad thing, and a country with a fiat currency can never run out of money.

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Insight: Big data, manipulation and your vote

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 07:50:00 +1200

Social media and big data companies are harvesting and vast amounts of information from users' online profiles to increase the effectiveness of political advertising. Adam Bennett explores how this played out in recent US and British elections and how far New Zealand political parties will use the same techniques in this year's election campaign.

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Why won't the chlorine-washed chicken cross the Atlantic?

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 07:47:00 +1200

NZ chickens are routinely washed in a chlorine solution during processing. It's a process that came close to scuttling a free trade deal between Britain and the US this week, and contributed to Europe's rejection of the TTIP. So what is chlorine washed chicken and why do New Zealand processors do it? Food safety consultant Roy Biggs is a former chair of the Association for Food Protection and was Tegal Food's regional technical manager for the Lower North Island.

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Boxing and beer at the Circus Maximus

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 07:30:00 +1200

Clayton Cosgrove is a political pugilist; happy to wade into a fight to get things done. But his proudest moments have a more human angle. Phil Smith talks with him about his career as he prepares to quite Parliament.

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Al Gillespie on North Korea

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 07:20:00 +1200

Professor Al Gillespie from Waikato University analyses latest show of threat.

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Simon Marks with the latest from the White House

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 07:10:00 +1200

Simon Marks from Feature Story analyses the latest move by US president Donald Trump to replace Reince Priebus, his chief of staff.

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New tenets for tenants

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 22:35:00 +1200

The rights and obligations of both tenants and landlords are changing, and both groups are being asked for feedback.

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Taking turns in a bear pit

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:55:00 +1200

In the middle of Parliament's debating chamber, in no-mans land between ranked MPs, the ear-battered reporters of Hansard take turns listening for pearls of wisdom and for barbs.

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'I'm a bit of a traditionalist' - Paul Foster-Bell

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 22:35:00 +1200

The looming election has propelled many MPs into frenzied campaigning but for others it’s a signal that it’s time to move on. National's Paul Foster-Bell talks to The House about leaving Parliament.

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Feedback from Sunday Morning 23 July

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:59:00 +1200

Listener feedback received during the show although not a lot of time to read it this week.

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Anne Salmond: Tears of Rangi

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:25:00 +1200

Professor Dame Anne Salmond is New Zealand's foremost anthropologist. Her most recent book - Tears of Rangi: Experiments Across Worlds revisits some of those historical encounters but also looks at the contemporary clashes over waterways, the sea, land and people.

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Young minds look to solve society's woes

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:05:00 +1200

Three speakers at the Festival for the Future are rising leaders Lisa King, Fatumata Bah and Yoseph Ayele and they all hail from overseas - Hong Kong, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia. With the election not far away, they have advice for our politicians.

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Queen Victoria's epic feasts

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 10:35:00 +1200

Queen Victoria liked her food, no doubt about that. Food historian and broadcaster, Dr Annie Gray, pored through historic royal cookbooks for the detail in The Greedy Queen. Delving into the royal menus of the Victorian era, Dr Gray explains why dinner was so important - not just for the stomach, but for the British Empire.

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Patrick Cockburn: the destruction of Iraq

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:35:00 +1200

Many of Iraq's cities have stood for thousands of years but the centre of its second largest city Mosul was destroyed in three.

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Mediawatch for 23 July 2017

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 09:06:00 +1200

Shooting the messenger hunting for the MP gone MIA; the Herald's big push to 'break the silence' surrounding suicide; an unconventional account from a convention

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Child discipline: 'Every parent needs to know this'

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:35:00 +1200

The naughty seat and "time out" are popular methods of disciplining children but family therapist Dr Anna Martin says they are punitive approaches to discipline and we need to stop using them. She's completed research she believes every parent should know about.

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Insight: Is mountain biking the next golf?

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:12:00 +1200

Mountain biking is experiencing a boom in New Zealand. Chris Bramwell takes to the trails to find out why.

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Dunedin mayor Dave Cull and the flood clean up

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:57:00 +1200

Dave Cull says the rain may have stopped but now it's freezing in the city and surrounds.

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New sunfish found in NZ waters

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:46:00 +1200

Andrew Stewart from Te Papa talks about a new sunfish species that has been found in NZ waters.

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Cowards, liars and great apes - Parliament's zingers

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:32:00 +1200

Sometimes a good quip is too tempting for MPs to resist but who decides when they've gone too far? Jamie Tahana takes a look at Parliament's 'sickest burns'.

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The latest on Trump and the Russian investigation

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:20:00 +1200

Feature Story's Simon Marks talks about this weekend's antics in the White House, including the resignation of Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Donald Trump's hint that he may pardon himself from the investigation into whether Russia meddled in last year's election.

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Scottish soldiers help out in Dunedin

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:16:00 +1200

Captain Mathew Rupasinha is an Englishman leading a team of eight Scottish soldiers in Dunedin for a mountain race that was cancelled. So they mucked in in Mosgiel when the floods came.

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Floods in Christchurch

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 07:08:00 +1200

Christchurch mayor Lianne Dalziel gives an update on floods in the city.

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