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The House gets personal

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 22:35:00 +1300

A bill allowing terminally ill New Zealanders to choose euthanasia passed its first reading with MPs voting based on their personal beliefs.

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A day of tit for tat

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:35:00 +1300

MPs spent some time pointing the finger at the other side of the House over education and tax changes.

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Urgency before Christmas

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 22:35:00 +1300

The House will sit under urgency this week to move through tax legislation. Phil Smith catches up with the Leader of the House to find out what that entails. 

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Feedback from 10 December

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:55:00 +1300

Listeners' feedback about the show from Sunday Morning with Wallace Chapman.

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Artist Dame Robin White: Life and Influences

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 11:05:00 +1300

Artist Dame Robin White recently received a Laureate award from the Arts Foundation. You may know her works - bold crisp, lines and flat blocks of colour, depicting scenes of small-town Kiwi life. Flat-bed trucks and chip shops; "A Buzzy Bee For Siulolovao", "Sam Hunt, Bottle Creek". She is a painter, printmaker and in more recent years has worked with other forms such as tapa, with her artistic eye moving toward the Pacific Islands.

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Chicago Smokeshop back singing the blues

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:30:00 +1300

Bluesman Darren Watson is best known as the frontman to 1980s rhythm and blues band Chicago Smokeshop. They had hits such as "Mind on My Sleeve", "I Can't Live Without Your Love", and "You Want Another Man". Now Watson's working on an all-acoustic album - due for release early 2018. And he's getting the band back together - Chicago Smokeshop will play on 6 January at Nelson's Out of the Blue Festival as well as pairing up with Paul Ubana Jones at the Playhouse theatre in Mapua on 2 and 3 January.

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Rob Beaglehole: the sugar needs to stop

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 10:09:00 +1300

The number of children having rotting teeth surgically removed has doubled in the past ten years.

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Ryan Tate: 'Terrorism in Africa is being funded by the illegal wildlife trade'

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:37:00 +1300

Ryan Tate is a US veteran who served in Iraq post 9/11 Five years ago he saw a documentary about the poaching of African wildlife and learned about Robert Mande who runs an anti-poaching conservation operation in Tanzania, where the poaching of East African elephants is rife. Ryan Tate founded VetPaw - Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife. The veterans use their skills to help train African park rangers and track poachers. Tate's work features in the documentary series Blood Ivory that runs on Sky's Animal Planet from 15 December.

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Mediawatch for 10 December 2017

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:07:00 +1300

Does China hold sway over media here?; fair dinkum kwaussie news; PR push highlights the glass ceiling; making plans for Leighton

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Damon Salesa: our Pacific future

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:37:00 +1300

'Auckland and New Zealand are becoming more Pacific by the hour' writes Damon Salesa in his new book Island Time, NZ's Pacific Futures. Yet unlike other ethnic communities, Auckland's Pacific population live in "locked-out segregation," Salesa says.

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Insight: MMP - Democracy or Power?

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 08:10:00 +1300

Under NZ's MMP system, the highest polling party is not leading government. Former RNZ political editor Brent Edwards investigates if MMP is still the right option.

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The impact of Mt Agung's eruption on the Balinese

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:45:00 +1300

Mt Agung has erupted again in the past 24 hours, raining volcanic ash down the slopes of Bali's tallest volcano and sending massive plumes into the sky. It's a clear sign of the ongoing threat posed by the 3000 metre mountain ... that has locals fearing a repeat of 1963's eruption that killed around 2000 people. The volcanic alert for the mountain is still at level 4, the highest, and around 70,000 locals have had to evacuate a 10 kilometre zone around the crater. Graeme MacRae a senior lecturer in anthropology at Massey University has spent a lot of time studying the people of Indonesia and explains the impact of this eruption.

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'Just keep raising your voice' - Pacific MPs visit NZ parliament

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:30:00 +1300

Representation of women in Pacific Parliaments is among the lowest in the world but wahine throughout the Pacific are standing up to make a change.

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Sustainable Coastlines clean-up nets masses of rubbish

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:27:00 +1300

Environmental charity Sustainable Coastlines hit West Auckland beaches for four hours on Saturday. It was an event tied up with singer Jack Johnson's visit - his "All At Once" community is a social action network that encourages people to make a positive change in the world, including cleaning up beaches. Fletcher Sunde from Sustainable Coastlines joins explains what they found.

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Peter Beck on Rocket Lab's next launch

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:19:00 +1300

Monday is another big day for one of New Zealand's most innovative companies Rocket Lab. It could carry out its second test launch of its Electron Rocket from Mahia Peninsula, following on from the successful inaugural electron test back in May. Rocket Lab founder Peter Beck explains.

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CTV families protest over legal ruling

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 07:11:00 +1300

Families of those killed in the 2011 collapse of the CTV building are protesting today over news that a criminal prosecution has been rejected against the designers of the CTV building. Deputy Solicitor General Brendan Horsley said he considered the chances of a successful prosecution against Alan Reay and David Harding were too low. Maan Alkaisi whose wife Dr Maysoon Abbas was killed in the collapse, explains the next step.

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House acknowledges long-serving journalist

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 18:55:00 +1300

MPs took time to pay tribute to long-serving journalist Ian Templeton who has six decades of reporting experience under his belt.

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'We must do better' - water quality tops House agenda

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 22:35:00 +1300

A ministerial statement has been made in the House to draw attention to a report on Havelock North's drinking water.

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Spring cleaning the order paper

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 18:55:00 +1300

While the Government drafters busily crank the handle on new bills, the House has been tidying away the business left from the previous Parliament.

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Special orders to fast-track cathedral rebuild

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:35:00 +1300

A bill to help the rebuild of the Christ Church Cathedral is introduced and has its first reading in the House. 

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Peter Gilderdale: 19th-century Kiwi Christmas cards

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 11:40:00 +1300

Researcher Peter Gilderdale says Christmas cards were a relatively late entry to our colonial Christmas tradition - that they only established themselves in the 1860s and didn't become really popular until a decade later. Peter is a senior lecturer in Communication Design at AUT and has been researching Christmas card trends to the late 19th century in NZ and discovered how a growing sense of nationalism contributed to a change in our Christmas card designs.

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The Lost: Fran Martin

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 11:04:00 +1300

Francesca Martin popped out to a petrol station in Hamilton in 2005, bought cigarettes and wasn’t seen again. Her father, Bob, has been looking for her since. He’s spent his savings and much of his pension on the search. Produced and presented by Paloma Migone.

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Teaching little goddesses: Lucie McQuilkan

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 10:35:00 +1300

In 2006 Auckland fashion designer Lucie Boshier was 24 and the next big thing in Kiwi fashion. She was also controversial and two years later she closed her shop, and later disappeared like fairy dust to New York. Lucie McQuilkan, her real name, now has the magnificent job of teaching little girls to get in touch with their inner goddess and embrace their femininity with her Mischievous Goddess business.

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Gideon Levy: Israeli journalist

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 10:05:00 +1300

For decades, renowned Israeli journalist Gideon Levy has been writing opinion pieces for the country's longest-running newspaper Haaretz. He has specialised in covering the Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza for the past 25 years and doesn't hold back on his opinions on the issue. That's won him admirers internationally, but also many detractors including some who claim he should be tried for treason. Gideon Levy will give a talk in Auckland Sunday December at 3pm at the Mount Eden War Memorial Hall.

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David Coltart: the future of Zimbabwe

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 09:35:00 +1300

Zimbabweans are celebrating the fact that the 37-year reign of Robert Mugabe, leader of the ruling Zanu PF party is over. Emmerson Mnangagwa, known as The Crocodile, was sworn in last week as the country's new president and pledged to serve "all citizens" and indicated he plans to reverse Mr Mugabe's disastrous policies. Human rights lawyer David Coltart is a founding member of opposition party MDC and talks about his hope for the future of Zimbabwe under one of Mugabe's former henchmen.

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Mediawatch for 3 December 2017

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 09:07:00 +1300

The fallout from complaints about too much te reo on the radio; golden rule broken at journalism awards shindig; reporting risks grow under 'The Punisher' and his war on drugs.

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Philip Bagshaw: why doctors need to speak out

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 08:38:00 +1300

New Zealand is stuck in an austerity model for health and it's about time doctors spoke out about it moving to an investment model, the founder of the Canterbury Charity Hospital says.

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Insight: Kauri dieback - Can these noble trees be protected?

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 08:10:00 +1300

The fight to save the kauri and protect the noble trees against kauri dieback disease.

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Dogs and thunder

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 07:55:00 +1300

There's been a week of thunderstorms with around 40,000 lightning strikes, 11,000 on Tuesday alone. Animal control workers had to return many dog to their anxious owners after they bolted. Social media was flooded with people looking for their pets too. John Payne from Hastings District Council gives some tips on how to calm your dogs.

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Naida Glavish: kia ora groundbreaker

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 07:46:00 +1300

Back in 1984, Naida Glavish was the toll operator who greeted incoming callers with two words, "kia ora" going against the grain. She says the general public didn't mind but her managers did. She reflects on Don Brash's comments about there being too much te reo on RNZ. And she has a message for Guyon Espiner.

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What’s in the Ministerial fridge? Speaker tested in question time

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 07:31:00 +1300

Sometimes watching Parliament is like being back in junior school. This week it felt like relentless testing of a new relieving teacher.     

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Sheldon Nunes: C-Prize finalist with FallCast

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 07:25:00 +1300

On Friday night Callaghan Innovation held the final of its "C-Prize" technology competition.There were 10 teams of finalists, and one of those was young software developers Sheldon Nunes and Nick Mertens. Their Quoralis team didn't win the big prize, but their FallCast is working on a wearable technology that aims to predict and identify a person, such as an older person, at risk of falling. 22-year-old Sheldon Nunes explains.

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Whooping cough warning

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 07:17:00 +1300

On Friday the Ministry of Health announced that there was a national outbreak of whooping cough. More than 1300 cases of the disease have been reported since the beginning of the year. It's warning parents of young babies to be especially vigilant over Christmas and New Year when families get together, increasing the chance of passing on the disease... especially as adults may have whooping cough but not even know it. Dr Nikki Turner is the Director of the Immunisation Advisory Centre explains.

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Michael Flynn developments

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 07:10:00 +1300

Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI ... about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador to the US during the US election campaign. Flynn's decision to plead guilty about those conversations marked a significant new phase in the investigation by Robert Mueller, and a potentially treacherous development for Trump and his closest aides. Feature Story's Nina-Maria Potts reports from Washington.

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Thank you notes and regulations

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 22:35:00 +1300

MPs agree to send a polite note to the Governor General and discuss the definition of a chicken. 

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The House before Christmas

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 22:35:00 +1300

The House previews the last four parliamentary weeks till Christmas, with a few joyful and triumphant motions for good measure.

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Feedback for 26 November 2017

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 11:55:00 +1300

Listeners' feedback about the show from Sunday Morning with Wallace Chapman.

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Elemeno P: they're back

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 11:37:00 +1300

For the first time in eight years, rockers Elemeno P will play live on tour, teaming up with the Jordan Luck Band for a series of concerts from 21-30 December. Two of the band's members, drummer Scotty Pearson and bass guitarist Lani Purkis, explain what they've been up to since the band's heyday in the early 2000s, in which they had hits including Verona, Every Day's a Saturday and Fast Times in Tahoe.

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The Lost: Jefferie Hill

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 11:04:00 +1300

Jefferie Hill would be 52 years old today, but when his mother last saw him he was only two. He disappeared while playing near a creek in Tokoroa in September 1968. The police believe he fell in the water, but his mother, Jo Reynolds, has her doubts.

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The plight of the electric guitar: George Gruhn

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 10:35:00 +1300

George Gruhn is an expert on vintage American guitars. His Gruhn Guitars store in Nashville has sold them to some of the world's great guitarists - Duane Allman, Taylor Swift, Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top and Eric Clapton. But electric guitar sales have "plummeted" from 1.5 million sold annually to just over 1 million. Over the past three years annual revenue sales for both the famed Gibson and Fender brands have fallen dramatically.

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Jeffrey Eugenides: 'I've seen the American Dream attained and lost'

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 10:07:00 +1300

Despite his own privilege and professional success, the financial precariousness of life in America haunts writer Jeffrey Eugenides. It's the theme of his new short story collection Fresh Complaint.

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"A war NZ should never have involved itself in"

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 09:40:00 +1300

In his latest book, Phoney Wars, historian and novelist Stevan Eldred-Grigg looks at New Zealand society in the Second World War. What did the average New Zealander think of the outbreak of war? Was it a given that we send our troops overseas and not keep them back here? How did the politics play out between the ruling Labour party and National at the time? Phoney Wars, written with Stevan's son Hugh Eldred-Grigg, argues New Zealand need not have involved itself in the war at all.

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Mediawatch for 26 November 2017

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 09:08:00 +1300

Controversial TV comeback over before it began; podcasts bringing cold cases to life; water stories with missing history.

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Auckland arts funding: is Auckland ignoring arts and culture?

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 08:40:00 +1300

Auckland’s Super City Council is progressively cutting funding to the city's major cultural asset, arts advocates say.

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Insight: TPP - The deal that never dies?

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 08:10:00 +1300

More than seven years after Trans Pacific Partnership discussions began in earnest, the eleven nations still involved continue to haggle over the details. But they insist the finish line is in sight. RNZ's Economics Correspondent Patrick O'Meara was in Da Nang, Vietnam for the latest set of talks.

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Philip Barnes: Breakthrough science in slow-slips

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:41:00 +1300

The uniquely shallow subduction zone along New Zealand's east coast has attracted about 80 scientists to take on what one says is the world's first targeted data collection for slow-slip events. 

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Where do you put a question?

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:35:00 +1300

In the middle of Parliament is a table where no meal has ever been served, but is a sanctuary for dangerous words.

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What's with those crazy Black Friday sales?

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:20:00 +1300

We've heard a lot about the shopping frenzy that is Black Friday but this year Singles Day on November 11 seemed to also be a thing people were talking about. It began in China... so why is it happening here? Greg Harford from the Retailers Association explains.

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Kiwis optimistic about 2018

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 07:11:00 +1300

A new survey shows New Zealanders are very optimistic about 2018. The Roy Morgan survey shows 53% of New Zealanders think it will be better than 2017 and that compares with Australia where just 31% think next year will be be an improvement on this one. The survey was conducted by text mid November - the first time it's been done since 2009, when 73% of people were more optimistic about the year following. Economist Dr Eric Crampton from the NZ Initiative discusses the findings. 

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Feedback for 19 November 2017

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:55:00 +1300

Listeners' feedback about the show from Sunday Morning with Wallace Chapman.

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Wine expert Michael Cooper: best job on earth

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 11:35:00 +1300

Michael Cooper is a highly regarded NZ wine writer - very few in the country know more about wine. He has written 40 books on the subject and every year he does us all a favour by trying thousands of wines and putting the results in a book: the annual New Zealand Wines: Michael Cooper's Buyer's Guide.

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Judge Ida Malosi: 'I thought all Samoans lived in Bluff'

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:40:00 +1300

Judge Ida Malosi was New Zealand's first Pasifika woman judge and set up the first Pacific Youth Court, a restorative justice environment where elders help counsel wayward Pacific youth. She's the heroine of many Pasifika law students and has paved the way for others to follow her footsteps. As she has said herself, "It only takes one and the others will follow". She's just become the recipient of Victoria University's Distinguished Alumni Award.

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Dylan Jones on David Bowie

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 10:10:00 +1300

'David Bowie - A Life' is an exhaustive oral history of the rock legend by British journalist Dylan Jones, editor of GQ Magazine. Jones talked to Bowie's childhood friends, groupies, and stars. As a journalist, Jones interviewed David Bowie seven times during his life. His book has been described as the definitive oral history of one of the most fascinating musical lives of our time.

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Tamir Sorek: American Football fans and national pride

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:40:00 +1300

Should politics interfere in sport? That's the questions Americans have been asking as we've seen NFL players and other codes, "take a knee' during the American national anthem in recent months. A recent study from the US said white American Football fans and black American Football fans hold very different views about the relationship between football and national pride. Professor of Sociology at the University of Florida, Tamir Sorek, is one of its authors.

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Mediawatch for 19 November 2017

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:12:00 +1300

Winston Peters' pursuit of Super story sources; the rise of Creative Commons; the view from Peru.

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Chris Carter on Myanmar: 'Aung San Suu Kyi doesn’t have much manoeuvrability'

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:35:00 +1300

Former Labour Party minister Chris Carter left New Zealand in 2011 for a role with the UN in Afghanistan. He's now working in Myanmar and for the past two years he has been leading all UN Agencies operating in Rakhine state, the most troubled region of Myanmar, which contains 90% of the oppressed Muslim Rohingya minority. He's been back home for a brief break and talked to Wallace Chapman about the complex politics involved in solving the crisis as the Rohingya continue to flee Myanmar for Bangladesh, with stories of human rights abuses.

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Insight: Death on the Roads

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 08:12:00 +1300

After years of safety improvements, law changes and public campaigns, the death toll on the roads is trending upwards again. Philippa Tolley asks if it’s just a matter of more people on the roads, or is something else going on?

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Alan Curtis: MOTAT's forever tram driver

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:43:00 +1300

December 2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of the iconic tramway at Auckland's Museum of Transport and Technology. The trams are a reminder of the times when Auckland City, and other cities around the country, boasted an impressive public transport system using electric trams. In Auckland they ran from 1902 to 1956. Alan Curtis began volunteering as a tram driver at MOTAT in 1963 and still drive trams there once a month. On Sunday November 19 MOTAT is holding a special day celebrating 50 years of trams at the museum. It's called Live Day and part of it will be to recruit volunteers to learn to be tram drivers or conductors.

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MPs share personal stories in maiden speeches

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:31:00 +1300

Maiden speeches continue in the first two weeks of Parliament with new MPs sharing stories of what motivates them. 

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Joji Varghese: update on family being treated for botulism

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:25:00 +1300

Three members of a family being treated for botulism in Waikato Hospital were infected by eating wild boar in a curry they'd prepared, although tests are still being conducted in Australia to confirm the source.

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Sonya Rockhouse: Seven years on from Pike River

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 07:09:00 +1300

At 3.44pm on 19 November 2010, an explosion in the Pike River coal mine, 46 kilometres north of Greymouth, and subsequent explosions in the days that followed, took the lives of 29 men, sparing just two - Daniel Rockhouse and Russell Smith, the man Daniel saved. To mark the seventh anniversary of the disaster, Sonya Rockhouse, who lost her son Ben, talks about today's commemoration and what they're looking forward to with the election of a Labour-led government, who have promised to look at re-entry. 

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