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THE SUNDAY SESSION WITH FRANCESCA RUDKIN
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Francesca Rudkin: Help for cricketers in India exposes Government's shortcomings
This week there has been a lot of attention on New Zealand cricketers playing in the India’s suspended IPL and their plight to get home or to England for the up-coming...
Sunday Panel: Vaccine safety committee investigating two deaths - is it responsible to report on it?
Health officials are investigating the deaths of two New Zealanders in their 80s who have died since having the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 jab under "an abundance...
Kiwi author's debut novel sparks international bidding war
The debut novel from Taranaki author Jacqueline Bublitz has set the international publishing world alight. Before You Knew My Name is a crime novel exploring trauma,...
Joan Mackenzie: Before You Knew My Name and Empire of Pain
Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz Listen to Bublitz talk about her story here Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe An extraordinary piece of investigative...
How to help with India's oxygen crisis during Covid second wave
Normally travel blogger Megan Singleton would join Francesca Rudkin to discuss the latest in travel news. However, this week she shared her experiences helping her...
Mike van de Elzen: Lemon bagged chicken with hot kumara and smokey dressing
1 size 14 chicken 2 lemons 8 cloves of garlic, crushed seasalt 1 tsp cooking oil 1 oven bag Hot kumara salad 15 small Kumara 2 tbsp cooking oil 1 cup sultanas 4...
Scientists develop flat-pack pasta to save on packaging
One problem that has been put in the spotlight in recent years is excess food packaging adding to global issues with too much waste. Now scientists have developed...
Erin O'Hara: Practical tips to help mums de-stress
Today is Mother's Day, and it's a day for celebrating mothers from all walks of live. However, the invisible stress of motherhood is a real struggle, and it is making...
Actors, streaming services call for Golden Globes boycott over racism, sexism claims
The people behind one of Hollywood's top awards shows is facing increased pressure to change its ways or miss out on being invited to the party. The Hollywood Foreign...
Actress turned award-winning writer Michelle Langstone releases book of essays
Many will know Michelle Langstone as an actress, best-known for the likes of McLeod’s Daughters, The Almighty Johnsons and 800 Words. She’s also a writer and a regular...
Advocate for prisoner's families tells her story in new memoir
A knock at the door over 35 years ago turned Verna McFelin’s life turned upside down. It was the Police there to arrest her husband for kidnapping. He was tried...
Week in Politics: What's next in Speaker Mallard v National battle?
Speaker Trevor Mallard has used the legal immunity of parliamentary privilege to say that a worker - who he apologised to for falsely accusing of rape - did commit...
Disease modeller's warning as Govt says flights can restart with New South Wales
Travel is set to resume between New Zealand and New South Wales at midnight. The bubble was paused after two community cases of the virus in Sydney. But Covid-19...
New podcast and documentary spotlights Predator Free 2050 goal
Back in 2016, New Zealand launched Predator Free 2050 – an ambitious goal to completely rid our country of the three most prevalent predators, including rats, stoats...
Sunday Panel: Should New Zealand do more to help Kiwis stuck in India?
India continues to face the world's worst outbreak of Covid-19. The South Asian nation's rampant second wave has topped 400,000 new daily cases for the first time. It...
Megan Singleton: What to expect now that travel has changed
As some parts of the world bounce back from Covid-19 and ramp up their vaccination efforts, the travel industry is gearing up for a return. But just how different...
Director Florian Habicht talks his new local documentary James and Isey
James and Isey is the latest documentary from Northland filmmaker Florian Habicht. It tells the story of the then 99-year-old Isey in the lead up to her 100th birthday...
Joan Mackenzie: The Quiet People and Greenwich Park
The Quiet People by Paul Cleave The latest from the New Zealand-based writer has a great premise – a husband and wife are thriller writers, and joke at a public...
Erin O'Hara: Self-care tips for improving mental health
Mental health remains a major crisis in New Zealand, especially around young people - with many people having issues accessing professional resources or help. Naturopath...
New study shows the impact of concussions on children
Researchers have known for a while that recurrent concussions can have a long term impact on sports players - however, not much work has been done looking into the...
Do we still need a New Zealand Music Month?
The month of May is upon us - and once again, it means New Zealand is celebrating Music Month. The annual celebration of Kiwi music is back for another year, but...
Jason Walls: What to expect from this month's Budget
There are only three weeks to go until the Government unveils its budget for 2021, and speculation is rife on what we may expect. The 2020 Budget was strongly shaped...
Kiwi stuck in India desperate to get home as Covid crisis worsens
A New Zealander stuck in India says he's desperate to return home. The country is facing a record outbreak of Covid-19, and has topped 400,000 cases of Covid-19...
Mike van de Elzen: Meatballs in tomato sauce with polenta
Meatballs in tomato with polenta (serves 4) Prep time: 15 mins Cooking time: 30 mins 1 small onion, finely diced 500g pork mince 1 ½ cups grated pumpkin 2...
Rhys Darby returning to the stage at the International Comedy Festival
After five years, international comedy superstar – also actor, movie star, author, podcaster – our very own Rhys Darby is back on the stage at this year’s NZ International...