The Sunday Session
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THE SUNDAY SESSION WITH FRANCESCA RUDKIN
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The ant that can grow and shrink its own brain
As the seasons change, more Kiwis may notice ants popping up in their house as the tiny bugs escape the cold. But did you know there's one spieces of ant that is...
Worldwide Covid-19 death toll tops 3 million as outbreaks rage overseas
The global death toll from the coronavirus topped a staggering 3 million people Saturday amid repeated setbacks in the worldwide vaccination campaign and a deepening...
Australians told to avoid Auckland due to lockdown concerns - is that fair?
Travel blogger Megan Singleton has taken on a new hobby this week - curling! She is on a trip through the lower South Island, seeing the sights in Clyde, Ranfurly,...
Amy Shark returns with her new album Cry Forever
Australian indie singer Amy Billings has been on the music scene under various names since 2008. But it was was in 2016, having adopted the name Amy Shark, that...
Whitcoulls Recommends: Sunflower Sisters and The Beauty of Living Twice
Sunflower Sisters by Martha Hall Kelly This is the third in Kelly's flower titled series (Lilac Girls, Lost Roses). Lilac Girls featured Caroline Ferriday, a real...
Erin O'Hara: What effect does nicotine have on the body?
The Government is suggesting limiting the amount of nicotine allowed in cigarettes. It is one of a number of proposals being put forward to meet its goal of making...
Mike van de Elzen: Confit duck with whitebeans and sage
6 Duck legs 6 tbsp sea salt5 cloves garlic, crushed3 tbsp chopped thymeCracked black pepperPure olive oil to coverWhitebeans & sage500gm White Beans1 Carrot, chopped...
Tana and Rochelle Umaga branch out with new wellness brand with a cultural focus
Tana Umaga is no stranger to public life – former Hurricanes player, All Blacks captain and now assistant coach of the Blues. But he and his wife Rochelle have...
Sky hikes the price of Neon streaming service by 15 per cent
Sky TV is increasing the cost of its Neon streaming service by 15 per cent to $15.99 a month. The price increase will apply from May 17. Sky says those who want...
'Absurdity': Kiwi epidemiologist wants Tokyo Olympics postponed
An epidemiologist is backing new research, calling for the Japanese Government to reconsider this year's Tokyo Olympics. An article in the British Medical Journal...
Francesca Rudkin: Latest border ineptitude dulls travel bubble's shine
Tonight, at 11.59, the Trans-Tasman bubble officially begins. For the first time in more than a year, passengers on green flights will be able to travel quarantine...
Week in Politics: Countdown is on to the trans-Tasman bubble
The countdown is on to the opening of our trans-Tasman bubble. It officially begins at 11.59pm tonight -- with the first quarantine-free flights expected from Australia...
Harry, William seen chatting together after royal funeral
A year after they last saw one another, Prince William and his brother Prince Harry put their fraught relationship aside as they said farewell to their grandfather...
Sunday Panel: 'Covered in the stench of failure' - is Collins' time as leader up?
The future of Judith Collins as the National Party leader has once again dominated headlines this week. Rumours of a Simon Bridges/Christopher Luxon ticket swirled...
Jacqui Maguire: Clinical psychologist releases new book aimed at children
When our little people experience big feelings, than can a challenge for parents. Uncertain times, like we have experienced over the last year, can be a big driver...
Whitcoulls Recommends: Spellbound and Dancing in the Mosque
Spellbound by Catherine Robertson This is the third in her series of books set in a small NZ coastal community called Gabriel’s Bay. A small town full of quirky...
Megan Singleton: Exploring Queenstown before the bubble begins
Queenstown has been a hot tourist destination for many New Zealanders over the last year, keen to explore the country while the borders are closed. And soon the...
Erin O'Hara: The link between sleep and stress
The relationship between stress and sleep is bidirectional—that is, stress can disrupt sleep and sleep loss can increase subsequent stress levels. Wellbeing expert...
Popstars returns to Kiwi screens
One of New Zealand's original reality TV hits is returning to our screens. Popstars, which allows budding musicians the chance to break out and become superstars...
NZ journalist who hosted Prince Philip reflects on his life
One New Zealander is reflecting on the time she spent with Prince Philip and the Queen. Clare de Lore told Francesca Rudkin about the time she and her husband,...
Mike van de Elzen: Whole roasted pumpkin soup
Whole roasted pumpkin soup 1 pumpkin 2 medium-sized onions 4 cloves garlic 1 ltr vegetable Stock 1 tsp paprika 1 tsp curry powder 1 tsp ginger powder...
Research using mice discovers why redheads have a higher pain threshold
New research out this week finds that redheads have a higher pain threshold than blondes or brunettes because of their skin's pigment! The research published in...
Celebrated NZ author Charlotte Grimshaw talks her revealing memoir The Mirror Book
Charlotte Grimshaw is an award-winning author of novels, short stories and essays, mother of three, wife of a high profile lawyer and daughter of literary legend,...
Britons ignore plea to stay home to pay tribute to Prince Philip
British authorities have implored people to stay away from royal palaces as they mourn the death of Prince Philip in this time of COVID-19, but they keep coming....
Two week India travel ban starts today; Human Rights Commission asks for justification
A two-week ban on all travellers arriving from India starts today. The temporary ban means travellers who have been in India in the past two weeks cannot enter...