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THE SUNDAY SESSION WITH FRANCESCA RUDKIN
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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...
Women's Super Rugby: Chiefs upstage Blues in historic clash
Chiefs 39Blues 12 Blues captain Eloise Blackwell says her side's defeat to the Chiefs in the maiden New Zealand women's Super Rugby match at Eden Park proves the...
Francesca Rudkin: Covid is still rampant overseas - why aren't more of us using the tracer app?
I feel for Uppkar Kashyap, one of the Kiwis stuck in India trying to get home to his young family in New Zealand. But this is the world we live in. When you make...
Megan Singleton: Driving from Queenstown to Wanaka
Travel blogger Megan Singleton joins Francesca Rudkin to talk about her drive from the Crown Range to Cardrona for a spot of lunch, a gin distillery tour and the...
Sunday Panel: Six60 make history at Eden Park concert
More than 50,000 Six60 fans sold-out Auckland's Eden Park for its first ever concert last night. CEO Nick Sautner says it was the biggest post-Covid party in the...
Kent Johns: Celebrating the smallest successes in your health
It's time to talk about the need to celebrate even the smallest successes when we are trying to be healthier. We need to feel a reward for our efforts and that...
Whitcoulls Recommends: Tall Bones and Fall: The Mystery of Robert Maxwell
Tall Bones by Anna Bailey First novel from a young writer (I think she’s around 24) – set in a small conservative and deeply religious Colorado town, with all the...
2021 Taite Music Prize winner Reb Fountain performs live in studio
Auckland based singer-songwriter Reb Fountain, this song is Samson and it’s off her 2020 self-titled album which she released in May 2020. The album has received...
Academy Awards 2021: The Oscars goodie bags return
After going virtual for a year, awards shows are back, and this year's Academy Awards are set to be held in person. The luxury goodie bags for nominees will also...
Michelle Dickinson: Explaining The Brazil Nut Effect
This week is all about something known as the Brazil Nut Effect. Have you ever noticed that the dried fruits or nuts in your breakfast cereal are not evenly spread...
Dr Joshua Wolrich on fighting weight stigma and calling out diet culture
Up until a couple of years ago, NHS surgeon Dr Joshua Wolrich believed a person’s health was defined by their weight. He judged patients who came into hospital...
NZ War Memorial Museum in French town receives funding boost
A boost in the fundraising efforts towards a New Zealand War Memorial Museum in the French town Le Quesnoy have seen the project enter a new phase of finalising...
This year's Anzac Day has a special nod to women in service
While today we remember, thank and acknowledge all those military personnel that have and do serve our country, this year’s annual Poppy Day Appeal was a special...
Francesca Rudkin: Health system reform a radical and necessary move
It’s been a big week. The Trans-Tasman Bubble opened on Monday with plenty of interpretative dance and celebration, and by the end of the week traffic was halted...
Thousands turn out for Anzac Day dawn service in Auckland
Anzac Day commemoration organisers in Auckland are chuffed with this morning's turn out. Thousands woke up early and gathered at Auckland's Domain for the dawn...