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Breakfast: Thursday, March 15

Published: 6:11AM Thursday March 15, 2012 Source: Breakfast

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Parents forced to leave hospital

A new survey shows some mums feel they are being pushed from hospital too soon after child birth. We meet a couple who were given just 45 minutes to leave.

Why Ports of Auckland wants 12% return

Auckland Council's investment team defend the demand of a 12% return on equity from the Ports of Auckland.

Lack of consistency in National Standards - study

The first detailed study of how National Standards are working in schools has found a lack of consistency, suggesting the standards are not 'national' at all. Breakfast talks to the study's author, Prof Martin Thrupp from Waikato University's education faculty.

Call for more information over perinatal deaths

According to the Ministry of Health's Maternity Consumer Survey, 35% of women whose children suffered a perinatal death do not feel as though they have been given enough information as to why.

Breakfast talks to a mother whose child was permanently disabled from a botched birth, and who believes the statistics need to change.

Fears over repeat child abuser's prison release

The release of a repeat child abuser who has been denied parole and refused to undergo rehabilitation has child protection advocates concerned. ECPAT Director Alan Bell tells Breakfast that Graeme Purvis is a risk to his community.

Dunedin Mayor: Why we wrote off Otago debt

Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull joins Breakfast to explain the council's decision to write off nearly half a million dollars in debt from the Otago Rugby Union in order to see it survive.

Is NZ's maternity care up to scratch?

The Ministry of Health's Child and Youth Health advisor Dr Pat Tuohy talks to Breakfast about the latest Maternity Consumer Survey and whether care for our mothers is up to scratch.

Can Otago bounce back?

ORFU Chair Wayne Graham shares his thoughts on the union's bailout, and whether a new system of governance can see it bounce back.

NZ donor rates hit all time low

New Zealand donor rates are at an all-time low but TVNZ's 20/20 programme has a timely reminder of how important organ donation is. Breakfast hears a man's story from Reporter Emma Keeling.

Queensland flood inquiry - what can be expected?

The findings from an inquiry into the 2011 Queensland Flood are expected to be released tomorrow. Australia Correspondent Steve Marshall tell Breakfast what we can expect.

Major speeches by Key and Shearer

The country's two political leaders will make major speeches today on New Zealand's economic future.

Prime Minister John Key on public sector reforms and Labour leader David Shearer on his party's economic vision. Breakfast speaks with National MP Simon Bridges and Labour MP Jacinda Ardern.

Live at David Shearer's speech

Political reporter Jessica Mutch joins Breakfast live from Labour leader David Shearer's big speech where he will outline his vision for New Zealand.

A beginner's guide to balance sheets

Understanding a company before investing in it might seem obvious, but financial accounts can be riddled with impenetrable jargon.

Nadine Chalmers-Ross offers up a beginner's guide to balance sheets.

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