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Friday June 23

Paul Henry spoke to Jacobina Plummer live in Taupo about the big chill that has set in around the middle of the North Island closing roads and causing several road accidents.

Paul spoke to Acting Director of the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management Bruce Fergusson about the situation around the country this morning.  Hawkes Bay and Gisborne were issued a severe weather warning overnight and snow continues to fall in the winter chill that has hit the South Island.

Breakfast reporter Tristram Clayton talked to supporters of the Croatian World Cup soccer team during their crunch match against Australia. The winner of the match will proceed through to the next round of the tournament.

This morning on the Breakfast Programme Joe Bennett and Michele A'Court discussed the lighter side of the week's news events.

Political Editor Guyon Espiner spoke to Paul about two bills - the microchipping bill and the 90 day probation bill - that have highlighted the power of minority parties in parliament under the MMP system. 

Dr Mark Costello lead a University of Auckland study into the effectiveness of the world's marine reserves. The study found that only two percent of the world's coral reefs are protected in some way; only 0.01% are fully protected. 

World Vision journalist Tennille Bergin reported back to Breakfast after an eight week trip to drought ravaged Africa.

Pamela Lanier is an international travel expert who specialises in writing about Bed and Breakfast accommodation.  She is currently in New Zealand to speak to the Auckland branch of @Home New Zealand at their annual conference. Pamela has had a chance to stay in Bed and Breakfast's around New Zealand this week and spoke to Paul about the quality of accommodation here compared with overseas.