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Monday January 31

Paul Henry spoke to international affairs expert Paul Buchanan about the Iraqi elections in which vote counting is currently underway. Voter turnout is higher than anticipated and while there has been violence this has not been as bad as had been feared.

This morning Paul Henry spoke to ABC Correspondent David J Wright about the unfolding turmoil in Iraq as voters go to the polls.

Kay Gregory spoke to Prime Minister Helen Clark about the election underway in Iraq, the annual statement she's due to give parliament tomorrow, and her reaction to Don Brash's Orewa speech last week.

Reporter Erica Wood travelled the Greymouth to Hokitika road. It's a region known as much for its outspoken residents as for its rugged glacial beauty.

This morning Kay Gregory spoke to Bill Bowland from Ngai Tahu about the pounamu (greenstone or jade) resource in the region. The government gave the West Coast's pounamu to Te Runanga O Ngai Tahu as part of a $170 million treaty settlement in 1997. Kay also spoke with Bernie Radomski about Westland Greenstone, a greenstone mining and jewellery manufacturing unit that he's owned and operated since 1962.

The 'Lord of the Rings' hoopla is behind us but in Wellington yesterday ghouls and trolls fought knights in shining armour to cheering crowds at the folklore festival at Frank Kitts park. Reporter Billie-Jo Hohepa joined the festivities.

Paul Reynolds is a regular Breakfast contributor. This morning he talked to Kay Gregory about, a site which provides documents relating to dot com start-up companies that were formed between 1996 and 2002.

Breakfast spoke to the president of the Principals Federation Pat Newman on the first day of the school year for most schools around the country.

This morning from Hokitika Kay Gregory spoke with Westland Mayor Maureen Pugh. They discussed the potential of the region as a tourist destination and upcoming events in Hokitika. For details on the Hokitika Wild Food Festival see