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Thursday August 24

Breakfast spoke to NZ Foreign Affairs Diplomat in the middle East Peter Rider about a video message released overnight from the Palestinian kidnappers holding Fox TV crew Olaf Wiig and Steve Centanni.

Breakfast spoke to the lawyer of Rex Haig, Jonathan Eaton and Gary Gotlieb from the Auckland District Law Society about the implications of the Court of Appeal's decision to unanimously quashed the murder conviction for Rex Haig. Mr Haig served almost 10 years in jail for the murder of Mark Roderique on a fishing boat off the West Coast in the early 90s.

Breakfast spoke to Martin Connelly from the Ministry of Education about a new set of guidelines on religion state schools will soon receive. The guidelines will clarify the existing laws regarding the illegality of teaching religion in state schools.

Kelly Barber's the author of a book 'Conquering the Coast to Coast,' about his experiences competing in eight 'Coast to Coast' multisport endurance races. The official website for the race is at:

Breakfast Film reviewer Francesca Rudkin looked at the drama 'WahWah'.

Professor Peter Hunter is the director of the University of Auckland's Bioengineering Institute. He spoke to Ali Ikram about how mathematical models are being used to better understand the functions of the human body.

Breakfast spoke to Health Correspondent Lorelei Mason about new figures on NZ's public hospitals.  The health Minister's press release says they're busier than ever with inpatient activity increasing seventeen percent with elective surgery on the rise ..but the figures are being challenged by the likes of the opposition who say elective surgery is actually down.

Breakfast spoke to actor Kerry Fox who has returned home to New Zealand to star in The Blonde, The Brunette and The Vengeful Redhead which opens tonight in Auckland. The one woman play is a black comedy in which everyone has their own story to tell about the day that Rhonda Russell, deserted wife and mother, went berserk in the shopping mall. Website:

Vicky Isley and Paul Smith work together as digital artists under the banner of 'Boredom Research.' The two travelled from the UK to New Zealand to take part in  'Spark,' a creative forum organised by the Waikato Institute of Technology. /