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Thursday December 22

Breakfast spoke to Kel Sanderson, director of Business and Economic Research Ltd about research that contradicts what other economists are saying about us spending too much. Kel says it is not all doom and gloom as has been suggested.

Reporter Jennie Matuszek caught up with the group of New Zealand policeman who have been helping in Thailand since the Boxing Day tsunami.  A rotation of four officers have been working at the Tsunami Victim Identification Centre and will return home at the end of this week.

Reporter Edward Cook told the story of Northland's Rob Buchanan who helps disabled people in third world countries get back on their feet and into jobs.  A lack of support is putting Rob's efforts in jeopardy. You can contact Rob to make a donation on or at Mend, Po Box 94, KeriKeri, Northland, NZ. A great cause.

This morning on Breakfast film reviewer Francesca Rudkin looked at 'Joyeux Noel' about an unexpected Christmas eve truce between the warring French, Germans, and the Scotsman contingent of the British army.

Carla van Zon the Artistic Director of the NZ International Festival of the Arts & Anna Miles from the Anna Miles Gallery discuss the highlights of the last twelve months in art, music and design.

Health Correspondent Lorelei Mason spoke to Kay Gregory about a New Zealand company that has been granted ethics approval to begin human trials on an experimental new cancer-fighting compound.  It's the result of twenty years hard research by Kiwi scientists with backign from Government and venture capital.

As 2005 nears an end, Breakfast gathered a panel of insightful and witty folk to talk through what'll be hot in 2006, and what's sooo last year.  The panellists were Peter Vegas from Spawn Advertising Agency; public relations maestro Kathy Cunningham and Brotha D of Dawn Raid.