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Thursday February 24

Finance Minister Michael Cullen has said he'd like to see us become a nation of shareholders as well as property owners and he's promising measures in the budget to help. To discuss whether New Zealanders should be putting more money into shares and less into property Kay Gregory spoke to NZX Chief Executive Mark Weldon, NZ Institute Chief Executive David Skilling and the President of the NZ Property Investors Federation Craig Paddon.

With an increase in the number of people using methamphetamine there's concern about the effect this is having on the babies, whose mothers used methamphetamine during pregnancy. Paul Henry spoke to Professor of Psychiatry and Paediatrics at Brown Medical School, Rhode Island, Dr Barry Lester about the research he's carrying out to determine the effects. Women from Auckland are soon to be included in the study.

Henry Darger is one artist being exhibited in Auckland Art Gallery's Mixed Up Childhood - an exhibition that looks at different interpretations of childhood and how it is expressed. The exhibition is part of the AK05 festival and is probably the largest exhibition the gallery will undertake this year. Breakfast spoke about the exhibition this morning with Brooke Anderson, director and curator of the Contemporary Centre, American Folk Art Museum, New York.

Francesca Rudkin chatted with Kay Gregory/Paul Henry about the Oscar contenders for best picture: The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby, Ray, Sideways.

Henry spoke to Ian Powell the Executive Director of the Association of Salaried Medical Specialists about concerns that new sterilisation procedures at Auckland Hospital are not consistent and that surgeons and nurses are having to check the equipment before used to ensure it's clean.

Health Correspondent Lorelei Mason spoke this morning about what unborn babies see, hear and respond to in the womb. Many researchers and doctors believe talking to your unborn baby or playing them music is valuable stimuli which they respond to. New research has been undertaken by scientists at Massey University and the Neuroscience group at Auckland University to uncover exactly how unborn babies respond.

This morning on Breakfast Breakfast spoke to Ruth Harley - the CEO of the NZ Film Commisson and celebrated film director Roger Donaldson about the health of our film industry.