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Thursday November 3

Breakfast spoke to defence analyst Paul Buchanan about how serious is the terrosist threat in Australia.

Later today Manukau City Council will host a community meeting on youth gang violence. Breakfast talked to Allan Va'a a youth worker with the Manukau Youth Centre the problem of youth violence in South Auckland.

Breakfast spoke with major Lynette Hutson from the Salvation Aarmy about the relocation of one of the country's last residential centres for treatement for addictions.

Some of Auckland's most exclusive homes are being decorated for Christmas by some of the city's designers and florists, and then opened to the public. It's the Friends of Starship annual Christmas Cracker House Tour. Reporter Rochelle Gillespie spoke to Sarah Smith from China Blue and florist Marc Thomas of Stalkers, about designs and trends for this festive season, live from Aachen House in Remuera.  Tour details:  Open 10am-3:30pm each day. Thursday 3 Nov - Epsom and Eden. Friday 4 Nov - City Apartments and Eastern Suburbs. Tickets avilable from Aachen House 39 Market Rd, Remuera - both days, or call the Friends hotline ph. 09-526-1082  

This morning on the Breakfast Programme Francesca Rudkin reviewed 'Stage Beauty' - an unusual historical romance starring Claire Danes and Billy Crudup.

Kay spoke to David Penman from Landcare Research about his role in overseeing the creation of a huge global database for all the species on earth, that will eventually be free on the internet.

Health correspondent Lorelei Mason discussed 'bird flu' this morning on the Breakfast Programme.

One of the historic houses being opened to the public for the annual Friends of Starship Hospital Christmas Cracker House Tour is Aachen House in Remuera, Auckland. Reporter Rochelle Gillespie spoke to the owner, Joan McKirdey, about the history of the building, and the honour of being one of six finalists in the Leading Boutique Hotel in Australasia category in the World Travel Awards to be announced next week. For more information:

Over 1000 locally produced wines have been swirled, tasted and spat out again by the judges in this year's Air NZ wine awards. Breakfast spoke to one of the visiting judges, Linda Murphy, wine editor of  The San Francisco Chronicle. 

Mark Sainsbury spoke to Cigar Roller Ramses Herrera, from the Partagas cigar factory in Havana. He is in Auckland to give demonstrations of his cigar rolling technique. These are being held at the Havana House Cigar Shop.

Carla van Zon, artistic director of the NZ Intl Festival of the Arts spoke to Kay about the just announced lineup of acts for next year's International Festival of the Arts in Wellington. For more information go to :