Tuesday December 20
The government has released new student loan costings for the impact of interest free loans. Finance Minister Michael Cullen says the cost by 2008 will rise to $286 million, but National's education spokesperson, Bill English says it'll be much higher.
Canterbury is the first region to announce its primary health care plan in the event of a birdflu pandemic. Kay spoke to Dr Paul McCormack, Managing Director of Pegasus Health about this issue.
The case of a Northland couple who were convicted of failing to provide the necessaries of life for their four month old son who died because they failed to seek medical help in time, has highlighted the issues parents in rural areas face in knowing when they should seek help for their sick children. Paul Henry talked to Wellsford GP, Tim Malloy who is the Chairman of the NZ Rural General Practice Network about what signs parents should look out for.
This morning on Breakfast music reviewer Francesca Rudkin talked to Kay about a 'year in the life of Ryan Adams'. Adams is an alternative country artist who has just released his third album for the year.
Business New Zealand CEO Phil O'Reilly and financial commentator Mary Holm discuss the year's big business issues including rising house prices, interest free student loans and interest rates.
Breakfast spoke this morning with David Russell from the Consumers' Institute about the best buys for Christmas presents based on this year's product reviews and tests. For further information see www.consumer.org.nz
Breakfast reporter Edward Cook chatted with Pete Bethune - the man using body fat to power his jet boat around the world.
This morning on the Breakfast Programme psychologist and author John Aiken and Kay Grepgory chatted about the challenges that the holidays and Christmas time present to families.