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Tuesday December 7

Alison Mau spoke to Ashley Bloomfield, Chief Adviser of Public Health, Ministry of Health about the results of a new study tracking the obesity epidemic from 1997 - 2003. The survey showed that the prevalence of obesity in adults is now twice what it was in 1977, but that in some population groups such as maori and women the trend is slowing. For more information see

Ali spoke to Dave Houston from the Department of Conservation about the disease that's been killing large numbers of Yellow Eyed Penguin chicks around the South Island.

With the controversial Civil Union Bill almost certain to be passed by Parliament by the end of the week, public law specialist Gerard van Bohemen talked to Breakfast about the implications of the much talked about referendum to go with the bill. It's been suggested any law change be effectively put on hold until the public endorse it or otherwise, during a referendum at the next election. But legally, that's not as easy as it might sound.

Today Breakfast's resident music reviewer, Francesca Rudkin, looked at the new Manic Street Preacher's album, Lifeblood.

David Russell from the Consumers' Institute spoke about ConsumerBUILD - a website developed by the Consumers' Institute and the department of Building & Housing - it offers independent information and building advice to homeowners and DIYer's.

Alison Mau spoke to two international guests who are in New Zealand to attend a parliamentary forum to promote the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and the establishment of a Southern Hemisphere Nuclear Weapons Free Zone. Ambassador Edmundo Vargas Carreno from Chile, is the Secretary General of OPANAL, the organisation promoting a nuclear weapons free zone in the southern hemisphere and Senator Abacca Anjain-Maddison represents the people of Rongelap Atoll, which was damaged by US nuclear testing.

Paul Henry spoke to Phobic Trust Co-founder Marcia Read about phobias and anxiety disorders amongst children. Marcia is the author of "Phobi Faces Fear" a book aimed at helping children and young people face their fears. New research suggests one in five children, some as young as 4 years old, suffer from some form of clinical anxiety disorder. Website: