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Tuesday January 25

Colin James shared his thoughts on events at Ratana and previewed National party leader Don Brash's State of the Nation speech scheduled for tonight.

Paul Henry spoke to Simon Stables, a forensic pathologist who is briefly home from Phuket. Simon has been a part of the Disaster Victims Identification squad from the New Zealand Police, assisting in making positive and formal identification of tsunami victims. Simon Stables will be returning to Thailand next week for another shift of three weeks.

Paul Henry spoke to Prime Minister Helen Clark about the Ratana celebrations in Wanganui yesterday. They discussed how big an election threat the Maori Party will be to the Labour Party, considering the amount of support they received at Ratana

Chef patron of Le Bon Bolli restaurant in Christchurch, Phillip Kraal is the brains behind three fundraising dinners to be held in aid of the tsunami relief effort. He spoke to Paul Henry about the dinners which will be held in Christchurch on 27 January, Wellington on 28 January and Auckland on 5 February. Tickets can be purchased by phoning 0800 273 759 (0800 2REPLY) or online at and cost $200 per person.

Francesca Rudkin chatted with Jeanette Thomas about guitarist Donavon Frankenreiter's self-titled debut album. Frankenreiter's music is in the same vein as his friend and fellow surfer/musician Jack Johnson who is signed with the same recording label, Brushfire Records.

Consumer advocate David Russell gave advice on price quotes and looked at the issue of whether computer companies have to comply with the Consumer Guarantees Act.

Aceh in Indonesia is one of the areas worst affected by the tsunami, and is also an area divided by conflict. Paul Henry spoke to Acehnese human rights activist Aguswandi about the impact the tsunami is likely to have on the conflict there. Aguswandi will be speaking at a public meeting in Wellington tonight at 6pm in the Cafeteria, First Floor, Catholic Centre, 22-30 Hill Street. For more information email

Jeanette Thomas spoke to co-founder of Parenting with Confidence Ian Grant about children going back to school and the issues and challenges of the first day back. Website: