Tuesday July 25
Police investigating the killing of Tokoroa school teacher Lois Dear have arrested a 23 year-old Tokoroa man in connection with her death. Kay Gregory spoke to Detective Inspector Garth Bryan about the arrest, and the painstaking work that made it possible.
Ali Ikram spoke to Dr Grant Smith about a new project aiming to keep New Zealand's export crops, forests and native flora safe from and influx of foreign pests. The $74.4 million Better Border Biosecurity project is one of New Zealand's biggest research collaborations.
Kay spoke to Children's Commissioner Cindy Kiro about her ambitious new plan to reduce New Zealand's alarmingly high rates of child abuse. Woven Pathways to Wellbeing proposes an integrated framework to monitor children from birth to adulthood, and ensure they're kept safe and healthy.
Ali spoke to Microsoft Word and Excell champions Rachel Jamison and Melissa Gaskell. The pair will travel to the United States in August to compete against more than 50 other microsoft champions from around the world. Website: floridaherewecome.co.nz
Kay spoke with music reviewer Francesca Rudkin about the lead singer of Radiohead, Thom Yorke.
Kay spoke to Dunedin-born singer Jonathan Lemalu about his international success, returning home to sing with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and singing for charity.
Ali and David Russell of the Consumer's Institute looked at the results of a survey into the effect of The Warehouse food supermarket in Sylvia Park, Auckland. The report also includes the results of a survey comparing supermarket prices in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
Personality profiler Peter Vaughan attempted to predict the future for a couple of well-known names using his Vaughan Code. Peter says the code, which works off your name and birthdate, can unlock the secrets of your past and future, and can be a useful tool for finding out about people. He's presenting The Vaughan Code at the Bruce Mason Theatre in Auckland later this week.
The winners of the Montana New Zealand Book Awards were announced last night. This morning on Breakfast Kay spoke to the winners in the two major categories. Maurice Gee's novel 'Blindsight' won best fiction and was also first equal in the 'readers choice awards'. 'Pohutukawa and Rata: New Zealand's Iron-hearted Trees' won for non-fiction.