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Tuesday March 8

ACT leader Rodney Hide and MP Ken Shirley were invited to Te Wananga o Aotearoa yesterday to meet with Rongo Wetere and to look around the campus. It follows accusations made by Ken Shirley in parliament about the wananga's financial management. Rodney Hide spoke to Breakfast about how the meeting went.

Breakfast spoke to Chris Clarke of the Hawkes Bay District Health Board about survey results showing Hawkes Bay to be the unhealthiest region in the country. The region has the highest rates of breast and bowel cancers, meningococcal disease and TB.

U.S. bass singer Kevin Maynor is making his Australian debut with a recital of tributes to the grandfathers of the black civil rights movement. He spoke on Breakfast this morning. He's saving his magnificent voice for performances at the Parnell Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. He's here as part of AK05. Book with Ticketek ph 307 5000.

Francesca Rudkin chatted with Paul Henry about "Let there be Rockgrass", a new album by U.S. band Hayseed Dixie.

Following yesterday's early morning kidnapping of a Chinese woman living in Howick, Breakfast spoke to the President of the Central Auckland Chinese Association, Chong Bao Hu about the increasing number of Asian kidnappings and the cultural factors influencing that.

With the price of petrol getting higher every David Russell of the Consumers Institute delved into the cost of filling up and how to get the most mileage for your money.

Fancy exotic island food, the mesmerizing drumbeats of the pacific. The Pasifika Festival is now the biggest free community event of its kind in the world and its happening in Auckland this weekend. Pacific Correspondent Barbara Dreaver is here to tell us about a festival that is putting New Zealand on the map.

Breakfast spoke to Dr Robert Scragg from the University of Auckland and George Adams from the Coca Cola Amatil corporation about Oranga primary school's decision to ban all drinks except water from being brought onto the school grounds. For more information see and