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Wednesday August 11

With the unemployment rate at its lowest level in 17 years, Peter Conway, economist with the Council of Trade Unions and Alasdair Thompson, CEO of the Employers and Manufacturers Association discuss the current skills shortage.

Alison Mau spoke to Steve Hoadley, a commentator on international affairs from Auckland University about the situation in Iraq and how the Iraqi government is working more than a month after taking power.

Alison Mau spoke to Melanie, Sofia, Amanda and Justin von Trapp about their upcoming tour of New Zealand. The children are the descendants of the von Trapp family, whose exploits were fictionalised in the film The Sound of Music.

We return to the Waikato for our regional update this week, with Glen Scanlon from the Waikato Times, where the Hamilton City Council is grappling with the issue of brothels in residential areas, and he has an update on the mayoral race.

Sir Geoffrey Palmer was New Zealand's representative at the International Whaling Commission's annual meeting in Sorrento, Italy last month. At the meeting New Zealand and other anti-whaling countries fought successfully for a continuation of the ban on commercial whaling.  Sir Geoffrey Palmer spoke to Allison about what else was achieved.

Ali spoke to Paul Owen from Autocar this morning about the new  VZ Commodore
and Ford BA Falcon Mark II.

Alison Mau spoke to Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang. The 22-year-old is in New Zealand to perform three concerts with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. The first concert will take place tonight in Christchurch, in Auckland on Friday 13th and in Wellington on Saturday 14th. Websites and