Wednesday March 23
A US Federal Court judge is currently deliberating over whether or not to order the feeding tube keeping Terry Schiavo alive to be reinstated. In a case that's captured global attention, her parents successfully campaigned the US government to pass a law ordering the case to go back before a Federal Court judge. Previously the courts had ordered her feeding tube be removed, in support of a claim by Ms Schiavo's husband that she wouldn't want to live in a persistent vegetative state, despite her parents insistence that they would like to continue caring for her. Breakfast spoke to public law specialist from Kensington Swan, Hayden Wilson and the Director of Otago University's Bioethics Centre Professor Donald Evans, about whether this sort of thing could happen here.
The Red Cross is holding an art auction not only to raise more money for the tsunami appeal but also to remind us there is more work to be done. Reporter Laura Barnsley spoke with some of the artists who have turned their creativity into charity for those who lost everything on boxing day.
This morning on Breakfast media commentators Kerre Woodham and Russell Brown discussed the competition for television viewers at the highly contested seven o'clock timeslot.
In our regular look at what's happening in the regions, Breakfast spoke to Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt and Wellington Mayor Kerry Prendergast about Invercargill's bid to host the Australasian movie premiere for the film The World's Fastest Indian, and the recent Quality of Life survey where Wellington was shown to be a good place to live.
This morning on Breakfast PHD student Rebecca Miller, who has recently returned from Bangkok where she spent a year examining how various United Nations (UN) agencies are working together to address the issue of human trafficking, discussed this complex and exploitative practise with Kay Gregory.
This morning on Breakfast theatre director David McPhail spoke about his new play Alone it Stands, based on the 1978 tale of the Irish province of Munster beating the world champion All Blacks.