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Wednesday November 17

The government's seabed and foreshore bill is due to be passed through parliament under urgency this week, having just had its second reading in parliament.  Alison Mau spoke to political commentator Colin James about exactly what's in the bill.

Parliament is being asked to consider a resolution to press the British government for the return of the Parthenon marbles to Greece.  The figures of the Elgin marbles were sawn off the Parthenon by a Scotsman 200 years ago and now reside in the British museum, but international support for their return to Greece is growing.  David Hill is the Director of International Affairs of the Australians for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles and he spoke to Paul Henry about the international push to return the marbles to their Greek home.

Peter Gordon is a New Zealand born chef who is known for his restaurants world wide. He is in the country at the moment to publicise next year's opening of an Skycity Auckland restaurant for which he has designed the menus.

Chris Paykel is a student at Auckland University. He is also team Leader in the University's Formula SAE Competition entry. He spoke to Breakfast earlier in the year - before the car had been completed - and came on the show this morning to give an update on its performance. Details on the competition are at:

In this week's regional update Paul Henry spoke to Ros Martin from Advance Whangarei about what's been happening up north, including the recent announcement by Carter Holt Harvey that it was keeping its forestry interests in Northland and tourism has taken over from agriculture as Northland's biggest earner.

This morning Paul Henry spoke to Jane Mills the manager of Quitline - a government funded service that assists smokers in kicking the habit - about the effectiveness of smoking cessation products. There is a lot of support and information available to help people stop smoking. Ring Quitline for help and support 0800 778 778

Paul Henry spoke to Gardening magazine contributor Dean Williams about some tips on spring gardening.