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Wednesday September 20

This morning on Breakfast Kay Gregory spoke to Infocus Asia journalist Frank Smith about the a military coup in Thailand. Heavily-armed troops backed by tanks have taken over the offices of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra in Bangkok. They've also seized control of television stations and declared a provisional authority loyal to the king.

Paul Henry spoke to Education Minister Steve Maharey and Otara Youth Action Group Chairman Len Brown about a new initiative aimed at tackling youth gangs and crime in South Auckland. The 26-point action plan was unveiled yesterday by the ministries of education, justice and social development, local councils and police.

The World of Wearable Arts kicks off in Wellington tomorrow. Reporter Charlotte Whale spoke to the chief executive of WOW, Gabrielle Hervey, about what to expect from this year's show.

Breakfast spoke to Te Tai Tokorau MP Hone Harawira about the death of respected Maori leader Sir Hugh Kawharu. The Chairman of the Ngati Whatua o Orakei Maori Trust Board died at his home in Auckland yesterday at the age of 79.

Media commentators Irene Gardiner and Wayne Hope discussed the media's handling of the recent allegations relating to national leader Don Brash's and Prime Minister Helen Clark's personal lives.

David Easson works for Red Cross New Zealand. He and Paul Henry discussed the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Darfur. Mr Easson has just returned from the region. To donate to the Red Cross Sudan/Darfur appeal, go to    

The fifth annual Festival of Maori Writing kicks off in Wellington today. Breakfast spoke to well-known Maori author Hinemoana Baker, and Robyn Bargh of the Maori Literature Trust, about what's planned for the week, and why it's so important to promote and celebrate Maori literature.

Breakfast spoke to social commentator and author Joe Bennett about his latest book "Mustn't Grumble: An Accidental Return to England." The book gives Joe's reflections on the country of his birth 18 years after leaving.

Author Cherry Simmonds talked to Breakfast about her second The Smell of an Oily Rag, about immigrating to New Zealand in the 70's.