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Mon Jul 16:No power to the people; World Cup killing our rugby?; Maroon 5


Monday July 16

No power to the people
The power companies are saying it's an extreme event and that people without power after the storm almost a week ago need to be patient. The people are saying that even in third world countries the power would be back on by now. Sofia Wenborn meets a couple of families in Silverdale, North of Auckland, to find out how they have managed over the past 6 days. They have incurred costs in the losses of frozen food as well as losses in their home business. Mark Sainsbury talks to the acting CEO of Vector about why the problem has taken so long to fix and whether compensation is an option.

Is the World Cup killing our rugby?
Over the weekend the All Blacks beat the Springboks 33-6, a respectable margin in anyone's book. But the hand-wringing began almost instantly from commentators about the quality of All Black play and whether we are on target for the Rugby World Cup.
Some are saying that the Cup is damaging not only the quality of rugby but its future in New Zealand with so much emphasis placed on the one four-yearly event, rather than the future of the game as a whole. Mark Sainsbury discusses the issues with former All Black coach John Hart, sports commentator Tony Veitch and David Rutherford, former CEO of the New Zealand Rugby Union.

Maroon 5
LA Band Maroon 5 hit the big time with their first album Songs About Jane back in 2002. It's been a long time between albums - their latest It Won't Be Soon Before Long is out now, and Adam Levine the lead singer is riding a wave of popularity. Katie Baylis caught up with him in Sydney.


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