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Close Up: Monday May 7

Published: 5:58PM Monday May 07, 2012 Source: Close Up

Targeting Talley

A bus load of meatworkers from as far afield as Wairoa took their industrial row to the gates of their boss's country mansion in Motueka this morning.

They wanted Peter Talley to step into the dispute that has seen them without pay for two months.

Close Up looks into the enigmatic rich-lister and why the workers believe he can make a difference.

Poisonous problems

Pet owners and vets are calling for a common rat poison, used by Auckland Council to kill rats and possums, to be banned.

The outcry comes as one cat owner tells Close Up how the poison nearly killed her cat.

Amazing Grace

Grace Ryan really made an impression when she appeared on Close Up on Friday.

She is a teenager suffering from a rare debilitating skin condition, where her skin grows much more quickly than normal.

You were very generous in your kind wishes to her and today she's something to say to you.

A special bank account has been set up by Grace's Aunt:

If you would like to help her get to the States for her conference, donations can be made to:


ANZ: 01-0321-0094386-55

Blowing in the wind

Just as New Zealand gets good at something, they have to go and scrap it from the Olympics!

Kiwis have won a medal in board sailing every time they have competed but in Rio 2016 the sport will be dropped in favour of kite surfing.

But is the International Olympic Committee just going with the flow of what is popular? Close Up speaks to kite surfer Jamie Barrow and former Olympic champion wind surfer Bruce Kendall.