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Friday 9 October

Last night was the 44th Annual RIANZ Vodafone NZ Music Awards, and Astar and Matai Smith let loose on the red carpet. We'll see who they caught up with!

Kiwi icon Carmen appeared on our show in June and now she's back in Wellington again for her 73rd birthday bash. Here to tell us more about it is the lady herself and her close friend and entertainer Mika.

Carmen's birthday bash is on tonight in Wellington at Hope Bros. Tickets are $20. Call Jevan for tickets 027 711 2426 or try your luck on the door.

Eugene Onegin
is an opera based on Alexander Pushkin's novel set in 19th century Russia. The Wellington season of the show starts tomorrow night, and as a sneak preview we'll hear a Tchaikovsky aria from lead soprano Anna Leese!

If you're internet dating already - or if you're curious about trying it - private investigators Kerrie Pihema and Julia Hartley Moore are here with tips on how to pick the perfect online partner.

Last week Lyn Webster showed us how to make some home-made products at a fraction of the price you'd pay in shops. She's back again to reduce your shopping bill further.

Lyn's recipes are available on her website, Pig Tits and Parsley Sauce, or you can back her segment in the Video Lounge.

The Footnote Dance Company is returning with more stellar shows featuring dancers performing to music inspired by remarkable New Zealanders. We talk to Anita Hunziker and Deirdre Tarrant about the latest Footnote Forte Solo Series, and Anita will dance for us.

Jeremy Hansen has co-written a book for those of us who love or want to know more about one of New Zealand's most popular dwellings, the villa. He's here to tell us more about the inspiration behind Villa: From Heritage to Contemporary Living .

Chef and food writer Paul Jobin is in our studio kitchen making a few of New Zealand's favourite recipes. He's whipping up a goats cheese, olive and tomato tart, as well as a lemon meringue cheesecake.
Submit your favourite recipe at The Search for NZ's Favourite Recipe.

Barry's going to the chapel tomorrow and he's going to get married...again! So today on the Male Panel, Barry Soper, Paul Sinclair, Te Rau Kupenga and Frank Torley are talking marriage and weddings.

Kiwi equestrian Hannah Ritchie recently took part in the first ever Mongol Derby race across 1000km of harsh Mongolian wilderness. She's with us to talk about her experience.

As the resurgence of adding colour in the garden continues, lavenders are beginning to hit the high spots again. Our gardener Heather Tait is here to discuss old-fashioned varieties and new releases of this classic plant.
Lavender Leigh series available at selected Garden Centres throughout NZ
Lavender Sidonie and English types available from

Living Earth Garden Diary

- Feed acid-loving flowering shrubs and trees
- Time to deadhead hellebores (winter roses)
- Insert stakes near tall-growing perennials now, to tie as they grow
- Control convolvulus and cape ivy as it emerges

For more tips and tasks go to

Keith Lowe is a bonsai master and today he's here to show us his amazing collection of bonsai trees and how you too can grow them!

NZIER principal economist Shamubeel Eaqub is here with a spring forecast on our economic climate.