Breakfast spoke to the Minister of Defence and Trade Phil Goff who has just returned to New Zealand after trips to China and Vietnam. In China he held high level talks to push for a free trade agreement with China. While in Vietnam he discussed new defence arrangements with the Vietnamese and attended the APEC conference where a Pacific Rim Free Trade agreement was disucssed.
There are just four days until Auckland and the country will know whether a brand new waterfront stadium or a revamped Eden park will host the rugby world cup in 2011. Breakfast spoke to Andrew Barclay from Warren and Mahoney, the company charged with designing the waterfront stadium option.
A parliamentary select committee has come up with a compromise for a controversial bill designed to prevent parents from physically disciplining their children. It's recommending that parents no longer be able to use the legal defence of reasonable force to correct children. Breakfast discusses the recommendation with Justice and Electoral Select Committee Chairperson Lynne Pillay.
Rob Buchanan's MEND charity helps provide mobility equipment and rehabilitation for disabled children in poor communities around the world. After MEND featured on Breakfast last year, donations flooded in and enabled Rob to set up a new centre in Kashmir. Reporter Rebekah Cashen caught up with Rob to see what's been achieved in the past year. MEND can be reached at email@example.com or at PO BOX 94, Keri Keri, New Zealand.
This morning on Breakfast Kay Gregory spoke to music reviewer Francesca Rudkin about operatic supergroup Il Divo.
This morning Breakfast spoke to Australian pain science lecturer David Butler about his seminar and book called 'Explain Pain'. David's two-day lecture covers the link between neuroscience and people's experience of pain, which he says eases suffering. www.noigroup.com
This morning Paul Henry spoke to David Russell from the Consumers' Institute, about fridge=freezers.. and which ones past the test. A law passed in 2005 means that imported fridges must meet stringent energy-efficiency rules.. but in some cases, that law leaves fridges underperforming in key areas.
The Department of Labour is seeking feedback on a discussion paper on Sue Kedgley's private members bill seeking a law change for flexible working hours. People have until 15 December to submit their comments. This morning on Breakfast Paul Henry hosted a panel discussion with Sue Thorne of the Early Childhood Council, Philippa Reed of the Equal Employment Opportunities Trust and Stephan Spencer of Netconcepts Ltd - a company that already uses a flexible work hours scheme.
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