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1:17 Pacific countries leading the way on sugary drink taxes

When it comes to taxing sugary drinks our Pacific neighbours are leading the way.

Otago University led research on the issue found that three quarters of jurisdictions have a tax on the drinks in a bid to battle obesity and related diseases.

The research has just been published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, senior research fellow, Andrea Teng talks about what they've found out.

Bottles of soft drinks, isolated on a white background. (file photo)

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1:27 Disappointment over the final Climate Change Commission report

Ecologist Dr Mike Joy says he is disappointed in the final report released by the Climate Change commission yesterday.

The report advises the Government on how New Zealand can become carbon neutral by 2050, saying the country is currently not on track to meet this target.

Dr Mike Joy's a senior researcher at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Auckland, he talks to Wallace about where he thinks the report is lacking.

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1:35 Brokenwood Mysteries back for a seventh season

The New Zealand made television series 'Brokenwood Mysteries' has been described as this country's answer to Midsomer Murders.

It airs internationally in Australia, Italy, France, Denmark and the United States, and the seventh season of the series is launching on TVNZ 1 this Sunday..

The show's stars have much bigger followings overseas than in this country.

With me now to talk about the show is Brokenwood Mysteries creator and lead writer Tim Balme.

Neill Rea as Mike Shepherd and Fern Sutherland as Kristin Sims in Brokenwood Mysteries.

Neill Rea as Mike Shepherd and Fern Sutherland as Kristin Sims in Brokenwood Mysteries. Photo: South Pacific Pictures

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1:45 Great album: Crowded House, Dreamers Are Waiting

Today's album to give away for our link 3 winner is Dreamers Are Waiting from Crowded House. It's the band's seventh studio album just released last week. It's also their first album since 2010's Intriguer.

2:10 Music Critic: Dianne Swann

Today Dianne Swann looks at a new album from Gruff Rhys, Seeking New Gods. It's the seventh solo album from the frontman of Welsh band Super Furry Animals and Neon Neon.

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2:25 NZ Screen History: The Governor

This week for NZ Screen History we're taking a look at a cultural juggernaut from the mid 1970s, The Governor

It was the first ever series to take over $1million to make - a staggering amount of money in 1975.

It was also the first programme to generate a public inquiry!

Writer Keith Aberdein joins us from Australia to discuss the show and how it was made.

The Governor - The Reverend Traitor (Episode One)

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3:15 Solving the World's Problems with Simon Wilson

New Zealand Herald Senior writer Simon Wilson has been in attendance at a feisty meeting about the much debated future of the Ports of Auckland.

He talks to Wallace about the options being argued and the need for urgent action on what's expected to happen next.

Ports of Auckland

Photo: RNZ / Kymberlee Fernandes

3:25 History of the NZ Honours system with Dr Grant Morris

On Monday many New Zealanders received honours in the 2021 Queen's Birthday round.  Another group will receive honours on New Year's Day.  We now operate under the New Zealand honours system, but this wasn't always the case.  For most of our history since 1840 we used another system.  Today historian Dr Grant Morris explores that system and why it was changed.

Investiture of Tamati Reedy

Investiture of Tamati Reedy Photo: TeAra

3:35 Spoken Feature BBC Witness: When Israel destroyed Iraq's nuclear reactor

On 7 June 1981 Israeli fighter jets launched a surprise attack on the Osirak nuclear reactor located outside Baghdad. The French-built reactor was still under construction and there was no leakage of nuclear material, but the bombing was widely condemned internationally. Israel argued that it had effectively slowed down Saddam Hussein's nuclear programme by ten years, while the Iraqis insisted that the reactor was being built for purely scientific research. Mike Lanchin has been speaking to Dr Fadhil Muslim al Janabi, a former consultant for Iraq's nuclear agency and one of the first people to see the damaged reactor site.

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3:45 The Panel with Julia Whaipooti and Mark Knoff-Thomas