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10:20 More than a million New Zealand voters have voted already

This past weekend more than 450,000 voters filed advance votes around the country a week ahead of the General Election.

The Electoral Commission says it's an unprecendented figure and added to the 100-thousand votes filed each day since October 3rd.

Karyn speaks with political commentator, Bryce Edwards, about what advance voting means and how it compares with past elections.

Dr Bryce Edwards

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10:30 London Calling: our weekly catch up with the BBC World Service

Peter Ross from the BBC World Service talks about Covid 19 numbers spiking over Europe and the real threat of a 2nd national lockdown in the UK.  The World Health Organisation is due to hold a media conference on the latest developments overnight.

He also talks about anti government protests in Thailand and the ratification of an historic peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates

A sign tells passengers to 'wear a face covering' at Waterloo train station in central London during the Covid-19 pandemic

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10:45 Wētā feasting on Marlborough Grape vines

When wētā expert, Professor Steve Trewick got a call from a Awatere Valley wine grower about wētā munching on vines, he was intrigued.

So he went to Marlborough to check for himself - and made some exciting discoveries about what he has dubbed, the wine wētā,

He says it is very rare in New Zealand to find a native animal population that is influenced positively by human activity, which is why the wine wētā discovery is so significant.