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10:20 Ten year commemoration of the Pike River disaster

Today marked ten years since the Pike River mine on the West Coast exploded, killing 29 men who were working underground.  There was a service at Parliament this afternoon, where the last communication to come out of the mine was played. Sonya Rockhouse tells Karyn Hay how she felt about the Prime Minister's address today and what progress has been made at Pike River Mine.

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10:30 Tackling freedom camping and toilets

Karyn continues her conversations about freedom camping.  We spoke to the new Tourism Minister Stuart Nash last night who says once borders re-open he wants New Zealand to focus on wealthy tourists, and ban those hiring vans without toilets. Chris Roberts from Tourism Industry Aotearoa is part of a Ministerial Group for Responsible Camping which has been working on solutions to the freedom camping problem.

The Marlborough District Council is looking at banning non-self-contained vehicles from its freedom camping sites.

The Marlborough District Council is looking at banning non-self-contained vehicles from its freedom camping sites. Photo: LDR / Chloe Ranford

 

10:45 The Rest is History 

This week marks 99 years since New Zealand's first radio broadcast - which happened on November 17, 1921. 

It came from Dunedin, and was made by University of Otago physics professor Robert Jack. 

Peter Downes is a former broadcaster, and historian. 

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