The Sunday Session with Andrew Dickens

The Sunday Session with Andrew Dickens

News, opinion, analysis, lifestyle and entertainment – we’ve got your Sunday morning listening covered on Newstalk ZB with Andrew Dickens.... Show More

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The Sunday Session's resident travel blogger Megan Singleton joined Andrew Dickens live from China today, as she continues her week long stay in Beijing.  She shares her top tips on what to do in the city, and shares her difficulties of trying to listen to the rugby from the other side of the world.  LISTEN ABOVE

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October 19, 2019 4 min

Me by Elton John – his memoir, in his own words and I just loved it. He takes a really wry look back at his life – the childhood, the talent, meeting Bernie, the clothes, tours, money, men, Bernie Reid, the drugs, the tantrums, other celebrities, and of course David Furnish and the kids. It’s really great. The Guardians by John Grisham. A young white lawyer is murdered in mysterious circumstances and a black guy (of course) put awa... Read more

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Two years down, one to go - how will the Coalition Government look heading into next election? The two year anniversary of the government forming has coincided with the NZ First annual conference, and whether the coalition partner will make it into the 2020 has been under the spotlight. Winston Peters has sought to carve his out a different part for his party, speaking with gun owners about the legislation and hitting out at Mediaw... Read more

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The bond with our dogs can be like no other. In a new book, How to Walk a Dog, that connection with our dogs is looked at, the highs and lows, joy and heartache of dog ownership, right from naming them to saying goodbye. And it’s all set in the back drop of Wellington’s dog parks. The book comes from investigative crime and justice journalist, Mike White. He joined Andrew Dickens to discuss taking a break from his usual work and wh... Read more

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In 1996, Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet became a smash hit, launching stars Claire Danes and Leonardo di Caprio to super-stardom and ushering in a new era of modern reimaginings of classic works. But perhaps what it will be best be remembered for is its soundtrack. The album went number one in New Zealand thanks to tracks like Young Hearts Run Free and #1 crush. Now some of our best and brightest musical stars are uniting fo... Read more

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Need an excellent reason to add a dog to your life? How about living longer? "Our analysis found having a dog is actually protective against dying of any cause," said Mount Sinai endocrinologist Dr. Caroline Kramer, lead author of a new systematic review of nearly 70 years of global research published Tuesday in "Circulation," a journal of the American Heart Association. The review of the health benefits of man'... Read more

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The busted knee of a Hollywood heartthrob has dashed initial plans to film a live-action Netflix remake of a hit anime series in Auckland. It was revealed last month the streaming giant would film Cowboy Bebop, starting John Cho and employing more than 400 people, in and around the city until December. Cho and his co-stars had been spotted around Auckland before Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) chief execut... Read more

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Winston Peters has begun his run to the election swinging in all directions. The New Zealand First leader's opening speech at his party's annual convention in Christchurch was a call to action for 2020. But, it was laden with attacks against the ailing MediaWorks, the National Party and his Coalition partners' policies. NZ Herald political reporter Boris Jancic told Andrew Dickens today, the party will announce its new ... Read more

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A defiant Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Saturday that he would resist attempts to delay Britain's departure from the European Union beyond the end of the month, though he appeared to have no choice but to seek an extension after Parliament postponed a decision on whether to back his Brexit deal. Johnson said he still aimed to meet the Oct. 31 deadline and would tell EU leaders that delaying Brexit is a bad idea. The bloc sa... Read more

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We have a guest on the show today who's written a lovely book called “How To Walk A Dog”. It's about dogs. New Zealand dogs. It's about playing with dogs, it's about the people we meet through dogs, it's about working with dogs. It's a funny and affectionate and heart-breaking book about dogs and the human pets they keep. It's written by a guy from Wellington called Mike White. Turns out that Mike is qui... Read more

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The All Blacks' youthful attacking group, who are mentored by a coach in Ian Foster that Steve Hansen believes is at the top of his game, ripped the Irish to shreds in their quarter-final here in Tokyo but most of the credit has been handed to the black pack for allowing them to do so. The Irish, the No 1 team in the world earlier in the year and backed by a noisy, exuberant support, had no answer and their search for a World C... Read more

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240 days, almost 11 thousand kilometres and apparently 4.81 million-wheel revolutions. That’s what it takes to circumnavigate New Zealand on a bike, a feat that Dunc Wilson achieved in August 2015 - making him the first person to ever travel right around the coast of New Zealand on a bicycle. His only rule on his cycling adventure: cycle the closest available route to the coastline. Dunc has documented his journey in a book – The B... Read more

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Being a New Zealand based travel blogger, long haul flights are hard to avoid – unless you only want to visit Australia or a Pacific island. So given that we’re usually 10-12 hours from anywhere (or 17 hours if you want to fly Qatar Airways via Doha!), then make that more like 24+ hours door to door from Europe, here are my tried and true, never fail, essential items that I take to handle a long haul flight like a boss. Long ha... Read more

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October 12, 2019 10 min

1News political reporter Katie Bradford and political commentator Ben Thomas discuss the weekend's local body elections with Andrew Dickens. LISTEN TO THE AUDIO ABOVE

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High heels - women (and some men) love them, but we all know they can be painful on our feet.  What we probably don't realise is that when we wear high heels, they force our posture to change and we push out our butt.  Now this is a good thing if you want to look like Kim Kardashian as you walk, however it also changes the length of our muscles over time which can put them out of balance and results in long term back pain. Stan... Read more

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Chris Schulz talks to Andrew Dickens about Breaking Bad movie El Camino, Stephan Colbert's visit to New Zealand and the end of Succession, the best TV show of the year. LISTEN TO THE AUDIO ABOVE

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Forty years ago, a young South Auckland singer called Tina Cross took out one of the most revered pop music titles of the time - The Pacific Song Contest. The winning song – Nothing But Dreams - written by long-time collaborator Carl Doy launched the talented teenager into the spotlight. The duo will celebrate the legacy of their victory in two concerts in Auckland and Wellington this month. Tina Cross talks to Andrew Dickens about... Read more

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October 12, 2019 4 min

It's a staple in Korean cuisine, dating back to an amazing 37 BC when fermented foods were widely available. It is used on the side of most dishes to lift the flavour and add a little bit of spice. It comes with an all-star nutritional scorecard and some 1.85 million metric tones is consumed in South Korea, nearly 40 kg per person! We are talking about Kimchi.  Spicy fermented cabbage. Slightly sour, spicy and umami flavour. I ... Read more

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Businessman Tenby Powell is the new Mayor of Tauranga. In a stunning upset, the businessman has been elected mayor of the city where he grew up, despite having only moved back from Auckland in May. Tim Shadbolt is back as Mayor of Invercargill. He tried his best not to be elected. He really did. He went on holiday for the last week of campaigning and faffed about beforehand. But proof that when it comes to local body elections, it&... Read more

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Two-term councillor Aaron Hawkins is Dunedin’s new mayor. He defeated his main rival, four-term councillor Lee Vandervis, with a very interesting twist. He talks to Andrew Dickens. LISTEN TO THE AUDIO ABOVE

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