The Sunday Session with Francesca Rudkin

The Sunday Session with Francesca Rudkin

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

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February 27, 2021 10 min
Today marks one year since New Zealand saw it's first case of Covid-19 - and the country is back in lockdown. 
Auckland is at Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand is at Level 2 - which is set to last for at least seven days. 
New Zealand's latest community case of Covid 19 declared this evening is an older sibling of a Papatoetoe High School student who was a casual plus contact.
The student has already returned three rec...
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Did you know more than a third of adults don’t get the recommended amount of daily sleep?
Whether it be struggling to go to sleep or stay asleep – it can be awfully frustrating and it wreaks havoc on our lives. A lack of sleep alters mood, energy, productivity and impacts immunity.
Bernice Tuffery struggled with insomnia for years but made it her mission to find a solution.
She's written about it in her new book, Sleep Easy, and j...
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Community leaders say they understand frustrations at Auckland's plunge into lockdown, but are calling for people to focus on crushing the latest outbreak.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said a man made a mistake by going to the gym when awaiting Covid-19 test results.
Announcing the latest lockdown last night, she voiced frustration, but urged Kiwis not to pillory the 21-year-old who allegedly breached health advice.
Papatoetoe Hi...
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A Net for Small Fishes by Lucy Jago.
Anne Turner and Frances Howard were real people who met in the Jacobean court of King James the First and were involved in one of the biggest scandals of that era. They began a friendship which both rewarded and endangered them, and their story highlights the perilous plight of women in those days who stepped out of line, and the consequences.
The 100 Years of Lenni and Margot by Marianne Cronin
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The Covid-19 Alert Level changes are like the plug being pulled on Auckland hospitality businesses.
Auckland is at Alert Level 3, with the rest of the country at Level 2, after a 21-year-man and his mother tested positive yesterday.
Restaurant Association chief executive Marisa Bidois [muh-riss-ah bid-waa] says it's a major blow for our biggest city, with Sundays usually being a busy day.
She says it's reassuring the governmen...
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Dietary supplements are all the rage, and getting our nutrients straight from a pill sounds easy, but supplements don't necessarily deliver on the promise of better health unless they are prescribed correctly at the right dose for your health.
Some supplements can even be dangerous, especially when taken in larger-than-recommended amounts.
Wellbeing expert and Golden Yogi founder Erin O'Hara joined Francesca Rudkin to discuss...
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You may have heard of the placebo effect - but have you ever come across nocebo effect.
This is where something totally harmlesscan create side effects because you have been told that it will.
One drug that is often linked to this effect is statins, which help to lower cholesterol potentially preventing heart attacks and strokes.
However, there was a rumour that they caused aches and pains so people stopped taking them.
The new researc...
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In the 30 years Melissa Trueblood has worked in production, she's seen it all -- even if she claims she doesn't have the coolest stories. But 2021 has dealt her one of her tallest orders yet: to help the Golden Globes put on, essentially, three shows in one night.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 78th Golden Globes will be unlike any other in its history. Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler and presenters will preside over th...
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Rachel House has been a key part of New Zealand’s acting scene for over 25 years, as an actress, writer, coach and director.
She’s had many great roles, ranging from Taika Waititi’s films to featuring in Disney productions Moana and Soul.
Now House is back in New Zealand with a local film – Cousins, based on the Patricia Grace novel of the same name.
She joined Francesca Rudkin to discuss her latest role as well as her acclaimed caree...
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Aucklanders are waking up this morning to alert level 3, and the rest of the country to level 2.
That means a large portion of businesses - hairdressers, gyms and cinemas, among others - will keep their doors shut and operations on hold as trading restrictions are re-implemented in the country's most populous city.
Supermarkets, dairies, petrol stations, butchers and greengrocers will remain open to shoppers as normal, while cafe...
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Scientific experts say two or three key factors specific to Auckland's latest Covid-19 cases forced the Government to impose a seven-day lockdown.
The snap move applies from 6am today and follows confirmation of two new Covid community cases.
A man, 21, known as case M, went to the GP on Friday afternoon for a Covid test - then went to the gym. His positive test result was confirmed this afternoon. It has since been confirmed the...
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Finance Minister Grant Robertson has confirmed that since the latest Covid-19 lockdown is more than seven days, business support now kicks in.
It comes after a new Covid-19 case was detected in the community yesterday afternoon.
Auckland has moved to alert level 3, while the rest of the country is at level 2 for a week from 6am today.
The latest lockdown triggers the wage subsidy scheme and that applies nationwide. This will be paid i...
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The role the Royal Family has in the 21st century has been thrust back into the spotlight this week. 
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan have made a final split with the British royal family, telling Queen Elizabeth that they will not be returning as working members of monarchy.
The statement from Buckingham Palace comes after the pair suddenly announced they were embarking on a new future, last year.
That split has now been formalised ...
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Prodigal Son by Gregg Hurwitz
The sixth entry in the Orphan X series – prefect for Jack Reacher fans looking for something new. Evan Smoak is Orphan X – taken from his orphanage as a child and taught to become a government assassin. He’s retired and now uses all those skills for doing good. One day he gets a call from someone claiming to be his mother – whom he’d never met as she sent him to the orphanage when he was a baby – and sh...
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While Napier's Art Deco Festival was officially cancelled over uncertain Covid-19 restrictions, many events plan to go ahead following the regions return to Alert Level 1.Over twenty events will go ahead this weekend at celebrated period venues such as the Mission Estate and Masonic Hotel.
Like the plot twist of an Agatha Christie whodunit – rumours of the 1930s-themed festival's demise have been grossly exaggerated.
"We ...
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In July last year, as their home country was ravaged by Covid-19, New York Times bestselling authors Judy Melinek and TJ Mitchell moved to New Zealand.
Melinek, also a leading forensic pathologist, was headhunted by a Wellington company and within two months had relocated the family to our shores.
Now the husband and wife team have a new book out, Aftershock, the second book in their detective series the Jessie Teska Mysteries.
Meline...
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It has been a stressful year for many in New Zealand thanks to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 
But there's one simple thing we can all do to calm down: breathe. 
While it may sound overly simple, Take a Breath week founder Sarah Laurie says there is a science behind breathing correctly that can help address our anxiety and stress.
She joined Francesca Rudkin to explain.
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250gm boneless, skinless chicken thighs
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
1/2 tsp salt
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp grapeseed oil
12 bamboo skewers
500g tomatoes, diced
½ shallot, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tbsp peeled and grated ginger
juice of 2 lemons
200g white sugar
1 tsp salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
100ml white wine vinegar
2 fresh chili, chopped
Instructions:
Preheat your BBQ or oven to 180*C
Cut the chciken into l...
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Since the pandemic started, many Kiwis are spending more time on screens in place of real-life meetings, filling our time with more streaming platforms.
As a result, 'computer glasses' - or blue light blocking glasses - are booming, thanks to Jennifer Lopez and Kylie Jenner promoting them while Drew Barrymore is even selling them on a premise that increased screen time is causing us to absorb more blue light from our compute...
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Streaming service Disney+ will nearly double the amount of content on their platform next month, as the House of Mouse continues its massive push into online content.
From February 23, more than 600 new movies and TV shows will be added to the service under the new Star brand.
Disney+ has so far focused on the studio's classic animation alongside the Star Wars and Marvel franchises, but most of the new content will be fro...
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