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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March 6, 2021 11 min
As Auckland moves out of Alert Level 3, many in the city are hoping to not find themselves in that position again - while counting themselves lucky it was only a week. 
Auckland moved down to Level 2 this morning, and the rest of the country down to Level 1, after a week at higher alert levels due to the threat of Covid-19 exposure at various locations due to a positive case being out in the community instead of self-isolating. 
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Bridgerton: The Duke and I by Julia Quinn
The first book in the Regency-era romance series behind the hit Netflix TV show.Knock Knock by Anders Roslun
It’s set seventeen years after a young girl survives a family shooting and is placed under witness protection, but now it seems the killers are back. There’s a break-in at the apartment where the original crime occurred and Inspector Ewert Grens is terrified that the killers are coming...
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Alert level changes may have forced many to cancel plans for holidays or weekends away last minute, people are still being urged to commit to their plans.
Travel blogger Megan Singleton joined Francesca Rudkin to discuss the ramifications of the latest lockdown but also why its important to still focus on travel. 
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After another week of level 3 in Auckland, the country is once again reminded of how devastating Covid-19 and lockdowns can be for businesses.
But in a time of despair for many, it was a time of pivoting and a time where entrepreneurial spirit shone.
And it’s the focus of a new book written by two men who were very much part of the pivoting themselves. They are businessman, author and manager at NZTE David Downs and CEO of Nanogirl L...
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This week on March 4th, it was World Obesity Day, which aims to address the causes of obesity and how to medically treat.
It is one of the world's fastest-growing diseases, but many still think of it as being the result of eating too much and not exercising enough - when in reality, there are a number of genetic, behavioural, metabolic and hormonal influences on body weight.
Wellbeing expert Erin O'Hara joined Francesca Rudki...
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Mikes Creamed Corn on Oat bread rolls
6 x fresh corn 2 tbsp unsalted butter 2 tbsp creme fraiche salt and pepper
Rolls 400ml warm water 2 tsp dried yeast 2 tsp brown sugar 100g wholemeal flour 500g strong flour 1 tbsp Himalayan salt 2 tbs oil 1 egg 1 tbsp milk2 tbsp oats to garnish
Ensure your corn is peeled well and remove any treads from the cob. Using a coarse grater grate the corn from the husk. I would put the corn and grater int...
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Everyone around the world has learnt about social distancing over the past year - but some animals have been doing this naturally for years.
New research published in the journal Science has highlighted some of the many non-human species that already practice social distancing to stop the spread of bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections.
And, just like with humans in the last year, these animals do it to avoid getting sick.
Nanog...
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In 2017 Julie Zarifeh suffered the most unimaginable loss.
That November, Julie lost her husband Paul to pancreatic cancer. 16 days later her eldest son, 27-year-old son Sam, was killed in a white water rafting accident on the West Coast’s Landsborough River.
As a clinical psychologist, Julie knew she needed to face her grief head-on by embracing the notion of active grieving.
It began a journey which has taken her cycling around Sri ...
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"Bugger it" were the Prime Minister's first thoughts when she was jolted awake by an earthquake on the same day she would decide whether Auckland's Covid outbreak was contained and the city could come out of lockdown.
Ardern felt the 7.1 east coast quake which rattled many New Zealanders awake at 2.27am on Friday. She texted Emergency Management Minister Kiri Allan at 2.29am.
It sparked an eventful 14 hours in New Zea...
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The timing couldn't be worse for Harry and Meghan.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will finally get the chance to tell the story behind their departure from royal duties directly to the public on Sunday, when their two-hour interview with Oprah Winfrey is broadcast.
But back home in Britain, events have conspired to overshadow the tale of a prince and his American bride. On top of the pandemic and record economic slump, Prince Phi...
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Auckland's latest community Covid cluster appears to have been brought under control.
The city is officially out of lockdown -- with the Auckland region now in Level Two and the rest of the country moving back to Level One.
No new community cases have been reported overnight -- meaning the city has gone six straight days without further cases.
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins told Francesca Rudkin the situation is looking ...
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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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