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Anna Whyte


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Radio New Zealand
RWC: A history of gaffes and blunders

As the Rugby World Cup kicks off this weekend Anna Whyte looks at some of the odder and more amusing off-field stories to have emerged to become part of World Cup folklore.

One News Now
'The road is buggered' - slips isolate Hawke's Bay community

A large slip has isolated a community in rural Hawke's Bay, after days of heavy rain in the region. Source: Supplied Garth McVicar, whose farm is accessed by the damaged McVicar Rd - which comes off the Napier-Taupo Rd - said that the slip was the result of a blocked culvert.

Queen Margaret qualify for Federation Cup

Queen Margaret College went through hail and back in Invercargill to win promotioninto the premier division of secondary schools hockey for 2016. Queen Margaret College played spectacularly in the third-tier Audrey Timlin Memorial Cup, winning every game and having only two goals scored against them.

Tutoring behind bars

Prison is not where Jenny Clark thought she would end up when she retired, but now her Tuesdays are spent behind bars at Rimutaka men's prison. Instead of serving time, she serves up a dose of literacy to a keen inmate.

Pole dancing for therapy

Pole dancing wouldn't be everyone's idea of therapy, but it works for scoliosis sufferer Rhiannon Davies. The 37-year-old has had idiopathic scoliosis - a condition that twists the spine as it grows - since her early teens, and once had to spend 11 months in a full body brace.

Nuts about peanut butter

Wellington business Fix and Fogg have turned peanuts into a placing in the New Zealand Food Award finals - all thanks to a peanut obsession and a New Years resolution. Representing Wellington's exclusive peanut butter scene, Fix and Fogg founders Roman and Andrea Jewell took their jars of Smoke and Fire peanut butter up to Auckland for the awards.

Rough ride for Adams at violence meeting

The upset and division caused by family violence, and the difficulty of dealing with it, was evident at a public meeting in Lower Hutt last Monday. Justice Minister Amy Adams spoke about a discussion document she launched in August, which looks at the way the law prevents and responds to domestic violence, and proposes changes.

The Wireless
Review: The White Guitar

Anna Whyte reviews The White Guitar, the new play from Christchurch rapper Scribe, his dad and his brother. The last place I expected to see a "feat. Scribe" subtitle was in a play in downtown Wellington. Reminiscing of my youth where Scribe dominated the charts, it was strange feeling to see him, his brother and his father sitting before me speaking Samoan.