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TVNZ 7 Highlights Saturday 03 April - Friday 09 April

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TVNZ 7 Highlights Saturday 03 April - Friday 09 April

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The Good Word

Saturday 3 April, 9.10pm

New Zealand's exciting television book show, The Good Word, treats viewers with its lively mix of reviews, views and stories from the world of books.

The series stars novelist Emily Perkins (in the studio) and columnist Finlay Macdonald (in the field), along with an almost all-new all-star panel.

Joining comic Te Radar, on The Good Word panel are newcomers, actor Jennifer Ward-Lealand, columnist Steve Braunias, One News presenter Miriama Kamo, journalist Gordon McLauchlan and - in what may be a worldwide book show first - the country's Chief Censor, Bill Hastings.

The Good Word is an innovative mix of both studio and documentary elements. In the studio, the award-winning Perkins leads the panel in reviewing a book of the week, then brings in a special guest to talk about his or her favourite book.

Filmed in the field each week is a visit with a real-life book club, and Macdonald's documentary series Under the Covers which, in each show, uncovers the story behind a famous New Zealand book.

Tonight, presenter Emily Perkins and panellists Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Steve Braunias and Gordon McLauchlan review book of the week, Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood. Rock musician Shayne Carter talks about his favourite book and Finlay Macdonald investigates the story behind another famous homegrown book, Michael King's History of New Zealand.

If you have missed an episode, check your guide for extra opportunities to view. Full episodes of The Good Word will also be available free online at www.tvnz.co.nz/thegoodword.

Sport on 7: The Contenders Sunday 4 April, 5.35pm Held in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July, the 2010 FIFA World Cup is one of the most wide-open tournaments in recent memory and in the lead-up weeks, The Contenders will explore why, focussing on the 32 nations who will be striving for glory.

The series examines each country's history in football's most prestigious competition, profiles their respective coaches and of course dissects the players who will ultimately be entrusted with the hopes of millions of fans around the globe.

The Contenders also analyses the group stage matches and summarises the venues playing host to the event.

Take a closer look at competing nation's teams including the New Zealand team, The All Whites. By defeating Bahrain 1-0 at home in the second leg of their playoff, New Zealand qualified for our second World Cup. The All Whites' only previous appearance came in 1982, going out in the first round after three losses.

Captain Ryan Nelsen, a defender for English Premier League side Blackburn Rovers, leads the four-time Oceania champions into battle, in a tough group also containing Italy, Paraguay and Slovakia.

WORLD'S BEST:

Unreported World - Philippines Dirty War

Tuesday 6 April, 7.35pm

This episode of TVNZ 7's Unreported World travels to the Philippines where a war over control of the country's resources is raging between rich and poor.

The journey begins in the remote northern highlands, in the camp of some of the Marxist rebels who have waged a 40-year civil war for a Communist state. Their leader claims that left wing leaders are being routinely eliminated by the state security services, and that armed resistance is the only option. Many in the camp seem to be just teenagers and the team watch as new recruits are put through weapons training.

The chief of a nearby village tells of how when the village protested against an international company exploring for gold, the army arrived with a list of groups alleged to be fronts for terrorist rebels and threatened local leaders. The list included the anti-mining groups and other organisations working for the peasants.

Moving on to the capital Manila, the team meets Ghay Portajada who helps the families of those who have disappeared. She claims that since 2001, 193 people have disappeared and more than 900 social activists have been assassinated.

According to one ex-Army Corporal, there exists a special group within the military who specifically target civilians, suspected left wing people and human rights workers. He claims they have a safe house inside a military camp where they bring detainees to interrogate and torture them. War in the Pacific:

War Dogs of the Pacific Friday 9 April, 7.10pm Directed by award-winning filmmaker Harris Done, War Dogs Of The Pacific tells the incredible story of the marine war dog platoons of World War II.

In 1942 in the Pacific, deadly ambushes by entrenched Japanese soldiers in the thick jungles took a heavy toll on American troops. Marine commanders were willing to try anything, including using dogs to sniff out the hidden enemy. But even with their superior senses, nobody anticipated just how effective they would be.

War Dogs Of The Pacific tells the incredible story of the marine dog platoons of World War II. It's a heart-warming exploration of the unique bond that formed between the young marines and their dogs. They teamed up to perform dangerous missions, but their success at finding the hidden enemy saved countless lives in the Pacific. These dogs earned the title, 'man's best friend.'

Filled with tales of devotion, bravery and sacrifice, the story is told by the dog handlers themselves and follows the men and their dogs through training and into combat, from the invasion of Guam to operations on Saipan, Okinawa and Iwo Jima. The documentary is filled with exciting historical footage and many never before seen photos.

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