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Slouching isn't bad for your back, research finds

16 May 2022

Sit up straight. It's advice most of us have heard at least once. But there is no strong evidence that sitting, standing or bending incorrectly will lead to back pain says Professor Peter O'Sullivan. He talks to Jesse. Audio

Monday 16 May 2022

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1:15 Reaction to the Government's Emission Reduction Plan

A long awaited, first nation wide strategy to reduce emissions in New Zealand has been released.

Among the policies is investment to help low and middle income families buy low emission vehicles. But some other ideas floated by the Climate Change Commission have all be left as future government decisions.

Jesse talks to Newsroom's Senior political reporter, Marc Daalder about what he sees are winners and what opportunities might have been missed.

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Photo: RNZ / Angus Dreaver

1:20 The cost of dying is increasing while funeral grants have remained unchanged for 20 years

We all talk about the cost of living, spiraling out of control and the pressure it's putting on families.  But very little is said about the cost of dying.

If you have been in the unfortunate position of fare welling a loved one recently, you'll know just how costly it can be.

The Funeral Directors Associatioin says, the grants which are given to families who're struggling are just not enough, and have not been adjusted for 20 years.

Richard Fullard  the Vice President of the Funeral Directors Association talks to Jesse about the issue.

A coffin with a flower arrangement

Photo: 123rf

1:30 Derelict boats causing headaches for harbour masters around NZ

Derelict and abandoned boats have been causing problems for harbour masters all over New Zealand. With no way of tracking owners, often the cost of removing them falls to rate payers.

In Auckland, the council has taken a different approach, charging other boaties a 50 dollar per annum to clear away unwanted and un-seaworthy vessels. Auckland Harbour Master Andrew Hayton talks to Jesse about the ongoing headaches and increasing costs in dealing with the problem boats.

An abandoned boat in the Waitemata harbour

Photo: Katie Scotcher / RNZ

1:40 National Band of NZ concerts and special recordings with the NZSO

After months of planning, COVID rescheduling and intense rehearsal, one of New Zealand oldest bands is finally getting to perform in front of a sold out crowd in Upper Hutt tonight.

The National Band of New Zealand was formed in 1953, they are a collection of brass players.. who first played unbelievably at the Queens Coronation.  

Music Director of the National Band as well as Principal Trombone of the NZSO, David Bremner talks to Jesse about their concerts and upcoming collaboration with the NZSO.

National Band of New Zealand 2020, Music Director David Bremner

National Band of New Zealand 2020, Music Director David Bremner Photo: Dana Foley, used with permission

1:45 Great NZ Album: Love Over Gold

2:10 Television Critic: Emma John

This week Emma John talks to Jesse about The Staircase, Four Lives and The Thief, His Wife and a Canoe.

2:20  Australian Correspondent Brad Foster 

With just a week to go before election day in Australia, Brad Foster talks to Jesse about the latest polls, pointing to a win for the Labor Opposition Party. He's also got the latest on the sad news from the weekend about the death of former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds in a car crash.

2:30 Expert feature: Dog Grooming

Today's expert guest knows all there is to know about pampering man's best friend.

We're focusing on dog grooming today - it's an industry which has really grown in popularity in New Zealand, so much so that there's not enough groomers to go round.

JR Alcantara has been in the grooming industry for more than 30 years, and brought his expertise to Timaru when he moved to New Zealand from LA ten years ago.

And he has some tips on how to get the most out of your visit to the salon. As ever, we'll also be taking questions and feedback.

Dog grooming

Photo: Befunky

3:10 Slouching isn't bad for your back, research finds

Sit up straight. It's advice most of us have heard at least once. But there is no strong evidence that sitting, standing or bending  incorrectly will lead to back pain says Professor Peter O'Sullivan. He's a Kiwi and Professor of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Curtin University in Perth. He says it's time to turn our backs on the posture industry and follow the science that suggests sitting and slouching are not evil.

Good posture now being questioned

Good posture now being questioned Photo: creative commons - flickr - Charles Hutchins

3:35 Voices

In today’s Voices episode, Kadambari speaks to the two Kiwi- Indian women behind NZ’s wildly successful finance podcast - Girls Who Invest.

Simran Kaur​ and Sonya Gupthan host the podcast 'Girls That Invest'

Simran Kaur​ and Sonya Gupthan host the podcast 'Girls That Invest' Photo: girlsthatinvest.com

3:45 The Panel with Penny Ashton and Raj Chakraborti