After 3pm we will discuss Manawatu by Craig Cliff and we will be giving away a copy of Craig's novel The Mannequin Makers

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1:10 First song

1:15 Tensions ahead of Tonga vs Samoa rugby league match

What's being touted as the biggest game yet at the Rugby League World cup is this weekend - it's Tonga vs Samoa.

But the rivalry between the two teams has led to chaos in the buildup to the game.

There's been a flag burning, four arrests for fighting and some minor property damage around South Auckland.

There's been multiple calls for calm, including the Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, who's told the raucous fans to join David Tua's boxing gym if they want to throw punches around.

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Photo: RNZ / Cole Eastham-Farrelly

1:25 Te Awa cycle bridge opens

The gold medal winning cyclist Sarah Ulmer is campaigning for more cycling routes across the country.

Later today the Te Awa cycle bridge will open - it's the longest suspended cycle bridge in the country.

Sarah Ulmer helped get that project over the line, alongside the Te Awa Trust.

Te Awa Cycle Bridge

Te Awa Cycle Bridge Photo: supplied

1:35 Stuart Julian invented an avalanche breathing device

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Photo: Stuart Julian

Stuart Julian has designed an emergency breathing device that could keep you alive in an avalanche.

He designed the device after a friend died at Whistler in Canada when he fell into in a snow-filled hole around a tree.

The invention has garnered Stuart an AMP National Scholarship to take the design to the manufacturing stage.

1:40 Great album

2:10 Roger Hall on NZ Theatre Month

Playwright Roger Hall recently announced plans to hold a New Zealand Theatre Month next year...  to celebrate the role and importance of theatre everywhere, from the grandest theatres, to basements and buses.

Anyone wanting more info on NZ Theatre month can email

2:20 Your Money with Mary Holm

What's the right type of mortgage for you? Personal Finance expert Mary Holm talks fixed, floating, revolving, long term, short term and all the other options.

Mary Holm

Photo: RNZ / Cole Eastham-Farrelly

3:10 Short Story Club 

Today we talk about Manawatu by Craig Cliff and we will be giving away a copy of Craig's novel The Mannequin Makers.

Email us your thoughts!

Next week's story is Still Here by Anna Taylor

Mikela Dennison

Mikela Dennison Photo: David James Photography (copyright)

3:25 Tell me about your thesis

Today Mikela Dennison is with us from Blenheim to tell us about her thesis looking at why Public Relations gets such a bad reputation.

It's titled An analysis of public relations discourse and its representations in popular culture.

Mikela completed it at AUT in 2012.

3:30 BBC Witness

3:45 The Pre-Panel Story of the Day and One Quick Question

4:05 The Panel with Rob Hosking and Michele A'Court