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1:10 First song

1:15 Using technology to keep to a medication plan

It's estimated more than five percent of New Zealanders live with diabetes, but many people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes don't regularly take their medicine - potentially endangering themselves.

But a new study by the Counties Manukau DHB is looking at ways to use technology to help people stick to their medication plans.

Pharmacist Din Redzepagic from Zoom Pharmacy joins us to explain how.


Diabetes Photo: 123RF

1:25 New TVNZ show looking at ways to help prevent cancer

Dr Richard Babor treats many cancer patients, and inevitably he's faced with the same question: how could I have prevented this?

That question is the subject of a new TVNZ show, How Not To Get Cancer, which Dr Babor is hosting.

He joins us to talk about it.

How Not To Get Cancer

How Not To Get Cancer Photo: Screenshot/TVNZ

1:35 Smart shirts and other ways to improve forestry worker safety

Forestry is one of the most dangerous industries to work in for a variety of reasons, including the nature of the business, workplace culture, and safety regulations.

Annika Hinze is an associate professor at the University of Waikato looking to use technology to turn that around.

She joins us to explain how.

1:40 Great album

2:10 Music Critic: Simon Sweetman

Music critic, reviewer and podcaster, Simon Sweetman has been listening to Theon Cross's debut album Fiyah and Faye Webster's latest Album Atlanta Millionaires Club.

2:25 NZ Biography: Bruce Mason

Bruce Mason was widely regarded as New Zealand's best playwright, known mostly for The Pohutukawa Tree and his solo show The End of the Golden Weather which he performed throughout New Zealand nearly a thousand times. It was also made into a film by Ian Mune.

But Mason produced a huge amount of other work too and managed to fit in about a dozen careers along the way. Find the latest production of his work Zero Inn directed by John Marwick, here.

John Smythe's book, The Plays of Bruce Mason - A Survey, is more a 'works of' than a 'life of' but it includes a lot of biographical material, not least because a lot of his works were autobiographical.

Bruce Mason

Bruce Mason Photo: John Ashton

This story was produced using archival audio from Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision.

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Photo: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

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3:15 The history of NZ-Japanese relations

Dr Grant Morris from Victoria University is currently in Japan and has been exploring the history of the relations between our two nations.

NZ soldiers in Jayforce after World War II

NZ soldiers in Jayforce after World War II Photo: []

3:35 Eyewitness: The Rugby War

In Eyewitness, two decades ago rugby finally went openly professional - but not before nearly tearing itself in two. 

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

4:05 The Panel with Clare Delore and Chris Gallavin