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1:17 Certifying homes as energy efficient, researchers recommendation

Researchers have found that New Zealand is lagging behind a number of other countries when it comes to certifying homes for energy performance.

Given the increased load on our electricity grid this week causing black outs due to colder weather, keeping homes warm efficiently might be a way to avoid the same problems in the future. 

Jesse speaks to researcher Hlen Viggers from Otago University's Department of Public health about the difference energy efficiency could make to both homes and the environment.


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1:27 Unqualified online storm chasers causing problems for farmers

Online storm chasers are bearing the brunt of anger from farmers in mid-Canterbury who say they are over-hyping weather conditions causing unnecessary stress on farming communities.

There are a number of unofficial forecasters online who have been posting about severe conditions and expectations that do not align with the weather that follows.

Mid-Canterbury federated farmers president David Clark talks to Jesse about about how the online unqualified so called storm chasers are causing headaches.

Deer covered in snow just out of Waiouru

Deer covered in snow just out of Waiouru Photo: Twitter / @mpdotn

1:37 Timber shortage frustrating builders

A shortage of timber for house building is causing stress for builders - we speak to Greytown builder Jeremy Long who says it's not just timber in short supply - he has ordered some cladding for a new build and has been told it won't arrive until March next year.

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1:55 Afternoons Quiz Robert Kelly

RNZ producer and onetime bookseller Robert Kelly presents his weekly quiz.


2.12 Podcast Critic: Molly Jones

This week Molly Jones talks about the ABC podcast Ladies, We Need To Talk. Ladies, We Need To Talk" dives headfirst into the tricky topics we often avoid talking about, like our alcohol consumption, the struggles of monogamy and the wonders of our vaginas. It's hosted by Yumi Stynes.

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2:25 Bookmarks with Gavin Correia

For Bookmarks this week we speak to Auckland musician Gavin Correia from musical duo The Jupiter Project! Gavin has become one of the country's most prolific songwriters having penned a number of Top 10 hits with over 100 million streams globally. He talks about ditching a law degree to play music and what he watches, reads and listens to in his downtime.

Gavin Correia

Gavin Correia Photo: Auckland University

3:10 Amanda Knox fighting back against new film about her

Amanda Knox knows what it's like to feel totally powerless. 14 years ago she was  wrongfully convicted by an Italian court for murdering her roommate. Now she says her identity and story is being exploited for a new film starring Matt Damon,  and nobody bothered to ask her about it. Amanda Knox  shares her frustration about the movie and why she's fighting back. 

Amanda Knox in 2011 after her exoneration

Amanda Knox in 2011 after her exoneration Photo: Oli Scarff / Getty Images

3:35 Stories from Our Changing World

This week Our Changing World heads into the field to catch up with Doug Armstrong and Zoe Stone of Massey University at the Turitea reserve.

40 toutouwai or North Island robins have been re-introduced to this forest near Palmerston North. Claire finds out how radio transmitters and receivers are used to monitor the birds’ movements, and how researchers hope that the information gathered will help with the wider goal of ‘More birds in the bush’.  

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3:45 The Panel with Leonie Freeman and Peter Fa'afiu