1:00 COVID update live

During the current community outbreak of delta variant of COVID-19, each day there is an update from the government and public health officers. We will take that live from around 1pm when the press conference begins.

1:20 Hayfever monitoring not good enough

Hayfever sufferers are being left in the dark about when to expect their symptoms to become worse because of the system being used in New Zealand to monitor pollen.

Professor Rewi Newnham at the School of Geography at Victoria University has been looking into the issue. He talks to Jesse about his concerns.

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1:30 Virtual vet appointments launched to look after pets during lockdown

The latest lockdown has spurred a Massey University Veterinary Science lecturer into creating an online clinic to make sure pet care doesn't suffer.

Robert Sawicki says there's a general problem with people getting into see a vet with a current veterinary shortage, so he's created a telemedicine portal where provide non-emergency vet care. He talks to Jesse about why it will become an important tool even after lockdown.

Veterinarian doctor is making a check up of a cute beautiful cat.

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1:40 Awhi Shed feeding families throughout lockdown 

An initiative to help more vulnerable families in their community during lockdown has been inundated with donations and has managed to help up to 200 families.

The Awhi Shed started out as providing food but has turned into a larger project including getting solar showers to homeless people.

Tuafono Teio talks to Jesse about why they have started this initiative and how many people have come on board to help.

If you'd like to support Tua and the Awhi Shed, you can get in touch or send them some awhi at awhi.shed@gmail.com or Awhi Shed: 03-1503-0014345-002.

Awhi Shed food parcel

Awhi Shed food parcel Photo: Awhi Shed

1:50 Dancer opens her green grocery store on the first day of alert level 4!

A dancer who decided Kingsland was missing a green grocery store opened the doors of her business on day one of the alert level four!

Tui Hofmann talks to Jesse about giving up her dancing career for a green grocery store and how she has coped under level four restrictions.

Tui Hofmann outside her shop The Nest

Tui Hofmann outside her shop The Nest Photo: http://thenest.co.nz/

2:10 Book Critic: Anna Rankin

Today Anna reviews a book by Jacqueline Rose called On Violence and On Violence Against Women. It's been described as an insightful, provocative study of violence against women from the peerless feminist critic.

2:20 Classical music with Maria Mo

For today's music feature we're going classical with pianist Maria Mo.

Maria has performed in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and across Europe.

She is about to complete her doctor of musical arts degree at the University of Waikato.

She's curated a playlist for us of music that knocked her off her feet the first time she heard it!

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3:10 Misdiagnosed in a Man-Made World

Dr Elinor Cleghorn not only studies history, she lives it. For years she suffered in pain, and that pain was undiagnosed, even dismissed, like countless women before her going back 2000 years. She traces the roots of medical sexism and connects the struggle for suffrage with suffering and misunderstanding of women's bodies  in her new book. Unwell Women: Misdiagnosis and Myth  a Man-Made World

3:30 Spoken Feature: BBC witness history

In an effort to tackle climate change many car manufacturers are beginning to switch to making electric cars.  But the first mass-produced modern electric car was made by General Motors a quarter of a century  ago.  It was called the EV1 and was launched in 1996. Viv Jones hears from one of its creators, the research engineer Wally Rippel, about why it was scrapped after just a few years on the market.

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3:45 The Panel with Nuwanthi Sumarakone and Raybon Kan