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Karyn Hay Presents... for Monday 27 April 2020





8.10 Union worries fast food outlets may breach level 3 restrictions

The Unite Union is worried some major takeaway outlets could breach Covid-19 alert level 3 restrictions, with their plans to serve customers next week. Restaurants and cafes are allowed to open under alert level 3 from tomorrow if they can provide contactless payment, pickup and delivery, and staff can keep one metre from each other.
But Unite Union has seen training photos showing workers will have to get closer than two metres. Its national director, Mike Treen is worried staff are at risk of breaching restrictions.

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8.20 Animal encounters not offered at zoos as covid threat looms  

Close encounters with animals at zoos won't be offered for a while as the threat of covid-19 looms large around the globe. Eight big cats at the Bronx Zoo have tested positive for COVID-19. Gorilla tourism in Africa has been suspended, and sanctuaries for other apes, such as orangutans, have closed to the public.
Primates are thought to be most in danger as they share so much DNA with humans. Ben Davidson is the head vet for Orana Wildlife Park in Christchurch.

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Photo: Kim Free @ Orana Wildlife Park


8.30 The War Diaries: Anna Thomas

On the 27th, April 1918, exactly 102 years ago today, Lieutenant J. Trevor Thomas of the Wellington Regiment serving in France was captured by the German army. Trevor was wounded with a stick bomb to the face whilst on patrol at La Signy Farm, Somme and was captured. He became a POW and was interrogated by the Duke of Wurttemberg. Trevor would keep a daily diary of his experience at war. He would detail what life was really like at the front, the many heroic efforts of the ANZACs including one for which he was awarded the Military Cross.  Anna joins Karyn to talk about the grandfather who made such an impression on her life. 



9.08 Lockdown on Great Barrier Island 

As we all went into Level four, dozens of people from Whitianga to Whangarei boarded their yacht and headed out onto the Hauraki Gulf. They anchored off Great Barrier Island and proceeded to wait it out.  There was a shop on the island so they knew they could get supplies if they got stuck.  But the islanders haven’t been too pleased about the risk they posed in potentially bringing the virus to the island. Izzy Fordham, chair of the Aotea Great Barrier local board explains the locals' fears.


Great Barrier Island, looking down onto Orama's Bay.

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9.15 Life on board during Level 4

Tim Clissold is a marine architect who designs and builds boats On the 24th of March, he gave up his Auckland flat on the 25th of March, bought supplies and moved into his yacht in the marina. He left that day for the shelter of Kawau Island. Unlike the boaties moored off Great Barrier Island, he wasn’t there for the shopping or the landfill, because there is none. Tim joins Karyn from his boat, the to describe life on a boat in a pandemic.



9.40 The arts go online - A creative round-up with Lynn Freeman

Mike Chunn reveals some of the entries for the Play It Strange “Peace Song Competition”; the winning entry into a nationwide sonnet writing challenge; and the Waikato Museum calls on its online community to create a virtual exhibition using the hashtag #mywaikatomuseum. The items so far have been priceless, ranging from treasured family heirlooms to horse racing memorabilia. 




10.08 Does Covid-19 trick people into socialising just to spread the virus

Research conducted in 2010 showed flu viruses hijack the nervous systems of people when they're still asymptomatic and prompt them to go out and be sociable, just when they are most contagious. And thus infecting others. Professor, Glenn Geher from New York State University is an evolutionary behavioural scientist – a Covid-19 survivor himself, wants more research done to figure out if this happens with this virus – and why.  He tells Karyn why this is important and what mice infected with the parasite, Toxiplasma Ghandii, have in common with flu patients.


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Photo: Glenn Geher


10.30 Sounds Like Van Spirit: Marten Berger

A German sound engineer got sick of the studio and decided to set out with a converted icecream truck, recording European street musicians in a venture called Sounds Like Van Spirit. Marten Berger travelled through 25 countries over two years, recording and filming street music and has turned it into a double album. Now he's in isolation in a Berlin flat working on a documentary on the experience.



11.05 New music picks from Finn Johansson 

Karyn’s regular Friday night music guest on Lately, Finn Johansson, emerges into the daylight to surprise us with three new tracks for your Anzac Holiday listening pleasure. Artists include British folkie, Laura Marling, and Auckland’s i.e crazy aka Maggie Magee. 


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Photo: i. e. crazy


11.15 How music can help you get back your mojo 

If you’re feeling a bit stuck in a rut after five weeks trapped in one place, music therapist Kirsten Nelson may be able to help you get your mojo back. Kirsten works with children in an Iowa hospital, helping them recover from operations and cope with their pain using music to get them slowly from feeling in pain and anxious, to engaged and positive about their recovery. She has some suggestions to help anyone who is well and truly over lockdown, using music to get into the right headspace.  Find Kirsten's Spotify list here.


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11.45 Tom Sainsbury’s lockdown laughs  

Tom Sainsbury’s humour hit social media in 2017, and was an instant hit with brilliantly funny takes on a host of political characters, Paula Bennett was his first victim, but then he added Simon Bridges and Bill English. 

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Photo: Tom Sainsbury

Tom’s kept us entertained in lockdown with characters who have had Zoom calls, given themselves disastrous Lockdown haircuts, given covid swabs and been lockdown snitches. He’s very kindly made us a special edition just for this programme.