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10:20 New laws proposed for sexual violence cases 

The government wants to change the law  so that victims in sexual violence cases may not have to appear in a court room at all.

Under the changes, victims would have the right to choose whether they give their evidence in the witness box or by audio-visual link, or pre-recorded video, and Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Justice Minister, Jan Logie, says lawyers would be restricted from asking unnecessary and distressing questions.

HELP has been Auckland's specialist provider of sexual abuse support services since 1982 and its Executive Director Kathryn McPhillips joins us to talk about the impact of these changes. 

Parliamentary Undersecretary to the Justice Minister Jan Logie.

Parliamentary Undersecretary to the Justice Minister Jan Logie. Photo: RNZ / Sarah Robson

10:30 Waitomo Gas launches in Wellington 

Wellington motorists have been lining up  to fill up their tanks at the capital's newest petrol station.The Hamilton-based Waitomo group opened a new station in Thorndon today, and for the next 48 hours unleaded 91 will be selling for $1.86 a litre, more than 30 cents less than the average price in town. 

The Commerce Commission is looking at whether petrol companies are inflating prices in areas to subsidise charging lower prices elsewhere, and previous studies have shown that an obvious driver is the presence of cut-price retailers in some regions driving down the pump price. Karyn asks Waitomo's Jimmy Ormsby if he's comfortable being called a cut-price retailer?

Jimmy Ormsby, managing director - Waitomo

Jimmy Ormsby, managing director - Waitomo Photo: Peter Drury

10:45 Lately Book Club: Catherine Woulfe 

Winter of Fire cover

Winter of Fire cover Photo: Scholastic

It's time for Lately Book Club where every fortnight we go exploring in the world of literature and invite you to come along. 

Tonight we're looking at a hidden gem of New Zealand Young adult fiction which has been a sleeper hit for 25 years and is now finally being re-released. The book is Winter of Fire by Sherryl Jordan and I'm joined on the line by Sherryl Jordan superfan and Books editor at The Spinoff Catherine Woulfe to explain why it's such a big deal.