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10:20 To wear a mask or not to wear a mask?

Today the Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said he had asked his team to look at the option of "requiring all passengers to wear masks" on trans Tasman flights for the duration of the flight.

And then the Ministry of Health said "medical grade masks should be offered to passengers on international flights and they should be strongly encouraged to use these masks as a precautionary measure while on board."

Karyn speaks with epidemiologist Professor Michael Baker about the value of wearing a mask during Alert Level One whether you're on a plane or not.

Travellers with face masks at Auckland Airport international arrivals during the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak on 20/3/2020.

Photo: RNZ / Liu Chen

10:30 New Zealand's climate future 

The drought began early this year. Before January was even half-over, Auckland, Kaipara and Whangārei were already registering on the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research’s drought index.

By February six more districts had joined them, rising to a peak of 35 districts by 1 March - almost the entire North Island and large parts of Canterbury and Marlborough.

Karyn speaks with Kate Newton about her latest article Beyond reasonable drought: New Zealand's climate future.

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Photo: RNZ / Vinay Ranchhod

10:45 The Rest is History: RMS Niagra

It's Thursday night, which means it's time for The Rest History. Every week we dive into the archives to look at this week's news in the past. Tonight Karyn is joined by RNZ producer and history enthusiast  Robert Kelly to look at the sinking of the RMS Niagara in 1940. 

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Photo: (Alexander Turnbull Library, PAColl-8634)