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10:20 Shifting fluoridation reponsibility to the Ministry of Health

The Government today announced that local Councils will no longer be in control of the country's water fluoridation, with Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield making the decisions from here on in. Water fluoridation is the controlled adjustment of fluoride to a public water supply to reduce tooth decay. Dr. Matthew Hobbs is a senior lecturer in Public Health at the University of Canterbury and a senior research fellow at its Geohealth laboratory.

Water tap

Water tap Photo: AFP


10:30 America's Cup - could the next series be held on the Solent?

Team UK and Sir Ben Ainslie have been confirmed as the Challenger of Record for the next America's Cup and there is speculation that the challenge may be held offshore... it's just a rumour at the moment but The Times of London reported "the fascinating idea of a one-off defence against Ben Ainslie's crew on the Solent has been mooted"   Ed Carrell is a Kiwi who has lived in the UK for 20 years -  and is here supporting INEOS Team UK and Sir Ben Ainslie. He lives near the Solent, which is the strait that separates the Isle of Wight from Great Britain. 

Ed Carrell and two friends sailing on the Solent

Ed Carrell and two friends sailing on the Solent Photo: Ed Carrell

10:45 The Rest Is History: The legacy of the cassette

Wellington songwriter William Daymond is a librarian with the Alexander Turnbull Library. Part of his job is managing and conserving the cassette tape collection. Given the death of Lou Ottens, the Dutch engineer credited with inventing the audio cassette tape, just last week, we thought we'd get William on to talk about his job, especially his work with the Flying Nun collection.

William Daymond, Librarian pictured with Flying Nun collection at The Alexander Turnbull Library.

Photo: Mark Beatty, National Library of New Zealand