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10:20 Food insecurity after floods in Tairāwhiti 

The Government's giving the Mayoral Relief Fund a cash injection to support communities hardest hit by severe weather in Tairāwhiti. The Minister for Emergency Management Kiri Allan says the one hundred seventy-five thousand dollars will support Tairāwhiti to bounce back. Produce growers in the Eastern region ravaged by heavy rain storms this week are warning there'll be slim pickings this weekend for those wanting leafy greens to eat. Severe weather has cut Gisborne off from the rest of the country - heavy flooding and washouts forcing the closure of state highways and other roads.

LeaderBrand is one of the largest growers of produce in the country, it grows spinach, salad leaves, broccoli, lettuce and corn - its CEO Richard Burke joins Karyn from Gisborne. 

Flooding on the Poverty Bay Flats

Photo: Tairāwhiti Civil Defence

10:30 Call for school streaming to be scrapped 

Streaming of students in New Zealand schools has been common, but calls are growing for it to be tossed out. The ministry of education is already looking at "moving away" from streaming in the face of strong criticism. New research by Māori Futures Collective Tokona Te Raki says it needs to be removed entirely as it disadvantages Māori and increases "learners' sense of low self-worth and low self-esteem. 

Hinepounamu Apanui-Barr is a Rangatahi Researcher at Tokona te Raki: Māori Futures Collective. 

View of large exam room hall and examination desks tables lined up in rows ready for students at a high school to come and sit their exams tests papers.

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10:35 Tongue tied for concentration 

Do you poke your tongue out when you're concentrating? If so you're not alone. And it turns out there is a very old reason for it. Comparative cognitive neuroscientist and Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Dr Gillian Forrester joins Karyn to discuss. 

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10:45 Archaeological dig turns up treasures 

An archaeological dig in Ōtautahi Christchurch has drawn back a veil of the business life of the city in the 19th century. Archaeologists are flat tack in New Zealand at the moment as new developments and building break ground, and Christchurch is no exception. This dig in downtown Christchurch was done by Underground Overground Archaeology. Karyn speaks to their artefact specialist Clara Watson.

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Photo: Underground Overground Archaeology