7:12 Ice, Ice, Maybe.

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Photo: NIWA (Supplied)

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NIWA (The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research) research vessel Tangaroa is in Antarctica on a six-week voyage conducting scientific research based around the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area. 

One of the surprising things about this particular voyage is the lack of ice.

We speak to Dr Dave Bowden, who is voyage leader for the expedition live on the bridge of Tangaroa.

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Photo: Pippa Low NIWA (supplied)

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Photo: David Bowden

7:35 Upbeat

From Scratch

From Scratch Photo: Siobhan Waterhouse

The Auckland Arts Festival doesn't really start until next Thursday, but one of its exhibitions opens tomorrow at Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery in Titirangi. It's called "546 Moons" and its subject is the percussion ensemble From Scratch. Upbeat's Auckland producer Tim Dodd went to the gallery earlier this week.

8:10 Night Mail

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8:15 Dateline Pacific

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RNZ Pacific's daily current affairs programme covering the major Pacific stories of the week, with background and reaction from the people making the news.

8:30 Window on the World

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Lyse Doucet meets the redoubtable Shukria Barakzai, Afghanistan's ambassador to Norway. Shukria was appointed a member of the 2003 loya jirga, a body of representatives from all over Afghanistan that was nominated to discuss and pass the new constitution after the fall of the Taliban. In the October 2004 elections she was elected as a member of the House of the People or Wolesi Jirga, the lower house of the National Assembly of Afghanistan. She was one of only a handful of female MPs to speak up for women's rights, and faced death threats for her views. In November 2014 she was injured in a suicide attack on a convoy in which she was travelling in Kabul.

9:10 Nights Sport

Manawatu based journalist, Peter Lampp is seeing red about yellow cards in super rugby.

Referee Nigel Owens gives Quade Cooper a yellow card, Auckland, 2015.

Referee Nigel Owens gives Quade Cooper a yellow card, Auckland, 2015. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

9:30 Insight

This week, on Insight, RNZ reporter Emile Donovan explores why it's so difficult for tens of thousands of young New Zealanders to get into work and training.

10:17 Lately

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Lately with Karyn Hay is a late night radio show on RNZ National, with an eye on live events, an ear for music, a great sense of humour and a genuine interest in people and their stories.

11:07 Nashville Babylon

Frazey Ford

Frazey Ford Photo: Publicity image from music company

On this week's show Mark spins discs from Frazey Ford, Jimmie Vaughn and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, plays a western fave by Tex Ritter and drops an extended horn driven take on the classic St James Infirmary Blues courtesy of the Hot 8 Brass Band.

Hot 8 Brass Band

Hot 8 Brass Band Photo: Stan Alley