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Nikki Kaye: 'I've been through a hell of a lot with breast cancer'

9:07 am today

Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye has confirmed she's quitting politics and Amy Adams is joining her in walking out the door. Audio



Friday 17 July 2020

On today’s show



09:05 News and current affairs

09:45 Pacific correspondent Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor 

Moera talks to Lynn about the legacy of long time leader of Niue, Sir Toke Talagi who died this week.

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Toke Talagi Photo: RNZ/ Sara Vui-Talitu

10:05 Endurance: Louis Rudd's journey across Antarctica

Captain Louis Rudd knows what it's like to truly tough it out. He joined the Royal Marines at age 16, spent 25 years in the SAS and served in Northern Ireland, The Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. From a young age he was fascinated by tales from the ice and the expeditions of polar explorers like Robert Scott and Sir Ranulph Fiennes. It led him down to Antarctica several times, and on his most recent trip he undertook a 56-day, 1400km journey across the continent, becoming the second person and first Briton to do so. He's documented his grueling journey in an appropriately named book: 'Endurance'.

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Photo: Supplied

10:35 Book review - The Gospel of the Eels by Patrik Svensson

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Photo: Pan Macmillan

Bronwyn Wylie-Gibb of University Book Shop, Dunedin, reviews The Gospel of the Eels: Our Enduring Fascination with the Most Mysterious Creature in the Natural World by Patrik Svensson. Published by Pan Macmillan.

Haunting and tender exploration of the mysterious eel - and human attempts to grapple with the slippery fish. Like the eel in a dark stream, this book slides into and around your mind, glimpsed in silvery flashes, and lurks quietly.

10:45 The Reading

Nick Blake reading 'Postcard' by Latika Vasil 

11:05 Music reviewer Grant Smithies​

Whoosh The Stroppies

Whoosh The Stroppies Photo: album cover

Is The Stroppies the best band name ever? Grant Smithies reckons so, and he’ll play two tracks from the Melbourne band’s studio debut Whoosh today, alongside tracks from Birmingham electronic experimentalists Broadcast and Manchester indie dance-pop pioneers, New Order.

11:30 Sports commentator Sam Ackerman

11:45 The week that was

Our comedians Pinky Agnew and James Elliott