09:05 Synthetic cannabis

There is mounting concern about synthetic cannabis after Kronic Pineapple Express ordered off the shelves. Leo Schep, Toxicologist at the National Poisons Centre; and Peter Dunne, Associate Health Minister.


09:20 Children of the Forest

Daniel Hopson from Manchester founded the Children of the Forest Foundation near the Thai-Burmese border - they provide a protection and education centre for stateless children affected by child trafficking between Burma and Thailand. New Zealander Mark Curragh is the foundation's manager and operations director.


09:30 Wayne Seyb

Christchurch artist who has been documenting some of Christchurch's most treasured buildings and streetscapes on canvas before they are gone forever.

Wayne Seyb gallery

Street scene, Christchurch by Wayne Seyb

Street scene, Christchurch, by Wayne Seyb

His exhibition is Wayne Seyb:  new paintings Heritage Christchurch's treasured history, painted in the moment is open from Monday 4 July at 6pm to to 31 July, open daily, at Grove Mill Winery, 13 Waihopai Valley Road, Renwick, Marlborough.

09:45 Asia correspondent Phil O'Sullivan 

Thailand's general election and the Chinese Communist Party celebrates its 90th birthday.

10:05 Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall SmithThe Scottish author of No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Alexander McCall Smith. The award-winning writer's latest book is The Importance of Being Seven, which is from the series of the Scotland Street novels, first published as a serial novel in The Scotsman newspaper. He is also an amateur bassoonist and co-founder of the Really Terrible Orchestra.

The Importance of Being Seven
Published by Abacus


10:30 Children's Book Review with Doris Mousdale

  • Unfortunately by Alan Durant and Simon Rickerty published by Orchard distributed by Harper Collins
  • Warriors Into the Wild by Erin Hunter published by Harper Collins
  • A Golden Web by Barbara Quick published by Harper Collins.

10:45 Reading: Dead People's Music by Sarah Laing (part 10 of 15)

The lives of two talented cellists, Klara from 1930s New York, and Rebecca her New Zealand born granddaughter, entwine and enthral.

Listen again to this reading.

11:05 New Music with Chris Bourke

Chris discusses three young English singers with fresh takes on folk, country and blues: Eliza Carthy, Eilen Jewell and Thea Gilmore.

  • Artist: Eliza Carthy
  • Album: Neptune
  • Song: War
  • Composer: Eliza Carthy
  • Label: Hem Hem


  • Artist: Thea Gilmore
  • Album: John Wesley Harding
  • Song: Down Along the Cove
  • Composer: Bob Dylan
  • Label: Full Fill


  • Artist: Eilen Jewell
  • Album: Queen of the Minor Key
  • Song: Warning Signs
  • Composer: Eilen Jewell
  • Label: Signature Sounds/Fuse

11:30 Sports commentator Richard Boock

11:45  The Week That Was with Jeremy Elwood and Michele A'Court