09:05 Fish and Game says Conservation Minister did pressure them to tone down environmental stance

The Minister of Conservation is being accused of trying to interfere politically with Fish and Game by threatening it with consequences if it doesn't stop advocating for better water quality in lakes and rivers. The Minister denies this and says he just told the organisation it needs to be smarter about the way it works – and work more collaboratively with the dairy and irrigation industries, rather than being anti-dairy.

The chief executive of Fish and Game, Bryce Johnson says accounts of what was said at the meeting by those there are correct and the Minister was putting pressure on the organisation to tone down its stance on water quality.

09:20 The limitations of technology in the classroom: digital devices and deeper learning

Kentaro Toyama is an American computer scientist and educator; and Maggie Hartnett is E-Learning Lecturer at Massey's Institute of Education. 

09:35 The future of Malaysia Airlines after MH17 and MH370 disasters

Henry Harteveldt is an airline, hotel and travel industry analyst, and co-founder of the firm Atmosphere Research Group.

09:45 Palestinian journalist Fares Akram on the latest in Gaza

Our Middle East correspondent, three weeks into the latest conflict between Hamas and Israel, is Fares Akram. Fares is a Palestinian journalist who lives in Gaza and writes for publications such as the New York Times.

10:00 Fiona Sussman's first novel Shifting Colours

Shifting Colours is Fiona Sussman's first novel. Fiona is originally from South Africa and grew up in a publishing family. She's a trained doctor and set up Auckland's Charity hospital. A prolific short story writer, she then left medicine to be a full time novelist. Her first novel, Shifting Colours, begins in South Africa and centres on the subject of cross-cultural adoption and the impact of emigration on an individual's identity.

Book: Shifting Colours by Fiona Sussman published by Alison and Busby UK

10:35 Book review: Tenderness - Short Stories by Sarah Quigley

Reviewed by Harry Ricketts, published by Vintage, RRP$37.99

10:45 The Reading: The Bright Side of My Condition by Charlotte Randall

A  fiction which tells the story of four convicts who stowaway and then get dumped on an uninhabited Pacific Island. (Part 5 of 12)

11:05 Political commentators Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams       

11:30 The man behind NZ's Bakel Pie Awards

The winners of various categories in the NZ Bakel's Pie Awards will be announced in Auckland tomorrow night. Duncan Loney is the chairman of Bakels, and he was instrumental in setting up the annual pie awards which for the past 18 years has attracted bakers from throughout the country. They submit their pies for judging in a range of categories, and the winners of each category, whether savoury or sweet are then in the running for the Supreme Pie Award.

11:45 Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Toxin mules, a lone wolf and four-and-twenty blackbirds.

Gallery: Manaia Pest Control

Manaia morning
Mt Manaia, an iconic landmark of Whangarei Heads.