09:05 Brian Gaynor on world market plunges

All eyes will be on New Zealands's sharemarket when it opens at ten this morning to see if it slumps further following dramatic drops in world sharmarkets.

Fund Manager and Analyst Brian Gaynor of Milford Asset Management.

09:20 Major report finds too little has changed to combat still birth 

Stillbirth study

A groundbreaking investigation into stillbirth has found the parents of two point six million babies are suffering in silence each year because of slow progress in combating the problems related to delivering a stillborn baby. It has also highlighted wide gaps between rich and poor people, even in high-income countries. 

In New Zealand the rate of still births (the number of babies that die after 20 weeks) is 1 in 200, or about 300 families, with those rates creeping down by about 50 babies a year. Out of 186 countries, New Zealand, was ranked in the top ten.  

For the first time, researchers also looked at the traumatic life-long  consequences for families, and found over four million women suffer from symptoms of depression following stillbirth.

The study was comprised of five research papers compiled by more than 200 authors, investigators and advisers from 43 countries, including Auckland University's Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Professor Lesley McCowan.

A study in South Auckland for overweight mothers who are less than 18 weeks pregnant is being carried out to try to improve nutrition in pregnancy, limit weight gained and improve outcomes for mothers and their babies. Go to the Facebook page for more.

09:30 Homophobia in sport

Senior Lecturer in Sport Management at the University of Otago Dr Sally Shaw is undertaking the first academic research into homophobia in sport in New Zealand.  This builds on the international 'Out on the Fields' research which found 78% of Kiwis surveyed had either witnessed or experienced homophobia in sport. Dr Shaw's research intends to identify where sports organisations could become more inclusive for gay, lesbian and bisexual athletes, coaches and spectators.

09:45 UK Correspondent, Jon Dennis

10:05 The High Country Stations of the Mackenzie

Mary Hobbs is a writer and author, and her sixth book is High Country Stations of the Mackenzie.
Her previous works include : Kiwi Tucker for the Soul, Letter to New York and America from New Zealand with Love, and The Spirit of Mountaineering. She also published the award-winning New Zealand Outside magazine for 10 years. Mary and her husband Charlie Hobbs have been residents of the Mackenzie Country for decades, they live at Aoraki/Mount Cook, where they own a guiding company and the Old Mountaineers' restaurant.
Her latest book tells the story and history of 11 stations in the region, mostly from around the Lake Pukaki area - it also includes pages of stunning pictures, showing wide open skies, the Southern Alps, glacial lakes and vast farmland.

10:35 Rae McGregor's picks for best books of 2015

Avenue of Mysteries by John Irving
The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati
Richman Road by Ann Glamuzina
Ardennes 1944 by Antony Beevor

10:45 The Reading

Now & Then by David Hill read by Nick Blake (Part 4 of 5)

11:05 New technology with Andy Linton

The carbon footprint of the internet

11:25 Parenting - the radicalisation of boys

Maggie Hamilton

Maggie Hamilton Photo: Supplied

Writer and researcher Maggie Hamilton is a keen observer of social trends and she writes books and for magazines; gives frequent talks and lectures to parents and educators. Her books include What's Happening to Our Girls? and Secret Girls' Business. Maggie Hamilton speaks about the radicalisation of boys and what no one tells about boys

11:45 Viewing with Paul Casserly

TV and Film writer Paul Casserly takes in TVNZ's experiment with binge viewing, aka Doctor Foster, and a stunning documentary about a charming old rooster who's been hunting beleaguered FIFA boss Sepp Blatter. Also, Quentin Tarantino's new bloodsoaked western, The Hateful Eight


Music played in this show

Artist: Holidaymakers

Track: Sensible Shoes

Composer: McDougal

Album: single

Label: Pagan

Time played: 9:32


Artist: Marlon Williams

Track: Everyone’s Got Something to Say

Composer: Williams

Album: Marlon Williams

Label: Private

Time played: 11:24


Artist: Kristin Hersh, Michael Stipe

Track: Ghost

Composer: Hersh

Album: Hips and Makers

Label: Sire

Time played: 11:48