09:05  ECan wants polluted lakes exempted 

They're two of New Zealand's most polluted lakes... but the Canterbury Regional Council says they be exempted from national freshwater standards. The government is currently consulting on its National Policy Statement for freshwater and has proposed that the standards should include lakes and lagoons which periodically open to the sea. That would include Lake Ellesmere and Lake Forsyth in Canterbury - which consistently rank as the most polluted in the country. The council says putting the two lakes into the same regime as other lakes, would mean revisiting years of planning work. Nine to Noon speaks to Ken Hughey, a professor of environmental management at Lincoln University 

Pasture covered hills, lowland lake and rushes

Te Waihora - Lake Ellesmere is severely affected by nutrient run-off. Photo: RNZ / Conan Young

0915: New report suggests  improvements in the health and well-being of Maori children

Maori children are more than twice as likely as Pakeha children to grow up in households experiencing significant hardship, and fare worse in most indicators.

But the new report by the University of Otago-based Child and Youth Epidemiology Service shows increasing numbers of Maori pre schoolers are getting early childhood education. There's also been a halving of school suspensions for Maori students, an increase immunisation rates, fewer young Maori smoking, and falling hospitaliszion rates for Maori children for injuries from assault, neglect or maltreatment. Dr Mavis Duncan is one of the co-authors of the study and the acting director of the Child and Youth Epidemiology Service.

09:30 Why can't engineers be as famous as rock stars ? 

Engineer a better world

Naomi Climer is one of the UK's  most senior female engineers and the first female president of Institution of Engineering and Technology. As part of her presidency, Naomi has launched a campaign called - Engineer a better World - to promote engineering and, in particular, to attract and retain more women in the profession. She is in Auckland today promoting engineering in schools.

In New Zealand, there is a desperate shortage of hundreds of engineering graduates, with the need to more than double the number of graduates, with a need to quadruple the current number of graduates over time.

09:45 Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

10:05  Marina Lewycka: tractors, black humour & success

Marina Lewycka

Marina Lewycka Photo: Ben McMillan

British novelist Marina Lewycka is daughter of Ukranian refugees who was approaching her 60s when she got her first big break eleven years ago. Her debut novel A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian became a world wide hit and has been translated into around 30 languages. It was a very funny, but dark story about a gold-digging Ukrainian, who snares an elderly widower for his British passport.

Her latest novel, her fifth, is another black comedy. The Lubetkin Legacy is set in the bland suburban streets of North London, where a middle-aged actor, Berthold Sidebottom resorts to desperate measures to keep his home. Marina Lewycka talks to Kathryn about finding success later in life.

10:35 Book review: Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben

reviewed by Lisa Finucane, published by Penguin Random House

10:45 The Reading

Pack and Rifle by Philip Holden told by Russell Smith (Part 1 of 3)

11:05 Political commentators Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams

11:30 Anarchist cook George Egg

 Recipes for laughter to tickle the taste buds with anarchist cook George Egg.

You can  catch him at the International Comedy Festival in Auckland from 3rd to the 14th May.
He is also a co-writer of a serious food blog 

11:45 Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Outdoorsman and adventurer, Kennedy Warne, has been on the road in the South Island. He shares with Kathryn secrets and discoveries at Mamaku, Charleston and Harihari.

Music played in this show

Artist: Van Morrison
Song: Come Running
Composer: Morrison
Album: Moondance
Label: WARNER 246040
Time: 10.40am

Artist: The National
Song: Anyone's Ghost
Composer: Berninger, Dessner
Album: High Violet
Label: 4AD 373003
Time: 11.30am