09:05 The fall out from surgical mesh - ACC pays out 10 million since 2005

New figures from ACC show that it has spent $10 million since 2005 dealing with the outfall from surgical mesh implants that go wrong.  Surgical mesh is a plastic product that is being increasingly used in hernia repairs, bowel, pelvic organ prolapse and other gynaecological operations to repair weak or damaged tissue. But there can be serious problems with the use of surgical mesh when  it erodes or ruptures in the body and binds with other tissue causing chronic pain and infection. Thousands of class action suits are underway in the US against manufacturers that some New Zealand women have joined. The latest figures from ACC show that since July 2005 it has received a total of 624 claims for surgical-mesh related injuries and has accepted 502 claims. As a result ACC has paid out over ten million dollars ($10,029,387) for treatment, rehabilitation and compensation costs.

Patricia Sullivan is a nurse who had pelvic prolapse surgery in 2008 and has suffered massive complications.

Dr Ian Page is  the Chair of the New Zealand Committee of RANZCOG  - The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Mesh support group: Mesh Down Under 

09:30 Permafrost, farming and fracking: What's the story with methane?

 Dr Hinrich Schaefer is an atmospheric scientist at NIWA who specialises in researching methane. It's a particular problem for New Zealand due to our high proportion of agricultural emissions but is becoming an increasing issues overseas as well with increasing reliance on natural gas. In the longer term there are concerns that thawing permafrost could release huge amounts of the gas into the atmosphere, further accelerating climate change.

09:45 Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

Seamus Kearney talks about the implications of the Brexit on the EU

10:05 Paddle for the North

What started as a group of mates keen for an adventure morphed into a quest to protect one of North America's last untouched wildernesses. New Zealander's Simon Lucas and Scott Sinton are the creators of Paddle For The North - a documentary of their 63 day, 1,500 kilometre long voyage through Yukon Canada.

10:35 Book review - My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal
reviewed by Charlotte Graham, published by Penguin Random House (NZ)

10:45 The Reading 'Small Windows on Big Stories'
1: The Nest by Nomoda read by Keagan Carr-Fransch.

11:05 Political commentators Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills

11:30 Ocho: craft chocolate from Otago

Liz Rowe is the founder of craft chocolate company Ocho - short for Otago Chocolate. She imports fermented and dried cacao beans to make her chocolate from scratch. The beans come mostly from Samoa and Papua New Guinea with Solomon Islands beans soon to join the lineup. Liz says, rather like wine, different regions produce different tasting beans.

Liz Rowe's Chocolate Mousse recipe

11:45 Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Kennedy Warne weaves us a tale of mice and mountains...

Mice = Million Dollar Mouse campaign update.


Mountain = Nine Tree Hill (formerly known as One Tree Hill).

Music played in this show

Artist: Calypso Rose
Song: Rum and Coca Cola
Composer: Amsterdam/Baron/Sullivan
Album:  Calypso Rose
Label: World Music
Played at: 11:30