09:05 Behind the police tape, crisis negotiations

Lance Burdett

Lance Burdett Photo: credit Babiche Martens

'Your house is surrounded by armed police, let's have a chat'.  Retired police crisis negotiator, Lance Burdett. speaks frankly about the mental stress he suffered after witnessing traumatic events during his 22 years in the police force. He is calling for more to be done to support police staff to protected them from stress related illness.

09:30 Healing with the mind

Mel Abbott

Mel Abbott Photo: Supplied

Anyone who lives with chronic pain or another debilitating condition like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome will know how difficult and life altering it can be. Searching for cures or relief can be a long and despairing process.  John Dunbar is an Orthapaedic surgeon in Dunedin who - despite his initial misgivings over whether the mind can play a part in feeling well again - has seen first hand how much 'training the brain' can make a difference. Three years ago he had a young 9 year old patient  with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome - CRPS -  in her ankle. No treatment was making any difference until her parents took her to see Mel Abbott, who had  trained in London in mind-body techniques used to treat chronic illness and pain. Based on neuroplasticity  - in which signals in the brain are re-trained to go on different pathways - the technique cured Dr Dunbar's patient.. and other patients of his have gone on to also have very successful results after just a couple of weeks. I spoke to both Mel Abbott from Empower Therapies and John Dunbar

09:50 Africa correspondent Deborah Patta

Deborah Patta checks in on Oscar Pistorius' six year jail sentence, two people accused of being affiliated to Isis and planning to blow up Johannesburg's American Embassy, and the escalation of South Sudan's civil war.

10:05 Jason de Caires Taylor - underwater sculpture museums

Jason de Caires Taylor is the founder and creator of several underwater museums. Motivated by concern over the health of the ocean and redressing climate change, his idea was to draw divers away from the most fragile and delicate parts of coral reefs. The first musuem, created in 2006 was off the west coast of Grenada in the West Indies - its now listed as one of the Top 25 Wonders of the World by National Geographic. Since then, 500 of his sculptural works have been submerged off the coast of Cancun, Mexico, and otehr submarine sculpture parks completed in the Bahamas and Canary Islands.

10:35 Book review - Murder on the Maungatapu by Wayne Martin

Reviewed by Harry Broad, published by Canterbury University Press.

10:45  The Reading

Soon, by Charlotte Grimshaw read by Michael Hurst (Part-1 of 12)

11:05 Political commentators Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills

Matthew and Stephen discuss the Auckland Unitary Plan, house prices and a proposal to make New Zealand pest free

11:30 Food - cooking up language skills with immersion classes

When Bronwyn Wilson returned from several years living overseas in the early 2000s something she really missed was the opportunity to speak different languages. As well as spending time in Germany, Spain and Italy she lived for a year in Bordeaux and relished her time there using the language in everyday life like shopping in the market or chatting with friends over a meal. It planted a seed of an idea she first piloted in 2004... language immersion.Her venture Musica Linguae invites people who want to learn a new language -  or practice one they are already familiar with  - into an activity where the language is spoken such as making risotto or fresh pasta in Italian, brewing beer or making pastry in French or even doing yoga in Spanish.

Bronwyn Wilson is in the studio with cook and pasta maker Roberto Giorgioni who takes an Italian cooking class.

11:45 Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Kennedy Warne has been visiting the far North, visiting Ngawha springs and looking at Kauri dieback