Scientist viewing a DNA sequence.

09:05 Forensic pathologists critically understaffed

The head of the National Forensic Pathology Service says the Auckland region currently operating with less than half the staff it needs. Dr Simon Stables says if there was a serious accident or disaster where 20 or 30 people died they would need to call in help from overseas to cope.

09:20 Reaction to resignation of NZ judge on UK child abuse inquiry

Dame Lowell Goddard

Dame Lowell Goddard Photo: SUPPLIED

Kathryn Ryan speaks to Phil Johnson, a spokesperson for MACSAS - Minister and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors about the resignation of Dame Lowell Goddard as chair of Britain's independent inquiry into child sexual abuse. Phil is a "designated core participant" of the Independent Inquiry. She also speaks with David Greenwood, a lawyer representing some victims of child abuse.

09:20 Shay Wright: Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list for social entrepreneurs.

Kathryn Ryan talks to Maori social entrepreneur Shay Wright. From growing up on a farm in the Far North to being named on the Forbes 30 under 30 Asia list, Shay Wright is teaching iwi how to manage their economies in order to get better social outcomes for Maori, as the co-founder of Te Whare Hukahuka.

09:45 Pacific correspondent Michael Field

Tonga is in political crisis as the PM faces a vote of no confidence from the Kingdom's nobles, the latest in the debate over tuna fisheries and a rundown of the Pacific Island's prospects for the Rio Olympics. 

10:05 Graeme Kendall: sailing the Northwest passage solo

Kathryn Ryan speaks with Auckland yachtsman Graeme Kendall on his record setting solo non-stop voyage through the Northwest passage. It's considered the Everest of the sea - the treacherous waterway linking the Atlantic and Pacific oceans above Canada and Alaska in the Arctic circle. It is only navigable for a short time each year, due to pack ice. Graeme Kendall's just published a book about his 2010 journey - 28 thousand miles, across 32 oceans and seaways.

10:35 The death of the dictionary

A dictionary in a home made cardboard coffin

Is the dictionary dead? John McIntyre of The Children's Bookshop says people don't buy physical dictionaries anymore, as technology has taken over. Should we care?

10:45 The Reading

Soon by Charlotte Grimshaw read by Michael Hurst.  (Part 5 of 12)

All episodes of the reading are available here

11:05 New music with Grant Smithies

Grant Smithies gets an earful of a little known Link Wray album recorded in a stinky old chicken coop, and checks out splendid singles from NZ/Portland band Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Chicago dad-rock stalwarts, Wilco.

Artist: Link Wray
Song: Fire And Brimstone
Comp: Wray
Album: 3-Track Shack
Label: Ace
Broadcast Time: 4'20"

Artist: Link Wray
Song: Tail Dragger
Comp: Wray
Album: 3-Track Shack
Label: Ace
Broadcast Time: 4'28"

Artist: Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Song: First World Problem
Comp: Ruban Nielson/ UMO
Album: independent single
Label: Jagjaguwar
Broadcast Time: 4'10

Artist: Wilco
Song: Locator
Comp: Tweedy/ Wilco
Album: Schmilco
Label: dBpm Records/ Anti
Broadcast Time: 2'14"

11:30 Sports correspondent Gael Woods

RNZ reporter Gael Woods live from Rio on the eve of the Olympic opening ceremony

11:45 The week that was with Te Radar and Elizabeth Easther