09:05 Fears over substandard steel imports

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Photo: 123 RF

Are the regulations that test steel imports for large public and private projects tough enough? Over the past few months RNZ news has reported serious concerns over steel quality used in some major public and private projects. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Stewart Askey who has 31 years' quality control experience on huge steel projects in Australia and has spent a lot of time in Chinese factories.

09:20 Free dental care for those on low incomes


Dental Photo: Google - Careers NZ

In the last week or so 850 low income people have had urgent dental work done for free. It's part of an initiative  - Smile NZ -  by the New Zealand Dental Association and Southern Cross Health Trust. Poor oral health can lead to gum disease and other more serious problems, including those of the heart.

Deepa Hughes is Project Manager and Senior Oral Health Educator with the New Zealand Dental Association and David McKelvey is a Wellington dentist.

09:30 Too hot to host ? Climate change hangs over future olympics

The Hothaps study found only three cities in North America, two in Asia and none in Africa would be considered "low-risk" for outdoor exercise in the future

New research is warning that most cities could be too hot to host the Summer Olympics before the end of the century. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Bruno Lemke from Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.

09:45 Pacific correspondent Mike Field

Fearing it is emptying the seas China cuts its domestic fishing fleet, but will they move to the Pacific?

Links to Mike's other stories:
Fiji's Office of Public Prosecutions statement on Fiji Times arrests
Fiji Prime Minister gives up on changing the flag

10:05 Courtney Sina Meredith - poet, writer off to Iowa

Courtney Sina Meredith

Courtney Sina Meredith Photo: supplied

From writing poems as a child growing up in Glen Innes to the renowned Iowa University writers residency, poet, writer and performance artist Courtney Sina Meredith is well on her way. She has just released her second book, Tail of the Taniwha, it is a collection of 18 short stories, some with a poetic feel. It draws on her life experiences, growing up in Taniwha Street in Glen Innes, and also her Samoan, Cook Island Maori and Irish roots. Her first published work was a book of poems, Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick.

10:35 Children's Book Review​

How Maui Found his Mother  Peter Gossage. Reviewed by John McIntyre

10:45 The Reading

Snapper in a Landscape written and told by Declan O'Neill. (Part 3 of 6)

11:05 New Music with Jeremy Taylo

Jeremy Taylor basks in the warm, rose-tinted nostalgic hue of Lawrence Arabia's debut release with the Reduction Agents getting the remastered/reissued treatment, stares down one man's singer-songwriter comic delusions with the soundtrack to the forthcoming David Brent movie, and dips into the panoramic pop-soul-funk of Blood Orange.

11:30 Brendan Telfer​ in Rio

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer talks to Kathryn Ryan from Rio, where the Olympic games will soon wrap up.

11:45 The week that was with Te Radar and Irene Pink

Comedians Te Radar and Irene Pink with their take on what the Olympic swimmers robbery story was really all about.

Music played in this show

Artist: A Girl named Mo

Track "Who they say you are"

Time 10:06


Artist: The Reduction Agents

Song: Urban Yard, Track 7

Comp: James Milne

Album: The Dance Reduction Agents

Label: Lil Chief



Song: The Pool, Track 9

Comp: James Milne

Album: The Dance Reduction Agents

Label: Lil Chief


Artist: David Brent

Song: Life on the Road

Comp: Ricky Gervais

Album: Life On The Road OST

Label: Universal


Song: Equality Street

Comp: Ricky Gervais

Album: Life On The Road OST

Label: Universal