09:05 Getting truants out of bed and off to school

Kathryn Ryan talks to Kawerau's secret weapon, Mereana Rua (aka Nanny Dolz). She is the straight shooting local truancy officer who gets teenagers out of bed, bundles them into her car and drives them to Tarawera High School, where truancy rates are down. Steve Stuart, the acting head of sector enablement and support at the Ministry of Education also joins us to discuss the persistent issue of truancy and how to overcome it.

09:30 Is loneliness killing our seniors?

Photo: Public Domain

Could making people more connected to their communities lower the health costs to the state? And how can this be achieved? There is a growing body of research internationally linking loneliness and isolation in older people to greater ill-health and shorter life spans. Kathryn Ryan talks to Chris Phillipson, Professor of Gerontotogy and former Executive Director of the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing, who is working with New Zealand researchers trying to quantify the issue.

09:45 Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

Amid the grief, investigations begin into construction companies: how so many buildings collapsed in the Italy quake, especially recently built structures that were supposed to be quake proof & the row in France over so-called Burkinis.

10:05  Zenith Irfan: Born to Ride

Kathryn Ryan talks to 21 year old Pakistani woman Zenith Irfan who has been fulfilling a dream of her late father's, to ride across Pakistan on a motorcycle. But for a woman in a staunchly Muslim country, Zenith is taking her motorbike odyssey a step further - by often riding solo. She is documenting her journey through social media with photographs and reflections of the people she meets along the way.

10:35 Book review

Charlotte Graham reviews Shrill by Lindy West & We Were Feminists Once by Andi Zeisler

10:45 The Reading

'Love is a Stranger' by Owen Marshall - Part 1

11:05 Political commentators Stephen Mills and Matthew Hooton

Stephen and Matthew discuss Hekia Parata's new plan for "COOLs" and the ongoing battle over Auckland's housing woes

11:30 Chicken and Egg

Queenstown based, Will Eaglesfield is executive chef of No5 ChurchLane and Eichart's. He loves his chooks and fresh eggs and gives Kathryn Ryan tips on rearing domestic chickens.

11:45 Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

This weekend Kennedy fulfilled a cherished ambition to visit the first New Zealand island that became predator-free -- in 1964. Yes, this is where the dream of predator-free NZ began -- on Maria island, the size of three rugby fields, in a group of islands called the Noises between Tiritiri and Waiheke in the Hauraki Gulf.