09:05 National parks under strain from growing visitor numbers

Milford Sound Fiordland National Park

Milford Sound Fiordland National Park Photo: AFP

Kathryn Ryan talks to the chair of the Otago Conservation Board, Pat Garden, who is sounding the alarm about the impact of booming visitor numbers on our national parks. He says New Zealand risks losing a treasure.

09:20 2016 - the year VR went mainstream

Powered in part by the massive crowdfunding success of the Oculus Rift there are now dozens of virtual and augmented reality products on the market. Kathryn Ryan talks to Matt Coleman, the chair of a new organisation set up to promote and coordinate New Zealand's VR industry.


VR Photo: Google images

09:45 US Correspondent Steve Almond

Kathryn Ryan talks to US Correspondent Steve Almond about the latest developments in the US Presidential race, Trump vs Clinton.

Sharon Bown dressed in her Royal Australian Air Force Uniform

Wing Commander (ret'd) Sharon Bown Photo: Supplied

10:05 Sharon Bown: Air Force Nurse 

Kathryn Ryan speaks to Wing Commander Sharon Bown (retired), who suffered severe spinal injuries in an Australian Air Force helicopter crash in 2004 but went on to serve with distinction in Indonesia and Afghanistan. Her new book, One Woman's War and Peace, documents her incredible career as an Air Force nurse.

10:35 Book review - "Today Will Be Different"  by Maria Semple

Reviewed by Gina Rogers, published by Hachette.

10:45 The Reading

Passing Through by Coral Atkinson read by Amanda Billing (Part 6 of 14)

11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram

Rod Oram talks to Kathryn Ryan about the NZ Superannuation Fund and ACC buy into Kiwibank. Also, Solid Energy's mines being sold piecemeal to NZ mining companies, and Wynyard and Pumpkin Patch call in administrators

11:30 Oamaru - the Steampunk capital of the world

The North Otago town of Oamaru is known for its Victorian limestone buildings and - increasingly - its association with steampunk. In June it won a Guiness World Record for the largest gathering of steampunks when 228 people dressed up in their finest Victorian garb with an imagined -future twist. Kathryn Ryan speaks to Jan Kennedy from the Steampunk HQ Museum and Iain Clark - a steampunk and jeweller who makes items with a steampunk theme - including cases for USB sticks.

11:45 Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Gavin Ellis on Paul Henry's shock jock tactics, and is it time that Parliament relaxed the rule banning filming/photographing of MPs who do not 'have the call' in the debating chamber?.

Music played in this show

Artist:   Pretenders
Song: Holy Commotion
Composer: Hynde
Album: Alone
Time: 09:30