09:05 Midwife shortage: 'yes there is a problem' says Health Ministry

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The Ministry of Health acknowledges that there is a shortage of midwives working in hospital wards, but is assuring mothers-to-be that they will get the care they need. Kathryn Ryan talks with the Health Ministry's Chief Nursing Officer,  Jane O'Malley. She says there is a complex problem, which they want to fix, but which will require cooperation from all parties - DHBs, midwives, nurses, and the Ministry.

09:20  Kaikoura coastline - Professor urges people to keep away

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University of Canterbury's Professor David Schiel is looking at how biological habitats are responding and recovering along the approximately 130km of coastline effected by November's magnitude 7.8 earthquakes.  He wants people who are riding quad bikes over the newly uplifted land to be mindful of the possible consequences on the bird and sea life living there.

09:45 South America correspondent Joel Richards

Marches in Argentina after a popular TV presenter challenges the president, a new corruption scandal in Brazil and further violence in Mexico as three journalists are killed.

10:05 How I forgave my 16 year old self

36 years ago Richard Warwick was just a teenager when a one time experiment with petrol sniffing triggered a brain bleed. Lying in a hospital bed, he was told he'd never run again. This year he completed the grueling 30-kilometre Coast to Coast mountain run. You can follow him on facebook

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10:35 Book review

Susanna Andrews reviews Some Things to Place in a Coffin by Bill Manhire'

10:45 The Reading

11:05 Political commentators Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills

Matthew and Stephen discuss the political handling of the Hit & Run book by Nicky Hager and Jon Stephenson, the Labour/Green fiscal pact and the implications of Jacinda Ardern passing Andrew Little in a poll for preferred prime minister.

11:30 Vegan sweet treats

Kristine Bartley is vegan.  She runs Sweet Release Cakes and Treats in Wellington, a fully vegetarian and vegan cafe.  She talks to Kathryn Ryan about going vegan, and shares recipes for a coconut custard cream pie and vanilla cupcakes.

11:45 Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Pohutukawa, pipiwharauroa and pasifika. Ten days ago RNZ reported that some coastal pohutukawa on public land in Taranaki had been vandalised and even killed by having holes drilled in their trunks and injected with poison. What's the latest there?  Also is the shining cuckoo destined for celebrity status?  Perhaps so, considering that Adele's Auckland concert opened with a popular waiata about pipiwharauroa, the shining cuckoo - a bird that Kennedy has a particular fondness for. Also the 25th anniversary of the Pasifika festival.