09:05 Are the wrong kind of houses being built in Auckland?

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Auckland needs between 13,000 and 14,000 new dwellings a year for three decades to meet and keep pace with the growing population. But John Tookey, Professor of Construction Engineering at AUT says the wrong kind of houses are being built in the city's growing subdivisions. Instead of lower cost, multi-unit developments, he says there are too many large, stand-alone, customised houses going up, because they're more profitable and less risky for developers and builders.

09:20 Suicide prevention planning by two DHBs

Kathryn Ryan talks to the Auckland and Waitemata DHBs suicide prevention programme manager, Manu Fotu about addressing the well being of whanau affected by suicide. Mr Fotu is one of 79 contributors to the  book The Roaring Silence, which is a compendium of interviews, essays, poetry, art and prose about suicide.

Where to get help:

    Youthline: 0800 376 633
    Lifeline: 0800 543 354
    Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865
    Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757
    Samaritans: 0800 726 666
    What's Up: online chat (7pm-10pm) or 0800 WHATSUP / 0800 9428 787
    Kidsline (ages 5-18): 0800 543 754
    Rural Support Trust Helpline: 0800 787 254
    Healthline: 0800 611 116
    Rainbow Youth: (09) 376 4155
    OUTline 0800 688 5463 (OUTLINE) provides confidential telephone support on sexuality or gender identity
    If it is an emergency and you feel like you or someone else is at risk, call 111

09:30 Breaking through the mysteries of Antarctic sea-ice

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Photo: Madi Gamble Rosevear

Kathryn Ryan talks to the University of Otago's sea-ice expert Professor Pat Langhorne. Sea-ice physics is a relatively new discipline, and there are many important questions that are still unanswered, such as: why is Antarctic sea ice not decreasing like Arctic sea ice? The answers to these questions are believed to be crucial to understanding the effects climate change is having on different parts of the continent.

10:05 Computing the truth

Noam Greenberg - Llullian circle

Noam Greenberg Llullian circle Photo: Supplied

Professor Greenberg, from Victoria's School of Mathematics and Statistics, is a world-leading researcher in the area of mathematical logic - the part of mathematics that regards language as an object.  He talks to Kathryn Ryan about the hopes for a mechanical way of producing knowledge about the world, how these hopes were crushed, and how from the ruins arose a new theory of computability.

10:35 Book review

The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve

10:45 The Reading

11:05 Political commentators Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills

Matthew and Stephen discuss associate housing minister Alfred Ngaro's swift backdown and apology after he threatened Labour MP Willie Jackson could miss out on funding for Charter schools and other social programmes if he criticised the government

11:30 How hot is too hot? Chilli festival turns up the heat

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Photo: Fire Dragon Chillies

Kathryn Ryan talks to Josh Shotter the current two time New Zealand Chilli eating champion and hot sauce aficionado Clint Meyer who is the creator of Northland's Fire Dragon Chillies and one of the organisers of Auckland's Hot Sauce Festival which takes place on May 20th at Auckland's Sweatshop Brew Kitchen. Clint shares his recipe for Spicy Pho.

11:45 The design of workplaces and schools

In big offices the environment is becoming more casual/flexible/free-form and café-like. They go beyond the open plan and hot desking: interior design isn't about nice, comfortable spaces anymore but "business enablement", "mobilized working" and "activity based working". Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at Auckland University, Bill McKay,​ discusses how new ways of working and learning is radically changing the design of our offices and schools.