09:05 Landlords drag feet on insulation – even for sick tenants

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Under the government's Healthy Homes initiative, tenants with high health needs, such as respiratory illness or risk of rheumatic fever, can be referred for an help with insulation, heating, carpeting and curtains – but The Sustainability Trust says only a fifth of landlords are carrying out the improvements. Kathryn Ryan talks to the trust's chief executive Paul Squire, and Otago University's Professor of Public Health, Phillipa Howden-Chapman. She is director of He Kainga Oranga/ Housing and Health Research Programme and the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.

09:20 Alarming new research on falling sperm counts

Kathryn Ryan talks to epidemiologist, Hagai Levine, about new research on falling sperm counts around the world, and what it could mean for humanity. Dr Levine says the results of nearly 200 studies have found that sperm counts among 43,000 men from North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, seem to have halved in less than 40 years.

09:45 Australia correspondent Karen Middleton

Security has been upgraded at Australia's domestic and international airports after an apparently very advanced terrorist plot to hijack an aircraft was in Sydney at the weekend.

10:05 Rachel House: actor, director and writer

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Rachel House has been on stage and screen in New Zealand for the past 25 years. She's been in dozens of theatre productions, and is well known on screen for her roles in Boy, Eagle vs Shark, Whale Rider, and White Lies, as well as Hunt for the Wilderpeople. She was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for her contribution to performing arts earlier this year.

10:35 Book review

Harry Ricketts reviews Anna Livesey's new collection of poems, Ordinary Time (VUP).

10:45 The Reading

11:05 Game-changing NZ albums by women

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Kirsten Johnstone discusses gender inequity in the music industry and highlights some game changing New Zealand albums by women.

11:20 Meet New Zealand's poleaxe wielding warrior

Wearing armour that weighs 35kg and with weapon that's been described as 'ponderous, cruel and mortal' Dayna Berghan-Whyman knows how to handle herself. She talks to Kathryn Ryan about representing New Zealand at the International Medieval Combat Federation World Championships in Denmark, and her preparations to qualify for another international event at Scone Palace in Scotland.

11:45 Legal commentator Garth Gallaway

Lawyer Garth Gallaway looks at where things are at with the new earthquake prone building legislation, and how the Health and Safety at Work Act fits in. Garth Gallaway is a partner at Chapman Tripp, specialising in insurance law, civil litigation and health & safety work.


Music played in this show

Artist:   Maxine Brown
Song:  We Can Work it Out
Composer: Lennon/McCartney
Album: Come Together
Label: ACE
Time: 10.10

Kirsten Johnstone's tracks:

Artist: Jenny Morris

Song: Shiver


Artist:Moana and the Moa Hunters

Song: Kahu


Artist: Lorde

Song: Team