09:05 "This won't destroy the Greens" – Jeanette Fitzsimons

James Shaw and Metiria Turei

James Shaw and Metiria Turei Photo: RNZ

Is the Green Party in meltdown as it moves to expel two of its 14 MPs at caucus this morning?

Kennedy Graham and David Clendon yesterday spoke out against the co-leader Metiria Turei, saying her position on benefit fraud makes her no longer fit to be co-leader. The party has swiftly closed ranks around Mrs Turei, with party co-leader James Shaw firmly backing her leadership and saying the two MPs actions were unacceptable, a betrayal and a breach of caucus rules.

Lynn Freeman speaks with the original co-leader of the Green Party, Jeanette Fitzsimons, and political commentators Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams.

09:35 CSI Gracefield: using forensics to catch poachers

Scientists have helped convict seven people and a Bay of Plenty fishing company, for illegally selling nearly 700 kg of paua over a 13 month period. Dr Karyne Rogers, a Senior Scientist with GNS Science, in Gracefield, Lower Hutt explains how her team used stable isotope analysis to pinpoint exactly where it had been poached from.

09:45 USA correspondent

Susan Milligan with the latest US political rumblings.

10:05 Reclaim, repair, reuse

Lynn Freeman talks to Robert Scott – founder of Reclaimed Timber Traders, which takes "waste" wood and restores it so it can be re-used in new buildings. Robert and his wife, Adrienne, got the idea for the organisation after they helped rebuild homes in Pakistan in the wake of several major earthquakes. They say the experience gave them a new understanding of the true value of building supplies.

10:35 Book review

Catriona Ferguson has been reading Release by Patrick Ness.

10:45 The Reading

11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram

Business Commentator, Rod Oram talks to Lynn Freeman about the remarkable increase in investment funds using “responsible investing” practices, and Auckland Airport’s long-term infrastructure plans, and how it will pay for them.

11:30 Looking after our parents

Age Concern

Photo: Supplied

In a case of role reversal, as our parents get older, it's often we who look after them. But with families dispersing all over the country and the world, and social isolation a distinct possibility, what are the risks and realities of loneliness for our older New Zealanders? Lynn Freeman is joined by Age Concern New Zealand's National Social Connections Advisor Louise Rees and the Professional Advisor on Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention services Hanny Naus.

11:45 Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Gavin Ellis talks to Lynn Freeman about the coverage of Jacinda Ardern's appointment to the Labour leadership, and a British journalism professor has calculated when the circulation of Britain’s national newspapers will hit rock bottom. How do New Zealand’s metropolitan papers fare under the same formula?

Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald.  He can be contacted on gavin.ellis@xtra.co.nz

Music played in this show

Artist:   The Living Sisters
Song: How Are You Doing
Composer: Mandell
Album: Love to Live
Label: Vanguard
Time: 9.35

Artist:  Jesca Hoop
Song: Memories are Now
Composer: Hoop
Album: Memories are Now
Label: Sub Pop
Time: 9.45

Artist: Gregory Porter
Song: Don't Lose Your Steam
Composer: Porter
Album: Take Me to the Alley
Label: Blue Note
Time: 10.34

Artist:  Patraick Watson
Song: Big Bird in a Small Cage
Composer: Watson
Album: Wooden Arms
Label: Secret City
Time: 11.20