09:05 Mesh campaigners take fight to Australia


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Charlotte Korte and Patricia Sullivan from the group, Mesh Down Under, which supports people with complications from the use of surgical mesh, will appear before an Australian Senate inquiry this afternoon. The women have been campaigning for five years, successfully petitioning the health select committee here to hold an inquiry, which resulted in a range of recommendations. They say none of the recommendations have been implemented, and after years seeking a meeting with the Health Minister Jonathan Coleman, they were granted just 15 minutes with him last month.

09:20 Remembering New Zealand's Antarctic pioneers

Descendants of the 23 pioneers that laid the foundations for Antarctica New Zealand and New Zealand's presence on the frozen continent will gather together this weekend to remember the contribution made by their fathers 60 years ago. Kathryn Ryan talks to David Ellis, whose father was Murray Ellis and has organised the Second Generation Reunion, as well as Graham Ayres who was a boy when his mountaineer father, Harry Ayres, joined Sir Ed Hillary on his polar expedition.

09:30 From the freezing works to the catwalk

Luke Dawson - The Boy from Goreville

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Southland meat worker Luke Dawson is swapping Gore's freezing works for Auckland's catwalk. His collection is featuring at New Zealand Fashion Week. It's only the second time Luke has shown his streetwear, which he designed with a love of comics in mind.

09:45 Pacific correspondent Mike Field

The Marshall Islands has lost one of its great founding figures, former foreign minister Tony de Brum; Tokelau’s Ulu or head, Siopili Perez, has issued an unusual statement in the wake of the helicopter debacle first revealed on Nine to Noon earlier this year; and a globally significant gold find may have been struck – just 17 kilometres from Nadi International Airport in Fiji.

10:05 Jenny Valentish: Woman of Substances

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Jenny Valentish has brought the experience of her own wild, alcohol and drug-fuelled past, and her sober, contemplative present to examine the experience of substance abuse in women and girls. Her book Woman of Substances is a brutally honest hybrid research-memoir.

10:35 Book review

Unity Books' Tilly Lloyd reviews Manifesto Aotearoa: 101 Political Poems edited by Philip Temple and Emma Neale. Published by Otago University Press.

10:45 The Reading

In the Air by Henare te Ua (part 5 of 10). The late distinguished broadcaster Henare te Ua recalls his childhood days in Puha, near Gisborne, just after WWII.

11:05 Music reviewer Grant Smithies

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Grant Smithies is smitten with the hazy, shoegazey sound of New Brighton musician Blair Parkes’ new record, Saturations. We also hear dusty classics from recently reformed Dunedin band Sneaky Feelings and New Orleans funk legends Chocolate Milk.

11:30 Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Paying tribute to the tireless work Sir Colin Meads did off the field; significant management changes announced at the Warriors; and the All Blacks and Black Ferns with a big test this weekend.

11:45 The Week that was with Te Radar and Gemma Gracewood