09:05 Fears Manawatū Gorge solution 'a long way off'

An aerial view of the slip near Woodville.

An aerial view of the slip near Woodville. Photo: Supplied / NZTA

As public meetings take place outlining alternative route options to restore the main route from East to West across the North Island, truckers, heavy road users and businesses continue to voice their frustrations. The plans don't yet have timings or prices attached to them. We discuss with the NZTA Regional transport systems manager Ross I'Anson, David Hill from the Trucking Company, Emmerson Transport Ltd, and Becky Algie, the owner of the Bridge Cafe in Ballance, near Woodville.

09:20 Action sports for development

Surfing, skate boarding and climbing have often been seen as the domain of privileged white, thrill-seeking, individualistic kids. But Waikato University Associate Professor Holly Thorpe says that's changing and that action sports are increasingly playing a role in social development, here and abroad. She's also joined by one of her PhD students, and skating ambassador, Neftalie Williams.

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09:45 Australia correspondent Karen Middleton

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Photo: Supplied / NASA

The Federal Government has announced it will establish an Australian space agency, changing the country's status as one of only two OECD countries that doesn't have one; people are being targeted for advocating Yes or No in the postal survey on same-sex marriage; and the Commonwealth Bank is caught up in a strong of controversies.

10:05 50 years of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship

Some of the finest artworks ever produced in New Zealand have come out of the Frances Hodgkins Fellowship.
It was the country's first and foremost visual arts residency, established by the University of Otago Council in 1966, to encourage New Zealand artists ‘in the practice and advancement of their art', providing them with studio space in Dunedin and a year’s stipend. The Fellowship alumni is a who's who of New Zealand's art world - from the inaugural recipient, Michael Illingworth in 1966 to  Ralph Hotere, Grahame Sydney, Gretchen Albrecht, Fiona Pardington, Shane Cotton, Seraphine Pick, and the current fellow - Miranda Parkes. A new book celebrating the fellowship and highlighting the lives and works of the 50 artists was launched in Dunedin last night. Kathryn speaks with co-authors arts commentator Priscilla Pitts and journalist Andrea Hotere - whose father, Ralph, was the fourth Francis Hodgkins Fellow in 1969.

10:35 Book review

Harry Ricketts reviews: "Flow: Whanganui River Poems" by Airini Beautrais

10:45 The Reading

Embracing the Dragon by Polly Greeks (Part 3 of 10)

11:05 Music with Yadana Saw

Music 101 Producer Yadana Saw looks at some of the lesser known categories in this year's APRA Silver Scroll Awards, which take place tomorrow night in Dunedin.

11:20 Poppies and Pohutukawa

A wounded NZ soldier on a stretcher in Belgium, late 1917.

A wounded NZ soldier on a stretcher in Belgium, late 1917. Photo: Image courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library, Ref: 1/2-012979-G

Chris Mullane joins Kathryn Ryan to discuss The Battle of Passchendaele centenary commemorations, and his work making sure modern day veterans are being supported.

11:45 Legal commentator Charles McGuinness

The first prosecution under the new health and safety legislation, and the cautious approach to fines. Also, how does New Zealand First's Health and Safety Industrial Relations policy match up with National and Labour?

Music played in this show

Artist:  Charles Bradley
Song: The World (Is Going Up in Flames)
Composer: Bradley
Album: No Time for Dreaming
Label: Daptone
Time: 09:24

Artist: The Clean
Song: Beatnik
Composer: Kilgour/Kilgour/Scott
Album: Great Sounds Great
Label: Flying Nun
Time: 10:43

Artist: Alien Weaponry
Song: Raupatu
Album: Raupatu
Time: 11:10

Artist: Marc Chesterman
Song: Cornfield Walk
Composer: Marc Chesterman
Album: Spookers Soundtrack
Time: 11:15

Artist: Salina Fisher
Song: Tōrino
Composer: Rob Thorne
Time: 11:23