09:05 Road toll heading towards the worst in seven years- why?

With just 6 weeks until the end of the year, 325 people have died on the roads... ...that's just three fewer than all of last year. An analysis of the road toll by consultants Deloitte,  and just released by the Ministry of Transport, points to the increase in the number of kilometers driven, the disproportionate number of motorcycles involved in serious road crashes, and it questions the lack of information over  drug use and the distraction of mobile phones. Dr Sam Charleton is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Waikato University and part of the Traffic and Road Safety Research Group.

9:20 Learning from NZ's 30-year Quota Management System

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Photo: Supplied / Ngai Tahu Seafood

One of the world's biggest environmental organisations The Nature Conservancy has just released an assessment of New Zealand's fisheries. It finds while New Zealand is ahead of most countries in sustainable management, problems such as fish dumping and gaps in data collection are prompting calls for more stringent mechanisms across the board. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the editor of the report, Lynne Hale.

The Nature Conservancy has has set up an office in New Zealand, getting involved in partnerships over sustainability endeavours.

09:30 Rethinking how NZ deals with meningococcal disease

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Paediatrician Professor Andrew Pollard is a world expert on vaccination; he advises the World Health Organisation and is the Chair of the United Kingdom's Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. He is the NZ as the University of Otago's Margaret Black Fellow. Professor Pollard has studied meningococcal vaccines and chaired the committee in the UK which recommended introduction of the UK programme in 2015 which has halved the rates of MenB disease in children. He discusses with Kathryn whether NZ needs to review how it protects the population against meningitis.

09:45 Pacific correspondent Mike Field

A new prime minister in the Solomon Islands, elections in Tonga, Australia pushes a Chinese company out of Melanesia and plans for floating cities in French Polynesia are unveiled.

10:05 Steve Bisley: All the Broken Bridges

Australian actor Steve Bisley..

Australian actor Steve Bisley. Photo: Supplied

Often portrayed as the cool-dude larrikin, living a life of excess, the veteran Australian actor Steve Bisley has made a name for himself in TV series such as Water Rats and Police Rescue and has worked on some of Australia's biggest productions, in a successful career spanning decades. But it was his role alongside Mel Gibson in 1979's Mad Max that earned him his big break. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Steve about his new memoir, All the Burning Bridges, a follow-up to his 2013 memoir, Stillways.

10:35 Book review

Tilly Lloyd from Unity Books reviews Logical Family by Armistead Maupin, published by Doubleday.

10:45 The Long Way Home:

​Bruce Hopkins takes his father and brother's ashes back home to Stewart Island. But he’s taking the long way there; walking the length of New Zealand on Te Araroa trail from Cape Reinga to Stuart Island. (Part 5)

11:05 Music reviewer Grant Smithies

Pioneering Jamaican vocalist Sister Nancy is performing in Aotearoa for the first time this weekend, with shows in Raglan and Auckland. Bass-addled fanboy Grant Smithies is beside himself with anticipation, and plays two of her key tracks today. We also hear splendid tunes from Dunedin avant-folk singer AJ Sharma and the one, the only, the perennially pervy Prince, RIP.

11:30 Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

The  All Whites come up short in Peru, Steve Hanson laments how TV replays appear to be causing referees to make decisions which favour the home team, and the odd decision of World Rugby to award the 2023 Rugby World Cup to France.

11:45 The Week That Was with Te Radar and Elisabeth Easther

A lighter look at the stories of the week including the Dunedin driver caught playing on his bagpipes, a new species of grass that tastes like salt and vinegar chips and why Apple's 'tears of joy' emoji is the world's most popular.



Music played in this show

Artist: Sister Nancy
Song: Bam Bam
Comp: Ophil Russell / Winston Riley
Album: One, Two
Label: Techniques
Broadcast Time: 11:10am

Artist: Sister Nancy
Song: Only Woman DJ With Degree
Comp: Ophil Russell / Winston Riley
Album: One, Two
Label: Techniques
Broadcast Time: 11:20am

Artist: AJ Sharma
Song: Fanz
Comp: Sharma
Album: Tabla Diablo
Label: Coco Muse / Zelle Records
Broadcast Time: 11:25am

Artist: Prince
Song: Let's Go Crazy
Comp: Prince / The Revolution
Album: Purple Rain
Label: Paisley Park
Broadcast Time: 11:29am

Artist: Joe Fox
Song: What’s the Word
Comp: Fox
Label: Island
Broadcast Time: 11:47am