09:05 Kiribati calls off  aerial search for sunken ferry passengers

The Kiribati government has asked for the search  for survivors of the Kiribati ferry disaster to be abandoned. Upwards of 80 people are missing and feared dead, including 23 children. The Kiribati government is also promising a full inquiry. The seven survivors who have been rescued are expected to arrive in the capital on Saturday. Kathryn Ryan talks to New Zealand rescue coordination centre's Kevin Banaghan and the editor of Radio Kiribati News, Rikamati Naare.

The NZ Defence Force found seven survivors from a ferry with 50 people on board that was reported missing in Kiribati a week ago.

The NZ Defence Force found seven survivors from a ferry with 50 people on board that was reported missing in Kiribati a week ago. Photo: NZ Defence Force

09:20 ZEALANDIA goes beyond the fence

Wellington's ZEALANDIA wildlife centre is going beyond its predator proof fence and expanding it's conservation aims with a new research centre and ambitious new long term goals. In just 22 years the sanctuary has helped the Capital become one of the only cities in the world where the diversity of native birds is increasing. Now it has just announced it will establish a centre to support its ongoing research and new 'Sanctuary to the Sea' strategy. ZEALANDIA is the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, with a 500-year restoration vision.

09:45 Asia correspondent Anna Fifield

Anna Fifield reports from Seoul where Winter Olympics' officials contend with minus 25 degree temperatures and a roof-less stadium ahead of the games starting next week with North Korean athletes participating.

Winter Olympics

Winter Olympics Photo: PyeongChang 2018

10:05 Two groups trapped by storm in Westland 

Road damage in Punakaiki.

Road damage in Punakaiki. Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

Westland Mayor Bruce Smith with the latest on the aftermath of ex-Cyclone Fehi where two separate groups of travellers are trapped. Also Greymouth Mayor Tony Kokshoorn on the damage to his district.

10:20 Dr Rob Whitbourne: Going Bush

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As a DoC ranger, and Kaitakawaenga doing conservation work on Maori land in the North Island, Dr Rob Whitbourne has hands-on experience of the local environment. After spending much of his life outdoors, and combining practical know-how with a solid academic record, Rob is keen to share his extensive knowledge of the bush, native plants and Rongoa Maori medicine with others. He talks to Kathryn Ryan from the DoC offices in Whakatane.

10:35 Unity Books review - Best of 2017

Tilly Lloyd reviews:

False River by Paula Morris, published by Penguin.

Road to Ruin: the Global Elite's Secret Plan for the Next Financial Crisis by James Rickards, published by Penguin.

10:45 The Reading

11:05 New music with Jeremy Taylor

Having resolutely failed to listen to any new music at all over the New Year period, Jeremy Taylor ponders a (non-existent) soundtrack to Lizzy Goodman's excellent oral history "Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011".

11:30 Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Ahead of the Winter Olympics, 28 Russian athletes have their Olympic doping bans overturned, throwing the International Olympic Committee's policy on Russian doping into turmoil and there's heavy criticism here from within cricket circles levelled at the IPL T20 auction, described as ‘brutal’ ‘archaic’ ‘cruel’ and  ‘humiliating’.

11:45 The Week that Was with Te Radar and Michele A'Court

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Our comedians discuss the funnier stories of the week including how hundreds of highly-classifed Australian Cabinet files ended up in a second hand shop.


Music played in this show

Artist:   Bella Kalolo

Song: Let Go

Composer: Kalolo

Album: Time and Space

Label: Bella Sounds

Time: 09:25


Artist:   Grayson Gilmour

Song: Hundred Waters

Composer: Gilmour

Album: Otherness

Label: Flying Nun

Time: 09:43


Artist:   Father John Misty

Song: Total Entertainment


Album: Pure Comedy

Time: 11:46