09:05  Wanaka down to last midwife

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Photo: 123RF

Wanaka is about to be reduced to only one working midwife for a growing population. Morgan Weathington says the exploding population and expensive rent means providing midwifery care under the current model is simply not sustainable. Local mother, Jo Stuart  has been leading a campaign to support the midwives and ask the Ministry and DHB for more support. The midwifery workforce nationwide is under pressure - the College of Midwives says there are shortages in both hospital wards and in the community. An overhaul of the way community midwives are funded is being negotiated with the Health Ministry.

09:20 Cyclone Gita: damage may not be known for 24 hours

Tonga's National Emergency Management Office are struggling to get a full picture of the devastation after tropical Cyclone Gita smashed into the island kingdom overnight. Roads all over the main island of  Tongatapu are blocked by debris and downed power lines are hampering relief efforts. It says there is no house that hasn't been damaged. Gita is now heading towards Fiji. New Zealand has pledged to give $750 thousand dollars to help relief operations. RNZ Pacific journalist Koroi Hawkins has been speaking to Tonga's Disaster Management team.

09:30 Game-changing flower extract treatment to prevent diabetes

Dahlia flower

Dahlia flower Photo: supplied

Dr Alex Tups is one of the inventors of a new treatment to stop pre-diabetes developing into type 2 diabetes. It uses a natural extract derived from the dahlia flower. The treatment is beginning a human trial in Wellington. Dr Tups says the early signs from previous trials have been extremely positive. People interested in taking part in the trial in Wellington should email: diabetesresearch@ccdhb.org.nz, or phone 04 806 2458.

09:45 USA correspondent Susan Milligan

The fallout over the two men pushed out of their White House jobs because of allegations of domestic abuse. The President has now gone on the offensive tweeting that it's awful people's lives are ruined because of "mere allegations".

10:05 Brian Anderson: fast forward frames of glacial retreat

Fox Glacier in 2005 - 2015

Fox Glacier in 2005 - 2015 Photo: Supplied

Brian Anderson has installed video cameras gathering time lapse videos showing changes on Fox, Franz Joseph, Tasman and Brewster glaciers which not only transmit stunning visual evidence of the glaciers' retreat, but also provide important data to enable mathematical modelling to predict their futures. Brian talks to Kathryn Ryan about this, how a chance finding in a tramper's hut set him on the path to this career, and about the snow and ice conference in Methven, which he is just back from.  Brian splits his time between the West Coast, where he lives, and Victoria University in Wellington where he is senior research fellow at the Antarctic Research Centre.

10:35 Book review

Women & Power by Mary Beard. Reviewed by Hannah August, published by Profile.

10:45 The Reading

The ACB with Honora Lee by Kate de Goldi  (Part 2 of 5)

11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram

More bad news from Fletcher Building and Fonterra invests in a controversial joint venture in Russia.

11:30 Epic ensemble Eru Dangerspiel is back!

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Photo: Credit: Joe Hammond Loop Recordings Aot(ear)roa

Musician and founding member of Trinity Roots, Riki Gooch, talks about his creative alter-ego Eru Dangerspiel and the massive super-group of musical mates he's bringing to the Auckland Arts  Festival. Taking inspiration from his legendary sold-out gig at Auckland Town Hall in 2009 the festival's opening extravaganza on March 8th is promising to be a huge night of psychedelic funk.

The Auckland Arts Festival runs between 8th - 25th March. 

11:45 Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Gavin Ellis joins Kathryn to talk about Seven Sharp's new presenter, Jeremy Wells, who has yet to find his comfort zone. Could Hilary Barry fly the show solo? Also did NBR make the right decision in deleting Bob Jones' offensive column? 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:  Lianne La Havas
Song: Au Cinema
Composer: Le Havas/ Hales
Album: Is Your Love Big Enough
Label: Bannerman
Time: 09:31

Artist:   The Bads
Song: Don't Forget yourself
Composer: The bads
Album: Travel Light
Label: Warner
Time: 10:05

Artist:   Nancy Ames
Song:  Esso Besso (That Kiss)
Time: 10:44