09:05 Polytech crisis 'a perfect storm'

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Photo: Manukau Institute of Technology

Low unemployment, low demand and high costs are crippling the country's polytechnics. Leaders from all 16 polytechnics, plus the Teritary Education Commission, union representatives, business and students leaders will gather today for crisis talks. Kathryn Ryan talks to Gus Gilmore, the chief Executive of Manukau Institute of Technology.

09:30 Bluff oyster season gets underway

Wild Oyster Testing

Photo: Cawthron Institute

The 2018 Bluff oyster season is underway less than a year after a huge cull of farmed oysters took place on Stewart Island to stop the spread of the bonamia ostreae parasite. The cull put an end to several large scale oyster farms on Stewart Island - some are still going through a compensation process. However, the wild oyster fishery was given the all-clear, much to the relief of Graeme Wright, who operates the Bluff Oyster Management Company. He joins Kathryn to talk about this season - along with chef Gareth Stewart who will be waiting on the wharf for the boats to arrive back with this year's first haul of oysters.

09:45 UK correspondent Gerri Peev

The EU has published a plan to keep Northern Ireland in the customs union throwing Brexit negotiations into crisis. Also Snow Joke: the UK is battling blizzards, bringing the whole  country to a standstill.

10:05 Fifty years of Rolling Stone

Over the course of five decades, Rolling Stone has managed to capture the rock and roll counterculture of the 1960s and bring it into the mainstream. Its co-founder and publisher, Jann Wenner, went from a 21-year-old Berkeley dropout with no business experience to one of the most influential forces in pop culture. His career has been chronicled in Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine. Kathryn speaks with its author, American journalist Joe Hagan.

Sticky Fingers by Joe Hagan.

Sticky Fingers by Joe Hagan. Photo: Supplied / Penguin Random House

10:35 Book review

John King reviews The Imposter by Javier Cercas, published by MacLehose Press.

10:45 The Long Way Home

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Photo: Bruce Hopkins

In today's episode, Bruce begins five fabulous days canoeing down the Whanganui River, making new friends and, of course, losing more of his gear.

11:05 Law Society announces working group to focus on sexual harassment reporting

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The Law Society is to establish a working group to look at how to improve the reporting of sexual harassment in the legal profession. The leading law firm Russell McVeagh has been embroiled in allegations that lawyers assaulted young interns working there, and the Law Society has also been criticised for its handling of the situation. Kathryn Ryan speaks with the president of the Law Society, Kathryn Beck.

11:20 Jan Pryor: After Alexander

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Former Families Commissioner and psychologist Dr Jan Pryor talks about losing her baby son, Alexander. He was four months old when he died  - 37 years ago. She speaks to Kathryn Ryan about the impact of the devastating loss on her family and about the memoir she's written, partly to help other families, called After Alexander.

11:45 Viewing with Paul Casserly

TV and Film writer Paul Casserly reviews the pitch black historical comedy from Veep creator Armando Iannucci The Death Of Stalin, and Fred Armisen's comedy special Stand Up For Drummers on Netflix.


Music played in this show

Artist:   Ruia & Ranea

Song: Kapo Kapo

Composer: Aperehama/ Aperehama

Album: Whare Maori

Label: Tangata

Time: 09:45


Artist:   Dr Hook

Song: Cover Of The Rolling Stone

Composer: Silverstein

Album: Sloppy Seconds

Label: Columbia

Time: 10:08


Artist:   Reb Fountain

Song: Slave

Composer: Fountain

Album: Little Arrows

Label: Fountain

Time: 11:25