09:05 Three years, thousands of submissions, no one happy

After three years and thousands of submissions, there's still no plan for Marine Protected Areas on the South Island's south-east coast, with two competing proposals now kicked back to the government. Kathryn talks the chair of the South-East Marine Protection Forum, Maree Baker-Galloway, Forest and Bird's marine advocate, Anton van Helden, and the executive officer of the Otago Rock Lobster Association, Simon Gilmour.

09:20 Can taxes potentially control the environmental costs of obesity?

It's widely known that New Zealand is one of the fattest nations in the world, but new research has highlighted its detrimental effects on the environment. The University of Oregon report says factors like sprawl and transportation policy affect obesity rates. And consumption of energy-dense foods made from corn and soy, including meat, increases soil erosion and water pollution from fertiliser use. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Professor Roberta Mann about how the epidemic has led to increased carbon emissions and how it has exacerbated climate change.

09:45 UK correspondent Harriet Line

 Former Russian military intelligence colonel Sergei Skripal at a hearing at the Moscow District Military Court in 2006. Photo: AFP

Former Russian military intelligence colonel Sergei Skripal at a hearing at the Moscow District Military Court in 2006. Photo: AFP Photo: Supplied

Political reporter at the Press Association, Harriet Line, on the former Russian double agent Sergei Skirpal and his daughter who are fighting for their lives following their exposure to a nerve agent in an English cathedral city.

10:05 Stanley Johnson -  Brexit, Boris and writing political thrillers

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Stanley Johnson is a former British Conservative Member of the European parliament, an environmentalist and author. His latest novel is a thriller called Komromat, about Russian interference in the Brexit vote and the US presidential election. His son, Boris Johnson, is the British Foreign Secretary who led the Brexit campaign, while he campaigned to remain. He talks to Kathryn about Boris, Brexit and writing political thrillers.

10:35 Book review

Harry Broad reviews A Country Escape by Katie Fforde, published by Penguin Random House NZ.

10:45 The Reading

Baby No Eyes by Patricia Grace, told by Nancy Brunning, Rawiri Paratene, Bradley Carroll and Ida te Rito. The story of a young mother and her young son, both of them haunted by the ghost of his lost sister. (Ep. 4 of 17)

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11:05 New technology with Sarah Putt

Sarah Putt discusses Vodafone's Sky Subscribers getting a new deal; the challenge to the copyright law; how streaming music service Spotify has filed to be publicly listed on the NYSE, and two major NZ tech influencers, Rod Drury and Steven Joyce, bow out.


11:25 Nathan Mikaere Wallis: When should a child learn to write?

Child writing (file photograph).

Child writing (file photograph). Photo: 123rf

When and how should children learn to write? Educator, researcher and parenting commentator, Nathan Mikaere-Wallis, says there's no rush, and early childhood teachers should steer clear.

11:45 Viewing with Lara Strongman

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Lara Strongman reviews The Square: a black comedy about a contemporary art gallery, in cinemas today.  Also Australian Spartan on TV2.



Music played in this show

Artist:   Mario Biondi & the High Five Quintet

Song: On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)

Composer: Lane/Lerner

Album:  Handful of Soul

Label:  Schema

Broadcast time: 10:42