09:05 Can Auckland's infrastructure ever catch up?

auckland traffic jam through car mirror


Auckland is crying out for more and better infrastructure, with roads snarled up across the city throughout the working day and at weekends. The population has grown by 160,000 in the last four years, and to cope new housing consents have been pushed through. But in many cases, the houses and people arrive before the roads and public transport. Local boards are now asking the public if they would fund a targeted rate for specific projects. Those working on the infrastructure say the vision for Auckland needs to be bolder or else the city will never keep pace, and will constantly be playing catch up. To discuss this Kathryn is joined by Peter Silcock, Chief Executive of Civil Contractors New Zealand, Michael Barnett, chief executive of Auckland's Chamber of Commerce, Michael Barnett, and Lester Levy, Chair of Auckland Transport.

09:20 Gene therapy to boost fetal growth

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British fetal medicine specialist Anna David from University College London talks about her work using gene therapy in pregnancy to treat unborn babies who fail to grow adequately. She's also involved in the world's first clinical trial of in utero stem cell transplantation for brittle bone disease. She is in New Zealand for the Perinatal Society Annual Scientific Congress.

09:45 Germany correspondent Thomas Sparrow

The new German government lays out its policy priorities for the next four years; Donald Trump´s decision to impose global tariffs on steel and aluminum has become the new problem between European leaders and Mr Trump, and the EU summit which has just concluded, has adopted guidelines for talks on a post-Brexit relationship with the UK.

10:05 Chris Tse: he's so MASC

Wellington-based poet, writer, musician and occasional filmmaker, Chris Tse.

Wellington-based poet, writer, musician and occasional filmmaker, Chris Tse. Photo: Supplied

After reckoning with the dead in the award-winning How to be Dead in a Year of Snakes, Chris Tse has turned to issues of identity and how to live today in his powerful second collection. he's so MASC confronts a contemporary world of self-loathing poets and compulsive liars, of youth and sexual identity, and of the author as a character – a pop star, an actor, a hitman...

10:35 Book review

Holly Walker reviews Brave by Rose McGowan, published by HarperCollins.

10:45 The Reading

Baby No Eyes by Patricia Grace (Ep. 16 of 17)

11:05 Political commentators Stephen Mills & Matthew Hooton

Jonathan Coleman sparks a by-election in Northcote after announcing he's leaving politics; Shane Jones reins back his initial statements calling for heads to roll over Air New Zealand dropping regional routes; and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on oil and gas exploration in New Zealand.

11:30 One Mile Bakery: small, local & fresh

Elisabeth Mahoney is an award winning artisan baker in Cardiff, Wales, whose One Mile Bakery is all about keeping it small, local and fresh. Each week, customers sign up for a fresh loaf of bread, baked in Elisabeth's kitchen, and delivered on foot or by bike to within a one mile radius of her kitchen. She's now expanded to teaching bread baking and is mentoring others who are setting up their own One Mile Bakeries across the UK. She shares her recipe for Cheese & Onion Loaf.

11:45 Of mice and mushrooms (& whistling grasses & white rhinos)

Outdoorsman Kennedy Warne discusses the passing on the autumn equinox including the fruiting of fungi, and the flowering of the climbing rata. Also the Antipodes Islands is now mice free and Kennedy learns to play the turutu.


Music played in this show

Artist: Robyn
Song: Dancing on My Own
Comp: Robyn / Berger
Album: Body Talk Pt. 1
Label: Konichiwa
Time: 10:06am

Artist: Modest Mouse
Song: Float On
Comp: Brock / Modest Mouse
Album: Good News for People Who Love Bad News
Label: Mojo
Time: 11:30am