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09:05 Kiwi Mum's fight to end restraints in Japan's psych hospitals

Kelly Savage

Kelly Savage Photo: supplied

The mother of Kelly Savage who died after being tied to his bed in a Japanese hospital, is traveling to Japan to call for an end of the use of restraints in psychiatric care. Kelly Savage, who was 27, and bi - polar,  was admitted to a psychiatric hospital following a manic episode in May last year,  but died 10 days later after his breathing and heart stopped. The exact cause of his death is not known, but it's believed Deep Veined Thrombosis or DVT is a probable cause, because he wasn't able to move. He was tied to his bed with leg, waist and wrist restraints almost the entire time he was in the hospital. Kelly's Mum, Martha Savage, will present a petition to Japan's Health Ministry calling for change on the anniversary of his death. You can sign it here.

09:30 Uber Drivers take a day off to highlight low pay

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Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Industrial action is being planned by some Uber drivers today over low pay and conditions. Kathryn Ryan talks to Sher Abid from the Rideshare Drivers Network - which is a group representing drivers from rides share apps that include Uber and Zoomy.


09:45 The Irish referendum, Italian politics and US Europe relations

Pro choice protesters marched in Ireland last year.

Pro choice protesters marched in Ireland last year. Photo: AFP

European correspondent Seamus Kearney on European leaders' rush to regroup after Trump's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and decide Europe's action plan in what's described by some as a huge rupture in trans-Atlantic relations. In Italy, two minor parties once seen as arch enemies, are in talks to try and form a common government, in an attempt to force out the two mainstream centrist parties. In Ireland Google and Facebook have agreed to take action in the light of complaints about foreign influence via social media ahead of Ireland's historic abortion referendum on May 25th.

10:05 Deep Groove: Bassist Christian McBride

Christian Mc Bride

Christian Mc Bride Photo: Anna Webber

Six-time Grammy-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride  is a virtuoso soloist, organizer of many different ensembles, and the artistic director at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's  jazz program,  the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and, the  Newport Jazz Festival. Also educator and advocate. He's something of a jazz superhero. He will open the 2018 Wellington Jazz festival with his new quartet Christian McBride's New Jawn on June 6 at The Opera House.  

10:35 Book review: Misogynation by Laura Bates

Reviewed by Sonja DeFriez, published by Simon & Schuster.

10:45 The Reading

11:05 Political commentators

Matthew Hooton is the managing director of the PR and lobbying firm, Exceltium. Stephen Mills is the executive director of UMR Research and former political adviser to two Labour governments.

11:30 Glowing food - perfect for UV fun in the dark

Go nuts for GLOW-nuts ! Graham Joe from Gelissimo has been making quirky neon ice creams for Wellington's LUX light event for years. This year he has out-done himself by extending the Glow menu beyond gelato - with glazed glowing doughnuts, also known as glow-nuts and lots more. His tasty treats are made from vitamin D loaded UV-reactive food, and are safe to eat.

The LUX Light Festival is happening in Wellington on the 18-27th May .

11:45 Designing better apartment buildings in Auckland

How can city planners avoid developers squeezing too many units into multi-unit sites to maximise profit? What are the dangers of buying off plans which may not be accurate or to scale? Bill McKay says the new Unitary Plan means Auckland will literally be growing up with much more multi-unit housing, and the heat is on for it to be decent quality.

Bill McKay is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.

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Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly