09:05 Changes to government ban on foreign buyers

The finance and expenditure select committee looking at the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill has recommended some significant changes giving overseas investors more leeway to put money into New Zealand housing developments. The changes relax the rules to allow foreign buyers to hold onto new properties bought off the plan, provided they are in large, multi-storey developments with 20 or more units and will allow foreign investors to purchase hotel units provided they are leased back to the developer or hotel. Housing Strategist, Leonie Freeman and Nick Goodall from the property analytics firm Corelogic talk to Kathryn Ryan.

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09:20 Restoring the Hauraki Gulf with mussels

A previously restored mussel reef near Waiheke Island

A previously restored mussel reef near Waiheke Island Photo: Sharun Lee, Revive the Gulf

A project to restore the mussel beds in the waters around Auckland could provide part of the answer to cleaning up the Hauraki Gulf. The gulf has been affected by sediment and nitrate runoff from farming and the growing developments around the city. Scientists involved with the group in Revive our Gulf have been laying mussel beds and monitoring the change in the water health. Andrew Jeffs from Auckland University says their work could be the key to rejuvenating the Gulf and making it safer for other fish.

09:35 Auckland in the running for a flying taxi service

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Uber is looking for city outside of the U.S. with significant traffic congestion to  launch "urban aerial ridesharing" uberAIR. One of the considerations is finding a city that needs to improve its transport systems.  uberAIR is set to take off in 2023. Nikhil Goel is looking at developing new modes of transport for Uber. 

09:45 From Trump campaign manager to inmate

Paul Manafort in April 2016.

Paul Manafort in April 2016. Photo: AFP

US correspondent, Susan Milligan with the latest on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort who is now in jail for defying terms of his pre-trial detention,  and the controversial immigration practices separating children from their parents at the US border.

10:05 Bringing Aboriginal choral voices to the world

Morris Stuart with the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir

Morris Stuart with the Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir Photo: Potential films

Morris Stuart is a former pastor who is helping to bring the voices of the Central Australian Aboriginal Women's Choir to the world. Over the last 12 years he has worked with tiny community choirs in central Australia, bringing them togeher as they found their voice. The choir is the subject of a new documentary The Song Keepers which tells the story of the group and their tour to Germany. They have been called Australia's answer to The Buena Vista Social Club. The film is playing at the New Zealand International Film Festival next month.


10:35 Book review - The Map Of Salt And Stars by Jennifer Joukhadar

Anne Else reviews The Map Of Salt And Stars by Jennifer Joukhadar, published by: Hachette.

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10:45 The Reading

The Stove Rake by Denise Keay read by Tandi Wright (Part 7 of 10)

11:05 Economics of Rugby & US/NZ interest rate history

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Business commentator Nikki Mandow on an historic point in relative US/NZ interest rates, the economics of New Zealand Rugby, and the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill

11:30  What is old?

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Massey University demographer, Professor Paul Spoonley says we need to rethink "old age" both as a concept,  but also how we approach it, and how we talk about it. Describing people as "elderly" or "pensioners" is demeaning and inappropriate, he says.

11:45 Media guidelines for reporting on mental health

Gavin Ellis runs through new guidelines from the Mental Health Foundation for reporting on mental health and the Broadcasting Standards Authority on use of social media seek to minimise harm.

Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald.  He can be contacted on gavin.ellis@xtra.co.nz