09:05 Landcorp - Forest & Bird to work together

Sheep on a New Zealand farm

Sheep on a New Zealand farm Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

The country's biggest farmer and largest conservation organisation are to work together to promote environmentally friendly farming practices.State-owned Landcorp, now known as Pamu, owns or manages 125 farms.It has just signed an agreement with Forest and Bird which will see the two organisations work together on researching, implementing, and promoting agricultural practices that protect the natural environment.  Lynn Freeman talks with Pamu Chief Executive Steven Arden and the Chief Executive of Forest and Bird, Kevin Hague.

09:20 High relapse blamed for persistent gambling-related harm

The state of the country's gambling problem is being revealed. The National Gambling Study shows that while participation is down, levels of gambling-related harm are not. The research, conducted by Auckland University of Technology and funded by the Ministry of Health, is one of only two gambling studies in the world that has followed and assessed a large national sample over time. Professor Max Abbott,  is the Director of the Gambling and Addictions Research Centre.

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09:35 Humpback Whale Stranding latest

Lynn Freeman talks to the Department of Conservation 's Stephen Soole about the state of two Humpback whales, stranded on Baylys Beach, near Dargaville and the rescue attempts to free them.

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Photo: Supplied / Jake Smith

09:45 Middle East wrap, protests in Iran and Iraq

Sebastian Usher reports on the protests in Iraq and Iran, the Syrian war and reform in Saudi Arabia. 

Protests in Iran

Protests in Iran Photo: Fars News Agency wikicommons

10:05 Actor Kate Mulgrew, OITNB, Star Trek & beyond

Kate Mulgrew on how Orange is the New Black's character Red 'just leapt out', being where no woman had gone before, playing  the first female Star Trek skipper: Voyager 's Captain Janeway, and the excruciating life changing decision she made as a young actor to give up her baby daughter for adoption.

10:35 Book review - View from the South by Owen Marshall

David Hill reviews View from the South by Owen Marshall, which is published by Penguin Random House NZ.   

10:45 The Reading

Resistance by Rebecca Barnes:  The government wants to implant electronic chips in the brains of all the NZ populace but small pockets of resistance are forming around the country (6 of 15)

11:05 Political commentators Hooton and Mills

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In politics Matthew and Stephen discuss the Prime Minister returning to work from maternity leave, and where things are at on the industrial action front with teachers and nurses.

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 Rockstar desserts with the Punk Princess of pastry

With her signature pink mohawk, Anna Polyviou is an Australian pastry chef with edge. Known for breaking the rules and her top notch patisserie skills it's no surprise she's been responsible for setting some of the toughest TV dessert challenges (Anna's Mess, The Firecracker, Anna's Tower of Terror.) She talks to Nine to Noon about her funky take on the culinary world and her new cookbook, Sweet Street. She has recipes for Cherry On Top and her own version of Lamingtons.

11:45 Why some big builders are going broke?

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Photo: RNZ / Alexander Robertson

Bill McKay takes a look at why a number of contractors have into receivership recently and the big hits Fletchers have taken over the last couple of years. 

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

Music played in this show

Artist:  Loretta Lynn  
Song: Women's Prison
Composer: Lynn
Album: Van Lear Rose
Label: Interscope
Time: 10.05

Artist:   Pam Grier
Song: Long time woman
Composer: Grier
Album: Jackie Brown: [Orginal Motion Picture Soundtrack]
Label: Maverick
Time: 10:35

Artist:  Leon Bridges
Song: Bet Ain't Worth the Hand
Composer:  Block/Bridges/Frederic/Hector
Album: Good Thing
Label: Sony
Time: 11.30