09:05 Interim surgical mesh registry to be created - still no temporary ban

Surgical mesh advocacy group, Mesh Down Under, is claiming a partial victory in its campaign against the harm caused by the medical devices. Government agencies including the Ministry of Health, ACC, the Health and Disability Commission and surgeons' groups have agreed  to work towards setting up an interim register, but no agreement was made about the campaigners' plea to temporarily stop the use of the medical devices all together, as was agreed to in England Wales and Ireland, last month. Patricia Sullivan is one of the co-founders of Mesh Down Under and Rose Wall  is the Health and Disability Commisions's Deputy Commissioner.

09:20 Improving survival after cardiac arrest

How to dramatically improve a patient's chance of survival when they have a cardiac arrest outside a hospital? A system developed in Washington State in the US is leading the world in terms of survival rates - New Zealand's St John Ambulance says the system is the gold standard in treating cardiac arrest. What can NZ learn?

St John Ambulance paramedics performing CPR

St John Ambulance paramedics performing CPR Photo: @LeeHowell2013

09:45 US midterms, interest in Ohio

Ohio Vote

Ohio Vote Photo: WIKIMEDIA / WOSU

US correspondent Gabrielle Levy takes a look at the midterms with a special election in Ohio being a possible hint at the things to come. The seat has been held by Republicans for decades. Also the latest on the US - Russia front. 

10:05 Suzanne Vega: A Life in Music

US Singer Songwriter, Suzanne Vega

US Singer Songwriter, Suzanne Vega Photo: Richard Huber

US singer songwriter, Suzanne Vega is in New Zealand to play 2 shows as part of her Anniversary Tour celebrating two of her early albums. It has been 30 years since Solitude Standing was released which featured Luka and Tom's Diner and 25 years since the album 99.9 F. Suzanne is in the studio to talk about her career, experimenting with music and she will also sing an A Cappella version of Tom's Diner. The shows take place on August 7th at the Bruce Mason Centre in Auckland and August 8th at the Wellington Opera House.

10:35 Book review - The Botanist's Daughter by Kayte Nunn

Gail Pittaway reviews The Botanist's Daughter by Kayte Nunn, which is published by Hachette.    

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 (7 of 15)

11:05  Nurses agree to govt offer

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Photo: 123rf

Nurses have settled their long running pay and staffing row with the country's district health boards.
RNZ Health Correspondent Karen Brown.

11:10 US Business visas & seed business sale 

Seeds Landing Seeds

Seeds Landing Seeds Photo: https://www.pggwrightson.co.nz/Products/Product-Category/Seed/Ryegrass

Rod Oram elaborates on  PGG Wrightson selling its seeds business, Air NZ gets a new chair and and NZ business people win access to business visas for the US.

11:30 A good bloke: 60 years of volunteering

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Photo: Bree Cornwell

Peter Templeton has spent most of his life helping other people.  He started age ten clipping the Tuatapere sports field by hand.  Over sixty years later has just been recognised for his volunteering effort, with a community service award for all his work in the far south west.  He tells Lynn Freeman about conducting funerals single-handedly and helping the young ones get along in his favourite sport, wood chopping.

11:45 New media defence against defamation claims

media law

media law Photo: supplied

Gavin Ellis says New Zealand media law has taken a significant step forward with the creation of a new defence against defamation claims - the public interest. Also, award-winning cartoonist Jim Hubbard is being dropped from NZME regional newspapers in a move that mirrors decisions already made by Stuff to syndicate the work of Tom Scott throughout its regional titles.

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

Music played in this show

Artist:   Gorillaz

Song: Humulity

Composer: Albarn

Album: The Now Now Now

Label: Warner

Broadcast time: 09:29


Artist:   Fleet Foxes

Song: White Winter Hymnal

Composer: Pecknold

Broadcast time: 09:45