09:05 What's next for the capital's under fire bus network?

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Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

Public transport advocates say they are happy progress is being made on capital's botched bus overhaul, but more needs to be done on the hubs system and on problem bus routes. It follows an admission by  Wellington Regional Council that  it got some things "terribly wrong" and will make changes. Complaints include: overcrowded buses, wrong sized buses, botched routes causing extended commutes, buses that fail to turn up, and drivers who don't know where they're going. Public transport advocate Mike Mellor is from the group Living Streets Aotearoa. Daran Ponter is the Sustainable Transport Committee Deputy Chair and will be taking part in all this month's public meetings:

12 August - 5.00pm Newtown Community Centre (Paul Eagle MP, councillor Daran Ponter)
26 August - 3.00pm St Patrick's College, Kilbirnie (councillor Daran Ponter)
30 August - 7.30-9.30pm Karori Community Centre (Nicola Willis MP, Grant Robertson MP, councillor Daran Ponter)

09:20 Asian Construction Forum set up to boost sector


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Photo: Asian Construction Forum


Asian companies contribute $7 billion each year, to the sector, helping meet the demand for the large scale, quality construction & infrastructure projects that are needed, and to address labour shortages. Yet there's concern that many of these businesses currently sit outside the traditional sector model. That's why an Asian Construction Forum, is being organised in Auckland to help make it easier for Asian companies to do business here, and to upskill migrant workers. Ian Watt,  is the General Manager of Productspec & Construction Marketing Services. Noah Bian, the Design Director from Flourishing Property Company Ltd.

The Asian Construction Forum is being held between on Saturday 11th August at the Ellerslie Event Centre in Auckland and it is free to attend.

09:35 Milk in glass bottles returning

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Photo: digitalnz.org

Eketahuna farmers Steve and Pip Olds are setting up a dairy processing plant to produce milk in glass bottles for delivery to  households in Wairarapa and Wellington. Steve tells Kathryn they're currently gauging interest in the idea, and have been stoked with the response.

09:45 Poke & Aloha trademarked


Poke Photo: wikimedia commons

RNZ Pacific journalist Indira Stewart reports on the trademarking of two Hawaiian words 'Aloha' and 'Poke', new data showing China's aid dominance in the Pacific is being overstated, and the upcoming court appearance of a nurse charged over two baby vaccination deaths in Samoa.

10:05 Sam Hunt: Coming To It

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Photo: supplied

Sam Hunt is New Zealand's best known poet. He's been writing and performing his work for nearly 50 years, and has just published a new selection of his work over the years - called Coming To It - which includes 19 new poems written this year. He talks to Kathryn Ryan about life, love and work from his remote treetop home overlooking the Arapoa River in Kaipara.

10:35 Children's Book review

Rachel Eadie from Scorpio Books shares her picks from the winners of the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.

I am Jellyfish by Ruth Paul, published by a Penguin Random House.

Giants Trolls, Witches and Beasts by Craig Phillips, published by Allen & Unwin.

10:45 The Reading

Resistance by Rebecca Barnes, episode 10 of 15.  

11:05 The Beths, The Adults and Bill Direen 

The Beths/Bill Direen

The Beths/Bill Direen Photo: composite

Grant Smithies keeps it local, with music from guitar pop renegades The Beths, itinerant Christchurch writer-musician Bill Direen and Shihad frontman Jon Toogood's multicultural mash-up side-project, The Adults.

11:30 It's just not cricket!

Sports Commentator Brendan Telfer on cricketer, Ben Stokes affray outside a Bristol nightclub, this weekend's domestic netball final, and in Bristol, the ridiculous, if not spiteful lengths a bowler went to in order to deny a batsman his first century in club cricket.

England cricketer Ben Stokes

England cricketer Ben Stokes Photo: © Photosport Ltd 2018 www.photosport.nz

11:45 Clip-on man buns & office tea etiquette ​

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Photo: Mattel

The Week That Was with James Elliott and Justine Smith includes a look at the gift for the hard to buy for - a clip-on man bun, and the minefield that is office tea etiquette.


Music played in this show

Artist:   David Kilgour & Sam Hunt & the Heavy Eights

Song: Maintrunk Country Road Song

Composer:  Kilgour/Hunt

Album: The 9th

Label: David Kilgour

Time: 10:06


Artist:  David Kilgour & Sam Hunt & the Heavy Eights

Song: Rainbows & a Promise of Snow

Composer:  Kilgour/Hunt

Album:  The 9th

Label: David Kilgour

Time: 10:09


Artist:   Fabulous Arabia

Song: Tony’s Chord

Composer: August / Milne

Album: Unlimited Buffet

Label: Economy

Time: 11: 45