09:05 Lack of good staff remains Hospitality's weakness

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A strong hospitality sector needs staff - but can young people be convinced it's a good career option? The growth in the hospitality sector is solid, although it has slowed in the last year. Things are looking healthy except for the fact that businesses are constantly facing the challenge of getting enough good candidates through their doors as people don't see hospitality as a viable career option. Can perceptions be changed? Lynn is joined by Marisa Bidois - the Chief Executive of the Restaurant Association and Vicki Lee who heads Hospitality New Zealand to talk through the challenges.

09.20  Stomach reduction surgery "no silver bullet"

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Bariatric fellow at North Shore Hospital, surgeon Scott Whiting is advocating for publically funded bariatric surgery for those who cannot afford it, but warns it's no short cut for managing weight-loss long term.  Scott recently gave a talk at the National Dieticians conference about interventional weight loss, and is currently attending the ANZMOS Conference in Melbourne, where long term outcomes of bariatric surgery and most effective follow up care are being discussed.

09:35 Making bookworms of boys

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A new partnership between bookworms and Hogwarts launches tomorrow, promising to cast a spell on young men to get them to read.  The New Zealand Book Council has partnered with UK publishers of Harry Potter Bloomsbury to encourage teenagers to read the books some of their favourite movies are based on.   The campaign coincides with International Literacy Day and comes off the back of latest research showing Kiwi kids, especially boys, need encouragement to sit down and read.  New Zealand's 2016 Social Report finds only 44% of males age 16 to 24 were considered 'literate'.   As part of the campaign, a 'book trailer' has been created to inspire young Kiwis to read J.K. Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

09:45 Controversy mars the Pacific Island Forum 

Pacific Islands Forum leaders gather for a group photo ahead of their retreat.

Pacific Islands Forum leaders gather for a group photo ahead of their retreat. Photo: Nauru Government

Pacific correspondent Koro Vaka'uta looks at issues raised at the Pacific Island Forum in Nauru, including media freedom, the refugee situation and the non-attendance of some leaders. Also, nine cases of polio have been confirmed in Papua New Guinea.

10:05 Fake laughter, can you detect it?

Can you tell the difference between a fake laugh and a real one? A new UCLA study led by Professor Greg Bryant suggests many people can detect disingenous laughter.


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10:35 Book review - The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading by Edmund White

Ralph McAllister reviews The Unpunished Vice: A Life of Reading by Edmund White, which is published by Bloomsbury.   

10:45 The Reading

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Here at the End of the World We Learn to Dance by Lloyd Jones read by John McDavitt. Final episode.

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11:05 Smithies on APRA Silver Scrolls Shortlist

Music reviewer, Grant Smithies takes a look at the short-list for Aotearoa's premier songwriting award, the APRA Silver Scrolls. Leaving aside gems by Marlon Williams and The Beths, we hear three of the short-listed songs today from Troy Kingi, Chelsea Jade and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, followed by a UK hip hop classic from Roots Manuva.

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11:30 Trotted out, horse racing scandal

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Sports commentator Brendan Telfer on the scandal which has enveloped the harness racing circuit, and several changes to the team ahead of the All Black's test in Nelson.

11:45 Fishy fresh eyes and other funnies

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Michele A'Court and Justine Smith with the lighter side of life, including the Kuwaiti shop selling fish with stuck on googly eyes, in attempt to make it look fresher. And a Cornwall supermarket, in the town of Bude has become a tourist attraction for its long plastic tunnel, which keeps shoppers dry as they walk from the carpark to the store!.

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Michele A'Court & Justine Smith Photo: Glenda Wakeham