09:05  Midwives to hold make or break meeting with Minister

Pregnant women at clinic.

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The College of Midwives will not ruling out legal action if it does not receive support from the Minister of Health for its pay equity claims and support for changes to how the profession is funded. The college will meet the minister, David Clark later today in what could be a make or break meeting following what it says was a breach of the mediation agreements between the College and Ministry last year. Chief Executive, Karen Guililand explains the midwives position.

09:20 Move to migrate pokies out of poorer suburbs

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The Problem Gambling Foundation favours moving pokies out of poorer suburbs.  A move to migrate pokie machines is to be considered by Wellington city council, but it's prompting concerns this would result in an escalation of gambling in the city centre.   Chief Executive of the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand Paula Snowden talks to Kathryn Ryan.

09:30 Preparing the turf for more female football coaches

Auckland celebrate Leon Van Den Hoven's goal. Auckland City defeat Tasman United 5 - 2 to take out the 2017 National Youth League Title, NYL, Auckland City FC v Tasman United, Kiwitea Street Auckland, Saturday 16th December 2017. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / www.phototek.nz

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Natalie Lawrence talks to Kathryn Ryan about coming home to New Zealand to become the first female head coach of a male National Youth League team.  It's not Natalie's first role in New Zealand football, but it is a first for the NYL, and Natalie hopes her appointment will pave the way for more female coaches to follow suit.

09:45 Strawberries, Aged Care and the new PM

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Australia correspondent, Karen Middleton has the latest on the tonnes of strawberries being dumped after suspected industrial sabotage; a new royal commission into aged care services and how is the new PM settling in?

10:05 Eddie Ayres: Danger Music

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Eddie Ayres is a British musician, writer and broadcaster who has made Australia home. He learned the viola as a child, studied music in England and Berlin, and for many years played with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra. Eddie was in his thirties when he moved to Australia, took up the cello and became a presenter on ABC Classic FM. But all this time, Eddie was known as Emma Ayres. In 2014, Emma suddenly quit radio and took on a job teaching cello at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music. It was in Kabul, that Emma decided it was time to transition and become Eddie. He's written a book about his life, Danger Music as well as a children's book, Sonam and the Silence, inspired by his time in Afghanistan.

10:35 Book review - Stardust and Substance: The New Zealand General Election of 2017

Holly Walker reviews Stardust and Substance: The New Zealand General Election of 2017, edited by Stephen Levine,
and published by Victoria University Press.

10:45 The Reading

Landings by Jenny Pattrick read by Martyn Sanderson and Stuart Devenie Episode 8 of 15

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11:05 Celebrating Suffrage with music

First Aid Kit, Aretha Franklin, Maimoa

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RNZ's Kirsten Johnstone's theme of her selection today is sisterhood, including a new EP from literal sisters Klara and Johanna Soderburgh - they perform under the name First Aid Kit. Kirsten also has music from Maori music collective Maimoa and ends with an 80s stadium rock inspired by the suffrage movement - Sisters are Doin it for Themselves by Eurythmics, sung alongside Aretha Franklin.

11:20 Making a NZ home eco-friendly

Building and renovating homes in New Zealand in an environmentally friendly way. Architecture and design writer Melinda Williams has researched the best ideas for making homes as eco-friendly as possible - including reusing materials and steering construction waste away from landfill. She joins Kathryn to talk about the challenges of building in the New Zealand environment and how builders and renovators can make the most of what they already have.

11:45 Celebrating Women in Science on Suffrage Day

A sign in Roanoke, USA, describing Henrietta Lacks' contribution to science.

A sign in Roanoke, USA, describing Henrietta Lacks' contribution to science. Photo: Emw

To celebrate 125 years since women won the vote, The University of Auckland has got special permission to name all their departments and schools after notable women alumni. The University is also launching a fundraiser with the goal of raising $125,000 to support scholarships, conference costs and academic positions with the aim of encouraging more women to continue with scientific careers. Keeping on the women in science theme, Siouxsie is keen to remind us of Henrietta Lacks, who died of cervical cancer, and whose cancerous cells are one of the most important tools in biomedical research. And to finish with, some new research on the increase in crowdfunding for cancer treatment in the UK.

Associate Professor Dr Siouxsie Wiles is the head of Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at the University of Auckland.