09:05 Bold privately funded Auckland waterfront stadium proposal

Artist's impression of a new Auckland stadium.

Artist's impression of a new Auckland stadium. Photo: RNZ / Supplied

A bold design for a National waterfront stadium in downtown Auckland has been unveiled by a private business consortium which says it will fund the complex project entirely. The proposed 50-thousand-seat stadium would be developed on Bledisloe Wharf and would replace Eden Park. Lynn Freeman talks with the chair of the Waterfront Consortium Dave Wigmore.

 09:20 Uni & polytech staff struggling with mental health

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The mental health of university and polytech staff is declining seriously according to the union representing them.
The Tertiary Education Union says it's currently surveying staff across the sector and early analysis lines up with last year's results suggesting staff well-being is getting worse. It says the mental health of both students and staff is an issue for institutions and must be addressed. Lynn Freeman speaks with President of the Tertiary Education Union Sandra Grey and Professor Stuart McCutcheon, Chair of Universities New Zealand.

09:30 Hip hop trailblazers, UHP enter Hall of Fame

Upper Hutt Posse

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For the last three decades Upper Hutt Possehave been using their music to challenge  the status quo and fight for social justice. They first made waves in 1988 when they released  Aotearoa's first real hip hop song,  'E Tu', which paid homage to rebel Maori warrior chiefs like  Hone Heke, and Te Rauparaha. Upper Hutt Posse will be welcomed into Te Whare Taonga Puoro o Aotearoa, the NZ Music Hall of Fame at the 2018 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards on 15th November. Lynn Freeman talks to founding UHP member Dean Hapeta, also known as D Word or Te Kupu.

09:45 PNG Maseratis & Tongan league fever

Johnny Blades with this week's Pacific wrap, Fakaalofa lahi atu, it is Niuean language week. Also controversy over Papua New Guinea's  purchase of luxury Maseratis and Bentleys to transport VIPs involved in next month's APEC Summit, and NZ's Tongan community is whipped into a passionate frenzy as their rugby league team prepares to meet the World Champion Australians for the first time

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10:05 Rethinking DNA - does it makes us who we are?

Robert Plomin is a pioneer in the field of behavioural genetics. As a geneticist and psychologist, his lifetime's worth of research makes the case that DNA is the most important factor shaping us. In his new book Blueprint he argues that we need to radically rethink what makes us who we are.

10:35 Children's Book review

Rachel Eadie from Scorpio Books reviews:

Oh Boy, A storybook of epic NZ men by Stuart Lipshaw, which is published by Puffin.

The People Awards, written by Lily Murray, illustrated by Ana Albero, and published by Lincoln children's books.

10:45 The Reading

Failure To Deal - A short Story by Raschel-Miette read by Jason Te Kare.

If this story has raised any issues for you please refer to the Mental Health Foundation's help list .

11:05 The Mauscovic Dance Band, Louis Cole & Prince 

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Music reviewer Grant Smithies​ says quick, call an osteopath! LA jazz-funk wunderkind Louis Cole has a new album out and it might just dislocate your spine. We'll hear two tracks from Cole's third solo album Time, along with fresh gems from the late, great Prince and "Afro-Caribbean space disco" renegades, The Mauscovic Dance Band. 

11:30 Silver Ferns, All Blacks & Tongan fever League test

The Silver Ferns outplayed and Brendan Telfer looks at the new 51 strong All Black squad,  and this weekend's much awaited League test, Tongan Fever takes on the Kangaroos.

Tongan fans turned out in force at Mount Smart Stadium during the Rugby League World Cup.


11:45 Can you post a goldfish?

The week that wasRadar and Michele A'Court look at some of the stranger stories, including whether you can post a goldfish. Live fish are among the unusual mail items NZ Post has dealt with. Other parcels include deer antlers, birthday cakes and bees.

Goldfish (Claudio Guglier via unsplash.com)

Photo: Goldfish (Claudio Guglier via unsplash.com)