09:05 Relationship property law 'out of date'

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Moves to modernise the four decade old law that dictates how couples' assets are divided if they split up, will make significant in-roads this week. On Thursday the Law Commission, which is currently reviewing the Property Relationships Act, will publish a paper outlining its preferred approach before making its final recommendations in 2019. Under current law it's a 50-50 split if the couple is married, in a civil union or a de facto relationship, but new research, being presented today, has found that the majority of New Zealanders agree the law needs to be reformed. Associate Professor Nicola Taylor who is the Director of the Children's Issues Centre at Otago University, and Professor Mark Henaghan from Otago University's Law Faculty talk to Kathryn Ryan.

09:20 Big Brands "turbo-charging" marketing to young people

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How big brands use new digital marketing tools to create and sustain new markets for junk food, alcohol and tobacco. Professor Gerard Hastings is a renowned British marketing expert who has been a special advisor to the House of Commons' Health Select Committee inquiries into tobacco, food, pharmaceuticals and alcohol,  and is also an advisor to the World Health Organisation. He is calling for stronger Government regulation to control digital marketing, especially to children.

Professor Hastings is in New Zealand as part of The Cancer Society's Stop Cancer Before its Starts symposium   which is focusing on effective policies around three of the biggest risk factors for cancer: obesity, alcohol and tobacco.   

09:45 Hate in America, and an Obama comeback?

From the US, Washington bureau chief of The Guardian, David Smith with a backgrounder on the suspect in the  Pittsburgh synagogue killings amid hate crimes being on the rise in America. Also, is Barack Obama is campaigning for the Democrats during the midterm elections.

10:05 Aussie confectionery empire's bitter-sweet tale 

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'Rocky Road' is the story of  Darrell Lea, the Australian family confectionery company which has seen four generations of the Lea family make bitter sacrifices to try and make it in the sweet business. Darrell Lea was founded in Sydney in 1927, by an English immigrant, Harry Lea, but this chapter of the story begins in 1935 when 19 year old Valerie Everitt eloped with Monty Lea, the young part-owner of his father's chocolate shop.

'Rocky Road's author is Robert Wainwright who has been a journalist for almost 40 years, and has made something of a name for himself by unearthing forgotten histories of indomitable Australian women. He is the author of, among others, Rose: The unauthorised biography of Rose Hancock Porteous,The Killing of Caroline Byrne, Born or Bred (the story of killer Martin Bryant),  Sheila, and Miss Muriel Matters. This is his twelfth book.

10:35 Book review - Made in Scotland by Billy Connolly

Ian Telfer reviews Made in Scotland by Billy Connolly, which is published by Penguin Random House NZ.

10:45 The Reading

The New Ships by Kate Duignan read by Nick Blake, part 6 of 12.

11:05 Interesting innovative businesses with Rod Oram

Business commentator Rod Oram has some rather quirky, but very interesting, innovation stories to discuss with Kathryn. Mercedes-Benz takes a stake in Soul Machines, and hydrogen fuel is to be trialed for heavy goods vehicles. Also a look at AMP's planned exit from NZ.

11:30 The Kiwi, The Knight and the Qashqai

New Zealand's only independent rug repairer Anna Williams has found herself the subject of a documentary that also involves an Iranian tribe and the British broadcaster and naturalist, Sir David Attenborough. The story begins with Anna's friendship with the Qashqai people whom she had long been fascinated with and also her passion for textiles and rugs. She has traveled to Iran 7 times, visiting the Qashqai and loves learning about the detail and techniques of their rugs and carpets. Documentary maker, Anna Cottrell knew it would make compelling viewing and to add to the story, David Attenborough was involved. The story is told in The Kiwi, The Knight and the Qashqai which will be screened on November 26th on Choice TV at 8.30pm. Anna Williams joins Kathryn to talk about her passions, her pathway into rug repairing and being the subject of a documentary.

11:45 User pays for TVNZ?

Media commentator, Gavin Ellis looks at speculation from TVNZ's CEO Kevin Kenrick about the network's future. It may turn back the clock or push the network toward user-pays. Meanwhile, Spark is making life difficult for Sky TV by securing yet more premium sports content.

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: Eleanor Friedberger

Song: Everyday

Time: 9.25am