09:05 Impact of AMP's life insurance exit

AMP's managing director Blair Vernon on all the changes ahead, including selling on AMP's life insurance business in NZ and plans to spin out its New Zealand wealth management arm, through an initial public offering. The moves affect hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who have policies or investments with the AMP brand, which has being doing business here for over 160 years. 

AMP is an Australian financial services company. This is its office in Melbourne.

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09:20 Relearning the ability to swallow

People are traveling from around the world to be treated at a ground-breaking research centre in Christchurch which teaches people how to swallow again. The University of Canterbury's Rose Centre for Stroke Recovery and Research has developed new techniques which help people who have had a stroke, brain injury or brain tumor how to swallow again. The team is headed by Professor Maggie-Lee Huckabee who tells Kathryn how the team are treating people who haven't been able to swallow food for years.

09:45 The US midterms

US correspondent Susan Milligan looks at the US mid term elections, which are just getting underway. She says so far, the Democrats are looking pretty good for the House, and the Republicans look like keeping their narrow majority in the Senate.

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10:05 Enthusiasm for wild swimming

Living in an island nation, no wonder many New Zealanders have a deep connection to swimming, Conservationist, Annette Lees is a wild swimming enthusiast. She celebrates the outdoors at every opportunity by going swimming in open water. Her love of the sea, creeks and rivers is captured in her book Swim. It also provides an insight into how and why swimming has been so much a part of New Zealanders' lives through the ages. 

10:35 Book review - The Bomb by Sacha Cotter

Niki Ward from Ekor books has been reading The Bomb by Sacha Cotter, which is published by Huia Publishers.

10:45 The Reading

The New Ships by Kate Duignan read by Nick Blake, part 11 of 12.

11:05 The FMA/RB report on banking behaviour

Business Commentator Rod Oram reports on the Financial Markets Authority and the Reserve Bank report on the behaviour of banks. Also Zespri takes a grower to court over the alleged export of vines, and an announcement of the results of the Fonterra board election.

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11:30 Hidden delights of a Kiwi road trip

Southlander Nicola McCloy did many a roadie during her childhood in the family's Datsun 180B. As an adult, she has explored all that a national roadtrip has to offer, and written about it in her book Let's Get Lost. Her companion for the trip, photographer, Jane King. Not in a Datsun 180B this time!.

11:45 Is a summit to preserve quality journalism, overdue?

Media commentator, Gavin Ellis ponders whether a proposed media summit on preserving quality journalism in New Zealand is long overdue, and the New York Times is showing the way to a sustainable future for quality journalism.

Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald.  He can be contacted on gavin.ellis@xtra.co.nz

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