09:05 FMC says “weak” DoC allowing tourism operators to flout law

Mt Titiroa

Mt Titiroa Photo: Wikipedia commons: By Motorau & Joe Wynne - Own work, Public Domain

Claims the Department of Conservation is allowing tourism operators to flout their own rules by allowing tourists to fly into restricted areas of Fiordland. Federated Mountain Clubs says several operators are offering heli-hike trips to Mt Titiroa at Lake Manapouri, even though DoC's management plan forbids it. FMC President Peter Wilson and DOC 's Southern South Island operations director Aaron Fleming talk to Kathryn Ryan.

09:20 Hastings Church hatches solar plan to reduce energy poverty

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Photo: Lance Cpl. John Robbart III

A Hawkes Bay church wants to build a mega solar farm to help to reduce energy poverty in the region.
The plan being developed by St Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Hastings involves installing up to 4000 solar panels, to supply 400 low income households in the suburb of Flaxmere with low cost electricity. Kathryn talks with Reverend Jill McDonald and her husband and project manager, Chris Lambourne.

09:30 New science in a grain of sand

Hands holding black sand at Muriwai Beach

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Silicon dioxide, the raw material found in sand, is an earth abundant resource. However, beach and riverbed sand, isn't the only source of silicon dioxide and this is where the potential lies. Dr Erin Leitao is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemical Sciences in the Faculty of Science, University of Auckland. She's been researching converting silicon into different materials, replacing a reliance on oil as a raw material, with the potential to open up a new field of chemistry with applications that are yet to be imagined.

09:45 China's charm offensive & Japan's corporate drama

Asia correspondent Anna Fifield on Xi Jinping's charm offensive across south-east Asia, his latest stop being the Philippines, and there's drama in Japan with the arrest of Nissan's chairman for allegedly under-reporting his income to tax authorities and using company money for personal reasons.

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Photo: AFP

10:05 Decades of doing business in Cuba Street

Roger Young and Potti Wagstaff have been doing business in Wellington's Cuba Street for more than two decades. They're the owners of Fidels cafe, Havana Bar, and a more recent business Havana Brothers Cold Pressed Juices.  The pair are business partners, best friends and even live door to each other. They're featured in a new book celebrating the street's food, fashion and shops - called The Cuba Street Project. They talk to Kathryn about the fun, hardwork and innovation involved in staying at the top of a crowded hospitality and food scene.

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Photo: Alice Lloyd

10:35 Unity Books review - Heavy by Kiese Laymon

Melanie O'Loughlin from Unity Books reviews Heavy by Kiese Laymon, which is published by Bloomsbury.

10:45 The Reading - Ghost Dance

Ghost Dance written and told by the late Douglas Wright, episode 5 of 10 

Douglas Wright - Ghost Dance

Douglas Wright - Ghost Dance Photo: supplied

11:05 American dream dissolution songs & remastered 70s pop

New music with Jeremy Taylor including a curated selection from Saint Etienne's Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs on the Ace reissue label. This time, rather than a specific nationality or culture, a selection of songs chronicling the dissolution of the American dream. A curious mix of tracks from some big names - Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, The Everlys, plus some songs from  Mel Torme and Bing Crosby. Also, a newly remastered 25 track collection of 70s pop, features songs from the well-known likes of Steve Gilpin (Mi-Sex), Shona Laing, and Slow Boat boss Dennis O’Brien, many of which haven’t been on CD before. 

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11:30 A cricket win, All Black loss & U17 football

Sports commentator Brendan Telfer looks at NZ's remarkable cricket test win over Pakistan, which is being hailed around the cricketing world. Also, a post-mortem of the  All Blacks loss to Ireland, and some good news at last on the football landscape here - with our U17 girls team reaching the knockout stage of the FIFA U17 World Cup.

11:45 Florida see you later alligator, Finns troll Trump

The week that was with Radar and Elisabeth Easther. They're along with some of the wry headlines of the week, including the Florida Walmart which has trespassed an alligator, and Finnish people troll the US President's ludicrous reaction to California's deadly wildfires, suggesting raking forest floors!.