09:05 Are changes to firearms vetting 'unlawful'?

Follow the law. Professional lawyer sitting at the table and signing papers with justice statue standing on surface in forefront.

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Firearms barrister Nicholas Taylor says a proposed shake-up of  fire-arms vetting for licensed firearms holders goes against the letter of the Arms Act, which he says is in place to protect public safety. He is currently drafting a legal challenge against the proposed restructure, which includes centralising administrative vetting duties to one Kapiti office.

09:15 The Cascade Effect: Re-thinking climate resilience

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We're increasingly being confronted with obvious climate impacts like  drought, fire, and coastal flooding, but our responses to these changes are not keeping pace. Dr Judy Lawrence talks to Kathryn Ryan about two new pieces of pioneering research into climate change adaption. The first is around sea-level rise, with Hawkes Bay as a test case. The second study looks at 'cascading catastrophes', when single events cause vicious downwards spirals. Researchers say that understanding  the impacts of extreme events that have the power to cascade across all sectors of society will  make us more resilient when crunch time comes.

09:30 How sport in prisons can reduce re-offending

Women prisoners and staff play a volleyball game at Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility (ARWCF) as part of the women’s  regular fitness and sport activities.

Women prisoners and staff play a volleyball game at Auckland Region Women’s Corrections Facility (ARWCF) as part of the women’s regular fitness and sport activities. Photo: Supplied

UK Professor of Criminological Psychology Rosie Meek talks to Kathryn Ryan about her research into the benefits of structured exercise in prisons. Also joining the discussion is Neal Beals, Chief Custodial Officer of the Department of Corrections, which has had  exercise programmes operating in prisons for many years.

09:45 Out of time: Australian govt's pre-election headaches

The Government's move to cut back on the number of sitting days may have backfired - it won't have time before the election to implement changes recommended by the banking royal commission. Scott Morrison was planning to campaign on economic growth - until the Reserve Bank revealed it was uncertain there'd be any and how damaging have a series of scandals been to the Green party? Australia correspondent Bernard Keane says the polls tell all

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison on November 29, 2018.

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10:05 Innovative ways to reuse rubbish

Veena Sahajwalla is the inventor of green steel and a Professor of Materials Science in the Faculty of Science at the University of New South Wales. She talks to Kathryn about revolutionising recycling science to enable global industries to safely utilise toxic and complex wastes as low cost alternatives to virgin raw materials and fossil fuel. 

10:35 Book review - An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma

 Laura Caygill reviews An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma which is published by Hachette NZ.

10:45 The Reading

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11:05 Music with Yadana Saw: What happened at the Grammys?

RNZ's Yadana Saw looks at the Grammy awards this week and plays Butterfly by Kacey Musgraves, Dolly Parton's Dumb Blonde and This is America by Childish Gambino.

The trophy of the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in 2007.

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11:30  All eyes on Matahi Brightwell

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One of our last traditional Marae-taught carvers Matahi Brightwell is about to start restoring one of New Zealand's most visited tourist attractions - his own work - the Mine Bay Māori rock carvings on Lake Taupō.  Matahi is to lead a small team to clean and re-sculpt the giant carving of Ngātoroirangi, and the smaller carvings surrounding it.  Matahi started sculpting this work in 1976, taking four years to complete, and receiving a fair amount of local opposition along the way.  The Maori Rock Carvings are seen by thousands of tourists each year. There is completion here too. Matahi will finally carve eyes for Ngātoroirangi.

11:45 Science's hidden figures and an end to insulin injections

Women's contributions to science have long been hidden, now new analysis shows just how far. Could a swallowable capsule put an end to insulin injections? And researchers in China have developed an AI model that can distinguish between common and life-threatening conditions with accuracy. Science correspondent Siouxsie Wiles walks us through what it could mean in areas with few healthcare providers.





Music played in this show

Artist:   Beirut
Song: Landslide