09:05 Birkenhead college criticised for requiring "spyware" on devices

Male and female medical students or doctors using digital tablet and laptop during the lecture or conference. Focus on the man with pad

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Auckland's Birkenhead college has been criticised by civil liberties advocates for requiring parents to install what it calls "spyware" on their children's devices.  The college has advised parents their children will not be able to use the wifi at school on their personal phones, tablets or laptops unless they authorise the "Family Zone" app. The app lets parents manage the amount of time their children spend on devices, as well as blocking certain websites. Parents receive an alert if their child tries to access a blocked site, and a weekly report on what websites their children have looked at. Thomas Beagle from the New Zealand Council for Civil Liberties says it's deeply problematic and the school has taken a step too far.  Also Richard Dykes Chair of the Auckland Secondary Principals' Association.

09:20 Rugby Union urges provinces to axe  junior reps

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As North Harbour scraps its under-14 rep programme, we ask Steve Lancaster of NZ Rugby how best to develop young rugby talent. The national body is creating an age-grade rugby guide for other provinces to follow and has written to provincial unions making its position clear. However it says it will not force any province to axe junior age-grade rep competitions.

09:30 WHO housing guidelines launched in New Zealand

Mould in the living room.

Mould in the living room. Photo: RNZ / Michael Cropp

New guidelines aimed at improving poor housing conditions have had their Southern Hemisphere launch in New Zealand. The guidelines relate to things like heating, crowding, and mould. The standards were launched earlier this week just days after the Minister of Housing announced a raft of new rules for rentals, with a strong focus on heating and insulation. And in tandem with this new research has put preventable injuries and hospitalisations due solely to poor housing at an annual cost of more than $145 million. Dr Nathalie Röbbel, is the Coordinator for Air Pollution and Urban Health at WHO  and Lucy Telfar Barnard has advised MBIE on the new healthy homes standards. She also reviewed the WHO Housing and Health guidelines on indoor cold.

09:45 Environmental disaster unfolding in Solomon Islands

RNZI journalist, Johnny Blades with stories making news in the Pacific region including an environmental disaster unfolding in Solomon Islands. A tanker which is wedged on a reef off Rennell Island has leaked oil into a marine sanctuary.

The MV Solomon Trader stuck on a reef off of Rennell Island in the Solomon Islands is leaking oil into the ocean. February 2019.

The MV Solomon Trader stuck on a reef off of Rennell Island in the Solomon Islands is leaking oil into the ocean. February 2019. Photo: Australian High Commission in Solomon Islands - DFAT

10:05 Tackling food waste through technology

 Abi Ramanan is the co-founder and CEO of food technology company ImpactVision - which has developed software using hyperspectral imaging to give food producers, retailers and consumers real-time critical information about the quality of food products. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, around 1.3 billion tons of food are thrown away each year, Ms Ramanan says ImpactVision is about attacking the supply chain directly and reducing the waste. Abi Ramanan will be in the country for the Boma NZ Grow Agri-summit in Christchurch next month.

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10:35 Book review - The Unknown Kimi Raikkonen by Kari Hotakainen

Hugh Barlow reviews The Unknown Kimi Raikkonen by Kari Hotakainen, which is published by Simon & Schuster Ltd.

10:45 The Reading - Butlers Ringlet

Matthew Chamberlain reads part 5 of Butlers Ringlet by Laurence Fearnley.

11:05 Francisca Griffin, Beat Rhythm Fashion &Lizzy Mercier Descloux 

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Poet, painter, Parisian punk, Patti Smith pal- New York fell hard for the charms of French artiste Lizzy Mercier Descloux when she swept into that city in the late 70s in a cloud of Gauloises smoke and nervous energy. Forty years after it was made, her 1979 debut album Press Color still sounds sushi fresh. Music reviewer, Grant Smithies will play us two tracks from that today, alongside new music from former Look Blue Go Purple singer Francisca Griffin and freshly reformed 80s Wellington band, Beat Rhythm Fashion. 

11:30  Rugby world league & ongoing Hockey review saga

Timoci Nagusa heads for the tryline against Ireland in 2017.


RNZ's sports reporter Clay Wilson looks at the proposed revamp of the international rugby calendar. World Rugby is in discussions to form a 12 team World League from 2020, including teams from the Six Nations, while the USA and Japan would be invited to join the Rugby Championship, at the expense of Pacific Island nations. Also, Clay has been following the Hockey NZ review of the Black Sticks' women's squad, and the subsequent fallout since the findings were released on Monday.

Hockey New Zealand chief executive Mike Bignell (center) speaks to media at a press conference.

Hockey New Zealand chief executive Mike Bignell (center) speaks to media at a press conference. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

11:45 The $100 dollar tuckshop ban

Comedians James Elliott and Justine Smith chat to Lynn about the move by King's College in Auckland to stop students using $100 notes at the school tuckshop. And the Australian disqualified driver who towed his boat with a mobility scooter faces a further loss of licence.

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