09:05 What will the NZ government do about "Kiwi jihadi" Mark Taylor?

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When will the New Zealand Government make a decision about what to do about Mark Taylor?
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she's not willing to risk other people's lives in extricating the so-called 'Kiwi jihadi', but that he will not lose his New Zealand citizenship because it would not be right to force another country to be responsible for him.  International relations professor at the University of Otago Robert Patman has welcomed the Government's position and says he could face legal action if he returns here. Dr Patman speaks with Kathryn Ryan.

09:20 Northland school forks out for meningococcal vaccinations

Kaihu Valley School Principal Sonia Simeon was outraged when she realised the 14 pupils at her tiny school were not eligible for free vaccinations of the meningococcal W strain. They fall outside the age-group of the Northland DHB's mass vaccination campaign, which was prompted by three deaths from the disease. Sonia Simeon tells Kathryn how her kura funded the vaccinations and we also have reaction from school whanau, Grandfather, Kevin Baker and Mother, Chrissie Mackie.

9:45 Rifleman takes a perch in Wellington

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New Zealand's smallest bird is coming to the capital. Around 60 tīti-pounamu, or rifleman birds are being translocated to Zealandia.  Director of the Centre for People and Nature at Zealandia Dr Danielle Shanahan shares the news with Kathryn Ryan.

09:50 Trump tribulations & Bernie's back

From the US, Washington bureau chief of The Guardian, David Smith with the latest on the US House panel inquiry into President Donald Trump, amid accusations of obstruction and abuse of power. Also, independent Senator Bernie Sanders has launched his second presidential campaign.

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10:05 An uninhabitable earth, scaremongering or reality?

Journalist and author David Wallace-Wells has written widely on why he believes climate change may render the earth inhabitable. His 2017 cover story for New York Magazine "The Uninhabitable Earth." is the most widely read article in the online history of the magazine. He outlined a worse case scenario in the not too distant future due to global warming, and has followed it up with a book The Uninhabitable Earth - a story of the future. It begins with the lines - it is worse, much worse than you think. The slowness of climate change is a fairy tale.

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10:35 Book review - My Coney Island Baby by Billy O'Callaghan

Kiran Dass from Timeout bookstore reviews My Coney Island Baby by Billy O'Callaghan, which is published by Jonathan Cape.

10:45 The Reading - Butlers Ringlet

Matthew Chamberlain reads part 7 of Butlers Ringlet by Laurence Fearnley.

11:05 A deep dive into the Mainzeal judgment

Business commentator Nikki Mandow has been delving into the Mainzeal judgement and she also a look at the shakey state of some other construction companies.

Nikki Mandow is from Newsroom and BusinessDesk, and she also does RNZ's Two Cents Worth podcast.

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11:30 Waikato illustrator collaborates with UK National Trust

Angela Keoghan's illustrations feature in the children's book How To Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear, put out by the National Trust in the UK. Angela's work came to the attention of the National Trust via the publisher, Nosy Crow, who they work with. How to Help a Hedgehog and Protect a Polar Bear carries strong conservation messages and let's children know how they can help the planet.

11:45 Cardinal Pell, court suppression in the digital age

Media commentator Gavin Ellis looks at the case against Cardinal George Pell in Australia and how it has once again raised the inability of court suppression orders to deal with the digital age - and borders.

Cardinal George Pell makes his way through media as he arrives at court in Melbourne on 27 February 2019 for a sentence plea hearing.

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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:   Paul Weller
Song: The Soul Searchers
Time: 9.18

Artist:   Unloved
Song:  Heartbreak
Time: 09.40

Artist:   Marlon Williams
Song:  After All
Time: 10:43

Artist:   Sarah Vaughan
Song:  Whatever Lola Wants
Time: 11:42