09:05 Dreams come true - Sleepyhead workers to get affordable town

Sleepyhead Beds Ohinewai

Photo: An artists’ impression of the $1 Billion development planned for Ohinewai

Priced out of the city the Auckland bedding manufacturer Sleepyhead beds is building a town for its workers. The plan is to spend one billion dollars on an affordable town for workers to live and work in. Frustrated by Auckland's infrastructure and the inability to secure land for expansion Sleepyhead has secured 176 acres of rural land and is moving premises from Otahuhu to Ohinewai. Co-owner Graeme Turner says a new factory and housing for 3-thousand residents is in the pipeline. Michael Barnett the Chief Executive of Auckland Chamber of Commerce says he hopes the move will give courage to other businesses.

09:20 Hack, bark, rasp, wheeze: What is a cough?

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Dry and irritating, hacking, chesty, barking, whooping, throaty, raspy, wheezy ....the cough is the soundtrack to winter for many. What is a cough? Why do some last so long, and what is the best way to get rid of them? Dr. David King is a senior lecturer in the Medicine Program at the The University of Queensland in Australia.

09:30 Solar power aspirations of a small Canadian town

Greg Robinson tells Kathryn how his hometown of Raymond in Alberta wants to be the first town in Canada to power itself using only solar panels.

09:45 Asia correspondent Ed White 

Tense times in the skies between South Korea and Japan with Russia and China stepping up military co-operation in the region. And there's not much rest for the South Korean military with the North Koreans testing new missiles.

Ed White is a correspondent for the Financial Times, based in Seoul

10:05 Crime writer James Ellroy, LA Confidential and more 

James Ellroy is regarded as one of the best literary crime writers in the world, with his books painting vivid portraits of the seedier side of Los Angeles and the underworld. Some of his well known titles include - The Cold Six Thousand, and L.A. Quartet novels: The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L. A. Confidential, and White Jazz. His new book, the first in five years is This Storm, it is the second volume of his Second L.A.Quartet, which began with Perfidia. 

10:35 Book review - Places and Names by Elliot Ackerman

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Photo: Allen Lane

Melanie O'Loughlin of Unity Books reviews Places and Names by Elliot Ackerman, which is published by Allen Lane.

A new kind of war reporting, written by a former US Marine who saw combat in Afghanistan and Iraq. A decade later, Ackerman returns to live in the Middle East - and takes the time to ask his former enemies what the war and its aftermath was like for them.

10:45 The Reading

Part five of Pearly Gates by Owen Marshall, read by Gavin Rutherford.

11:05 Music reviewer Jeremy Taylor - Thom Yorke & more

Singer-songwriters of various persuasions have Jeremy Taylor's attention - bold new albums from Lloyd Cole, David Berman's return as Purple Mountains, Thom Yorke's solo effort, and a reissue of Sachiko Kanenobu's lost classic from 1972.

Thom Yorke of Radiohead

Thom Yorke of Radiohead Photo: AFP

11:30 Sports commentator Brendan Telfer - netball pay equity

Brendan talks to Kathryn about the late financial windfall for the Netball World Cup victorious Silver Ferns. 

Silver Ferns Sharon Saunders, Ameliaranne Ekenasio and Jane Watson (front, L-R), Phoenix Karaka (rear, fourth from right), Karin Burger (rear, second from right) and team staff show off the Netball World Cup after landing at Auckland Airport.

Photo: RNZ / Eden More

11:45 The week that was with Te Radar and Michele A'Court

Why you need to be careful where you make coffee in Venice, and cuddling cows for stress relief.

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Photo: Glenda Wakeham