09:05  'No public inquiry needed'. Southern DHB boss

Samples of a colon biopsy to be sent to a laboratory, at Diaconesses Croix Saint-Simon Hospital, Paris, France (2009).


Chris Fleming, the head of Southern DHB says there's no need for a public inquiry into its treatment of bowel cancer patients, and major failings are being addressed. It's in response to criticisms levelled by Phil Bagshaw, one of two clinicians tasked with auditing the DHB's colonoscopy and bowel cancer service, who said more needed to be done to address their recommendations.

09:20 Older couples joining households - the legal lowdown

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Auckland barrister Sandra Grant says older couples need to consider how they want their assets to be treated, under current property law and under proposed changes. The Law Commission has suggested a raft of changes to the Property Relationships Act  - the biggest being how the family home is shared. Rather than the automatic 50-50 split, if the family home was owned by one partner before the relationship began or was a third party gift or inheritance, only the increase in the value of the home during the relationship should be shared. Sandra Grant says re-partnering is on the rise, and older couples - often with their own adult children-  should consider opting out of the current and proposed law in order to protect their assets.

09:45 USA correspondent Susan Milligan

Susan takes as look at gun control legislation following the two most recent mass killings in the US. Also, the apparent suicide in custody of American financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein - what is the Clinton link?

10:05 Sourdough starter: Nancy Silverton

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Nancy Silverton is a Californian culinary queen whose name has become synonymous with innovation. With a career spanning 35 years and 9 cookbooks she not only paved the way for the cafe bakery concept but is also one of the pioneers of the artisanal bread movement. She also knows what it's like to make a fortune, loose it and then build an Italian cooking empire. Nancy's restaurant Osteria Mozza in Los Angeles is said to be so well known that many locals can recite the menu by heart.

Nancy is in Wellington for the Visa Wellington On A Plate Festival for a three-night collaboration with local chef Shepherd Elliott.

10:35 Book review - Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

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Jessie Bray Sharpin reviews Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane, which is published by Penguin Random House. 

10:45 The Reading

Last Day, Last Chance, Forever And Ever by Noel Harrison. Episode 2 of 5.

11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram - Fonterra write-down

Rod Oram chats to Kathryn about Fonterra's big write down of assets and no dividend this financial year. Also, the RBNZ's very surprisingly deep OCR cut, and the way it announced it.

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11:30 Men, eating disorders & body dysmorphia

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26 year Christchurch journalist Luke Chivers talks with Kathryn about his four year struggle with bulimia and body dysmorphia. His complex relationship with food began when he was training for a marathon, and ultimately spiraled into an endless cycle of bingeing and purging - up to twenty times a day. It's been a long hard road to recovery - and Luke says, when it comes to body issues, New Zealand men aren't encouraged to talk openly.

11:45 Media commentator Gavin Ellis

Gavin casts an eye over the recent media summit and asks whether it achieved anything more than a plea for more money from NZ on air?.

Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald.  He can be contacted on gavin.ellis@xtra.co.nz