09:05 KiwiSaver for over 65s

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New research finds the majority of employers of workers who turn 65 stop paying the three per cent KiwiSaver contribution - effectively meaning a pay cut for these older workers. The Commission for Financial Capability research finds that one in four people over 65 are still working, but three quarters of their employers stop contributing to their retirement savings. The Commission wants to hear from New Zealanders on whether this should be changed, and on range of other issues to do with retirement income,  in its three yearly review. Meanwhile as of last month, over 65s are now able to join KiwiSaver -  with the option to add lump sums and withdraw regular amounts. With bank deposit rates at historic lows impacting on savers - is this a good option for older people to think about? Lynn talks with Tom Hartmann, the Commission for Financial Capability's KiwiSaver expert, and investment and financial advisor - Martin Hawes  - who is also chair of the Investment Committee for Summer, a KiwiSaver provider owned by Forsyth Barr.

09:20 Incorporating tikanga Māori into a written constitution 

New Zealand doesn't have a single constitutional document, although we do have an unwritten constitution made up of different pieces of legislation. Law professor Claire Charters thinks the status quo isn't fit for purpose and we need a constitution which explicitly recognises iwi rangitiratanga.

She's giving a free public talk this Thursday at the University of Auckland's Raising the Bar event about how incorporating tikanga Māori into our constitutional law could be the beginning of imbuing a constitutional document with legitimacy.

Claire Charters

Claire Charters Photo: University of Auckland

09:30 Chili Philly's crochet exhibition will have you in stitches

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'No Way Crochet' is the brain child of Phil Ferguson, aka Chili Philly who's made a name for himself by making completely mad food themed creations. His story of  success is pretty simple. In August 2014 he did something he loved, started chronicling it on social media and now has more than 140,000 Instagram followers. He's in the capital for Visa Wellington on a Plate and is bringing a week-long art exhibition Te Auaha, NZ Institute of Creativity, which is free of charge.


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Finally I'll Give You Something To TACObout! I emerge from my self imposed break (not that anyone really knew that) with this sporty tacos did tomato reveal outfit! The last almost five years in Melbourne have been so great and I've basically been ChiliPhilly the entire time. Though in saying that because I've achieved so much in such a short period of time, it's allowed me time to take breaks and wonder what I want to do next, pushing my artistic practice. Anyway, I'm just putting the good energy out there because I'm gonna try out new things, obviously Instagram isn't the same as it was years ago, so lucky for me it's just an opportunity to do even more! So anyway I hope you are all well!

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09:45 Brazil fires blaze, Bolsonaro under pressure

Aerial picture supplied by Greenpeace showing smoke billowing from fires in the Amazon forest, Para State, Brazil.

Photo: AFP / Greenpeace / Victor Moriyama

Brazil is tackling record wildfires in the Amazon rain forest, with planes dropping water and chemicals in an attempt to control the blazes. President Jair Bolsonaro has promised to release extra funds for the emergency operation. Meanwhile French President, Emmanuel Macron has pushed the fires to the top of the G7 summit agenda after declaring them a global emergency. The BBC's Luciani Gomes reports from Porto Velho, Rondonia, in the Amazon.

10:05 Learning to forgive. Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela Photo: https://www.maxim.org.nz/

South African clinical psychiatrist Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela has dedicated her life to reconciliation and reparation. She talks to Lynn Freeman about to the power that forgiveness can bestow on victims of crime, and their relatives, even in the face of unspeakable horrors or generations of abuse. She was in New Zealand to deliver a Sir Graham John lecture, supported by the New Zealand Law Foundation and was invited to reflect on New Zealand's challenges of responding to the racial and cultural trauma of the Christchurch attacks, and also the ongoing cultural legacy of colonialism.

10:35 Book review - A Dream About Lightning Bugs

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Photo: Simon & Schuster

David Hill reviews A Dream About Lightning Bugs by Ben Folds. Published by Simon & Schuster.

10:45 The Reading

From a collection of new short stories from MA writing graduates of  VUW and Auckland University (RNZ)
Christmas Eve 1969 by Tom Romeo told by KC Kelly

11:05 Political commentators Hooton & Jones

A look at the Government's planned independent policy costing unit and Simon Bridges response to it, petrol pricing and the Prime Minister says she'll visit Ihumātao.

Matthew Hooton is an Auckland-based public relations consultant and lobbyist. Neale Jones was Chief of Staff to Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern, and prior to that was Chief of Staff to Andrew Little. He is director of Capital Government Relations.

11:30 Russian home cooking. Comfort food with a slavic twist

Russian born Wellingtonians, Natalia Beliaeva and Iuliia Pashchuk share secrets to slavic cooking. They have recipes for beetroot salad, kasha, borsht and blini.

On Saturday September 14th you can enjoy some Russian food and music at the fifteenth Russian Cultural Festival.

11:45 Kennedy Warne - penguins in peril

With the 10th International Penguin Conference under way in Dunedin this week, Kennedy Warne talks to Lynn about the increasingly perilous world of penguins. He also pays tribute to a pair of blue-water sailors Pauline and Tim Carr, who made the island of South Georgia - with its several million penguins- their home for 14 years. Pauline passed away earlier this month.