09:05 From sleeping rough to path to Kaitaia home ownership

Sub standard dwellings, high rents, Aucklanders on the move and a lack of suitable housing are all factors contributing to the housing crisis in the Far North. But a Kaitaia-based social services provider is offering hope for people who've been homeless, or living in sub-standard accommodation to aim for home ownership of recycled state houses. He Korowai Trust Chief Executive Ricky Houghton tells Kathryn about the Whare Ora scheme, and we hear from Hayleigh Te Hira who will move into one of the houses in a couple of weeks. 

He Korowai Trust manager Ricky Houghton

He Korowai Trust manager Ricky Houghton Photo: RNZ / Lois Williams

09:30 Furnicycle helps furnish student flats

A Furnicycle scheme adopted by the University of Waikato means large amounts of excess furniture, potentially destined for landfill, are now available for students and charities to take away for free. The likes of tables, chairs, whiteboards, and carpet are up for grabs. Waikato University's Sustainablity Manager, Rachael Goddard says the items are listed on a cloud based tool called warp-it.The resource redistribution network is already used by more than half of the UK's universities and a few in Australia too.

09:45 Africa correspondent, Debora Patta

There have been nationwide protests in South Africa over gender based violence, sparked by the brutal murder of a nineteen year old film student. Every 3 hours a woman is murdered in the republic. Also Robert Mugabe died at the weekend, aged 95. Debora talks to Kathryn about his long reign, from liberator to tyrant, and a look at the Zimbabwe left behind. And Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo is getting worse.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe speaks at the party's annual conference on 17 December, 2016 in Masvingo.

Photo: AFP

10:05 Five time world darts champ 'Barney' Barneveld

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Raymond van Barneveld is one of the most successful darts players in history. The 52-year-old Dutchman, known to his fans as 'Barney' - is a five-time world champion, a two-time UK Open Champion and a former winner of the Las Vegas Desert Classic, the Grand Slam of Darts and the Premier League as well as a host of other titles. But much to the disappointment of his fans, the "Barney Army", he's retiring after the current Australasian tour for the World Series of Darts. Barney was competing in Hamilton recently his last visit to New Zealand on his swansong world tour after a 32 year career, and shared his story with Kathryn.

10:35 Book review - Doxology by Nell Zink

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Photo: HarperCollins

Jenna Todd of Time Out Bookstore reviews Doxology by Nell Zink, which is published by HarperCollins.

10:45 The Reading

Hineraumati told by Hariata Moriarty from the series Waitapu by Helen Margaret Waaka


11:05 Political commentators Sherson & Jones

Trish and Neale discuss the the Kiwibuild reset with Kathryn and also take a look at the government's health waterways plan. 

Megan Woods and Marama Davidson announce the KiwiBuild reset

Photo: RNZ / Ana Tovey

Trish Sherson is from corporate affairs firm Sherson Willis, and a former ACT press secretary. 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 Lillian Hall - Taranaki herb grower

It's off to Taranaki to meet a woman living the good life. Lillian Hall grows more than 200 varieties of herbs and well as lots of other produce on her one acre property at Urenui. The home-grown fruit, vegetables and herbs which don't make it into Lillian's baking, cooking and preserves are sold onsite in  The Green Shed Farm Shop. Lillian has a couple of recipes to share - lavender shortbread, and tamarillo jelly.

11:45 Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Kennedy discusses the government's decision to decline the Waitaha hydro proposal, based on the river's outstanding natural character and recreational values.

Morgan Gorge

Morgan Gorge Photo: Kennedy Warne