09:05 Huge data gaps undermining environmental protection: PCE

Simon Upton

Simon Upton Photo: [https://www.flickr.com/photos/eu2017ee/35725837402flickr]

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, has identified significant shortfalls in the way environmental data is collected and collated, which he says could be leading to poor policy decisions and environmental damage. His new report into the Environmental Reporting Act, which introduced mandatory reporting in 2015, paints a picture of fragmented data from a range of organisations. Mr Upton says this means policy makers are "flying blind".

09:20 Vaka: Tokelau's response to climate change

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New documentary Vaka shows people from the remote Pacific community of Tokelau doing everything they can to proactively respond to climate change, weaving together customary wisdom and modern techniques. The film is made by Massey University Media Production students, and is screening at Exposure Hi Kanohi Kitea, at Massey's Wellington campus until November 16th. Kelly Moneymaker and Mason Rudd spent two weeks with a small team filming on Tokelau earlier this year.  They tell Kathryn Ryan theirs' is a relatively positive story about climate change.

09:45 Pacific correspondent Johnny Blades - measles in Samoa

RNZ's Johnny Blades talks to Kathryn about the fatal measles outbreak in Samoa and in Bougainville's upcoming referendum on independence from Papua New Guinea.

Posters warning about measles in Samoa.

Photo: RNZ Pacific / Jenny Meyer

10:05  The Land Gardeners - cut flowers & compost fit for a farm

The Land Gardeners New Zealand-born and raised Bridget Elworthy and Englishwoman Henrietta Courtauld create gardens that are productive and wild. They also grow and sell organic English cut flowers, and research plant and soil health. Bridget and Henrietta are keynote speakers at Rapaura Springs Garden Marlborough in Blenheim , which runs til Sunday. They're working with farmers here and in England, introducing their Climate Compost project - looking at how high quality compost can be made on a farm scale, and exploring ingredients that make the healthiest and most bio-diverse gardens. This dynamic duo speak with Kathryn Ryan about the importance of improving soil with microbe-rich compost.

10:35 Book review - The Toll by Neal Shusterman

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Photo: Neal Shusterman

Elisabeth Easther reviews The Toll by Neal Shusterman, which is published by Walker Books.

10:45 The Reading

Mercenary Territory by Susan Pointon told by William Kircher and Sarah Boddy. Final episode.

11:05 New music with Grant Smithies

Brace yourself for incoming bass as a new collection of early '80s Jamaican dancehall. We'll hear woofer-worrying tracks from singer Cornell Campbell and deejay Papa Tullo. After that, Auckland mirror-ball enthusiast Frank Booker brings the disco heat and Patti Smith sings about her sister's birth in a storm.

Patti Smith, Sydney Opera House 2017

Photo: Bloomsbury Australia

11:30 Sports commentator Brendan Telfer - speculation on new AB coach

Brendan takes a look at who is the favourite to take over from Steve Hansen as the next All Black coach, and also whether the Melbourne Cup has a future.

All Black coach Steve Hansen.

Photo: Photosport

11:45 The week that was with James Elliott & Pinky Agnew

James and Pinky are intrigued by a British house which has more than 300 power sockets.


Photo: Glenda Wakeham

Music played in this show

Artist:   Shannon Lay 
Song: August 
Time: 09:30

Artist: Caoilfhionn Rose
Song: Awaken 
Time: 10.10 

Artist: Fly My Pretties with Anna Coddington 
Song: Garden 
Time: 10.40 

Artist: Paper Crane 
Song: Heartbeat 
Time: 11.48