09:05 Hail storm hits vegetable supplies

One of the large hailstones that fell on Timaru.

One of the large hailstones that fell on Timaru. Photo: Facebook / Rob Haines

A sudden and intense hailstorm in Canterbury on Wednesday caused widespread damage to crops, and there are warnings of reduced supply and increase prices for some vegetables as a result. Hail stones the size of golfballs and driving rain pelted down across the Canterbury coast and plains. Some farmers are reporting up to half of their crops were damaged. Brian Leadley is an arable farmer in mid Canterbury and Vice Chair Federated Farmers Arable Industry Group.

09:15 How to grow New Zealand's screen industry

It's a problem every country with a film industry is grappling with - how to make the most of the global boom in film and television production.The screen industry is worth over $3 billion to the New Zealand economy, and supports about 29,000 jobs. The industry here has continued to grow, managing to attract productions like Amazon's big-budget Lord of the Rings TV series. But how can we continue to snag big international productions in such a competitive global market? And how can local content grow and thrive? These questions are the focus of the Screen Sector Strategy 2030, which has been tasked with finding a 10-year strategy for the Kiwi screen industry. Joining Kathryn is Janette Searle, the Project Manager for the Strategy's Facilitation Group, and Jonathan Olsberg, one of the leading international consultants for the global film industry.

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Photo: Screen Sector Strategy 2030

09.30 Hamid Al-Hassiny and his family of dentists

Hamid Al-Hassiny fled Iraq in the 1990s, first to Auckland, then relocating to Lower Hutt. There he opened his own practice, and his wife opened her own separate practice - and now their two sons are planning to do the same.  They're also leaders in digital dentistry, training people from across the country. 

09:45 An extraordinary week at the Trump impeachment inquiry hearings

US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testifies during the House Intelligence Committee hearing as part of the impeachment inquiry into US President Donald Trump.

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Lisa Hagen talks to Kathryn about the extraordinary testimony this week from senior government officials to the open impeachment inquiry hearings on President Trump's actions regarding Ukraine.

10:05 BBC's Carrie Gracie's successful equal pay fight

Carrie Gracie

Photo: supplied by Little Brown/Hachette

The BBC's former China editor who spoke out and won an apology for being underpaid talks to Kathryn about her battle for equality.  Prior to taking up her posting in Beijing, Carrie Gracie made equal pay a requirement of accepting the job. Upon learning she was paid half of what some of her equivalent male colleagues were earning, she resigned, with many of her co-workers supporting her stance. What followed is traversed in her new book Equal - this includes an apology from the BBC and backpay. Carrie Gracie remains a BBC News presenter.

10:35 Book review - The Beautiful Ones by Prince

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Photo: Penguin Books New Zealand

Jenna Todd of Time Out Bookstore reviews The Beautiful Ones by Prince. Published by Penguin Random House.

10:45 The Reading

Seven Voices: Tales of Madness and Mirth narrated by Sean Allan (2003). Final episode.  
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11:05 New music with Grant Smithies - Stereolab & more

Anglo-French pop auteurs Stereolab are playing Aotearoa in March, for the first time in 10 years. Obsessive fan-boy Grant Smithies plays two of their classic tracks today, alongside a South African dance classic from "Shangaan disco king" from Penny Penny and Maryland funk trio, Skull Snaps. 

11:30 Sports commentator Brendan Telfer

Brendan talks to Kathryn about the Black Caps poor start in the field on day one of the first test with England, and the diminishing field of All Black coach prospects.

11:45 The week that was with

Our comedians Te Radar and Elisabeth Easther with a feast of funny stories