09:05 National landfill levy. How much should we be paying at the tip?

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Photo: Reducing Waste: a more effective landfill levy.

A new national landfill levy scheme could increase six fold in just a few years, with some experts saying it should be even higher. The government is proposing to increase the current levy from 10 dollars per tonne to as much as 60 dollars per tonne by 2023. The levy would also cover all landfill types including industrial, construction and demolition fills.  At $10 per tonne, the current waste disposal levy, set 10 years ago, is among the lowest of any country with a landfill tariff in place. So with recycling advocates and councils broadly agreeing a hike is long overdue how much should we be paying to dispose of our rubbish and what would it take to see us recycle more ? Kathryn discusses with Duncan Wilson from Eunomia Research & Consulting, the authors of 2017  "A Wasted Opportunity" report and Green Gorilla's Graham Bowkett.

Consultation on the new landfill expansion proposals is open now and closes on 3rd February 2020.

09:20 Black Friday sales. Are we being manipulated?

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Black Friday splurgers are being warned not all consumers are getting the big discounts they're expecting in the American inspired retail sales, while in Europe more than 300 clothing brands are asking shoppers not to buy anything for environmental reasons. So what to make of mega shopping bonanzas, like Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Singles Day? Are they all they're cracked up to be?

09:45 Labour's antisemitism woes, election promises and a row over a film

UK correspondent Kate Adie joins Kathryn to discuss what both parties are pledging as part of their election campaigns, while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is dogged by accusations of antisemitism by the UK's chief rabbi. She'll also look at a film that's been withdrawn after it caused a huge fight at a cinema in Birmingham. 

Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn takes part in a press conference in London on November 27, 2019. -

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10:05 The One Coin scam and the missing cryptoqueen

Kathryn's feature guest today has helped to shed light on a massive cryptocurrency scam operating around the world. It involves something called One Coin, which branded itself "the Bitcoin killer" when it was launched in 2014 by the glamorous Bulgarian businesswoman, Dr Ruja Ignatova. It's estimated some £4 billion, or NZD $8 billion had been invested in it when Dr Ruja disappeared in October 2017. The One Coin scam has been documented in a podcast by technology journalist Jamie Bartlett in conjunction with the BBC called 'The Missing Cryptoqueen'. Jamie is also the author of several books including The Dark Net and The People Vs Tech.

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10:35 Book review - Yellow Notebook by Helen Garner

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Jane Westaway reviews Yellow Notebook: Diaries Volume 1 1978-1986 by Helen Garner. Published by Text Publishing.

10:45 The Reading

 A Cup of Tea by Frances Cherry, read by the late Nancy Brunning.

11:05 Big growth in tech sector and ultra-fast fibre: job done

Technology commentator Paul Matthews looks at a recent report into the country's tech sector which again has found huge growth - what does that mean for wages and the economy? Tahi Rua Toru Tech - the tech industry's in-school challenge - has its national finals next week and there's some impressive stories emerging. And finally, the UFB initiative kicked off in 2008 - and it's done, on time and under budget.

Smart city wireless communication network with graphic showing concept of internet of things ( IOT ) and information communication technology ( ICT ) against modern city buildings in the background.

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11:25 The good divorce: how to help children cope with a break up

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Education consultant and parenting coach Joseph Driessen talks about the parental attitudes and skills that help children cope with a separation or divorce.

11:45 The Morning Show, Damned, Spiky Gold Hunters

Film and TV reviewer Tamar Munch looks at The Morning Show, Apple TV's first big original series that explores the challenges faced by those working in morning television. She'll also touch on new British comedy series Damned, which follows a team of social workers in Children's Services at Elm Heath Council and Spiky Gold Hunters - a new local series about kina divers.

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