09:05 Australia's bushfire implications for urban planners

Flames from an out of control bushfire seen from a nearby residential area in Harrington, some 335 kilometers northeast of Sydney.


The widespread devastation of Australia's summer bushfires prompts a warning to city planners to broaden their scope. Dr Alan March is a professor of urban planning at the University of Melbourne, and he says population growth is increasingly putting people in harm's way and natural hazards must be comprehensively factored into risk management plans.

09:20 NZ helping world to enjoy kai moana safely

Michael Boundy, Emillie Burger, Dr Tim Harwood

Michael Boundy, Emillie Burger, Dr Tim Harwood Photo: Cawthron Institute

Fish and shellfish account for a significant portion of food-borne illnesses throughout the world, Now a method developed by Cawthron scientists to detect toxins in seafood will help to set a world standard for the global  industry. Cawthron, in partnership with food safety scientists at the UK's Centre for the Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science, has led a study over the past four years to gain international recognition for a method to detect neurotoxins in seafood products. Lynn Freeman talks to Cawthron Institute Marine Toxin Chemist Dr Tim Harwood  about the significance of getting that validation.

09:30 Swimwear to suit fish: Kowtow's Gosia Piatek

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Photo: Kowtow

Kiwi fashion designer Gosia Piatek's fashion label Kowtow is environmentally and ethically sustainable. Gosia started the label in Wellington 14 years ago and is now selling all over the world.  She tells Lynn Freeman how her latest range includes swimwear made from nylon waste material - including discarded carpets, plastic components and ghost fishing nets.

09:45 Asia correspondent Ed White - China's deadly coronavirus

Workers producing face masks at a factory in Handan in China's northern Hebei province, on 22 January 2020.

Photo: AFP

The latest on the deadly spread of China's coronavirus is sparking global concern with more than 500 confirmed cases of the virus, which has claimed 18 lives. 

Ed White is a correspondent for the Financial Times, based in Seoul. 

10:05 Five a day: NZ Pentathlete Rebecca Jamieson

Rebecca Jamieson is the first ever female athlete to qualify to represent New Zealand in the Modern Pentathlon at the Olympic Games.  While most athletes preparing for the Olympics focus on one sport, Rebecca has five: fencing, swimming, show jumping, running and shooting.  More impressive, Rebecca only took up training for this mammoth event last year.  100% self-funded, the 29 year old from Patumahoe in South Auckland has pushed the pause button on her full-time teaching career to get up to speed for the games, which take place in Japan in July.  To help Rebecca meet the cost of competing in Tokyo she has set up a Givealittle page.


10:35 Book review - Best of 2019

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Photo: Tilly Lloyd

Tilly Lloyd of Unity Books with her top picks of the year: Wilding: The Return of Nature to a British Farm by Isabella Tree (Picador); This is Not Propaganda: Adventures in the War Against Reality by Peter Pomerantsev (Faber); Out of Darkness, Shining Light by Petina Gappah (Faber).

10:45 The Reading

Calamity Jane by Susy Pointon. Part 3.

An RNZ Production 

11:05 Music with Jeremy Taylor - some Ivor Raymonde arrangements

Jeremy Taylor eases into 2020 by commemorating the passing of the 4AD label's iconic sleeve designer Vaughan Oliver, plus a compilation of tracks arranged by Ivor Raymonde.

Ivor Raymonde in the studio

Photo: supplied

11:30 Sam Ackerman on Sport 

A preview of the India versus Black Caps series, Sam also looks at Dame Valerie Adams' comeback, and ponders whether her legacy on the line, and also a wrap of how young New Zealanders have fared at the Youth Winter Olympics.

Dame Valerie Adams


11:45 The week that was

Our comedians Te Radar and Michele A'Court chew on a lamington burger and examine whether takeaways are necessary given the amount of time saving food products that are available.

Chuck Wagon's Lamington Burger

Chuck Wagon's Lamington Burger Photo: Chuck Wagon 175 https://www.instagram.com/p/B7X-raMjUxG/

Music played in this show

Artist: Sault
Track: We are the sun
Time played: 9.32

Artist: Tom Mishch
Track: It Runs Through Me
Time played: 10:35