09:05 Wuhan evacuation safety concerns

A medical staff member (L) wearing protective clothing to help stop the spread of a deadly virus which began in the city, takes the temperature of a man (R) at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in Wuhan on January 25, 2020.

Photo: AFP

The Air New Zealand charter plane to evacuate New Zealanders out of Wuhan is just days away from leaving. Up to 40 Air New Zealand staff have volunteered to be part of the ten member cabin crew aboard the 300 seat aircraft. The Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield says those staff will not have to go into quarantine after they return, but exact details of how they are to be protected are still being worked through. Kathryn speaks with Savage,  Head of Aviation, for E tū, the union representing cabin crew and ground staff.

09:15 Salvation or stigma? Case made for targeted social intervention

People; population generic

Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

Health and social scientists have documented the clearest picture so far of our  'hospital revolving-door problem', the concentration of crime, and long-term welfare dependence in a relatively small cluster of New Zealanders. It concluded that this high-need/high-cost group should be targeted for greater social intervention, and warned that not identifying vulnerable groups due to the potential for stigma, may do more harm than good.


09:30 Keeping the hihi - stitchbird from extinction

Hihi composite

Photo: c Abi Low and Martin Sanders,

Some our native bird populations are struggling to cope with rising temperatures but human intervention is helping to ensure their survival. The latest research on the hihi, or stitchbird, reveals the battles most threatened species are under globally, as they try to adapt to threats such as climate change and emerging diseases. The hihi is classified as a nationally vulnerable species under DOC's threat of extinction system. A team of scientists led by University of Auckland's Dr Anna Santure talks to Kathryn about data collected on the hihi. 

09:45 Pacific correspondent Koro Vaka'uta 

Several Pacific countries have taken heavy-handed measures in an effort to stop a new and largely unknown coronavirus from taking hold in a region already strained by several severe epidemics. Koro also talks to Kathryn about controversial gender role material distribued in Fij schools.

A chart from the Year 8 Healthy Living workbook.

A chart from the Year 8 Healthy Living workbook. Photo: Supplied

10:05  Black Ties. Not your average rom com  

One wedding, two families and two cultures. Tainui Tukiwaho talks about his on stage rom com, Black Ties, and his brilliant take on the Trans-Tasman clash of cultures.

Black Ties, which is a co-production by Melbourne's Ilbijerri theatre company and New Zealand's Te Rēhia theatre, plays at  New Zealand festival of the arts in Wellington 4-7 March, and Auckland arts festival 11-15 March.

10:35 Book review - Best of 2019

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Photo: Penguin Books New Zealand

Jessie Bray Sharpin reviews her top picks of 2019: The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold and Gun Love by Jennifer Clement (both published by Penguin).

10:45 The Reading

On An Island With Consequences Dire by Kelly Ana Morey adapted by Owen Scott read by Michelle Amas. Episode 5. No web rights.

11:05 Music reviewer Grant Smithies​ - Idris Elba & more...

Fresh back from a beach in Abel Tasman, Grant Smithies selects songs today that work well with sandy togs and a tan. We'll hear some righteous New York boogaloo from San Sebastian 152, a Jamaican classic from Michael Palmer and a salt-addled shanty from Dunedin "doom folk" quintet Tiny Pieces of Eight, and then revisit a summer dancehall tune from UK grime producer Wiley and actor Idris Elba. 


11:30 Sports commentator Sam Ackerman

Super Rugby kicks off tonight, reaction to Israel Folua returning to rugby league and the Australian baseball playoffs.

Fans and players at the launch of the Super Rugby 2020 season

Fans and players at the launch of the Super Rugby 2020 season Photo: RNZ

11:45 The week that was with Te Radar & Irene Pink

Our comedians Te Radar and Irene Pink with the quirky side of the past week.