09:05 Gang violence spikes around country

What are the police doing, and what can be done in response to a rise of gang related violence around the country, with the spotlight currently fixed on Tauranga? Much of these problems have been put down to competition in the burgeoning meth market and the impact of the Australian gang members coming to New Zealand. So how is this effecting our communities and can anything more be done? Police national organised crime, national manager is Detective Superintendent Greg Williams

09:25 Buy from the bush boost for stricken Australian communities


Photo: buyfromthebush.com.au

What began as an instagram account showcasing rural producers and artisans in Australian areas affected by drought and bushfires, has ended up helping to keep businesses afloat. Buy from the Bush founder Grace Brennan talks to Kathryn about the online initiative which been credited by many artisans, producers and small retailers with helping them to survive recent hard times, and stimulating economies affected by drought and fire. 

09:45 Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

Tough talks in Ireland after Sinn Fein election shock, Switzerland is at centre of 'intelligence scandal of the century'  and there's an uproar in France as a President Macron ally quits in sex video scandal.

10:05 Speaking truth to haters. Lawyer Nyadol Nyuon

Nyadol Nyuon

Nyadol Nyuon Photo: https://www.festival.nz/

Melbourne lawyer and vocal human rights advocate Nyadol Nyuon is all about using her life skills and legal knowledge to speak truth to the kind of senseless noise that often shows up around race debates. She regularly appears on media panels and wrote an essay in July 2018 in The Saturday Paper about how "racism diminishes humanity". Her volunteer work empowering migrant and refugee women won Nyuon the Harmony Alliance Award in 2018. In January 2019, the Australian Human Rights Commission recognised Nyuon's advocacy by awarding her the prestigious "Racism: It Stops With Me" award.  

As part of the New Zealand Festival and on the eve of the anniversary of the Christchurch terrorist attacks, writers from Aotearoa and Australia will discuss their experiences of everyday racism, as well as an assessment of where we are now and what needs to happen next. It will feature Guled Mire (Aotearoa), Alison Whittaker (Gomeroi, Australia), Nyadol Nyuon (Australia), Anahera Gildea (Ngāti Tokorehe) and Jack McDonald (Te Whakatōhea, Te Pakakohi, Te Ātiawa).

10:35 Book review - The Dark Island by Benjamin Kingsbury

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Photo: Bridget Williams Books

Jonathan West reviews The Dark Island: Leprosy in New Zealand and the Quail Island Colony by Benjamin Kingsbury. This book is published by Bridget Williams Books.

10:45 The Reading

Sender by Rebecca Reilly read by Simon Leary.

11:05 Political commentators Mills & Sherson 

Kathryn, Trish and Stephen chat about the controversy swirling around NZ First, and also look at whether tax will become a new tug of war between parties in the race for the median voter.

NZ First Foundation donor thought they were giving to party

Photo: RNZ / YouTube

Stephen Mills is the executive director of UMR Research and former political adviser to two Labour governments. Trish Sherson is from corporate affairs firm Sherson Willis, and a former ACT press secretary. 

11:30 Raw shucking: musseling in on Marlborough

Family business Mills Bay Mussels specialises in raw-shucked mussels - a method they decided on after listening to locals' preferred way of prepping and eating them. Art and Helen Blom own the business, but the whole family get stuck in at their tasting room and pack-house which sits by Havelock's picturesque marina.  Eldest daughter, 19 year old Maegen Blom helps with marketing. She joins Kathryn Ryan with tips for eating mussels raw and steamed.

11:45 Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne 

Kennedy reports in from Ninety Mile Beach on the first day of the Tour Aotearoa cycle ride.

Ninety Mile Beach

Photo: PhotoAlto

Music played in this show

Artist: The War and Treaty
Track: Are you ready to love me?
Time played: 9:45