09:05 Domestic violence 'akin to entrapment'

Karen Ruddelle in the Auckland High Court.

Karen Ruddelle in the Auckland High Court. Photo: RNZ / Matthew Theunissen

Two expert family violence law advisors say justice has not been served in the conviction of Karen Anne Ruddelle for the manslaughter of  her abusive partner. Karen Anne Ruddelle claimed she was acting in self-defence when she stabbed Joseph Ngapera in November 2018. Her lawyers argued she feared for her life and that of her son due to the violence she'd suffered at the hands of him in the past.

Professor Julia Tolmie and Professor Denise Wilson are both former members of the Family Violence Death Review Committee that was set up to reduce the number of deaths from family violence. Last year that lead to tougher laws for strangulation offences. They say the Ruddelle verdict was a disappointment and she should have been acquitted. They join Kathryn Ryan to explain what needs to change and why they think domestic violence is a form of entrapment.

09:20 Fate of 'Feebate' EV scheme unclear

The Prime Minister has dismissed reports the government's electric vehicle subsidy plan has been halted in its tracks by New Zealand First. The Greens claimed on Friday the roll-out of the policy, which would involve subsidies for fuel-efficient cars and penalties for gas guzzlers, had been held up by New Zealand First. While NZ First appeared to tweet its support for killing off the policy, Jacinda Ardern told Morning Report today that discussions on the policy were ongoing. Kathryn discusses the issue with Mark Gilbert, chair of EV lobby group Drive Electric.

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Photo: RNZ, Twitter

09:30 Wild kiwi on track to return to Wellington

The ambitious mission to bring back a large-scale wild kiwi population to Wellington's backyard is now entering stage two, and is on target for the birds' return to Wellington in as early as 2021. Capital Kiwi organisers say they are now in 'blue sky territory' when it comes to traps set, and monitoring targets reached. Kathryn Ryan talks to Capital Kiwi founder and leader, Paul Stanley-Ward and DOC Conservation Advisor and national kiwi expert Paul 'Scratch' Jansen.

09:45 Middle East correspondent Sebastian Usher

Sebastian talks to Kathryn about the latest in north western Syria with Turkey squaring off against Assad forces while a million people flee, Iran's parliamentary elections and Lebanon and its economic collapse.    
Sebastian Usher is a BBC Middle East analyst, editor and reporter.

A poster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad adorning the M5 highway connecting Aleppo to Damascus on February 18, 2020.

Photo: AFP or licensors

10:05 Kate Tempest. I witness the world by paying attention

Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest Photo: ©__NZF20

Kate Tempest is a critically acclaimed UK playwright,  novelist, lyricist, and rapper. She talks to Kathryn Ryan about the power of the spoken word with a simple beat running through it, and how, by paying close attention to what she experiences and witnesses her lyrics can seem prescient.

While Kate Tempest is in New Zealand she is performing at the New Zealand Festival of the Arts on Sunday 23rd February and Monday 24th February as well as at Splore on 21-23 Feb

10:35 Book review - Blakwork by Alison Whittaker

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Photo: Magabala Books

Anahera Gildea reviews Blakwork by Alison Whittaker, published by Magabala Books.

Alison Whittaker will speak at the New Zealand Festival of the Arts in Wellington on 14 March.

10:45 The Reading

This week we have stories by Carl Nixon about members of a single family spanning a period of thirty years. The collection is titled 'Shingle Beach Stories'. 

Today:  Bullrush read by Hadleigh Walker.

11:05 Political commentators Hooton & Jones

The ongoing impact of the coronavirus on trade as pressure on business intensifies. Also a look at the EV feebate scheme and National's economic plan.

Nine to Noon political commentators Matthew Hooton and Neale Jones

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Matthew Hooton is an Auckland based consultant and lobbyist.  Neale Jones was Chief of Staff to Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern, and prior to that was Chief of Staff to Andrew Little. He is the director of Capital Government Relations. 

11:30 Michael and Belinda van den Elzen's new cookery school

From food in a truck to really laying down some roots, Mike van de Elzen and his wife Belinda have turned their hands to something with a homely feel - a cookery school that's run out of their home at Muriwai in Auckland. Mike is perhaps best known for his top-rating TV show The Food Truck, in which he cooked healthy food out of a 70s Bedford van. Before that, the pair ran successful Mt Eden restaurant Molten. They join Kathryn to talk about how a horrible year turned into something positive - The Good From Scratch Cookery School.

11:45 Urban Issues in Antarctica!

With over 80 bases on the Antarctic continent, 40,000 tourists a year, and the increasing effects of  climate change, the earth's last continent has rapidly developing environmental and ‘urban’ concerns. Bill McKay also talks about some interesting architecture developed to cope with these issues.

British Halley IV Station, Hugh Broughton Architects

British Halley IV Station, Hugh Broughton Architects Photo: Wiki Commons

Bill McKay is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.