09:05 Dire warnings over health of the Hauraki Gulf

Hauraki Gulf

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Ominous warnings about the health of the Hauraki Gulf are laid out in a new report which finds fisheries in peril, and polluted waterways choked with sediment build up. The State of the Gulf 2020 report has comprehensively looked at the state of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park - which is 20 years old today - and found that there is very little to celebrate. Kathryn speaks with Raewyn Peart from the Environmental Defence Society, Professor Simon Thrush Director of the University of Auckland's Institute of Marine Science and Andrew Jeffs, Auckland University marine scientist who has been working in the Gulf for 25 years.

09:25 Human composting to begin in the US

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A United States firm is planning to offer the world's first human composting service in Washington State from next year. Recompose, which has done a pilot study on deceased volunteers, says the soft tissue broke down safety and completely within 30 days.  The remains were then available to relatives to scatter on plants or a tree. It claims that its process saves more than a tonne of carbon, compared to cremation or traditional burial. Kathryn speaks with Anna Swenson is Communications Manager for Recompose.

09:45 UK floods, post-Brexit red lines and the spread of Covid-19

Floods in Shrewsbury, Shropshire.

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UK correspondent Harriet Line has the latest on the red lines Brussels has set out ahead of the first round of negotiations next week on the post-Brexit trade relationship between the UK and EU. Also severe flooding continues to plague parts of the UK.

10:05 Memoir gives voice to gay Nigeria

Chiké Frankie Edozien

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Chiké Frankie Edozien is a Nigerian-American writer and journalist. He is a professor of journalism at New York University and a journalist for the New York Post. His  2017 memoir 'Lives of Great Men: Living and Loving as an African Gay Man', won the Lambda Literary Award in the Gay Memoir/Biography category at the 30th Lambda Literary Awards in 2018." He joins Kathryn Ryan in Wellington ahead of his appearance at the New Zealand Festival of the Arts.

10:35 Book review - Threads of Life by Clare Hunter

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Rae McGregor reviews Threads of Life by Clare Hunter, published by Hachette.

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: Something Old, Something New read by Gavin Rutherford.

11:05 Password security. Has the horse bolted?

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Technology correspondent Paul Matthews discusses what can you do if your password gets hacked. Also the impact of  COVID-19 coronavirus on the tech industry.

11:25 When parents burn out

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Psychologist Sarb Johal discusses parental burnout  - on a par with occupational burnout, only there's no workplace support programme.

11:45 Dark Waters, The Current War, Mad About You

Film and TV reviewer James Croot looks at the movie Dark Waters, based on a decades-long legal battle between lawyer Rob Bilott, who Nine to Noon interviewed late last year, and DuPont Chemicals. He'll also look at The Current War, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon and are we still mad about Mad About You 20 years later?

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Music played in this show

Artist:  The New Pornographers
Track:  Falling Down the Stairs of Your Smile
Time played: 9:35

Artist: Caitlin Rose
Track: Old Numbers
Time played: 11:45