09:05  Community Midwives' big push

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As Canadian midwives celebrate a landmark legal decision to end a gender pay gap, the New Zealand College of Midwives are stopping short of a threat to revive their High Court claim here. Meanwhile a  #Backmidwives petition with over 25-thousand signatures calling for maternity care to be prioritised has just closed, and a New Zealand Institute of Economic Research report, being released later this week, recommends an increase in midwifery fees by at least 20 percent, introducing a special fee for extra consultations in high needs cases and increasing recruitment. Chief Executive of the New Zealand College of Midwives speaks with Kathryn Ryan.

09:20 Holistic strategy to reduce the Māori prison population 

Kathryn talks to the Department of Corrections Deputy Chief Executive - Maori, Topia Rameka about the five-year strategy called Hōkai Rangi, which aims to reduce the disproportionate number of Māori men, women and youth in prison, and also prepare people for life upon release.

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09:45 Strict measures in Europe to tackle Covid-19

Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney looks at  how European nations have toughened their public health measures in response to the outbreaks of coronavirus cases, with Italy and France the first countries to be hit by the spread of the virus. Could Europe be about to suffer a new migrant crisis and what's behind the walkouts at the French version of the Oscars?

A group of Venetians dressed up like old doctors at the time when in Venice there was the plague, celebrate the end of the Venice Carnival, despite the facts it has been stopped on Sunday due to Coronavirus.

Photo: Giacomo Cosua/NurPhoto/AFP

10:05 Cold Blood. Edge of seat theatre. Dancing fingers

'Cold Blood' is the latest delightfully absurd offering from partners in art and life choreographer Michèle Anne De Mey and filmaker Jaco Van Dormael. Featuring  tiny props, cinema projection, and a cast of performing hands, it unfolds as seven mini-stories, each about unfortunate deaths and each oddly compelling.

Cold Blood is being shown as part of the Auckland Festival which runs from 11th-29th March.  

Jaco Van Dormael  & Michele Anne De Mey &

Jaco Van Dormael & Michele Anne De Mey & Photo: © Julien Lambert

10:35 Book review - The Lost Pianos of Siberia by Sophy Roberts

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Phil Vine reviews The Lost Pianos of Siberia by Sophy Roberts, published by Penguin Random House.

10:45 The Reading

'Here and Where' - David Hill's series about New Zealanders traveling overseas read by Peter Hayden : limited webrights

11:05 Political commentators Hooton & Jones

Matthew, Neale and Kathryn talk about the deepening economic risks around Covid 19, gun laws and the Australasian Prime Ministers' news conference.  

NZ Prime Minister meets with Australian PM Scott Morrison.

NZ Prime Minister meets with Australian PM Scott Morrison. Photo: Penny Bradfield/Auspic

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 Sri Lankan food. Sai Yoganahtan. A Kitchen Well-Traveled

Sai Yoganathan learnt the fundamentals of cooking from her mother during her childhood in Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka. Since then she has adopted many countries as home  living in Africa, New Zealand and Australia. Fresh Sri Lankan ingredients are never far from the dishes she creates, but many of the recipes in her cookbook A Kitchen Well Traveled also reflect her globe trotting.  We'll talk about Sri Lankan staples sothi and coconut sambal.

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Photo: Sai Yoganathan - A Kitchen Well-Travelled

11:45 To Bluff and beyond

Kennedy Warne updates Kathryn on the Tour Aotearoa cycle ride, which is being ridden by Nine to Noon business correspondent Rod Oram (you can read his blog here), and visits the site of one of the shortest-lived settlements in Aotearoa's history: Hardwicke, in the Auckland Islands.

Music played in this show

Artist:  Aldous Harding
Track:  Fixture Picture
Time played: 9:30

Artist:  William DeVaughn
Track:  Be Thankful for For What You've Got
Time played: 10.55

Artist:  DJ Shadow
Track:  Our Pathetic Age
Time played: 11.30