09:05 Why is WorkSafe undertaking fewer investigations?

A cordon at the scene of the fire.

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There's ongoing concern at the reduction in WorkSafe investigations since new legislation was introduced in April 2016. That includes a decision not to investigate some cases linked to last year's SkyCity fire. So what confidence can the public have that serious incidents will be investigated? SkyCity worker Tina Barnett is a Senior Unite Union delegate at Sky City.  As a health and safety rep for Unite, she says dozens of staff have spoken to her on record about the negative health effects of the fire on them. Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff and legal commentator Garth Gallaway say it's a worrying trend that could have serious implications.

09:20 How will new cancer agency achieve its goals?

How is the country's new Cancer Control Agency going to balance the demand for new, expensive cancer treatments within limited resources? The establishment of the Agency was announced last last year charged with achieving equity and delivering nationally consistent services for all New Zealanders, no matter who they are or where they live. Cancer is New Zealand's number one killer, with more than 23,000 people diagnosed every year, and around 10 thousand dying of the disease - nearly a third of all recorded deaths. Kathryn talks with the interim Chief Executive of the Cancer Control Agency, Professor Diana Sarfati.

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09:45 Canada's rail blockades, coronavirus response, Sussex security

Canada correspondent Salimah Shivji looks at how Canada is coping with Covid-19 and blockades over a pipeline construction have ground train travel to a halt - what impact is it having on the Trudeau government? She'll also talk about how Canadian taxpayers weren't happy with having to pay for security for Harry and Meghan - and now it's about to stop.

Salimah Shivji is a senior reporter with CBC's Parliamentary Bureau, based in Ottawa.

Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Britain's Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the annual WellChild Awards in London on October 15, 2019.

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10:05 Bruce Poon Tip: Travel adventures from A to G

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G Adventures was founded by Canadian Bruce Poon Tip while he was on a backpacking trip through South East Asia. It's grown to be an adventure travel giant in the industry, employing more than 2000 people to help run 700 trips in over 100 countries. The company prides itself on responsible tourism, and Bruce is in New Zealand to be a keynote speaker on the issue of community tourism at A Force For Good event today in Auckland.

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10:35 Book review - Untold Night and Day by Bae Suah

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Stella Chrysostomou of VOLUME Books, Nelson, reviews Untold Night and Day by Bae Suah. Published by Penguin Random House.

10:45 The Reading

New writing by some of the graduate writers at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University in Wellington.

Jellyfish Blue by Janey Street told by Danielle Meldrum

11:05 Political commentators Matthew Hooton & Neale Jones

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Matthew and Neale join Kathryn to talk about how the government is handling the Covid-19 outbreak and what options Cabinet has to ease the burden of the disease. They'll also look at delays to gun reform legislation, John Tamihere's decision to stand for the Māori Party and Jeanette Fitzsimon's legacy.

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 The perfect coffee

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Are we making our coffee the wrong way? A team of international scientists claim to have designed a scientifically 'perfect' cup of coffee, with minimum waste. The research, which has been published in the journal 'Matter', says devotees of Italy's National Espresso Institute need to wake up and smell the coffee.  Apparently we've been using too much coffee, have the water pressure too high, and the beans are ground too fine. Melbourne barista Michael Cameron, runs St Ali in Yarra, lead this study and speaks with Kathryn Ryan.

11:45 Urban Issues - RIP Auckland Design Office

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As Auckland Council disbands the Auckland Design Office, how will they ensure quality as the city embarks on radical transformation of density, streets and public space?

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