09:05 Are employers stretching the definition of 'essential service' ?

Unions concerned some employers have been requiring employees to work during the lock down, say more and more appear to now be falling into line. But Unite Union's Gerard Hehir and Mat Danaher from E Tu say there are still some  employers holding out, many of them with their headquarters based in Australia.

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09:15 Covid-19 cluster fears at rest homes

Nurse serving food in rest home for elderly.

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With a cluster is of Covid-19 cases confirmed at a Hamilton rest home and a possible cluster of cases at a rest home in Hawkes Bay what is the aged care sector doing to keep this under control? Fourteen dementia residents are in isolation at a Napier rest home after a visitor had a connection with someone who has since tested positive for the virus, while four staff at a rest home where a case was confirmed earlier this week now also have the coronavirus. Kathryn Ryan is joined by Bupa's Carolyn Cooper and Simon Wallace the chief executive of the Aged Care Association.

09:45 Resthome loses quarter of its staff to Covid 19 outbreak

Atawhai Assisi Rest Home near Hamilton has been in lockdown since a resident tested positive on Sunday. Louis Fick, chief executive of the Tamahere Eventide Trust which runs the rest home, tells Kathryn a quarter of his staff are stood-down as a result, and he is desperate for help with staffing from Immigration New Zealand.

09:35 GPs crying out for flu vaccine

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Supplies of the flu vaccine have arrived in the country but many medical centres are reporting difficulties getting deliveries. One South Island practice has told us they got through their first 300 doses, and ordered more last Friday and again on Monday -but nothing has turned up. Kathryn talks with Dr Kate Baddock,  Chair of the NZ Medical Association and a GP in Warkworth and Dr Nikki Turner of the Immunisation Advisory Centre.

10:05  How inter-generational families are coping with Covid-19

RNZ Pacific's News Editor Koro Vaka'uta talks to Kathryn about the outbreaks in the Pacific, Samoa's mass prison escape and how inter-generational families living under one roof are coping during the Covid-19 isolation.

10:20 Comedy duo on spending time with nearest and dearest

Courtney & Heta Dawson

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Most of us will be spending a fair bit of time with our whanau over the next four weeks. Courtney and Heta Dawson are daughter and father comedians from Auckland who know a thing or two about the unique bonds we share with our family and have even based a double act on it. They made their comedic debuts in 2019, each making their individual marks in the Raw Classic Comedy Quest as Co-winner and Grand Finalist respectively.

10:30 Book review - The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

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Hannah August reviews The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel, published by HarperCollins.

The wheel of fortune turns for Thomas Cromwell in this conclusion to Mantel's brilliant trilogy about the life of the Tudor statesman. 882 pages of perfect self-isolation fare, immersing us in the mind of a man tasked with managing a Trumpian monarch while haunted by the ghosts of his past.

10:35 Finding the rhythm of the new way of life around NZ

We head around the the country to check in with how four households are coping with pandemic isolation. 

In Napier - 84 year old Erica Toomey who has her own villa at the Summerset retirement village , from Blackball on the West Coast , Cynthia Robbins, who runs the bar and hotel formerly known as the Blackball Hilton,  on the North Island's  East Cape,  Paul Sollit  lives just south of Ruatoria with his wife and son at home plus 3 goats a dog, a cat and fish, and at Paekakariki on the Kapiti Coast, where Amy Delahunty is with 2 young kids.

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10:50 Exercise ideas during Covid-19

Exercise at home - Covid 19 lockdown

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Dr Craig Harrison is the Director of the Athlete Development Academy at AUT Millennium. He tells Kathryn Ryan the four week lock down is a great opportunity to create a new habit or focus in on an important one, whether it is for our physical health, sporting performance and/or mental well being. He'll be posting movement and exercise ideas and challenges throughout the lock down in his free Facebook Group.

11:05 Music reviewer Grant Smithies​ - Pickle Darling & more

Pickle Darling aka Lukas Mayo

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One of the most promising of Aotearoa's "bedroom pop" artists, Pickle Darling (Lukas Mayo) has just had to cancel his first national tour. We'll hear two hushed little charmers from him today, alongside some cosmic jazz from Wellington's Clear Path Ensemble and a little pervy synth-funk from LA's Thundercat.

11:30 Sports commentator Sam Ackerman

Sam talks to Kathryn about a sports world in turmoil due to the global Covid-19 outbreak. What sports will flourish and what codes are hardest hit?

Olympic rings are displayed at Japan Sport Olympic Square near national stadium in Tokyo, Japan.


11:45 The week that was with Te Radar and Michele A'Court

Our comedians bring some levity to what has been a very serious week.