09:05 Re-building during lock-down

construction worker checking location site with crane on the background

Photo: 123RF

The building and construction industry is warning of collapse unless it's given special dispensation to continue. Infrastructure New Zealand says building companies are in a critical condition and that lock-down could see one building worker in every three lose their job in the next half-year. It's calling on the Government to consider a concurrent sector-specific coronavirus alert level system to allow essential building work to continue. This comes as extra funding has been earmarked to infrastructure projects that are ready to start in the next six months, as a way to boost the economy and create jobs. Kathryn Ryan is joined by Infrastructure New Zealand chief executive Paul Blair, and Rick Herd, Chief Executive of Commercial Construction company Naylor Love.

09:20 MSF: fighting a virus without borders

Dr Clair Mills is Médecins Sans Frontières' Medical Director, formerly Medical Officer of Health for Northland DHB.  She joins Kathryn Ryan from head quarters in Paris, from where she is overseeing efforts to combat Covid-19 in some of the World's most challenging areas for disease prevention and medical treatment.

09:30 Hauraki Gulf residents fume at lockdown-flouting boaties

Sailing yacht at rest, Great Barrier Island, New Zealand.

Photo: cloudia/123RF

 At issue, is people self isolating to their boats and then coming onshore on gulf islands including Great Barrier, Pakatoa and Rotoroa. Maritime New Zealand has urged skippers of recreational vessels to stay home, but daily, there are reports of people still taking to the water to go boating, swimming, fishing, surfing, kayaking or doing other non-essential activities. To discuss the impact of the errant boaties: Aotea / Great Barrier Local Board Chair and a member of the Aotea emergency response team, Izzy Fordham and Jo Ritchie, who is the operations manager for     Rotoroa Island Trust.

09:45 Asia correspondent Elizabeth Beattie

A look at the effect of Covid-19 throughout the Asian continent, including the impact on India, Indonesia, Nepal,  Also, it is the fourth consecutive month of work from home measures in Hong Kong, with many working from tiny spaces.

A makeshift quarantine facility being prepared in Assam, India, 31 March, 2020.

Photo: AFP

Elizabeth Beattie is a Journalist at Thomson Reuters, based in Hong Kong 

10:05 Food: price gouging & taking pressure off suppliers

Assortment of  fresh fruits and vegetables

Photo: 123RF

FoodStuffs North Island Chief Executive Chris Quinn talks to Kathryn Ryan about pricing, and a relief package for small and medium suppliers.

10:15 Parlour games for the bubble!

Spiri Tsintziras and Dolores

Spiri Tsintziras and Dolores Photo: George Mifsud

Experiencing covid-19 cabin fever? Why not flip the kipper or indulge in a game of wink murder for some old-fashioned family fun.

Myfanwy Jones and Spiri Tsintziras talk to Kathryn Ryan about their book  'Parlour Games for Modern Families'.
You can order the book or E-book directly from the publishers.

10:35 Book review - Sado by Mikaela Nyman

Mikaela Nyman

Mikaela Nyman Photo: Ebony Lamb Photography

Melanie O'Loughlin of Unity Books reviews Sado by Mikaela Nyman, published by Victoria University Press.     

Cathryn, a New Zealand NGO worker in Port Vila, sets about picking up the pieces of her life after Cyclone Pam has ripped through Vanuatu. With a mystery at its heart, Sado guides us through the lives of villagers and expats, as cultures and communities clash in a time of crisis. A deeply thoughtful book that leaves the reader rethinking how help is given and received.

10:45 The Reading

Goneville, episode 5. Written and read by Nick Bollinger.

Nick Bollinger in the basement

Photo: RNZ/Kirsten Johnstone

11:05 New music with Jeremy Taylor

From lockdown, Jeremy Taylor brings us a new song from Bob Dylan, Aimee Mann's classic 'Magnolia' soundtrack, plus Flying Nun reissuing, digitally, Andrew Brough's post Straitjacket Fits debut as Bike.

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Photo: album cover - Flying Nun

11:30 Sports commentator Sam Ackerman 

Sam talks to Kathryn about how the changing media landscape will impact on sport.  This includes the axe falling on Radio Sport and Trackside radio has suspended everything but simulcast of races.

11:40 Tips for the DIY haircut

Mt Maunganui barber tutor Todd Madden gives some tips for anyone considering a DIY haircut during the Covid lockdown. He's demonstrated some skills in a video where he clips his lawn and uses a leaf blower in place of a hairdryer. Also with Kathryn, Melissa Gillan from Jean Jacques Hair Design in Wellington with advice for those with colour and regrowth issues.


Sooo I'm working from home at present and decided to break up the monotony of theory work for my students and have set them a challenge ....enjoy

Posted by Todd Madden on Thursday, 26 March 2020

11:45 The week that was - Welsh goats refuse to be locked down

Comedians Pinky Agnew and James Elliott look for humour over the past week, including the meandering goats which have taken over the Welsh town of Llandudno, during Covid-19 lockdown.