09:05 Businesses under strain on day 12 of level 4

A locked up construction site in a suburb in South Auckland of day 1 of the lockdown.

Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

Cabinet will today consider what the trigger for exiting level four might be and has been seeking advice from business advisory groups. Businesses large and small around the country are wondering how long they can continue and what the economic landscape might look like when restrictions are lifted. Kathryn Ryan talks to Darrell Trigg a builder in Northland and President of Master Builders, also Warner Cowin from Height Project Management.

09:20 Post covid economic recovery

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What's likely to happen to the economy when the lockdown is lifted and the Covid-19 pandemic has started to subside? Economist Brad Olsen joins Kathryn Ryan to talk about the different scenarios and how the Covid-19 crisis is different to previous economic disruption.

09:30 Westpac CEO on Covid uncertainty

Westpac New Zealand chief executive David McLean

Westpac New Zealand chief executive David McLean Photo: Supplied

Banks have been asked by the government to help implement a number of measures to ease the burden on New Zealanders, including a six month deferral on mortgage repayments and offering $500,000 loans for up to three years to businesses with turnover between $250,000 and $80m dollars.

David McLean talks to Kathryn Ryan about what Westpac is doing to help their personal and business customers through the Covid-turmoil.

09:45 Africa correspondent, Debora Patta

Covid-19 and its ramifications in Africa. South Africa has the highest number of cases on the continent.

Activist Yusuf Abramjee (C) distributes soap bars amid concerns over the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus during a volunteer drive in the densely populated Diepsloot township in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Activist Yusuf Abramjee (C) distributes soap bars amid concerns over the spread of Covid-19 coronavirus during a volunteer drive in the densely populated Diepsloot township in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: AFP


10:05  The farmers turning to growing hemp seed

Hemp crops being grown at Culverden, Canterbury. 2020.

Photo: RNZ

A growing number of farmers are turning over part of their land to cultivate hemp - the non-medicinal cannabis plant - since a law change in 2018 made it legal for hemp seed food products to be sold here. Hemp seeds yield a nutritious and valuable food oil and the plant grows easily in many soil conditions with low input required. One of the major players in the sector is HempFarm NZ,  which now has a group of 90 growers around the country on nearly 15 hundred hectares. As well as producing a range of hemp seed food products from its plant in Tauranga, the organisation is planning to open a new processing plant in Christchurch in the next couple of months to produce a range of hemp and hemp and wool blended products. Kathryn talks with co-founder of HempFarm NZ Dave Jordan, and South Waikato dairy and drystock farmer James Bailey, who has just had his first hemp seed harvest.

10:35 Book review - The Bell in the Lake by Lars Mytting

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Tamsin Martin of Scorpio Books, Christchurch, reviews The Bell in the Lake by Lars Mytting. This book is published by Hachette.

10:45 The Reading

Goneville, episode 6 Written and read by Nick Bollinger.

Nick Bollinger in the basement

Photo: RNZ/Kirsten Johnstone

11:05 Political commentators Hooton & Mills

Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills talk to Kathryn about the Government's lockdown exit strategy and look at what point the economic & social consequences become a health issues.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaks to media during a press conference at Parliament on April 02, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Photo: 2020 Getty Images

Matthew Hooton is an Auckland based consultant and lobbyist. Stephen Mills is the executive director of UMR Research and former political adviser to two Labour governments.


11:30 Food : Getting kids in the kitchen during lockdown​

Bex Woolfall with some family meals kids can whip up at home, when they need a break from online learning!. How about some homemade baked beans or a carbonara with a vege twist. Bex is the marketing manager of after school programme, sKids, or Safe Kids in Daily Supervision 

Bex Woolfall - kids cooking

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11:45 WFH: What the lockdown can teach us about fairer work arrangements

Bill McKay joins Kathryn to talk about the "new normal" of working from home and how it could be made fairer for those with families. Could the current lockdown get businesses and managers to reassess modes of work?

Bill McKay working from home basement

Bill McKay working from home basement Photo: Bill McKay

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