09:05 Extreme caution advised on lockdown D Day

3D model design of the novel coronavirus virion

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Contact tracing expert Professor Philip Hill is warning the government must be very careful before it decides to drop the strict Covid-19 alert level down to level 3. Yesterday the Ministry of Health admitted  'gold standard' contact tracing is around a week away. Already serious concerns around the speed of  contact tracing systems in place have led to an urgent independent audit being commissioned. It is yet to be released. Contact tracing expert Philip Hill is the McAuley Professor of International Health, Co-Director, of the Centre for International Health, at the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, at Otago Medical School, and Co-Director, of the Otago Global Health Institute. Also with us is Mick Roberts from Massey University, a Professor in Mathematical Biology who has published over a hundred papers on modelling epidemics.


09:20 The future of aviation post Covid    

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Airlines the world have been rapidly brought to their knees by the Covid 19 pandemic. Last month, air traffic globally fell by 75 per cent in March and the International Air Transport Association estimates around US$250 billion in lost income for the year. Air New Zealand has cut more than 95 per cent of its flights in New Zealand and around the world, and is to cut a third of its 12 and a half thousand staff.  Kathryn speaks with Justin Wastnage, non-resident Fellow at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, and on the board of Aviation/Aerospace Australia. She also discusses the future for smaller regional airlines in New Zealand with Soundsair Managing Director Andrew Crawford and Duane Emeny General Manager of Air Chathams.

09:45 EU nations look to ease lockdowns, Putin says Russia 'under control'

Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney looks at cautious moves by some EU nations to ease lockdown restrictions, while others say it's too early. Russia's President Vladimir Putin says the government has Covid-19 'fully under control' even as the country records its largest daily rise. Seamus will also look at the growing debate about whether governments were quick enough to take the crisis seriously, as EU leaders are due to meet to sign off on a $540 billion euro package of stimulus measures.

An orthodox priest blesses Easter cakes and eggs with holy water during Easter celebrations at Krasnodar region, Russia.  Sergey Pivovarov / Sputnik

 An Orthodox priest blesses Easter cakes and eggs with holy water during Easter celebrations at Krasnodar region, Russia. Photo: Sergey Pivovarov / Sputnik / AFP

10:05 Lifting their game: Jody Hamilton & Tyler Taurima-Brown

Jody Hamilton & Tyler Taurima-Brown

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Kathryn meets two people who've been doing everything they can to help young people in the Hawke's Bay get up on their feet. Jody Hamilton set up the social enterprise Lift, which connects rangatahi and helps them into meaningful work. One in five young people in Hawkes Bay are neither in education, employment or training - the highest rate in the country. In the past two-and-a-half years, Lift has worked with almost six hundred young people, who get life skills training through Bounce, one of the programmes offered by the social enterprise. Local employers have fronted up with more than sixty-five jobs. The LIFT office is currently closed for lock-down but Jody is continuing to work with rangatahi remotely. Kathryn chats with Jody and 17 year old Tyler Taurima-Brown, who's life changed after going through the Bounce programme, and is now running courses there herself.

10:35 Book review - What Sort of Man by Breton Dukes

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Holly Walker reviews What Sort of Man by Breton Dukes, published by Victoria University Press.     

The third short story collection from Dunedin writer Breton Dukes. The stories are intense, visceral and exhilarating. Most explore the current crisis of masculinity, with devastating precision. Strongly recommended.

10:45 The Reading

Paulie Tallis  by Owen Marshall : Short story read by Brian Sergent  (part 2)


11:05 Political commentators Jones & Sherson

Our political commentators Neale Jones and Trish Sherson talk to Kathryn about a big day for Cabinet weighing up whether to move from Level 4 lockdown to level 3.

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.Trish Sherson is from corporate affairs firm Sherson Willis, and a former ACT press secretary.

11:30 Quick and easy family meals

Kathrine Lynch is a budget food blogger based in Hamilton. She runs 'Busy Happy Kids'. Kathrine has some timely tips for inexpensive meals and she has drawn up a plan to feed a family on lockdown for 14 days - so supermarket trips can be kept to a minimum. Here are some recipes : Satay Pork Noodles, Bacon Fried Rice, Moroccan Style Meatballs and Beef Goulash.

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11:45 Post-Pandemic City: How Covid-19 could reshape our urban environment

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Bill McKay looks at how the lockdown has changed out cities for the better - quiet streets, fewer cars, cleaner air and many more birds. Do we want a return to the "normal" rat race?

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