09:05 Big investors echo calls for sustainable recovery 

Institutional investor groups are the latest voices calling for government's around the world to plan for a sustainable recovery from Covid-19. The Investor Group on on Climate Change represents Australian and New Zealand institutional investors and advisors - including the New Zealand Superfund - and has over $2 trillion Australian dollars under management. It's joined similar organisations around the world in asking governments to prioritise job creation projects in a way that also upholds the Paris Agreement and net zero emission solutions. Kathryn talks to Emma Herd, the Group's chief executive as well as Matt Whineray, head of the New Zealand Superfund.

No caption

Photo: 123RF

09:20 Unprecedented food parcel requests

 Waikato social agencies have been inundated with people needing food parcels and extra financial help. They've even fielded requests for hardship assistance from other regions, as the need for help with groceries and other essential items is a nationwide problem.  Kathryn discusses the situation with the CEO, of K'aute Pasifika Trust Rachel Karalus, Mike Rolton, who is the manager of St Vincent de Paul / Vinnies Hamilton and a recipient of their help, a widow who we will call Ana.

Vinnies Hamilton food parcels

Photo: https://www.facebook.com/VinniesHamilton/photos

09:45 USA correspondent Susan Davis

Susan Davis talks to Kathryn about President Trump's ongoing coronavirus response and what else Congress is looking to do to address the pandemic.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 07: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters following a meeting of the coronavirus task force in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on April 7, 2020 in Washington, DC.


Susan Davis is a congressional correspondent for NPR and a co-host of the NPR Politics Podcast.

10:05 The Yield, using language as a window to a people

No caption

Photo: Tara June Winch

Award-wining Wiradjuri writer Tara June Winch talks to Kathryn Ryan about reclaiming Indigenous language and her evocative new novel, 'The Yield'. Tara June Winch 's first novel, 'Swallow the Air' was published to critical acclaim in 2006, and went on to win multiple awards.

Tara June Winch was due to come to the Auckland Writers Festival, which was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID-19.

10:35 Book review - A Good Neighbourhood by Therese Anne Fowler

No caption

Photo: Hachette

Anne Else reviews A Good Neighbourhood by Therese Anne Fowler, published by Hachette.

Fowler’s new book adroitly weaves together the powerful strands of love, race, class and power shaping the lives of its characters, though not quite matching the finest work of other contemporary US writers such as Barbara Kingsolver. Moving towards a tragic end, it makes for compelling reading.

10:45 The Reading

The Bright Side of My Condition, episode 10. Written by Charlotte Randall, read by Brian Sergent.

11:05 Unexpected casualties of economic slowdown

Business commentator Rod Oram joins Kathryn to talk about how the first week of the reopening of the economy has gone and the casualties in unexpected places. What further economic aid can we expect out of next week's Budget? He'll also talk about the recent turmoil in the global oil sector and what impact it's had here.

A closure sign is displayed on a shop in an empty street in Christchurch, New Zealand, on April 16, 2020.

Photo: Sanka Vidanagama/NurPhoto/AFP

11:30 Frustrated? Find your inner lumberjack and throw an axe! 

Many businesses are back to work under alert level three, but for others, restrictions remain. It's enough to make you throw something. For Lloyd Bombell, that's part of the problem. He'd love to get his Sweet Axe Throwing business open again, but in the meantime he and enthusiastic league members are finding ways to keep their competitions going.

No caption

Photo: Facebook

11:45 Media commentator Andrew Holden

Andrew talks to Kathryn about daily government news conferences and who controls the narrative. 

Andrew Holden is a journalist for more than 30 years including five as Editor of The Press (in Christchurch) and four as Editor-in-Chief of The Age in Melbourne.