09:05 ​Calls for open university entrance - lockdown highlights inequities in education

Students at Pacific Advance Secondary School. Note only use identifying pictures for stories about PASS - only non-identifiying pictures may be reused.

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School is back today for one million students after nearly eight weeks at  home, and new research shines reveals the impact of the lockdown particularly on Māori and Pasifika students. From Evaluation Associates, education researcher Dr Melanie Riwai-Couch surveyed Māori  and Pasifika families about their experiences with online learning during levels three and four. Respondents spoke of lockdown magnifying their experience of feeling overwhelmed and left behind. We also hear from Greymouth High School Principal  Andy England and Ragne Maxwell, Principal of Porirua College, whose roll is predominantly made up of Pasifika and Māori  students.

09:20 The big dry: Hawke's Bay farmers face tough decisions

As the drought in Hawke's Bay becomes particularly acute, farmers are being faced with crucial decisions about what to do with their stock. As Covid-19 was cutting a swathe across the world, large parts of New Zealand were being officially declared in drought. Hawke's Bay has had it really tough, with below-average rainfall for the past seven months. What's the real toll on farmers of having to feed out everyday, while grass stays stubbornly brown? Kathryn is joined by Jim Galloway, president of Hawke's Bay Federated Farmers, Lochie MacGillivray, co-chair of the Rural Advisory Group and Diana Greer, a farmer who's rounded up others in the district to put food on tables

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09:45 Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

The EU grapples with how to reopen its internal borders. The European Commission has a plan, but there are fears people will simply stay at home, putting further pressure on the summer tourist season. And Hungary is under fire over the use of emergency laws, with an urgent debate held in the European Parliament over concern Hungary’s unlimited emergency powers go against EU rules and are a threat to democracy.

Chineese tourists wear face mask near the Louvre Museum in Paris, France, on 26 January 2020. (Photo by Jerome Gilles/NurPhoto)

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10:05 Jenny Lynch's memoir of magazine journalism

Working for more than 30 years in magazines, Jenny Lynch spent 18 years at the NZ Woman's Weekly, including seven as the editor. She is the author of three non-fiction books and now her memoir Under the Covers - secrets of a magazine editor. It includes tales from the golden years of magazine journalism, also stories from her time modelling, acting, and working at a Melbourne club called the Playboy.

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Photo: Jenny Lynch personal collection/Mary Egan Publishing

10:35 Book review - HRT: Husband Replacement Therapy by Kathy Lette

Phil Vine reviews HRT: Husband Replacement Therapy by Kathy Lette, published by Penguin Random House.

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10:45 The Reading

CK Stead's My Name Was Judas read by Stuart Devenie.  Part 6 of 13.  

11:05 Political commentators Hooton & Jones

Matthew Hooton and Neale Jones dissect the Budget with Kathryn, looking at the wider implications and the impact on an election year turned on its head by the pandemic.

Nine to Noon political commentators Matthew Hooton and Neale Jones

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Matthew Hooton is an Auckland based consultant and lobbyist.

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. 

11:30 The divorce lawyer who broke up with bad food

Kiwi-born Caralee Fontanele quit processed foods after a trip to Thailand where she ate like a local, and for the first time in ages - felt fantastic. She switched to whole foods on her return home to Queensland, where she heads up a successful law firm. She's just finished her third recipe book called 'Nourishing You', full of sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free recipes - like this one, a Sweet Potato, Bacon and Corn Chowder.

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11:45 Urban Issues with Bill McKay

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Shovel-ready and Shortcuts through the RMA.  Bill takes a look at government proposals to shorten consent times for major projects and the impact on public input.

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