09:05 New National Party leader Todd Muller's path to power

Day that he wins leadership of Nats

Photo: RNZ / Dom Thomas

Following a swiftly executed coup on Friday, Todd Muller toppled Simon Bridges for the National Party leadership. This followed two polls last week that saw National trailing Labour by around 25 percentage points, and in the second, the Colmar Brunton poll last Thursday, National was dipping into the twenties. Kathryn talks to Todd Muller, about his political path. From  student politican turned staffer in the office of the-then Prime Minister Jim Bolger while in his twenties, he went on to hold management positions at Zespri and in Fonterra. He won the Bay of Plenty seat and entered Parliament in 2014, and has no ministerial experience.


09:25 What is the plan for Auckland's economic recovery?

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Auckland has taken a massive hit from Covid 19 and more pain is to come. A report for the business association Heart of the City by independent economists Strateg.Ease suggests a loss of nearly 12,500 jobs in the Auckland CBD alone. The city council's economic development agency, ATEED, estimates nearly $14 million has been lost in major events cancelled or postponed due to the pandemic - with the future of others uncertain. What is the plan for the economic recovery of our latest city? Kathryn talks with Nick Hill, Chief Executive of Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development, Heart of the City Chief Executive Viv Beck and ANZ Chief Economist Sharon Zollner.


09:45 Middle East correspondent, Sebastian Usher - Netanyahu on trial

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The trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges has opened in Jerusalem, days after he began a new term in office. Mr Netanyahu is the first standing leader to face trial in the country's history. He denies accusations of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

Sebastian Usher is a BBC Middle East analyst, editor and reporter.


10:05 Cambridge's cattle breeder and pie connoisseur    

 Colin Brown walked away from a failing computer business to go farming. Starting a beef farm from scratch on the shores of Lake Karapiro, his small herd of pure Angus cows, are been selectively bred and have produced award winning steak. There's also a spin-off pie making business, Lake Farm Pies.

Colin Brown at Lake Farm

Photo: Colin Brown lakefarm.co.nz

10:35 Book review - The Motion of the Body Through Space by Lionel Shriver

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Elisabeth Easther reviews The Motion of the Body Through Space by Lionel Shriver, published by HarperCollins.

10:45 The Reading

CK Stead's My Name Was Judas read by Stuart Devenie.  Part 11 of 13.  

11:05 Political commentators Sherson & Jones

A look at the past eventful week in politics, dominated by Todd Muller toppling Simon Bridges for the National Party leadership.

Left: Paula Bennett and Simon Bridges; right top: Todd Muller; right below: Nikki Kaye.

Photo: RNZ

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 NZ Quinoa Co: from paddock to plate

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Quinoa is a super nutritious edible seed which can be enjoyed in many recipes, from soups and salads to sushi. It's rich in protein, dietary fibre, amino acids and B vitamins. Kate Dunlop runs the NZ Quinoa Company, based near Hawera.  She joins Kathryn Ryan with a recipe for quinoa porridge and apple, bran and quinoa muffins, and to talk about her family business, the idea for which was born at breakfast time.

11:45 Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Kennedy reports in from a road trip and talks to Kathryn about some of the highlights, including Pureora Forest Park, on the western side of Lake Taupo and Marfells Beach.

Music played in this show


Artist: Massive Attack
Song: Unfinished Sympathy
Time played: 09.05

Artist: Julia Jackson
Song: Don't Know How to Keep Loving You
Time played: 10:35

Artist: Little Dragon
Song: Where You Belong
Time: 11:30

Artist: Black Keys
Song: Go
Time: 11:45