09:05  Move to Level 1 needed now: business restructuring expert

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A business restructuring and insolvency specialist is joining calls for the country to be moved to alert level 1 immediately to avoid further business failures and job losses. The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says Cabinet's discussion of moving levels will be brought forward to next Monday and if the decision is made Level 1 could come into force on June 10th. Grant Graham is a partner with advisory and investment firm KordaMentha and specialist in restructuring. He says businesses are under immense pressure, and with only one active case in the whole country, the cost of staying in Level 2 - even for another ten days - is extreme and unjustifiable.

09:20 Are our systems ready for alert level 1?

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Epidemiologist at the University of Otago Nick Wilson, says the digital technology is still not good enough to move down from alert level 2 to alert level 1.

09:30 'Shovel ready' found wanting for women

The Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, Saunoamaali'i  Dr Karanina Sumeo

The Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, Saunoamaali'i Dr Karanina Sumeo Photo: supplied

The Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner, Saunoamaali'i Dr Karanina Sumeo is sounding warnings around gender inequalities in the Covid-19 economic response. She's asked the government for a 'please explain' as to why when women have been disproportionately affected by the crisis, the initiatives aimed at boosting the economy mostly favour men.

09:45 Trump rants at governors after 6th night of protests

Tear gas rises as protesters face off with police during a demonstration outside the White House on 31 May over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police.

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US correspondent Susan Davis joins Kathryn to talk about President Trump's reaction to the continuing unrest sweeping the country, following the death of George Floyd in police custody. 

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


10:05 Māori Screen Excellence: Michael Bennett

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Award-winning film and TV writer and director Michael Bennett is this year's recipient of Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission's Te Aupounamu Māori Screen Excellence award.  Michael is perhaps best known for his 2018 feature film In Dark Places, about the wrongful conviction of Teina Pora. His most recent work is with Ant Sang on graphic novel Helen and the Go-Go Ninjas. Michael's passion is telling stories about Māori characters and issues important to Māori communities, and has helped mentor young Northland rangatahi to film making success. He tells Kathryn Ryan his work with Teina Pora is possibly the most important in his life.

10:35 Book review - Funkhaus by Hinemoana Baker

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Airini Beautrais reviews Funkhaus by Hinemoana Baker, published by Victoria University Press.

10:45 The Reading

 Cotton Eyed Joe by Susy Pointon read by Michele Amas. Part one of four.

11:05 Political commentators Jones & Sherson

Neale Jones and Trish Sherson talk to Kathryn about what to expect from the political week including mounting calls to move to alert level one, as deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters breaks ranks to criticise the continuation of level two.  Also, it's early days for the new National party leadership, how is Todd Muller doing?.

Nelson Airport on day one of alert level 2

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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 Regenerative farming for juicy lamb

Bio-farmed winter crop (top) and spring pasture (bottom)

Bio-farmed winter crop (top) and spring pasture (bottom) Photo: https://provenancemeat.co.nz/

For High country farmer, David Crutchley, a complete change to the old ways of doing things, has been the secret to his success, and to juicy lamb. Around a decade ago he decided to swap out the chemical fertilizers in favour of a regenerative farming approach on his small scale Central Otago farm. The result was Provenance Meat, and a multi-award winning product. David Crutchley and Provenance lamb ambassador, chef Michael Coughlin join Kathryn Ryan with a recipe for Masala lamb shanks.

David Crutchley

David Crutchley Photo: https://provenancemeat.co.nz

11:45 Media commentator Andrew Holden

Andrew focuses on some nasty attacks on journalists covering the unrest in the United States following the death of George Floyd.  And in Australia, NewsCorp has ended more than 100 print newspapers in a huge shift to digital - what will that mean for jobs?

A member of the media runs through tear gas during a protest on May 28, 2020 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

A member of the media runs through tear gas during a protest on May 28, 2020 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

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. 

Music played in this show

Artist: Little Dragon

Track: 'Where you belong'

Time: 10:05

Artist: Tom Misch & Yussef Days
Track: Tidel Wave
Time: 10:38