09:05 Health reform review must address primary sector: GPs

Doctor prescribing pills

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GPs say a major government health review must address their sector under immense strain. The Covid 19 pandemic saw many GPs practices experience a cashflow crisis - and some doctors laid off -  as patients stayed away during lockdown, and government co-funding dried up. The Health Minister David Clark has received the final report of a major review of the health and disability sector chaired by Heather Simpson, and backed by a panel of health experts. The review was tasked with ensuring the health and disability system was better balanced towards wellness, access, equity, and sustainability. Dr Clark is expected to release the report within weeks. Kathryn talks with President of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, Dr Samantha Murton and Professor of Primary Health Care and General Practice at the University of Otago, Wellington, Tony Dowell.

09:20 NZ spy agency's cold war break-ins revealed

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Kathryn talks with Wellington writer and documentary maker John Daniell who tells the story of New Zealand's SIS and the UK's MI6 working together in the 1980s to break into the Czechoslovakian Embassy in Wellington to steal the Warsaw Pact codes. The codes would have allowed the Five Eyes partners to break the encrypted communications of the communist-aligned countries. The raid broke the Vienna Convention, which says embassies are inviolable and should never be entered by the host country without permission. John Daniell's mother was a spy before he was born, and his step-father was an SIS officer. John and RNZ's Guyon Espiner have made the new podcast The Service.

09:45 Europe joins George Floyd protests, Russian oil spill in the Arctic

Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney joins Kathryn to talk about Europe joining the global response to the killing of George Floyd, with European cases of alleged abuse and discrimination back under the spotlight. New surveys in Europe shed light on how well EU citizens think their governments and the bloc have handled coronavirus. And what is Russia doing to contain a massive oil spill in the Arctic?

On June 6, 2020, a rally of the Black Lives Matter movement took place on the Place de la Concorde in front of the US Embassy in Paris.

Photo: Samuel Boivin/NurPhoto/AFP

10:05 Pasifika rugby league trailblazer, Olsen Filipaina ​

Olsen Filipaina

Olsen Filipaina Photo: Patrick Skene

Olsen Filipaina was one of the first talented Pasifika-Maori athletes to be involved with the Sydney rugby league professional competition, long before there was adequate pastoral care for young players. His story of success on the field, while dealing with racism, cultural dislocation and depression is told in a new book, The Big O: The Life and Times of Olsen Filipaina.

10:35 Book review - Ripiro Beach by Caroline Barron

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Holly Walker reviews Ripiro Beach: A Memoir of Life after Near Death by Caroline Barron, published by David Bateman Limited.

A courageous and clear-headed memoir by Auckland writer Caroline Barron that examines motherhood, grief and trauma, family history and whakapapa. Readers with experience of these things will find it resonant and thought-provoking.

10:45 The Reading

Rocking Horse Road by Carl Nixon, read by Jason Whyte. Part 1 of 5.

11:05 Political commentators Mills and Sherson

As the Prime Minister is due to announce today an expected move to Level 1, Stephen and Trish discuss the country's economic outlook.

Stephen Mills is the executive director of UMR Research , which is the polling firm used by Labour.  He is former political adviser to two Labour governments.

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


11:30 Akaroa Salmon: An experiment that proved successful

Duncan Bates founded Akaroa Salmon with his father Tom three decades ago, with an experimental licence from the Akaroa County Council. It was an experiment that paid off, with the initial pens full of hand-fed fish now expanded to include a specialised processing plant and hatchery which produce over 200 tonnes of king salmon a year. Duncan joins Kathryn to explain why he's keen to see Kiwis support New Zealand food producer, and shares a recipe from chef Tony Smith for Cullen Skink, made from Akaroa smoked salmon.

11:45 Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Kennedy talks to Kathryn about a Court of Appeal decision that insists that Maori interests must be specifically addressed when considering resource consents, lessons to be learned from the recent rescue of two young trampers in Kahurangi National Park, plus some images and memories of a road trip around the South Island. 


Music played in this show

Artist: The Black Keys
Track: Go
Time played: 11.35