09:05 Immigration Minister on the government's plans for migrants

Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway joins Kathryn Ryan to talk about what the government plans to do about thousands of temporary visa holders who are locked out of their jobs, schools and lives. People like Carolina Zalazar and her daughter Martina, who joined us on the programme two weeks ago, to explain how their week-long holiday to Bali has ended up being nearly three months. Why are some sectors, like the film industry, being granted exemptions to border closure rules? And while changes were made to the Immigration Act in mid-May to allow a speedy response to the situation of hundreds of thousands of visa holders stuck in country, what - if anything - has changed? 
 

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09:25 Alarming new stats on youth mental health & Covid-19

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New statistics paint an alarming picture of the impact of Covid-19 on the mental health of children and young people.
Youthline says from mid March to mid April, it had a 50 per cent increase in contacts over suicide, self harm, anxiety and depression over the same period last year. Barnados, which runs the free helpline for under 18s, 0800 Whats Up, says text messages and webchats about about suicidal thoughts increased by 159 per cent in April 2020 compared with April 2019. New Zealand has the highest youth suicide rate in the OECD. Kathryn speaks with Youthline Chief Executive Shae Ronald, Barnados General Manager of Advocacy Dr Claire Achmad and Ministry of Health Deputy-Director General Mental Health and Addiction, Robyn Shearer.

Youthline: 0800 376 633 available 24/7
Whatsup: 0800 942 8787 - 1pm to 10pm weekdays, 3pm to 10pm weekends   
Kidsline: 0800 543 754 - available 24/7
Lifeline: 0800 543 354 - available 24/7
Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO) - available 24/7
Samaritans: 0800 726 666 - available 24/7
Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 - available 24/7

09:45 USA correspondent Ron Elving

Ron talks to Kathryn about the continuing national crisis over police violence. House Democrats have a plan to tackle policing issues and increase aid for those hurt by the Covid-19 crisis, but Senate Republicans are opposed. Meanwhile Donald Trump is experiencing one of the worst weeks of his presidency as his bellicose reaction to Black Lives Matter protestors ignites further outrage.

Thousands gathered to march across downtown Houston, Texas on 2 June.

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Ron Elving is Senior Editor and Correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News.

10:05 Sarah Ramey: Women with a Mystery Illness

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Sarah Ramey's The Lady's Handbook for her Mysterious Illness is a memoir and a manifesto for a radical overhaul of the health system. Sarah's story starts with a simple and innocuous diagnosis, a college-age UTI, the first clue in what became a debilitating and painful fifteen year health mystery story.  Sarah has written a book about WOMIs (Women with a Mystery Illness) - most commonly conditions such as Lyme disease, ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome  or Fibromyalgia -  so other WOMIs don't have to feel left out in the cold, as she did.  Sarah tells Kathryn how, in defiance of being told her severe and chronic pain was likely psychosomatic, she saw more than one hundred and fifteen doctors in pursuit of a diagnosis. As a musician Sarah Ramey goes by the name of Wolf Larsen, which began as a way to deal with her illness and solitude. The Lady's Handbook for her Mysterious Illness is available now as an e-book, and will be in NZ bookstores in July.

 

10:35 Book review - Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon     

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Ralph McAllister reviews Code Name Hélène by Ariel Lawhon, published by Simon and Schuster.

10:45 The Reading

Rocking Horse Road by Carl Nixon read by Jason Whyte Part 2 of 5.

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11:05 Business commentator Rebecca Stevenson

Stuff Business Editor, Rebecca Stevenson looks at the real impact of the border closures, particularly on small businesses, and just which political party best caters to them.

11:30 Genetic matchmaker ... for birds !

Conservation geneticist, Tammy Steeves talks to Kathryn Ryan about how she helps some of our highly threatened native birds find 'the one' using DNA to estimate relatedness and make pairing recommendations.

11:45 Media commentator Andrew Holden

Stuff and NZME are seeking leave to appeal the High Court decision blocking their merger.

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NZME's annual meeting is on Thursday, with pressure from shareholders following an announcement last week that no dividends will be paid before July 2021. A contrast with Stuff, which has removed that pressure in the short-term until Chief Executive Sinead Boucher resolves its capital and share structure. Andrew also looks into reports the Discovery Channel is about to buy Mediaworks TV arm, which includes TV3. Mediaworks says that's complete nonsense, and it is still talking to a number of possible buyers.

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.