09:05 Cervical cancer: smearing smears

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A prominent women's health expert says women are needlessly getting cervical cancer.  Professor Bev Lawton from Victoria University of Wellington's Faculty of Health says the cervical screening programme is failing women,  and a less invasive test should have been introduced three years ago.  Professor Lawton's team has received funding to trial DIY HPV screening in partnership with Hawke's Bay iwi Ngāti Pāhauwera. Twice as many Māori women register as having cervical cancer as non-Māori. Professor Lawton says the home HPV test,  coupled with technology that delivers almost instant results,  will make a big difference to wahine presenting for screening, especially in rural areas.

09:20 Hong Kong pro-democracy campaigner Bonnie Leung

Riot police clear a street as protesters gathered to rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China.

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More mass pro-democracy demonstrations are expected in Hong Kong this weekend over the Beijing-imposed security law which critics say ends freedoms guaranteed for 50 years after British rule ended in the territory in 1997. The legislation allows for punishments of up to life in prison for crimes of secession, collusion, terrorism or subversion.US lawmakers have unanimously approved new sanctions which penalise banks doing business with Chinese officials and the United Kingdom has offered a path to citizenship for up to three million Hong Kong residents. Lynn speaks with pro-democacy campaigner Bonnie Leung, in Hong Hong.

09:30 Ted talks: Smart toys and the security risk to children

They might look cute and inviting, but a researcher is warning consumers to look carefully at the smart toys they're buying for children. Nicole Girvan is a researcher at Auckland University of Technology who's looked at the security risks that can come with toys that can connect in various ways to the internet. While her research found parents had expectations their privacy was being protected, that's not always the reality. She joins Lynn to talk about what parents should keep in mind if their children are using such toys.

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09:45 Pacific correspondent Koro Vaka'uta  

RNZ's Pacific news editor talks to Lynn about Fiji looking to a  "Bula Bubble" as country faces economic crisis.

An island in the Yasawa Group, one of Fiji's tourist playgrounds

An island in the Yasawa Group, one of Fiji's tourist playgrounds Photo: RNZI/Sally Round

10:05 From Uganda to Auckland: A dance teacher's journey

Dr Alfdaniels Mivule Basibye Mabingo could technically be described as a dance teacher - but his lessons are wider than that. Bucking the family trend of law and engineering, he fell instead into dance studies at university in his home country of Uganda. He'd applied for a scholarship to study law, but was given one for dance instead. The unexpected gift has turned into an educational journey that's taken him from Uganda, to a second masters degree at New York University to a PhD at the University of Auckland. He's just joined Auckland's teaching staff as a lecturer in East African-style dance, and joins Lynn Freeman to talk about how he challenges his students to examine their own backgrounds and rationalisation of the world through dance.

10:35 Book review - The Winter Agent by Gareth Rubin

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Jane Westaway reviews The Winter Agent by Gareth Rubin, published by Penguin Books NZ.

10:45 The Reading

The Writer's Festival, part 5. Written by Stephanie Johnson, read by Judith Gibson.

11:05 Music reviewer Grant Smithies​

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Rough, raw, dirty and loud, the new compilation from Auckland's 1: 12 Records was released last week "just in time to kick-off your first Level 1 house party". We'll hear two tracks from that today alongside gems from Jamaican vocal group Wailing Souls and 70's U.S. soul-jazz pioneer, Lonnie Liston Smith.

11:30 Sports commentator Dana Johannsen - unravelling the ETNZ mess

Emirates Team New Zealand CEO Grant Dalton.
Emirates Team New Zealand christen their first AC75 monohull "Te Aihe" (Dolphin) at their team base in Auckland on 6th September 2019.

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Dana talks to Lynn about the murky waters surrounding Emirates Team NZ's finances, the details of plans for a North versus South rugby match and there's more drama in the Warriors camp.

11:45 The week that was

Our comedians Te Radar and Pinky Agnew with some levity at the end of the week.