09:05 The Warehouse announces job losses and store closures

Warehouse on Blenheim road in Christchurch

Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon

Union delegates representing Warehouse employees say the retail giant has used Covid-19 to justify  decisions that will leave hundreds of workers without jobs and thousands more with significant reductions to their incomes.  Staff at The Warehouse went  into meetings early this morning to finalise a restructuring process that  will also result in store closures.  First Union’s general secretary is Dennis Maga.

09:15 Will Auckland's water woes affect Waikato food producers

A bridge over the Waikato River near Tuakau.

Photo: Unsplash / Jan Kaluza

Waikato farmers and horticulturalists fear Auckland's water shortage will ultimately divert resources away from their operations and affect food supplies. The Government has fast-tracked Watercare Auckland's request to take an extra 200 million litres a day from the lower reaches of the Waikato River for drinking water and other municipal uses. This is to be considered by a Board of Inquiry, but a timeframe has yet to be set.
Horticulture NZ Chief Executive Mike Chapman says Auckland needs to solve its own water problems rather than looking to take from another region's supply. Also joining the conversation Te Kuiti farmer and President of Waikato Federated Farmers Jacqui Hahr, and Russ Rimmington who is the Chair of the Waikato Regional Council

09:20 Is social media the right place to combat racism?

Social media has become a go-to platform for getting your marketing message across, but new research suggests it also has the power to significantly undermine it. Auckland University of Technology Dr Angelique Nairn looked at how people reacted to anti-racism messages posted to social media as part of the first 'Give Nothing to Racism' campaign run by the Human Rights Commission, fronted by Taika Waititi. While much of the feedback on social media was positive, it also generated more racist responses. So how best to engage with racism on social media platforms? Dr Nairn joins Kathryn from the Auckland studio, and to talk about what the Human Rights Commission wants people to take away from its second campaign launched today, Commissioner Meng Foon.

09:45 EU leaders fail to agree to recovery plan, Catalan spy claims

Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney joins Kathryn to talk about the first in-person meeting for EU leaders since the Covid-crisis began, which has failed to reach agreement on a financial recovery plan for the bloc. Tension between the Spanish government and pro-separatist leaders in Catalonia is back on the boil, with claims Madrid phone-tapped members of the movement. And France is hit by another historic cathedral blaze.

 German Chancellor Angela Merkel (3rd R),  European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (R), President of European Council Charles Michel (L) and French President Emmanuel Macron (2nd R) meet within the EU Leaders Summit in Brussels, Belgium on July 19, 2020.

Photo: 2020 Anadolu Agency/AFP

10:05 Native timber furniture restorer going with the grain 

While lockdown was a period of downtime for some, woodworker and restorer William Cottrell was hard at work restoring a native wood sideboard from 19th century Aotearoa. It's just as well he had seven weeks, it's no small task restoring 19th century wooden furniture, but it's an effort that has become a lifelong passion for William.

He's spent the last few decades finding and returning hundreds of native wood pieces to life, many of which now grace government buildings and museums. There are over 70 in Te Papa alone and he's currently writing a book for Te Papa Press about the stories of our furniture, and the journey of restoration.

10:35 Book review - Remain Silent by Susie Steiner

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Photo: HarperCollins

Laura Caygill reviews Remain Silent: A Manon Bradshaw Novel (Book 3) by Susie Steiner, published by HarperCollins.

A return to the always enjoyable "Defective Inspector" Manon Bradshaw. Witty, well-researched and human, Susie Steiner examines the plight of exploited Lithuanian labourers in Cambridgeshire in her third Manon Bradshaw novel. 

10:45 The Reading

Where the Rekohu Bone Sings by Tina Makereti  
Read  by George Henare, Maria Walker & Kura Forrester Part 1 of 5

11:05 Political commentators Jones & Sherson

Judith Collins announces her new lineup

Photo: RNZ / Ana Tovey

Neale, Trish and Kathryn talk about what has been an incredibly busy fortnight in politics, with Judith Collins now at the helm of the National Party amid a flurry of resignations and reshuffling. Also the NZ First convention and an SFO probe into Labour,

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 Raw Glory: Seven cakes for seven sisters

Mashal Butler and her husband Kurt started out with an organic wholefoods store and in 2015 Mashal started making raw, healthy desserts. With no cane sugar, no gluten and no dairy - the beautiful treats at Raw Glory aren't baked at all. One of seven girls, the cakes in the main collection are all named after her sisters. She joins Kathryn to talk about how she makes her cakes, and how each sister got a treat to match their personality.

11:45 Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

World walker Paul Salopek has just finished crossing India, which is in the grip of the worst water crisis in its history. Also in Kennedy's sights this morning are the Supreme Court's decision on coal mining in the hills behind Westport, and the US Supreme Court's unexpected decision on indigenous rights for the Muscogee/Creek nation in Oklahoma.

Women strain to haul water from a well in Dongra, in the Indian desert state of Rajasthan. India is in the grip of a catastrophic water crisis.

Women strain to haul water from a well in Dongra, in the Indian desert state of Rajasthan. India is in the grip of a catastrophic water crisis. Photo: John Stanmeyer/National Geographic

Music played in this show

Artist: Ane Brun
Song: Honey
Time: 10:43