09:05 Sam Morgan wants CovidCard process sped up

Trade Me founder Sam Morgan.

Trade Me founder Sam Morgan. Photo: Getty Images

09:20 Red Cross fears foreign nationals in hardship, not accessing help

Gonzálo Javier Hernández who received support through Visitor Care Manaaki Manhuhiri, with Audrey Tolua our Humanitarian Development Engagement Manager in Hawke’s Bay

Gonzálo Javier Hernández who received support through Visitor Care Manaaki Manhuhiri, with Audrey Tolua our Humanitarian Development Engagement Manager in Hawke’s Bay Photo: NZ Red Cross

Red Cross says thousands of foreign national visa holders in the country may be living in hardship and unaware of the government's $37 million programme of help. There are 355 thousand foreign national visa holders in the country at present, 22 thousand of whom are thought to be in serious hardship but are not eligible for social welfare. The three month Manaaki Manuhiri programme is to provide in-kind assistance in the form of rent relief, food and petrol vouchers. The programme is being administered by the Red Cross. Lynn speaks with project lead, Rachel O'Connor.

09:30 In praise of Wellingtonians

Wellington blogger Lucy Revill is crowd funding to publish a book about the city she loves and some of its dynamic and interesting residents. She founded the blog The Residents five years ago featuring interviews and photographs of Wellingtonians, some celebrities, others not so well known but just as interesting. She gained thousands of followers on social media, then decided to pull together some of them in a book celebrating the Capital. After being knocked back by publishers, she started PledgeMe page and raised her initial goal of $ 22 thousand in 13 hours.

09:45 Asia correspondent Elizabeth Beattie

A woman with umbrella walks along a deserted street at Divisoria public market in Manila, Philippines on April 01, 2020.

Photo: AFP

The Philippines is back under lockdown and in Hong Kong, Chief Executive Carrie Lam has announced she will be delaying the city's elections by a year, following Covid-19 resurgence concerns, but critics say this is yet another move to restrict rights in the city.

Elizabeth Beattie is a journalist at Thomson Reuters, based in Hong Kong.

10:05 Let's get sceptical: Tips from a professional doubter

 "Don't believe everything that you see" is a mantra lived by Susan Gerbic. She's the founder of the Monterey County Skeptics group where she lives, and also Guerilla Skepticism on Wikipedia (GSoW),  a group that edits Wikipedia articles to improve sceptical content. Susan and her team sometimes infiltrate the shows or online conferences of people who claim to be psychic or have healing ability in order to challenge them. She joins Lynn to talk about how she shines a light on people making questionable claims all over the globe - even here in New Zealand.

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Photo: Wikipedia

10:35 Book review - Miss Aluminium by Susanna Moore

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Photo: Hachette Australia / Weidenfeld & Nicolson Ltd

Marcus Greville from Unity Books, Wellington, reviews Miss Aluminium by Susanna Moore. Published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson Ltd.

In 1963 after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Susanna Moore leaves her home in Hawai'i with no money and no belongings to live with her Irish grandmother in Philadelphia. She soon receives four trunks of expensive clothes from a concerned family friend, allowing her to assume the first of many disguises needed to find her way as a model, script reader and writer. Moore gives us a sardonic, often humorous portrait of Hollywood in the seventies, and of a young woman's hard-won arrival at self-hood.

10:45 The Reading

Where the Rekohu Bone Sings by Tina Makereti  
Read  by George Henare, Maria Walker & Kura Forrester Part 15

11:05 New music with Jeremy Taylor

Taylor Swift goes 'indie', Mark Lanegan's latest update from the darkside, and a second album from Auckland's Milly Tabak.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift Photo: Beth Garrabrant

11:30 Sports commentator Sam Ackerman

World Cup Gymnastics, Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Australia, 24 February 2017.


The rise of the different sporting codes being called out amid shocking allegations of psychological and physical abuse, gymnastics is the latest. And what's going on with the Warriors?.

11:45 The week that was

Our comedians Te Radar and Karen O'Leary with an injection of humour.