09:05 "Adversarial" board to blame for CDHB resignations: Chief Medical Officer

Canterbury DHB chief medical officer Dr Sue Nightingale and Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield who confirmed eight cases of Covid 19 at a press conference in Christchurch.

Photo: RNZ / Simon Rogers

Canterbury's chief medical officer and leader of the region's Covid-19 response says the adversarial and divisive approach of the board and the Crown Monitor is behind her decision to quit. Dr Sue Nightingale is one of seven senior executives who have resigned from the Canterbury District Health Board in the last two weeks. Yesterday staff held a protest over the string of resignations as the DHB board, led by Sir John Hansen, met to discuss a proposal to cut $56 million from the deficit. Sue Nightingale says her departure is not about the deficit, but about the behaviour of the board.

09:20 NZ's chances of a Covid vaccine

Australia is a step closer to securing a vaccine for Covid-19, and an international deal to produce it locally, if Oxford University's trials succeed.  The indication is New Zealand could benefit as a result, but how far down the global priority list are we, due to our efforts at elimination?  The Australian Government has signed a letter of intent with UK-based drug company AstraZeneca to secure the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine. It's the most promising vaccine in development, entering phase three trials to evaluate its efficacy, the final step before approval. Kathryn Ryan speaks with University of Otago infectious disease expert Professor David Murdoch, one of three international scientists invited to advise the University of Oxford's Vaccine Group on its safety and efficacy. 

Research and development of vaccine against coronavirus.


09:45 Asia correspondent Elizabeth Beattie

The arrest of Hong Kong media magnate Jimmy Lai under the new National Security Law has resulted in police flooding Lai's Apple Daily news paper. He's now been released on bail, but his arrest shows the pressure Hong Kong media is under. Also protests in Thailand are ramping up as demonstrators call for reform of the monarchy and constitution.

The front page and pages inside Apple Daily’s edition on August 11, 2020.

Photo: Kelly Ho/HKFP.

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

10:05 Soil health and growing kai with Maanu Paul

Kaumatua, Maanu Paul's vision for soil and food growing features in a book being released later this month, Te Mahi Oneone Hua Parakore,  or  A Māori Soil Sovereignty and Wellbeing Handbook. The 81 year old has been an     organic kiwifruit grower for decades and continues to feed a large whanau from his home garden at Ohope Beach. Last year Maanu Paul made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for Services to Māori. 

10:35 Book review - This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga

Tsitsi Dangarembga

Author Tsitsi Dangarembga Photo: Hannah Mentz

Melanie O'Loughlin of Unity Books reviews This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga, published by Faber & Faber.

A follow-up to the highly acclaimed Nervous Condition, written as Rhodesia came to an end, and Zimbabwe began. In this new work, Tambu is no longer an outspoken child full of hope, she is a thirty-year-old woman living in Harare - educated yet unemployed, and forced to reckon with the knowledge that her country has betrayed its convictions. Long-listed for the Booker Prize 2020, for good reason. Complex, rich and simply wonderful. 

10:45 The Reading

Someone's Wife, episode 9. Written and read by Linda Burgess.

11:05 New music with Jeremy Taylor

Jeremy Taylor reports back on the music from the TV remake of High Fidelity, and revisits a classic PJ Harvey album.

PJ Harvey, Jan 2016 Auckland

PJ Harvey, Jan 2016 Auckland Photo: Luke McPake/RNZ

11:30 Sports commentator Sam Ackerman

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Photo: NZ Rugby

Will the North versus South, glorified All Black trial match go ahead and should it?. Meanwhile Sam Ackerman says Covid so far hasn't stopped the ANZ Netball Premiership Grand Final, which is shaping up to be an interesting one, the Mainland Tactix versus the Central Pulse.

Pulse player Karin Burger during their ANZ Premiership Netball match. Tactix v Pulse.

Photo: Photosport


11:45 The week that was

Comedians Te Radar and Michele A'Court with a few laughs to end the week