09:05 Recruit firefighter details burns, bullying during training

A former professional firefighter recruit received serious burns and blistering to both hands during a live fire training exercise because the trainer failed to identify that his gloves were too small. The accident occurred in February last year at Fire and Emergency's National Training Centre in Rotorua. A FENZ investigation into the accident found that over a five year period, 56 burn injuries had occurred during the live fire training exercise, partly due to the unscripted and informal way trainers conducted the safety PPE inspection and briefing prior to entry. It also finds that the National Training Centre did not report the accident to headquarters, staff were unaware of the correct emergency medical support policy and training and reporting lines were inadequate. The former recruit says of his intake of 24, half sustained burns, three of them serious, but none were reported.

Burns sustained by a recruit at FENZ National Training Centre in February 2019

Burns sustained by a recruit at FENZ National Training Centre in February 2019 Photo: supplied

9.30 Who's responsible for disposing of Mataura's toxic dross?

Southland locals protest about the toxic aluminium dross stored around Invercargill and Mataura

Southland locals protest about the toxic aluminium dross stored around Invercargill and Mataura Photo: Facebook / Sort out the Dross group

Mediation starts at Invercargill's District Court tomorrow (Tuesday) to determine who is responsible for removing toxic dross from the Mataura paper mill.  8,500 tonnes of a highly volatile by-product of aluminium production at Tiwai Point. ouvea premix was dumped at a dis-used papermill in the Southland town six years ago, in close proximity to the town's 16-hundred residents, posing a risk to them and the environment.  The waste product gives off a deadly amonea gas when it's mixed with water.  The Paper Mill is located on the banks of the Mataura River, which is prone to flooding.  Attending the hearing tomorrow is Gore District Council, Environment Southland, the Ministry for the Environment, paper mill owner Rio Tinto, NZ Aluminium Smelters Ltd, and the Environmental Defence Society. EDS Chairman Gary Taylor will be at the hearing and speaks with Kathryn Ryan.


09:45 Amazon fires, Brazil's Covid cases rise, Uribe's arrest stokes division

South America correspondent, Katy Watson joins Kathryn to talk about her recent trip to where the Amazon continues to burn, despite denials by Jair Bolsonaro. Brazil's Covid cases are stubbornly high, but that hasn't dented the President's approval ratings. And why has the arrest of Alvaro Uribe stoked divisions in Colombia?

BBC South America correspondent Katy Watson is based in Sao Paulo.

Aerial view of a large forest fire in Ramal do Cinturao Verde, in the Janauaca District, Careiro Castanho, 113 km from Manaus, Amazon.

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10:05 Trumpocalypse: David Frum

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David Frum is a life long Republican supporter, former speechwriter and special assistant to President George W. Bush, who predicts the end of the Trump presidency in November. He is the bestselling author of a number of books including Trumpocracy, published in 2018, and now has a new book out Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy. The New York times calls it "the smartest book written from the inside about the American conservative movement."

10:35 Book review - The Mothers by Brit Bennett

Author Brit Bennett

Author Brit Bennett Photo: Brit Bennett

Laura Caygill reviews The Mothers by Brit Bennett, published by Hachette.

A lyrical story of lives and friendships built on chance decisions and connections.

10:45 The Reading

How to Walk a Dogpart 1. Written and read by award-winning journalist Mike White.

11:05 Political commentators Jones and Morten

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Political commentators Neale Jones and Brigitte Morten join Kathryn to discuss the 'innovative' policies coming from National, including the 'first 1000 days' policy for new parents. As Greens' co-leader James Shaw's mea culpa drags on, where has the damage been done? And does Winston Peters' swipe at Labour over Covid mean he's struggling to get a coherent message out for the election?

Neale Jones was Chief of Staff to Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern, and prior to that was Chief of Staff to Andrew Little. He is director of Capital Government Relations.

Brigitte Morten is a senior consultant with public and commercial law firm Franks & Ogilvie and a former senior ministerial advisor for the previous National-led government. During the election campaign Brigitte is volunteering on the National Wellington Central campaign for Nicola Willis.

11:30 Monique Fiso - Hiakai

Monique Fiso - Hiakai

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Modern Maori cuisine with award winning chef, Monique Fiso. The 32 year old Maori-Samoan chef grew up in Wellington, honed her culinary skills in New York and has starred in shows on Netflix and the National Geographic channel. Traditional Maori cooking methods and ingredients feature in her book Hiakai  - which tells the story of  Maori kai - the food knowledge embedded through generations of sustainable ways of living off what the land and sea can provide. Monique will navigate us through using indigenous ingredients and overlooked botanicals.

11:45 Queen Street Confusion: How will our main streets survive in the pandemic era?

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 Queen Street, left, has been left confusing and unappealing, compared to High Street, right. Photo: Supplied

Urban issues commentator Bill McKay joins Kathryn to talk about the situation with Auckland's Queen Street, and how work to improve it for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers seems to have ruined it for everyone. It's got Bill wondering about city centres in the pandemic era, and what they'll end up looking like without decent urban design.

Bill McKay is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland.

Music played in this show

Song: No Room

Artist: Nana Adjoa

Time: 10.33

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Artist: Rose City Band

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