09:05 Some visa holders get the chance to return to NZ - but not all

Those working to get offshore visa holders back into the country have welcomed changes from the government - but say they hope it's just a start.The categories under which people can apply for an exemption to the border closure have been widened to include some temporary work visa holders and partners of New Zealand citizens or residents based here. The partners and dependent children of visa holders will also be able to apply for an exemption -  if the visa holder has retained their job or business here. The other catch - they will also have to be Australian citizens or citizens of visa waiver countries. Kathryn speaks with Katy Armstrong, an immigration consultant with Into NZ, also Geraldine farmer Tom Hargreaves from Kakahu Angus who has been lobbying for his vital second-in charge farm worker to be allowed back from Uruguay., where she was holidaying when the borders were closed.

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09:20 Transport policy makers urged to treat e-bikes more seriously

Sales of E bikes are predicted to overtake sales of new cars in a few years, and they have an important roll to play in a low carbon transport system. Public health researcher at the  University of Otago, Wellington Caroline Shaw says the restricted view of policy makers is a barrier to progress. 

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09:45 Pacific correspondent Koro Vaka'uta 

10:05 From K road to Gandhi Road, an Aucklander's Buddhist journey

Auckland music and film maker, Kim Hegan tells the story of his extraordinarily influential Buddhist teacher, Kangyur Rinpoche who he met back in the 1970's.  He recently returned to India, where they first met to tell the story of  Rinpoche's life, with Kim's daughter, Yeshe, in the director's chair. The result is a thought provoking documentary, called 'Return to Gandhi Road'.

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10:35 Book review - The Manger, the Mikdash and the Mosque by David McGill

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David Hill reviews The Manger, the Mikdash and the Mosque by David McGill, published by David McGill.

10:45 The Reading

11:05 Music reviewer Grant Smithies​

Former misanthropist turned thoughtful family man Bill Callahan released a new album this week, wryly entitled Gold Record. We'll hear two tracks from that today, alongside a song from Troy Kingi's brand new album, and a hefty funk workout from Sierra Leone's Geraldo Pino. 

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11:30 Sports commentator Sam Ackerman 

In this week's sports wrap, Sam looks at the potential for New Zealand to lose the hosting rights for the Rugby Championship to Australia, All Blacks joining the ranks of provincial rugby, and the All Whites playing England at Wembley. 

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11:45 The week that was with Te Radar and Irene Pink

Comedians Te Radar and Irene Pink with quirky stories from throughout the week, including the man who blew up his house - trying to swat a fly.