09:05 Rule change paves way for Bledisloe Cup kick off

All Blacks captain Kieran Read with the Bledisloe Cup and team mates pose for a group photo. New Zealand All Blacks v Australian Wallabies. Bledisloe Cup rugby union test match. Eden Park, Auckland. Saturday 17 August 2019.


The government says it will allow the Wallabies to train together while in managed isolation, after complaints from the Australian coach.  The Wallabies are due to play two Bledisloe Cup matches in New Zealand next month,  but the Australian coach Dave Rennie had complained about the lack of preparation time due to quarantine requirements.  The Director General of Health has now said he's happy for the team to train together while in quarantine. Kathryn talks with head All Blacks coach Ian Foster.

09:20 Has a government  'no new mines pledge' driven a gold rush?

In 2017 the government announced there would be no new mines on conservation land. Three years later, the discussion document is still being prepared, with the move parked for now. Since 2017 Official Information Act documents obtained by Forest & Bird show mining activities have been approved across more than 150, 000 hectares of public conservation land.  Meanwhile, questions are being asked about the quality of checks and balances in place to ensure conservation land that has been mined is being returned to an acceptable standard.  Kathryn Ryan is joined by Debs Martin from Forest and Bird, West Coast conservationist Neil Silverwood and Westland District Mayor Bruce Smith who says mining is fundamental to the economy.

09:45 Fires, and a new Woodward book, fuel election campaign

US correspondent Ron Elving joins Kathryn to talk about the devastating wildfires sweeping through three US states which is adding fuel to an already-heated election campaign. Bob Woodward's new book contains revelations about what the President knew about Covid's deadliness, but also captures his dismissive attitude to the Black Lives Matter campaign and even denigrating comments about his own generals.

Ron Elving is Senior Editor and Correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News.

10:05 Former monk-turned motivational guru Jay Shetty

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Jay Shetty is a former monk-turned-entrepreneur whose motivation videos online have garnered more than 6.5 billion views. He has 27 million Facebook followers and his podcast, On Purpose, reached 52 million downloads in its first year and has become the number one health podcast in the world. Jay grew up in North London the son of Indian migrants. While studying business at university, a friend invited him to hear a hindu monk speak which led him to join an ashram in Mumbai, living as a monk for three years. These days he lives in Hollywood, where he's in the business of inspiring happiness. He's just published a book called Think Like a Monk.

10:35 Book review - The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

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Sonja de Friez reviews The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams, published by Affirm Press.

10:45 The Reading

How to Walk a Dog, episode 7. Written and read by Mike White.

11:05 How lockdown led to less choice in the supermarket

Business commentator Rebecca Stevenson joins Kathryn to talk about how lockdown demand forced suppliers to drop the range of products they made - and why that might be a good thing. She'll also look at the impact online share trading platform Shareshies is having on the stockmarket.

Rebecca Stevenson is BusinessDesk's Auckland bureau chief.

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 Remember this? Photo: RNZ / Gill Bonnett

11:30 Saving a forest from kauri dieback with rongoā Māori

As the fight against kauri dieback continues, a traditional Maori healer is using indigenous medicine to help save the ancient trees. Tohe Ashby belongs to Northland iwi Ngati Hine, and is using his knowledge and skills of rongoā to help heal kauri in the region with the dieback disease - as well as passing that knowledge onto students he teaches. His efforts have been captured in a new Loading Docs short documentary called Te Wao Nui, by director Ngariki Ngatae.

11:45 Herald's readership rise, Sky profit, ongoing AAP woes

Media commentator Andrew Holden joins Kathryn to talk about the Herald's good readership results, the small private equity fund that's bought into NZME, Sky's slight drop in profit and the financial pressures the AAP wire service is under - just a month after it was launched as a not-for-profit company.

Andrew Holden is a journalist for more than 30 years including five as Editor of The Press (in Christchurch) and four as Editor-in-Chief of The Age in Melbourne. 

The Weekend Herald trumpets its newspaper of the year award on the front page.

 The Herald readership is up - particularly for the Weekend Herald. Photo: PHOTO / RNZ