09:05 Painful wait: Covid exacerbates delays in elective surgery

Orthopaedic surgeons are concerned about the backlog of people waiting in pain for surgery after Covid forced cancellations earlier in the year. The Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons say 10-thousand patients had surgery cancelled during level 4 lockdown, and the catch up is still happening in a system that was already stretched. The Association's president Dr Peter Robertson joins Kathryn to discuss what he thinks could help prevent delays in elective surgery into the future.

Arthroscope surgery. Orthopedic surgeons in teamwork in the operating room with modern arthroscopic tools. Hospital background

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09:20 Built to last? Consumers frustrated at hard to fix appliances

washing machine

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A new study finds the vast majority of consumers want to get broken electrical appliances fixed,  but are frustrated by how difficult and pricey it is to do. According to research conducted by Consumer NZ  as part of their #BuiltToLast campaign, 98 per cent of respondents thought they should be able to get their washing machines and dishwashers fixed. Most said appliance repairs cost too much and that manufacturers and retailers should be responsible for recycling dead appliances. Kathryn talks with Consumer NZ chief executive Jon Duffy.  

09:45 Covid's return, trans-rights backlash and anti-lockdown celebrities

UK correspondent Hugo Gye joins Kathryn to talk the new rules introduced to pubs, restaurants and sporting events as the daily case number rises above 6000. There's warnings new customs checks will cause gridlock at Britain's ports, with lorry drivers needing a special permit to enter the county of Kent. A proposal to make it easier for transgender people to change their gender legally without getting a medical diagnosis has been rejected after a backlash from some feminists. And a surprisingly number of Britain's musical heroes including Ian Brown, Liam Gallagher and Van Morrison have spoken out against lockdown measures.

A man, not wearing a face covering, passes signs telling travellers they must wear face mask unless they are exempt, as he leaves Victoria station during the evening 'rush hour' in central London on September 23, 2020. -

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10:05 Protecting Rangitāhua

Rocky reef at Rangitāhua.

Rocky reef at Rangitāhua. Photo: ©T. Trnski, Auckland Museum

Ngāti Kuri's Sheridan Waitai and Auckland Museum's head of natural science Dr Tom Trnski  are co-leading a 5 year collaborative research programme focused on Rangitāhua / Kermadec Islands. Rangitāhua, lies halfway between mainland Aotearoa and Tonga, and has been scientifically identified as one of only four pristine marine ecosystems on Earth. Tom and Sheridan join Kathryn to discuss how they plan to honour its oceans and ecosystems for years to come.

10:35 Book review - Summerwater by Sarah Moss

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Jessie Bray Sharpin reviews Summerwater by Sarah Moss, published by Macmillan.

10:45 The Reading

Butler's Ringlet, part 4. Written by Laurance Fearnley and read by Matthew Chamberlain.

11:05 Telcos told to simplify mobile plans, Samsung's $3500 folding phone

Find your mobile bill ridiculously complicated? Technology commentator Bill Bennett joins Kathryn to talk about how that should end, now the Commerce Commission is pressuring mobile phone companies for more transparent billing. And Samsung has a $3500 folding phone - is it worth it, and is this a taste of the future?

The Galaxy Fold 5G is displayed at the Samsung booth during CES 2020 at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 8, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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11:25 Covid-19 and schools: where to from here?

Children being homeschooled under the Covid-19 alert level 4 lockdown.

Children being homeschooled under the Covid-19 alert level 4 lockdown. Photo: RNZ / Eden Fusituá

Senior Researcher at the New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Mohamed Alansari with what the learnings about learning at home during lockdown have been to date.

11:45 Cuties, Ratched and Shrill

Film and TV reviewer Sarah McMullan joins Kathryn to discuss the controversy over Netflix film Cuties, Netflix series Ratched, about a nurse running a psychiatric hospital and Neon series Shrill, about a woman seeking to change her life without changing her body.

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Music played in this show

Artist: Shannon Shaw
Song: Freddies and Teddies
Time Played: 10:30

Artist: Jordan Rakei
Song: Talk to Me
Time Played: 11:23