09:05 Early voters flock to the booth

Signs around Christchurch

Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon

The Electoral Commission says it expects half a million voters will have cast their ballots by the end of today, close to 20% of the total turn-out at the last election. Interest from overseas voters is also very strong. Kathryn talks with Chief Electoral Officer Alicia Wright.

09:20 Sustainable scarfies: Otago establishes 'green' flats

Garden compost bin for recycling kitchen food and garden waste including fruit and vegetable peelings, tea bags and egg shells.

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Otago University is establishing a sustainability village for students who want to live in a more environmentally conscious way. 20 mostly second year students have been selected to live in the three Great King Street flats, where overseas students would normally be housed. The tenants, who'll pay $180/ week each, will be encouraged to compost, garden, save energy, stay active and foster community - and they'll be studied while they're doing it. Kathryn talks with University of Otago Sustainability Office Head Ray O'Brien and one of the successful applicants, Ellen Walters.

09:35 100 years of help and hope for Aucklanders in need

Historian Peter Lineham talks to Kathryn about his book Agency of Hope which chronicles the story of the Auckland City Mission from 1920-2020. 

09:45 Pacific correspondent Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor

A ninth Covid-19 death in French Polynesia. And hopes of a travel bubble with the Cook Islands ramp up, while Fiji is keen for the 'bula bubble' to proceed. Moera is RNZ Pacific's Team Leader.

A beach in One Foot Island, Aitutaki, Cook Islands

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10:05 Riding the vegan wave: the BOSH! boys

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Ian Theasby and Henry Firth have been dubbed the vegan Jamie Olivers.They are the best selling authors and hosts of BOSH! their video channel on Facebook, which reaches 26 million people a month. Their first book was the highest selling vegan cookbook of all time, and they host a cooking show on ITV in the UK - the first vegan food show on a mainstream channel. Five years ago,  they say they were "overweight meaties" who decided to switch to a plant based diet. Ian Theasby and Henry First have a new book out called Speedy Bosh.

10:35 Book review - Betty by Tiffany McDaniel

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Jessie Bray Sharpin reviews Betty by Tiffany McDaniel, published by Hachette.

10:45 The Reading

The Mesmerist, episode five. Written and read by Barbara Ewing.

11:05 Music reviewer Grant Smithies​

Kraftwerk's entire back-catalogue is reissued on vinyl today, and rabid fan-boy Grant Smithies is beside himself with joy. We'll hear two cyborg-soul classics from the band today, alongside a new single from Auckland duo Na Noise and some "digital rumba" from Colombian Afro-house crew, Ghetto Kumbe.   

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11:30 Sports commentator Sam Ackerman

Sam and Kathryn talk rugby, including the battle of the coaches, naming rights to Eden Park, a blow for tennis fans with the ASB classic canned and boxing.

General view of Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand.  2020.


11:45 The week that was 

Comedians Te Radar and Elisabeth Easther with a few laughs including the puzzling case of the Labour supporter who ended up featuring on a National Party election pamphlet.

Music played in this show

Artist: Kaaterama Pou 

Song: Paiheretia

Artist: Norah Jones

Song: Were you watching?