09:05 What's behind Auckland's rail network disruption?

Auckland drivers' Harbour Bridge woes might be over, but it's another story for the city's rail commuters. Rail network services are set for months of disruption, with rolling four-week outages on the metro lines as part of a complex repair project and speed restrictions of 40 kilometres per hour. Testing identified 100 kilometres of track in Auckland that needed to be repaired or replaced. In addition to existing disruption, the entire rail service in Auckland will be shut for a month over Christmas and New Year. Joining Kathryn is Niall Robertson, chair of the Public Transport Users Association, which believes an inquiry is warranted into what it says are maintenance failures and Todd Moyle, KiwiRail's chief operating officer.

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09:20 Voters seek out online policy guide

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Kathryn speaks with co-founder of the online election guide Policy. It is a complete online guide, breaking down party policies and backgrounding candidates. Ollie Neas, who is also editorial director, says more than 300,000 New Zealanders have used Policy, and engagement is growing strongly.

09:45 Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

Many nations are starting to reimpose Covid-19 restrictions as a second wave of infections hits.

A Russian-brokered ceasefire between Azerbaijan and Armenia looks close to collapse and what was behind the unusual visit made by Belarussian president Alexander Lukashenko to the opponents he's jailed?

10:05 Krump community: Ennaolla Paea on giving back through dance

Ennaolla Paea is a dancer and choreographer who leads South Auckland-based Lighthouse Famz, a support base for creative artists that produces events and projects for the local dance community. She left school at 15, telling her parents she wanted to use dance as a youth development tool, and by 17 was already helping to run youth dance events that would have 6 to 8-hundred people attending. Her parents understood her passion, because they too, were heavily involved in helping others. Ennaolla is the subject of a new podcast called The Outliers, which focuses on young people from minority backgrounds who are making a difference in their communities.

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10:35 Book review - All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton

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Holly Walker reviews All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton, published by HarperCollins.

10:45 The Reading

11:05 Political commentators Sherson & Jones


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

Trish Sherson is from corporate affairs firm Sherson Willis, and a former ACT press secretary. 

11:30  Kids have fun in the kitchen with Egg & Spoon

The wonderfully illustrated Egg and Spoon  is crammed with well written recipes for children learning to cook, and for the whole family to enjoy. Much of the food is naturally gluten-free or vegan, but of course balanced with the occasional indulgence. Alexandra Tylee, the owner and chef of the much-loved Hawke's Bay establishment, Pipi Café,
and  illustrator Giselle Clarkson, of New Zealand biscuit drawing fame, join Kathryn Ryan to share their tips and tricks to make and draw scrumptious dishes from their new cook book, like breakfast popsicles and raw strawberry cheesecake.

11:45 Braiding Sweetgrass: celebrating a culture of gratitude

Outdoors adventurer Kennedy Warne joins Kathryn from Lake Hawea and will be talking about one of his books of the year: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

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 Californian poppy at the outlet of Lake Hawea Photo: Kennedy Warne

Music played in this show

Track: Dance Me to the End of Love  
Artist: Madeleine Peyroux 
Time: 09:34 

Track: Devils  
Artist: Kody Nielson 
Time:  09:46 

Track: Honeydove 
Artist: Lee Fields 
Time: 10:42 

Track: Sweet Relief 
Artist: Kimbra 
Time: 11:26