09:05 US election result, Democrats Biden-Harris victorious

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Photo: AFP or licensors

US President-elect Joe Biden's immediate priority is tackling the spread of the coronavirus, with a task force being established to deal with the pandemic - as record numbers of new infections are reported. Despite the Democrat leader winning the US presidential election, there has been no concession from outgoing President, Donald Trump amid mounting legal challenges to the outcome.After four days of uncertainty as votes were counted in key states, Joe Biden's victory in Pennsylvania put him over the threshold of 270 Electoral College votes he needed to clinch the presidency, with Kamala Harris, Vice President elect. US correspondent Ron Elving talks to Kathryn about the result


09:15 Huge rise in Aucklanders driving to work vs bus or cycle

Traffic on Auckland's motorway following a crash in the northbound lanes. 22 September 2020.

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Are our planners on the right track when it comes to investment in public transport, bus and cycling lanes? Statistics from the 2018 census show that in Auckland, growth in private motor vehicle commutes to work over the last five years has exceeded patronage increase in buses, trains walking and cycling combined. There were just over 609,000 private vehicle trips to work in Auckland in 2018 compared with just under 127,000 trips made by bus, train, cycling and walking. Former Chief Executive of Infrastructure New Zealand, now independent consultant, Stephen Selwood, tells Kathryn the statistics challenge conventional transport wisdom.

09:20 Family trusts. To keep or to wind-up ?

A calculator, a model of a house, a pen and a notebook - to illustrate financial planning and household budgets.

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Financial adviser Martin Hawes talks to Kathryn Ryan about the questions that need to be asked of Family Trusts ahead of a looming law change. The new Trusts Act kicks in on 30th January 2021. So what are the pros and cons ?

Martin Hawes is the author of Family Trusts: The Must-Have New Zealand Guide. His first book on the subject, The New Zealand Guide to Family Trusts was the best-selling book in the country in 1995 and 1996 when trusts were at the height of their popularity.

09:45 EU welcomes Biden win, hopes for better relations

Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney joins Kathryn to look at Europe's reaction to Joe Biden's election - leaders were quick to congratulate him, even though Donald Trump hasn't conceded. There's hope trans-Atlantic relations will improve under Biden. Meanwhile Covid cases are surging across the continent - along with push-backs against the restrictions. And Europe is on high alert after last week's terrorist attacks.

European Union or EU vs United States of America

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10:05 Collecting correspondence and detecting Dickens

Des Schollum, the owner of The House of Books in Lower Hutt boasts one of the country's largest collections of private letters and is a leading expert on signature forgery. Recently he was instrumental in establishing whether or not a Charles Dickens letter was a fraud. He joins Kathryn Ryan to talk about how to separate fakes from the genuine article and his near 50 year passion for collecting private letters from the rich and famous.

Des Schollum with Odette's Legion of Honour medal.

Des Schollum with Odette's Legion of Honour medal. Photo: supplied

10:35 Book review - Remote Sympathy by Catherine Chidgey

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Carole Beu of the Women's Bookshop reviews Remote Sympathy by Catherine Chidgey. This book is published by Victoria University Press.

Extraordinary and engrossing. Set in Nazi Germany, this novel takes us inside the minds of three vividly-drawn characters: Sturmbannfuhrer Dietrich Hahn, newly-appointed camp administrator at Buchenwald, his wife Frau Greta Hahn, and Dr Lenard Weber who has invented an electronic machine that aims to cure cancer. Chidgey's exploration of willful obliviousness is chilling and utterly gripping. 

10:45 The Reading

Imagining Winter. Story by Alice Tawhai, read by Jennifer Ludlam.

11:05 Political commentators Jones & Sherson

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Neale, Trish and Kathryn take a look at the make-up of the new cabinet, what the special votes have yielded, National's reshuffle and they examine implications the US election result has for New Zealand.

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 Regenerative farming & delicious produce: Durham Farms

Kathryn speaks with Adrian Townsend, founder and manager of Durham Farms in Northland's Brynderwyn Hills.  Their produce includes organic A2 milk, free range eggs, Angus Beef mince and sausages, chutneys, honey, greens, herbs and flowers - regenerating and encouraging biodiversity as they farm. And once you've had your fill, you can stay over in a luxury tent - taking farm stays to a whole new level.

11:45 Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne

Kennedy takes a walk up the Matukituki Valley in Aspiring National Park and reflects on history and poetry in the classic alpine landscape. He's also been cycling the Upper Clutha trail from Albert Town and the Five Bridges trail from Arrowtown.

Music played in this show

Artist:               Lapsley
Song:             Womxn
Broadcast time:    10:34

Artist:               SJD
Song:             The Witness
Broadcast time:    11:30