09:05 LGNZ to central government, 'we need to talk about funding'

Former MP Ian Peters addresses the meeting, speaking against the introduction of the wards.

Photo: Michael Cunningham / Northern Advocate

Hits to council revenues, amid a pandemic, and as they grapple with generational challenges like climate change,  means adequate funding at local level has failed to keep pace. Local Government New Zealand is calling for a difficult but full and frank conversation with central government about how the two can work together towards a more sustainable future. LGNZ's Stuart Crosby talks to Kathryn Ryan.

09:20 Are supermarket prices too high?

Queues at Mt Wellington supermarkets after it was announced the country is moving into alert level 3 and then 4 in the next few days.

Photo: RNZ / Cole Eastham-Farrelly

The Commerce Commission is investigating whether supermarkets are charging too much for groceries and treating suppliers fairly.  The report, due in a year, will examine the “quality, product range and service offerings for retail customers.” Consumer New Zealand Chief Executive is Jon Duffy.

09:30 The cutting-edge technology that could take the sting out of summer

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Wasps are a plague every summer, the unwelcome harasser at your picnic or tramping rest stop. Kathryn talks to Gemma McLaughlin, a PhD candidate at Otago University, who's at the forefront of efforts to use cutting-edge technology to control New Zealand's invasive wasp population. The German wasp was introduced to New Zealand in the 1940s and the common wasp arrived in the 1970s, but is now widespread. Gemma is investigating how to use gene-editing to interrupt the invasive species' reproductive cycle to help eradicate them.

09:45 USA correspondent Susan Davis

US President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks at The Queen in Wilmington, Delaware, on November 9, 2020.

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Susan looks at the political road ahead for President Elect, Joe Biden with a divided Washington. Meanwhile she says it is apparent that outgoing President Donald Trump's lawsuits have zero chance of overturning any election results. And the coronavirus infection rate in the US is getting worse.

Susan Davis is a congressional correspondent for NPR and a co-host of the NPR Politics Podcast.

10:05 Camino de Sydney - an alternative to the Spanish pilgrimage

Australian couple, Brent Clark and Giselle Oscuro are the masterminds of the Camino de Sydney - an alternative to the Camino de Santiago. The Sydney route traverses 600 kilometres and would take a dedicated walker around 29 days to complete. Covid disruption quashed the couple's 2020 travel plans to Europe and instead they've spent their downtime creating a walk in their hometown. 


10:35 Book review - The Captain's Run: What it Takes to Lead the All Blacks

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Dean Bedford reviews The Captain's Run: What it Takes to Lead the All Blacks by Gregor Paul, published by HarperCollins.

10:45 The Reading

Hobson's Choice, episode 2. Written by David Hill, read by Alex Greig.

11:05 Business commentator Rod Oram

Rod talks to Kathryn about the RBNZ's latest monetary moves, Deane Apparel will no longer makes clothes in New Zealand and the signing of the newest trade deal, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership. 

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11:30 Exploring nature, night & day.

Gillian & Darryl Torckler are passionate about the flora and fauna of Aotearoa, especially when it comes to making it interesting and accessible to kids. That's why they've put together two books to encourage young readers (7 years' old and beyond) to explore the outdoors over a whole day's cycle. 24 Hours in the Kiwi Bush  and 24 Hours on the Kiwi Seashore are delightfully illustrated and include lots of fun facts to bring nature to life on the page.

11:45 Media commentator Andrew Holden - North & South is back

Déjà vu, North & South hits the magazine stands along with new publication Thrive. Andrew also talks about the renaming of regional paper.

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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. 

Music played in this show

Track: Bamboleo

Artist: The Gypsy Kings

Time: 10:35