09:05 Dr Anthony Fauci - how and when will the pandemic end?

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci, flanked by US President Donald Trump, speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on April 22, 2020, in Washington, DC.

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Dr Anthony Fauci is known worldwide as one of the most trusted authorities on Covid -19. The Director of America's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has advised six US presidents on both sides of the political divide, and is about to serve as President-elect Joe Biden's Chief Medical Advisor. He talks with Kathryn Ryan about an extraordinary year and how the Covid 19 global pandemic will end.

09:30 Fiji's Metservice on TC Yasa

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Tropical Cyclone Yasa's damage in Fiji is being assessed this morning. The tropical storm brought wind gusts peaking at 345 kilometres an hour over the island of Vanua Levu, destroying many houses. Kathryn speaks with Samisoni Waqavakatoga, acting manager of Fiji Metservice's forecasting division and Sun Fiji News chief Jyoti Pratibha.

09:35 Refilling, repairing and remaking : Hopper Home

Wellington's Hopper Home Eco Shop is a bulk food store and refillery just off Cuba Street, where customers bring their own containers to fill up on household bulk goods, from local suppliers. It also boasts a meeting space which hosts regular clothes swaps, and repair cafes - where people can bring broken items to be fixed, or clothing to be mended. A group of volunteers has also been busy handmaking sustainable Christmas crackers. Kathryn meets the social enterprise's director Susie Brow and store manager Francine Corhumel.

09:45 Pacific correspondent Koro Vaka'uta 

People secure their shop with planks ahead of the arrival of Cyclone Yasa in Fiji's capital city of Suva on December 16, 2020.

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Koro talks to Kathryn about the category 5 cyclone bearing down on Fiji and controversial amendents to Samoa's constitution and bills passed in parliament which separate Land Courts from others.

10:05 Michael Braithwaite: leading the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo 

It's been a tough year for the events industry, both for current endeavours and looking forward to the future. But around the world organisers and producers have been changing the way they think about how large events are put on, and how they're experienced by audiences. 

Michael Braithwaite is a Kiwi creative director who is set to lead Scotland's biggest show in 2021; the Royal Military Edinburgh Tattoo. He's the firs New Zealander and the first person to do so from outside the military. He has been producing festivals, shows and films including the Harry Potter movies for over two decades. He's also a puppeteer, musician and producer. 

But it's a bit different when you're working with the army! Michael is usually based in London, but right now he's back in his home town in Christchurch working remotely to draw together next year's tattoo in August. 

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Photo: Michael Braithwaite

10:35 Book review - Talking Animals by Joni Murphy

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John Duke of Unity Books reviews Talking Animals by Joni Murphy, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 

Inventive and beautiful allegory that depicts a city enmeshed in climate collapse. Talking Animals is an Orwellian tale of totalitarianism in action, but the animals on this farm are much cuter, and they make better puns - Chris Kraus

10:40 Report highlights Health Ministry Covid-19 failings

Minister for Public Service Chris Hipkins speaking to media after the release of the Royal Commission into historical abuse in state and faith-based care report.

Minister for Public Service Chris Hipkins speaking to media after the release of the Royal Commission into historical abuse in state and faith-based care report. Photo: RNZ / Jane Patterson

The Government is pumping another almost $3 billion into its Covid-19 response after a report identified failings with its testing strategy. Senior advisers Heather Simpson and Sir Brian Roche were urgently commissioned in August to review the regime after revelations many border staff were not being tested for Covid-19. The report highlights shoddy communication, a lack of clear leadership and confusing processes. RNZ's Deputy Political Editor Craig McCullough.

10:45 The Reading

11:05 Music reviewer Grant Smithies​

In the mid-70s, Iggy Pop and David Bowie washed up together in Berlin, where one of their favourite haunts was Kreuzberg’s Cafe Exil. St Etienne’s Bob Stanley and his mate Jason Wood have compiled an imaginary Café Exil soundtrack featuring wigged-out German rock, experimental jazz, European folk ballads, oddball electronic pop. We’ll hear two tracks from that today, alongside classics from the late British folk-singer Nick Drake and New York bassist/singer Me'shell NdegéOcello. 

Nick Drake photo by Keith_Morris

Nick Drake photo by Keith_Morris Photo: Nick Drake photo by Keith_Morris

11:30 Grace Millane murderer keeps name supressed - for now

Grace Millane

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The man who murdered British backpacker Grace Millane has lost his bid to overturn his conviction and sentence, but he still cannot be named. In February, the man was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum non-parole period of 17 years for the murder of Ms Millane, who was 21, and from Essex in the UK. RNZ Reporter Sarah Robson has been following the case.

11:35 Sports commentator Dana Johannsen

Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli Team  and Emirates Team New Zealand come together in the pre start.


Racing is finally underway to determine seedings for the America's Cup challenger series, Sport NZ has announced new integrity measures this week and Dana explores whether an independent sports integrity watchdog could have helped resolve the situation with Canoe Racing NZ, with elite paddlier, Aimee Fishernot putting her name forward for Tokyo selection.

Dana Johannsen is Stuff's National Correspondent specialising in sport. 

11:45 The week that was 

Comedians Te Radar and Michele A'Court with a few laughs.