09:05 Back to school, but are there enough teachers?​

Nine-year-olds use an iPad in the classroom.


The school year begins with some primary and secondary schools struggling to fill teacher vacancies.
This is despite the latest information from the Ministry of Education suggesting there will be enough primary teachers to meet demand through to 2023,  but acknowledging ongoing staffing issues for secondary schools. So what is the reality?. We crunch the numbers with Auckland Primary Principals Association President, Stephen Lethbridge and SPANZ President Deidre Shea.

09:20 How to spot a rip

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Photo: Keepa Digital

New water-safety research shows a new approach to spotting rips is needed. Currently photographic images of rips are used in schools to demonstrate what one looks like.  The research, published in Natural Hazards and Earth Systems Sciences this month is led by Dr Seb Pitman from the University of Canterbury's School of Earth and Environment, who tells Kathryn Ryan about the behaviour of rips, and how proficient beach-goers are at identifying them.

09:45 Travel bubble bursts, Google trouble, extradition battle over

Australia correspondent Chris Niesche joins Kathryn for the latest on how Australia's temporarily pulled the pin on quarantine-free travel for New Zealanders, the escalation of tension between Google and the Australian government over plans to make the tech giant pay for news and a long-running battle to extradite a former teacher accused of sexual assault from Israel finally sees her return to Australia.

A passenger wearing a face mask arrives from New Zealand at Sydney International Airport on October 16, 2020, after Australia’s border rules were relaxed under a new one-way trans-Tasman travel agreement.

New Zealanders have been stopped from entering Australia for 72 hours while the Northland community case is investigated.  Photo: AFP

10:05 Mark Hanger: bat caves and prehistoric forests

Kathryn speaks with President of Forest and Bird Mark Hanger who has been leading small group nature tours around New Zealand and Australia for over thirty years, mainly for overseas tourists. Today Mark is designing and organising fund-raising tours for Forest and Bird so New Zealanders can discover our own back yard, including prehistoric forests, bat caves and marine reserves.

10:35 Book review - Best of 2020

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Photo: Bronwyn Wylie-Gibb

Bronwyn Wylie-Gibb of University Book Shop, Dunedin, with her three favourite books of last year:
The Night of All Souls by Phillippa Swan (Penguin Books, $36)
The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin, $27.99)
18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics by Bruce Goldfarb (Sourcebooks Inc,. $51.99) 

18 Tiny Deaths: Fascinating if disquieting story of the woman who created the meticulous, dollhouse size crime scenes known as ‘The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death’, used for training homicide detectives.

The Night of All Souls: A lively, original, entertaining read: a new biography of novelist Edith Wharton is about to be published, exposing long hidden truths. Edith, in the afterlife, discusses her life with her husband, her lover and various others…

Left-Handed Booksellers: In a slightly alternate 1983, the left-handed booksellers, magical assassins and booksellers, fight to prevent the mythic past from intruding on the present – great fun, a little silly, clever and funny, with an edge to keep it sharp.

10:45 The Reading

Footprints in the Sand, episode 3. Written and read by Sarah Boddy.

11:05 Music with Kirsten Johnstone

 Kirsten joins Kathryn to look at some new covers of songs by Kate Bush, Dire Straits and Amy Winehouse.

11:20 A study in survival - how native fish climb

Freshwater Hydro-Ecologist Dr Eleanor Gee talks to Kathryn about how the ability to climb ramps helps native fish to navigate tricky waterways. Scientists at Hamilton's NIWA laboratory are observing how they perform swimming up watery ramps in the lab. The trial results will contribute to the better management of fish passage as they encounter obstacles during migration.

11:45 Science commentator Siouxsie Wiles

This week, Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles tells us about a new documentary about New Zealand’s COVID-19 genome-sequencing efforts and explains what a new study has learned about baby dinosaurs

Associate Professor Dr Siouxsie Wiles is the head of Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at the University of Auckland.

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Photo: Pete Linforth at Pixabay