09:05 New report into deaths of Kiwi mums and babies

A new report out this morning into the deaths of Kiwi mothers and babies has found 'unacceptable' levels of progress is being made for some ethnic groups - but particularly for Māori. Babies of Māori, Pacific and Indian mothers are still more likely to die in pregnancy or within the first 28 days than those of New Zealand European mothers. It's a 'significant and unacceptable' inequity, according to the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee, in its 14th annual report. 604 babies died in 2018, either in pregnancy or within the first month after birth. The Review Committee says many of the deaths were avoidable: in 2018 alone, reviews identified preventable contributory factors that impacted on 79 perinatal-related deaths. The Review Committee says half of the recommendations it's made over the past 13 years are yet to be fully implemented. Kathryn talks to Dr John Tait, Chair of the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee and Chloe Wright, founder of Mothers Matter, which campaigns for better maternal care, particularly in those first 48 hours after birth.

Soft focus of newborn tiny baby hand on parent hands.

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09:35 Capital's hospital maternity service stretched "paper thin": midwives union

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A serious shortage of midwives at Capital and Coast DHB has seen the maternity service go into "code black" three times recently - meaning it reached capacity. A midwife working at Wellington hospital described a shift just two nights ago where one midwife had to provide care for five women - one in active labour, another who had had a neo-natal death overnight, plus three antenatal women. In a letter to DHB management they describe the current situation as "unsafe" with staff stretched "paper thin". Nine to Noon understands three midwives have recently resigned from the DHB. Kathryn speaks with the co-leader of Meras, the union for employed midwives.


10:05 Mahi, mana and life on the land : Tangaroa Walker

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By the time Tangaroa Walker was six, he'd lived in 16 different places, been to six primary schools, and had been adopted twice. As an 11 year old he met a dairy farmer, driving a pretty nice car, who ended up giving him a job helping out in his garden. That led to helping out with milking, and at 14, he was looking after the farm for weekends while his boss went away. Tangaroa Walker is now a contract milker just out of Invercargill where he lives with is wife Courtney and young son, and has a string of awards to his name. Tangaroa's other big passion is education and spreading the word about what a great career farming is. He has a large social media following for his Farm4life videos about life on the land, which he's now developed into a hub with hundreds of  training videos for new farm workers to teach them everything from how to operate and maintain farm vehicles to how to set up a fence. He's just published a book with Penguin, called Farm For Life: Mahi, mana and life on the land.

10:35 Book review - Wars Without End by Danny Keenan

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Paul Diamond reviews Wars Without End: New Zealand’s Land Wars – A Māori Perspective by Danny Keenan, published by Penguin Random House.

10:45 The Reading

Steve Braunias with the second installment of his book 'How To Watch A Bird'.

11:05 Business commentator Rebecca Stevenson

Rebecca thinks My Food Bag is going to be the hottest ticket IPO on the NZX this year and could spell good things for the Kiwi exchange if it goes well. The IPO price has been set at $1.85 a share valuing the company at $448.5 million. She also looks at a new report out from Tourism Export Council says its bail out or die.

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Rebecca Stevenson is BusinessDesk's head of news.

11:30 Student saving tips for 2021

Universities are kicking back in to gear for the year and that means lots of students are figuring out how everything works. It can be hard to know quite how to stay on top of things financially while also trying to navigate a whole new environment. Christopher Walsh from financial education company Moneyhub has compiled a list of tips for students to try and bed in good financial habits early. 

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11:45 Media commentator Dr Atakohu Middleton

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Atakohu Middleton talks to Kathryn about the rise of reo in broadcast news, also the second part of Stuff's campaign Our Truth, Tā Mātou Pono, which was launched on Waitangi Day. And Vodafone has revised and republished its policies on ethical advertising. 

Dr Atakohu Middleton is a lecturer in school of communication studies at AUT and a journalist.

Music played in this show

9:30 Chaps By Chris Hyson 

9:50 Ukaipo by Seth Haapu 

10:30 Summertime by Charlotte Day Wilson