09:05 Protecting provincial food producing land vital

Market gardens in Pukekohe, south of Auckland City.

Photo: RNZ / Eva Corlett

Pressure is on many provincial towns as population growth sparks new housing developments which eat into prime food producing land. Horticulture New Zealand says it's vital to have protections for productive land and food security. And it's not just urban creep -  like Auckland's well established sprawl into Pukekohe's fertile soil, it's also urbanites leaving the cities and swelling provincial settlements. Kathryn talks to Federated Farmers Vice President Karen Williams, also the Mayor of the Far North John Carter and Horticulture NZ's Environment Manager, Michelle Sands. 

09:20 Efforts to stabilise Dunedin's second castle get underway

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Photo: Cargill's Castle Trust

It's hoped a million-dollars worth of stabilistation work will start shortly on Dunedin's second-oldest castle. Construction on Cargill's Castle began in 1875, a few years after the city's perhaps better-known castle, Larnach, was completed. It was gutted by fire in 1892, rebuilt, had a couple of decades as a restaurant and cabaret in the 30s and 40s and eventually fell into a state of disrepair. The Trust managing it is hopeful, with the planned stabilisation and strengthening work, it'll allow visitors to return to the site - to be enjoyed as a ruin. Kathryn is joined by Cargill's Castle Trust member Naomi Woods.

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Photo: Cargill's Castle Trust

09:45 UK hits vaccine target - who's next? Backlash (again) at Meghan and Harry

UK correspondent Harriet Line joins Kathryn to talk about how the government has hit its vaccination target for the over-70s and health workers, as it eyes getting over 50s done by April. Meanwhile a decision looms for Boris Johnson next week on when to lift the lockdown. Prince Philip is hospitalised and the traditional media lash out at Harry and Meghan over the way they chose to announce baby number two.

Photographers focus on former actress Meghan on March 12, 2018 after the announcement of her engagement to Prince Harry.

Photographers focus on former actress Meghan on March 12, 2018 after the announcement of her engagement to Prince Harry. Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth / Pool / AFP

10:05 A wake-up call on stem cells

Human embryonic stem cells

Human embryonic stem cells Photo: Creative Commons

Is stem cell treatment the holy grail of regenerative medicine or a over-hyped fakery? Stem cells have been called the body's raw materials -  or the master builders generating all our tissues and organs and helping sustain them throughout our lives. Sydney based clinical hematologist, pathologist and scientist Professor John Rasko and writer/historian Carl Power are the authors of  Flesh Made New: The Unnatural History and Broken Promise of Stem Cells. In it, they detail the history of stem cell research, the bad science, phoney treatments, as well as the real progress being made in this area of research.

10:35 Book review - The Warm Sun on My Face: The Story of Women's Cricket in NZ

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Photo: Upstart Press

Matthew Roche reviews The Warm Sun on My Face: The Story of Women's Cricket in New Zealand by Trevor Auger, with Adrienne Simpson. Published by Upstart Press. 

10:45 The Reading

Steve Braunias with the fourth part of his book 'How To Watch A Bird'.

11:05 Clubhouse app's exclusivity, Bumble boom and the computer turns 75

Technology commentator Sarah Putt looks at the new 'cool' app, Clubhouse. It's invite-only and also only available on iPhone. She'll also look at how Bumble has given Tinder a run for its money with its IPO  - and that money just turned its female founder into another self-made billionaire. And it's 75 years since the first all-electronic, programmable computer was created in a lab at the University of Pennsylvania.  

Clubhouse Drop-in audio chat app logo on the App Store is seen displayed on a phone screen in this illustration photo taken in Poland on February 3, 2021.  (

Photo: Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto/AFP

11:25 Parent child interaction therapy via zoom

In our parenting slot today, Kathryn talks to Australian Clinical Psychologist, Georgie Fleming about how online observations of families dealing with challenging behaviour can help diffuse situations. Dr Fleming is a lecturer at UNSW School of Psychology and a Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Therapist. She led a trial involving families in regional and rural NSW, They were  given virtual parenting support through a live zoom trial led by researchers at UNSW Sydney.

Loving worried mom psychologist consoling counseling talking to upset little child girl showing care give love support, single parent mother comforting sad small sullen kid daughter feeling offended

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11:45 TV Review with Dominic Corry

Dominic joins Kathryn to look at the New York Times-produced documentary Framing Britney Spears (ThreeNow) which focuses on how she remains under the conservatorship control of her father, despite clearly not wanting to be. He'll also look at the third season of the Karate Kid follow up series Cobra Kai (Netflix) and a new film, Minari (in cinemas), about a Korean family who move to the US.

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Music played in this show

9:40 Ferris Wheel by Sylvan Esso 

9:50 Oh Canada by Nadia Reid 

10:35 Use Me by José James 

11:40 Son Shine by SAULT