09:05 Climate Commission plans: sectors push back

Carbon dioxide emissions control concept. 3d rendering of co2 cloud on fresh spring meadow with blue sky in background.

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The Climate Change Commission has begun the task of considering 10,000 submissions on its draft blueprint for the government for cutting greenhouse gas emissions in line with our commitment to the Paris Climate Accord. Three new national emissions reduction targets are proposed which will ramp up to 36 per cent each year between 2030 and 2035. The recommendations include an almost total transition to electric cars as soon as 2035, including banning petrol car imports;  banning gas connections in new houses by 2032; cutting the dairy herd by 15 percent by 2030, large increases in renewable energy generation, and planting more native forests. Kathryn speaks with three sector leaders impacted by the proposals: Marc England, Chief Executive of Genesis Energy; John Carnegie,  Chief Executive of Energy Resources Aotearoa and Dairy NZ Chief Executive Tim Mackle.

09:25 A serious shortage of Māori and Pasifika midwives

young Maori mother and baby


A Maori midwife says National midwifery services have been falling short of meeting the needs of Māori and Pasifika women whose  pregnancies are overepresented in still birth and neonatal death. The Government has just announced a new initiative aimed at attracting and retaining Māori and Pasifika midwives and addressing racial inequalities. It includes the te ara ō Hine/Tapu Ora programme which funds a student with support/pastoral care at each of the five midwifery education providers .Auckland University of Technology is one of the providers - and to discuss the new wraparound service aimed at strengthening diversity in the sector - Māori Liasion and Clinical Educator Midwifery from AUT Teresa Krishnan and Ngatepaeru Marsters who is AUT's Pasifika liaison for midwifery.

Ngatepaeru Marsters and Teresa Krishnan

Ngatepaeru Marsters and Teresa Krishnan Photo: supplied by AUT

09:45 Brisbane Covid outbreak, Cabinet reshuffle shifts women up

Australia correspondent Karen Middleton joins Kathryn to talk about the latest Covid outbreak in Brisbane which may have spread to northern New South Wales after a nurse and her sister attended a hens' party in Byron Bay. The outbreak's prompted concerns over the rate of vaccination for health workers, as the nurse wasn't vaccinated. Scott Morrison has reshuffled his Cabinet to try to stem the political haemorrhaging from the ongoing row over the treatment of women, following multiple rape allegations at Parliament. And are plans for a $1b weapons production facility just a giant distraction?

A lifeguard stands watch over a deserted South Bank beach on the first day of a snap lockdown in Brisbane on January 9, 2021.

  Brisbane is back into a snap lockdown, similar to one in January, following an outbreak that has now spread to New South Wales. Photo: AFP

10:05 Amazon's influence in America

Headquartered in Seattle, Amazon is the second-biggest private workplace in the United States behind Walmart,  employing more than 800 thousand people. It's CEO, Jeff Bezos, is the richest person alive, and the company has just had its most profitable year in history as more people than ever shopped online due to the coronavirus pandemic. Alec MacGillis is an award winning journalist for ProPublica, whose work has previously appeared in The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun and the New Republic. His new book Fulfillment: Winning and Losing in One-Click America, looks at Amazon's far reaching impacts across the United States, what's behind that easy one click, especially the growing inequality from a regional stand point: the "winning" cities and those that have been left behind.

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10:35 Book review: Time to Remember by Janna Ruth

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Zoe Fletcher reviews Time to Remember by Janna Ruth, published by Janna Ruth.

10:45 The Reading

The Party Line, episode three. Written by Sue Orr, read by Miriama McDowell.

11:05 Music With Kirsten Johnstone

Kirsten joins Kathryn to share a song from Willie Dunn, a First Nations protest singer, and one from longtime US collaborators Jimbo Mathus and Andrew Bird.

11:20 Make your move at the boardgame cafe

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Photo: Emma Smart

Emma Smart runs Wellington Counter Culture Board Game Cafe and Bar with her partner Ahmed Bulbulia.  It has over nine-hundred board games from all around the world, plus food and drinks. Emma tells Kathryn it's the scene of friendly rivalry, fierce competition, family feuds, and romance, where you can play as many games as you like for three hours.

11:45 Arts with Mark Amery: A reappraisal of art history

Mark joins Kathryn to talk about this week's announcement City Gallery in Wellington will host a major exhibition of the work of Swedish modern artist, Hilma af Klint. He also looks at the work of a different sort of 20th century icon at the New Zealand Portrait Gallery  - painter Peter McIntyre  - and a pairing of his work with photographer daughter Sara. Then it’s off briefly to City Gallery Wellington for a whole exhibition reappraising art history, where art history itself is the subject of a host of New Zealand and international artists' work - the perfect palette cleanser for Hilma af Klint. 

Every Artist is on at City Gallery until the 5th of July.  Kākahi: Peter and Sara McIntyre runs at the NZ Portrait Gallery until the 16th of May.