09:05 Next 6-8 week 'crucial' for vaccine rollout

Jet Park operations manager Drew Leafa getting his second Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.

Photo: Supplied / Ministry of Health

The next six to eight weeks are "crucial" for the covid vaccine rollout, according to a member of the Covid 19 Technical Advisory Group, and Medical Director of the College of GPs, Dr Bryan Betty. Another 1.7 million New Zealanders are due to get the call up from later this month, as part of "Group 3". This group includes over 75s, those over 65, and people with underlying health conditions, in that order - but guidance on exactly what is considered a relevant health condition is still being finalised. How the two doses will be administered to this much larger group is also yet to be finalised.  The Ministry of Health has asked general practitioners and pharmacies for expressions of interest in being part of the wider roll-out along with mass vaccination centres. Kathryn speaks with Dr Bryan Betty, Dr Nikki Turner of the Immunisation Advisory Centre and Andrew Gaudin, Chief Executive of the Pharmacy Guild.

09:20 Enhancing end of life care for Māori 

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Toi toi Photo: Kennedy Warne

How can end of life and bereavement care for Māori be improved? Wellington's Mary Potter Hospice has just held a symposium - Whetū i te Rangi - on the subject, the first of its kind. Vanessa Eldridge, who is of Ngāti Kahungūnu and Rongomaiwahine descent, is the Hospice's Manager for Health Equity. She says death and dying has become highly medicalised, and with an aging population for both Māori and Pākehā, more and more people will be accessing palliative care services in the future.  She says a more Maori approach to end of life care - and to the wider health sector - will better serve Māori, Pasifika and other priority populations.

09:45 Politician accused of fake licence, Scott Morrison defends actions over India

Australia correspondent Bernard Keane joins Kathryn to look at the allegations against Tasmanian Liberal candidate Adam Brooks, who two women said used a fake Victoria drivers licence to pretend he was someone else. Two more disgraced MPs could be entitled to a resettlement allowance of $100k. Bernard also looks at the criminal sanctions against people coming back from India and the claims of racism it's generated.

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison is pictured after attending a church service at St Andrews Cathedral in Sydney on April 11, 2021.

Photo: AFP

10:05 From New York to Mangawhai & Kaitaia

Award winning Brazilian Jazz Artist Nanny Assis and Kiwi vocalist and ex-Dominion Post photojournalist Maggie Gould are based in New York for part of each year, where they perform at the famous Blue Note club and others. When not in New York, they have a base in Mangawhai in Northland, and for the past six years have been working regularly with a group of high school music students in Kaitaia. Nanny is a vocalist, drummer and percussionist who has performed with Paul Simon and Kenny Barron. They'll be performing as part of the Wellington Jazz Festival next month.

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10:35 Book review: The Calling

Joanna Ludbrook from the children's bookstore Chicken and Frog Books in Featherston reviews The Calling by Fleur Beale published by Penguin Random House, $20.

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Photo: Penguin Random House

10:45 The Reading

Little Secrets, written by David Lyndon Brown and read by Elizabeth McRae.

11:05 Music with RNZ's Yadana Shaw

Two exhibitions celebrating the visual experience of music are winding their way around the motu for NZ Music Month. Yadana Saw finds some tunes to accompany The Art of the Record and From The Pit.

11:20 Shiok Meats: Sustainable seafood from cells with no shells

As the world's population grows, how will we feed everyone? It's what drove Sandhya Sriram to set up the world's first cell-based crustacean meat company, which uses technology to grow real meat from healthy cells outside of an animal - in this case, lobster, shrimp and crab. The cells are taken from the crustaceans, which are not kept in tanks, and then fed with nutrients similar to what they'd get in the ocean. It's a faster process, because the shell doesn't need to be grown, and the taste is exactly the same. Shiok Meats, which hopes to have products on shelves next year, says its process is environmentally friendly, sustainable and healthier than eating normal seafood. Sandhya will be speaking as part of the  The Boma NZ Agri Summit, which is taking place in a couple of weeks at the Christchurch Town Hall.

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11:45 Anti-stars, vitamin A's role in an ill-fated exploration and how many beer bubbles?

Science commentator Allan Blackman joins Kathryn to look at a new study that backs the existence of antistars. Today marks the birthday of Antarctic explorer Sir Douglas Mawson - and there are two views about whether vitamin A might have made his travails more horrendous. And science you can use at the pub: how many bubbles are in your glass of beer?

Allan Blackman is a Professor of Chemistry, School of Science, Auckland University of Technology.

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Photo: Simon Dupourqué/IRAP, 123RF


Music played in this show

Artist:   Lake Street Dive
Song: How Good It Feels
Time: 09:35