09:05 Big change to medicinal cannabis: Why are stocks being destroyed?

Mark Hotu (L) & Mitch Cuevas (R)

Mark Hotu (L) & Mitch Cuevas (R) Photo: Supplied, 123 RF

Importers of medicinal cannabis products say they've been left in the ridiculous position of having to destroy perfectly good stock, while patients needing their usual medicine will - from today - need it directly imported for them. Yesterday marked the end of an extended transitional period for medicinal cannabis products to be supplied without a product assessment, and any unapproved products left on the shelves must be destroyed. Just four products made by international company Tilray have managed to meet the stringent minimum quality standards that came into effect in April 2020. Kathryn speaks to Mitch Cuevas, Pharmaceutical Director at Eqalis in the Bay of Plenty, which is still waiting on certification from Medsafe to produce medicinal cannabis products here and is in the process of destroying existing stock they have in the country.  She'll also talk to Dr Mark Hotu,  co-founder of Green Doctors, the largest clinic specialising in medicinal marijuana who's been fielding hundreds of calls and emails from worried patients.

09:30 How a Kiwi bot could level the online playing field for female athletes

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The internet can be an extremely toxic place for women or members of minority groups - but could there be a way to kill online trolls with kindness? Kathryn speaks to Jacqueline Comer, who's been working on ways to combat some of the poison sprayed at women in the social media space. Of particular concern, is the abuse experienced by female athletes online - which is why she, and fellow researcher Rebecca Lee, have created FairPlayBot, an automated program that recognises negative comments and produces something positive in response. Jacqueline explains how the bot works, and how it could have much wider application.

09:45 Asia correspondent Ed White

Thailand has responded to a tough economic outlook with new special visas aimed at attracting "wealthy global citizens" to move to the country's beaches. Myanmar's humanitarian, security and economic siutation is worsening, meanwhile Laos is opening up to cryptocurrency mining in a bid to monetise its massive hydro electric dams. And a Duterte dynasty is emerging in the Philippines rise ahead of next year's presidential election with both president Rodrigo Duterete and his daughter Sara in the mix.

Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte's decision was a consequence of US legislative and executive actions, a spokesperson said.

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Ed White is a correspondent with the Financial Times.

10:05 Kharl WiRepa - first Maori designer in British Vogue

Rotorua-based Kharl WiRepa is the first Maori fashion designer to be featured in British Vogue. His brand specialises in red carpet styles, racewear, bridal couture, and power dressing. Vogue described the Te Whanau Apanui, Tainui and Te Awara designer as a 'designer of the future'. Kharl started his fashion career in a Supre store, although fashion is in his ancestry -  a great kuia of Kharl's made shoes for Queen Victoria in London.

10:35 Book review: Cloud Cuckoo Land  by Anthony Doerr

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Kim Pittar from Muir's Independent Bookshop Gisborne reviews Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr, published by Harper Collins       

10:45 The Reading

11:05 New music with Jeremy Taylor

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Jeremy says Reb Fountain triumphs in following up her Taite Prize winning 2020 album, new music from SZA and Britpop anniversaries abound!

11:30 Sports commentator Dana Johannsen

Tall Ferns captain Kalani Purcell

Tall Ferns captain Kalani Purcell Photo: Photosport

Dana talks to Kathryn about some interesting new research released to coincide with Sport NZ's women + girls summit this week. Also the argument surrounding sports stars unable to secure MIQ spots and the Covid scare ahead of the NRL grand final this weekend, with a community case in Queensland prompting fears that the sold-out game would have to move from Brisbane to Townsville. 

Dana Johannsen is Stuff's National Correspondent specialising in sport. 

11:45 The week that was with

Comedians Te Radar and Pinky Agnew bring a few laughs - including where one North Dakota squirrel stashed his nuts.

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Music played in this show

Track:  I Won't Let You Down
Artist: Mel Parsons
Broadcast time: 9:30am

Track: Starfish & Coffee
Artist: Prince
Broadcast time: 11:45am