09:05 Boom in non-enrolled students at Correspondence School

Teenager studying at desk and doing homeworks

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There's has been an almost 50 percent increase in the number of students who have stopped going to their regular school, and enrolled at the Correspondence School in the last year. Te Kura, which provides distance learning to students around the country, has seen a huge boom in enrolments in the last 12 months - with the vast majority; 1000, being classified as non-enrolled. That category now numbers over two and half thousand of the school's total roll of 10 thousand. These are students whose previous school has taken them off the roll for not attending or have fallen out of the education system. These disengaged students, along with those expelled or excluded, may be referred to Te Kura by the Ministry of Education, but that can take months or even years. So what's driving these numbers to the Correspondence School, what happens to students who are out of the system, and especially to those left waiting in limbo? Kathryn speaks to Mike Hollings, the chief executive of Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu and Sarah Butterfield, a solicitor at YouthLaw Aotearoa, a free community law centre for young people under 25.  

09:30 Auckland's climate budget passes - what's in it?

AUCKLAND - FEB 13 2017: Traffic jam in Auckland, New Zealand.Auckland has the longest morning peak-time in Australasia, from 5am - 10am.

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Auckland's billion-dollar budget passed last week, which means the city's households will soon be paying into a dedicated fund to help tackle climate change. The so-called Climate Action Budget got the green light from 14 members of the governing body - with seven voting against - and will be formally adopted at the end of this month. Outgoing Auckland mayor Phil Goff had pressed the need for greater investment to reduce emissions across the super city. As such, an average 5.6 percent rates increase will include the Climate Action Targeted Rate  - aimed at generating over half a billion dollars over the next decade. For the median-value home of a million dollars in Auckland - it'll mean paying just over an extra dollar per week...or about $58 per year. Kathryn is joined by councillors Richard Hills, who is also chair of the Environment and Climate Change committee, and Daniel Newman, who voted against the budget out of concern Council services are already stretched too thin.

09:45 Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney

French President Emmanuel Macron

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The French government has welcomed news of a compensation agreement in the row with Australia over the scrapping of a French submarine deal. Australia's new Labour government says it's reached a settlement worth 555 million euros, to be paid to France's Naval Group. France's new defence minister says it's the 'turning of a new page' in France-Australia relations. Seamus also talks to Kathryn about the leaders of Germany, France and Italy  reportedly planning a joint visit to the Ukrainian capital Kyiv within weeks.  And France has been voting in the first round of parliamentary elections that will decide whether newly-reelected President Macron gets a working majority in parliament.

10:05 Pigeon racing devotees


Coming Home is a  new documentary set in a town in South Africa following the lives of a group of men whose lives revolve around racing pigeons. It homes in on one of the pigeon farmers, Emile, who loves his birds but dreams to see the world and to work as a musician. Award winning film maker Julia Jansch has a film making diploma from The New York Film Academy, and an MBA and Masters in Global Governance from the University of Oxford. One of her previous films, My Father The Mover was the Best Documentary Short Film at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2020. Coming Home is playing as part of Doc Edge, screening online until the 10th of July. 


10:35 Book review: Bad Actors by Mick Herron

Bad Actors

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Ralph McAllister reviews Bad Actors by Mick Herron, published by Hachette NZ

10:45 The Reading

 'My Father's Ears', part five. Written by Karen Goa.

11:05 Political commentators Neale Jones & Tim Hurdle

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has met officially with her recently-elected Australian equivalent Anthony Albanese.

Photo: RNZ/Katie Scotcher

The Prime Minister has met her new counterpart in Australia, Anthony Albanese, but will anything change over 501 deportees? A new poll shows the pain points for the government - economic pressures and crime, is it time for a Cabinet reshuffle? And then there's the Tauranga by-election.

Neale Jones was Chief of Staff to Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern, and prior to that was Chief of Staff to Andrew Little. He is the director of Capital Government Relations.

Tim Hurdle is a former National party advisor and was campaign director for National at the 2020 election.

11:30 Kapiti plant-based food business takes off

Kapiti plant-based food business takes off


A Kapiti based businesses has turned a former Fonterra factory into a plant-based food production centre and now has Government backing to expand. Sustainable Foods Limited has grown 850 percent since 2019 and secured a 1.25 million dollar loan through the Regional Strategic Partnership Fund.At its site in Paraparaumu it supplies vegan-firendly burgers, sausages, mince and chicken to the major supermarkets and takeaway chains such as Hells Pizza, Burger Wisconsin and Gorilla Burger. CEO of Sustainable Foods Limited, Justin Lemmens talks to Kathryn about the business and its plans to expand.

11:45 Off the beaten track with Kennedy Warne - godwit migration

Godwits flying across Auckland skies

Godwits flying across Auckland skies Photo: Kennedy Warne

Kennedy looks at the incredible migratory journeys of godwits from New Zealand to Alaska, which are happening at the moment, and which inspired a piece of choral music in praise of the birds. Also the fish that is destroying Caribbean coral reefs and how noisy oceans can affect the breeding of reef fish. 

Venomous and voracious, the beautiful lionfish is wreaking havoc on Caribbean reefs

Venomous and voracious, the beautiful lionfish is wreaking havoc on Caribbean reefs Photo: wikicommons


Music played in this show

Track: It Rains Love
Artist: Lee Fields
Time played: 10:30

Track: Comeback Kid
Artist: Sharon Van Etten
Time played: 11:30