09:05 Disadvantage starts pre-birth:study

Happy kids at elementary school

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New research from the Growing Up In New Zealand longitudinal study shows how much easier it is for families to fall into disadvantage than it is to claw a way out. The research was based on information from over 5,000 children whose families have been involved in the study from pre-birth, through to when the cohort were 8-years old. It's part of a bigger piece of work by the Productivity Commission into economic inclusion and who experiences persistent disadvantage. The Growing up in New Zealand data shows twice as many children in the cohort experienced downward mobility -- toward disadvantage --  rather than upward mobility. This was due to a range of factors including income, housing, and access to early childhood education.  Dr Kate Prickett is a lead researcher for Growing Up in New Zealand and Director of Roy McKenzie Centre for the Study of Families and Children at Victoria University.  She says the data shows children need to be given support before they're born, or they'll experience disadvantage throughout their lives.

09:30 The splendour of NZ gardens

Some of loveliest gardens around the country that are at times open to the public are featured in a new book New Zealand Gardens to Visit. The hardback is the work of Rosemary Barraclough who has worked for NZ House and Garden magazine, and garden photographer Juliet Nicholas who has focused her lens on flowers and plants for three decades. The pair travelled the country, from Northland to Southland capturing the stories of the gardeners and the beauty of more than 50 properties.

Rosemary Barraclough and Juliet Nicholas

Photo: supplied by Penguin Random House NZ


09:45 Asia correspondent Ed White

Crowds are seen around the area, where dozens of people suffered cardiac arrest, in the popular nightlife district of Itaewon in Seoul on October 30, 2022. - Dozens of people suffered from cardiac arrest in the South Korean capital Seoul, after thousands of people crowded into narrow streets in the city's Itaewon neighbourhood to celebrate Halloween, local officials said. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

Photo: AFP

Ed reports from South Korea where the country is still reeling from the Halloween crowd disaster in Seoul, with attention very much turning to who should be held responsible. In Pakistan, the ousted Prime Minister and famous former cricketer, Imran Kahn has survived an apparent attempted assassination and appears to on his way back to power while the country still recovers from this year's devastating floods. More lockdowns appear to be looming for China despite some rumours that Beijing might finally be willing to change course from his zero-Covid policy.  And a showdown between Joe Biden and Xi Jinping looks possible on the sidelines of the G20 this week with the two leaders expected to travel to Bali.  

Ed White is a correspondent with the Financial Times.

10:05 Jacqueline Bublitz on writing a breakthrough hit crime novel

Jacqueline Bublitz

Photo: Supplied / The Virtue

You've probably heard of Nordic Noir and you might have heard of Tartan Noir, but what about New Zealand's own Yeah Noir? Debut crime writer Jacqueline Bublitz burst onto New Zealand's crime writing scene last year with Before You Knew My Name. The book was the double winner of the 2022 Ngaio Marsh Awards; winning Best First Book and Best Novel, has picked up major awards in Australia, and was shortlisted for the international Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger award. The book is, at its heart, a crime novel, but Jacqueline Bublitz subverts the genre by focusing on the life and death of the story's victim, instead of the hunt for the killer. It's also a critique of our society's obsession with violence and the "dead girl" trope. The subject of a frenzied international bidding war between publishers, Before You Knew My Name has now sold over 100,000 copies in Australia and New Zealand alone - an extremely rare feat for a debut New Zealand novelist. 

10:35 Book review: Remainders of the Day: More Diaries from the Bookshop, Wigtown by Shaun Bythell


Tilly Lloyd of Unity Books reviews Remainders of the Day: Diaries from the Bookshop, Wigtown by Shaun Bythell, published by Profile Books.

10:45 The Reading

11:05 New music with Jeremy Taylor

The Beatles boldest record gets a revolutionary stereo makeover, plus local heroes Thrashing Marlin and Erny Belle and a tribute to Low's Mimi Parker.

The Beatles Revolver album cover

The Beatles Revolver album cover Photo: Universal Music

11:30 Sports commentator Dana Johannsen : multi world cup action

Dana Johannsen talks to Kathryn about tomorrow's Black Ferns final and whether they can trump England. There are a lot of World Rugby execs in town for the big finale, but a few of them might be distracted by what is happening back in Europe with the organising committee for the 2023 Rugby World Cup. French financial prosecutors this week raided the headquarters of the RWC organising committee as part of an investigation into management "irregularities". We're also into the crunch point in the tournament for the Rugby League World Cup, and the Kiwis have drawn the Kangaroos in this weekend's semifinal. 

Fans and spectators.
New Zealand Black Ferns v France, Women’s Rugby World Cup New Zealand 2021 (played in 2022) Semi Final match at Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday 5 November 2022.

Photo: Photosport / Andrew Cornaga

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

11:45 The week that was 

Comedians Te Radar and Donna Brookbanks with a few laughs, including a warning from the National Park Service in the US about the Sonoran Desert Toad, it is toxic and should not be licked!.

Cane Toad

Photo: Flickr - Sam Fraser-Smith - (CC BY 2.0)



Music played in this show

Track: The Sea
Artist: Morcheeba 
Played: 9.25am