A high tide across Ejit Island in Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands on March 3, 2014, causing widespread flooding. Officials in the Marshall Islands blamed climate change for severe flooding in the Pacific nation's capital Majuro.

Flooding caused by huge spring tides which Marshall Islands officials have blamed on climate change. Photo: AFP

8:10  Ben Strauss - predictions of sea level rise severely understated

A new study indicates previous estimates of the global impact of sea level rise have been grossly understated.

The research, published in the journal Nature Communications and conducted by the non-profit news organisation Climate Central, suggests that three times as many people as previously thought could be at risk of annual flooding by 2050.

That means that land that's home to 300 million people could now be at risk, rather than the 80 million people thought to be affected.

Ben Strauss is one of the study's authors, and the CEO and Chief Scientist of Climate Central. He joins us to discuss the findings, and to explain why the current forecasts seem so far off the mark.

You can view an interactive world map of at-risk areas here


8:30  Sarah Myles - Granddaughter of Erebus victim on her quest for the truth

Sarah Myles

Sarah Myles Photo: supplied

November 28th will be the 40th anniversary of the Erebus disaster which shook our nation and took 257 lives when an Air New Zealand sightseeing flight crashed into a mountain in Antarctica.

A Royal Commission of Inquiry later revealed 'an orchestrated litany of lies' designed to cover up the real reasons for the crash.  

Sarah Myles' grandfather Frank Christmas, a keen amateur photographer, died in the tragedy. She's written a book Towards the Mountain, which weaves together the stories of Frank, his fellow adventurers and the first responders on the scene.

Cross on Mt Erebus

Cross on Mt Erebus Photo: supplied


9:05  Hamish Bennett- director of feature film Bellbird

Hamish Bennett

Hamish Bennett Photo: supplied

Hamish Bennett is a school teacher and film director who made two acclaimed short films The Dump (2012) and Ross & Beth (2014) before making his new, and loosely autobiographical, debut feature Bellbird.

Showing on screens nationwide from Thursday 7th November, and set on a Northland dairy farm, it shows taciturn farmer Ross (played by actor Marshall Napier) readjusting to life after the sudden death of his wife, and building a closer relationship with his only son.

9:30 Cave Diver Jill Heinerth

Jill Heinerth is a Canadian cave diver, underwater explorer, writer, photographer, and filmmaker. She is a veteran of over thirty years of filming, photography, and exploration on projects in submerged caves around the world.

She has made TV series, consulted on movies, written several books and is a frequent corporate keynote speaker. Jill is the first Explorer in Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, recipient of Canada's prestigious Polar Medal and the diving world's highest honor from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences, the NOGI Award.

In recognition of her lifetime achievement, Jill was awarded the Sir Christopher Ondaatje Medal for Exploration. She is a Fellow of the Explorers Club and member of the inaugural class of the Women Divers Hall of Fame.

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10:05  William Dalrymple - the anarchic rise of the East India Company

Across a 30 year writing career, Scottish historian, broadcaster and critic William Dalrymple has been preoccupied with the history and culture of India.

It's the country he now calls home for half the year, spending summers in his native Scotland. With family connections to India dating back for generations, his latest book The Anarchy traces the 'relentless rise', dazzling heyday, and the sometimes shameful past of the East India Company.

At the peak of its powers, this prototype for the vast multinationals of today exerted as much power and influence as any nation state.

William Dalrymple

William Dalrymple Photo: supplied / Bikramjit Bose / Bloomsbury


11:05  Tom Forrest - How to grow a cannabis industry

Tom Forrest

Tom Forrest Photo: supplied

Australian cannabis agronomist and Churchill Fellow Tom Forrest has recently visited 50 commercial growing operations around the world, including ones in Canada, Europe, Slovenia and Israel.

With loosening regulation around the plant's cultivation and and consumption, he's interested in how the global cannabis market's taking shape, and the opportunities these changes could present for Australia and New Zealand.

He'll be speaking at an event at Garden Marlborough on Nov 7. Details here.



11:35  Celebrating French NZ artist Louise Henderson

Julia Waite

Julia Waite Photo: supplied

Artist Louise Henderson (1902-1994) worked alongside major New Zealand art figures including Rita Angus, John Weeks, Colin McCahon and Milan Mrkusich and developed a bold, colourful and distinctive abstract style.

Despite her prominence there has been no comprehensive survey of her work until now.

We'll ask Julia Waite, one of the curators of a new exhibition celebrating Henderson's life and work, why it's taken so long to recognise her achievements.

Louise Henderson: From Life, opens today at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and runs until 8 March 2020.


Books mentioned in this show


Towards the Mountain - A Story of Grief and Hope Forty Years on From Erebus
by Sarah Myles
ISBN 9781988547268
Published by Allen & Unwin

Into the Planet: My Life as a Cave Diver
Jill Heinerth
ISBN: 978-0062691545
published by Ecco

The Anarchy - The Relentless Rise of the East India Company
William Dalrymple
ISBN: 9781408864388
Published by Bloomsbury

Louise Henderson:From Life
Felicity Milburn, Lara Strongman, Julia Waite (editors)
ISBN: 9780864633255
Publisher: Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki & Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu






Music played in this show

Song: Burning
Artist: The Whitest Boy Alive
Played at: 10:07